In occasion of the eDelivery Barcelona Conference of 26-28 June, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and Ecommerce Europe presented how they were willing to cooperate to facilitate cross-continental digital retail to the wider business community. The announcement was very well received as participants shared their views on how to foster and boost digital retail in Africa to engage in cross-border e-commerce.
The single postal territory of the UPU is best suited to overcome the current challenges related to cross-border commercial parcel delivery. Indeed, it is facilitating global interconnectivity based on global messaging standards throughout 192 member countries, 202 national postal administrations and their 670.000 postal outlets, and Express Mail Services (EMS), which is on average 45% to 55 % less expensive in tariffs than non-designated postal delivery operators. Ecommerce Europe, its German member Händlerbund and its Portuguese member ACEPI, together with the Austrian association Handelsverband, will reach out to Africa and Latin America to enable cross-continental digital commerce. This will only be successful when the local and regional expertise and trust match with goods and services provided from abroad. The UPU and Ecommerce Europe are deepening their cooperation in the coming months to develop projects and initiatives launched at eDelivery Barcelona. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.