International News

July 20

DENMARK: TheLocal: Postnord, the company responsible for distribution of Denmark’s post, has doubled its losses during the first half of 2017. The company, which has 60 percent Swedish and 40 percent Danish ownership, lost 748 million Swedish kronor (78 million euros) during the first hald of 2017, more than double the amount 304 million Swedish kronor (32 million euros) loss from the same period last year. Turnover for the company has dropped by ten percent to 4.3 million Swedish kronor (450,000 euros) during the first half of 2017, according to DR’s report. Postnord cites digitalisation, with both private customers and businesses turning to email and Denmark’s secure digital mail system Eboks, as the basis for the decrease in turnover. In addition to the decline in mail, Postnord still employs several thousand numbers of civil servants who are very difficult to lay off, reports DR.

July 19

IRELAND: BreakingNews: The Government has been warned that more post offices will close around the country, because postmasters cannot make a living from the business. Postmasters are holding a protest outside the Department of Communications at noon today seeking the involvement of the Minister in their stalled talks with An Post. The Union pulled out of talks because it says a new contract on offer from the company will see them losing earnings.

NIGERIA: WorldStageGroup: The Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) has resolved to tap into the money remittances business as Nigerian migrant workers are said to be remitting between $23 and $24 billion into the country annually. Post Master-General of NIPOST, Adebisi Adegbuyi who revealed this in Ilorin on Tuesday after his visit to the service’s facilities, said “we are going to start financial services. We stand to make a lot of money from remittances in Africa. Our migrant workers all over remit home between 23 and 23 billion Dollars every year.

UNITED KINGDOM: ThisisMoney: Even the slew of post sent during the UK's general election was not enough to halt the decline of Royal Mail's letters business. The privatised postal service said volumes of official letters pushed through letterboxes for local authorities and government bodies only put a 1 per cent dent in the rate of decline, which was still 6 per cent.  This did not include post sent to voters by political parties, a trading update for the three months to June 25 said yesterday.

July 18

BULGARIA: Seenews: Online commerce in Bulgaria has expanded by 14% in 2016, ahead of the average growth rate of 12% recorded in Europe in the same year, the country's deputy minister of transport, information technology and communications, Dimitar Genovski, said. The dynamic growth of e-commerce in recent years is a significant factor for the postal sector, according to Genovski. In 2016, the total number of consignments and services provided by postal operators in Bulgaria rose to 184 million, an increase of 5% compared to 2015, Genovski said.

INDIA: IndianExpress: Snail mail is in the throes of rapid, fundamental and widespread change. With the introduction of other means of communication, the postal department’s growth has, contrary to popular perception, not quite been stalled. Far from it. A peek into the changes the department has undergone in the last two decades reveals that it has kept pace with the changing times — embracing technology, introducing innovation. The adoption of technology has resulted in a drop in the number of post offices as well as staff strength, though not drastically.  

IRELAND: TheLiberal: There was good news for online shoppers today as An Post unveiled its new postal service that will allow consumers to avail of products from the UK and the US more easily. The new service named AddressPal will give customers a proxy address for online delivery that is usually restricted in countries such as the UK and the US. An Post say the new service will now allow Irish consumers to avail of products they were unable to get their hands on in the past due to leading websites restrictions on postage. The new service will cost from as little as €3.75 to €53.99 depending on the weight of the item and its location.

SINGAPORE: StraitTimesThe former board of directors of Singapore Post did not fully consider certain key risks before signing off on the postal service provider's largest acquisition, an independent review has found. In particular, information relating to certain key risks identified in the course of due diligence and the valuation of TradeGlobal - the loss-making United States e-commerce business that SingPost acquired for US$168.5 million (S$236 million) in October 2015 - was not raised to the board before it approved the acquisition, a report from SingPost's legal counsel has found.

UNITED KINGDOM: Yahoo: Election-related letters and growth from its continental European parcel business helped Britain's Royal Mail to eke out a 1 percent gain in first-quarter revenue, the resilience boosting its shares. After years of underinvestment, the former monopoly was privatised in 2013 and has since reduced layers of management, upgraded technology and cut its property bill. However, the company was left struggling last year as its domestic parcels business faced stiff competition and as uncertainty following Britain's vote to leave the European Union worsened the rate of decline in its letters business. Royal Mail has been bulking up its GLS delivery business, as it has forecast continued challenging conditions in Britain and now faces an uphill battle negotiating pension arrangements with some of the country's largest unions.

