Partnership is the key for US Postal Service

"We don’t want to replicate theDeutsche Post model in believing thatpurchasing and controlling all thenetwork assets will make us successful,"says Paul Vogel, managing director ofthe US Postal Service’s Global Businessunit. "We instead believe that finding as many partners around the world as possible is a much better model for us." This the USPS has set […]


"We don’t want to replicate theDeutsche Post model in believing thatpurchasing and controlling all thenetwork assets will make us successful,"says Paul Vogel, managing director ofthe US Postal Service’s Global Businessunit. "We instead believe that finding as many partners around the world as possible is a much better model for us."

This the USPS has set out to workwith post offices in the Asian region,rather than pushing them to liberalisetheir markets.

One example is the enhanced GlobalExpress Mail service, set up in July2005 by the USPS in partnership withthe post offices of Japan, China, HongKong, South Korea and Australia.

The service offers a 5-7 day, date-certain,money-back guaranteed deliveryto these countries, without hiddensurcharges, and is available over thepost office counter. "All six post officescan leverage our collective capabilitiesto better satisfy current customers andto acquire new ones," says Vogel. "Our state-of-the-art technology linking eight billion postcodes allows our customers to know exactly when the shipment will be due for delivery."

IT is an important part of the relationship."The post offices of Japan,China, Korea and Hong Kong all havea fairly sophisticated IT infrastructureand we are working with them to linkall our technologies together," Vogelsays.

The USPS has also been pushingthe use of electronic messaging fortracking mail, introducing EDI for itsinternational carriers in January 2005.It currently has links to 40 airlines andis working with the International PostCorporation to share information andset goals for electronic data collection,with the aim of eventual total accountabilityfor mail.