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.Read More
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.”Read More
TNT Network Logistics has won a GBP4m (EUR5.8m), three-year contract with Toms UK for the warehousing and distribution of confectionery throughout the UK, and will also handle exports from the UK to the rest of the world.Read More
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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