Year: 2004

Germany to end monopoly in letter delivery-media

Germany does not plan to extend Deutsche Post’s monopoly for delivering standard letters beyond the monopoly’s current expiration date in 2007, a magazine reported on Sunday. The government does not think it is necessary to extend the monopoly, which keeps Post’s rivals including United Parcel Service, FedEx and its European peers from collecting and sorting letters of up to 50 grams, German newsweekly Focus reported. The magazine cited as its source a statement drafted by the government in reply to the German postal service regulator’s annual report. Neither document has yet been made public.

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Business Post signs agreement with the Administrators of NCN

Business Post has signed an agreement with the Administrators of NCN Limited (“NCN”), which runs a national network of independent express parcel delivery firms and which went into administration yesterday. In the year ended 31 May 2003, NCN had an audited turnover of GBP25.2 million. The agreement gives Business Post access to NCN’s centrally-serviced customers and its network members.

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Deutsche Post’s DHL to handle US Postal Service’s packages to Germany

Deutsche Post World Net AG said its express mail courier DHL has agreed to transport 600,000 packages per year to Germany for the US Postal Service, beginning in January. No financial details were disclosed. Deutsche Post said the new contract will create 20 new jobs in its international mail centre at Frankfurt airport and 20 in its package centre in Saulheim in the German state of Rhineland Palatinate. US Postal Service’s packages to Germany were previously handled by General Logistics Systems.

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UK Christmas mailbag grows

Despite the popularity of e-mails and text messaging customers continue to
post Christmas cards in record numbers. Royal Mail have today announced a record number of deliveries were achieved this Christmas. Over 2.2 billion items were delivered. Postwatch thanks Royal Mail on behalf of customers for their record breaking effort. Peter Carr said “This is a good result for Royal Mail and it is encouraging that mail volumes have been sustained despite the e-alternatives. All the management and staff should be congratulated.”

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Indian govt clears Deutsche Post-Newfield purchase of Blue Dart

The finance ministry has cleared a proposal by Deutsche Post World Net AG’s DHL Express Singapore Pte Ltd and the Netherland’s Newfield Holdings to buy up to 100 pct equity in India’s Blue Dart Express courier company. A government statement said the two companies would invest 5.66 bln rupees or 130 mln usd in Blue Dart Express. It did not give any details of the split between Newfield and DHL.

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UK post office staff to strike in Christmas hours row

Workers in hundreds of Post Offices across the UK are to strike on Christmas Eve in a row over opening hours, it was announced today. Managers will fill in for counter staff at 294 crown offices when the walkout starts at 12.30pm. The Royal Mail said it wanted to keep open its 555 crown offices until 4pm to give people more time to collect pensions and child benefits. But the Communication Workers Union said there was no need to keep open offices beyond the traditional 12.30pm closing time.

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KarstadtQuelle in exclusive talks with Deutsche Post on logistics ops

KarstadtQuelle AG is now in exclusive talks with Deutsche Post World Net AG to sell its logistics operations, Die Welt newspaper reported, citing no sources.
The parts Deutsche Post hopes to acquire are the troubled German retailer’s two package delivery centres, in Frankfurt and Leipzig, its warehousing operations and the business of supplying its department stores. Meanwhile, KarstadtQuelle is in exclusive talks with privately-owned transportation company Fiege to deliver large goods such as refrigerators or furniture to customers. The newspaper said according to industry estimates, KarstadtQuelle is asking for 1 bln eur for its entire logistics operations.

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Japanese store chain Lawson’s parcel business up on Japan Post tie-up

The parcel delivery business of convenience store operator Lawson Inc increased by a third in the first month since teaming up with Japan Post, Kyodo News reported. The number of parcels handled at Lawson’s 7,900 outlets nationwide between November 18 and December 17 totaled about 765,000, with each outlet handling an average of 3.2 per day, up from 2.4 the preceding month, Kyodo reported, citing data provided jointly by Lawson and the state-run postal service. The volume was up 12.7 pct from a year earlier, it said.

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