Postal Corporation of Kenya signs IT deal with Indian firms

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PCK is seeking to improve its efficiency in all processes of business operations

PCK is seeking to improve its efficiency in all processes of business operations

The Postal Corporation of Kenya has signed a Sh260 million contract for the installation of a new IT system to support new business lines.

PCK awarded the multi-million- shilling contract to a consortium made up of Indian firms TechnoBrain and Reason Solution.

The corporation currently uses several stand-alone business application systems to run its business which are independent of each other and therefore have no centralised source of data for management information systems.

Implementation of the system will take an estimated period of about one year beginning April 2014.

“This will not only lead to readily available business intelligence, but also harness the uses of ICT for service delivery at all levels. We have already earmarked various departments for automation such as finance, accounts, human resources, procurement and retail chain processes,” said Enock Kinara, the Post Master General.

Mr Kinara said there is need to realign the corporation’s operations and strengthen its profit centres through improving ICT infrastructure and prioritizing ICT in budgeting, if Posta is to realize its revenue targets of Sh20 billion in three years.

Last year PCK invested Sh86 million on a system dubbed Posta Pesa payment solution (switch) which has  enabled the firm to  include new business revenue avenues such as agency banking, mobile money transfers, e-commerce and e-payment of utility bills among others on its electronic platform.

“We have already integrated five banks among them, Kenya Commercial Bank, National Bankand Co-operative Bank,” Dr Kinara added.

Mr Kinara said the ERP system is part of re-engineering of Posta operations to compete in dynamic business ecosystem where disruptive technologies are consistently necessitating continued business innovation.

With the acquisition of the ERP system, said Mr Kinara, the Corporation will improve its effectiveness and efficiency in all processes of business operations and hence reduce wastage without any loss of jobs for the current workforce.

-Business Daily


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