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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Internet.
Postal Service role
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.
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 security.
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.
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.