On 13 November 2013 PostEurop’s Market Activity Circle (MAC) organized its second Market Day Forum this year for its members. The broadened agenda included presentations and interactive discussions on the UPU’s new Product Strategy and Integration Group (PSIG), “Current e-commerce market in Europe and its future trends” from EMOTA, IPC e-commerce Interconnect programme, a face-to-face meeting with Johan Groffen from PrintBirdie an e-commerce e-tailer, Print Power and Stamps and Philately updates.
We asked participants to share a few words on the meeting and here are their responses:
“EMOTA and PostEurop could discuss how postal operators can help boost online sales at PostEurop’s Market Day Forum. It brought the members of PostEurop (postal operators) and sellers closer together in identifying solutions to the current challenges faced by online sellers.” - Susanne Czech (EMOTA)
“The 2nd Market Day Forum was just excellent, starting with the agenda and followed by the speakers, it was a very interesting and proactive day, I really learnt new inputs from the speakers covering all hot spots regarding E-Commerce and Direct Marketing. I would like to thank PostEurop very much for this fruitful and very interactive meeting and I would like to honestly recommend and invite other Postal Operators to participate in future meetings.” – Gabriel García Mayorga (Correos)
“The program covered a good range of topics with highly qualified speakers. It was interesting to learn about the developments and trends for E-Commerce in Europe, which is growing at a remarkable speed, in 2012 with 20%, as well as about the challenges the postal services face by the demands of the growing e-commerce industry, but also the possibilities it opens. Representing a postal service actively involved in e-commerce the day was very rewarding and I am already looking forward to the next Market Day.” –Anita Häggblom (Posten Åland)
PostEurop‘s Market Day Forum helped me learn more on the UPU PSIG and their work, including their discussions on letter regulation to facilitate advertisement on the ‘front’ side of envelops, a marketing technique that Direct Marketers support. The Market Day was also the opportunity to network with postal operators and partners such as Two Sides. FEDMA, which has a Marketing Connection Committee to enable members to discuss Direct Marketing business trends, is convinced of the added value of these business minded committees. FEDMA warmly thanks Posteurop and wishes success for future Market Day. – Géraldine Proust (FEDMA)
“Chairing the UPU’s PSIG challenges us (as UPU Member Countries) to think more about the customer. We need to change our approach because we’re not the only game in town. If we want to be around for years to come, we have to offer a sustainable global product range and that’s the challenge. You might ask, have we been so negligent of customers’ needs in the past? .. perhaps not , butmoving into an increasingly competitive marketplace forces us to look at customer needs more thoroughly. That’s why I welcomed the recent opportunity to present what the UPU is doing at the Market Day Forum. It was extremely valuable to share views, with not only its members but also FEDMA and EMOTA who were also present. This combination makes the Market Forum a great place to share information and gain an insight to what’s important for members but also for its customers.” – Chris Powell (Royal Mail)
Presentations are available on the PostEurop extranet. For more information on Market Activities Circle and participating in the next Market Day Forum, please contact Mr. Aleksander Kasabov, PostEurop Market and Intelligence Support E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The SAFEPOST Project – Postal Security Forum Meeting was held on 28 November 2013. 16 PostEurop Members participated to the Postal Security Forum Meeting: Correos y Telégrafos, Hellenic Post-ELTA, Iceland Post, Group La Poste, bpost, Eesti Post, AB Lietuvos paštas, Posta Romana, Latvijas Pasts, Poczta Polska, Česká Pošta, CTT - Correios de Portugal, PostNL, An Post, Ukrainian State Enterprise of Posts “Ukrposhta” and MaltaPost - in total 48 participants.
We are pleased to announce various new appointments within PostEurop from September till November 2013.
Mr. Dirk P. Tirez from bpost has been appointed as Chair of the European Union Affairs Committee (EAC) replacing Joost Vantomme also from bpost who has taken up a new challenge as of last September. Dirk is Group General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of bpost responsible for the corporate, legal, regulatory and strategic departments of bpost. He has been with bpost now for 10 years.
Mr. Giovanni Brardinoni was appointed the Chair of a new working group, the E-Identification Working Group. Giovanni is familiar to PostEurop community as Vice-Chair of the Advanced Electronic Forum (AES Forum) Working Group. Giovanni is Head of Standards and International Projects at Postecom.
From the UPU and Restricted Unions Affairs Committee (UAC)
Mr. Jean-Pierre Auroi from Swiss Post has been appointed Chair of the Parcels Working Group. Jean-Pierre began his career with the Post in 1974. In 1984, he joined the international postal services unit at Swiss Post.
Dr. Oliver Kaliski from Österreichische Post has been appointed the new Vice-Chair of the Market Activity Circle. Oliver is Head of International Relations and is responsible for managing and coordinating activities and relations with international organisations.
Mrs. Anita Häggblom from
Ǻland Post is the new Chair of the Stamps and Philately Working Group. Anita is the Director for Åland Post Stamps for nearly 30 years. Her responsibilities included all aspects of the stamp business, planning and producing the stamps and other collectable, information, marketing and sale of the stamps to customers around the world. Anita has been an active member of the Stamps and Philately steering committee at PostEurop since 2010.
Ms. Kalina Toteva from the Bulgarian Post was appointed as co Vice-Chair of the CSR Activity Circle. Kalina joined Bulgarian Post’s team in January, 2011, and is currently head of the Project Management sector at the International Relations and Project Management department.
On 24-25 October 2013, PostEurop attended the Postal Euromed conference in Marseille in which three of its Members were elected into the Postal Union EuroMed Board. Mrs. Francesca Coratella from Poste Italiane was also elected Chairwoman of Postal Union EuroMed Board.
Congratulations to Mr Jean-Paul Forceville (France), Mrs Francesca Coratella (Italy) and Mr Joe Gafà (Malta)!
PostEurop was represented in the event by Mr. Botond Szebeny, Secretary General and Mr. Antonino Scribellito, PostEurop Project Manager. On 24 October 2013, Mr Antonino Scribellito presented at the Postal Union EuroMed conference the PostEurop Projects best practise in funding institutions’ policies and opportunities for the postal sector.
Last Wednesday, the PostEurop Postal Directive working group chaired by Denis Joram from La Poste together with vice-chair Jan-Bart Henry from PostNL, continues their important dialogue on regulatory issues with the European Commission, represented by Mr. Werner Stengg, Head of Online and Postal Services unit.
In relation to the PostEurop Projects, the Projects team had a meeting with Posta Romana CEO and Head of Strategy and International Relations, Romanian Ministry for Information Society and Ministry of European Funds on 8th and 9th October 2013 in Bucharest, Romania. The scope of these meetings was to update Posta Romana on the current PostEurop Projects and their activities as well as future possible Projects which will be carried out involving Posta Romana.