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SingPost tests mail collection using MRT trains

SINGAPORE: Singapore Post (SingPost) on Tuesday (June 25) began a three-month trial using MRT trains to pick up postal items at service points near train stations.

SingPost employees will collect postal items from Tampines and Raffles Place MRT stations and deliver them to the sorting facilities near Paya Lebar MRT station.

Up to two employees will do the collection each day, traveling in MRT cabins on the East-West line between off-peak hours, between 11am and 2pm, SingPost and SMRT’s commercial arm Stellar Lifestyle said in a press release on Monday.

The trial is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two companies and aims to study the operational cost efficiency and carbon emissions savings of using MRT trains to collect postal items.

“Travellers can expect greater convenience with postal services integrated into train stations, providing a seamless experience and eliminating the need to detour to post offices or courier pick-up points,” the two companies said in the statement.

“Businesses located around the rail network can also take advantage of a convenient and readily available drop-off point for delivery services to meet growing demands in the e-commerce space.”

The pilot comes three months after SingPost opened a standalone counter of its POPStop parcel delivery and return service at Tampines MRT station.

If successful, SingPost plans to expand the trial to more stations on SMRT-operated lines and determine where more POPS stops and service points can be located to provide more convenience to communities.

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