USPS launches e-payment service

USPS launches e-payment service

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

APRIL 5—The Postal Service today launched an electronic bill payment service on its Web site.

"It is certain that the generation that has grown up with PCs will move to transacting business on the Internet," Postmaster General William Henderson said at the unveiling of USPS eBillPay.

The online service, at www.usps.com/ebpp/splash.html, offers an alternative way to deliver payments, $17 billion of which are mailed annually, postal officials said.

"Our people and our organization will ensure secure, reliable service via the Internet," Henderson said. "Working with technology and financial electronic-commerce leaders from the private sector is the best way to leverage the Internet and the best way to explore opportunities for efficiency, cost and time savings for our customers."

The Postal Service worked with CheckFree Corp. of Norcross, Ga., and YourAccounts.com of El Dorado Hills, Calif., to develop USPS eBillPay.

CheckFree will provide the electronic-payment functions. The e.bill.anywhere program from YourAccounts.com will support the content delivery, USPS officials said.

Customers can enroll for the service online and set up listings of vendors they want to pay electronically. The service will let users view their bills online and select exact payment dates.

USPS will provide the service for free for six months. After that, users will have two options. For $6 a month, USPS will handle up to 20 bills a month; extra payments would cost 40 cents each. Or users can pay a $2-a-month account charge and 40 cents per bill.

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