When I started working in the freight forwarding industry, 14 years ago, I got very interested and curious about the postal supply chain industry!
But who wouldn’t?
Postal services exist since mid-19th century and no one can deny that they have improved our everyday lives. The advent of internet and digitalization, in the last decades, have resulted, in a large extent, in postal services appearing redundant to all of us. However, that’s not the case.
Traffic is indeed expanding in some areas and regions due to high growth of e-commerce but, this does not mean the generation of revenues and profits to the postal sector. The competition is fierce and the low profitability must be a signal for changes. Postal industry should embrace innovation and try to improve its processes, so we can see its true value.
At Haulystic, we understand that digitization creates disparities in socio-economic conditions. Hence, we are here to present the trends of 2019 that will affect the postal sector, as well as the goals that the industry will try to accomplish in the next few years.
7 trends that affect postal sector
Postal industry needs to improve the quality of its services while modernizing its infrastructure. Digital technology has made a necessity for postal sector to innovate in order to keep up with the progression and the requirements of the customers.
Further, we can identify 3 models that are emerging from these trends.
Model 1: There is an accelerated diversification that goes beyond parcels and supply chain. In areas such as Africa, Arab nation and Asia-Pacific, model 1 is used as business moves away from letter post, which now represents less than 40% of total revenues.
Model 2: Diversification into parcels and logistics while maintaining the letter post. This model is mostly used by industrialised countries and Latin America and the Caribbean. The letter post still accounts for 50% of total revenues, but the postal services have diversified into other segments.
Model 3: The third model shows an increased reliance on letter post. The growth of e-commerce has not enabled regions such as Eastern Europe and CIS, to diversify their postal operators into other segments. As a matter of fact, revenues from letter post increased from 38% to 46% in just a decade.
Postal sector needs to adjust its operations in order to match the new global and regional trends. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has one goal, and that is to help the postal industry to get back on its feet and be an essential determinant in the global economy once again. A strategy is to be adopted by the UPU, the so-called Istanbul World Postal Strategy, and it is centred on achieving 3 goals according to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Goal 1: Development of the postal sector’s logistical infrastructure will lead to the improvement of the quality of services alongside more secure, accurate and efficient supply chain management.
Goal 2: Changing and integrating the product portfolio will have a positive impact on the postal sector. Sustainable and modern products will accelerate the growth and efficiency of e-commerce solutions, and these in turn, will facilitate the trade through the postal network.
Goal 3: The postal sector should function effectively. By improving policies and regulations, encouraging market information and environmental and sustainable development and accelerating decision making, it is suggested that the industry will manage to get back on track and to high revenues.
Innovation is the key aspect that will eventually facilitate the adjustment of postal services to the new digital era. The modernization and improvement of the quality of services of the postal operators will determine the level of development and efficiency. The postal industry needs to adopt all these principles, if it wants to deliver effective and customized solutions to customers.
If you are part of this industry or you want to invest to the postal sector, then you need to have in mind that you should keep innovating. The benefit of finding the best freight forwarder is that they can help you grow your business while providing viable solutions.
At Haulystic , we are specialists when it comes to the postal sector with years of experience in the postal supply chain. Our goal, is to create a supply chain plan according to your specific needs while considering what the market and your customers want.
Together, we can make a change and contribute to a more sustainable and profitable postal industry!
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