STAMFORD, Conn.– Pitney Bowes Inc. and NCR Corporation have announced an agreement to market a jointly developed interactive kiosk for self-weighing, self-posting and self-printing of shipping labels, among other applications.
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.
Two industry leaders have drawn on their respective expertise and combined 200-plus years of experience to bring self-service to a new level, said Ian Siveyer, vice president, Postal Solutions at Pitney Bowes. This solution will be of particular use to the worlds posts.
Self-service shipping offers retailers and postal organizations a lower-cost channel for acquiring new customers and creating new revenue opportunities, said Mike Webster, vice president and general manager, NCR Self-Service. In our increasingly self-everything world, consumers appreciate and choose the option of self-service for taking care of routine tasks, readily and conveniently, without waiting in long lines.
The NCR and Pitney Bowes solution presents the familiarity and usability of a self-service device to consumers at post offices, businesses and other locations around the world. The kiosk supports multiple languages, different currencies and differing postal rates worldwide. It also supports multiple tender options, including cash, coin and debit/credit.
With the self-shipping kiosk, consumers can 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, according to Pitney Bowes.
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