Year: 2004

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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NZ Post-DHL link annoys other rivals

State-owned New Zealand Post has spurned rivals to sell its courier businesses into a joint venture with Deutsche Post-owned DHL. The sale was condemned as a partial privatisation of a state business without a contestable process to find out if anyone else wanted to pay more. New Zealand-owned Freightways was annoyed that it did not get a look in despite asking for the chance several times. Also excluded was Toll Holdings of Australia, which has started a small courier business in New Zealand to exploit cross-selling opportunities from its road and rail businesses. “We just wanted a level playing field,” said Dean Bracewell, managing director of Freightways. He condemned yesterday’s deal as lacking transparency – no financial details were disclosed. Toll chief financial officer Neil Chatfield said the company was disappointed it did not get an opportunity to be involved. He said it was a strange way to sell a public asset.

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Deutsche Post expanding onto French mail market with acquisition of French mail service provider Koba

Deutsche Post has acquired a majority share of the French mail service provider Koba with headquarters in Chilly-Mazarin near Paris. With this acquisition, Deutsche Post is consistently pursuing the strategic expansion of its activities on domestic mail markets and is establishing an excellent starting platform for entry onto the French mail market. Koba is the leading specialist for direct marketing and mail solutions in France. Klaus Knappik, Chairman of the Mail International Divisional Board at Deutsche Post World Net, says: “The acquisition of Koba is yet another milestone in our international mail strategy, which enables us to offer our customers high-quality mail services in France.”

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Deutsche Post to sell Trans-o-Flex stake after ruling

Deutsche Post AG plans to sell its 24.8 percent stake in the Trans-o-flex Schnell Lieferdienst GmbH parcel sorting company after a German court blocked the purchase on antitrust concerns. Deutsche Post bought the Trans-o-flex holding in July 1997 and four years later asked Germany’s Cartel Office for permission to buy the remainder from Bayerische Landesbank. Deutsche Post went to court after regulators rejected the proposal in 2001. Germany’s Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe in a ruling today confirmed a lower court decision blocking the takeover. “After the decision of the Federal Court of Justice, the company will continue with its good cooperation with trans-o- flex,” Bonn-based Deutsche Post said in a faxed statement today. “The extent of the cooperation will be decided on a case-by-case basis.”

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[email protected] saves with online mail

[email protected], the partnership between independent parcels carrier Lynx Express and courier company Redcats, has launched a new customer-focused contract management facility. The new feature allows customers to go online with their queries. By answering e-mail, the company has removed the need for expensive telephone calls or delays brought about by correspondence.

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UPS completes purchase of Menlo Worldwide Forwarding

UPS today announced it had completed the purchase of Menlo Worldwide Forwarding, Inc., formerly a subsidiary of CNF Inc. “Menlo Worldwide Forwarding’s capabilities complement UPS’s ability to manage customers’ shipments of any size, anywhere and in virtually any time frame,” said Bob Stoffel, UPS senior vice president, Supply Chain Group. Menlo Worldwide Forwarding services soon will be sold under the UPS brand, he added.

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Target Express moved to Leeds

Target Express has moved to new premises in Leeds to allow room for growth and give staff a more pleasant working environment.
The carrier said the £3.5m (t5m) investment had increased the depot size from 3,000sq metres to 5,500sq metres while maintaining excellent transport links next to the M62.

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BALTIC STATES – Moving in on Europe’s new stars in the east

Express delivery is making inroads into Poland and the Baltic States, with new partnerships, services and investment launched in 2004. Established in Poland, DHL, TNT and UPS have been joined by FedEx, which launched direct flights in August. Industry sources estimate that Poland supports a EUR500m-a-year total express market, including courier business worth EUR270m – EUR280m, and the market is expanding rapidly.

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