India Post with its network of 155,000 post office closes and open several lakh bags on a daily basis. The mail transport is a complex arrangement of rail, road and air transport. The chance of misplacement and loss of bags is a possibility with this number involved. One bag lost will invite 50 complaints and possible monetary compensation.
With these numbers and pressure of time to connect the bag to the next destination, manual tallying of bags is extremely difficult. Effort has been made to barcode each bag and scan them at predefined points.
Is it possible to design a system that will help India Post to assess the accident points and take steps to minimize delays and losses? Data sample is available.