“Forward ever, backward never: onwards with Breaking Through”
No.44 -2018

Formulated by UNI Apro Post and Logistics Sector

May The 24th Be With You! May 24, 2018.

Postal operator CEOs expect consumers will demand much faster delivery in five years’ time. May 24, 2018.

CORREOS doubles its fleet of electric vans and incorporates electric tricycles. May 23, 2018.

 APWU: Say ‘No’ to the Latest USPS Survey . May 23, 2018.

UPS opens US$161m sorting and delivery hub near London. May 22, 2018.

May The 24th Be With You!

May 24, 2018
Parcelforce Worldwide has announced that it is supporting the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story by offering discounts on its worldwide services in a campaign “delivering across the galaxy”.
Parcelforce Worldwide’s multi-channel retail campaign will run until 20 July. The collaboration includes London-focused taxi wraps and vehicle livery advertising. Parcelforce’s Rewards4U customer loyalty scheme (parcelforcerewards4u.com), is also being advertised across the Post Office network in relation to the film. The Rewards4U loyalty scheme offers all members 15% discount on selected services, , plus for the duration of the campaign Rewards4U will be running a special member prize draw allowing one lucky family of four to win a Solo: A Star Wars Story themed Italian holiday.
Parcelforce Worldwide is also teaming up with Cardboard Box Office, the force behind homemade creations of popular scenes from film and TV, to build a scene from Solo: A Star Wars Story to support its campaign. Parcelforce Worldwide is running a competition whereby entrants will be asked to build a scene from the movie in a shoebox, with the winner receiving a LEGO Kessel Run Millennium Falcon.
The film is now in UK cinemas from today (Thursday, 24 May).

Source : https://postandparcel.info
Postal operator CEOs expect consumers will demand much faster delivery in five years’ time
May 24, 2018

2018 IPC Annual Conference themed ‘Disruptive postal business models’ hosted over 60 postal CEOs and senior executives from around the globe
Presentations from keynote speakers emphasise the need for accelerated postal innovation
In-conference poll  reveals that postal operators expect consumers to require faster cross-border deliveries from neighbouring countries in the coming years

CEOs and senior executives from leading postal operators from America, Asia Pacific and Europe, gathered on 18 May in Vancouver, Canada for the 2018 IPC Annual Conference. For the first time, interactive voting was introduced in this year’s conference to gather views from participants on key topics.
Holger Winklbauer, IPC CEO commented on the theme: ‘The postal industry is in a fascinating stage of transformation. With the emergence of new technologies, specifically smartphone-based, and business models, such as crowd shipping platforms, posts and their traditional competitors are facing disruption. These innovations are blurring traditional boundaries and lower down entry barriers to the delivery market, creating new forms of competition. The in-conference poll clearly demonstrated that postal executives expect consumers to demand a much higher delivery speed in five years’ time, when ordering goods from a neighbouring country..
Facing these challenges, postal operators have to be creative and innovative and focus on these evolving consumers’ needs.’
This year, the conference speeches and debates explored new innovative platforms that have emerged in the delivery market. With increased smartphone penetration, the e-commerce experience, which is largely linked to logistics of purchased goods, is evolving fast. Innovative technology platforms are providing consumers with last-mile delivery fulfilment. With the emergence of the collaborative economy, crowd shipping platforms and applications provide consumers and retailers with multiple options for the delivery of parcels. Crowd shipping platforms such as Lalamove, who was also among the speakers at the conference, represent for posts what Uber does for the taxi industry. This creates additional challenges for postal operators, in terms of logistics, which have to adapt to new consumer expectations.
Meeting the needs of large e-retailers’ customers remains another key priority for postal operators. As highlighted in the latest IPC Cross-border Shoppers’ Survey, giant e-retailers such as Amazon, eBay and Alibaba account for two thirds of cross-border online purchases. Results from in-conference poll, show that for two-thirds of participants, the launch of delivery networks by large e-retailers is seen as one of the main disrupters.

In this context, postal operators reiterated the importance of reinforcing cooperation, in order to enhance the cross-border experience and thus, respond to cross-border customers’ needs.
During the conference, attendees were asked a number of questions regarding consumer expectations and delivery options. The in-conference poll clearly demonstrated that postal operators expect cross-border e-commerce shoppers to become more and more demanding when it comes to delivery speed. While the majority of voters considered that today’s consumer expectations for cross-border delivery from a neighbouring country are between two (37%) and five (45%) days, they expected this to evolve towards a one-day delivery standard (57%) within five years’ time.

Source : https://www.ipc.be/en/News

CORREOS doubles its fleet of electric vans and incorporates electric tricycles

May 23, 2018ay
postal company has acquired 40 Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans to replace vehicles powered by combustion engines that work in the urban environment
At the moment, 5 are the assisted pedaling tricycles incorporated for the distribution of mail and parcels in the center of Seville, Malaga, Córdoba, Granada and in the Madrid town of Getafe .

