Prime Vision and Stamp Free sign strategic alliance

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Computer vision integration specialist Prime Vision has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Stamp Free to support the rollout of the latter’s digital postage solution to existing and new postal clients worldwide.

Stamp Free says it is the first independent company in the world to offer a digital stamp product, which it claims allows businesses and consumers to use its integrated carrier app to send parcels, letters and returns without the need for a postage stamp or printed postage.

Commenting on the alliance, Prime Vision CEO Eddy Thans stated, “With Prime Vision’s extensive global experience in integrating postal and parcel solutions using OCR and artificial intelligence, it was a natural step to enter into a partnership with Stamp Free on their digital stamp products.” Stamp Free MD Hugh Craigie Halkett added, “In developing the Stamp Free Digital Postage Solution we have been working with Prime Vision to ensure that mail items sent via the Stamp Free app can be recognized by postal companies utilizing their OCR technology. We are delighted to form a strategic alliance to create an effective end-to-end solution with postal companies.”

The Stamp Free Digital Postage Solution consists of three configurable products:

  1. Digicode allows customers to select the mail product (letter or parcel) and pay for the required postage via the Stamp Free app or integrated carrier app without needing to visit a shop or post office for stamps. They then post their mail items in the normal way without the need for a postage stamp or printed postage. Carriers benefit from getting data on these customers. They also avoid the costs associated with stamp handling and stamp fraud and ensure they are paid for the items they handle.
  2. Shipcode is aimed at posting customers who do not want the hassle of a shipping solution or want to avoid investing in technology or franking machines just to send mail. Targeted at marketplace sellers, mailroom functions and small businesses, the solution is simple and easy to use. As with Digicode, mail items are posted in the normal way.
  3. Easycode removes the need for return labels to be included in the box of every product sold. Customers who wish to return items purchased online simply access the Easycode solution via the Stamp Free mobile app or the retailer’s website. Items are then posted or dropped off at a local locker without the need for printing labels and taping them to a parcel.
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