“Forward ever, backward never: onwards with Breaking Through”
No.06 -2018

Formulated by UNI Apro Post and Logistics Sector

1. Chronopost France acquires refrigerated transport specialist ALP Group. January 12, 2018. 2. POLISH POST Delivered 120 M Parcels In 2017. January 12, 2018. 3. Pay Equity: Canada Post Requests More Time! January 10, 2018. 4. New Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub Extend FedEx Operational Strength for Customers in Asia Pacific. January 09, 2018. 5. NORWEGIAN Postal Service Commits To Tesla Semi Order In Effort To Electrify Fleet. January 09, 2018.

1. Chronopost France acquires refrigerated transport specialist ALP Group

January 12, 2018
Chronopost France, a DPD Group subsidiary, has announced the acquisition of Paris-based delivery firm ALP Group, which specializes in the transport of temperature-controlled goods for the retail, warehousing and pharmaceutical sectors.
ALP comprises three specialist divisions, including Delifresh, for the last-mile delivery of temperature-controlled food products in the Île-de-France region; Freshlog, specializing in warehousing, refrigerated storage and order picking of food products; and 360° services, for urgent medical transportation (medicines, blood products, stem cells and samples, grafts and organs) and hospital and infectious waste (Class 6.2 products).

Martin Piechowski, CEO, ChronopMartin Piechowski, CEO, Chronopost, said, “The acquisition of ALP Group is part of our ongoing strategy of investment in specialized and high-value-added transportation solutions. These companies will enable Chronopost to significantly enhance its products, services and expertise in the food and health
markets, in which we already have a presence through our subsidiaries Chronopost food and Bio Logistic.”

Source : Postal and Parcel Technology International

2. POLISH POST Delivered 120 M Parcels In 2017

January 12 , 2018
Polish Post has reported that it delivered more 120m packages and e-commerce shipments in 2017. In a statement issued this week, Polish Post said that it had a very busy Christmas period. In the week running up to Christmas, parcel volumes were 81% higher than the average weekly volume for 2017 as a whole.
Polish Post said that it saw a notable surge in e-commerce volumes from China, and it also reported growing popularity for its click & collect service.
Source: Post & Parcel
3. Pay Equity: Canada Post Requests More Time!

January 10, 2018
On SUNDAY, December 31, 2017 (yes, the last day of the year), and two days before the deadline for submitting its consultant’s second report on pay equity, Canada Post asked the arbitrator for more time.
Both parties have been aware for quite some time of the deadlines for submitting documentary evidence and of the hearing dates. It would appear that the Corporation’s request stems from a “lack of availability.”

Of course, thisis not surprising given Canada Post’s poor record on pay equity. After all, it did drag cases on (for decades) before the Human Rights Commission.
The arbitrator agreed to postpone the deadlines that had been agreed to, which means the arbitration process will start on February 2, 2018 instead of January 9. The arbitrator also set hearing dates on weekends in order to avoid additional delay.
Pay equity is the law, and we expect Canada Post to abide by it.
In Solidarity!
Source: Canadian Union of Postal Workers

4. New Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub Extends FedEx Operational Strength for Customers in Asia Pacific0
January 09, 2018
FedEx Express (FedEx), the world’s largest express transportation company, today announced the official opening of its new FedEx Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub located at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The facility provides greater connectivity and convenience to the FedEx global network and overseas markets for customers in eastern China, particularly those shipping to the US and Europe.
The Shanghai Hub is the largest of its kind at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The new facility applies cutting-edge technologies and innovation to enhance operational efficiency. The 134,000 square-meter facility is equipped with a dedicated Customer Care Center as well as cold chain facilities.
“The Asia Pacific region remains the growth driver of the world,” said David L. Cunningham, Jr., president and CEO, FedEx Express. “This new Hub adds yet another major facility to our already comprehensive regional and global network, giving our Asia Pacific customers reliable access to international markets.”
FedEx currently has 66 weekly flights in and out of the Hub. With a fully automated sorting system, the new facility can process up to 36,000
packages and documents per hour. The facility utilizes information technology to send real-time information, including flight and shipment status to customers’ mobile devices so they can arrange pick-ups accordingly and reduce logistics cost. With dedicated areas for China Customs and China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ), the Hub simplifies operations and improves the Customs clearance process.