CORREOS continues its expansion and renewal plan for its vehicle fleet, and now adds the purchase of 40 Renault Kangoo ZE electric vans. This purchase is part of the actions that the postal company regularly undertakes to homogeneously renew its fleet and strengthen the distribution service of shipments made with vehicles.
Thanks to the experience of the distribution workers, CORREOS demands the suppliers to adapt the performance of the vehicles to the daily postal service, gathering greater security and comfort, together with a lower consumption and less polluting emissions; These new vehicles respond to the commitment of the company to reduce CO2, and their challenge is to continue on that path and minimize the negative impacts of their activity on the environment.
On this occasion, the 40 electric vans have been purchased according to criteria of the company's needs, such as autonomy, load, technical performance and profitability, and meeting the demands demanded by citizens. They have characteristics similar to the others acquired previously and are distributed in Madrid (13), Valladolid (10) Barcelona (2), Bilbao (2), Hierro (2), and Santander, Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Castellón de la Plana , Cádiz, Córdoba, Jaén, Seville, Las Palmas, Puerto de la Cruz and San Sebastián de la Gomera, equipped with an electric van each one of them.
CORREOS relies on Renault as supplier of the company's electric fleet.
Likewise, and after a successful pilot test in April 2017 at the Special Services Unit of CORREOS in Seville with a prototype of assisted pedaling tricycle, four new tricycles have been incorporated for the distribution of mail and parcels that are already operating in different work centers of the postal company in Malaga, Córdoba, Granada together with the Madrid town of Getafe, as well as Seville.

This type of vehicles, non-polluting, that can circulate in the bike lane, are very suitable for the distribution of correspondence and parcels in the center of the cities, characterized for being pedestrian zones, with a daily influx of people very high and with restrictions access even to four-wheel vehicles considered ecological.
The new tricycles improve the performance of the one used in the first pilot test, in terms of capacity, autonomy, productivity and ergonomics. These new tricycles are intended to facilitate and expedite the delivery process, offering greater independence and comfort for employees and better access to customers' homes.

The use of these vehicles is part of the policy of the postal and parcel company to respect the environment, working to reduce pollution and especially CO2 emissions. With that objective and since 2008, CORREOS is incorporating electric vehicles to its fleet, mainly for the distribution in urban environments and protected historic centers.

Source : http://www.correos.es

APWU: Say ‘No’ to the Latest USPS Survey
May 23, 2018
Are you engaged?” Those are the words the Postal Service is using to get you to take their newest survey. The 2016 Postal Pulse survey showed the USPS what we already knew: Your work environment is not good; your supervisors treat you poorly and morale is low.
So, what has the Postal Service done in the last year? Have things improved since the survey was first put out and found that the USPS ranked low in every category? The USPS created “Ambassadors” to go and train managers, so they could then train supervisors to “engage” the employees – and that “engagement” would make the workplace better.
The reality is, the steps the Postal Service took to make the workplace “more engaging” are meaningless. You still have difficult supervisors and you are having more demanded of you, putting your health and safety at risk. Staff is being reduced, people are being excessed and morale is being decimated.
Management now is trying to get you to become “more engaged” – meaning they want you to return their surveys. They have pitted you against each other by giving awards and cute designations to units that return all their surveys. Don’t do it!
The Postal Pulse and Employee Engagement initiatives are not your friend. Participation in these programs will not fix the issues. Postal management has not listened to your direct pleas to your supervisors, either in your grievances or in meetings at the local, area and national level. Only collectively, demanding compliance of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and speaking in one voice, will we force management to change their ways. Stand united – and do not be fooled by these “wolves in sheep’s clothing” initiatives created to divide us.
Postal management promised not to use the survey against us – but they already are by pitting work units against each other, giving those who have at least 75% participation a sticker as a reward or throwing a little party for the units who “participate.” In the past, management surveys have been used against us in contract negotiations and interest arbitration. With 2018 being a negotiation year, it is possible the survey results will be used against us at the bargaining table.
They ask people to join focus groups and participate in management-initiated events to make the work place more “engaging.” These are not sanctioned nor approved by the union. They were not negotiated and use of them violates the union’s right as the sole representative of the bargaining unit employees under Article 1. Don’t do it!
We have a negotiated grievance process and a negotiated labor-management cooperation process in place to address these issues. Management needs to start following our contract, dealing with the grievances already filed and making sure the hostile frontline supervisors are dealt with. Your union knows the “pulse”of those we represent. If a local supervisor or manager cannot see the problems without a survey, then they are part of the problem.

Source : http://www.apwu.org/news

UPS opens US$161m sorting and delivery hub near London
May 22, 2018
UPS has officially opened its new £120m (US$161m) package sorting and delivery facility near London, UK.
The hub is one of UPS’s largest single infrastructure investments outside of the USA in the company’s history.
Located at the DP World London Gateway Logistics Park near Southend-on-Sea, the 32,000m² (344,445ft²) building will act as a UK package processing hub and distribution center for the local area, and a gateway to UPS’s global logistics network, with capacity to process up to 28,000 packages per hour and room for further expansion.
More than 500 employees will operate out of the new operations hub, which spans the space of approximately five soccer pitches. With over four miles of conveyor belts, the facility features advanced package scanning and sortation equipment that increase the flexibility to efficiently route packages to their final destinations.
Business and residential customers will benefit from enhanced speed and accuracy as UPS meets their growing global shipping demands.
Mark Vale, president for UPS UK, Ireland and Nordics, said, “This state-of-the-art facility enables us to further improve our services to companies of all sizes that are looking to grow their cross-border business.
“With strong growth in our export volume in the UK, which increased nearly 20% in 2017 and more than 15% in the first quarter of 2018, we are optimistic about the future. This key investment is tangible proof of UPS’s commitment to helping customers doing business in and with the UK.”
The new London hub is part of a US$2bn infrastructure and network investment program by UPS across Europe to add capacity and provide faster services across the region.
Lou Rivieccio, president at UPS Europe, added, “E-commerce growth, cross-border trade expansion, and unique customer needs are accelerating demand for UPS’s services.
“This strategic investment in capacity and cutting-edge technologies in the UK is helping advance UPS’s smart global logistics network of the future.”

Source : http://www.postalandparceltechnologyinternational.com