UNITED KINGDOM: Post&Parcel: DHL Supply Chain has started work today (18 July) on a new 150,000 sq. ft cross-dock facility at Avonmouth which is scheduled to be completed in January. The new site is an extension of DHL’s existing capabilities at Avonmouth and represents a total investment of €24.75m. It will bring increased capability for customers that require a clean retail/food grade environment and will consist of a 30,000 sq. ft. tri-temperature controlled cross-dock chamber and an ambient cross-dock chamber of approximately 110,000 sq. ft. The Avonmouth facility will also support delivery into Bristol and Bath city centres using all-electric vehicles and the collection and disposal of recyclable products and management of waste. 

UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION: NewVision: Uganda will host a five-day meeting of the East African Communications Organisation (EACO) Congress, starting July 24. According to a statement from the Uganda Communications Commission, dated July 14, 2017, the meeting with about 300 participants expected to attend, will be held at the Silver Springs Hotel in the city suburb of Bugolobi. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, is expected to officiate at the opening ceremony. The stakeholders are expected to deliberate on the fast-paced technological developments and how it can benefit the masses.

July 17

VIETNAM: Post&Parcel: DHL eCommerce has launched its nationwide domestic delivery operations in Vietnam. In a statement issued today (17 July), DHL said that the domestic delivery network will offer a range of services “tailored” for the e-commerce sector. Charles Brewer, CEO, DHL eCommerce, commented: “The Vietnamese e-commerce market represents a huge and relatively untapped potential for local retailers, e-tailers and marketplaces: in 2016, total e-commerce spending hit US$1 billion despite barely over 50% of the population being online. “With e-commerce spending expected to grow at around 23% per year between now and 2020, local e-tailers need scalable, high-quality logistics solutions with nationwide coverage more than ever before.” “Only 15% of Vietnam’s e-commerce shoppers paid online in 2016, making cash on delivery a must-have feature for e-commerce to succeed. That, combined with concerns about the hassle of returns and refunds, has made growth an uphill battle for many local e-tailers,” said Thomas Harris, Managing Director, DHL eCommerce Vietnam.

NETHERLANDS: Post&Parcel: Prime Vision and Unmanned Life have performed a live demonstration of their “Autonomous Sorting” solution to an invited audience at Zoetermeer, The Netherlands. The proof-of-concept demonstration, which took place in an empty warehouse last Tuesday (11 July), aimed to show how a sorting centre can be run using autonomous robotic unmanned vehicles (UVs). The two companies are working together to develop the solution for the broader mail and parcel industry. According to Prime Vision: “This ‘pop-up’ sorting centre can be deployed in any building in less than a day. These UV’s or ‘Rovers’ as Prime Vision like to call them, require no other equipment or existing plant to operate and are safe to work alongside human workers. The system can be scaled up or down and rovers can even be dispatched to other locations depending on the days requirements.”

UNITED KINGDOM: IsleofMan: Delegates who attended the Small European Postal Administration Cooperations’ (Sepac) conference, hosted by Isle of Man Post Office, are hailing it a huge success.Last week more than 14 delegates representing small postal administrations from around Europe including Aland, Malta, Luxembourg, Faroe Islands, Channel Islands, Gibraltar and the Vatican visited the Island for a two-day forum held at the Sefton Hotel, Douglas. The forum was by invitation only and allows Sepac members to share experiences and gain knowledge from their counterparts from across Europe. The members meet once a year to discuss topical issues and challenges as each postal administration considers how the industry will develop in the future.

July 16

CANADA: ChronicalJournal: The time has come to bring Canada Post into the banking business. With the big six in banking scrambling to know where their next billion dollars is coming from, they continue to cut jobs and services, particularly in small, rural communities. It might be possible to demand that banks continue to provide in-person service to small communities but it’s not necessary. Postal banking is a realistic option. The mandate of the banks is to make as much money as possible. The mandate of a postal bank would be broader and more socially oriented.Postal banking can play a meaningful role in building and maintaining the quality of life in Canada. Another important benefit of postal banking is the boost it would give to a struggling Canada Post. It would create a new source of income for the post office which would then assist in maintaining other desired services such as door-to-door delivery.