“The FedEx Shanghai Hub marks another milestone that helps support the economic growth of east China. By continuously enhancing our services and facilities, we can provide our customers an edge in the fast moving and ever-changing business environment,” said Karen M. Reddington, president, Asia Pacific, FedEx Express.
FedEx continues to increase its operational strength to meet the specific needs of its customers from various industries. For example, the new Hub features a Cold Chain Center which will support the healthcare industry, one of the fastest growing sectors in the Asia Pacific region. Equipped with temperature-controlled storage ranging from -22°C to 25°C, the Center offers a full suite of high-standard cold chain logistics solutions tailored to different healthcare products such as medicines, semi-finished medicines and pharmaceuticals.
The FedEx Shanghai International Express and Cargo Hub reinforces the city’s position as one of the world’s leading international shipping centers, which has ranked among the top three in the world for ten consecutive years with a cargo and mail throughput of 3.8356 million tons in 2017. Source: International Postal Corporation

5. NORWEGIAN Postal Service Commits To Tesla Semi Order In Effort To Electrify Fleet

January 09, 2018
The Tesla Semi continues to get the attention of companies beyond the United States. Posten Norge, a Norwegian postal service that’s otherwise known as Norway Post, recently placed its order for the Tesla Semi, bolstering its commitment to electrify its fleet of long-haulers.
According to Norway Post press head John Eckhoff, the Tesla Semi meets the needs of the European state-owned firm, which is currently aiming for a full transition towards an emissions-free fleet by 2025. Considering the features and capabilities of the Tesla Semi, the massive long-haulier could play a significant role in ensuring that Norway Post does achieve its goal.

“We see that the future is electric in all vehicle segments. Therefore, it is important for us to test new technology as early as possible. Technology development is very fast, and the future electric vehicles seem to meet our needs in terms of reach, safety, and costs,” Eckhoff said, according to an E24 report.
Norway Post’s transition towards a green trucking fleet dates back as far as 2009 when the Norwegian firm entered into a collaboration with European cargo firm Bring to help reduce the emissions of its trucking fleet by up to 40 percent.

With its recent announcement, Norway Post has become the second Norwegian firm to place orders for the Tesla Semi. Late last December, ASKO, one of the
country’s most prominent wholesale chains, ordered a batch of 10 Tesla Semi trucks. Like Norway Post, ASKO had been involved in the green fleet revolution even before the Tesla Semi was released, with the wholesaler already deploying an electric truck on its day-to-day operations. As noted in a previous Teslarati report, ASKO CEO Tore Bekken was quite optimistic about the premise of the Tesla Semi joining its fleet. The ASKO CEO even took particular notice of the electric long-haulier’s capabilities, many of which exceed those of its conventional diesel counterparts.

Quite interestingly, Norway Post press head John Eckhoff also mentioned the Tesla Semi’s capabilities and features as a primary driver for the state-run firm’s decision to purchase the electric vehicle. A press release distributed by Norway Post explicitly mentioned some of the Tesla Semi’s main design features, such as its low air resistance, automatic

emergency braking, Autopilot technology, and its capability to cover up to 500 miles on a single charge.
The Tesla Semi is a Class 8 vehicle that is capable of towing up to 80,000 pounds of cargo. Being equipped with four electric motors that are derived from the Model 3, the electric big rig is capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in roughly 5 seconds without cargo and 20 seconds with a full load. The electric long-hauler is also capable of climbing up a 5 percent gradient at a consistent 65 mph.

Source : Postal vision 2020

No.07 -2018

Formulated by UNI Apro Post and Logistics Sector

1. China to overtake USA as most valuable parcel market by 2019. January 18, 2018. 2. POLISH POST And PKP Working Together On Logistics Facilities. January 17, 2018. 3. Hong Kong's cargo and mail volumes breach 5m tonne mark. January 17, 2018. 4. POSTI Invites Companies to Submit Bids On Mail Delivery. January 15, 2018. 5. ROYAL MAIL: Online Shoppers In The Uk Make 80%OfTheir Retail Purchases Online. January 12, 2018. 6. The Postal Service: A service Americans should appreciate. January 09, 2018.

