With a network of 1.5 lakh post offices and 4.6 lakh employees, India Post covers more pin codes than any logistics company, thereby creating a possibility for itself to be a major catalyst in the growth of the Indian eCommerce. The Government operated system has launched an eCommerce centre in New Delhi to handle all the delivery businesses, which will exclusively cater to the eCommerce portals. The centre is expected to be handle 30,000 parcels every day.
In addition, the government has also launched India Post’s first Android app – Post Info, which is available for download at Google Play Store. The app has features like tracking of goods, post office search, postage calculator, insurance premium calculator, and interest rates calculator. Users just need to write the article number, then app will provide information like the booking timing, timing of dispatch, goods’ current location and expected delivery time.
eCommerce portals such as Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon, and Snapdeal have already started using India Post’s delivery services. The government has allocated Rs 5,000 crore to IT related infrastructure modernization plan and on the other hand, it is spending another Rs 2000 crore to have new vehicles to ensure faster delivery.
With this new centre and Android app launch, India Post is on its way to claim its share in the Indian eCommerce market.