Friday, 24 February 2012

UPS honours 5,842 Circle of Honour drivers for decades of safe driving

"It's an honour to lead this remarkable group of seasoned safe drivers. I'm proud of what I've accomplished but I'm also proud of all UPS drivers for they do every day. If I could give only one tip to motorists, it would be to leave a space cushion between you and the car ahead. Tailgating is a major cause of crashes and I it more every day".

Ron "Big Dog" Sowder (quote) is one of the 5,842 members of UPS "Circle of Honour" and the only UPS driver who has never had an accident in 50 years of service. UPS drivers like Sowder who form an integral part of the global parcel service provider's Circle of Honour have steered clear of accidents for at least 25 years.

If one adds up the figures, the UPS drivers have travelled more than 5,3 million miles. 36 of the recently inducted 1,235 drivers were women and 16 out of the 11 female Circle members maintain an impressive track record of 30 years of safe driving. 

John McDevitt, UPS senior vice president of HR and labour relations, is proud of the achievement and UPS renowned training programme:

"Our training and our drivers' attention to detail such as avoiding distractions while driving all play a part in their remarkable record. The annual expansion of the Circle of Honour is proof that our training works."

On an annual basis, UPS's drivers log over 3 billion miles. The probability of an accident involving a UPS driver is 1:1,000,000 miles.

Source: UPS

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

TNT Express announces Building on Strength business strategy

Today, the global express parcel services provider, TNT Express, announced its new "Building on Strength" business strategy.

Marie-Christine Lombard, CEO TNT Express, took a confident stance when talking about the new plans: 
"Our leading market positions, together with management actions, make us confident we can realised our medium term growth and profit ambitions."

Building on Strength is going to focus on the following five main objectives:

1. TNT Express & European markets
  • No more boarder-based pricing, instead distance-based charges to be implemented. 
  • Traditional express parcel services for health care, lifestyle and related industries. 
  • Aim to double market share for high-end business-to-customer parcel delivery services.
  • Cost reduction by €150m  (end of 2013) - especially for European and MEA fixed costs.

2. EU and worldwide networking 
  • Business deals with airline operators to expand customer range.

3. Partnerships with Brazil and China

4. Cash flow & financial management
  • To continue to optimise investments, working capital etc.

5. Corporate responsibility
  • To maintain high levels of health and safety in order to protect employees.
  • CO2 efficiency 
  • Corporate responsibility and interconnected working environment with input from customers, suppliers etc. 

You can find the full press release on the TNT Express website

Source: TNT Express

Monday, 20 February 2012

TNT Express N.V. rejects UPS unsolicited offer

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In statement published last Friday, TNT Express N.V. confirmed its decision to reject an unsolicited proposal for share capital from UPS.

The Atlanta-based courier, UPS, offered an acquisition of the full issued share TNT capital for €9 per share. According to TNT Express, the worldwide parcel service had put down its offer on 11th February 2012.

Since then TNT Express N.V. Supervisory and Executive Boards had discussed the matter. The talks resulted in a rejection of UPS' initial proposal.

Nevertheless, the two courier companies have stated that they will continue their discussions. However, there is no certainty about a possible outcome yet.

Source: TNT Express & UPS

Friday, 10 February 2012

Can I Send Money By Courier?

We are often asked if customers can send money by courier. Unforunately, it is a "no".

None of our carriers (that includes DHL, UPS, FedEx, TNT and DPD) currently accept shipments which contain 
  • credit or debit cards
  • cash
  • cheques 
  • or vouchers with a face value. 

This is mainly due to insurance reasons in case your shipments gets damaged or lost. If you are unsure about the contents of your parcel and would like further information, please visit our restricted items page. 

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Denmark’s EU Presidency GOGREEN with DHL

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The international logistics and parcel services provider, DHL, is going to become the official partner of Denmark’s EU presidency supplying all ministers with GOGREEN services and sustainable products.

