Q-Post plans to use drones for parcel delivery

 12 Apr 2016 - 18:17

Q-Post plans to use drones for parcel delivery
Photo for representational purpose. (Swiss Post and Swiss WorldCargo 'Matternet' drone / Pierre Albouy / Reuters)


By Raynald C Rivera

DOHA: Qatar Postal Service Company (Q-Post) announced plans to use drones for parcel delivery in the near future.
Q-Post will soon launch the new project that would revolutionise parcel delivery in Qatar. Q-Post will be piloting parcel delivery using drones, said Faleh Al Naemi, Q-Post Chairman and Managing Director.
“We will be using drones for parcel delivery. This is an important project in the pipeline. We will conduct trials in partnership with the authorities concerned to see how we can utilize this service,” he explained, adding the project will be launched in six months’ time.
“Advanced postal and e-commerce companies have tried it. Amazon, for example, has invested $130mn on it,” explained Al Naemi, adding at the moment Q-Post is not looking at profitability but on providing clients more access to its new services.
This will be part of the new service “Connected by Qatar Post”, an e-commerce service, launched by Q-Post yesterday.
“Connected” is an online shipping service which allows everybody in Qatar to shop their favourite brands online and have them delivered using various options. The parcels can be collected from 30 Q-Post branches, delivered at home or collected from smart lockers. The new service was launched at the fifth Arab Smart Cities Summit which opened at The Ritz-Carlton yesterday.
““Connected” is basically an e-commerce service that provides people more options. But unlike other existing e-commerce services in Qatar, we are the only licensed company which can reach homes. We also have more than 40 retail services from which people can access our services. We also have smart parcel lockers which no other company has,” Faleh Al Naemi, Q-Post Chairman and Managing Director told reporters on the sidelines of the conference.
A unique feature of the service, the smart lockers, Al Naemi said, will be in different locations “to make it convenient for clients so they can collect the goods they bought from the lockers 24/7.”
“Connected” is a full-service solution that offers simple shopping and shipping processes. While many international online stores do not offer international shipping options, “Connected” provides international shipping addresses in the UK for entire Europe and the US. This will soon be available in China and Japan as well.
The new service also offers consolidation of parcels from separate vendors into one shipment for reducing shipping charges.
Customers can track every stage of the parcel journey that is closely monitored.
On its launch, Q-Post is having an offer which is free lifetime membership instead of the membership fee of QR99 and 30 percent off on the base charge for first shipment.
“Connected is a new service added to our portfolio to serve people in Qatar in a better way. We understand that e-shoppers need ease and convenience. With this new service we literally bring the world right at their doorsteps,” said Al Naemi.

The Peninsula