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UNI Apro Post & Logistics 1 POSTAL NEWS  No 87-2021 .

Formulated by UNI Apro Post and Logistics Sector

1. An Post celebrates being emission-free in Limerick. November 05, 2021.

2. Deutsche Post: mail by electric vehicle in Spreewald. November 04 2021.

3. CitySprint to recruit 500 additional couriers across the UK. November 03, 2021.

 4. FedEx workers commit to rolling stoppages if agreement not reached. November 03, 2021.

 5. Canada Post hiring more staff, adding pickup locations ahead of holidays. November 02, 2021

1.An Post celebrates being emission-free in Limerick November 05, 2021

AN POST has declared itself emission free in Limerick city as it posts itself up the rankings as the third most sustainable postal delivery service worldwide.

Limerick city customers will now receive their letter deliveries, parcels and collections through an entirely emission-free 42 e-vehicle fleet provided by An Post. Speaking at a launch event at No. 1 Pery Square Hotel, An Post CEO David McRedmond said: “Limerick is the first stop on our roadshow to the United Nations Climate Conference, COP26. What we are doing here today is announcing that Limerick is the first city outside of Dublin to have zero emission postal deliveries.” The state-owned postal services provider has 46 post offices across Limerick, employing up to 120 people. At last evening's event, senior staff members spoke of the continued investment in the county, alluding to the €1m “state of the art” Post Office on Cecil Street, as a “model for the future.

Managing Director of An Post Commerce, Garrett Bridgeman, expressed his delight at returning to Limerick, where he spent much of his time at the Dock Road as an Area Manager.

“Limerick City and County play a major role in An Post, in that we have over 250 postmen and women who deliver over 100,000 letters and parcels to homes and businesses each and every day.” Several keynote speakers also stressed that the emphasis placed on sustainability in Limerick relates heavily to keeping people connected, through providing a meaningful service to customers. During a questions and answers session for public representatives and other stakeholders, reference was made to the recent AIB and Bank of Ireland branch closures on the Northside of the city. Cllr Olivia O’ Sullivan said: “What is great for An Post is devastating for the communities it is happening to. We only have An Post for these people. We are relying on you to pick up the slack. I am talking about the elderly in the community who already have such a great relationship with An Post." She added: “We are also talking about those without literacy skills and those with mobility issues in our communities. Right now, An Post is all that they have. This is a responsibility that you now carry.”

Source : An Post celebrates being emission-free in Limerick - Limerick Leader



2.Deutsche Post: mail by electric vehicle in Spreewald November 04 2021

 As boat delivery season ends, Deutsche Post starts delivering to households in Spreewald by electric vehicle, meaning year-round environmentally-sensitive last mile-delivery.

For 124 years, Deutsche Post has been delivering to households in Spreewald by boat during the warmer months. The eight kilometre route takes local postie Andrea Bunar past 65 households, many of which have no direct road access. Now, Deutsche Post is using the StreetScooter electric van for this delivery route, meaning deliveries to the UNESCO Spreewald Biosphere Reserve are CO2-neutral and quiet all year round. The postie drives the van as close as possible to the houses and then covers longer distances on foot. She also has to cross wooded areas and bridge stairs. According to Deutsche Post, residents on the delivery route receive about 600 letters and around 70 parcels per week.

 Source : Deutsche Post: mail by electric vehicle in Spreewald — Postal Hub podcast (thepostalhub.com)

3.CitySprint to recruit 500 additional couriers across the UK November 03, 2021

Same-day delivery company CitySprint is looking to recruit 500 additional couriers across the UK ahead of the peak season.

The new couriers will add to CitySprint’s existing fleet of more than 3,500 vans, bikes and cars to help to ease the increased pressure on the delivery network throughout peak season, with the business focusing primarily on small and large van couriers. These couriers are needed across the UK, with a specific focus across London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Cardiff, Medway, Norwich, Nottingham and Reading. Mark Footman, chief operating officer at CitySprint, commented, “With just over seven weeks to go until Christmas, businesses across sectors of all sizes are gearing up for the busiest time of the year. This year, with more people than ever shopping online, the pressure and demand this peak season is set to be even more acute. That is why we arebolstering our fleet numbers — allowing us to continue to deliver a first-class service to our customers and help them to stay ahead of their competitors and keep operations moving during Christmas.”

