The majority of countries on this planet are classified as emerging markets by the World Bank. These nations are developing their economies, their education systems, their infrastructure and even their postal systems.
Reliable postal systems are vital the growth of many nations, especially due to the explosive growth of eCommerce. As postal systems develop, their will become more specific in defining address elements and improve their ability to pinpoint a precise address.
In the meantime, developing nations frequently lack definitive standards for addressing. It is common to see directions in the address block as well as a series of number that may not be clearly defined.
In the example below, the recipient in this Indian record shows both an old house number and the new house number. He is clearly confused about which is his official address and is attempting to provide the delivery person as much information as possible.
India Post’s addressing standard calls for one house number. However, the fact that the recipient has stated both is an indication that the delivery service may need both in order to deliver.
The best method for handling undefined data in an address block of a developing nation is to leave it as you found it. Trying to restructure this data to a loosely defined or foreign standard can result in data damage.