The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) in India recently announced plans to establish itself as a full-fledged courier business starting this September. It can be recalled that this entered into a contract with ANL Parcel Service. However, their contract is set to end this coming August. APSRTC decided not to renew their contract, but instead, will be establishing its very own courier and parcel services. The APSRTC claims that with this decision, they will be able to increase their revenue significantly.
An RTC official says that the corporation is expected to extend better service compared to the other parcel and courier service providers that are already in operation. ANL has been in the parcel and courier business for more than two decades, specifically operating in Andhra Pradesh. It experimented and launched a separate parcel services. So far, they must have been satisfied with the results, enough to decide to enter the courier business on its own. APSRTC Chief Traffic Manager K. Gopinatha Reddy says that they are already making preparations for their plans and are set to give franchises. They are aiming to gain presence in different villages, towns and cities where franchises are expected to collect and deliver the goods.
At present, APSRTC has a fleet of 12,0000 buses which they say have the ability to reach every nook and corner of the State. APSRTC might be able to provide courier quote online too in the future. This has already laid out plans to utilize the power of technology. According to Executive Director G. Jaya Rao, the company already has a separate software developed to ensure that they will have a way to track the movement of goods.
APSRTC’s decision to become a courier service should no longer come as a surprise. It can be recalled that this industry has been showing positive trends since 2015. In fact, it was said that it was one of the fastest growing industries in India. With its decision, will the other transport groups follow suit? Yes or not, the other courier companies will have to be on their toes if these transport business should decide to enter the delivery business.