“Forward ever, backward never: onwards with Breaking Through”

No 45-2020

Formulated by UNI AproPost and Logistics Sector

1.  La Poste and its digital subsidiary Docaposte get involved in the Gaia-X project offering a European sovereign digital ecosystem and digital trust services.June 04, 2020.


2.  DHL: flexibility and pragmatism are needed to meet demand. June 04, 2020.

3.  The installations of Posti’s new printed mail sorting machines will commence in the fall.June 03, 2020.

4.  APWU Statement on the Killing of George Floyd and the Continuing Struggle for Justice. June 01, 2020.

5.  U.S. Postal Service Provides Recommendations for Successful 2020 Election Mail Season. May 29, 2020.



1.  La Poste and its digital subsidiary Docaposte get involved in the Gaia-X project offering a European sovereign digital ecosystem and digital trust services

June 04, 2020

La Poste, through its digital subsidiary Docaposte, is committed in the European Gaia-X project presented on Thursday 4 June by Bruno Lemaire, France's Minister of the Economy and Finance, and Peter Altmaier, Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.

As a founding member of the foundation that will lead the project, Docaposte is contributing its cloud know-how and its experience in the implementation of technological solutions for digital trust.

As a universal exchange operator and trusted third party, Le Groupe La Poste pays particular attention to the development, in all its activities, of a trusted digital environment based on respect for the principles of confidentiality, security and transparency in the use of customer data.

As a player in the digital transformation of businesses and the public sector, Docaposte has recognised know-how in the application of European standards, such as the GDPR, in demanding markets such as healthcare and banking. La Poste's digital subsidiary, the leading provider of healthcare data, operates its own data centres in France and offers a chain of trusted services consolidated by technological building blocks requiring a high degree of security such as digital archiving and digital identity.

On the strength of its beliefs and expertise in data management and protection, La Poste is committed to Gaia-X with the aim of contributing to the implementation of a project guaranteeing European data sovereignty and promoting, as part of the European Commission's data strategy, the emergence of an infrastructure capable of eventually competing with the most advanced solutions at the global level.

"As a long-standing trusted third party, La Poste offers secure digital services, such as the La Poste Digital Identity, the first electronic identity to be certified at the substantial guarantee level by ANSSI, in line with the expectations of personal data protection. Our contribution to the European Gaia-X project, which draws on the expertise of our digital subsidiary Docaposte, is in line with our strategic commitment to trusted digital and the sovereignty of the data that customers entrust to us." said Philippe Wahl, Chairman and CEO of Le Groupe La Poste


2.  DHL: flexibility and pragmatism are needed to meet demand

June 04, 2020


DHL Global Forwarding, Deutsche Post DHL Group’s air and ocean freight specialist, is deploying its expertise to meet rapidly growing demand for transport services in the Life Sciences & Healthcare segment. 

“We’re currently working faster than ever,” says Tobias Schmidt, CEO DHL Global Forwarding in Germany. “Our employees are working almost around the clock to get important deliveries to where they are urgently needed. We’re currently seeing a strong shift in demand towards products and goods needed in the fight against COVID-19.

“For example, for the past week, we have been transporting around 100,000 COVID test tubes a day from China to Germany and the Czech Republic for a customer specializing in medical accessories. We’re also still transporting everyday industrial goods and products,” he continues.

“Flexibility and pragmatism are needed to meet demand as quickly as possible. We have been using numerous charter flights to ensure that our customers can maintain their supply chains despite the sharp decline in availability among our commercial carriers.”
Bottlenecks in supplying medical equipment, stricter controls at international borders, and the absence of airfreight capacity are just some of the challenges facing the logistics industry during the pandemic.

However, thanks to its specialists, its worldwide network of terminals, warehouses, and offices, and its technological infrastructure, DHL Global Forwarding remains able to effectively maintain supply chains.

Despite the strained situation in air and ocean freight, urgently-needed protective equipment, medicine, and SARS-CoV-2 test kits in particular are still being transported.
Additionally, the capacities for complete trains on the New Silk Road have almost doubled in recent weeks.

In ocean freight, DHL Global Forwarding is also offering its customers business continuity solutions to avoid unnecessary transport costs and delays. Many customers use these tailor-made solutions to ramp up their business or production as quickly as possible the moment demand in the manufacturing industry or in the retail sector increases again. The goods are stored either in secured container hubs or warehouses near the destination, giving customers fast and flexible access to their items.

