The week that was: 8 June, 2012

Rounding up the biggest stories of the week on Post&Parcel, with a special issue this week looking at mail and express operators working to add value to the delivery chain…

UPS backs end-to-end fulfillment platform for ecommerce

UPS has signed a multi-year deal to integrate its warehouse management and logistics systems with a US website development platform that builds ecommerce stores for retailers.

The deal with Massachusetts firm Bridgeline Digital is giving rise to a new “Total eCommerce” service that promises an end-to-end online retail supply chain fulfillment solution.

The two firms said the solution was designed for the mid-market and larger online commerce players in both B2B and B2C markets, making use of Bridgeline’s iAPPS Web Engagement platform.

Deutsche Post launches online ID verification service

Deutsche Post has launched a new online identity verification service that means Internet websites and retailers can ensure age-restricted content and products are only available to suitable visitors.

The new E-Postident service is connected with Deutsche Post’s E-Postbrief digital mail service, which requires users to be at least 18 years old.

For websites using the E-Postident age-verification service, visitors will have to be registered with the E-Postbrief service, with proof of age required during the registration process.

Royal Mail platform helps SMEs growth through Internet presence

Royal Mail is working with London company ePages Software to provide a new platform to help SME retailers set up websites and ecommerce operations.

The service offers a range of packages for small and medium-sized enterprises with differing needs, from a basic marketing option, which includes help with email and postal marketing, websites and an option providing a full eShop.

In each case, users are offered data lists of 1,000 to 2,000 sales prospects, along with a set number of email and postal mailshots each month, as well as up to 40% off parcel postage via Parcelforce.

CorreosChile pilots self-service parcel terminals in Santiago

CorreosChile has started piloting an alternative parcel service in Santiago using self-service automated parcel terminals, allowing consumers to pick up ecommerce purchases 24 hours a day.

The new CityBox service is the first such service in Latin America, based on World Mail Award-winning parcel terminal technology from Poland’s InPost.

Once the pilot is completed, plans are to add another 60 terminals by the end of the year, with hopes of growing the network to more than 300 units across the country within three years.

And finally…

With World Mail and Express Asia-Pacific arriving in Singapore at the end of this month, we caught up with host sponsor SingPost to find out from Group CEO Dr Wolfgang Baier how the company is expanding aggressively in a region that is itself rapidly developing »

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