Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Pitney Bowes and NCR partner to deliver self-service shipping kiosk

Taking a page from the USPS's self-service mailing kiosks, NCR and Pitney Bowes are working together to produce a resellable kiosk for businesses wanting to implement self-service shipping. From the press release:
The self-shipping kiosk – which combines the self-service experience of NCR with the mailstream expertise of Pitney Bowes – will be marketed globally to postal authorities, retailers, package delivery and express transportation firms and other businesses....

With the self-shipping kiosk, consumers can readily complete shipping and mailing activities such as weighing packages or envelopes, selecting the class of service desired and printing postage or shipping labels.

Because the kiosk prints “on demand” variable denomination secure stamps, it helps eliminate the costly printing, distribution, accounting and ultimately destruction of unused stamps. The technology also helps ensure that dispensed postage is secure and trackable, assuring postal revenues.
This is a pretty cool application, and I could certainly see retailers picking them up to help harried customers find and ship that last-minute Christmas present or belated birthday gift.

Tags: NCR, Pitney Bowes, shipping kiosk, self-service shipping, kiosk

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