The Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) will leverage on its vast outlets across the country to roll up e-commerce hubs, ICT Principal Secretary (PS) Jerome Ochieng has said.
This is after the Universal Postal Union (UPU) selected Kenya as one of the countries in to roll out regional e-commerce hubs in East Africa.
The PS said this as he commissioned PCK’s National Logistics Hub and the Posta Cargo, two products that the cooperation say will revolutionize e-commerce in the region.PCK also boasts of 660,000 destinations across the globe under UPU umbrella.
Through Posta Cargo, the Corporation hopes to start transport large cargo to various destinations through what the Manager, Courier and Logistics Services, Patrick Omulo termed as “first-class clearing and forwarding system.”
General Manager/ Courier Services, Mrs. Elizabeth Mwaura said moving the Corporations courier services from the CBD to industrial area will mean increased security and save overall operating costs.
The Corporation has a network of over 600 Post Offices and the Hub will be the nerve center of distribution of all packages to all corners of the country.Mr Omulo said Posta Cargo, the new clearing and forwarding section of PCK will seek to correct trade imbalance in the country.
Post Master General Dan Kagwe said the corporation hopes to be the backbone of e-commerce in the region and has come up with innovative products towards this cause.
The corporation launched its second warehouse having launched a 34,000 square feet one in Mombasa last year.
“I think as a Corporation, we have a capacity to do all the government clearing and forwarding activities,” the Post Master General, said.
Posta Cargo will focus on Clearing and Forwarding to ease import and export of goods and services while the National Logistics Hub will enhance operational service delivery for delivery of postal and courier items countrywide.
The PS urged government ministries and Agencies to emulate Central Bank of Kenya, Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission and National Oil Corporation who have been engaging the corporation in their clearing and forwarding.
By David Mukara