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This week International Post Corporation (IPC) released the results of its 2016 UNEX report, which revealed that posts had fallen short of EU standards for mail delivery (full story here). Postal and Parcel Technology International asks...

Should the EU's mail delivery targets be revised to better reflect the changing nature of the delivery market?

Yes, posts have had to make a number of changes to accommodate the shift from mail to e-commerce and this is going to have an affect on the speed of delivery.
No, postal providers have an obligation to ensure mail is delivered on time. If standards begin slipping then it could spell the end for mail altogether.

Recent Polls

  • Should posts and delivery companies be worried about Amazon's plans to launch a global shipping and logistics operation?
  • Do you think increased price transparency will boost cross border e-commerce sales?
  • Do you believe generational differences are overstated in the postal sector?
  • 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?
  • Should posts be investing in grey power logistics now to ensure they meet the needs of an ageing population?
  • How happy would you be for a courier to gain remote access to your vehicle?
  • Are posts and logistics companies doing enough to incorporate alternative fuel vehicles into their fleet?
  • Using UPS as a benchmark, should posts and logistics companies be doing more to incorporate alternative fuel vehicles into their fleet?
  • Where do you believe the majority of parcels will be delivered in 10 years' time?
  • 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?
  • Is this a reasonable target for a universal mail service provider?
  • Do you believe parcel delivery by drone puts people's safety at risk?
  • Do posts need to do more to improve cross-border returns solutions for consumers?
  • Which of the following delivery solutions do you think will become commonplace first?
  • Which of the following provides the best business opportunity when it comes to 3D printing and logistics?
  • 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?
  • Video Exclusives

    UPS tests residential drone delivery from vehicle roof

    UPS has successfully tested a home delivery drone that launches from the top of a UPS package car while the driver continues separate deliveries.

    The drone autonomously delivered a package to a home, returning to the vehicle upon successful completion. The test was conducted in Lithia, Florida, with the help of Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone developer Workhorse Group.

    27 February, 2017

    DPD releases virtual reality video of a parcel's journey through its network

    International parcel delivery provider DPDgroup has produced a 360º virtual reality video that enables the viewer to experience the journey made by a parcel in first person, from collection to delivery. To experience the fully immersive experience on a smartphone, users can download the DPD VR Experience application at Android or Apple stores.

    10 January, 2017

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