DHL Global Forwarding also supports its customers when existing options appear to be exhausted. Despite drastically reduced freight capacities, DHL Global Forwarding was able to make resources available on short notice to ensure good distribution practice (GDP) compliant transport of medicine. Over three weeks, more than 100 pallets of temperature-controlled medicine were delivered daily to China. Furthermore, a special unit load device cover designed to control temperature during transport saved valuable time.

When it comes to medical goods and pharmaceutical products, DHL Global Forwarding relies primarily on Frankfurt and Leipzig as its main logistics hubs. In close proximity to the two airports, DHL Global Forwarding operates state-of-the-art centers for transshipping medical products. Both locations are ideal gateways for European imports and exports, with temperature-controlled areas, dedicated GDP-compliant transshipment warehouses, and IATA CEIV Pharma and TAPA A certifications for internationally operating customers.



3.     The installations of Posti’s new printed mail sorting machines will commence in the fall

June 03, 2020
Posti will receive three new printed mail sorting machines that will be able to sort printed products faster as well as more accurately and diversely than before. The plan is to locate the new sorting machines in Oulu and Helsinki. Delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the installations will begin in Helsinki. The cooperation negotiations pertaining to the arrival of the new machines will commence on June 9th.

The three new machines are so-called MSM sorting machines that are suited for diverse letter and publication sorting as well as sorting other addressed items.  The installations of the new machines will start according to plan at the Helsinki postal center, which will receive two of the new machines. The Oulu postal center will receive one machine. According to the current estimate, all of the machines will be installed by the first quarter of 2021 at the latest. Down the line, printed mail will also be mechanically sorted in Tampere and Kuopio, in addition to Helsinki and Oulu.

“With automation, publishers, for instance, can better track the progress of their mailing batch in our network. Automation also helps us direct addressed items to address clarification quickly, if necessary. For our personnel, the machines are an important tool. The sorting machine quickly sorts items into the delivery order, which means that the deliverer doesn’t have to sort the items according to the mail recipient’s address to the same degree as today,” says Sami Reponen, Production Director, Postal Services. 

The new machines will complement the network that currently already includes six similar machines. The existing and coming machines can cover the entire sorting need of Finland and operate as efficiently as possible also in exceptional circumstances.

“For our customers, increased automation means increased speed, additional services and the possibility to track mailing batches. At the same time, our personnel will have at their disposal more modern sorting machines that will sort items quickly in to the delivery order, reducing the amount of manual sorting work in delivery. We will carefully discuss the effect of the new machines during the negotiations,” says Sami Reponen.

When it comes to the effects of the new MSM machines, the target group of the cooperation negotiations includes the basic delivery and sorting personnel of Pirkanmaa and Satakunta, in total 1012 employees, as well as the basic delivery and sorting personnel in the north of Finland, in total 405 employees. 

The planned changes may affect the personnel. The need for personnel changes will be specified during the negotiations. According to the current estimate, the changes would be implemented in the fall and during the rest of 2020 as well as the first quarter of 2021.

The concentration of sorting supervisory work to the Tampere postal center is also under review in the Pirkanmaa–Satakunta region
The aim is also to review the plan to concentrate sorting supervisory work to the Tampere postal center in the Pirkanmaa–Satakunta region. The potential effects thereof on the personnel will be specified during the negotiations.

“Concentration of the supervisory work would translate into more work for the Tampere postal center. On the other hand, it would mean less work for sorting because carrying out supervisory work mechanically in the postal center would mean delivery-ready bundles for mail delivery persons,” explains Timo Honkasalo, Area Manager.

The changes would be visible to the customers as potential route changes and different delivery times within one day of the completion of the negotiations. They would be separately communicated closer to the time.


Source : https://www.posti.com/en/media/media-news/2020



4.  APWU Statement on the Killing of George Floyd and the Continuing Struggle for Justice

June 01, 2020
The three General Officers of the APWU, President Mark Dimondstein, Executive-Vice President Debby Szeredy, and Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell issued the following statement:

Fair minded people from all walks of life and political viewpoints are deeply disturbed and rightfully outraged by the killing of unarmed and handcuffed African-American George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers.

George Floyd was pinned face down on the ground with a knee on his neck for over eight minutes. Treated less than human, it made no difference that Mr. Floyd repeatedly pleaded for his life, “Please, I can’t breathe.”

