Since its inception as the Uniform Penny Post by Rowland Hill in 1840, the British Postal Service has enabled individuals and businesses across the country to stay in touch, send and receive parcels, and much more.
But as the world changes and becomes more and more digital, the need to overhaul the postage system has become paramount – and one startup thinks it has the key.
Edinburgh-based Stamp Free has announced that it has launched the world’s first independent digital postage stamp, with the aim of bringing the industry firmly into the modern era.
After years of apparent decline, postal services in the UK have experienced some kind of renaissance over the past 12 months or so, due to the huge increase in online shopping brought on by coronavirus lockdowns.
Now, the question of how to keep the service relevant and user-friendly has led Stamp Free to unveil its platform. The company says its digital postage stampless solution allows consumers and businesses to send parcels, letters as well as return consumer goods without the need for a postage stamp or printing a stamp. home post.
The company’s operators through three distinct services – Digicode for the consumer market, Shipcode for businesses and Easycode for returns of consumer goods. Stamp Free says all three are expected to launch within the next 12 months, with Digicode being the first to arrive.
Digicode allows users to select the mail product (letter or parcel) and pay the exact amount of postage through the Stamp Free application or the integrated postal carrier application. They then receive a Digicode which is written on the mail item, which is scanned / validated by the application before being sent by mail as usual.
When it comes to returns, Easycode eliminates the need for return labels included with shipped items, or the need to print additional labels. Instead, customers request and receive an Easycode through the Stamp Free mobile app or retailer’s website, write it on the item, and then return it through a local locker, drop-off point, or by posting. directly
Shipcode is looking to replace traditional postage meters or parcel shipping services currently used by many businesses, making the process more efficient and cost effective, especially for small businesses that frequently post F
Stamp Free adds that it can also benefit postal carriers by removing postage stamp issues such as fraud, liability and printing costs. By having access to data on postings made through the app, ensures that they are properly paid for the items they process.