TUNISIA: Post&Parcel: The Universal Postal Union (UPU) and Tunisia have signed an agreement for the development of e-commerce in the country under the Ecom@Africa project initiative. In a statement issued yesterday (13 July), the UPU said: “The cooperation agreement formalizes commitment to implement the Ecom@Africa Tunisian platform. Experts from the UPU and Tunisia have for the past months been setting up suitable technical and operational structures that will enable the roll out of the project. ” The UPU launched the Ecom@Africa initiative to assist African countries develop and facilitate online trade using the postal network.

July 15

NIGERIA: GuardianNG: The Senate has begun moves to carry out comprehensive reforms in the country’s postal industry and make it more economically beneficial.The Postal Sector Reform Bill, which has reached an advanced stage, establishes the Postal Service Commission as the new regulatory authority in the sector in place of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST). Chairman of Senate Committee on Communications, Gilbert Nnaji, who confirmed this yesterday, lamented what he observed as “the erosion of public confidence in the country’s postal system,” pointing out that the waning confidence was on account of the inability of NIPOST to deliver on virtually all statutory obligations, including basic and core postal services.

July 14

UNITED KINGDOM: FT: The main trade union at Royal Mail has repeated its opposition to a proposed new pension arrangement, increasing the possibility of a first nationwide strike since the postal operator was privatised four years ago. The defiant stance from the Communication Workers’ Union came as another union representing managers at Royal Mail said it would seek out its members’ views on what it called “the best achievable [offer] in the circumstances”. The impasse sets up a summer of crunch negotiations between the CWU and Royal Mail, who are also in the middle of pay talks. Solving the issue peaceably is one of the biggest challenges facing chief executive Moya Greene, who is leading a modernisation of the 500-year-old organisation.

UNITED KINGDOM: Post&Parcel: Royal Mail will be running an online price trial for second class medium parcels between 2kg and 5 kg. The cost of sending a second class medium parcel will be reduced from £13.75 to £6.29 for a three-month period starting 17th July, online only. The trial ends on 16 October. In addition, the cost of sending second class Signed For, medium parcels will be £7.29, reduced from £14.75. A spokesperson informed Post&Parcel today: “The trial is designed to test the popularity of this price point rather than being a trial of the online channel. We’re offering this trial price point online simply because it makes it easier for us to execute.”

UNITED KINGDOM: Post&Parcel:  UPS is set to increase the number of electric vehicles operating from its Camden depot in central London depots by almost 50%. The project, which has been awarded funding of £3m to help improve London’s air quality, will see the Camden depot become a testbed for leading edge technology aimed at reducing the cost of charging freight electric vehicles. Working with UK Power Networks, UPS will increase the number of electric freight vehicles operating in the fleet from 50 to 70 – and pave the way for running more than 150 vehicles from the site.

UNITED KINGDOM: Invezz: Shares in Royal Mail Group have fallen into the red in London this morning, as the company updated the market on its pension review, having warned that its current defined benefit scheme is unaffordable beyond next year. Royal Mail announced in a statement this morning that following extensive talks with its unions, it was now offering its employees a choice between a new defined benefit scheme and a defined contribution scheme. The postal operator expects the overall cost of the proposal to be funded within its current £400 million annual pension contribution.

July 13

IRAN: FinancialTribune: Iran and Vietnam are going to cooperate on exchange of international postal money order through the International Financial System in Universal Postal Union. IFS is a standalone application that takes care of the electronic transfer of international money orders.

NIGERIA: DailyPost: The Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, Senator Gilbert Nnaji has raised fears on regulatory crisis if the Nigeria Postal Services and Telecommunications (NIPOST) was allowed to act as a regulator and operator at the same time in the proposed reforms.  “I want to stress on the imperativeness of the reform, but I want to caution that any arrangement that allows the Nigerian Postal Service, (NIPOST) to act as regulator and operator at the same time would pose serious setback to government efforts, particularly at a time government needs revenues to take the country out of recession”, he said. Nnaji said reform of NIPOST was occasioned by the lack of delivery on its statutory responsibilities, noting that the proposed establishment of Postal Service Commission and that of Nationwide Toll-free Emergency Number bill would generate healthy revenues for the country.

July 12

AUSTRIA: EthNews: The Vienna-based startup firm BitPanda published a press release announcing its new partnership with the Österreichische Post (Austria’s official postal service). “BitPanda to go” now facilitates the exchange of euros for cryptocurrencies in post offices all over Austria. As of July 10, 400 post branches and 1,300 postal partners in Austria have implemented BitPanda to go, and the crypto startup claims to have favorable prices due to its ability to sell the digital assets at cost. In addition, freshly purchased coins need no verification. They will be sent directly to the integrated wallet of the customer, at which point they can be spent “freely and instantly.”

