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