A new service will intercept mail at local post offices, scan it and send it to a digital mailbox.
As the U.S. Post Office makes plans to scale back services, there is at least one startup that sees opportunity in the business of snail mail. Austin, Texas-based Outbox plans to soon start testing a service that would intercept mail at local post offices, scan it and send it to a digital mailbox. The target is busy moms, who can use bits of downtime on the go to peruse their paper mail.
While a few other companies receive and manage bills online, such as Hearst’s Manilla and two-year-old Zumbox, they bypass the post office altogether, setting up a direct line between customers and companies. Outbox assumes there’s still a place for real, honest-to-goodness mail, even if it comes via a digital screen. We’ve written about people creating analog greetings via digital devices—now, ironically, that snail mail could become digitized once again before it gets to its destination.