Businesses to benefit from new post office systemDate posted: 16.01.2014 | Author: Harry Bovensmann
mapIT, the international digital mapping provider, has built a geospatial layer which is compliant with the SA Post Office (Sapo). Businesses can now benefit from this Sapo compliant geospatial layer in order to ensure they capture accurate customer address data and engage with existing clients to update their records.
This data layer includes over 900 postal code areas and in addition to this also incorporates over 2 400 post office sites with post boxes for South Africa. Sapo utilises this information to help over 17 000 employees in the collection, sorting and delivery of letters and parcels for over 1.5bn mail pieces, which are processed every year. Furthermore, this data helps them to manage over 2 400 postal outlets throughout the country.
mapIT can provide this data as an overlay onto the enriched, quality TomTom Map Data, which is then available as an import into existing systems or offered as a web-based Address Validation Tool. This tool can be embedded into any website or behind a firewall for call centre purposes.
For businesses that are required by the credit act to communicate to policy holders, many of whom are based in rural areas, and where the only way of communication is via post, it is critical that they have the correct post code information in their databases. By validating against mapIT’s spatial layer, businesses sending bulk mail are able to save on costs by managing their delivery return rate percentage through accurate address information.