On Thursday November 10th, IRDG hosted a group of members for an Innovation Practice Group visit to An Post & the GPO. We had a great mix of companies in attendance including Permanent TSB, Glanbia, Ericsson, Helsinn, VHI, Geith International, Trinity Research & Innovation, CBE Software, IPC Digital Media, Bord na Móna, Cisco, Cora Systems, ESB, Shire, Wisetek and Fexco.
Innovation at An Post
An Post is a major commercial organisation providing a wide range of services which encompass postal, communication, retail and financial services. It is one of Ireland’s largest companies directly employing over 9,000 people through its national network of retail, processing and delivery points.
This was a great opportunity to hear from the An Post Innovation Team about the unique opportunities & challenges faced by the business and how they are addressing them. The team shared the An Post business as it is today; an entity which is developing continuously, exploring new opportunities so as to respond to the changing environment. We also learned about technological innovations including the new Post Logistics business, the Innovation Challenge programme An Post has undertaken with their senior managers, the exploration of new areas of service innovation for the business, engagement with customers, and lots more.
Tour of GPO
The presentations were followed by a tour of GPO Witness History, the new visitor attraction in the iconic GPO building. This highly immersive and engaging exhibition puts you right inside the GPO during Easter Week in 1916. History comes to life here as we experienced events from both sides of the conflict and through the eyes of bystanders caught in the crossfire through electronic touch screens, video, audio visual booths, sound and authentic artefacts – many previously unseen.
The evening visit was beautifully finished with a tasty delights and drinks reception in the café and retail store overlooking the courtyard. The courtyard is also home to a commissioned sculpture called ‘They are of us all’, commemorating the forty children who died during the Easter Rising.
Our thanks to our wonderful hosts at An Post for a superb evening!