In March last year the postal company launched the first post bus service, a 63-seater coach plying the Harare-Masvingo route which also provides transport to passengers at a cost.
Globally the post bus strategy has been acknowledged as one of the most effective and reliable means of transport and cost effective way of mail conveyance.
Zimpost managing director, Mr Douglas Zimbango, said the move was also in line with the firm’s efforts to return to profitability.
“By year end we should have seven post buses.”
Mr Zimbango added that they were targeting to have at least 15 post bus services.
The post bus project is expected to assist Zimpost to recoup its operating costs while at the same time providing a valuable service to the travelling public.
Recently the company has been struggling as usage of physical mail, also known as snail mail, has significantly dropped due to use of the internet and other technologies like mobile phones.
Internet based communication systems like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Yahoo talk, G-talk, instant messaging and others have over the years sideswiped social mail business.
Zimpost has had to diversify from its core business including venturing into real estate to stay afloat.
As another adaptation measure, Zimpost has integrated new technologies through operating phone shops, internet cafes and sale of airtime recharge cards across its network of branches.
Zimpost also offers agency services to a number of companies in insurance and banking services using its wide postal network. — New Ziana.