Time for bold action. UPU Addressing Group 31 Oct 2013


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Global Address Data Association urges UPU to hold second global conference on the address. Time to engage a wider spectrum of knowledge. How much is an address worth?

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  • And among the strategic goals of the PostalStrategy were several which are implicated here and which engage us very deeply. Among these are sustainabile development and respect for the environment. Accurate addressing is important to that goal as we sgtrive to eliminate undeliverable as addressed mail and to improve targeting of direct mail offers so more mail is welcomed by clients and potential clients of companies. Also among those goals are supporting development of universal service. All within the three diimensions of the postal environment, for addressing is implicated in all 3.
  • And let us recall that this was the vision of he Address Work Group articulated in the CC nearly 4 years ago: A universally inclusive, comprehensive, and current database, right here, at the UPU. Of course, it can only happen if the member countries establish universal addressing and share the data with the UPU. The PostCode group is very energetic and pursuing this vision for our benefit. There has been only fitful progress, and it will take all of us continuing to work with that vision in mind to reach the goal
  • And the post has a hard job, not just from an operations points of view, and that is a sophisticated business. But because it has two customers, the sender and the receiver, and it must satisfy both, and incerasingly its custeomrs are businesses usng mail which is not fullly accountable. And thhis is an issue. Obviously, Grandmother will know kf her grandson has sent her a card, but business propsects and clients don’t usually know. So a lot of what is done in this business is on trust. And there are many links in that chain, which works BECAUSE of the address, and any link can go wrong.
  • Yes, addresses are everyone’s job, and it’s a never-ending job. Address hygiene, keeping one’s files accurate, with proper address forms, is a thankless never-ending task. We’ll hear about some tools to do that and especialy why it is so important. For mailers and businesses, it is all about return on investmentFor consumers, it is economic accuracy and reaching friendsFor the Posts, it means continued use of the mail and keeping customersFor society and government, it is keeping citizens engaged, served, connected, and creating a wealthier and healthier society. So it’s never “only an address”.
  • Time for bold action. UPU Addressing Group 31 Oct 2013

    1. 1. The Next Conference for An Address for Everyone UPU Time for Bold Action and Challenges 19 November 2013 UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION © 2013 Global Address Data Association, Inc. 1
    2. 2. UPU – Postal Strategy to 2016 • Improve the interoperability of the international postal network • Provide technical knowledge and expertise related to the postal sector • Promote innovative products and services • Foster sustainable development of the postal sector 19 November 2013 © 2013 Global Address Data Association, Inc. Three Dimensions •Physical •Electronic •Financial 2
    3. 3. The Vision Lives On An Address for Everyone means the world’s most important platform: Street Addresses 19 November 2013 © 2009 The Prescott Report . For permissions-Editor@PrescottReport.com 3
    4. 4. The Vision Remains • • • • • • • Every person Every address Every delivery point Every change of address Worldwide All the time By anyone 19 November 2013 © 2013 Global Address Data Association, Inc. 4
    5. 5. Time to Be Bold • With urbanization, the address is even more critical. • With e-commerce, the address value increases • What IS the value of the address – commission econometric study? • Show me the money. And how much do we really need? • Question the “current best practices” on implementation, financing… • Not just talking heads – a true discussion of previously committed research and thought. Make assignments! • How do we deploy our Ambassador? • …Ideas, Ideas….. 19 November 2013 © 2009 The Prescott Report . For permissions-Editor@PrescottReport.com 5
    6. 6. Working title: An Address for Everyone – Why Not By Congress 2016 in Turkey? Theme: Fulfilling the goal of the UPU’s An Address for Everyone campaign launched in 2012, the countries of the world hereby pledge that by the opening of the UPU Congress in 2016, every residence, and every person, worldwide, will have an address at which they may receive postal service and which may serve as an identification element for purposes of the individual’s full participation in the social, political and economic life of his or her nation. In the alternative, that the country will have a concrete plan, which is funded, to accomplish the same. 19 November 2013 © 2009 The Prescott Report . For permissions-Editor@PrescottReport.com 6
    7. 7. 1. Overview of the availability of an address: survey of address-penetration among the nations of the world, from the most developed to the least. Correlation with economic development index. 2. The World Bank/traditional model of street naming and numbering. Explanation and case study. Why it’s a good model. BUT, counter speaker: why it’s too cumbersome, old-fashioned, expensive. We need to figure out how to do this more inexpensively. 3. UN-Habitat: how the addresses can contribute to - make cities more resilient - urban equity - sustainable management of land use - plan public services and mobility - manage the natural hazards, risk assessment, vulnerability, etc 4. African Union Commission: presentation of the guidelines on the addressing and postal codes systems in Africa. Solutions to empower the development of address infrastructures in Africa. 19 November 2013 © 2013 Global Address Data Association 7
    8. 8. 5. New methods/technologies to address the city cheaper and quicker (case studies) .How do we modify the classic method of address allocation to reduce implementation costs but still keep the core benefit? Does the market offer a solution? 6. Why is this the Post’s exclusive responsibility, given the uses to which all government agencies put the address? Who else should be helping to fund it? 7. Geocoding. Methods and solutions, costs, advantages and disadvantages. Case studies. Why do they work, and why not? What are the costs of implementation? What are the limits of the solutions? Is a residential geocode enough to give the individual full legal, social and economic participation rights? Case studies 19 November 2013 © 2013 Global Address Data Association 8
    9. 9. 8. Debate - round table: Political obstacles to address system development. Tough love and frank talking. What are the problems and the solutions? How to manage the issue the slums and/or refugee camps 9. What is the address worth to an economy? From the urban shape, to the rural areas, going through international advantages to have good address databases [Call for papers; Need lead time; Prize for best judged papers?] Studies to date related to how much money these systems save postal operators and businesses. How much more well-being does it bring the individual? How much do they contribute to the general economy? 10. Business use of addresses; business costs of getting access to data. What does this tell us about developing systems and the role of businesses in creating data? Businesses supporting the data creation? Advantages and disadvantages. Limits of their contribution. Interest survey. (including Banks) 19 November 2013 © 2013 Global Address Data Association 9
    10. 10. 11. The growth of international ecommerce and individual cross-border purchasing. Impacts at international level. What new obligations of address validation and correction do/should postal systems share? Should we not aim for “zero-errors” in online address capture? If so, what are the operational needs and obligations of posts vis-à-vis the private sector? What rules/regulations must be changed? 12. How can we finance address system development? Development banks possible interest? Crowd-source finance? Build-operate-transfer? Long-term development borrowing? UN funds? Major international foundations? 13. Present to the audience video interviews with people who recently were given addresses, talking about the impact on their lives. The session commentator will present the videos and then offer commentary on the necessary civil society and human rights development role of the address, well beyond delivery of things by the post. Perhaps our Ambassadress? 19 November 2013 © 2013 Global Address Data Association 10
    11. 11. Two Customers 19 November 2013 © 2009 The Prescott Report . For permissions-Editor@PrescottReport.com 11
    12. 12. 19 November 2013 © 2009 The Prescott Report . For permissions-Editor@PrescottReport.com 12
    13. 13. How much does an undeliverable cost? 19 November 2013 © 2013 Global Address Data Association 13
    14. 14. AN ADDRESS FOR EVERYONE 2014 Subtitle……..? UPU Why not by Congress 2016? ….. 19 November 2013 UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION 14