SANTA MONICA, Calif. – March 8, 2000 – (Nasdaq: STMP), the leading provider of Internet mailing and shipping services, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of online shipping company

Based in Bellevue, Wash., allows customers to access multi-carrier shipping choices and convenience, with package pricing, shipping, and tracking right from the desktop. The company was founded in 1997 by the same management team that built United Parcel Service (UPS) Online Professional, the world’s most powerful shipping and tracking software. The service allows rate and delivery comparisons among multiple carriers, including U.S. Postal Service, UPS, FedEx and Airborne Express, and the ability to purchase and print labels online.

On Mar. 7, 2000, became a wholly-owned subsidiary of will issue up to eight million shares of common stock — 800,000 of which will be placed in a one-year escrow — for all outstanding shares, options and warrants of The acquisition will be accounted for under the purchase method of accounting, and’s financial reports for the first fiscal quarter of 2000 (ending Mar. 31) will include The company expects to record a one-time charge in the first quarter of 2000 related to the merger.

The acquisition establishes as a single marketplace on the Web for shipping and mailing services and information, benefiting both customers and carriers and revolutionizing the way mailing and shipping services are offered. Anchored by’s relationship with the U.S. Postal Service and’s relationship with UPS, is well positioned to take advantage of the rise in e-commerce shipments.


Founded in 1996, Santa Monica-based is the leading provider of Internet-based mailing and shipping services. Its highly secure Internet Postage(tm) service was approved by the US Postal Service in August of 1999 after an exhaustive two-year regulatory evaluation and field beta test. The company’s innovative technology eliminates the need for specialized postage metering 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, Intuit 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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