1. China to overtake USA as most valuable parcel
market by 2019

January 18, 2018

The latest report from UK-based market research firm Apex Insight has revealed that the global parcel delivery market generated US$350bn in 2017, up from US$310bn in 2016. Asia-Pacific is listed as the largest regional parcels marketby value, accounting for around 40% of the global

market. North America and Europe combined represented just over 50% of the market.
The Global Parcel Delivery Market Insight Report 2018 also found China to be the key growth market, representing almost 60% of the Asia-Pacific regional total by value. Chinese parcel volumes reached 31.2 billion in 2016, over 50% up on 2015.

As in previous years, the USA is still listed as the largest country market in value terms, although China has surpassed it in volume. In Europe, Germany remains the largest market with the UK having been the fastest-growing of the main countries (7% CAGR). Global online sales approached US$2.3tn in 2017, having grown at a rate of 25% per year. The largest online retail country markets are the USA, UK, China and Japan. Growth is high in both emerging and developed economies, epitomized by China with online retail growth of more than 40% per year. Globally, online now accounts for just over 10% of total retail sales, up from around 5% in 2012.
Market trends
In response to the growth and demands of online retailers, a lot of effort is being put into developing better last-mile solutions, both by incumbent carriers, large retailers themselves, and other parties such as independent parcel shop and locker networks.
The report also found that leading online retailers, led by large marketplaces such as Amazon and Alibaba, are increasingly getting involved in delivery, reflecting the strategic importance of it to their business models. Their large volumes give them significant market power. Carriers are also investing in improving their information systems, both to provide better information on delivery to end customers and to improve their operational effectiveness.
Competitive landscape
The market is served by a combination of national postal operators, the global integrators and smaller, privately owned couriers. The integrators have a global market share of around 37% by revenue. Postal operators have around 24%, with other private sector carriers having the remaining 39%. Outlook Apex Insight predicts that China will overtake the USA to become the largest market by value by 2019. The lack of exposure to the rapidly-growing Chinese domestic market means that the global share of the integrators is likely to continue to fall.

Source: Postal and Parcel

2. POLISH POST And PKP Working Together On Logistics Facilities

January 17, 2018
Poczta Polska (Polish Post) and the rail operator PKP plan to work together on the development of new logistics facilities. According to a statement issued by Poczta Polska yesterday (16 January), the two companies have signed a letter of intent concerning cooperation aimed at the development of logistics services using land belonging to both entities.
The statement noted that the location of some of the PKP properties could be used for parcel sorting centres and other postal activities; and there is a significant amount of currently unused railway land which could offer huge potential for logistics developments.

Source : Post & Parcel

3. Hong Kong's cargo and mail volumes breach 5m tonne mark

January 17, 2018
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) handled more than 5m tonnes of cargo and airmail in 2017, the first time an airport has reached this level of throughput.
In total, HKIA saw air cargo throughput increase by 9.2% year on year tto reach 4.9m tonnes, while mail volumes hit 112,000 tonnes.
Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) chief executive Fred Lam said: "This achievement is particularly remarkable as we are concurrently handling over 72m passengers annually.
"Such an accomplishment could not have been done without the support aIn December, cargo traffic was up by 6.3% to 462,000 tonnes driven by transhipments and exports, both registering 8% year-on-year growth compared to December 2016.
Amongst the key trading regions, traffic to and from Europe and India increased most significantly during the month.
Looking ahead, the airport plans further investment in its cargo business: "In addition to the IATA CEIV Pharma Partner Airport accreditation achieved in 2017, the AA is also launching a tender to develop a premium logistics warehouse in Kwo Lo Wan to enhance the handling of e-commerce shipment," said Lam.
During the year, more than 100 airlines had been operating at HKIA, including 13 new joiners: Air Seoul, Hong Kong Air Cargo Carrier, JC (Cambodia) International Airlines, Lanmei Airlines (Cambodia), Virgin Australia, Air Japan, Air Cargo Global, CargoLogicAir, Cambodia Angkor Air, Small Planet Airlines, National Air Cargo, Sky Gates Airlines and Western Global Airlines.
Meanwhile, the air network of HKIA has also been expanded with 17 new destinations, including Baotou, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, Yuncheng, Taitung, Komatsu, Sendai, Toowoomba, Christchurch, Yekaterinburg, Hahn in Frankfurt, Prague, Stansted in London, Verona, Warsaw, Indianapolis and Sihanoukville, adding to a total of over 220 destinations.
Earlier today, it was announced that Mark Whitehead of ground handler Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited will leave the position after eight years. Source: air cargo news
4. POSTI Invites Companies to Submit Bids On Mail Delivery
January 15, 2018
Posti is about to initiate its first sourcing procedure on the five-day delivery of universal service letters in areas not covered by early-morning newspaper delivery. Interested companies can sign up for the competitive tendering by using the registration link on Posti's website from January 22, 2018 onwards.
The amended Postal Act, which will enter into force at the start of July, requires Posti to put out to tender the five-day delivery of universal service

