Year: 2003

TNT plans for life without Airborne

TNT Express is confident it can find an alternative US delivery network if its arrangement with Airborne falls through. TNT is not expecting to renew its partnership with Airborne when the contract expires in December 2004, following the acquisition of Airborne by DHL. But group MD Alan Jones said he has contingency plans if it proved impossible to see out the current contract.

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No one-stop shop for us: express is our niche, pledges GeoPost

Claude Béglé, CEO northern Europe for GeoPost, bucked the popular trend towards the logistics one-stop shop earlier this month by calling for more focus on the express industry. By working in a niche market, GeoPost was able to get business from logistics operators anyway, he said. “They come to us, but if we were in competition they would not. We want to concentrate on two services – parcels and international express.” International traffic contributed 8% to revenues last year and GeoPost is projecting a 10% increase this year.

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UPS to test hydrogen vehicles in U.S.

United Parcel Service will begin testing package delivery vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells late this year, the carrier announced Monday. The zero-emission vehicles, built by DaimlerChrysler, will be the first use of fuel cell technology in a commercial delivery fleet in North America, according to UPS.

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Deutsche Post boss confident on Airborne takeover

Deutsche Post’s top executive on Monday said he didn’t think a probe by U.S. regulators would block the German mail and express company’s USD1.1 billion takeover of Airborne Inc. “The takeover is legally OK. We’re relaxed about it,” Chief Executive Klaus Zumwinkel said at an industry conference in Bonn. Deutsche Post plans to spin off Airborne’s airline assets into DHL Airways, an independent company that it says complies with U.S. laws requiring American ownership of domestic carriers.

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Judge schedules DHL Airways pre-hearing

The administrative law judge overseeing the controversial DHL Airways citizenship case has scheduled a pre-hearing conference for May 27. Ronnie L. Yoder, the Department of Transportation’s chief administrative law judge, has to issue a recommended decision by Oct. 31.

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Postcomm proposes access arrangements to enable UK Mail Ltd to use Royal Mail’s network

Postcomm today sought views on arrangements to allow UK Mail Ltd, an
independent postal company owned by Business Post Plc, to use Royal Mail to
provide final delivery of its post. Once it is in place, the arrangement will enable UK Mail to collect mail from its customers, transport it to its Birmingham hub, and from there transport it direct to Royal Mail’s 1,400 delivery offices for final delivery by postmen and postwomen along with the mail they already handle. The access arrangements, as they are called, have been proposed today in a formal Notice of a proposed direction by Postcomm after the two parties were unable to agree terms between themselves. The prices proposed by Postcomm range from 11.46p up to GBP4.06 depending on the weight of the letter or package and the work done by UK Mail Ltd. The proposed prices would allow Royal Mail to recover a 6% operating profit from this business by 2006.

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Pall-Ex backs unsung heroes

Pall-Ex is to sponsor the Award for Service to the Freighting Industry, a new category making its debut at this year ‘s IFW Awards. Alan Cramley, sales and marketing director, said: “PallEx is delighted to be involved in the 2003 IFW Awards as we believe it is important for the industry to celebrate business successes.”

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Swiss Post arrives at the doorstep of Spain

Swiss Post, the Swiss national postal operator, is to set up operations in Spain with the eventual aim of making the country its springboard into Latin America. The Swiss company, which is already present in the UK, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, the US and Italy, plans to use the franchise model to grow in the country. With this in mind, it has already signed a deal with ABC Mail for this company to become the master franchise of operations in Spain.

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