The Universal Postal Union (UPU) and International Post Corporation (IPC) have signed a new agreement to enhance cooperation between them, which will run until December 2025.
Through this agreement, the UPU and IPC seek to optimize efforts to contribute to the development of accessible, efficient, high-quality, innovative and sustainable international postal services from designated operators in UPU member countries, including the IPC’s member posts.
Both organizations will explore the potential for joint initiatives, share information and expertise and maximize synergies and efficiencies in the offer of services and activities. At this stage, cooperation will be focused on 10 agreed areas: yellow pages (IPC and UPU services); UPU-IPC information technology data interchange; leg two – supply chain; international accounting; sustainability; RFID interoperability; e-commerce and market research; information technology alignment; international transportation; and promoting and enabling export e-commerce. Other areas for cooperation will be mutually explored and added throughout the lifetime of the agreement.
The UPU and IPC have asserted that the new agreement recognizes the challenging and dynamic environment for the global postal industry and the members of both organizations, the e-commerce opportunities for posts as well as the ever-evolving demand for cooperative solutions. Underlining that the global postal network is the best vehicle for facilitating e-commerce exchange and growth for posts and customers, the UPU and IPC have agreed to maximize cooperative efforts to strengthen and promote this network to ensure that it remains the e-commerce channel of choice.
Marjan Osvald, deputy director general of the UPU, said, “In light of our intensive and successful dialogue, it is our honor to announce the signing of our new cooperation agreement. This aims to build a cooperative framework between the two organizations to further strengthen our postal network.”
Holger Winklbauer, CEO of the IPC, added, “Our shared view is that a mutually supportive working relationship is desirable within a context of increasingly scarce resources. It is essential to demonstrate greater efficiency and promote innovative solutions and improvements for the postal industry as a whole.”
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