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MAIL MODEL

Delivering letters in Mongolia is hard. Dividing the world into 57 trillion geotagged locations makes it possible

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GANHUYAG CHULUUN HUTAGT, the former vice minister of finance of Mongolia, doesn’t have a mailing address for his home in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. He gets his personal mail where he works—the Ard Holdings building, which doesn’t have an address either, but is large and prominent enough that postal employees know where it is. That’s common in Mongolia, where only a tiny percentage of people have addresses, says Hutagt, now CEO of Ard Holdings, a financial holding company that has a stake in the Mongol Post, the largely state-owned mail service.

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