Reflecting a long history of oppression worsened with the recent rise of white supremacy emboldened from the highest office of the land, this incident followed recent killings of innocent African American people, while jogging (AhmaudArbery) or in their own home (Breonna Taylor). Mostly peaceful but understandably angry protests have erupted throughout the country.  

Unions stand for good, living-wage jobs and solidarity of all working people, respect for each other and unyielding commitment to justice, fairness and equality in the workplace and in our neighborhoods in which we live. Postal workers live and work in every community across the nation, including the Minneapolis area. The people of the country are standing with us in defense of the public Postal Service and our good union jobs, and we must also stand with our communities’ demands for justice. Martin Luther King Jr. put it so well: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The APWU national convention is the highest authority of our union. At the 2016 convention, 2000 delegates from around the country, and all races, unanimously supported a “Black Lives Matter” resolution. It stated, “… the APWU will encourage its members to participate in any rallies, petition drives or other actions pursued by the campaign against racial discrimination and for transparency in policing.”

In line with this convention action and with human decency and compassion, with unity and solidarity of all people and the continuing struggle for freedom and civil rights, we encourage our members and locals to speak out, protest and demand justice for George Floyd’s family and community as part of the broader struggle of “liberty and justice for all.”

Let’s fight for a new day. Whether a person is jogging, doing their jobs, birdwatching, driving, being arrested, attending union meetings, or going to and from work, all human beings, regardless of our race and the color of our skin, have the right to be treated with respect and dignity and to life itself.



5.  U.S. Postal Service Provides Recommendations for Successful 2020 Election Mail Season

May 29, 2020

Today the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released a letter that is being sent to local and state election officials and state party officials around the country. This letter highlights key aspects of Election Mail delivery processes — and ways to help educate the public on what to expect when using the mail to vote. 


The letter, signed by USPS General Counsel and Executive Vice President Thomas J. Marshall, is a continuation of an ongoing outreach effort aimed at educating all interested parties about the Postal Service’s mailing requirements and services in advance of the 2020 elections.


“It is critical that the Postal Service’s delivery standards be kept in mind when informing voters how to successfully participate in an election using the mail,” says Marshall, noting the importance of this information “when state and local election officials are making decisions as to the establishment of deadlines and the means used to send a piece of Election Mail to voters.”


The letter and the accompanying Publication 632, State and Local Election Mail — User’s Guide, are intended to provide boards of election and other election officials the tools needed to make the upcoming elections more successful when voting by mail. These guides are a follow-up to the more extensive 2020 Official Election Mail Kit (Kit 600), which was distributed to 11,500 election officials in March. All of these materials are also available on the Postal Service’s Election Mail website, about.usps.com/election-mail/election-mail-resources.htm.


Publication 632 includes an overview of how to properly use the mail during the election process, the mailing standards of the Postal Service, postmarking guidelines and the specifics of military, diplomatic and overseas mailing instructions. The Postal Service has personnel ready to assist election officials with mailpiece design and everything else needed for a successful election cycle.


The letter also provides Postal Service recommendations on how to ensure the efficient and timely handling of mail pertaining to elections. The Postal Service recommends that election officials use First-Class Mail, which is typically delivered in 2 to 5 days, for all Election Mail and to allow one week for delivery to voters. USPS further recommends election officials use Intelligent Mail barcodes for all Election Mail. The Postal Service has designed an Intelligent Mail barcode identifier specifically for ballots, to increase mailpiece visibility within the processing system. The identifier can be used by both the Postal Service and the mailer to track ballot deliveries and returns.


The letter notes that voters should be made aware of the mail delivery standards and transit times both when requesting an absentee ballot be mailed to them and when deciding when to mail the ballot back to election officials. The Postal Service recommends that voters mail their ballots at least one week before the due date and that they should contact local election officials for information about the specific deadlines.


The Postal Service is proud of its role as an important component of the nation’s democratic process and remains committed to providing the resources needed to implement a successful election season. 


The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


Source : https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2020


No 46-2020

Formulated by UNI AproPost and Logistics Sector

1.  Emirates Post restarts Pakistani services.June 4, 2020.

2.  Post Office Report – CWU ‘disappointed’ at Government response.June 03, 2020.

3.  PostNL and Pension Fund PostNL agree on determination and conditions of final payment for transitional plans. June 02,2020.

4.  FedEx announces grants for small businesses. May 29, 2020.

5.  International postal volumes have dropped 21% this year. May 29, 2020.


1.  Emirates Post restarts Pakistani services

June 4, 2020

Emirates Post has restarted mail, packet and parcel services to Pakistan, one of its key South Asian markets.