 Source : CitySprint to recruit 500 additional couriers across the UK - Parcel and Postal Technology International

4.FedEx workers commit to rolling stoppages if agreement not reached November 03, 2021

FedEx workers plan to hold rolling 4-hour stop-work actions across the country from Monday next week if the company does not come back to the table and provide a fair agreement offer.

Late yesterday, workers notified the company of stoppages across NSW and Queensland to take place on Monday. More actions are planned across other states in the following days unless FedEx resumes the constructive talks that were leading to an agreement being reached. Talks have not resumed since negotiations broke down on 21st October when FedEx rolled back progression towards reaching an agreement with an eleventh-hour attempt to change its terms. The rank-and-file negotiating committee has reported a noticeable shift in tactics from the company influenced by bosses overseas, including threats to revoke commitments made over the last six months of negotiations on job security, pay and conditions. FedEx workers transport items for wealthy retail giants like Amazon, Apple, and Sony. Profits doubled for all three companies during the pandemic, into the multi-billions. Apple and Amazon are two of the five highest-valued companies in the world.

In June, FedEx reported record profits over US$5 billion.

FedEx workers are calling on the major transport operator to work cooperatively and finalise a fair agreement that secures their future and repays their restraint throughout the pandemic. TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said FedEx’s games are hurting workers, businesses and the public. “In 2020, FedEx made over $18 million a day off the backs of transport workers. It is nothing but callous ideology driving FedEx to deny workers the recognition and job security they deserve. “Workers are bravely standing up to an international juggernaut attempting to steamroll and revoke commitments that were made with worker representatives at the bargaining table over six months. Their aim is clear. It is to stand over workers and swindle them out of what they’re owed. “Shots are being called from America over jobs on Australian soil. This is what happens when the Federal Government stands aside while global behemoths import suppression tactics to our industrial system. Workers are forced to take protected industrial action to fight for job security and a fair go,” he said. Previously in America, FedEx has spent over $1 million (AUD) on a union-busting campaign when workers tried to achieve parity with UPS workers. FedEx and StarTrack have proven to be outliers fighting ideological battles after six other transport companies settled in-principle agreements which protect jobs, pay and conditions into the future.


5.Canada Post hiring more staff, adding pickup locations ahead of holidays November 02, 2021

Canada Post is gearing up for the holidays to prepare for the millions of parcels that will flow through its facilities over the coming weeks.

Last year, the postal agency delivered over 20 million packages in just the two weeks leading up to Christmas, with 2.4 million on Dec. 21 alone. Thanks to increased online shopping during the pandemic, the agency is anticipating similar parcel volumes this year.

To make sure your parcel or card gets to its destination in time for the holidays, the mail company advises sending items on or before the prescribed deadlines, the earliest of which is Dec. 9 for a “regular parcel” travelling nationally. To keep up with the influx, Canada Post will be hiring thousands of seasonal workers, adding more vehicles to its fleet and leveraging new sortation capacity recently added in Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Kitchener, Montreal and Moncton.

By the numbers: • Additional seasonal staff to be hired: 4,200 • Additional vehicles to be added to the fleet of 13,000: 1,400 • Additional parking spots for extra trailers: 2,000

You may have also received a flyer from Canada Post in your mailbox recently that informed you to check your delivery notices carefully, as your local parcel pickup location may be changing temporarily. More pickup locations have been added to the postal service’s retail network in major urban areas and some other smaller markets. A Canada Post flyer informs customers of new temporary parcel pickup locations. CITYNEWS/Dilshad Burman The move will “make it easier for our customers to pick up their parcels and ease congestion and lineups for holiday parcel pickup at some of our busier post offices,” agency staff said. The temporary locations will be open from now to the end of January. CityNews reached out to Canada Post for a full list of additional pickup locations and is awaiting a response.

Source : Canada Post hiring more staff, adding pickup locations ahead of holidays - CityNews Toronto

UNI Apro Post & Logistics 1 POSTAL NEWS  No 88-2021 .

