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HP, UPS team on document delivery

The two are developing what they say is an industry first: secure electronic delivery of paper documents via the Internet.

Hewlett-Packard and United Parcel Services are teaming up to offer digital delivery of paper documents, the companies announced today.

HP and UPS are developing what they say is an industry first: secure electronic delivery of paper documents via the Internet. The new project is designed to appeal to corporations enticed by the speed and cost-effective nature of online messaging but wary of the trade-off in security.

"The natural combination of these smart products--seamlessly integrated paper-based information and electronic messaging--is the closest you can get today to safe and immediate document delivery," said Dale Hayes, vice president of electronic commerce marketing for UPS, in a statement.

The two companies will eventually market a solution comprised of two parts: UPS Document Exchange, which offers tracking and delivery of digital documents, and the HP 9100C Digital Sender, which sends physical documents over the Internet.

The goal is to replace overnight delivery of paper documents and augment existing email and faxing, the firms said.

The companies cite research by Intelliquest, which found that 35 percent of the overnight delivery market will migrate to Internet-based solutions by 2001.

"It just makes good business sense for us to market two of our revolutionary products to help customers with one of today's greatest business challenges: simplified communications," said John Stedman, senior vice president of HP's appliance and scanner business unit, in a statement.