Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Now, Dept. of Posts packs your parcels

New facility: Staff members,right, at work at the recently-launched Pack Post Centre at the Dabagardens sub-post office. | Photo Credit: C.V. Subrahmanyam 


The Department of Posts has set up a parcel packaging service centre, the first in the city, to meet the parcel requirements of different sections of the public. 

The Pack Post Centre set up at Dabagardens sub-post office a couple of weeks ago aims at ensuring cost-effective and hassle-free delivery of parcels, catering to both individual and bulk consignments. 

Ever since its inception, the centre has been receiving encouraging response from customers across diverse segments. 

“Safe delivery mechanism and reasonable pricing are the main features that help the centre gain an edge over other service providers. 

In addition to this, strapping machines are sourced to provide quality packing solutions and leak-proof material is used to pack some of the stuff,” says M. Hari Prasad Sarma, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Visakhapatnam division. 

Depending on the weight of consignment, mini, small, medium, large, extra-large and jumbo cartons will be used for packing. The list of parcel service includes speed, express and business, among others. 

“Though the parcels can be booked at any post office, the packaging service is available at the sub-post office. Based on the demand, efforts will be made to extend similar service to other post offices in the city,” says M. Satyanarayana, Inspector, Posts (marketing). 

The staff members at the centre also offer suggestions to those who seek help. 

“The trained staff members not only handle the transactions that touch 20-25 a day but also offer cost-wise packing suggestions to customers based on their requirement,” says K. Adinarayana Murthy, postmaster at the sub-post office. What makes the Pack Post Centre even more desirable is the credit facility offered to those who opt for bulk parcel service on a regular basis. 

Packaging charges vary from ₹50 to ₹290 based on the weight and size of the parcel. In future, the department is planning to start similar service centre in Vijayawada.

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