A recent presentation by Deutsche Post describes the German delivery and logistics company’s efforts to transform its retail network. One particularly interesting innovation is self-service Packstations. Like the U.S. Postal Service’s APCs (Automated Postal Centers), these kiosks allow customers to ship packages. However, Packstations also provide 24-hour access for parcel pickup. Customers can register to receive their packages at any packstation in the country. When the package arrives, the recipient receives an e-mail or text message.
For some businesses, transportation is a simple matter, getting things from point A to point B, or maybe even getting things from point A to points B, C, and D. For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a different level of complexity altogether.
Using both contractors and postal-owned...Read More