Universal Postal Union – 2012 ResultsBy
Just Issued! This short and extremely informative set of slides condensing the UPU’s survey of the world’s postal systems will provide you with many insights and some surprises. Well worth the easy download, the 30 slide report ranges across a broad set of topics. For example, it starts with global letter volume changes. Its shows that international letter mail in 2011-2012 dropped 7.3% to 3.7 billion items, being 1.1% of all reported traffic. Domestic traffic dropped 4.7%, as the recession and the digital revolution continued, to 342.8 billion items. At the other end of the report we learn that the number of inhabitants served by each post office of the countries of the world range from a low of 4,470 served in Russia CIS to a high of 71,389 in Africa. The entire report is divided into three sections: Postal Traffic, Postal Consumption and Business Models, and Postal Network and Employment. And, yes, it shows a continued shift in the business to parcels, although the trend has been different in different regions and has taken a bit of a hiccup, read slowdown, in some areas. “Consumption” would seem to mean “revenues” from flats, parcels, letters, other.
It is noteworthy that trends good and bad can be seen in this data. Some is sad. Note slide 13 and the collapse in domestic parcel post in the Arab countries starting slowly in 2008 and collapsing dramatically in 2011.
In short, it provides many insights and the appearance of trends worthwhile contemplating.