The postal performance of the South African Post Office: An international and local perspective

Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management

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Title The postal performance of the South African Post Office: An international and local perspective
Creator Ittmann, Hans W.
Subject — postal service; supply chain management; postal development performance; tracking data analysis
Description Background: Postal services have been impacted by e-digitisation and e-commerce. The revenue derived by the South Africa Post Office (SAPO) from letter-post has declined contributing to its financial difficulties. This has led to a decline in the mail delivery service and performance. With its country-wide network, SAPO can offer an affordable and indispensable service.Objectives: The objective is to evaluate the mail delivery performance of SAPO, using both an international and local perspective, with an emphasis on aspects such as logistics, supply chain management (SCM), last mile delivery, etc.Method: Primary data, by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), on postal performance were used with locally collected primary tracking data of postal delivery from origin to destination of registered postal items. A quantitative data analysis and evaluation was performed using these data to get a sense of the postal development and mail delivery performance of SAPO.Results: The postal development performance of SAPO as measured by the UPU was compared with actual quantitative tracking data. There seems to be a significant disconnect between the results published by the UPU and what those in South Africa are experiencing.Conclusion: This quantitative analysis shows that SAPO’s postal service is no longer a reliable, predictable and professional service. It will necessitate an enormous effort to turn it around.Contribution: The article provides a view on the performance of the postal services of SAPO, both from an international and local perspective.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2023-10-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Quantitative Analysis
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/jtscm.v17i0.948
Source Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management; Vol 17 (2023); 18 pages 1995-5235 2310-8789
Language eng
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Coverage Gauteng — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Hans W. Ittmann