NIPOST to Estab­lish eCom­merce Por­tal, As Trade Vol­ume Rises

THISDAY - - BUSINESS WORLD -

Emma Okonji

Fol­low­ing the tremen­dous in­crease in the vol­ume of trade in its eCom­merce busi­ness in re­cent times, the Nige­rian Postal Ser­vice (NIPOST) has re­vealed that it would soon estab­lish its own branded eCom­merce por­tal, where its cus­tomers could di­rectly shop for its goods and ser­vices on­line re­al­time.

The Gen­eral Man­ager, Mar­ket­ing at NIPOST, Mr. Ku­lawe Ir­miya Darmah, who made the dis­clo­sure dur­ing an in­ter­view with THISDAY at the just con­cluded 2017 La­gos In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair, or­gan­ised by the La­gos Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, said NIPOST has trans­formed its op­er­a­tions with mod­ern tech­nolo­gies in order to of­fer cus­tomers with new and ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. He fur­ther ex­plained that the trans­for­ma­tion, which is driven by tech­nol­ogy, has helped in­creased the vol­ume of eCom­merce trans­ac­tions across all NIPOST op­er­a­tions na­tion­wide.

“It is for this rea­son, es­pe­cially in the in­crease in the vol­ume of trade, that we are planning to launch our branded eCom­merce por­tal, where our cus­tomers could shop di­rectly from our site, in an on­line re­al­time ba­sis,” Darmah said.

The Deputy Gen­eral Man­ager, EMS Par­cel Nige­ria, Mr. Ola­jide Ajire, who con­firmed the in­crease in the vol­ume of eCom­merce trans­ac­tions at NIPOST in re­cent times, said: “The vol­ume of eCom­merce trade at EMS Par­cel Nige­ria has in­creased from 3,000 items de­liv­ery per day to over 7,500 de­liv­er­ies per day na­tion­wide, and this can be at­trib­uted to the vi­sion-driven lead­er­ship of NIPOST, led by the Post­mas­ter Gen­eral and CEO of NIPOST, Ade­bisi Adeg­buyi.”

Ac­cord­ing to Darmah, “Cur­rently NIPOST is part­ner­ing the likes of Ju­mia and Konga to drive its eCom­merce busi­ness, but we have plans to launch our eCom­merce por­tal in the next one year. NIPOST as an or­gan­i­sa­tion, has the in­fra­struc­ture to de­velop its own eCom­merce por­tal and we are work­ing to­wards achiev­ing that in the next one year. We want a sit­u­a­tion where cus­tomers could shop di­rectly from the NIPOST eCom­merce por­tal and also get their items de­liv­ered safely and timely.”

He said the ef­forts of the Post­mas­ter Gen­eral, in set­ting a new stan­dard that will trans­form NIPOST and post it into pros­per­ity, us­ing mod­ern tech­nolo­gies, is fast yield­ing re­sults.

All our ser­vices have moved on­line and cus­tomers can ac­cess them while trans­act­ing on­line re­al­time. Our track­ing de­vices are very ac­tive and cus­tomers can track their parcels on­line, Darmah added.

Giv­ing rea­sons why NIPOST was at this year’s La­gos In­ter­na­tional Trade Fare, which ended yes­ter­day at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), Darumah ex­plained: “We came to show­case NIPOST prod­ucts and ser­vices, such as qual­ity of­fice and home fur­ni­ture, as well as school chairs and ta­bles that are made up of steel and wood, that were all pro­duced from NIPOST work­shop in Ijora, La­gos.

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