Formulated by UNI AproPost and Logistics Sector
1. E-commerce boosts Posten Norge's revenue and profit. February 27, 2020.
PostNL sells majority stake in Nexive.
3. Terminals add value for retailers. February 26, 2020.
5. UPS invests US$173m in Hanover hub. February 24, 2020.
1. E-commerce boosts Posten Norge's revenue and profit
February 27, 2020
The Posten Group performed well in 2019, with preliminary figures showing revenue of NOK 24 212 million, representing an increase of 1.3 per cent compared with the previous year.
Adjusted operating profit for 2019 is NOK 808 million, which is NOK 278 million better than 2018.
The increase is mainly driven by growth in the logistics business. Posten Norge is now starting to see positive effects from the long-term measures taken to meet the growth in the e-commerce market.
"We are pleased with the trend in 2019. The growth, especially in the e-commerce market, comes from our development of services and digital solutions that meet customer needs. We are accelerating our innovation efforts and are shaping the delivery network of the future. Last year we expanded our delivery network in Norway, Sweden and Denmark with almost a thousand new collection points", says Tone Wille, CEO of Posten Norge.
Increased e-commerce leads to growth in the logistics segment
The logistics segment improved its adjusted operating profit significantly compared with 2018. Solid market growth and new digital services, combined with increasingly cost-efficient operations in the Norwegian parcel and freight network, resulted in a significant profitability improvement.
In order to meet the growth and offer attractive solutions to Nordic online stores, Posten Norge continues to expand capacity and networks in Sweden and Denmark. In Norway, Posten Norge will coordinate and integrate the production of parcels and freight in a joint network.
Declining letter mail volumes are weakening the mail segment
Profit was reduced in the mail segment. Significant cost adjustments made in operations largely compensated for the sharp decline in addressed mail volumes. In 2019 addressed mail volumes fell by 9.9 per cent and the decline is expected to continue. In order to further adapt the postal service to lower demand, mail delivery will take place every other day from July 2020 as allowed for in the new Postal Act. Packages will still be delivered every weekday in most of the country.
Operating profit (EBIT) for 2019 ended up at NOK 162 million, a reduction of NOK 253 million from 2018. Operating profit was negatively affected by NOK 651 million, mainly as a result of transition costs of approximately NOK 430 million for the necessary restructuring of the postal business.
Combating climate change
"2020 is the start of the decade when Norway will reduce emissions by 50 per cent, and Posten Norge will continue its ambitious efforts to combat climate change challenges. The Group aims to use only renewable energy sources for vehicles and buildings by 2025. We are testing and using new vehicles, establishing emission-free mail and freight distribution systems, and are continuing to develop new business models that will make everyday life easier for most people", says Wille.
The Group's workforce at the end of 2019 totalled 13 995 full-time equivalents (FTEs), a reduction of 464 FTEs compared with 2018. The trends in sickness absence and injury frequency rate were positive. Sickness absence decreased to 5.9 per cent from 6 per cent the previous year. The injury frequency rate was reduced to 7.8 from 8.7 the previous year.
Source : https://www.posteurop.org/
2. PostNL sells majority stake in Nexive
Robin Laik, CEO of Mutares SE & Co KGaA comments: “We look forward to developing Nexive in our portfolio and will support the future repositioning and growth path of the company. We aim to further grow its nationwide network, to further develop the last-mile business as well as to enhance operational and administrative efficiency.”
Luciano Traja, CEO of Nexive adds: “This step gives us the opportunity to take the Nexive business to the next stage in achieving our strategy. We are well positioned to benefit from the innovation and solutions that we have introduced for our customers in recent years. Our strategy is aimed at our growing market share and taking full advantage of ongoing growth in the Italian e-commerce market.”
HernaVerhagen, CEO of PostNL, says: “This transaction will allow Nexive to further develop its business and to build its position in the Italian mail and parcels market. For PostNL, the sale of the majority stake in Nexive underpins our strategy of focusing on our core markets in the Benelux region, supporting our transformation into an e-commerce logistics and postal service provider.”Nexive provides mail services to 80% of Italian households and parcel services to the entire Italian market.
It’s the number two in the Italian mail market and aspires to be the smart challenger, offering customers the best balance between service, quality and price. It achieves this ambition by focusing on customer interaction and by further strengthening its network.
3. Terminals add value for retailers
February 26, 2020
What options do terminals such as My Post 24 offer senders and recipients and how do they add value?
Convenience for recipients – added value online
The last mile of a parcel delivery can often prove to be its undoing. That’s because recipients are often not home when the parcel is due to arrive.
