Post office to launch online tracking system for parcels

Staff Correspondent

10 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government will introduce digital dashboard to monitor logistic services of Bangladesh Post Office as e-commerce is on the rise.

Under the development plan, online tracking system of parcels will also be developed like a modern logistic service provider.

The system will notify the customers as well as others related including the top officials about their parcel’s delivery, said Post and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar.

Addressing a webinar on Sunday as chief guest, he said the digital transformation of the country’s post office will empower the rural economy through developing entrepreneurship there.

“If a needle was parceled through the post office, the authorities concerned will be notified through the tech-enabled services. To develop the service, the EkShop programme of the ICT Division and e-CAB can help the postal division to enroll the service,” Mustafa Jabbar said.

Directorate of Posts and e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB) jointly organzied the virtual meeting for assessing possibilities of the countrywide expansion of e-commerce through post office.

Directorate of Posts Director General Md Seraj Uddin also joined the session as special guest with e-CAB Secretary General Abdul Wahed Tomal in the chair.

Jabbar said the post office has released a book for developing skills of digital entrepreneurs and e-CAB will provide the technical training for them.

“The digital transformation of economy has begun in our country with the touch of e-commerce. And the people hardly go to bank now for cash deposit,” he said.

“Most of the services are now available through mobile phone. From buying essentials to getting services, all are now within a finger’s tip,” the minister added.

Post Office Director General Md Seraj Uddin said the Bangladesh Bank recently introduced a guideline for the e-commerce firms.

He said the entrepreneurs will get all the supports if they run business following the rules and regulations.

Former president of Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) Fahim Mashroor said the e-commerce sector experienced a boon amid pandemic and the sector will employ 5 lakh new employments in next one year.

e-CAB Secretary General Abdul Wahed Tomal said the trade body has been working together with government for empowering e-commerce entrepreneurs and making a convenient environment the growing sector.

According to the e-CAB, there are over 1,500 leading e-commerce outlets in the country while thousands of digital commerce ventures opened using Facebook platform.

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) estimated around 166 percent growth in e-commerce business in 2020 and the market of e-commerce that thrives during the pandemic is expected to reach $3 billion by 2023.