Global e-trade boom to strain postal services
Manama, April 17, 2014
Global e-commerce trade is expected to hit $2 trillion by 2020, which will put burden on postal services worldwide, including in Bahrain and the Gulf.
Based on Universal Postal Union (UPU) statistics, the postal services of its 192 member countries processed 61 million parcels in 2012, said director-general Bishar Abdirahman Hussain in a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
"The e-commerce trade is expected to reach $2trn by 2020 and in this region, like many other countries, online shopping is becoming popular," he said.
"You have eBay and other sites which are used by people to order things and this process requires an efficient logistics to deliver the goods from the sender to the addressee.
"We do not want an unhappy customer who receives his shipment late and at the same time deal with illicit and dangerous goods."
Hussain said e-commerce was a game changer, adding it required postal services to provide quality service, speed, trust and security. - TradeArabia News Service