At present, the postal circle is booking about one lakh e-commerce consignments at an average value of Rs 2 crore a month.
postman will now deliver your Amazon orders a tad faster. From April 6,
he'll be at your doorstep the same day that you place the order. The
Karnataka Postal Circle has collaborated with the e-commerce major to
deliver shipments to all Bengaluru PIN codes. They'll be handed over to
the Amazon booking centre at 10am and delivered to respective addresses
through nodal delivery centres by 8pm.
Union minister for
communication and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated the service on
Thursday. At present, the postal circle is booking about one lakh
e-commerce consignments at an average value of Rs 2 crore a month. To
cater to growing needs, a nodal e-commerce business centre with a
built-up area of 5,000 sqft was inaugurated by the minister via video
conference. The facility in Yelahanka, 17 km en route to KIA, enjoys
good air connectivity and is accessible to e-tailers's warehouses.
"With the Yelahanka facility and a few more expected in the current
financial year, the consignments will grow to an assured volume of 5
lakh at an average value of Rs 10 crore per month," said MS Ramanujan,
chief postmaster general, Karnataka Circle.
Prasad said the
postal department should come up with out-of-the-box ideas to align
itself with new avenues like e-commerce businesses. "The postman is
still a respected figure; people trust him. It's time you came up with
innovative ideas," he added.
Need dedicated aircraft:
Ramanujam said the department should be provided with dedicated
aircraft to meet the burgeoning demand of e-commerce shipments.
"Currently, we are dependent on private airlines and Air India, which
make it a point to offload our cargo whenever they get shipment orders
of premium cargo. We are facing this problem in Kolkata, which is a
major gateway to northeastern states," he added.
ATMs in post offices:
If you have a post office account and are fed up with the prolonged
wait for cash transactions, here is some good news. All you need to do
is walk into the ATM set up at your post office. In a first, the postal
department has started commissioning ATMs at its branches. The first one
was inaugurated at the Bengaluru GPO by minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Thursday. The 336 post offices under the Karnataka Circle have been
allotted 76 ATMs so far. By December 31, 2015, all machines will be
functional. Debit cards will be issued instantly and free of cost.
The Circle Processing Centre, a single entity for back office
documentation work at the post office, was among the facilities
inaugurated on Thursday. Post Shoppe, a shelf for aesthetic and utility
products for customers was also launched. A special commemorative cover —
Golden Chariot: an unforgettable journey with myriad experiences — was
also released on the occasion.