RUSSIA: TheMoscowTimes: The final chapter of Dmitry Strashnov’s controversial reign over Russia’s postal service ended Friday with the appointment of his successor, handpicked by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Under Strashnov, the company generated record revenues and profits. Today, Russian Post has 42,000 post offices, servicing 6.5 million customers daily. Apart from selling stamps and sending letters, the company processes utility payments, cash transfers and consumer loans. It even sells lottery, flight and theater tickets. By 2016, Russian Post had successfully handled 225 million international packages — twice as many as 2015 and 10 times more than 2012. Its revenues ballooned 24 percent to 165 billion rubles from 2013 to 2016, with profits soaring 72-fold to 1.7 billion rubles over the same period. The company paid its main shareholder, the federal government, a dividend of 913 million rubles ($15 million). As parting advice to Podguzov, Strashnov said the company must continue to modernize and adapt to market demands. It should capitalize on Russia being a bridge between Asia and Europe, he said, citing plans for a regular postal route between Beijing, Moscow and Berlin. 

CANADA: CBC:  Some Canada Post workers on rural routes near Ottawa have become so concerned about exhaust spewing into the cabs of their aging delivery trucks that they've started carrying carbon monoxide detectors. But Canada Post denies there's a widespread problem and says the vehicles are well maintained. The Grumman LLV ceased production in 1994. Originally built under contract for the U.S. Postal Service, the right-hand-drive trucks were supposed to be safer, healthier and more ergonomically suited to mail delivery. In 2010 Canada Post signed a deal with Ford Canada to supply replacement vehicles that the Crown corporation promised would be "much more efficient and environmentally friendly" than the Grummans. But the Grummans are still on the road, and the newest among them is 23 years old. Replacement parts are becoming difficult to find.

GERMANY: Post&Parcel: Deutsche Post DHL Group and technology manufacturer Wärtsilä have completed a pilot project testing mobile robots from Fetch Robotics for warehouse applications. The pilot was carried out in Wärtsilä’s central distribution center in Kampen, the Netherlands, where DHL is responsible for running the warehouse and ensuring the smooth operation of the entire logistics chain, from order intake to customer delivery. The autonomous mobile robots have a loading capacity of 78kg (172 lb) and can cover a distance of 2m/s (4.5mph). When the battery life of maximum nine hours comes to an end, the freight robot independently makes its way to the charging unit. The intelligent robots recognize their location and surroundings, and can differentiate between dynamic and static obstacles, thus enabling evasive action to work safely with and around people.

UNITED KINGDOM: Post&Parcel: UK-based parcel comparison website Parcel2Go has entered the postal market with the new Letters and Small Parcels service. According to Parcel2Go, the service - which is “powered by Whistl” – will enable small businesses, online sellers and micro SMEs to send their letters and small parcels on a pay-as-you-go basis at “significant discounts”. Parcel2Go added that the service will offer “heavily discounted rates (compared to Royal Mail 2nd class stamps) giving businesses a huge saving of up to 35% off whilst still having their items delivered by a local postman”. Businesses using the service will be offered the option of having their items collected, or dropped off at a local drop shop.

July 11 

BARBARDOS: BarbadosAdvocate: Postmaster General, Margaret Ashby, is urging members of the postal sector across the region to see the post as being critical for the vibrancy of their economies. She said this can only be achieved by embracing the fast-growing industry of E-Commerce. Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Gayle Francis-Vaughan, said that according to the Regional Development Plan 2017-2020 for the Caribbean and Latin American region, UPU has projected that parcel post growth rates will increase by five per cent by 2020 – up from three per cent in 2014. She noted that other research on E-Commerce suggest that in 2018, 139.3 million people in Latin America are expected to buy goods and services online – this is up from 84.7 million in 2013.

IRAN: Irna: Post Bank of Iran and Vietnam Post signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on exchanging international postal bill through International Financial System in Universal Postal Union.

July 10

COSTA RICA:  Post&Parcel:  Correos de Costa Rica is running a pilot programme, testing the use of parcel lockers installed at AMPM and Fresh Market stores. The pilot programme began in three supermarkets this month (July) and sources report that the plan is to “expand nationwide soon”. Sources at Correos de Costa Rica said that the parcel lockers have been introduced in response to the continuing increase in the volume of parcels ordered by online shoppers.