Swiss Post offers customers a number of options in an effort to solve this dilemma. Using the “My consignments” online service, customers can manage their consignment – even if it is already in transit or waiting in a branch for collection. The customer experience can be optimized even further by using the “My Post 24” service.
“My Post 24” – Collection points becoming more popular
Collection points and terminals are becoming extremely popular in the retail industry. In Germany, for example, department stores and shopping malls are putting far more effort into integrating collection points or “lockers”, as they are often described.
In an effort to improve the customer experience, Swiss Post offers its end customers PickPost and My Post 24 in the Digital Commerce API – a single interface for everything.
The “My Post 24” service promise lies in its reliable delivery options. The locations of the “My Post 24” terminals can be found using the Swiss Post location search. This is also included in the “PickPost/My Post 24” module in the “Digital Commerce API”. The network of terminals is constantly being expanded. In Switzerland, customers already have the option of collecting their consignments from over 155 terminals.
The advantages of “My Post 24”
There are many advantages for customers who use "My Post 24", which can also be communicated very effectively by retailers.
· The collection point is an alternative delivery address from which parcels and letters can be collected around the clock, even items with track and trace (registered mail, international parcels). Recipients are given a QR code to use for collection. They can even sign for the consignment or pay for it using any major credit or debit card directly at the terminal.
· The ”My Post 24” terminal also accepts returns. Customers can also drop off their own, pre-franked consignments.
· If the recipient of a consignment was not at home, the collection point may be chosen as an alternative to picking up the consignment from a nearby branch. Via “My consignments”, customers receive an electronic notification with the required QR code. There is no need to wait for a notification in their private letter box. Recipients have access to their consignments 24/7.
· The terminal can also be used as a locker. This means that customers can use it for their own personal business.
The “locker” option is also an interesting one for high-street retail. The collection point becomes an extension of the shop counter.
Parcel terminals also offer added value for high-street retail
By having deliveries sent to terminals using the “My Post 24” service, customers no longer have to worry about parcels arriving when they are not at home. The frustration of waiting for a parcel, only to miss its arrival, is therefore avoided.
With these service options, high-street retail, in particular, has the opportunity to create and exploit synergies with online shops. If the “Digital Commerce API” has been correctly integrated into the online shop, the customer has the option of choosing between staffed collection services such as “PickPost” and terminals with “My Post 24”. Click & collect in high-street retail can be cleverly combined and enhanced with the “My Post 24” service. Retailers are thus in a position to meet all customer needs when it comes to shopping, collection or posting.
As reported by Amazon, around 60 percent more US customers sent their order to a collection point during the Christmas period in 2019 compared with the previous year. The figure clearly shows just how much the business of parcel delivery is changing. Front door deliveries may gradually become the exception, rather than the rule. With “My Post 24”, retailers are already able to provide their customers with the most reliable delivery option of all. It is worth being prepared.
Our objective is clear: Quality social activities, postal workers and postmen well supported!
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5. UPS invests US$173m in Hanover hub
February 24, 2020
UPS is investing €160m (US$173m) in an advanced technology super hub in Hanover-Langenhagen.
The expansion will happen in two phases until 2023, doubling sorting capacity to 30,000 packages per hour.
The groundbreaking for the hub, one of UPS’s largest investment outside of the USA, was attended by Dr Bernd Althusmann, Lower Saxony Minister of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalisation.
Hanover-Langenhagen will serve as an important link in UPS’s European and German network, offering businesses improved access to its smart global logistics network.
Frank Sportolari, president of UPS Germany, said online retail sales in Germany are expected to reach €70bn (US$76bn) this year.
“E-commerce offers small and medium-size businesses a platform to trade like micro-multinationals. Transforming our existing sorting and distribution hub in Hanover-Langenhagen will allow businesses of all sizes in Germany to reach new business customers and consumers worldwide, whether that’s in Seoul, San Francisco or Stuttgart,” Sportolari said.
Althusmann added, “Langenhagen and Hanover are located in the middle of Germany and in the heart of Europe – a potential from which the logistics sector can profit like hardly any other location. The expansion of this UPS branch is thus a commitment to the business location of the Hanover region and at the same time a door opener for the export activities of local companies.”
The hub will cover 24,000m(258,300ft ) once the second phase is completed in 2023.
Phase one will involve the construction of a new building alongside the existing facility, to be completed by the summer of 2021.
Phase two will involve demolition of the existing sorting and distribution center and the construction of the second building.
Formulated by UNI AproPost and Logistics Sector
Win Major Victory for Workers in the Gig Economy.February 27, 2020.
JD Logistics helps SMEs get back to business.
February 26, 2020.
