POSTAL NEWS No 46- 2022
Formulated by UNI Apro Post and Logistics Sector
1. Combating poverty together – Swiss Post becomes an official partner of the SRC
June 10, 2022
Swiss Post has now been working together with the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) for 25 years as part of the “2 x Christmas” campaign. Assistance for people affected by poverty is being boosted with Swiss Post now on board as an “official partner”. Markus Mader, Director of the SRC, tells us in an interview what he hopes to get out of the alliance.
The partnership aims to alleviate poverty in Switzerland. How does the SRC help people affected by poverty?
The SRC provides subsidiary support in the form of individual assistance, complementing state help. When all other options have been exhausted, we pay one-off health insurance premiums, medical bills or rental costs.
We want to prevent situations where people on the poverty line go without treatment because of large medical bills or slip into poverty because of the cost of treatment. People should not have to choose between receiving necessary
medical treatment and having enough food. People affected by poverty should know that they can get low-threshold access to health services. However, a large part of our work to combat poverty is carried out by our cantonal associations through their individual support services. We at the SRC office are involved at various levels.
What does that mean?
We not only provide direct support to people who are affected by impoverishment, but also generally work to alleviate poverty in Switzerland, for example in the Swiss Conference for Social Welfare (SKOS)Target not accessible and the Charter on Social AssistanceTarget not
Since 1997, the SRC has been implementing the “2 x Christmas” fundraising campaign together with Swiss Post and others. What experiences can the intensified partnership build on?
Thanks to our work together for the “2 x Christmas” campaign, we can build on that solid cooperation characterized by mutual trust for the benefit of the most vulnerable. Swiss Post has contributed many new ideas for further developing the format of the “2 x Christmas” campaign. But we are also building on the experience of the COVID stamp that Swiss Post issued as a special stamp during the first lockdown in 2020. Half of the proceeds went to the SRC.
Are there any other points of contact with Swiss Post?
We want to break new ground in fundraising together with Swiss Post, whether in printing, mailing or even with cross-media campaigns. A workshop is being planned on this. The aim is to link Swiss Post’s core business with our core business and to learn from each other.
Unlike in other countries, poverty is not always visible in Switzerland. A good or bad sign?
Rather a bad one. Here in Switzerland, people are ashamed of being poor. They try to hide for as long as possible the fact that they are unable to make ends meet – and they put off dental treatment or visits to the doctor for an extended time, for instance. Many are also ashamed to go to social welfare for help. We know that there are many more people entitled to social assistance than are actually benefiting from it. The coronavirus crisis forced many people who had been living just above the poverty line into an existential crisis, making poverty more visible.
How has solidarity in Switzerland changed – especially during the past two “coronavirus years”?
People in Switzerland are generally very supportive. There is a community spirit in the country. Besides, a large majority is doing well or very well.
Per capita donations in Switzerland are many times higher than elsewhere. The “division” of society predicted by many has not occurred, but inequality has grown further. However, the tensions were largely overstated.
And currently, with the Ukraine crisis, we are seeing strong solidarity again. In crisis situations, people show even more solidarity. A remarkable number of parcels were donated for the “2 x Christmas” campaign in 2020/21, right in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.
2. Austrian Post merges four of its subsidiaries
June 09, 2022
Post Business Solutions GmbH, a subsidiary of Austrian Post, will combine all solutions in the field of information and business processes under a common new brand.
Through the merger of the four previous subsidiaries Scanpoint, EMD, D2D and sendhybrid, business customers will in future be able to integrate all services and from a single source. As a result, Post Business Solutions is growing into one of the largest document outsourcing players in Austria.
Through the merger of the four previous subsidiaries to form Post Business Solutions GmbH, the existing production facilities in Graz, Haid near Linz, Vienna and Nitra as well as all jobs of the 520 employees will be retained. At the same time, the planned growth strategy is expected to create up to 70 new jobs in the coming years.
The four subsidiaries process 1.6 million pages every day for 450 business customers from eight countries, mainly from the public administration, banking, insurance, telecommunications and industrial sectors. In order to support business customers more strongly on their way to a competitive future, the four existing subsidiary brands were united under the common brand “Post Business Solutions”. Austrian Post is thus consolidating its position on the Austrian market as an experienced and reliable partner for companies in the analysis, outsourcing and automation of information and business processes.
