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This week a report from Accenture looking at the digital performance of the post and parcel industry found disparity between the number of organizations with a digital strategy and the investment being made in digitization (full story here). Postal and Parcel Technology International asks...

Does the report fairly reflect the effort being made by posts to invest in digitization?

Yes, there is not enough money being invested in implementing digital strategies
No, the sector is undergoing a period of change so investments in digitization are always going to be marginal compared to other industries
It depends, investments in digitization vary wildly depending on the post in question

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  • Will staff become obsolete in the warehouse of the future?
  • Will we see the adoption of a carbon neutral global logistics network in the next 10 years?
  • Will these rules open up new opportunities for postal delivery by drone in the USA?
  • Will cross border delivery into and out of the UK become more costly now the UK has voted to leave the European Union?
  • Is gender discrimination still alive in today's postal sector?
  • Do land-based autonomous robots present a safer alternative to unmanned aerial vehicles for last mile drone deliveries?
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  • Are posts and logistics companies doing enough to incorporate alternative fuel vehicles into their fleet?
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  • Where will we see the biggest growth in international parcel volumes in the next decade?
  • Should posts be doing more to develop apprenticeship schemes and provide work opportunities for the long-term unemployed?
  • Should postal operators be increasing their lettermail rates to offset losses?
  • Should posts be doing more to make cross-border delivery easier for SMEs?
  • Should posts be doing more to actually reduce the emissions from their fleet rather than offsetting their carbon footprint?
  • Should posts be doing more to capitalize on the 3D printing market?
  • Should posts be doing more to reward their hard working employees?
  • Where will IoT have the biggest impact on day-to-day postal operations in the next few years?
  • When do you think we will see commercial drone deliveries operating on a regular basis?
  • Should the current Terminal Dues system be scrapped altogether?
  • How long will it be before free next-day delivery becomes the industry standard?
  • What more can be done to educate posts in the way they think about sustainability?
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  • With strikes planned by Post Office staff during Christmas week, should the company be doing more to protect its employees when reforming the business?
  • What is the best technology to adopt for a universal cross-border track and trace delivery solution?
  • Should there be an EU-wide set of regulations governing the use of robotics?
  • Which of the following drivers do you think is most important for cross-border online shoppers?
  • What is the most effective way for retailers to improve their returns policy?
  • Should posts be doing more to work with online marketplaces such as Alibaba to promote cross-border trade in Asia?
  • Which of the following digital services provides the biggest challenge for postal operators and carriers to implement?
  • Which of the following alternative customer delivery preferences present the biggest challenge for delivery drivers on a daily basis?
  • Are state owned posts in danger of missing out on top talent due to restrictive wage brackets?
  • Did Ofcom make the right decision to extend its current postal regulations?
  • Which of the following represents the best way of reducing carbon emissions?
  • Which of the following technological issues do you think will have the biggest disruptive influence on the logistics and delivery industry in 20 years' time?
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  • What is the biggest challenge facing emission-free delivery?
  • Are picking robots a useful tool in a warehouse handling parcels?
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    Nordic postal operator PostNord has partnered with Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy to offer customers a new service where parcels can be delivered inside their door (full story here).

    Customers who posses a digital lock, such as the Yale Doorman, can register for the service, which provides PostNord delivery personnel with a one-time code enabling them to enter the property and place the parcel inside. To view a video of the indoor delivery service, click on the link below.

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    The Swiss Post, the Ticino hospital network EOC and drone manufacturer Matternet successfully carried out the first drone flights in Lugano. In the near future, they hope to transport laboratory samples between two EOC hospitals in the Swiss city.

    To read more about the initiative, click here.

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