Emirates Post sees last mile deliveries rise 45% in Q1

Since January 1, Emirates Post delivered nearly 2 million shipments to customers

Emirates Post has seen last-mile delivery volumes spike 45 percent in the first quarter of the year, the company announced on Tuesday.

Since January 1, Emirates Post delivered nearly 2 million shipments to customers on behalf of the government and banking organisations, as well as e-commerce retailers.

“We identified last-mile delivery as one of our key growth areas last year and have been bolstering our network to ensure that we have the reach and resources to cater to the demands of online retailers, as well as government and business entities,” said Abdulla Mohammed Al Ashram, acting group CEO of Emirates Post Group.

“This is the future of post and it is critical that our processes and systems have the agility to cater to local and international demand, whilst offering the best in pricing and efficiencies to our clients,” he added.

Over the last year, Emirates Post introduced simplified integration processes and cash-on-delivery, in addition to establishing a ‘hyperlocal network’.

According to the company, these steps have allowed it to deliver 99.8 percent of shipments on their delivery date promised, with on-time delivery exceeding 96 percent in the UAE.

Additionally, the company said that it made more than 800,000 contactless deliveries to customers since mid-March amid safety concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Oberammergau Passion Play postponed coronavirus

The Oberammergau Passion Play, a once-per-decade event in
Germany, is being postponed until 2022 because of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

It’s yet another blow to tour operators and river cruise
companies, which have tied many summer packages to an event that was expected
to draw about half a million visitors.

The play dates to 1633, when the people of the Bavarian
village vowed to re-enact the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
every 10 years to ward off the plague.

More than 2,000 actors, instrumentalists, singers and
supporters — all hailing from the village — take part in the five-hour
performances, which this year were scheduled to run from May 16 to Oct. 4.

The Globus family of brands (Globus, Cosmos, Avalon
Waterways and Monograms) said it would give guests priority for the 2022 event
and at the current price. The company said it expects to offer new dates to travelers
by May 2020.

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