All services covering economy mail, standard mail, registered mail, standard packets, standard parcels and express parcels are available with immediate effect.

They can be sent to the main commercial centers in Karachi and Lahore, and other strategic regions including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Quetta.

Emirates Post will use airfreight capacity to move shipments to Pakistan and use Pakistan Post’s network to make the delivery.

Prices start at 47AED (US$12.80) for 1kg to 83AED (US$22.60) for 5kg with shipping services taking 4-21 days.

2.  Post Office Report – CWU ‘disappointed’ at Government response

June 03,2020

Yesterday, the Government responded to the key improvement recommendations for the Post Office network made by the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee.

The Parliamentary Committee, which is elected from Members of Parliament of all parties in the House of Commons, published a detailed Report last October, based on the Inquiry that it held last year when all the various Post Office stakeholders were summoned to give evidence and invited to enter written submissions.

October’s Select Committee Report contained specific recommendations to the Government on the critical issues of Crown franchising, future public funding, Postmaster remuneration and representation, and other aspects of the network, such as its reach, density and revenue streams.

“Taken together, as a package, the BEIS Select Committee Report proposals set out a positive future for this vital public service – and most importantly, a robust and realistic pathway which the Post Office should take,” explains Andy Furey, CWU assistant secretary.

“It took on board all of the various issues and challenges and set out ways and means by which they could be addressed going forward.

“So, it was frustrating,” Andy continues, “to see the official Government response, which appears to ‘bat away’ the key recommendations.”

Unsurprisingly the Government statement defends the Post Office’s policy for franchising, argues that the franchising consultation process itself is acceptable, claims that the public is satisfactorily served in terms of access and declines to commit on future funding beyond the end of the current financial year.

“And in terms of our call for negotiating rights and recognition for our Postmaster members, the Government responds with praise instead for the NFSP,” said Andy, adding that “at one point, the Government even says that the NFSP ‘effectively challenges Post Office Ltd where necessary’.

“Postmasters will find that particular hollow claim difficult to believe – especially as so many have suffered victimisation and persecution from the Horizon scandal, when the NFSP did absolutely nothing to support them at all, in fact they totally backed the Post Office.”

Our general secretary Dave Ward has already contacted the Government, and the union will be meeting with Ministers shortly to urge the Government to rethink strategically and to work collaboratively with the union for a more viable future.

And further discussions will also be pursued with the new Chair of the BEIS Select Committee Darren Jones (Bristol North West) to seek to build the widest possible consensus behind the positive proposals set out in the Select Committee Report.

Dave Ward said: “The Government’s response to the Select Committee was disappointing, however we have a vision for the future which we will keep pushing, until the Post Office embraces a more progressive agenda for defending the network and developing and growing products and services for the future.

“And that’s what the CWU will do, alongside politicians of all parties, local communities and other businesses who depend on vital Post Office services.”

Source : https://www.cwu.org/news/post-office-report-cwu-disappointed-at-government-response/

3.  PostNL and Pension Fund PostNL agree on determination and conditions of final payment for transitional plans

June 02,2020

FY 2020 outlook for free cash flow improves by €100 million
PostNL and Pension Fund PostNL have signed an agreement to determine details and conditions of the final payment for transitional plans. This results in a significant improvement in PostNL’s FY 2020 outlook for free cash flow. Employees’ soft pension entitlements remain unchanged.

Based on the financing agreement with the Pension Fund, the final payment for transitional plans at year-end 2020 was determined on parameters as in Q3 2019, when interest rates were very low. Taking into account the interests of all stakeholders, PostNL initiated discussions with the Pension Fund on options for a solution to smooth the impact of low interest rates in determining the final payment. It has now been agreed that the maximum final payment will be €290 million. This is €10 million below the initially determined amount. Should interest rates develop favourably, the final payment could be lower.

PostNL will pay the Pension Fund around €205 million at year-end 2020. The remaining (at most) €85 million will be deferred and paid in five annual instalments between 2021 and 2025. The funding costs of soft pensions during 2020 will be reduced by around €5 million. Thus, the total reduction in the cash contribution for transitional plans amounts to at least €15 million.

Based on this agreement, PostNL now expects free cash flow for 2020 to come in at between €(215) million and €(185) million (previously anticipated at between €(315) million and €(285) million). The reduction in cash contribution of at least €15 million will also have a positive impact on PostNL’s net debt position.