JAPAN: Asia.NikkeaJapan's Finance Ministry will not sell shares in Japan Post Holdings this summer as originally planned, instead opting to wait until the price recovers to a more profitable level. The government looks to reduce its roughly 80% remaining stake in the postal holding company to a little more than 30% as soon as possible, as required by Japan's postal privatization law. The roughly 20% stake sold in the company's November 2015 initial public offering brought in 1.4 trillion yen ($12.2 billion). 

NETHERLANDS: NLTimes: The Dutch postal service is in urgent need of a reassessment, Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs said on Monday. Fundamental choices must be made to keep postal delivery affordable and available. This could entail less frequent deliveries at higher costs, he said in a statement, reports. Recent studies done on behalf or the Ministry of Economic Affairs show that WhatsApp is now the number one means of communication in the Netherlands. Mobile calling and email came in second and third. Physical mail dropped to sixth place. Over 60 percent of respondents called communication by post a hassle. In 2012 more than half called post communications easy. Dutch consumers and businesses now send 35 percent less post than in 2011. Though the actual number of postal items remained stable at around 2.9 billion. Businesses account for 2.7 billion of these mail items. The unregulated parcel delivery market is seeing an increase, on the other hand. Every year around 350 million parcels are sent and received through this market, an increase of 81 percent compared to 2011. 

July 7

ETHIOPIA: Post&ParcelUAE postal operator Aramex has reached a Master Franchise Agreement with Indian logistics firm Logix Express to expand its last-mile delivery solutions in Ethiopia, East Africa.As part of its business expansion strategy, Aramex is now present in 23 African countries and will inaugurate another five outlets in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa by August 2017, taking the total number of outlets in the city to 10. Aramex’s operations in Ethiopia include door-to-door delivery and pickup, customs clearing, freight forwarding and e-services.

MALAYSIA: MalaysianDigest: Malaysia has proposed that the cooperation of the postal network between countries in the Asia-Pacific region be strengthened to support the rapid growth of the digital economy.Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari said the postal network was a strategic infrastructure and crucial component of the digital economic ecosystem which must be strengthened from time to time. At the session, he urged the government to take pro-active steps to rejuvenate the Universal Postal Services policy to ensure that postal services continued to be in tune to the behavioural habits of consumers and fast-changing market demands.

July 6

JAPAN: Post&Parcel: Toyota’s subsidiary Hino Motors is reportedly looking to partner with other auto manufacturers to develop autonomous parcel delivery vehicles. In an article published today (6 July) by The Japan Times, Hino’s President Yoshio Shimo is quoted as saying that his company is looking to form partnership with overseas firms, as part of their efforts to address the shortage of drivers for parcel delivery services in Japan. The Japan Times also quoted Shimo as saying that he was confident technological hurdles can be overcome to introduce delivery services using unmanned trucks.

UNITED KINGDOM: ECommerceNews: Parcel companies could improve the efficiency of their delivery by 30 percent if they use What3words, the UK startup claims. With What3words, you don’t refer to addresses the usual way (“Main Street 1”), but by pinpointing exact delivery locations using a unique combination of three different words. What3words, which won the Game Changer and Rising Star awards at the ecommerce event Deliver last year, spoke to delegates at the recent Deliver #2 conference in Berlin. It revealed that its system has been adopted by seven national postal services since the event of last year. In a recent test in London, on-demand delivery company Quiqup was able to take 30 percent off their delivery time when they used the 3 word addresses. And in the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, global fast-food giant Dominos has also tested this system.

July 5

HAITI: HaitiLibreAs part of the modernization and installation of new postal services in all offices of the Office des Postes d’Haïti (OPH) through the national territory, Carel Alexandre, the Director General of the OPH proceded on June 30, at the inauguration of a standardized reception structure at the OPH Tri Center located to the National Society of Industrial Parks (SONAPI). The SONAPI sorting center will now be equipped with an EMS service Express Mail Service); A home delivery service (extracts from archives, baptismal acts, marriage, etc.) and the continuation of the shipment and the receipt of different parcels.

IRAN: IRNA: Iran Post Company and China Post signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday expecting a rise in cooperation on financial software and electronic commerce. The MoU is expected to promote Iran-China postal cooperation with some steps to be taken for launching a financial software. 