A uniform brand identity under the motto “One Face to the Customer” ensures that more than 30 physical and digital solutions in this area are integrated and offered from a single source. The combined expertise and the new brand are also reflected in a new logo under the umbrella of Austrian Post.
“Under the new Post Business Solutions brand, we are bundling our business process solutions and thus becoming one of the largest providers of document outsourcing on the Austrian market. Instead of four subsidiaries, Post Business Solutions now offers our customers a uniform platform that combines process know-how, state-of-the-art technology and the reliability of Swiss Post,” says Walter Oblin, Deputy Director General and Member of the Board of Management for Mail & Finance at Austrian Post.
3. Canada Post promises to electrify 14,000-vehicle fleet
June 09, 2022
Canada Post announced it will electrify its entire fleet of 14,000 vehicles by 2040 as part of its plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
It will spend $1 billion to transform its fleet, with an initial goal of being
50% electric by 2030.
“We have a responsibility to Canadians, and to their children and grandchildren, to help lead the way to a more sustainable future,” said Doug Ettinger, president and CEO. “Canada Post
has one of the biggest fleets in the country, over 68,000 employees, a significant real estate portfolio, and an extensive supply chain.
The challenge ahead is great, and we know the greening of our transportation is critical. That’s why we’ve committed to net-zero operations and a fully electric fleet by 2040.”
The organization also plans to retrofit facilities, build net-zero carbon buildings, and source renewable energy for its real estate operations.
It has already opened a net-zero parcel sorting facility in Scarborough, Ont., capable of handling more than 1 million packages a day. This week, Canada Post showed an electric vehicle it will pilot on routes west of downtown Ottawa. The low-speed vehicle will only travel up to 40 km/h and will be evaluated over the course of the next year.
The vans in the trial are produced by Canadian EV manufacturer, Westward. The MAX-EV is a compact electric vehicle with an estimated range of 112 km from a 15-kWh battery, and a payload of 488 kg. The company notes that up to half of the range maybe lost depending on the payload and use of heating.
4. DPD Poland awarded Poland's Best Employer by Forbes magazine
June 08, 2022
We are proud and happy to announce that DPD Poland has been included in the group of the best employers in Poland in the ranking of Forbes magazine. The title of Poland's Best Employer is awarded for outstanding HR achievements.
The study is based on a list of about 1800 employers with at least 250 employees in Poland. The questionnaire is completed by the employees anonymously.
DPD Poland has been awarded in the category of transport and logistics. We are proud to be
trusted by our employees and to be recommended by them as a good employer.
The award is also due to the everyday efforts of the HR department to provide a friendly and equal work environment which encourages continuous development. The efficacy of these activities, undertaken especially during the pandemic, has also been confirmed by other certificates awarded to DPD Poland in the years 2021-22, including ‘Highest Quality HR’, the prestigious ‘Great Place to Work’, or the best employer in the TSL industry of the Rzeczpospolita daily newspaper.
We are happy that our efforts and real actions have been appreciated!
5. CUPW Social Stewards are getting the word out about the CUPW Child Care Fund and two of its largest projects - Special Needs and Moving On.
June 06, 2022
CUPW negotiated the CUPW Child Care Fund with Canada Post Corporation in 1991.
The Child Care Fund supports a number of projects to meet the child care needs of CUPW members.
We work with community child care service providers in different regions of the country to provide licensed quality child care for members children. The Fund also supports our two largest projects - Special Needs and Moving On.
The Special Needs and Moving On projects provide support and information to postal workers who have young children, or adult children with disabilities or special needs.
We know that far too many members don’t know about these two important projects. We are working with our Social Stewards across the country to change this.
According to Statistics Canada, more than 5.3 million Canadians—almost 16% of the population — are living with some form of disability that affects their level of freedom, independence, or quality of life. Of that number, over 200,000 are children and youth.
