CHENGDU, Dec. 14 (NBD) -- Southwest China's Sichuan Province unveiled its development planning of postal service over the national 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) for economic and social development. 

Sichuan targets revenue in postal sector of 30.3 billion yuan (4.39 billion U.S. dollars) by 2020, of which express delivery service accounts for 17 billion yuan (2.46 billion U.S. dollars), with a growth of more than 20% for both. It plans to introduce a standardized postal service and an evaluation system for express delivery based on service timeliness and quality. 

In the five years to come, Sichuan Province will reinforce measures to improve postal service up to national standards. Over 90% of mails and parcels by express delivered between Sichuan cities are expected to arrive within 48 hours, and over 90% of city-wide mails are expected to arrive within 24 hours. Delay, damage, loss of goods and complaints over service in express delivery sector are to be reduced to a fairly reasonable amount.

An official of Sichuan Provincial Postal Administration introduced that standardized services are based on "Internet plus" mode. Postal enterprises are encouraged to have their operations integrated with online internet, internet of things, big data and cloud computing and other advanced technology thus to reach an improved service level.

"Internet plus Post" is a major project in Sichuan's effort to realize standardized services. Urban areas and some villages are to be equipped with "post plus" service platforms which provide customers with convenience services including mail sending and receiving, online purchase, water and power bills transactions and more. Smart cabinets for parcel operation, community banks and other postal intelligence devices are also scheduled to set up. 

Editor: Zeng Yunheng