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The ecoEnvelope acts as a two-way mailer that can be used both to send out bills and receive customer payments.
Much has been written about the operational efficiencies and environmental benefits of paperless billing, both for the consumer and the business. But there are still far more monthly bills and invoices sent out via paper than by digital means.
That is what motivated Sprint Nextel to announce this week that it will start using a new billing scheme. The new format, called the ecoEnvelope, uses a single envelope both for sending out bills and for allowing customers to send back their payments.
The new format DOES require bill recipients to open the envelope in a different manner, so that it still intact for return mailing. (See the example below.) But Sprint believes that it will help minimize its printing and paper costs (no second envelope to include inside), as well as its mailing expenses.
"While more than 30 percent of Sprint accounts current use a paperless billing option, many customers prefer to receive a paper invoice," said Scott Rice, vice president, Care and Billing for Sprint, in a statement. "The new bill format not only gives our customers a convenient method to remit payment but it will reduce paper waste, conserve natural resources, and lower paper consumption for Sprint."
The ecoEnvelope has the added advantage of being made out of sustainable materials include certified paper, inks and window films that have been manufactured with attention to their impact on the environment.
Sprint estimates that the new envelope format will save up to 447 tons of paper annually along with about a half-million dollars in operational costs.
Jun 6, 2012
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Any company is missing the boat totally when they try to do paperless billing. Nobody is ever gonna print their own bills from an email. What a paper bill provides is an artifact reminder that a bill is due and the consumer can handle that in whatever manner makes sense to them. Emailed bills don't do this. Paying all bills by online bill payment or electronic banking eliminate checks and mailing by the consumer. Why can't they figure out how to send the bill to my bank (or some other bill receipt application) and then my bank can provide a real time computerized bill statement of all my obligations? Wait...I want intellectual property rights to this idea! TM by firstname.lastname@example.org...all rights reserved!
What a dumb idea. I want to keep my paperwork in the original envelope and couldn't with this. So I used an envelope of my own when paying. Now that I've dropped Sprint completely, I'm much happier all the way around.
Up until a few years ago, either the City of Chicago used this sort of envelope for their city automotive sticker remittances, or the Illinois Secretary of State did for license plate renewals, I can't remeber which. I never understood why they stopped using it. This is nothing new, just something that got "forgotten" and is suddenly rediscovered by someone. Much ado about nothing.
As far as I can tell, no other major company seems to use them across the board. What's different about these is mainly the recycling angle. Although I have trouble with the user education angle. I wonder how many people will simply tear these the wrong way or throw them out. Thanks for commenting.