Formulated by UNI Apro Post and Logistics Sector

1. Poste Italiane and the Kaizen project for the continuous improvement of processes. November 05, 2021.

 2. Profits continue to surge at DHL Global Forwarding. November 04, 2021.

3. COVID-19 Vaccination Emergency Standard. November 04, 2021.

4. SingPost : Two CEOs announced. November 03, 2021.

5. Parcel lockers co-located at apartment blocks. November 03, 2021.

1.Poste Italiane and the Kaizen project for the continuous improvement of processes November 05, 2021

 The in-depth analysis of the Bologna Sorting Center project, which won the 2021 award, was sent to TG Poste.

Kaizen is a Japanese term that can be translated as "The act of improving the negative points" or even with "change to improve". To the continuous improvement of performances, through the analysis and correction of errors, Poste Italiane has dedicated a prize, called the “Kaizen Award”, reserved for its own structures. In the “lean” program of Poste Italiane, kaizen is used to analyze and solve particularly complex problems using a structured and organized approach. TG Poste dedicated an in-depth study to the best Kaizen project of 2021, that of the Bologna sorting center.

Reduction of waste

Gabriele Marocchi, head of the logistics macro-area of the Central-North Pcl of Poste Italiane explains: "Being a lean company means being oriented towards the achievement of objectives towards customers, through an end-to-end process control, pursuing objectives of effectiveness. It means every day researching what is waste, analyzing it and reducing it as much as possible ".

Involvement and training

From critical issues to solutions

 Michele Sgobba, head of the bolognese sorting center underlines how “The continuous improvement path brings every figure in the department through kaizen projects, suggestions and department meetings to monitor the process and its evolution over time”. This is how the winning project was born: “The problem faced - explains the foreman Cristina Casella - was the failure to respect the processing times of the P format product returned to the senderThe award is a recognition of the commitment and work of the staff involved in the improvement process, through professional training: "The staff - explains Marocchi - must be motivated, trained, have the correct skills and knowledge, but also a vision of together with what you are doing. The results are obtained not only with new technologies, but also by changing approach, with workstations that are not only mechanized but also manual ".

We have analyzed the entire supply chain to understand the critical issues ". The results arrived, to everyone's satisfaction: “The percentage of product destined for video encoding has dropped considerably - says team leader Mario Punzo - from 67 to 40%;

Source : Poste e il progetto Kaizen per il miglioramento continuo dei processi (postenews.it) machine-translated

2.Profits continue to surge at DHL Global Forwarding November 04, 2021

DHL Global Forwarding and Freight saw third-quarter earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) more than double on last year while airfreight demand continued to surge.

The Deutsche Post-owned forwarder saw third-quarter revenues increase by 53.3% year on year to €5.7bn and ebit was up 140% to €372m.

Meanwhile, airfreight volumes in the third quarter increased by 34.4% year on year to 524,000 tonnes, air revenues improved by 52% to €2.1bn and air gross profit was up 25.9% to €326m. The company said the performance was “buoyed by the global trade recovery”. “We registered year-on-year growth of 34.4 % in airfreight volumes in the third quarter of 2021, due mainly to global trade in goods,” DP DHL said. “The highest growth was attributable to the trade lanes between Asia and the US.” Airfreight rates across the market have continued to improve this year, which has supported revenue and profit growth. “Gross profit and EBIT/GP conversion are currently supported by the rate environment reflecting tight and partly disrupted capacities in air and ocean freight,” DP DHL said. “In line with the general industry view, our expectations are that ocean and air rates will eventually come down. “However, this is expected to be a rather slow and gradual normalisation with no signs for this process to happen soon. “The higher EBIT/GP conversion also reflects process improvement realised as part of our ‘Simplify’ programme. “Based on the now fully rolled out new Transport Management System (TMS) we see indeed increased efficiencies in handling files internally as well as improved transparency in how we can in the market.

“Further process improvements can still be leveraged from the new TMS system, which will hence help to at least partly offset potential conversion head winds as a result of rate normalisation.” For comparison, DSV saw its third-quarter airfreight revenues increase by 78.7% year on year during the period to DKr18.4bn and volumes were up by 28.8% to 386,702 tons. Its results were boosted by the takeover of Agility GIL. Kuehne+Nagel saw its airfreight volumes for the period increase by 65% thanks to market growth and its investment in Apex Logistics. Overall, DP DHL increased its revenue by 23.5% year on year to €20bn and ebit in the third quarter of 2021 increased by 28.6% €1.8bn. Frank Appel, chief executive of DP DHL Group, said: “Our business continued to develop extremely positively in the third quarter of 2021. “After nine months, we have already exceeded our record full-year result from the previous year. “Based on this substantially higher earnings level, the prospects for Deutsche Post DHL Group’s future development remain positive: Global trade returns to its old strength. “Online shopping is maintaining its new higher level. With our focus on e-commerce and digitalisation, we have positioned Deutsche Post DHL Group excellently.”

