Year: 2007

Pall-Ex Managing Director Named Entrepreneur of the Year, by Ernst and Young

Hilary Devey, Founder and Managing Director of Pall-Ex, has achieved further recognition for her company in a prestigious awards ceremony.

Named as Entrepreneur of the Year for Business Services in the Southern Regional heat, Hilary was delighted to receive the award for her extraordinary abilities. Organized by Ernst and Young, there was some serious cross industry competition for the much coveted award, including entrepreneurs from the manufacturing, securities and engineering industries.

Judges were impressed with Hilary’s determination to succeed, which had an enormous impact on her personal life during the formation of the company. Starting a company single-handedly, from re-mortgaging her own house to raise start up capital, and lobbying local council for the right to trade was no easy task, but this hard work established the nationwide business she now leads.

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Ministry of Labour and Emirates Post enter into agreement to pay private sector employees' salaries through post offices

The UAE Ministry of Labour has entered into an agreement with Emirates Post to allow private sector employers to pay employees’ salaries through select post offices and all branches of Wall Street Exchange.

The move is part of the Ministry’s efforts to curb the practice of late payment or non-payment of salaries by some companies. It will also allow workers to do money remittances and other financial transactions from a single window.

The select post offices and all branches of Wall Street Exchange will offer value-added services to employees of the participating companies. Apart from collecting salaries, the employees can remit money to their families overseas from the same counter. They can also instruct the counter staff to send a certain amount to their families and it will be automatically transferred on a chosen date.

The counters will also offer money exchange facilities. In the future, Emirates Post also plans Mobi-Post, a series of mobile post offices that will be positioned in the vicinity of labour camps.

Companies interested in joining the services have to enter into separate arrangements with Emirates Post. An account will be opened to enable easy transfer of money from the company to Emirates Post. Companies that join the system will benefit by way of reduced burden on staff and full security.

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FedEx rolls out new campaign: “FedEx Stories”

FedEx this week introduced an integrated corporate brand campaign called “FedEx Stories” to show how the company’s employees strive to serve customers.

The campaign, developed by BBDO New York and Atmosphere BBDO New York, is aimed at C-level executives and influencers.

It launched with TV spots that drive users to a Web site at, where online videos feature FedEx employees telling stories of how they have helped customers.

Print ads will begin appearing next month in publications including Financial Times, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

The budget was undisclosed.

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A rarity in future: New post offices

Suburban growth is generating thousands of new addresses in bedroom communities around Jacksonville. But the U.S. Postal Service hasn’t built a new post office in the metropolitan area since 2001.

Instead, the U.S. Postal Service is leasing space in shopping centers for post offices or installing postal counters inside other businesses, such as pharmacies and convenience stores.

The old model of building a stand-alone post office in a fast-growing community has gone the way of the 39-cent stamp.

John Mica, U.S. Rep. said convincing postal authorities to build more branches has always been challenging, but it’s become tougher as e-mail and fax machines take business from first-class mail. The Postal Service relies primarily on income it gets from selling stamps and other services while delivering 213 billion pieces of mail a year.

Postal Service spokesman Bill Tyler said more customers are doing their postal transactions online at, which started in 1997. The site averages 26 million visitors a month, and the average order is $80, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Tyler said the more people who go online, the less time they spend waiting in line, which also reduces the need for new brick-and-mortar postal branches. For those who just need stamps, machines are often all they need.

The last time the Postal Service built its own post office in the metropolitan area was six years ago, when it opened an 8,200-square-foot facility on College Drive in Clay County.

In the suburbs, that could be the future trend for a trip to the post office – fill up with gas and send a package at the same place.

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Save the bay teams up with DHL and the San Francisco giants

During select San Francisco Giants games this summer, Save The Bay and DHL will raise awareness about pollution threats to San Francisco Bay as part of the DHL’s Splash for Cash program. Along with many others hoping to catch Barry Bonds’ record-breaking home run, Save The Bay volunteers will paddle in McCovey Cove in DHL-branded yellow kayaks to wait for the famous “splash hits.” DHL will donate $1,000 to Save The Bay for every “splash hit” that sails into the cove, with a minimum donation of $10,000 at the end of the season. Save The Bay will use the money raised to support its work to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.

