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Within the framework of the TRAINPOST distance-learning programme, which is based on a simpler and more user-friendly training approach, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) offers the participant trainees, in Postal operations training field, several important courses in the programme. One of them is dealing with « Addresses and Postocde ». This course is made up of eight modules.

General Aims:

       To help postal operators to introduce standardised addressing system and postcode.

Target Population :
       Postal Managers responsible for planning, and implementing and maintaining addressing system and postcode system

Duration of the course :

29 hours 25 minutes.

 NOTE : 
This course is only available in english language.
 
  Module 1 : Addresses
   
  • Definition of Address and its importance
  • Types of Addresses
  • National Addressing standard
  • UPU International Addressing standards
  • UPU rules for presenting Letter Mail
  • Changes of Address and validating Address
  • Addressing and Direct Mail
  Module 2 : Postcodes
   
  • What is a Postcode?
  • Importance of Postcodes
  • Types of Postcodes
  • Development of a Postcode system
  • Implementation of Postcode system
  • Dissemination and promotion of Postcodes
  • Maintaining a Postcode system
  • Improving a Postcode system
  • Recommendations on Postcodes
  Module 3 : Standards
   
  • Objectives of address standardization
  • Types of Addresses
  • Address elements and constructs
  • UPU S42 Standard
  • Achieving compliance with UPU S42 standard
  • Other International Addressing standards
  • National standard for addresses and postcodes
  • Developing a national standard
  • Standardised address data transfer
  • Standardised address verification
  Module 4 : Databases
   
  • Definitions of database
  • Using Postal databases
  • Setting up a database
  • Maintaining a database
  • Database technology
  • Methodology for building postal databases
  • Cleaning up and validating Address
  • What must be considered for the development of a database of Addresses and Postcodes
  Module 5 : Geographic Information
   
  • Dimensions, Cartesian Plane, Longitude and Latitude coordinates
  • Position location in the Global Positioning System
  • Points, lines and Polygons
  • Representation of Real World objects in GIS: places, thoroughfares, cadastre, land parcels, buildings
  • Relationship of GIS to databases, particularly to addresses and postcodes data
  • Point to point Navigation and routing
  • Commercial, Proprietary vs. fully open GIS
  • Orthographic grid systems and addressing requirements
  Module 6 : ICT and e-Postal
   
  • The general concept of ICT
  • Various applications of electronic measurements, messaging and monitoring in postal operations
  • The application of the ICT to postal service activities
  • The movement from traditional mail to electronic communications
  • The development and applications of e-commerce: products, orders, financial transactions and e-logistics
  • The relationship of e-commerce with addresses, postcodes and people
  • The potential roles of Postal business in the developing e-communications World
  Module 7 : Operations and Automation
   
  • The mailstream concept of the journey of a mail item from sender to receiver.
  • The operational activities used for the processing (sorting, routing, delivery) of mail.
  • The improving of order and adding value at each stage.
  • Addresses and postcodes as the set of instructions as to how the mail item is identified, categorised, sorted and routed from sender to receiver.
  • The way these activities can be executed by machine processing, controlled by automated systems.
  • The information that is gathered from the mail product and used in the operational processes and the mail as a business.
  • Making the decision of what to automate and to what extent.
  Module 8 : Last Mile Delivery
   
  • The scope of the delivery activity in the last mile of the mailstream, being from the delivery office or depot to the final delivery point;
  • The operational aspects of last mile, including:
    • Implications of different types of address types and delivery points
    • Implications of delivery point density
    • Design of postal carriers’ routes or walks
    • Delivery route pre-sort requirements
    • Operational planning and optimisation of delivery routes
    • Outsourcing and sub-contracting the last mile
    • The importance of routing optimisation
  • Business aspects of the last mile: complexity and cost.
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