CUPW social stewards have been invited to take part in a one-hour webinar to learn about the projects and how they work, and about how they can promote them in the workplace. Social Stewards will also receive the new, “Social Stewards Guide to the Special Needs and Moving On Projects” along with other key information to help them in this important work.
We know that the best way for members to learn about the Child Care Fund and its projects is by direct contact and word of mouth. With the help of the CUPW social stewards we will be able to get the word out to members in the workplace.
POSTAL NEWS No 45- 2022
Formulated by UNI Apro Post and Logistics Sector
1. DHL strengthens its European network
June 10, 2022
DHL Freight officially opened a new DHL Freight Terminal in Erlensee, Rhine-Main area, on June 10.
From now on, around 260 employees will take care of general cargo and full loads at the modern location, thus contributing to increasing efficiency and service quality in the European land transport network. The new transshipment facility near Frankfurt am Main includes a cross-dock terminal, a warehouse for specialty chemicals and general production materials as well as office space that has been built in the extensively renovated, listed tower of the former air base. With the opening of the new terminal, DHL Freight is also putting two all-electric trucks for local transport into operation as part of a recent cooperation agreement with Volvo Trucks, in order to make the collection and delivery of goods to customers CO 2-free and thus more sustainable.
“The demand for road transport and tailor-made logistics services requires us to constantly expand our network. With the new location in Erlensee as an important hub in the Frankfurt am Main area, we have once again significantly expanded our capacities and can thus offer our customers better solutions and services. At the same time, we are proud to contribute a little more to our Group’s sustainability strategy through modern and sustainable solutions at the site,” says Thomas Vogel, CEO DHL Freight DACH.
The approximately 82,840 m² construction project was built according to the most modern construction and environmental standards, in accordance with the Sustainability Roadmap of Deutsche Post DHL Group, which among other things provides for sustainable construction of new buildings. The roofs of the warehouse and the gatekeeper building, an area of 11,300 m², were greened and energy-saving LED lighting was installed indoors and outdoors. DHL Freight, together with other companies and research institutions, also supports the CiLoCharging (City Logistic Charging) project, which aims to integrate and optimize charging, energy and route management in peri-urban logistics. The developed processes of the project will be tested in the new logistics centre in Erlensee using the two fully electric Volvo trucks. The electric trucks are mainly used for the collection and delivery of customer goods in the Rhine-Main area and thus in local and urban transport. With a payload of 16t, the range is up to 250 km.
The new location in Erlensee in the Main-Kinzig district, realized by Fäth Immobilien, is conveniently located at the motorway junctions BAB 66 and 45 and also to Frankfurt am Main it is only about 25 km. Around 260 employees from the branches of DHL Freight Maintal and DHL Freight Euronet have moved to Erlensee. In addition, the number of employees is expected to grow to around 300 in the short to medium term. DHL Freight is thus further expanding its capacities in its European general cargo network and thus meeting the enormously high demand for transport solutions in road freight transport.
In addition to a 12,000 m² cross-dock terminal, the site also has 3,800 m² of office space and a 10,500 m² warehouse for specialty chemicals and general production materials. For the office space, the former, listed tower of the airport in the Fliegerhorst II business park was extensively renovated and integrated into the terminal. The warehouse for specialty chemicals complies with the existing regulations of the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG) and the Ordinance on Plants Requiring Approval (4th BImSchV) and thus meets the highest safety standards.
It was not until August 2021 that the ground-breaking ceremony took place. The grand opening ceremony on June 10, 2022 was accompanied by Tim Scharwath, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, Uwe Brinks, CEO DHL Freight, Thomas Vogel, CEO DHL Freight DACH, Götz Hanningsmann, Site Manager DHL Freight Erlensee as well as Thorsten Stolz, District Administrator Main-Kinzig Kreis, Sylvia Braun, Mayor Bruchköbel, Stefan Erb, Mayor Erlensee and the client Ferdinand Fäth, Managing Director Bau- und Immobilienverwaltung Fäth.
2. NPMHU and USPS present opening statements as national negotiations begin in Washington D.C.
June 10, 2022
The National Postal Mail Handlers Union bargaining team met with representatives of the U.S. Postal Service on June 10, 2022 to mark the official start of the collective bargaining process for a successor agreement to replace the current National Agreement which is scheduled to expire on September 20, 2022.
