Friday, 21 March 2014

Wiltshire Council First To Use Innovative Dotpost Delivery Solution

Wiltshire County Council offices in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

LAST week, Wiltshire County Council became the first local authority to send its Council Tax bills via an innovative online document delivery solution, known as Dotpost. 

The service was recently launched by print and mail specialists, CFH Docmail and free Dotpost accounts are being offered to all Wiltshire residents, so they too can benefit from free storage and delivery of documents, without the need for an envelope or a stamp. Residents who sign up to Dotpost can also benefit from free traditional post items, by opening up a Docmail account, with £5 free credit, topped up each month.

Dotpost is a secure online platform that allows users to store and ‘send’ documents quickly, easily – and most importantly – free. Recipients simply log-in using a unique code sent to them and they can view, save and print the documents they need.

MD of CFH Docmail Dave Broadway comments:

“We have all heard the about the price of stamps rising again – post is expensive, and for organisations such as Wiltshire Council, email is not secure or reliable. The Dotpost solution is an ideal way to deliver these documents securely, especially in the digital age. We believe that this way ‘sending’ documents – including invoices, bills, and statements – is a great alternative to print and post, and it is of course much easier for consumers if they can store and view all their paperwork on one secure portal.”

Wiltshire County Council is the first organisation to use the Dotpost service, and has already seen over 1,500 new users register for the Dotpost service in the first four days. The Council issued around 200,000 Council Tax bills to residents last week offering the service. Each bill included a personal sign up code allowing that resident to create a Dotpost account. Those that do can receive their next bill from Wiltshire Council as an online document, saving the council a significant sum, but may revert to paper if they prefer.

Dave Broadway added:

“We expect Dotpost to become a vital means by which consumers can store and access important documents. Dotpost is available on most mobile devices, and will provide secure online access to key documents like for example a stored copy of your passport which you could in an emergency, as well as an increasing number of bills and communications from suppliers using the service.”

Sign up to Dotpost is currently by invitation only. Wiltshire residents have until just the 14th April to create their account using the sign up code on their council tax bill. After that date, the code will expire.