Providing solution to last mile challenges in postal operations

Opeyeolu Timothy Laseinde, Khumbulani Mpofu

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For centuries, state posts distinguished themselves as dependable institutions to citizens and governments within the life cycle of societies prior to the emergence of alternative mail delivery channels. The demand for traditional postal services has been on the decline due to changing customer demands, competition, unfavourable business divergence and the substitution of paper mail with digital alternatives. This study identifies critical challenges associated with the last mile segment of postal operations. A qualitative and quantitative survey methodology was employed to evaluate specific public postal service providers within developing nations. These were selected through a stratified sampling method and data were aggregated using a structured questionnaire. Last mile operational models adopted in developed nations were evaluated and identified best practices informed some of the recommendations. The study further considered various environmental impacts of postal operations, and feasible models were explored for integrating into the existing systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-490
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Logistics
  • Southern African Development Community
  • last mile
  • post office
  • postal industry
  • transportation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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