As part of its initiative “Sustainable Products and CleanTech solutions”, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs was looking for a partner who could
  • firstly,  help it reduce any environmental impacts cause by meeting activities
  • and secondly, support its socio-economic engagement.

By joining forces with the parcel delivery service, DHL, and using not only GOGREEN, DHL Express but also DHL Freight services, the Danish government also hopes to implement the ISO20121 standard.
Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, described the partnership as a “great honour for [DHL] to provide environmentally friendly services to the Danish Ministries. [DHL would be] convinced that [their] GOGREEN products are a perfect match to support the presidency to reach their sustainability goals.”

Source: DHL

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

UPS Store gives $300,000 VetFran fund to military veterans of Operation Enduring Opportunity

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As part of the White House's "Operation Enduring Opportunity" initiative, the UPS Store agreed to financially support up to 10 U.S.-American military veterans wanting to set up their own franchise establishments in new locations. 

UPS Store said that it would pay out a franchise fee of $29,950 for up to 10 qualified veterans and aspiring first-time franchisees. Such will then have to sign a letter of intent until 30th June this year in order to receive the VetFran incentive.

Tim Davis, vice president of operations at UPS Store and a former Marine himself, said that the parcel delivery provider was

"(...) extremely proud of our franchisees, especially those who are military veterans. 'Operation Enduring Opportunity' will as many as 75,000 veterans and their family member find new career paths in franchising, provide them with great jobs and help boost our nation's economy."

Researchers say that there are currently about 66,000 veteran-owned franchises in the USA. 

Further organisations and institutions to support Operation Enduring Opportunity include the International Franchise Association (IFA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Mail Boxes, Inc. (MBE).

Steve Caldeira, IFA president and CEO, spoke off a multitude of training and leadership opportunities for the military veterans as well as the "need for operational excellence (...) and productive participants in the U.S. economy."

Interested in UPS parcel services? Then visit Transglobal Premium.

Source: UPS

Friday, 3 February 2012

DHL CEO Frank Appel & the readiness to learn from the Eurozone Crisis

The television news channel, CNN, recently conducted an interview with Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL questioning the head of the world’s largest logistics company and parcel services provider about the collapse of the Eurozone.

When being asked about the current economic crisis, Appel stated that one could not prepare for  the collapse of the Euro. However, the DHL’s CEO also made clear that his 470,000 staff in over 220 countries has to be put first.

“At the end of the day a service company is nothing more than the employees who serve the customers”, said Frank Appel. It would be crucial to give [his employees] a long-term perspective.

Beyond that, he admitted “live more cautious about the predictability of the future”. Yet, Appel pointed out that he thinks little off scenario planning.

He said that “if you think your Excel spread-sheet will tell you what will happen in the future, it will only distract you from what is really important – to be ready to take action.”
With our without the Euro, Apple agrees that at the end of the day “somebody has to deliver parcels and somebody has to deliver or transport containers around the world.”

Appel emphasised the importance of showing “a readiness to learn” despite having to do "some hardship in the beginning" in order to enable success in the European economy.

Watch the CNN interview with the CEO of DHL Deutsche Post, Frank Appel, below.

Source: CNN

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Collect a Parcel - Courier Services for Parcel Collections in the UK

Nowadays, you can easily arrange your parcel collection online and have your parcel collected by a courier service. Independent courier service agents like Transglobal Express make it possible for customers to save money and time. 

Why waste your time queuing if your can book your parcel collection and delivery online?

Not only will the courier driver come to your house / office, but you will also have the peace of mind to have personally handed over your consignment. That way you can be sure that your parcel is on its way straight to the next depot.

The collection time may vary according to your selected courier service.

>> DHL Air Express
  • DHL parcel collection to be booked within a 3h window. 
  • Notice with latest available collection time shown during booking process.

>> DHL Europlus
  • DHL same day service
  • Bookings to be made before midday for parcel to be collected before 5.30pm. 
  • If collection booked in advance, consignment has to be ready to go between 9am and 5.30pm. 

