UPU Universal Postal Union : Efficient postal networks critical to e-commerce successBy
Slowly, but surely, the postal-policy community is acknowledging that a critical component of the formula for the development of thriving e-commerce marketplaces will be home delivery. But half of the world doesn’t receive home delivery, and those who don’t receive home delivery are most likely to not have an address. E-commerce development includes developing efficient delivery mechanisms, which includes getting products to people who are located in a locatable place.
The bottom-line issue is that building an address system the standard way is a time-consuming and expensive process. (It is also often a political hot potato-think of all those streets that need to be named and all those politicians wanting to appear on street signs!)
The UPU’s Addressing Group with its competition for new address system implementation ideas has had this subject on its plate for a long time. Stay abreast of progress and developments through the blog at www.globaladdress.org. Look for news about the Fall conference at the UPU where the winning ideas will be show-cased.