Caution on forward-looking statements

Some statements in this press release are ’forward-looking statements‘. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may occur in the future. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are outside of our control and impossible to predict, and that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results expressed or implied. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, analyses and projections about the industries in which we operate and management's beliefs and assumptions about possible future events. You are cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which only apply as of the date of this press release and are neither predictions nor guarantees of possible future events or circumstances. We do not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as may be required under applicable securities law.

Use of non-GAAP information

In presenting and discussing the PostNL Group operating results, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be viewed in isolation as alternatives to the equivalent IFRS measures and should be used in conjunction with the most directly comparable IFRS measures. Non-GAAP financial measures do not have a standardised meaning under IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. The main non-GAAP key financial performance indicator is normalised EBIT. Normalised EBIT is derived from the IFRS-based performance measure operating income adjusted for the impact of project costs and incidentals.

4.  FedEx announces grants for small businesses

May 29, 2020

Delivery service company FedEx has announced that it will be giving $1 million in grants to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Businesses that receive the grant money will be given $5,000 each, in addition to $500 worth of credits from FedEx Office, FedEx has announced on its website.

The later money can be used for printing banners, posters, floor graphics, custom-printed boxes and more, FedEx officials said.

A total of 200 grants will be awarded. Businesses may apply for the grant money, which began Monday, May 25.

“Many small businesses are hurting right now. We know you’re putting your all into not just surviving but becoming more creative and resilient than ever,” FedEx wrote online. “When the dust clears from the current crisis, it’s the fearless innovation and tireless hard work of small businesses that will light our way to a brighter future. “We want to honor that spirit and show some love to small businesses to help you ride out this storm. That’s why we’re committing to providing $1 million in grants for small businesses in the U.S. Whether you’re making the move to selling and shipping online or you’re ramping up your safety and cleanliness measures to keep customers and employees safe, we want to help you keep moving forward.”

Eligible businesses must have been operating for a least a year, have less than 50 employees and less than $5 million in annual sales revenue for 2019. The businesses must also have shipped in the past 12 months or plan to ship within the coming 12 months.

The grant money does not need to be paid back. Businesses may apply between May 25 and June 12 at fedex.com/supportsmallgrants.
Those applying do not need to have an account with FedEx. Winners selected for the grant money will be notified starting late June through July. The money will be sent out in the same timeframe.

Source : https://www.springvillejournal.com/articles/fedex-announces-grants-for-small-businesses/


5.  International postal volumes have dropped 21% this year

May 29, 2020

A new report by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), titled, “The COVID-19 crisis and the postal sector” shows postal volumes dropping by 21 % in 2020. The steep decline is the largest seen by the UPU since it began recording exchanges of electronic data between its 192 member countries in 2010.

“The Post’s relevance has become clearer than ever as citizens reach out to them for essential services as they remain in their homes. While postal operators around the globe have continued to work diligently for their customers throughout the pandemic, they have also experienced many set-backs caused by the very measures put in place to stop the virus’ spread,” said UPU Director General Bishar A. Hussein.

According to the data, which covers the period between 23 January and 14 May, international postal volumes decreased by 21 % in 2020 compared to the same period last year. Only one of every 2.1 items sent are arriving at their destination within the same week, as opposed to 1.1 during normal times.

The report lists transport disruptions, suspensions, capacity shortages and total stoppages, in addition to the impact of the virus on workforce capacity, as major factors blocking the supply chain. It also projects that negative income shocks on households could have a role to play in declining volumes.

Researchers used official postal statistics and indicators constructed from electronic data interchange messages on postal shipments exchanged between countries to paint a picture

In addition to the obvious decline in volumes, the report predicts three possible outcomes for postal operators around the globe, offering recommendations to help postal operators and policymakers mitigate long-term impacts and harness potential opportunities.

The first is a pessimistic scenario in which Posts are unable to fully recover. The second and most realistic scenario predicts that they will recover from the short-term impacts of COVID-19, but continue to face declining letter post volumes.

The third possible outcome presents a more optimistic scenario in which postal operators are able to recover quickly and harness opportunities that would reverse long-term volume declines.

Which scenario Posts are most likely to face depends on a few important factors outlined in the report, including supply, the resilience of postal supply chains, the duration of public health measures taken against COVID-19, economic risk mitigation measures, consumers’ disposable income, the adoption of digital alternatives, and countries’ postal development.