The NPMHU is committed to making every reasonable effort to reach an agreement that is good for our members, good for the Postal Service, and good for the American mailing public.
The Postal Service certainly is facing continuing challenges, some caused by economic conditions, others by decline in mail volumes, and still others by technological changes.
The national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the return of the American economy to a pattern of normal growth, should mean a return to more normalized collective bargaining. This should be a time for the parties to agree on a period of relatively stable labor relations, without the massive disruptions and dislocations caused by the unwarranted closing of mail processing facilities and by unnecessary subcontracting or privatization.
The Mail Handlers Union remains deeply committed to the negotiating process. Certainly, the NPMHU will continue to work with the Postal Service to address extraordinary circumstances. Mail Handlers, as essential workers, reported to work every day during the pandemic, putting their own health and that of their families at risk.
We expect the Postal Service to work with the NPMHU to negotiate a contract that rewards Mail Handlers for the hard work and dedication that we have exhibited during the past difficult years. We expect, and will demand, that the Postal Service engage in good faith bargaining on all issues that are properly the subject of mutual bargaining.
The goals of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union in this year’s round of bargaining can be stated simply. We seek a negotiated agreement that corrects a wage scale that is badly broken; we seek an agreement that protects our jobs and improves our standard of living; we seek a negotiated contract that improves the status of all Mail Handlers, be they long-term and dedicated employees who have devoted their work lives to the Postal Service or Mail Handler Assistants, who are our newest members and the Postal Service’s future career employees; we seek a contract that minimizes the dislocation and inconvenience to Mail Handlers whose careers may be involuntarily disrupted by excessing or downsizing; and we seek to stop future subcontracting and return currently outsourced work to the Mail Handler craft.
In short, we seek practical solutions to the problems faced by Mail Handlers, so that working together we can ensure that the Postal Service and all its Mail Handler employees can continue to provide the American public with the service that they have come to expect.
The NPMHU will put out periodic updates, in the form of bulletin board postings, as bargaining progresses.
June 09, 2022
Swedish postal operator PostNord started installing parcel lockers across Sweden in 2021, with the network now comprising of 2,500 locker banks, PostNord has a goal of reaching a total of 4,500 parcel lockers by the end of 2022.
At the end of May, PostNord delivered its one millionth parcel via its parcel locker network.
PostNord's parcel lockers are installed both in large cities and in the countryside. There are PostNord parcel lockers in 36 cities across Sweden.
The PostNord parcel locker network is available to shoppers at 10,000 online retailers.
4. PostNL appoints chief information officer
June 08, 2022
International delivery provider PostNL has appointed Jennifer Crites as chief information officer (CIO), a role she previously held on an interim basis at chemical industry company AkzoNobel. As CIO, she will also become a member of PostNL’s executive committee. Crites succeeds Marcel Krom, who is to depart PostNL on September 1, 2022.
Between 2000 and 2013, Crites worked in various business and IT roles at consumer goods corporation Procter & Gamble. She came to the Netherlands to join dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina in 2013 as director of IT corporate and support and also worked as director of IT at lingerie specialist Hunkemöller. At AkzoNobel, she was director of IT in the
office of the CIO before working as acting CIO. In that role, she led the process to define the IT organization strategy, positioning IT as the digital catalyst for the company’s businesses.
Herna Verhagen, CEO of PostNL, said, “We are very pleased to welcome a CIO of Jennifer’s caliber to PostNL. With her background, in-depth knowledge and extensive experience at large international corporates with business and digital transformation and ICT development and her passion for data, she will be of great value to PostNL. As CIO and member of the executive board, she is well positioned to shape the crucial role of information technology in the development of our logistics networks and our digital transformation.”
5. Royal Mail pledges net zero by 2040 and sets ambitious new 50gco2e parcel target – the same as making a cuppa
June 06, 2022
Royal Mail today launches an ambitious new environment plan, which includes a long- term target to reduce its average carbon emissions per parcel it delivers in the UK from 205gCO2e today to 50gCO2e. That’s about the same carbon emissions as making a cup of tea with milk.
