EBay selects Pitney Bowes for Internet postage tool

FRAMINGHAM (03/09/2004) - EBay Inc. has selected Pitney Bowes Inc. to provide a browser-based postage solution that gives its customers access to U.S. Postal Service (USPS) shipping services directly from the eBay and PayPal Web sites. PayPal is owned by eBay.

"We've integrated an online postage solution to make shipping faster and easier for both eBay and PayPal users," said eBay spokeswoman Jennifer Caukin. "With this new tool, our users will be able to purchase postage online and pay for it using their PayPal accounts, and they'll be able to print their shipping label from their computer, all from the eBay Web site."

Caukin said users previously had to go off-site or to a USPS office for such services.

She said once the label is purchased, both the buyer and the seller will be able to track the delivery status of the package online from either the eBay or PayPal site. "Since shipping is such a crucial piece of the transactional process on eBay, it will make trading on eBay faster and easier," she said.

Caukin declined to release financial details of the deal.

"Our application represents the next generation of Internet postage technology. It is designed to deliver maximum customer convenience and postal revenue security," said Neil Metviner, president of the Pitney Bowes Direct unit, in the statement.

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