After 12 months of intensive negotiations, the 41st European Postal Standardization Plenary meeting, which took place on 2 December in Warsaw, came to a successful conclusion. The Plenary decided that the final vote on the technical specification for Interfaces for cross-border parcels will be launched in January 2017. Ecommerce Europe chaired the work to harmonize postal and supply chain management standards to enable one item label for the delivery of merchandise to end customers.
“Cross-border parcel delivery is still one of the top-3 most difficult challenges for online merchants”, declared Walter Trezek, Co-chair of the e-Logistics Working Group of Ecommerce Europe, who chaired the work successfully concluded at the Plenary of last week. “One of the main causes of difficulties in parcel delivery was closed standards leading to proprietary networks, resulting in unfavorable market conditions for online merchants.”
By facilitating the work under a mandate of the European Commission, to specify harmonized Interfaces for cross-border parcels in Europe, Ecommerce Europe achieved a consensus involving all players in parcel delivery. It is the first time that closed networks and open specifications can be supported on one parcel identifier- a parcel label.
For Ecommerce Europe, the launch of the final vote proves that its strategy to actively engage in shaping necessary market fundamentals was right. Ecommerce Europe will engage itself in further activities to actively overcome hurdles linked to cross-border e-Logistics in the very near future.
For more information on Ecommerce Europe’s position on e-Logistics, please refer to the Manifesto for a better parcel delivery market in Europe.