With 150,000 post offices all-around India, majorly in the rural areas, the Indian post has joined the e-commerce trend as a distribution channel. Within a year of going online, India Post has executed business worth Rs 280 crore in the cash-on-delivery segment alone. It is ready to compete with specialist delivery firms like Ecom Express, Delhivery and Go Javas. With its huge network, it can serve best not for only delivering products, but also for collecting money. According to a Goldman Sachs report, the Indian e-commerce market is expected to rise to $300 billion by the year 2030.
India Post provides same-day-delivery orders and charges an extra amount for this service. It provides cash-on-delivery facility, which is the most important payment method in the e-commerce business. India Post, with its deep reach even in small towns, can become a tough competitor as a full-fledged logistics company. Arvind Singhal, chairman and managing director of Technopak said, “The e-commerce companies which are struggling to reach out to all pincodes will also find India Post the most credible option for last mile deliveries.” The Digital India programme that Narendra Modi has introduced states of focusing on developing e-commerce in the rural areas of the country by developing warehouses and delivery facilities with a public-private partnership. This transaction between India Post and the e-commerce players could be an initiative for this programme.
Amazon was the first to partner with India Post in April 2015. It has integrated its own technology with the postal service for same-day delivery in Bengaluru, said Mr. Amit Agarwal, the vice president and manager of Amazon. Since April, India Post has been delivering an average of 2,000 orders daily in Bengaluru. Myntra, one of the leading e-commerce fashion stores in the country, has also tied up with India Post.
To provide same-day delivery for customers in Bengaluru, Flipkart and Snapdeal are also joining hands with India Post to be their delivery partner by providing wider reach and network. BS Chandrashekhara, assistant director for business development at the Department of Posts, Karnataka Circle said, “The national postal service is in informal talks with Flipkart and Snapdeal who have responded positively to the metro delivery service”. Snapdeal’s earlier tie up with India Post was to offer exclusive India Post Stamps collection through the online marketplace.
Bangalore is the first city where the India Post began delivering packages to customers the same day that they placed their orders. MS Ramanujan, chief post master general of Karnataka said that the Bangalore experiment is a pilot project before the postal service can make plans for the rest of the country. He said that they are testing their own capabilities and that the results of this pilot project will help the department draft similar plans for other cities. Limited areas of Chennai and Coimbatore are being covered at present. Delhi and Mumbai are next in line for India Post's same-day-delivery program.
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