On October 7 (Central European Time), the Universal Postal Union (UPU) released the 2022 Postal Development Report at the World Post Day ceremony held in Berne, Switzerland. China, Austria, France, Germany, Japan and Switzerland excelled in the Integrated Index for Postal Development (2IPD) scores and reached PDL 10 (Postal Development Level 10). The UPU Director General Masahiko Metoki issued a letter to commend these countries.
According to the UPU, PDL 10 represents a peer group of top postal performers. Fully leveraging the power of their postal business models, the designated operators of the six countries mentioned above have achieved the highest level in postal excellence, provided best-in-class postal services in the world, and substantially contributed to their countries' overall economic growth and social inclusion.
Among the regional champions in 2IPD scores, China ranked first in the Asia-Pacific region. Cameroon, Saudi Arabia, Estonia, Switzerland and Colombia took the first place within the regions of Africa, Arab, Europe and CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States), industrialized countries, Latin America and Caribbean respectively.
It is learned that 2IPD is a composite index providing an overview of postal development around the world with postal big data, official UPU statistics and key UPU surveys. 2IPD provides reference for governments to formulate strategies, regulators to better identify the challenges faced by postal services, and postal operators to review their relevant operational and business models. The 2IPD scoring system is built around the four key dimensions of postal development: reliability, reach, relevance and resilience, respectively measuring the development of quality of service from a speed and predictability perspective, the level of postal connectivity of the country with the rest of the world from an outbound perspective, the relative success of different postal business models and activities from a demand perspective, and the postal capacity to overcome economic, social, technology and environmental shocks in a sustainable way.