[WorldKings - Wowtimes - Almanac Events & Achievements 2023] Pitney Bowes's 103 years of service and solutions for mail processing and document management (1920)


(worldkings.org) Pitney Bowes Inc. is an American technology company most known for its postage meters and other mailing equipment and services, and with expansions into e-commerce, software, and other technologies.

The company provides mailing and shipping services, global e-commerce logistics, and financial services to approximately 750,000 customers globally. Pitney Bowes is a certified "work-share partner" of the United States Postal Service, and helps the agency sort and process 15 billion pieces of mail annually. Pitney Bowes has also commissioned surveys related to international e-commerce. Pitney Bowes is based in Stamford, Connecticut and as of October 2021 employed approximately 11,000 people worldwide.

The company’s milestones:



1902: Arthur Pitney patented his first "double-locking" hand-cranked postage-stamping machine, and with patent attorney Eugene A. Rummler, founded the Pitney Postal Machine Company.

1908: English emigrant and founder of the Universal Stamping Machine Company Walter Bowes began providing stamp-canceling machines to the United States Post Office Department.

1920: These two companies merged to form the Pitney Bowes Postage Meter Company in 1920 with the invention of the first commercially available postage meter.

1933: Pitney Bowes creates a machine that can print various postage rates on both letters and parcels. 

1939: Pitney Bowes unveils the “Mailomat” – a coin-operated postage meter and letter box.

1949: The company launches the first mass-market desktop mail station. 



1971: The Pitney Bowes Credit Services Corporation is established to provide leasing of Pitney Bowes equipment to clients.

1978: The introduction of “Postage by Phone,” allows companies to order postage via telephone and have their meters reset electronically.

1998: The company branches into digital document delivery with the launch of its D3 software that enables message management via hard copy, web, email and fax

2004: eBay selects Pitney Bowes for its shipping label printing service. 

2005: The Pitney Bowes Foundation focuses on literacy and education and deepens the community involvement of Pitney Bowes employees through volunteer grants and matching gifts.



2016: Pitney Bowes launches the SendPro 300, the first multi-carrier office shipping solution in the US, based on Cloud technology. 

2022: Pitney Bowes announced it would test automated delivery trucks from startup Gatik for short hauls by supplementing existing routes in the Dallas, Texas, area.

According to en.wikipedia.org; pitneybowes.com

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