Deal allows to concentrate on expansion of Internet-based postage services

UPS Acquires iShip Assets from

Deal allows to concentrate on expansion of Internet-based postage services

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – In a move to sharpen its business focus, the leader in Internet-based postage, Inc. (Nasdaq: STMP), announced today that its iShip multi-carrier shipping service assets have been acquired by United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS).

The transaction is part of a strategy announced last month to focus the company’s attention on its core mailing and shipping services for small business and home offices.

“There are tremendous growth opportunities in Internet-based postage, particularly among the more than 10 million small businesses in the United States,” said chief executive officer Bruce Coleman. “In order to solidify and strengthen our leadership position it is critical that the company be focused on marketing, developing, and supporting our Internet postage service offerings.” currently serves more than 300,000 customers with its Internet-based postage service, and has launched an aggressive campaign to build on that base. In April, 2001, acquired the name and a portfolio of 31 predominantly Internet postage-related patents and trademarks of former competitor, E-Stamp Corporation. The company is also making a push into retail distribution channels.

About (Nasdaq: STMP) is the leading provider of Internet-based postage services. Its flagship product, Internet Postage, enables customers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage via a computer and Internet connection. Based in Santa Monica, California, serves more than 300,000 customers. For more information contact Kathleen Brush at email: [email protected] , tel: (310) 581-7275, or on the web at .


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