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Commercially-and-socially-oriented postal services

Briceño Avalos, Hernán Ricardo (2009): Commercially-and-socially-oriented postal services.

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Abstract

The main goal of this paper is show how postal communication service, which has been strengthened with the technology development in the last century, is nowadays commercially-and-socially-oriented very important for human life. Furthermore, I will prove how postal service becomes overwhelming for some not communicated, far and isolated geographic areas in developing countries, to get in touch with people and businesses from around the world. Over one hundred of Postal Operators were interviewed in Peru between 2004 and 2006, around 25% of total, which said that distance and security are not longer considered as a challenge for postal services thanks to new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Internet; which in turn has facilitated (i) social communication, (ii) financial services, (iii) e-commerce and (iv) international business, bolstered by postal services. This last issue can be proved with high correlation statistics between the international postal (and courier) shipments and the exportation of non traditional goods, as well as importation of goods in Peru; moreover, some international remittances from around the world are making through the postal transferences. Consequently, Peruvian authorities, especially from the Ministry of Transport and Communications, must consider the importance of postal and/or courier services in the elaboration of public policies to pursuit the socioeconomic development.

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