SingPost to hire 200 more delivery and quality control staff
SingPost will hire more than 200 people to roles in delivery or quality control, an increase of 15% of its workforce to strengthen its mail delivery services within Singapore as the population grows. The move will mean SingPost is better positioned to serve new housing estates. It will also see the company improving the accuracy of its mail delivery through more checks and improvements to minimise human errors, with plans to more than triple the current team of 25 quality control officers.
UPU Strategy Conference cancelled due to prevailing situation in Western Africa
The government of Côte d’Ivoire and the Universal Postal Union’s Council of Administration have decided to cancel the holding of the UPU’s Strategy Conference in Abidjan on 14 and 15 October 2014. Recalling the prevailing health challenge in neighboring countries and the low levels of registration due to this, the authorities decided it would be judicious to cancel the meeting. The UPU’s Council of Administration will discuss the matter at its November session at UPU headquarters in Berne.
Rakuten to Buy Ebates in Japan’s Biggest E-Commerce Deal
Rakuten Inc. agreed to buy U.S. rebates website Ebates Inc. in Japan’s largest e-commerce deal, a move that will more than double the online mall operator’s transactions from outside its home market. The purchase will be expected to help Rakuten push its global e-commerce strategy. Rakuten has also been investing in technologies such as mobile applications and online video as it seeks to add to its online marketplace business.
NZPost’s YouShop passes 100,000 customer mark
The number of customers using New Zealand Post’s YouShop service passed 100,000. YouShop launched with a US address in September 2012 and the UK was added in August 2013. The growth in customers signing up to YouShop was very pleasing since the service launched. Equally important was the ongoing growth in repeat purchases. YouShop China will be launched in October and a consolidation option for users which will enable items bought from different retailers within a country to be repacked as single parcel is also being developed.