Ofcom launches review into Royal Mail’s downstream access pricing
UK postal regulator Ofcom has launched an investigation into Royal Mail¹s downstream access pricing. Downstream access where other companies collect and sort business mail before using Royal Mail¹s delivery network for the final state of distribution accounts for about 47% of all mail volume in the UK.
“Business as usual” for Digital Post Australia following closure of Zumbox
Electronic postal mail service Digital Post Australia has said it is ³business as usual² despite the closure of one of the two companies behind it. The private sector service competing against Australia Post in the attempt to offer Australians a viable secure digital alternative to paper-based letter mail was a joint venture between financial communications firm Computershare and US digital mail provider Zumbox. However, Los Angeles-based Zumbox informed its US account holders earlier this month that it will close after five years of business.
Growing parcel volumes face down regulations
Mail parcel volumes, growing because of e-commerce, are creating further challenges for pending advance data filing regulations. The new regulations would require individual shipment information to be submitted to destination regulatory agencies in advance of transportation, rather than the present Customs¹ requirement for information prior to arrival at the port of entry, Douglas Brittin told the Universal Postal Union (UPU)¹s Postal Security Group, a meeting of postal organizations.
Japan Post to increase post offices with convenience stores to 100
Japan Post plans to triple the number of post offices with convenience stores operated by Lawson Inc. to 100 by 2016 from the current 33. Japan Post will also consider scrapping some of the 221 contract post offices which have been temporarily closed under the postal privatization scheme since 2007.
Amazon launches Amazon Dash for delivery of groceries, household items
Amazon.com Inc launched a new product named Amazon Dash on Friday that allows the user to add groceries and household goods to their shopping lists using the company's AmazonFresh service. A black-and-white hand-held wand-shaped remote-control features a microphone, speaker as well as a bar-code reader and links directly to the user's AmazonFresh account. However, the device is available only for users of the AmazonFresh which currently operates exclusively in Southern California, San Francisco and Seattle. The device is free during the trial period.