The objective of this call for proposals is the setting-up and maintenance of a web information platform on parcel delivery services. The platform would aim at promoting the take-up of cross border e-commerce and at creating an environment that allows Small and Medium Enterprises to take part in the cross border e-commerce growth.
E-commerce is a key driver for growth and jobs. However, while domestic e-commerce rates are growing in most of the EU Member States, cross-border e-commerce (i.e. buying or selling goods from or to another Member State) is not following the same pace. Amongst other barriers, retailers often refer to a lack of transparency in information about cross border delivery, the lack of inter-operability between the different operators typically involved and the excessive costs of low volume shipments. These problems make it difficult for e-retailers to offer to their final consumers a satisfying e-commerce experience.
The purpose of this initiative is to improve the transparency of information on existing parcel delivery solutions particularly for cross-border delivery, and thus facilitate cross-border shipping through the creation of a web information platform presenting and comparing the different solutions available for parcel delivery. The platform would act as a one-stop information point for e-retailers wishing to fulfil shipment across European borders.
The deadline for electronic submission is 16 September 2015 17.00 hours (Brussels time).
The electronic submission reference for this call will be COS-IPPDS-2015-2-02.
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Eligibility criteria are set in Section 6 of the call:
Applicants must be legal entities. In the event of private bodies, they must be properly constituted and registered under national law.
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of partner organisations. The minimum number of independent legal entities forming the consortium is 2, from at least two COSME participating countries.
The consortium must include at least one association, federation or organisation representing "individual consumers" or "retailers", ideally active in field of "e-commerce", and one of the following entities: SMEs, universities or educational institutions, research centres, international organisations, national or regional or local public governmental authority, any other organisation active in the field.
The profile of each partner must be described in the Description of Action (Technical Annex 1 to this call).
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