NZ post and OCS to bring UK customers more delivery
acquires the Swedish logistics company Aditro Logistics. February 24, 2020.
5. CTT invests €12M in
Spain in express mail, parcel service. February 22, 2020.
1. Foodsters Win Major Victory for Workers in the Gig
We are one big step
closer to certification to represent Foodora couriers in Toronto. And the
decision is a big precedent for organizing gig workers.
On Februrary 25,
the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) delivered a landmark decision siding
with CUPW’s arguments that Foodora Couriers are dependent contractors (a
classification closer to ‘employee’) of Foodora and not independent
It is the first
such decision by the OLRB — or by any labour board in Canada to the best of our
knowledge — on workers in the gig economy. However, the decision
shares many of the hallmarks of previous OLRB decisions regarding worker
classification, including past cases regarding couriers. The major difference
in this case is Foodora’s App.
As noted by the
OLRB, the App was key to determining the relationship of the couriers to
Foodora because its business operation flows through the App. Foodora has
couriers sign a contract that calls them independent contractors, they must do
this as a condition of employment. However, it does not change the facts.
“…it is about the
right and ability of the company to control how the work is performed that
lends more favourably to a conclusion that the individuals are dependent
contractors. The evidence, as described under the various factors, shows that
Foodora couriers might work independently, but always within the parameters
unilaterally established by Foodora and under the watchful eye of dispatch.”
The decision cited
a number of reasons that the relationship between couriers and Foodora more
closely resembles that of an employee. Through the App, Foodora has power over
how and where the couriers perform their work and can use GPS to monitor them.
It has control over the couriers’ workflow, work rules, scheduling, incentives
and restrictions, and can supervise their pace. It also has the ability to
discipline them in a manner similar to progressive discipline.
concludes that when examining the level of integration, the couriers more
closely resemble employees rather than independent contractors.”
entrepreneurs, couriers are unable to self-hire or promote their services
directly to restaurants and customers. Couriers also cannot unilaterally change
the rates and fees charged for their services. If variations are required, all
changes must be done through the App and the dispatchers.
“In every practical
sense, Foodora ensures the relationship is between itself, the customer and the
restaurant. The courier is a cog in the economic wheel – an integrated
component to the financial transaction. This is a relationship that is more
often seen with employees rather than independent contractors.”
This is a critical
decision towards better worker rights in the gig economy, and a big win for our
external organizing. But we still need progressive legislation that will
protect all precarious workers including temporary, contract, and gig workers.
JD Logistics helps SMEs get back to business
February 26, 2020
JD Logistics is offering support to small and medium-size
enterprises to get back to work during the coronavirus outbreak.
To support importing merchants, shipments from high demand
export centers in Australia, the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Germany and
the UK are being given subsidies and priority by the Chinese e-commerce
JD’s storage service, which allows individuals and small
enterprises to store their goods in JD’s warehouses, is also providing
subsidies to clients and JD Service+ is offering SMEs subsidies for
disinfection and sterilization services.
JD Logistics is also opening up its smart supply chain
management platform covering planning, replenishment and analysis.
JD has also announced it is providing free software to small
and micro enterprises to help them get back to work.
Tools include WMS, TMS, OMS and ERP, covering the entire
supply chain process including inbound and outbound, inventory management and
NZ post and OCS
to bring UK customers more delivery options
The launch of the
mail processing facilities or ETOE (extraterritorial office of exchange)
operations with New Zealand Post will enable OCS’s e-commerce clients to reach
international markets by accessing New Zealand Post’s extensive global
distribution network, directly from the UK.
facility will begin processing mail and parcels through the ETOE this month,
and this will extend to OCS’s Midlands hub in Coventry, in the Spring.
Tim Jones, Managing
Director of OCS Worldwide, said: “This represents a very exciting
milestone in our evolution at OCS. Our e-commerce business is growing and
having access to the International Postal system allows us a greater level of
visibility and control over our post than we have previously had and this will be
of huge benefit to our customers. It has become quite apparent in recent years
that we share many cultural synergies with our friends at New Zealand Post.
They are an ambitious and responsive partner with a strong focus on speed,
reliability, quality, transparency and sustainable growth and we feel
privileged to be working with them in this way.”
Rachael Manson, Market Development Director (Asia &
Europe) of New Zealand Post, said: “New Zealand Post is thrilled to be
embarking on this journey with OCS. A key theme within our strategic direction
is to be “the best partner for online shopping” and the ongoing expansion of
our operating hubs is critical to this success.
We see the ability to utilise our postal expertise alongside
a commercial operator such as OCS to bring UK based customers a broader set of
delivery options for their parcel movements, as well as supporting our existing
hub operations in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.”