letters-i.e.letters and postcards equipped with a stamp or other cash payment method-in areas not covered by newspaper early-morning delivery that has been agreed upon commercially.
The aim of the sourcing is to introduce new delivery activities to sparsely populated areas. In Posti's view, the increased cooperation in sparsely populated areas is extremely positive.
"This is the first time we are organizing a competitive tendering on the delivery of universal service letters under the Postal Act. The sourcing procedure has been assigned to Posti, and we want to perform this task transparently and impartially. We will develop the process further in the future based on the lessons we learn and experiences we gain now," says Kaj Kulp, Vice President who is responsible for the procedure at Posti.
The sourcing will not affect the basic delivery of newspapers in sparsely populated areas. Newspaper delivery will continue according to existing contracts.
Posti already outsources part of its delivery and transports to over 600 entrepreneurs and companies
Posti already employs over 600 subcontractors in mail delivery and transport services. Most of these are small companies. Posti's annual outsourcing volume is approximately EUR 200 million.
"Posti wants to support small businesses in sparsely populated areas. The share of subcontracting grew by 44 percent last year, and the volumes are increasing even without the competitive tendering. Another aim of the subcontracting and combined transports is to lower our delivery costs," Kulp says.
Over 1,700 areas in the tendering
The areas subject to the tendering procedure are based on a decision issued by The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority. The tendering covers more than 1,700 areas.
Companies willing to participate in the tendering are requested to register between January 22 and February 8, 2018, using the registration link on Posti's website.
After the registration period, Posti's Sourcing will invite the companies to register to Posti's Sourcing Portal if the company is not already registered. The companies must register in the Sourcing portal by February 28, 2018.

After this, Posti's Sourcing will send a request for proposal to the companies registered in the Sourcing Portal. The request for proposal includes information on the areas and requirements.
At the end of the tendering procedure, Posti's Sourcing will compare the tenders and award the contract to the most economically advantageous tender based on an overall assessment. Operations under the contract will begin on July 1, 2018.

Source: posti.fi/ Finland Post

5. ROYAL MAIL: Online Shoppers In The Uk Make 80% Of Their Retail Purchases Online

January 12, 2018
Online shoppers in the UK make 80% of their purchases (excluding groceries) online, up from 74% last year, according to a study commission by Royal Mail. In a statement issued yesterday (11 January), Royal Mail also reported that a quarter of shoppers now pay for delivery subscriptions and the most common retailer for subscriptions is Amazon (with an impressive 76%)
The study, part of Royal Mail’s annual Delivery Matters report, asked 1,500 UK online shoppers about their shopping habits and preferences. It found that delivery is important when purchasing through marketplaces, such as Amazon or eBay, with 84% considering a seller’s delivery rating as a crucial factor when choosing where to buy from.
Nick Landon, Managing Director of Royal Mail Parcels, commented: “Despite consumers tightening their purse strings, online shopping continues to grow. How you deliver is as important as what you sell and a quarter of shoppers are now paying an upfront fee for unlimited delivery. Businesses of all sizes need to make sure they respond to this demand or risk being left
behind. By selecting high quality services from Royal Mail, online sellers can ensure they set themselves up for success.”
Source : Post & Parcel

