Year: 2003

Lower access prices encourage independent operators to compete for share of UK business mail market

UK Mail is the first independent mail operator planning to use Royal Mail’s delivery offices to win a larger chunk of the lucrative business mail market. At the price proposed yesterday many others should soon follow. Hays, which runs a document exchange service, Holland’s TPG, Germany’s Deutsche Post and Express Dairies all have either interim licences or seven-year licences to compete with Royal Mail. These allow them to carry and sort bulk mail as well as provide document exchange and guaranteed delivery services. Express Dairies can even deliver certain items on its milk floats. But none has been able to establish a national door-to-door network to rival Royal Mail’s. Postcomm’s proposed prices, which will go out to consultation, should encourage rival operators to hit the market hard.

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UK Companies set to benefit from changes early next year

Joe Public is unlikely to see a change in the price of sending a letter as a result of yesterday’s decision. The postmen and women delivering mail will not change either, although much of the post they will be carrying will soon no longer bear the Royal Mail name. But businesses could benefit from the changes as early as next year if a low access price encourages, as Postcomm predicts, the development of new services and competition over existing ones. Postwatch, the consumer watchdog said: “Access to the Royal Mail pipeline, could in time, grow the size of the overall market – again, good news for customers.”

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Bibby wins new contract

Bibby Distribution is to move crystal and glassware from the Broxburn, Edinburgh, plant of Gleneagles Crystal via its Stoke site to customers such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis.

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Geodis UK launches a European express road service

Geodis UK has launched a European express road service under the name Sprint.
Starting with deliveries to Germany, France and Benelux, the product offers guaranteed transit times, specific labelling and POD on request. Geodis plans to expand coverage to Italy and Spain later this year.

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Dutch double up in London

SkyNet Worldwide Express Netherlands has taken over the group’s London office, in which it already held a 50% stake. It bought the remaining shares from LanChile.

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