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POST-EXPO 2017: IPC presentation preview

International Post Corporation (IPC) has joined forces with over 30 posts across the globe to develop a seamless e-commerce delivery network called Interconnect.

This network aims at creating the best conditions for e-shoppers and SMEs to shop and sell online internationally, and for posts to fully benefit from cross-border e-commerce growth.

Ahead of his presentation at POST-EXPO 2017, IPC’s CEO Holger Winklbauer talks to PPTI about the latest changes in e-commerce markets.

What will you be presenting at Post-Expo 2017?
My presentation will mainly focus on the latest changes within the e-commerce markets. With consumer delivery expectations increasing based on their experiences with global e-retail platforms, how can posts meet both consumer and e-retailer demands for low-cost, reliable and tracked delivery of parcels?

What is IPC’s role in global e-commerce?
The role of IPC is to enable posts to fully benefit from the growth of cross-border e-commerce, through common postal standards for global e-commerce; to address large e-commerce volumes, among Interconnect participants and also in particular from Asia; and meet the needs of e-retailers and their customers and address.

Can you describe the current relationship between global e-commerce and posts – is it adequate?
Postal e-commerce volumes are increasing but at a lower rate than the e-commerce market itself. However, posts are still best placed to grow their e-commerce volumes further. To achieve that, it is essential to adapt to new realities and respond to e-retailers and customer needs.

What is the most important thing for the postal sector to do so it can fulfil the global growth of e-commerce?
International cooperation between posts is essential to offer a fully end-to-end postal delivery service globally. Interconnect is a major achievement for postal networks, resulting from joint efforts by postal operators and IPC to agree on common standards for cross-border e-commerce and of major investments to upgrade capacity both at national and international levels. A full deployment of Interconnect and a rapid take-up of its capabilities by participating posts is essential for the sector to be in a position to gain market size and share in the e-commerce market.

September 19, 2017


Video Exclusives

Drone footage of Hermes super hub

Hermes UK has opened its new purpose built, automated parcel distribution hub in Rugby, the biggest of its kind in the UK. The £31m (US$40m) development represents the most significant investment in the company’s history and will create more than 100 jobs. Located in Rugby, the Midlands super hub measures 270,000ft², the equivalent of 34 soccer pitches, and has the capability to efficiently process in excess of one million parcels each day.

23 August, 2017

UPS delivery drivers trained using VR simulations

UPS has announced that it will start training student delivery drivers to spot and identify road hazards using virtual reality (VR) headsets that simulate the experience of driving on city streets. The company will launch VR training at nine UPS Integrad training facilities in September.

To read more about the training simulation, click here.

16 August, 2017


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