UPU to address “years of neglect” in Latin American postal services | Post & ParcelBy
What the commercial world has seen in much of Latin America in terms of postal service is horrendous. Governments, if they established any priorities at all, put the post very low on the priority list. Where there were opportunities, the private sector stepped in and invested because there was a demand, and governments’ leaders were definitely not focused on creating infrastructure for development, even such a fundamental thing as a postal system. That some countries do not even have official postal address systems is shocking. It has been left to the private sector to take up the responsibility of creating services and infrastructure, sometimes including the building of proprietary address databases. In that data lies a gold mine in this era of high value “mail” in the form of e-commerce-generated parcels. Why, oh why, doesn’t the private sector pool their resources in this respect and create the “common good” which the government won’t? Build it and license it on a usage basis. The project could pay for itself in mere months.