OCS has been working in partnership with New Zealand Post on
commercial parcel exports from the United Kingdom, since 2015.
acquires the Swedish logistics company Aditro Logistics
February 24, 2020
part of Posti’s strategy, Posti is strengthening its presence in Sweden and
Norway by acquiring Aditro Logistics, one of the leading contract logistics
companies in the Nordics. The acquisition is in line with Posti’s ambition of
growing its logistics, parcel and eCommerce businesses.
On February 24, 2020, Posti,
Valedo Partners and other shareholders of Aditro Logistics have signed an
agreement, under which Posti will acquire the entire share capital of Aditro
Aditro Logistics was founded
in 1973 as DilaLogistik AB in Jönköping, Sweden. The company offers a broad
portfolio of logistics services such as warehousing, staffing and
transportation services. Aditro Logistics has an attractive, highly diverse and
loyal customer base. The company has six warehouses in Sweden and one in
Norway, with a total of approximately 230,000 m2 of storage space.
Over the past years, Aditro
Logistics has grown profitably and organically, clearly outpacing the market
growth. In 2019, Aditro Logistics’ net sales were some EUR 100 million (some
SEK 1,100 million). The company has 1,100 full-time employees, out of which
1,050 are based in Sweden and 50 in Norway.
The acquisition of Aditro
Logistics increases the growth of Posti’s logistics services. “Posti is growing
in line with its strategy, and through this acquisition we are strengthening
our presence in the Nordics and the Baltic Sea region. Together, we can support
our customers to be even more competitive in the market,” says TurkkaKuusisto,
President and CEO of Posti Group. “In Finland, our Transval Group is the market
leader in logistics outsourcing solutions. With the acquisition of Aditro
Logistics, we are becoming one of the major players in the Swedish and
Norwegian market as well. This enables us to better develop and broaden our
service offering for our customers in the Nordics,” Kuusistocontinues.
“This transaction is great
for us and for our customers,” says Johannes Gussander, CEO of Aditro
Logistics. “We have over 40 years of experience in providing a broad range of
warehousing, staffing and transportation services to a versatile customer base.
In addition, we have a proven track record of driving profitable organic
growth. By joining forces with Posti, we can learn from each other, expand our
offering and take our current logistics outsourcing solutions to the next
level,” Gussander continues.
After the closing of the
transaction, Aditro Logistics will be operated as an independent Business Group
within Posti and it will be headed by Johannes Gussander, the current CEO of
Aditro Logistics. Gussander will report to TurkkaKuusisto, the President and
CEO of Posti Group.
The transaction is subject to
customary competition clearance in Sweden and is expected to close in the
second quarter of 2020.
CTT invests €12M in Spain in express mail, parcel
The Portuguese company launched a new brand in Spain. The strategic
plan foresees an investment of 12 million euros in new facilities, distribution
optimization technology and digitalization.
CTT, Portugal’s post office, on Friday
launched a new brand in Spain, in an investment of 12 million euros, with the
ambition to grow 70% in three years and become the leader in the cross-border
express and parcel market.
“We think we are far below our natural
market share in Spain and we have no doubt that we will be leaders in the
cross-border market [between Portugal and Spain],” said João Bento, the
executive president of CTT, after the presentation of the new brand.
CTT in Portugal are leaders in the
express and parcel business, while in Spain they only have a 3% market share.
“It is in the cross-border market
[mail that crosses the border] that we are well positioned and we aspire to be
market leaders,” João Bento insisted, explaining that the strategy for the
coming years is to grow in the Spanish market, which is about eight times
larger than the Portuguese in this sub-sector.
“If all goes well” in the area of
express mail and parcels, “in a few years the turnover in Spain will be higher
than in Portugal”.
CTT’s Spanish subsidiary company,
Tourline Express, from now on changes its name to CTT Express and becomes part
of the Portuguese CTT Expresso.
According to data from CTT, the new
company inherits a shipment volume of more than 30 million per year and an
annual Iberian turnover of 125 million euros in the express and parcel segment.
The strategic plan foresees an
investment of 12 million euros in new facilities, distribution optimization
technology and digitalization.
Last Monday in Lisbon, João Bento
presented the new positioning of the brand in Portugal, where the company is
the universal postal operator, presenting itself as the market leader in mail
and in the distribution of express and parcels and also carries out financial
1. Foodsters Win Major Victory for Workers in the Gig Economy.February 27, 2020.
2. JD Logistics helps SMEs get back to business.
February 26, 2020.
3. NZ post and OCS to bring UK customers more delivery options. .