Connecting rural India: Network-connected handheld devices for postal delivery soon

NEW DELHI: The Department of Posts is likely to soon start a Rs 1,370-crore mega project that will allow India’s 1.3 lakh postmen in rural regions to use network-connected handheld terminals for postal delivery.

The project, awarded last year to a consortium that includes state-run Telecom Consultants of India (TCIL), system integrator Ricoh India and Hyderabad-based VisionTek, which provides handheld devices, was delayed due to unavailability of components.

Big IT companies such as HP and Wipro were also in the running for the contract rolled out by the ministry of communications & information technology.

“Based on terminal devices on network, the DoP initiative is likely to happen later this month. The project was delayed as the private company took time to deliver the components,” TCIL’s chairman and managing director Vimal Wakhlu told ET.

Read more: Connecting rural India- Network-connected handheld devices for postal delivery soon – The Times of India

Singapore Post Office reinvents itself for the digital age

When a German lingerie brand wanted to sell bras online in Malaysia, it turned to Singapore’s nearly 200-year-old national postal service.

Singapore Post built a website, developed a marketing strategy and now delivers packages for the company, Triumph International. The customer service team even answers questions about sizing.

As postage stamps give way to keyboard clicks, SingPost is redefining the role of the letter carrier, by creating a one-stop shop for retailers’ e-commerce needs in Asia.

In South Korea, SingPost is helping to sell Levi’s jeans. In Singapore, it is stocking Toshiba laptops. In Malaysia, it is delivering Adidas sneakers.

With traditional mail services in decline, post offices around the world are scrambling to reinvent themselves for the digital age.

“Sitting on that burning platform, we looked around and said, ‘Where could we develop?'” said Wolfgang Baier, the chief executive of SingPost.

Read more: SingPost reinvents itself for the digital age

Postal stamp on emperor Ashoka soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday announced that a postal stamp would be released in honour of erstwhile Indian emperor Ashoka.

He also said he would also pursue the installation of a big statue of Ashoka in Patna and Delhi.

“The government would soon release a postal stamp in the honour of emperor Ashoka,” Prasad said at a function organised by Bharatiya Janata Party here to celebrate birth anniversary of Ashoka, believed to be from the present-day agrarian caste Kushwaha.

In the caste-ridden Bihar politics, BJP has tried to play Ashoka’s cards ahead of next Bihar assembly polls to woo Kushwaha, an Other Backward Class that account nearly 9 percent of Bihar’s 10.5 crore population.

Source: Postal stamp on emperor Ashoka soon: Ravi Shankar Prasad – newkerala news #59930

India: Speed post services more reliable and faster than private couriers, says CAG

NEW DELHI: In a rare observation coming from the official auditor, the Comptroller and Auditor General has appreciated the functioning of the postal department. The reason: deliveries of speed post letters which are more reliable and faster than private courier services.

Delivery of letters by speed post ranged from 1-9 days in major cities with 99% chances of letters reaching addressees. In comparison, the private courier services turned out to be less reliable with 92% test check letters reaching destination, and time taken ranged from 1-10 days.

A CAG report, tabled in Parliament recently, has said that the performance of speed post has been better than the private couriers in major cities, at the tehsil level and at village level.

Source: Speed post services more reliable and faster than private couriers, says CAG – The Times of India

Ravishankar Prasad Inaugurates First Postal ATM in Bihar

Patna:  Expanding utilities of Post offices, the Centre is planning to open 1,000 ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) all over the country to provide facility of cash withdrawal round the clock, Union Information and Technology Minister Ravishankar Prasad said today.

Inaugurating the first postal ATM in Bihar at the GPO (General Post Office) in Patna, Mr Prasad said the facility was part of efforts to increase the point of presence for customers, particularly in the rural areas.

Bihar Finance Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav and senior state BJP leaders Sushil Kumar Modi and Nand Kishore Yadav were present at the function.

Mr Prasad said efforts were on to link post offices with the digital India Mission.

Source: Ravishankar Prasad Inaugurates First Postal ATM in Bihar