>> UPS Parcel Services
  • UPS parcel collection to be arranged between 2pm and 5pm. 
  • Special cases: later collection may be possible. Please contact Transglobal Express if you would like to discuss this option. 

>> DPD and TNT Parcel Services
  • Customers required to have consignments ready before midday if want to have them collected on same day. 
  • Parcels to be collected between 2pm and 5pm. 

For any further questions about parcel collections and courier services, please visit the Transglobal Express website.

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UPS Foundation makes $ 6 million donation to support diversity and diverse communities

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Yesterday, the UPS Foundation announced that it is going to give 120 grants worth $ 6 million to national and international NGOs supporting a wide range of different programmes. Behind this initiative lies the parcel express company’s aim to support diversity and diverse communities around the globe.

Moreover, the NGOs receiving the grant have been carefully selected by the UPS Foundation. Amongst others, UPS is going to support wounded veterans, women and girls, culturally distinct ethical groups such as Native American citizens and disabled persons.
“Supporting diversity is the largest area of our funding. We have long sought to help bridge opportunity gaps in areas like education, leadership, mentorship and advocacy”, said Ken Sternad, the UPS Foundation president. 
Beyond that, the express parcel delivery and logistics company hopes to improve the lives of many disadvantaged and create new educational and employment opportunities.

The selected non-profit organisations and community groups include:
  • the National Urban League
  • 100 Black Men of America
  • Native American students of the American Indian College Fund and Brigham Young University
  • as well as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
A full list of the NGOs supported by the UPS Foundation as well as their allocated grants can be found on the UPS website

Source: UPS

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Wednesday, 1 February 2012

How to address a letter or parcel to USA? Tips on address formatting

Here is a quick guide for addressing parcels/letters to USA. There are two main types of U.S. addresses:
residential addresses & PO boxes. 

(1) Residential Address


UK address format
U.S. address format
Mr John Smith
Apartment 7
118 Hammersmith Grove
Ms Amanda Smith
Apartment 1b
213 Pond Street 
Boston, MA  02130
W6 7HB

UK and U.S. residential addresses have very few differences. As similar as the two might seem, it is important not to get the UK and the U.S. letter address format mixed up.
  • (1) Firstly, write the state of the city  / town / village which you would like to send your parcel to after the its name.
  • (2) Secondly, in the USA the postcode comes after the name of the state.

(2) PO Box

UK address format
U.S. address format
Mr John Smith
Apartment 7
118 Hammersmith Grove
Mr Kyle
200 Boston Ave
PO Box 104 
Seattle, WA 98109
W6 7HB

  • (3) If you would like to send a parcel to a PO box, insert its number below the address of the the receiver. Make sure to contact your carrier before booking your parcel delivery to USA. Some carriers may have PO box restrictions.

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Manchester United and DHL Express travel around the globe as part of the Champ19ns Trophy Tour

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Manchester United and the international parcel delivery company, DHL Express, are going to partner up for the Champ19ns Trophy Tour, celebrating the club's 19 league titles. 

Accompanied by former Man United players Denis Irwin and Quinton Fortune, the Premier trophy is going to travel 48,000 miles around the globe to over 27 destinations such as India, Turkey, Korea, Japan, Africa and Norway. 
"The 19th League title was a special moment for everyone in the Manchester United family and the DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour is our way of being able to share that historic achievement with our 333 million fans. The passion and fever of United fans are famous around the world. We are looking forward to being able to continue that celebration in India", said Richard Arnold, Commercial Director of Manchester United. 
The Champ19ns Trophy Tour is set the kick off in three days time in Delhi before making its way to Mumbai on 6th February. The express parcel company and Manchester United invite all fans to join the celebrations and to snap some shots with the trophy and football legends. 

DHL Express Europe's CEO, John Pearson, welcomes this unique opportunity for their customers to catch-up with the Man United players: 
"The DHL Champ19ns Trophy Tour provides us with the unique chance to showcase DHL's behind-the-scenes operations with Manchester United to our key customers and employees in the country we will be touring."
Source: DHL Express