USPSeBillPay, the Postal Service is offering electronic billing
and payment service in partnership with leading technology providers
to give customers the option of paying bills online through a secure
Web site. The Postal Service is partnering with CheckFree Corporation
and YourAccounts.Com, the e-commerce division of Output Technology
Solutions (OTS), to provide USPSTMeBillPay.
USPSeBillPay is one of the ways the Postal Service is using
the Internet to provide convenience and options for its customers.
This new service offers billers and payers what they've been asking
for-a central site for bill-paying transactions, without the separate
passwords and navigation systems for each biller that consumers
have to deal with now.
Customers can click on the USPSeBillPay button at the Postal
Service home page at www.usps.com to enroll in the service and select
the billers they want to receive electronic bills through the secure
postal Web site. The billers send their bills electronically through
the Postal Service system for distribution to the customers. The
customers then view and pay the bills online, sending the payment
electronically, at their convenience. Customers can also electronically
pay billers who do not send e-bills, creating a "pay everyone" service.
They also have the option of specifying the exact payment date.
The Postal Service ensures that any bills delivered through USPSeBillPay
are secure. And this new service is able to verify the sender is
who they claim to be, adding another layer of security to electronic
bills and payments for the consumer.
New customers get to use USPSeBillPay free for the first six
months after enrolling. After that, there are two service plans:
Pay Everyone at $6.00/month, which includes 20 payments and 40 cents
for each additional payment; and Pay As You Go for $2.00/month and
40 cents for each payment. Both plans offer the same functionality
for receiving and paying bills.
The Postal Service will also work with CheckFree and YourAccounts.Com
to help billers prepare and distribute their bills to the Postal
Service's Web site and to other online bill payment sites. The Postal
Service and its partners will offer services that convert bills
to Internet-ready formats, distribute those bills over the Internet,
and deliver the resulting payments to the billers' bank accounts.
For over two hundred years, the U.S. Postal Service has provided
trusted, secure, universal service to the American people for the
movement of messages, money and merchandise. USPSeBillPay
is the next step by providing new services the American people expect
of us using the Internet. In the future, the Postal Service plans
on offering other online options for secure services.
The Postal Service's historical reputation as a trusted American
institution that guards the security and privacy of the documents
it delivers, and its relationships in the billing community, combined
with the best-in-class technological capabilities and guaranteed
services offered by its partners, will provide unique customer value
and address customers' concerns about conducting business over the
Postal Service role
The Postal Service plays a unique and critical role in the financial
infrastructure of the United States. Two-thirds of all recurring
bill payments in the United States are now delivered through the
mail. The explosive growth in electronic commerce is changing customers'
behavior patterns and expectations in this area. In a time when
Americans have access to the Internet at home or at work, customers
increasingly expect the Postal Service to offer the same immediate,
one-stop access to its services as they receive from other organizations
doing business online. This expectation applies as much to transactions
customers conduct with the Postal Service, such as paying postage,
as to transactions customers conduct through the Postal Service,
such as paying bills.
USPSeBillPay offers consumers a convenient, secure, virtual
"location," through www.usps.com, at which they can receive and
pay all of their bills. CheckFree will host the application and
operate the service. YourAccounts.Com will provide integrated electronic
and print services to large commercial customers. This service combines
the Postal Service's reputation for and commitment to privacy and
Business customers, particularly billers, are asking the Postal
Service to help them bring the advantages of the Internet to all
of their customers just as the mail serves all households today.
In fact, some of the Postal Service's largest mailers, like Output
Technology Solutions, have asked the Postal Service to work with
them to develop electronic payment services that are as safe, private,
and universal as the mail, but as convenient and fast as the Internet.
Consumers also are looking to the Postal Service for leadership
in online electronic payments. The Postal Service is a known, trusted
institution that will provide stability, trustworthiness, longevity,
and financial security to electronic billing and payment - key traits
for any enterprise offering online financial transactions.