Posts tagged: Volly

Broadridge and Pitney Bowes Double Down on Digital Delivery with Launch of Inlet

Matt Swain
 Jun 9, 2014

Broadridge Financial Solutions and Pitney Bowes announced today that they have formed a joint venture and launched a new technology platform named Inlet. Inlet is being billed as a platform “that will make it easier for companies to distribute statements, bills and other documents to consumers via participating online channels.” Essentially, this means that the approach is to act as a behind the scenes secure digital mail aggregation service that will be made available to businesses seeking expanded online services functionality for their customers.

The Wall Street Journal preempted the press release and reported on the announcement last Friday.

The logo has been deliberately designed to Read more »

2014 Insights from Leaders of Emerging Customer Communications Channel Services

Matt Swain
 Jan 14, 2014

InfoTrends launched a new advisory service this month for stakeholders in the customer communications market. Aptly-named, our “Customer Communications Channels & Trends” service will focus on the channels–physical mail, web portals, e-mail attachments, and mobile apps–and market trends for delivery of bills, statements, legal notices, letters, payment due reminders, and other critical messages that organizations send to their customers.

While this launch is the most exciting event for our service in 2014, we checked in with some of the channel players for their perspective.

Here are their responses to the question “What will be the most exciting event/milestone/feature for your service in 2014?

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Volly Co-founder Joins Competitive Startup Eco-mail

Matt Swain
 Aug 21, 2013

In December of 2010, John Schloff briefed me on a new service called Volly that Pitney Bowes was working on. He later left the company, and now after nearly a year and a half on the sidelines of the digital mailbox services market, Schloff has joined new entrant Eco-mail as Managing Director of Marketing. Unlike Digital Postal Mail, doxo, Manilla and Volly, Eco-mail has no intention to create its own consumer destination. Its goal is to act as an open architecture exchange that connects producers of mail (e.g., banks, insurance providers, telcos, utilities) to their customers through any company (e.g., bank, telco, email provider, eCommerce provider) that wants to be a distributor.

Eco-mail at the Intersection of Producers, Distributors, and Consumers

I caught up with Schloff ahead of the announcement to get his perspective on coming back into the market. Here is what he had to say:

“I learned a lot during the early days of Volly, and have been watching the market intently since. It’s clear to me that four things have to happen to open this market up. First, Read more »

Pitney Bowes CEO Cautious on Next Steps for Volly

Matt Swain
 May 3, 2013

Pitney Bowes held a Financial Analyst Day in New York City today. While technology analysts were not invited to be there in person, I followed the live stream online. I was surprised when I first scanned the presentation slides and saw no mention of Volly. This was a significant departure from recent years and reflects the entry of a new CEO. Marc Lautenbach appears as though he is not going to put Volly on the same pedestal that former CEO Murray Martin did.

That said, Lautenbach addressed Volly toward the end of his opening remarks.

“Volly is one of our important growth opportunities, but Read more »

Volly Launch Postponed Again… Now 2013

Matt Swain
 Nov 8, 2012

When it announced its third quarter earnings last week, Pitney Bowes said that it was deferring availability of its highly-anticipated Volly secure digital delivery service until 2013. Pitney Bowes originally told investors, analysts, employees, and partners that the service would be launched in the “second half of 2011.” In its earnings report, Pitney Bowes noted that it:

“has decided to add to and enhance its technology to provide additional capabilities that will improve the onboarding process for billers. This will result in improving the scalability of the service and facilitating biller density.”

There are two potential reasons for this. Either Pitney Bowes has lost focus on its U.S. launch while trying to license its platform internationally with partners like Australia Post Digital MailBox, or they have reached a point where they are too caught up in perfection to launch before the service is fine-tuned and enough brands have signed on.

Here’s a summary of the last two years of announcements from Pitney Bowes and its partners Read more »

Australia Post Digital MailBox: “Registering Interest”

Matt Swain
 

When Australia Post said it was launching its Digital MailBox last week, we expected consumers would be able to dive in and start organizing their mail. That wasn’t the case. Looking back, it seemed a bit like they were rushing to be first to market, ahead of Digital Post Australia. The problem is that they are using the term “launch” somewhat liberally. Unfortunately, when they made their announcement there were technical issues that brought it down for almost a week. When I reached out to Australia Post for comment on these problems, and questioned whether the Volly technology platform was at fault, here was their response: Read more »

Australia Post Digital MailBox has Launched

Matt Swain
 Oct 30, 2012

Australian consumers can now set up their Australia Post Digital MailBox.

With the continued business and consumer migration to digital communications, Australia Post is the latest post to offer a digital mail consolidation service. Using the Volly secure digital delivery service from Pitney Bowes as its technology platform, Australia Post has spent the last seven months integrating and customizing it to provide a user experience specifically tailored for the Australian market. Read more »

Excitement Grows for Digital Mailbox Services

Matt Swain
 Jul 10, 2012

Excitement surrounding digital mailbox services continues in the U.S. and abroad.

Recent highlights from the U.S. include:

  • Zumbox announced $10.6 million in Series C financing
  • Manilla surpassed 1 million linked accounts
  • Volly showed analysts new screen shots of its service
  • The USPS Postmaster General stated that they are not pursuing this market

Internationally, a few of the highlights include:

  • Australia Post selected Volly to power the Australia Post Digital MailBox
  • Zumbox, Computershare Ltd, and Salmat, announced Digital Post Australia
  • Canada Post is raising awareness of epost with aggressive marketing
  • The UPU continues to push forward with its .POST initiative

Here is some top-line insight and analyst perspective on these announcements: Read more »

Volly to Power the Australia Post Digital MailBox

Matt Swain
 Apr 4, 2012

The Volly secure digital delivery system from Pitney Bowes Inc. has been selected to power the recently-announced Australia Post Digital MailBox. Bernie Gracy, External Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Business Development at Volly briefed InfoTrends on the announcement this morning. “Australia Post has undertaken highly-rigorous due diligence over the last few months and this is clearly the platform they want to build their user experience on,” stated Gracy. “One of the reasons [for us] to partner with Australia Post is that they think of themselves as a digital company first.”

Australia Post Digital MailBox is slated for launch at the end of Q3, 2012. Volly’s name will be branded on the business-facing material; however, it will not be used in consumer-facing branding. Pitney Bowes will handle preference management, identity, and the onboarding process, while Australia Post will focus on optimizing the user experience for the Australian market. As a result, the Australia Post Digital MailBox will have a different look and feel from Volly in the U.S. (slated for launch at end of Q4, 2012). Australia Post will build its own features on top of Volly’s core platform, customizing it as needs for its own customers.

Here is a view of what the Volly consumer home page will look like in the U.S.: Read more »

A new branding for Zumbox in 2012

Matt Swain
 Feb 13, 2012

I presented at the Zumbox Advisory Board meeting in Napa last week and took the opportunity to catch up with the Zumbox team. If you are not familiar with Zumbox, it is a cloud-based, digital postal mail system replacing physical mail with a closed, secure, and interactive communications channel providing value to businesses and consumers. It delivers exact facsimiles of paper documents with features that include tracking, targeting, and campaign management integration. The Figure below provides a view of what the Zumbox user experience looks like on different media.

Digital Postal Mail, Powered by Zumbox

Here are a few important points from my discussion: Read more »

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