Trunk Delivery

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Creighton Wilkinson, son of Lawson, MO, Postmaster Chris Wilkinson, enjoys making the rounds during Halloween.

 

Busy lifestyles rarely lend themselves to an abundance of spare time. Pausing to complete tasks such as watering the yard, taking out the trash, and other important responsibilities might take time away from other pressing matters. The same can also be true for waiting on the delivery of a package. With that in mind, a potential plan from a shipping company might have an interesting solution for people on the go.

DHL, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG, is currently working with Volvo to introduce a method for package recipients to have their items delivered to the trunks of their vehicles. If the plan comes to fruition, a customer could instruct the shipper to deliver an expected item to the trunk of his or her Volvo. The delivery driver would have one-time access to the trunk for package drop off, but only after the customer accepts the package via text prior to delivery.

The shipper is currently in talks with other vehicle manufacturers about the potential to introduce trunk delivery to owners of other vehicle types as well. If the plan becomes reality, package recipients may have the opportunity to avoid waiting for delivery or travelling to a distribution facility to pick up their special items.

Do you think the U.S. Postal Service could forge a deal with automotive manufacturers to create a similar delivery option for its customers?

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What Would You Say?

Bull

“Go ahead. Make my day.”

If you were delivering mail to this box, what would you say to the bull?

Unaddressed Mail Boon for New Company

 

 

Unaddressed mail

When a new company forms, it usually attempts to take advantage of a niche market that doesn’t exist, one that’s currently underserved, or a market that has a low cost of entry with a high potential return. That’s the hope of Vlaamse Post, a newly formed company in the Belgium market that is seeking to become a part of the Belgium delivery network.

The postal market in Europe was opened to competition in 2011, allowing private competitors to compete head-to-head with government-run services. In September 2012, a private company called Vlaamse Post availed itself of that opportunity, and opened its doors for business. However, the company isn’t open to all postal services everywhere yet.

Vlaamse operates in a specific region of Belgium and focuses on a single product line. That product line consists of the delivery of unaddressed mail. It’s the easiest delivery option for a fledgling company, requiring minimal processing to deliver material to a wide audience. The company hopes to expand to all forms of addressed mail by 2014 as its delivery system, distribution network, and processing capabilities grow.

The Belgium government expects that the additional competition will lead to higher quality services at a lower cost for the citizens of the country. The proof will be in whether or not Vlaasme can turn a profit while making customers of the post happier than they were before the company opened its doors. One thing is clear in this new venture – potential competitors will be monitoring their progress carefully for a possible entry point, should the venture prove successful.

Do you think opening a Postal Service to competition is a good thing?

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