Spanish Post Office launches tracking system

LAST UPDATED: 18 Apr, 2011 @ 20:34
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FRUSTRATING delays in the arrival of a letter or parcel could soon be at an end after the Spanish post office introduced a revolutionary new electronic tagging system.

The first of its kind in Europe, Correos (the Spanish post office) has attached tags on certain letters and parcels to ensure they reach their recipients.

The tags, which are contained under small stickers, emit radio signals. Scanners in sorting officers throughout the country can then monitor the mail’s progress.  Correos  handles more than 5 billion letters and parcels per year.

In a test run for the scheme, 10,000 letters will be tagged and electronically tracked.

The Spanish post office has spent more than one million euros installing almost 2,000 antennae and 330 tag
readers in 16 sorting offices in
  Spain.

A spokesman for Correos said: “The system allows us to keep control of mail processing automatically and lets us
detect bottlenecks in the system and solve them as they happen.”

However, some have suggested the tagging system is being used to monitor what is being posted.

The French and German post offices have shown an interest in the scheme.

But some critics have suggested putting chips on mail is another way to monitor what individuals are sending in the post.

In an effort to dispel these concerns, Correos stressed no personal information about the sender or the recipient is exchanged. The Spanish Data Protection Agency said the post office is entitled to use the information on all mail to send letters and parcels, so use of the chip did not break any law.

French and Dutch post office representatives have already expressed an interest in the service. But so far, the Royal Mail has not been in touch.

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  1. My name is Bonita Jill Gray. I sent a large package from 704 Billie Jean Circle, Hermitage, Tennessee 37076 on January 5, 2011 to Yolande Esteban, c/o Martin Santos Romero, N- 103 Bajo-J, Valladolid, Spain 47014. The customs form number is CP588182556US. It was released from Spanish Customs to the Spanish post office on March 10. The receiver–Yolande Estaban has not received. I will appreciate if you could search. It was their Christmas presents and for a sick child in the hospital. Please!

    Let me know and Thank You,

    Jill Gray

  2. Hi, my name is Philip Hill in a rented apt in Nerja for past 2 years. My daughter posted me a parcel at the end of march my bithday present, it didnt arrive. In april i ordered a cd from Play dot com it didnt arrive, i contacted them after 3 weeks and they agreed to send a replacement. It didnt arrive. On 23rd November my daughter sent me a christmas present and a friend also posted me a present by recorded delivery nothing has arrived. At my wits end, not a happy christmas. The post office people shrug their shoulders, who can i turn to next for help. I has become a nightmare. Please help.

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