(Singapore) Collection of parcels gets easier
Yamato Ta-Q-Bin, and now UPS and DHL Express launch the option that allows customers in Singapore to pick up their packages from convenience stores. UPS's customers can now pick up packages from 20 7-Eleven stores at Shell petrol stations, at no extra charge, if a delivery man is not able to reach them at their shipping address first. DHL Express launched a similar service on Monday at 17 FairPrice Xpress and Cheers outlets at locations including Esso petrol stations and MRT stations. SingPost already introduced POPStations, which are automated kiosks where people can post and pick up parcels.
Google Shopping May Go Deeper Into E-Commerce With “Buy Now” Button To Challenge Amazon
Google has been floating the idea of a “Buy Now” button on Google Shopping listings as well as a two-day shipping program. Merchants would still handle all of the logistics of selling and shipping, but the buy button would aim to keep users in the Google Shopping environment rather than leading them directly to merchants’ sites to buy a product. This would be a challenge to Amazon as it would be similar to Amazon’s popular “one-click ordering” feature.
Australia Post announces further support for Licensed Post Office network
Australia Post announced a wide range of initiatives to further support more than 2,900 post office licensees. Benefits will start flowing through the post office network early next year, with more than $41 million in post office box payments brought forward by three months to help manage the ongoing sustainability of licensed post offices in the face of declining mail volumes. Other key measures include establishing a third-party independent study into the sustainability of the licensed post office network and a new formal working group with licensee representative bodies to help address strategic challenges facing the network.
UK carriers struggling with Cyber Monday effects on volumes
There is an article about the changing face of the post office in Shanghai. A typical delivery man in Shanghai would deliver nearly 2,000 letters, newspapers and parcels everyday. However, today being a postman no longer earns the respect it once had. Residential block may refuse to let postmen in to deliver a registered letter, a bank statement. Or postmen are only allowed into buildings briefly after they have explained themselves to security guards. On the posting side, new technology also changes the way people send items through post office. In November Shanghai Post introduced QR codes for parcels which means people wanting to mail a parcel no longer have to go to a post office but can send their parcels by scanning and dropping the parcel at one of the 3,000 post boxes around the city.