POSTAL INNOVATION digest
As a Canadian living in Italy and frequently traveling to the Middle East on business, I see myself as part of the increasing population of today’s global village.
04 Pioneering transformation
08 Staying on track
12 An evolving ecosystem for physical mail
15 Spain’s Correos tags mail
16 Hybrid mail: a paradigm shift
19 Luminaries commit to Postal Innovation 2010
20 Postbag Q&A
It has become a reality for many of us, as more and more people and goods move around the globe every minute. The term ‘global village’ has also been adopted as a metaphor for the instant movement of information through electronic means. In modern society and business, physical distance has become less of a hindrance to the real-time communicative activities of people.
If we pause though, to think of the traditional village, all services in such an environment were designed to improve the lives of its citizens and were readily accessible, ensuring the efficient running of a local community. Take the humble post box or indeed the village Post Office for example. These were – and still are – the points of entry and exit through which a village communicates with the outside world. As we read of local Post Offices being closed and deliveries being reduced, I wonder if this is a direct impact of the emerging digital world in which we live.
Today people and goods move around the world as if in a village. They travel and are identified, they are tracked and authenticated, they meet each other and connect culturally, personally and in business. In order to make this possible, the rapid interchange of information is crucial to avoid logjams or missed opportunities.
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Email has become the common daily form of correspondence and the Internet a massive source of information and communication. But both those mediums are not necessarily secure or even practical, when there is need for the delivery of letters or parcels that may hold crucial, confidential information or be of a financial nature. The postal operators and courier companies still have a huge task and although there is an evident decline in the use of their services for physical mail, speed is of the essence and communications need to be even more frequent and necessary in the context of the global village.
So where is all this extra mail going and how is it being sent? Enter the virtual space. This is an area that is exciting the postal sector. It provides the necessary security for crucial information transfer and identification. In addition, reports tell us the virtual postal domain provides an almost failsafe method for the facilitation of the growing financial services on offer by Posts.
So the industry needs to embrace these new technologies, innovate and invest to ensure we… don’t miss the post!
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