Swiss Post and Nightline launch Irish partnership

Swiss Post International and independent delivery firm Nightline have launched a partnership to provide a mail operation across Ireland. The companies said it will create a “simpler, faster, cost-effective and more customer-focussed international mail operation than Irish companies have ever seen before”.

The new venture will see Swiss Post International establishing a retail presence in Ireland for the first time.

Nightline will become a Preferred Partner of Swiss Post International and will be able to offer their customers Swiss Post International’s product range and have access to a global distribution network for letters and small parcels.

Swiss Post International UK CEO Paul Taylor said the new relationship was built on the strengths which were common to both companies. “Nightline is the perfect partner for us because there is such a great fit between what we both do. Our businesses are known for their quality of service, their reliability and efficiency.

“The combination of our global network and Nightline’s domestic capabilities promises customers an unrivalled service. We see a major opportunity here to offer to Irish businesses a viable and trusted alternative delivery service – a first for the market.

“More than the savings which we know we can offer, this is about providing added value and a service tailored to what customers need – be they large or small,” he added.

The partnership caps a remarkable 10 months for Nightline. Last May, the company, which handles one in every four parcels on Irish roads, moved from being solely a domestic parcel carrier with the opening of a UK regional office.

In December, it set up an additional division, Eirpost, to manage a new postal service for Irish businesses following the liberalisation of the country’s domestic mail market.

Eirpost will handle ongoing detailed operations with Swiss Post International now the partnership is in place.

Nightline’s chief executive, John Tuohy, said its customers would now be able to capitalise on Swiss Post International’s range of delivery options and a delivery network spanning Europe, Asia and the USA.

“This is a huge fillip for Nightline and our attempts to provide customers with an innovative and flexible system capable of supporting the way they need to do business.

“We are extremely confident that what we’re proposing will make a real and very positive improvement to the way Irish companies deal with their international clients. This constitutes a radical difference to what has previously been available and will be a service tailored to their needs,” he added.

Swiss Post International specialises in direct mailing solutions, comprehensive services for print media such as newspapers and magazines, flexible small parcel shipping and secure mailing of business correspondence.

Nightline was founded in 1992 and is the only Irish parcel carrier able to offer a single delivery service right across Ireland. In addition to the Altham facility, Nightline owns seven depots including sites at Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo and Cork.

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