Given the concerns that are universal and not merely relevant to Parcel+Post Expo, please read the information below setting out our position and indeed the feelings of UPU.
General Update and Conferences
Due to the cancellation of earlier meetings in the UPU calendar the proposed discussions and importance of the UPU proceedings at Parcel+Post Expo has escalated.
“For all the wrong reasons, 2020 has been one of the most momentous years in the Universal Postal Union’s history. A year that has not only affected every person on this planet, but also every postal operator and employee; one where the world’s post almost came to a standstill.”
Given the fact that the Universal Postal Union was unfortunately forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to postpone the Universal Postal Congress, there is a pressing need for the world’s postal community to get together and to discuss lessons learned and best practices.
UPU’s World Leaders Forum, to be held at the Parcel+Post Expo on 12 October in Vienna, Austria, offers just such a venue and we remain committed to holding the event, and by doing so, offering the world’s postal community a powerful voice on their 2020 experiences.”
Over and above the comment, please note that a decision has been made to allow open access to The World Leaders Forum which is an extension of conference passes. This alone offers added unique access to high level content not generally available. The Conference rooms are much larger than is required to accommodate our numbers and so excellent social distancing measures can be applied; there will of course be higher than normal levels of sanitising and cleansing of the rooms.
Our exhibition hall is larger than required for the Expo and here again we have the opportunity to incorporate measures relating to health and safety including extra cleansing of all facilities that is likely to include the use of airport industry ultraviolet robotic sterilisation. All entrance arrangements will work entirely contactless with all entry data pre-processed or entered using your own hand-held devices. We are also examining the potential to run the show with the freight doors open which is being reviewed in order to provide maximum airflow through the Hall. We have had a lot of support from many of our exhibitors including those that have been with us since the earliest days of the event. Not surprisingly some exhibitors have expressed concerns as to whether or not the show and conference will proceed, not least as considerable costs start to develop at around this point in time especially for the larger scale participants. We have 12 weeks before we open the doors. Austria has fared well throughout the health crisis and has responded quickly to a slight spike in cases caused by tourism in the last few weeks. Mask-wearing has been re-imposed and there is currently absolutely no reason to believe there will be an ongoing issue in October other than a requirement to apply sensible measures that we are now all getting used-to. Some countries have open access to Austria whilst in some cases measures apply to restrict travel without a C19 test. It is very easy to monitor the current position merely through a Google search.
I don’t think it needs to be stated that online shopping and parcel delivery has grown exponentially in recent months and the Posts as major players in the parcel delivery function have performed very well indeed. Our audience nowadays is of course broader than the Posts themselves as we see increasingly large turnout from the express parcel delivery community and their facilitators. Investment in automation and robotised systems will be strong as it will be for all aspects of parcel despatch, carriage and delivery. Odd and annoying as 2020 is, Parcel+Post Expo represents a fantastic business case.
Extension of Your Message through Broadcast Documentaries
This year we will be deploying a number of film crews who will be engaged in making documentaries by product type for broadcasting after the event. So for example there will be 90 minute documentaries on subjects such as latest parcel handling and automation; last mile; collection and return systems and so on. These will be subsequently distributed using various platforms including email-with-links, to our entire database of some 35,000 parcel and postal industry people. Additional ‘films’ will be made of specific exhibitors with a mission-plan to provide an ‘extension’ for all exhibitors into our fantastic global reach. This is something exclusively for our Parcel+Post Expo community which will not be available to non-participating companies, a unique and valuable extension. Matt Gunn is available at any time to talk you through this.
I can assure our participants that this will be a highly valuable exhibition experience. Difficult times, potential huge investment in new systems for automation and delivery at every level and a conference for which the importance has been raised from high to essential.
Tony Robinson, Founder, Parcel+Post Expo.