6. The Postal Service: A service Americans should appreciate

January 09, 2018
A good deal of misinformation circulates about the U.S. Postal Service; some unfortunately contained in two Jan. 2 commentary pieces published on these pages. I appreciate the opportunity to provide some facts and context.
First, the broad picture. The Postal Service, which doesn’t use a dime of taxpayer money for its operations (by law it earns its revenue) provides Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most-affordable delivery network.
Based in the Constitution, USPS delivers to 155 million addresses six and even seven days a week, delivering 47 percent of the world’s mail. An average of 3,748 new addresses are added daily to the country’s only universal delivery network.
The Postal Service is the core of the $1.4 trillion national mailing industry, which employs 7 million Americans in the private sector.
It is the largest civilian employer of military veterans — more than 113,000 grace the postal workforce – with the proportion of letter carriers wearing their second uniform three times higher than it is in the general population.Those are the facts, all of them easily verifiable.
Here’s one more: Every day, from coast to coast, letter carriers save lives, stop crimes in progress, rescue people from wrecked cars, put out fires or find missing children — because they care about the neighborhoods and families they serve. Annually, letters carriers hold the nation’s largest one-day food drive, collecting tens of millions of pounds of food to feed hungry Americans — including many children and veterans.
Now, let’s address some of the recent criticism that appeared on these pages.
One issue raised is merely an attempted resurrection of a long-discredited claim – that negotiated service agreements (NSAs) between USPS and

various companies are set at low prices to benefit the company involved, in this instance, allegedly Amazon.
Similar arguments have been made for decades, and consistently rejected on the merits by the Postal Regulatory Commission, the independent overseer of USPS whose members are presidentially appointed from both parties.
The Postal Service has hundreds of NSAs, all subject to specific rules — that the agreement has to benefit the agency and not harm the marketplace. The “studies” that claim something improper with this or that NSA often are subsidized by a private competitor to the Postal Service.
It’s worth noting that the Postal Service has strong cooperative relationships with the private carriers, delivering millions of their packages the “last mile” – saving them money because letter carriers go to every address anyway, while generating revenue for USPS.
I’d be remiss, though, if I didn’t mention a December Consumer Reports study that compared delivery services by FedEx, UPS and the Postal Service, and concluded “(I)f cost is your main concern, we found that the Postal Service is often the way to go, though you should still shop around. And unlike the others, the Postal Service also offers a premium service that can deliver on Christmas Day in major markets.”
As for the notion that the Postal Service should be privatized to be more competitive, the idea fails on several counts. For starters, the government’s duty to deliver the mail springs from the Constitution, as a way to bind this vast nation. Moreover, USPS provides the best rates anywhere. Those European nations that have moved toward postal privatization (such as Britain and Germany) often charge up to three times what USPS does.
And in proposing privatization, special interests are targeting an agency highly popular with the public. A Gallup poll from early January asked people to rate 13 key government agencies. The Postal Service far outpaced all others with a 74 percent positive rating. USPS also enjoys strong bipartisan support among legislators from both metropolitan and rural areas.
As for postal finances, the reason for the red ink at USPS is often misrepresented. Almost all of it is attributable to a 2006 congressional mandate that the Postal Service pre-fund future retiree health benefits decades in advance and pay for it within 10 years — something required of no other public or private entity.
The resulting annual charge of about $5.8 billion a year accounts for more than 90 percent of the red ink since the law took effect in 2007. Previously, there was no red ink.

Most recent years, the Postal Service has operated in the black, with earned revenue exceeding normal business expenses by about $1 billion annually. In Fiscal Year 2017, the first stamp price rollback since 1919 helped produce an operating loss.
Fortunately, pre-funding and the pricing process are being reexamined. What will benefit Americans and their businesses aren’t radical schemes proposed by ideologues serving narrow interests, rather commonsense adjustments to public policy.
Once made, they’ll allow this national treasure to continue providing residents and businesses with the excellent service they deserve – with no taxpayer money and with all the added value mentioned above.
Source: NALC (