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Postal e-volution

Postal e-volution

Private Box are set to revolutionise postal mail delivery in New Zealand

10 February 2008

The first Post Office in New Zealand was established in Russell in 1840. Since then the fundamentals of physical mail delivery haven’t really changed, and it remains one of the most antiquated communication channels left in New Zealand. Or it was, until Private Box launched their brand new service – a digital mailroom.

The first of its kind in New Zealand, this online service allows customers to view their postal mail, via the internet from anywhere in the world. Through Private Box (, you can set up one central address to which all post is delivered. You then log-into your secure digital mail room and can access electronic images of your mail. You can download these images or electronically forward the file. Then you decide what to do with that piece of mail, recycle it, shred it, or forward mail to your chosen physical address. “Customers are finding this service incredibly simple and easy to use. With one just a few clicks of a mouse they have dealt with all their physical mail,” Steven Morey, Private Box CEO commented.

For businesses using one central address eliminates customer confusion with a change of address. Or if you regularly travel (for business or pleasure), you can always access and respond to those important pieces of postal mail. But this innovative service not only saves time and money, it also helps the environment. “All paper is recycled here. And because you only forward the mail you need, you’re using less resources,” added Steven.

With the increasing occurrences of identity fraud, postal mail security is becoming a hot topic. “Throughout our sorting and scanning process all mail is securely handled and carefully monitored to ensure the utmost level of security,” Steven commented. And with a digital mailroom, your mail is delivered to a secure post office box, rather than a mailbox on the street.

About Private Box

Set up in 2005 Private Box uses the internet to give customers access to their physical mail from anywhere. Private Box provides customers with a central address (or addresses) for all their postal mail. Once any letters and documents are received, an email alert is sent to customers, who then log-on to check what has arrived. Addresses are used by people over the world, from businesses that need a physical presence in New Zealand, to tourists and immigrants who need a permanent address. Many customers are moving constantly, so a permanent physical address means they’re never out of contact with their postal mail.


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