WLF at Parcel and Post Expo 2020 offers postal community a powerful platform in turbulent times

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) today said the World Leaders Forum (WLF), to be held at the prestigious Parcel and Post Expo on 12 October in Vienna Austria, can be a powerful platform for the postal community to express their voices during turbulent times.

David Dadge, UPU’s Program Manager for Communication and Events, described the year 2020 as “momentous for all the wrong reasons.” He said, “Given the fact that the Universal Postal Union was unfortunately forced by the pandemic to postpone the Universal Postal Congress, there is a pressing need for the world’s postal community to get together and to discuss lessons learned and best practices.”

Dadge added that the WLF offers a perfect platform at the Parcel and Post Expo 2020 for the postal community to express their voices and UPU remained committed to holding the event.

Tony Robinson, the CEO of UKI Media, said, “I can assure participants that this event will be a highly valuable exhibition experience. Difficult times, potential huge investment in new systems for automation and delivery at every level and a conference for which the importance has been raised from high to essential.”

Robinson went on to say the Parcel and Post Expo makes a fantastic business case for the world’s postal community. “I don’t think it needs to be stated that online shopping and parcel delivery has grown exponentially in recent months and the Posts as major players in the parcel delivery function have performed very well indeed.”

Both the WLF and the Parcel and Post Expo will follow the host country’s latest advice regarding health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Austria has fared well throughout the health crisis. Mask-wearing has been re-imposed, but there is currently absolutely no reason to believe there will be any ongoing issues in October other than a requirement to apply sensible measures that we are now all getting used-to,” said Robinson.

For the very first time, the Parcel and Post Expo will carry 90-minute documentaries on subjects such as latest parcel handling and automation; last mile; collection and return systems and so on. These will be subsequently distributed using various platforms including email with links to our entire database of some 35,000 parcel and postal industry people.

In recent years, the Parcel and Post Expo has seen an increasingly large turnout from the express parcel delivery community and their facilitators. Investment in automation and robotized systems will be strong as it will be for all aspects of parcel dispatch, carriage and delivery.


The Universal Postal Union is a UN specialized agency with its headquarters in the Swiss capital Berne. Established in 1874, it is one of the world’s oldest international organizations and is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players.

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David Dadge
Programme Manager, Communication and Events Programme
Universal Postal Union (UPU)
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