From some years ago the new systems of electronic franking are a reality that many postal administrations worldwide are testing or have already implemented, one more option for the franking of the shipments. The experience of La Poste Suisse in this field is introduced in the next article.
From summer of 2002 the Switzerland Post - La Poste started different tests with a new franking system developed by Deutsche Post, called Stampit. About 30 local companies and private customers all around the country were selected and during several months they tested the advantages of this new proposal.
To frank with Stampit, it was only necessary to have a PC-computer, a printer and access to Internet.
The new system was initially created for companies or postal users with a medium or large volume of shipments, the clients loaded the application and printed their own stamps through the computer system.
After the success of these first tests, La Poste presented in February 15th, 2005 the new electronic franking system, called WebStamp.
This software allows the user to create its own postage stamps through Internet; The franking can be used for inland and international letters and inland parcels.
After printing, the WebStamp can be used normally for franking and does not require any type of postmark. Like the Stampit, the WebStamp was created for users with a more or less important volume of shipments.
The third and, until now, last step in this process was presented in May 11th, 2006; it's the WebStamp Private.
As indicated, it is a franking system that no longer is thought for companies or great users of the post, but also for privates: after registration in PostMail, the user (only living in Switzerland, of course !) can print his own postage stamps through its personal computer and, even more, personalize them with any photography or image.
A great and specially attractive resource for all those wishing to give a special image to their mail, as showed in this funny presentation of La Poste.
Of course, any of the postage stamps showed in this article can or must be considered as an ATM issue, but they are variable value stamps, real postage stamps with different values selected and printed by the user for immediate use, including the date of issue (explicit on the stamp or codified in the matrix code), and they would not require any type of postmark.
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This page was created in 15.05.06 and last updated: 31.05.06