Itella developing complete e-commerce service
Finland's national postal operator Itella Group is developing a major new all-in-one e-commerce fulfillment service that could eventually provide same-day delivery for online purchases. The EUR 10m project involves an investment in a new warehousing system, with automated fulfillment systems, at the company¹s logistics centre at Voutila, not far from Helsinki-Vantaa airport. Alongside the new facility, it will expand its parcel delivery solutions into a complete service geared to e-commerce merchants including stock warehousing, picking and packing, delivery and returns.
Resolution calls for swift action on e-commerce
The UPU¹s latest Postal Operations Council adopted a resolution urging the organization¹s relevant groups to speed up their work on integrating actions to facilitate e-commerce, a critical issue shaping the future of postal services. The resolution, adopted during the plenary on 11 April, acknowledges that e-commerce holds many opportunities for the world¹s Posts, including growth as letter-post volumes decline and a chance to retrain postal workers and invest in new sustainable jobs.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba builds its B2B business
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is best known for operating two giant online shopping portals that account for most of the online purchases by consumers in China. But the company got its start in B2B e-commerce. Alibaba.com primarily provided leads to manufacturers, but now buyers can place and pay for orders on the web site. Cross-border buyers place more than 10,000 orders daily worth $30 million on Alibaba.com and that part of its operation is also growing rapidly.
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.