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Correios, logistics and use of territory: the express mail service in Brazil

Grant number: 13/19277-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2013
Effective date (End): May 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography
Principal Investigator:María Mónica Arroyo
Grantee:Igor Venceslau Freitas
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/06152-2 - Express cargo services and urban system: differences and similarities between the United States of America and Brazil, BE.EP.MS


The globalization qualifies the geographical space, globalizing and endowing it with a larger amount of rationality and fluidity. The acceleration of all kinds of flows is another contemporary characteristic, imposing rigid times to the hegemonic agents and a vertical relation among places. The information is essential in techno-scientific-informational milieu, both for objects and actions. The express mail service - SEDEX appears in Brazil in this context and demands new strategies from the Correios' use of territory, in order to ensure the efficiency of its actions. This research aims to reveal and analyze these strategies, based on a concept system from Milton Santos, understanding the company's current role in the Brazilian socio-spatial formation, under the triad State - territory - market. Six groups of main data will be collected, mainly in the Brazilian mail company: the material and normative conditions created by Correios to the SEDEX launch and those which assured successive transformations; the chain formed by Correios and the other agents of what we are calling express mail logistics; the means of transportation; the delivery times; the topology designed by the express mail logistics in Brazil; the role of São Paulo city. After making maps, cartograms, tables and graphs, as well as fieldworks, we intend with a critical analyses to contribute towards the understanding of the mail use of territory in its more emblematic field - the express one.