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EN 13850 and EN 14534 Standards for Transit Time Measurement of Postal Services

Niels Delater

Niels Delater

Jul 17, 2014

EN 13850 and EN 14534 Standards for Transit Time Measurement of Postal Services
Niels Delater

Niels Delater

Jul 17, 2014

CEN standards EN 13850 and EN 14534 for transit time measurement of postal services

General overview on the current version of the standards

The heightened competition in the postal industry has led to an increase in quality awareness on both the customers’ and shippers’ ends.

The provision of proof of quality of service has become a standard requirement for tenders, especially for transit time and delivery rate measurements. We have developed quality monitoring systems which fulfill both international standards and customer requirements.

Since it’s impossible to completely track the delivery path of letters statistical processes have been put into place to measure service quality in the postal industry.

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Since postal services belong to the so-called group of universal services, European standards were developed to ensure the uniform measurement of transit times in the postal industry. Different types of deliveries are divided up into groups and are evaluated according to either EN 13850 or EN 14534. EN 13850 specifies the process used to measure single piece priority mail, while EN 14534 defines the process used to measure bulk or mass mail.

These standards specify the following critical aspects of a measurement system: measurement design, panel design for test receivers, and the statistical processes used to calculate and weigh the results of the measurement.