The Postal Corporation of Kenya (PCK) has announced a National Logistics Hub and Posta Cargo Services that will see the company augment logistics services in the country. PCK will use a large facility in Industrial Area, Nairobi, where it will execute clearing and forwarding services for delivery of products in the country and globally.
The state-owned corporation plans to leverage its existing stations to enhance the provision of accessible, affordable and reliable Postal services to all parts of the country. The company has 623 local postal outlets and 192 international destinations that can also be serviced by Posta’s Expedited Mail Service (EMS) courier and parcel service.
The National Logistics Hub and Cargo Service launch event was graced by the PS for ICT Jerome Ochieng’ who represented the ICT CS as the program’s chief guest. According to CS Mucheru in a speech read by Mr. Jerome, the launch ‘enables the development of suitable last-mile delivery networks, which today are the enablers of economic, social, financial and digital inclusion.’
PCK has in the past leveraged ICT to launch services such as Tunza, Mpost, Tunza Nyumba na Posta, EMS2Go and E-njiwa, to mention a few. Its experience in the courier and parcel delivery business should theoretically help the organization push the offerings of the new services to greater heights.
The products also come at a time when the local logistics market is seeing stiff competition from other firms such as Kenya’s Bwala Africa, Nigeria’s Kobo360 that launched in the country a few weeks ago, as well as services such as Sendy that has since made some changes to its business.
“As we embark on the journey of becoming the backbone of e-commerce business in the region, this hub will be key to a seamless service to our esteemed customers. the Corporation is moving forward and is steadfast in its quest to remain the logistics Corporation of choice in the region,” says Mr. Kagwe, the PostMaster General.