Amazon starts pilot project with India post to test cash-on-delivery model
Amazon already sends packages by India Post but now it wants to use the channel to collect payments from recipients as well, using the cash-on-delivery model. Amazon has started a pilot with India Post to test this system, which could help it reach deep into India's hinterland, according to two people familiar with the matter. A partnership between India Post and Amazon would intensify competition in the still-nascent but burgeoning ecommerce industry if the pilot proves to be a success.
SingPost senior execs roll up their sleeves for holiday season
It is all hands on deck at SingPost as it gears up for the peak holiday season - even its senior executives are rolling up their sleeves to assist the front-line staff. For the first time ever, some 250 management staff of the postal and logistics service provider will be helping out at the front counters of 23 post offices during the period. From Dec 19 to 24, they will be rostered to be customer service assistants and take on other roles during lunch-time peak hours.
Cyber Monday Sales at Record as Amazon, EBay Win Shoppers
Cyber Monday sales on 2 December this week surged, sending online shopping toward a single-day record as Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc. siphoned consumers from brick-and-mortar stores. Web sales rose 21 percent from 2012. Retailers catering to smartphone and tablet users benefited the most, with mobile traffic accounting for 32 percent of site visits, a 45 percent gain from a year earlier.
Network Rail to trial parcel shop business at UK stations
A new idea from UK as Britain’s railway infrastructure operator Network Rail is piloting a new parcel shop service in which consumers will be able to pick up or send parcels from their nearest train station. It starts with a pilot at Milton Keynes Central station, where Network Rail has its headquarters, and will be used by the company’s 3,000 staff.
Amazon’s Drone Delivery Idea Faces Hurdles
Also a new initiative which a few companies around the world are looking at. Amazon.com Inc. wants to deliver packages by unmanned flying vehicles it calls octocopters. But the plan faces some obvious headwinds. Besides logistical challenges of managing fleets of drones, legal experts point to safety risks and issues such as whether people on the ground might take umbrage to Amazon’s aircraft flying over their property.