The Indian posts sets up a dedicated ecommerce center in Mumbai to deliver their orders to the customers. The e-retail business has become a revenue generator and traditional operations are dented by the deep penetration of e-mail and mobile phones.
The department officials expect at this pace the traffic would soon increase to 10,000 parcels per day and the new facility has a capacity to process 30,000 parcels per day.
Quite a few e-commerce companies have already approached the department seeking tie-up with Indiaâ€™s oldest and most trusted National postal facility including major players like Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart, E-bey, Telebrand India, TVC network, Quick Services and Red Box.
â€œThe commercial agreement started taking place last year and by now we have had commercial tie-up with 46 e-commerce companies in Mumbai region, seven in Pune and six in Goa,â€ said a senior official from the Postal Department.
â€œSince our Speed Post service is known as the most preferred and premium brand, these companies are taking our services to deliver their goods through us,â€ said the officer.
â€œIn the last financial year, we earned almost Rs 10 crore from delivering articles booked through e-commerce companies and for the current year, we have doubled our target,â€ he said adding that department has full right to check and intercept the articles for the examining purposes.
Apart from electronic items such as mobile handsets and a variety of gadgets a host of other items like apparels, consumables goods, perfumes, intimation jewellery and a wide range of various other products booked through e-commerce platform are delivered by post.
Rajiv Singal, trustee of Bharat Merchant Chamber and an expert in postal issues, said, â€œE-commerce companies have provided an opportunity to revive the business of postal department and the department of post should commercially exploit it with full capacity.â€