HP Named as Strategic Partner for Company’s New E-Services Strategy

SANTA MONICA, Calif – April 20, 2000 –™ (Nasdaq: STMP), the leading provider of Internet mailing and shipping services, today announced an expansion of its alliance with HP, which was established earlier this year.’s Internet Postage™ software will now be bundled on select Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HP) personal LaserJet and workgroup LaserJet printers beginning in June. software is already bundled on HP’s all-in-one inkjet printers that began selling in stores this month.

“’s service coupled with HP’s LaserJet and DeskJet printers will introduce a new way for small business owners to maximize their mailing and shipping process, in one easy step,” said Carolyn Ticknor, president of HP Imaging and Printing Systems. “Through this growing relationship, we now offer our customers an integrated service that will save money, is easy to use and creates an efficient mail system for individual business needs.” and HP formed its existing relationship last January. is currently present on the HP Small Business site ( and on HP’s All-in-One Solution Center, as well as several other links within the HP site. also has a relationship with HP’s Consumer Business organization and will be launching programs later this year that promote and HP supplies. Chairman and CEO John Payne said, “This relationship allows to leverage HP’s leading printing technology with our state-of-the-art Internet Postage solution. With more than 120 million HP printers in the marketplace, HP leads the printing market and is the key catalyst for growing e-services in the printing marketplace. For this alliance is the marriage of two leading brands that brings great value to our small business customers.”

Yesterday, HP unveiled as a leading partner in its e-services strategy, propelling the company’s overall e-services strategy into the printing and imaging market, which will transform printers into Internet-based services by combining the power of the Internet with imaging and printing developments. The announcement was made at a media event hosted by HP Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiornia. was featured among other new printing and imaging-focused Internet business models as well as revolutionary technologies with which HP is aligning. Other companies featured at the event include Federal Express, ImageTag,, NewspaperDirect and PrintCafe.

About™ is the easiest, smartest way to mail or ship letters, packages or small parcels anywhere and at anytime. Anchored by its partnerships with the U.S. Postal Service and United Parcel Service (UPS), has three customer-centric business units focused on providing its unique Internet mailing and shipping solutions to small businesses, large corporations and e-commerce companies.’s services allow any size business to choose the best carrier, cost and delivery terms for every mailing or shipping transaction based on sophisticated, real-time rating, tracking and pricing tools. has strategic partnerships with major companies such as America Online, eBay, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Mail Boxes Etc., Microsoft, Office Depot, Intuit and 3M. Visit for more information.

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