IRELAND: LBBOnline: Ireland’s national postal service, An Post, today launches a dramatic new brand campaign, focusing on their stance against a turbulent world that’s closing its borders and turning  in on itself. Created by award-winning Dublin agency, Target McConnells, the campaign heralds a new beginning for Ireland’s postal service. PJ Brigdale, An Post Head of Marketing adds; “This campaign marks the beginning of an exciting new era for An Post as we signal our intent to aggressively grow our Parcels business. In the coming weeks you will see a range of great new An Post products and services, that throws the world wide-open for Irish shoppers and businesses, with huge relevance for younger customers. The launch ad is cinematic and bold, it’s really a calling card for An Post’s new direction.”

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UNITED KINGDOM: LFPress: The sight of a Canada Post letter carrier walking their route has almost vanished from London streets. As part of a national plan by Canada Post, letter carriers at four of five London postal depots now use small vans to deliver mail and parcels to homes and community mailboxes. Canada Post’s Sylvie Lapointe said the Crown corporation is gradually eliminating walking routes by providing carriers with vans. She said vans are needed to deliver the growing number of parcels delivered for online retailers, a valuable market for Canada Post as the volume of traditional letter mail drops.

July 3, 2017

AUSTRALIA: Post&Parcel: Australia Post has announced that its employees have voted their approval of the EBA2017 enterprise agreement, which offers a guaranteed 6% pay increase over three years and protection of key existing terms and conditions of employment. In a statement issued today (30 June) Australia Post said that the vote from its 29,500 Award level employees secured a 74% majority in favour of EBA2017. Australia Post also agreed to continue the commitment for the life of EBA2017 to no forced redundancies for any employee impacted by reform of letters, provided they are looking for another job in the business, and an additional $22m to fund skills training for frontline employees. 

QATAR: MenaFN: The international shipping services of Qatar Post are continuing normally and not affected by the current blockade. Maud Daniel, Head of Marketing and Communications of Qatar Post while talking to The Peninsula has said that 'CONNECTED, Q-Post's e-commerce service, was one of company's strongest and most appreciated products. 'Despite the current diplomatic crisis, our international shipping service continues to operate and deliver with no interruption, showcasing the reliability of this star product, she added. To a question about Q-Post's revamp, she said that Qatar Post was currently going through a major structural change across all business departments, aimed at providing 21st century postal services to each citizen's and each business' door step. In parallel, Maud said that Qatar Post had also launched a Qatarization process aimed at building a strong Qatari workforce driving the Nation's postal sector. 'Qatar Post is partnering with the best organisations in the sector on a global scale in order to exchange best practices. Since SingPost (Singapore Post) and Turkish Post are leaders in the postal sector, they are natural players to team up with and learn from.

QATAR: MenaFN: The Smart Innovation Lab of the Ministry of Transport and Communications in collaboration with Qatar Post has successfully completed a pilot project on drone delivery system. 'The pilot project was a success and now we are exploring potential routes and assessing the market demand, aid Maud Daniel, Head of Marketing and Communications of Qatar Post while talking to The Peninsula. She said that drone delivery was at the heart of the current innovation debate within the postal sector globally. 'While it gives a strong competitive edge to postal organisations, the option of drone delivery is still in a testing phase with major reliability, safety and regulatory issues currently being examined. At this stage, the debate is still ongoing between key industry stakeholders, regulatory authorities and civil society, she added. Daniel said that Qatar Post had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Transport and Communications aimed at developing an autonomous drone delivery service 'changing the way we deliver parcels and goods in Qatar.

UNITED KINGDOM: CWU: Royal Mail has revealed that over the last five years there have been around 14,500 dog attacks on postmen and woman across the UK, with around 2,500 in the last year alone. The number of dog attacks on postmen and women has fallen on the previous year. This reduction in attacks is encouraging but it is still too high at 2,500 a year. Every dog attack is one attack too many. On average there is still as many as seven attacks take place each day, some leading to a permanent and disabling injury.

July 2, 2017

KENYA: BusinessDailyAfrica: The number of letters Kenyans sent locally fell by almost half in the quarter to March 2017, highlighting the continued decline of the postal sector. According to statistics released by the Communications Authority on Friday, Kenyans sent 8.2 million letters in the three months to March, 48.3 per cent lower than the 15.9 million in the previous quarter. While this decline is expected with the end of the holiday and examination season, the numbers are still significantly lower than the 12.9 million letters that were sent during a similar period last year. These trends point to the urgency of measures being taken by the government to find alternative sources of revenue in the sector and to rescue the ailing Postal Corporation of Kenya. One of the solutions touted is e-commerce.