Intelligent and efficient hub development

In its latest Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report (APTIR), the United Nations Economical and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) states that the region remains the most dynamic pole of the global economy, even though trade and investment has yet to return to pre-crisis levels. Although the report describes commerce as patchy across the region, it asserts that great potential still remains untapped, especially in the service sectors of many countries.

In this regard, the postal and courier sectors are ahead of the curve. Major logistics companies are expanding their operations across the region by opening up, on average, one or two new sorting hubs per month to serve burgeoning commerce. But while a rapid response to new business opportunities is clearly vital in these fast-growing markets, it does present a dilemma: how do posts structure their expansion and create ‘pop-up’ sorting hubs, while remaining open to innovation?

The opportunity to apply some creative thinking in designing a new sorting hub from the ground up is not just an Asia-Pacific phenomenon, however. PostNL, for example, recently made the choice to go back to basics to redesign its complete parcel network; this European post started with a clean sheet and came up with novel solutions that future-proofs its operation. This is unusual for a Western post whose mail and logistics infrastructure traditionally evolves over a long period of time and can easily become inflexible as a result. Read more at the Postal Technology website.

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