Save The Bay is taking the opportunity to educate baseball fans and Bay Area residents about one of today’s greatest threats to the Bay, dangerous pollution from homes, cars, and neighborhoods. Trash dropped in streets and parking lots ends up in the Bay, killing wildlife like seals, pelicans, and leopard sharks. At each game – through announcements and scoreboard messages – Save The Bay will remind Giants fans to “stash their trash” before, during, and after the game, noting its harmful effects to Giants’ mascot, Lou Seal, and his friends in the Bay.

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DHL Express signs two-year GBP 36m contract with RS Components

DHL’s new contract with RS Components builds on a long-standing strategic partnership
DHL Express confirms that it has signed a contract worth GBP 36 million over two years with RS Components, Europe’s leading distributor of electrical, electronic and industrial supplies. The contract marks a new stage in the long-standing relationship between the two companies, which is based on ever-improving service levels and new product initiatives.

The contract signed by Chris Muntwyler, CEO DHL Express UK and Ireland, Klaus Goeldenbot, UK General Manager RS Components, and Frank Peplinski, General Manager RS Supply Chain, ensures that DHL will continue to be RS Component’s express delivery distributor in the UK and Europe for the next two years.

RS Components is one of DHL’s large customers in the UK and the company has built much of their existing client base around DHL’s reliable transportation service. DHL provides a domestic delivery service to RS that involves deliveries to RS customers the length and breadth of the UK – around 15,000 deliveries are made using this service every day. DHL delivers a further 1,500 packages a day to RS customers in Europe, from Scandinavia to southern Europe.

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FedEx donates USD 2.3M to build first Le Bonheur housing facility

Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center unveiled plans on Tuesday to build The FedEx Family House, the first facility to provide housing for patients receiving extended care at Le Bonheur.
FedEx Corp. will provide USD 2.3 million for the project. Additional funds will come from personal donations from company CEO Frederick J. Smith and his wife, Diane, as well as from CFO Alan B. Graf Jr. and his wife, Susan.
The 25,000-square-foot facility is expected to open in 2011. Specific hospital location has yet to be determined, says Le Bonheur spokesman Jennifer Parris. The FedEx Family House will feature 25 sleeping rooms, kitchen and dining facilities, indoor recreational space, a small business center and a fitness room.
Le Bonheur is undergoing a USD 327 million expansion, which will double the space for patient care, research and education. Slated to complete in 2011, the new development previously received USD 5 million from FedEx.

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Leipzig elevated to hub status for Lufthansa

Lufthansa Cargo will discontinue freighter flights into and out of Cologne from October and transfer flights to Leipzig to coincide with the opening of the DHL Express Europe hub.

DHL Express and Lufthansa Cargo have been jointly operating a route network between Europe, Asia and the USA with their Aerologic intercontinental joint venture since March 2004. Up to 27 October 2007, a major proportion of that network will still be run through Cologne, but then be re-routed through Leipzig from 28 October. Lufthansa will be operating 21 MD-11s flights a week to Leipzig.

There will be no change in the other joint-venture flights:
Brussels – New York – Brussels (five flights weekly)
Frankfurt – East Midlands – Wilmington/Ohio – East Midlands – Frankfurt (once weekly)
East Midlands – Wilmington/Ohio – East Midlands (once weekly)
Additionally, Lufthansa will operate three of its own freighter flights from Leipzig to Atlanta (USA), the Korean capital Seoul and the Turkish capital Istanbul.

Cologne will remain a DHL and Lufthansa Cargo base, but Lufthansa will only be offering capacity ex Cologne in future for cargo carried in the bellies of passenger aircraft or by road feeder services. As a result of the switch to Leipzig, 35 staff will be withdrawn from cargo handling in Cologne and offered posts at other locations.

In 2008, Leipzig is scheduled to become the DHL Express central hub in its European express network.

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