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Eircode – unloved and unused by logistics companies

So Eircode….That thing of which I written numerous times…. its been around a while now. It cost the thick end of €40m So presumably lots of people are using it? In particular, one would imagine that the very largest firms in the global supply chain coming into and out of Ireland are using it, right?  People like these…

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Well, not so much. A survey released recently by CBRE on logistics and supply chain firms reveals that 96% of firms say they have not adapted processes to use it, 93% say they have not taken any action whatsoever, and 100% (yes, 100%) in pure logistics reporting no change in business processes. So, quite literally, NOBODY in logistics (from this survey) is using it.  89% of logistics companies say they dont expect to gain any benefit in processes from Eircode, a view shared by 77% of shipping companies.  overall 83% of companies see no benefit likely.

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Ireland needed postcodes. Sensible ones that map to small areas, like in most parts of the world. Instead, we got this botch.


Eircode- Failure of the Year? 

It cost millions, but Eircode’s trumpeted benefits for business have not happened

Neil McDonnell, general manager of the Freight Transport Association of Ireland, whose members include the global delivery firms DHL and FedEx, says that as far as he knows, none of the association’s members is using the code. “The nature of a postcode as a random code is the significant problem. It is essentially a social security number for a property,” says McDonnell. “The code itself is a meaningless construct.”

Describing it as “worthless”, Irish Road Haulage Association’s presidentVerona Murphy says it was designed “as a system that only An Post could use” and it is “useless” for anyone else. “There was no input from those whom it’s supposed to service.”


nobody is using the wretched thing

We haven’t seen people using it,” says a member of the counter staff, who estimates that “about 2 per cent” of postage carried the code.

Source: Six months on, people still confounded by Eircode system


Its not like there hasnt been a massive and comprehensive scorching of this worthless heap of crap. But will this cabinet back down? Noo… Mere uselesness isnt a barrier to adoption it seems.

Emergency services brand Eircode ‘worse than useless’ | Irish Examiner

emergency services have dismissed the government-approved postcode system Eircode as “worse than useless”.


Source: Emergency services brand Eircode ‘worse than useless’ | Irish Examiner

The Department of the Environment confirmed there is currently no system in place to allow fire service vehicles respond to emergencies using the new postcode system.


The €38m system is not being used by An Garda Síochána, the National Ambulance Service, and the country’s fire services. The navigation system for the emergency services does not support Eircode and is not likely to in the near future.

The Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) which handles emergency calls through the 999/112 numbers also does not support the new postcode system.


one senior fire officer said: “As it is, Eircode is worse than useless. We were expecting that the postcodes would be incorporated into satnav systems to make our jobs easier but it appears to be a right waste altogether.”

told you. Here and here and here and here and here

What. A. Mess.

Eircode – Strange emails and defectors?

The Eircode Pimpernel Strikes!!!

The below email was sent today to all members of the senate. We believe this email came the self proclaimed leader of the Eircode tender. Yes you read that correctly, someone involved with the delivery of the state-backed Eircode postcode has anonymously (based on legal advice), jumped ship and is urging senators not to support Eircode.


Read more via A strange anonymous email was sent to all Senators today in advance of the postal services bill debate…The Eircode Pimpernel Strikes!!! | Get Lost Eircodes.

The Eircode mess – a view from the USA.

So, Eircode lumbers on, another debacle in waiting, predictable and avoidable. We dont do evidence based policy making. I have written on Eircode before, here, here, here  and here.  But, im a professor of finance, so what do I know…Well, lets hear from someone who is a professional postdode person (what a wonderful world we live in that such jobs exist) and has no skin in this game. A person, from out of town, with slides, so definitionally an expert.

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Debunking the AutoAddress Debunking! | Get Lost Eircodes

In April last, Professor Brian Lucey of TCD published an independent assessment of the major issues that are associated with the planned National Postcode, to be called Eircode. Almost immediately, an attempt at debunking these issues was published by a company called AutoAddress in Dublin. Of course, those watching expected a debunking of the debunking, but none was done because none was merited…until now, let us tell you why.

via Debunking the AutoAddress Debunking! | Get Lost Eircodes.

13 things that are wrong with Eircode…

What’s wrong with Eircode?

Lots. Much of this document arises from discussions and emails with Loc8. I am not affiliated with them in any way but they have always seemed to me to be at least as good if not manifestly better than Eircode. And FREE!!! I understand that the material here plus more was provided to the Minister in December but as of now no response has been recieved. Perhaps the Minister might read this?

  1. Poor Design
  2. No Meaningful Testing
  3. Database driven
  4. Major Data Protection Security risk?
  5. Only for dwellings
  6. No Logic – Easily Confused·
  7. Requires constant updating / Delayed Updates
  8. Difficult to integrated with software / devices
  9. Limited use for emergency services & may cost lives
  10. No use for utility companies or local authority infrastructure
  11. No use for transport company infrastructure
  12. Limited use for tourism
  13. No use for temporary events

What has Loc8 Code got to offer over Eircode?

  • Designed to be simple to use and communicate
  • Lightweight algorithm driven
  • Faster and more secure
  • Self‐Service option saves money
  • For everywhere on island of Ireland.
  • Install once NEVER requires updating
  • Ideal for all emergency services/public safety on the island of Ireland
  • Ideal for utility company / local authority infrastructure
  • Ideal for tourism
  • Ideal for temporary events
  • Ideal for wildlife surveying

A shoal of Red Herrings

  • Random versus Sequential versus Nested?
  • Not accurate enough?
  • Giving a postcode to an apartment?
  • Checksum doesn’t work?
  • What if you can’t self service?

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