”Source : https://www.aircargonews.net/freight-forwarder/profits-continue-to-surge-at-dhlglobal-forwarding/

 3.COVID-19 Vaccination Emergency Standard November 4, 2021

In September, President Biden issued a directive to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring all employers with 100+ employees to ensure their workers are vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19. Today, OSHA released the highly anticipated ETS. This ETS does apply to the Postal Service. In 1998, when the Postal Employees Safety Enhancement Act was passed, the Postal Service became subject to Public Law Number 91-596; which in turn made the Postal Service and its employees subject to all Safety Standards—whether temporary or permanent—implemented and enforced by OSHA.

At this time the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO, (APWU) is reviewing the ETS to determine how to proceed as the ETS is applied by the Postal Service. After our review and determination of the next steps to take, more information will be released. The APWU encourages all postal employees to practice the things that have been shown to slow the spread of COVID-19. These include social distancing, wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing, and staying home from work when sick. The APWU also encourages all postal employees who are able to get vaccinated do so with one of the vaccines currently authorized for use today.

 Source : COVID-19 Vaccination Emergency Standard | American Postal Workers Union (apwu.org)

4.SingPost : Two CEOs announced November 03, 2021

Singapore Post Limited (SingPost) has announced Ms Neo Su Yin has been promoted to CEO of Singapore Domestic and Mr Ryan Tang has been promoted to CEO of International businesses. Mr Vincent Phang remains Group CEO.

Prior to this, Su Yin was the Head of the Domestic Post and Parcel business and is responsible for the integration of the postal and eCommerce delivery operations in Singapore, as well as leading the Future of Post programme; while Ryan was the Head of Quantium Solutions Southeast Asia and is responsible for driving logistics operations across the region. Su Yin mentioned her promotion today during her presentation at Post&Parcel Live which is running online between 3-4 November 2021. SingPost has also announced its results for the half year ending 30 September 2021. Revenue for the first half of the year rose 3.3% to S$731.4 million, led by growth in the Domestic Post and Parcel, Logistics and Property segments, offset by a reduction in the International Post and Parcel segment.

Group operating profit increased by 28.4% as a result of strong contributions from Logistics and Property segments. This was partially offset by COVID-19 related disruptions which continue to impact the profitability of the International Post and Parcel business. Correspondingly, net profit attributable to equity holders was higher by 13.3% to S$35.0 million in the first half of the year, and the Group recorded an underlying net profit of S$37.4 million, up 18.8% from the previous year. Mr Vincent Phang, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “We have seen an improvement in our performance this year, despite the continued challenges of COVID-19. This is in part due to the acceleration of eCommerce adoption as consumer habits have changed during the pandemic. “We are accelerating our growth plans for our eCommerce logistics business, as demonstrated by our reaching an agreement to bring forward the plan to increase our shareholding in Freight Management Holdings in Australia from 28% to 51%. “We will press on with our transformation to position SingPost Group as a global eCommerce player while carefully managing expenses, cashflow and liquidity. We continue to review our business portfolio, to determine if there are opportunities to divest non-strategic assets and redeploy capital towards strategic initiatives that support long term growth,” Mr Phang added.

Source : SingPost: two CEOs announced | Post & Parcel (postandparcel.info)

5.Parcel lockers co-located at apartment blocks November 03, 2021 iBoxen and PostNord are partnering to test parcel lockers located at apartment blocks in Stockholm for one year.

The battery-powered parcel lockers will be placed outdoors and require no ground installation, comms or electricity. The rollout started in July and has continued through the northern autumn. The lockers are app-controlled. Customers receive delivery notifications via the iBox or PostNord app, identify themselves via “Mobilt BankID”, then open the door via Bluetooth.

 Source : Parcel lockers co-located at apartment blocks — Postal Hub podcast (thepostalhub.com)