The company has also brought forward its Net Zero target by 10 years to 2040 and is committing to near term emissions targets in line with climate science*, reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2025/26 and Scope 3 emissions by 25% by 2030, from a 2020/1 base year.
Royal Mail’s 90,000 posties walk over a billion steps a day,
delivering to 31 million addresses. These ‘feet on the street’ help make the company the greenest option for delivering parcels, based on competitors’ reported emissions**.
Yet the four-pillar Steps to Zero plan goes further, recognising the urgency of addressing climate change. Each pillar features ambitious new commitments, including:
§ Net Zero deliveries: Rolling out more electric vans for final mile deliveries, with 5,500 vans by Spring 2023
§ Net Zero operations: 100% renewable electricity across the Royal Mail business, reducing reliance on domestic flights and increasing the use of rail
§ Making circular happen: Transforming operations to embrace the circular economy and helping our customers do the same through our Parcel Collect service
§ Collaborating for action: Calling for standardised industry-wide reporting on CO2e per parcel so customers can make an informed decision, and collaborating with partners to speed up the roll out of electric and low emission vehicles across the UK
Simon Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at Royal Mail, said: “A seven-day parcel service, to and from the customer’s door, delivered by a postie you trust and with the lowest emissions is the winning proposition. Environment is the next battleground for businesses and we are determined to lead. Setting an ambitious target to reduce parcel emissions to 50 gCO2e demonstrates our commitment to driving change and minimising our impact on the environment.
“We now merchandise the emissions per parcel for every delivery on the Royal Mail App, so customers can understand the impact of their order on the planet. We want to go much further and transform the way we collect, process and deliver the 10 billion letters and parcels we handle each year. All this means we can pull forward our net zero target by ten years to 2040.”
Royal Mail will report on Steps to Zero annually in June through the company’s ESG Report and the commitments will be assured by independent auditors.
Steps to Zero – www.royalmail.com/sustainability/stepstozero
Net Zero deliveries
Royal Mail’s 90,000 posties walk over a billion steps a day, contributing to our emissions per parcel being around half that of competitors. Royal Mail has an ambitious long-term plan to reduce this from 205gCO2e today to 50gCO2e.
13% of Royal Mail’s overall emissions are from final mile deliveries and the goal is to reduce this to net zero through initiatives including:
§ By Spring 2023, Royal Mail will have over 5,500 electric vehicles (EVs). Alongside the EV roll-out, Royal Mail is investing £12.5m in charging infrastructure across the country in 2022/23.
§ Trialling new innovations for zero and reduced-emissions deliveries, including drones for remote locations, micro electric vehicles and a programme to optimise on-foot deliveries with a van delivering to a central point, serving a number of posties on foot.
Net Zero operations
49% of Royal Mail’s emissions are from domestic operations, including transport networks and buildings. Measures to reduce consumption and increase efficiency include:
§ Moving to 100% renewable electricity across the business from 2022.
§ Reducing the number of domestic flights and increasing the amount of mail moved by rail.
§ Investing in self-generating renewables with Royal Mail’s largest solar panel installation going live at the new Midlands Parcel Hub in 2023 and looking at the potential for solar at over 200 sites across the country.
Embracing the circular economy
Royal Mail’s aim is to transform its operations and behaviours to embrace circularity by enabling reuse models and reducing single use items including:
§ 25% reduction in waste by 2030.
§ Undertaking a strategic review of all Royal Mail products this year and trialling new innovations to reduce single use items such as rubber bands, changing the design of mail bags to eliminate cable ties and increasing the recycled content of plastic delivery bags.
Collaborating for action
Royal Mail’s size, scale and reputation means it can play a positive role leading and championing change. Royal Mail is committed to supporting and educating its customers, employees and communities to transition to net zero and drive industry change through innovative partnerships and collaborations. Some of the steps the company is taking include:
§ Calling for industry-wide standardised reporting on CO2e per parcel for UK deliveries, so customers can make an informed decision. Not all parcel delivery companies publish their per parcel emissions and there is no standardised method for measurement.
§ Partnering with vehicle manufacturers to look at all commercial vehicles, from vans to articulated vehicles as well as new fuel types, not just electric.