Number One Internet Postage(TM) Company Forms Alliance With The Leader In Home and Office Printing

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – January 18, 2000 –™ (NASDAQ: STMP) today announced a distribution and marketing alliance with Hewlett-Packard Company to provide the cost-effectiveness and time savings of Internet Postage(TM) to new HP customers and the more than 100 million existing HP printer owners. As part of this relationship,’s Internet Postage software will be bundled with select HP OfficeJet products, as well as personal and workgroup HP LaserJet printer installation CDs; and will also be accessible through a co-branded Web page ( Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Payne announced the relationship today at the Thomas Weisel Partners Business-To-Business Conference in Boston.

“This relationship gives a giant leap ahead of its competitors by giving HP customers the power to print postage online using only a PC, printer and an Internet connection,” said Loren Smith, Chief Operating Officer and President of “Our software-only Internet Postage service gives us a competitive advantage because we are the only solution in the market that can be bundled onto installation CDs. Through this new bundling agreement with HP, will provide HP customers with a more cost-effective and efficient way to manage their mail.” is the only Internet Postage service that requires no hardware or metering device and no start-up fees or long-term contracts. is also the only Internet Postage provider to offer customer support 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone, on e-mail or through live messaging.

“HP believes the future of printing lies in applications and services that turn a printer into something more,” said Carolyn Ticknor, President of HP Imaging and Printing Systems and a Director. “By supporting, we provide our customers with a totally new way of meeting the business need for postage-and help them gain more utility from their printers through a powerful and simple printing e-service.”’s Internet Postage service brings HP’s OfficeJet, personal and workgroup LaserJet printer customers the convenience of printing postage directly from their printers. Select OfficeJet and LaserJet owners will find software conveniently accessible on their installation CD and will also receive free postage and a free month of service when they sign-up and install or download the software. In the near future, HP customers will also have access to’s full-service shipping service to manage all their mail and parcel shipments.

Benefits for Customers:

  • HP will bundle’s Internet Postage software on the printer installation CDs of new HP OfficeJet products, as well as personal and workgroup HP LaserJet printers.

  •’s Internet Postage service will be easily accessible to customers via a HP and co-branded Web site. Customers can connect to this co-branded site via the HP Web site (


Founded in 1996, Santa Monica-based is the only commercially approved true Internet Postage service. The company’s innovative technology eliminates the need for specialized hardware by giving customers the flexibility to print postage over the Internet – securely, accurately and fast. Through partnerships with major companies like America Online, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Office Depot, and 3M, has tremendous reach into the small office/home office and consumer markets. More information about the company can be found at


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