A digital post service

July 18th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

will launch a free “digital post service”, YouPost, this year to let people view, manage and pay bills online and receive some mail electronically.

The initiative comes six years after NZ Post pulled the plug on its eBill service which also let people view and pay bills online, because of a lack of uptake. EBill was launched with a fanfare in 1999 and attracted support from 21 utilities and other billers but had only 14,500 users when it closed.

NZ Post’s digital head, Simone Iles, said YouPost was designed to handle mail-outs as well as bills and she believed it would be different this time round.

YouPost would have more bells and whistles, including iPhone and Android app versions, and would better integrate with utilities’ existing systems, she said.

Yet to take a look at this, but having it on smartphones is near essential. The BNZ app for the iPhone is superb. I can log in under ten seconds and pay someone within a minute.

YouPost users will set up an account with a username and password, register their home address and any other properties they are responsible for and list their desired payment methods.

They will then be able to logon to receive, manage, store and pay bills from multiple providers, and to receive digital copies of other mail from utilities in a separate mail box.

Bills will be accessible for up to eight years and a free one gigabyte “electronic vault” will let users backup documents such as legal documents and warranties and set reminders of when things like passports, drivers’ licences, credit cards and vehicle warrants of fitness were due to expire.

Iles said NZ Post later planned to open up the system so small businesses could also use it to send bills and mail to customers.

NZ Post had signed up several major “foundation customers” and was testing the system internally ahead of a pre-Christmas launch.

The service will be free to consumers and paid for by organisations that use it to send bills and mail.

If it is free, I’ll give it a blast!

Good to see NZ Post realising that snail mail is a dying business.

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7 Responses to “A digital post service”

  1. Viking2 (11,576 comments) says:

    Struggle to see any reason why anyone should use this. dinasour in death throes.

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  2. anonymouse (722 comments) says:

    free one gigabyte “electronic vault” will let users backup documents such as legal documents and warranties and set reminders of when things like passports, drivers’ licences, credit cards and vehicle warrants of fitness were due to expire.

    And in doing so you would cede all legal redress to US courts, (NZ post are offering a rebadged Google cloud service)

    I cannot see why NZ post cannot offer this as a NZ based cloud service (and thus subject to NZ law),

    This whole “the cloud is safer than anything local” is great until until some US federal agent wanders through your documents,

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  3. dime (10,135 comments) says:

    I freakin love the BNZ app.

    Especially now i dont need to use the matrix card thing.

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  4. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    I thought we already had a digital post service…

    Australia Posts’ revenue has increased since the internet, however most of their business has shifted from letters to parcels.

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  5. virtualmark (1,540 comments) says:

    Good to see NZ Post realising that snail mail is a dying business

    I think NZ Post have long realised snail mail is a dying business. But it is still an important function, and they can’t just switch it off. And they have a contract with the Government which commits them to lose money deliver six days a week to every residential address, and maintain a given number of retail outlets.

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  6. Mike Wilkinson (72 comments) says:

    I agree with Viking2, why would anybody use this? It looks to me like just another networking solution in search of a problem.

    Without that proverbial killer app, so many of these things fall over. I can’t see how this will be any different. It’s a pity that, when it goes, it’ll take taxpayers’ money going into it.

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  7. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    All my bills are sent to me via email now and we pay by transfer over the bank website, how is this better?

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