Press Release


TNT progresses towards full integration of Speedage

Publish Date : 18 March 2008 at 09:00 CET - Amsterdam, TNT, one of the world's largest express delivery services company, announces the successful integration of its Indian road express division, TNT Speedage, into TNT's global information technology system, called Global Link. As a result, customers using TNT's domestic road infrastructure in India can now benefit from a 24-hour real-time track and trace facility of their shipments. The IT upgrade is a major step towards the transformation of Speedage into a full-fledged express delivery services business completely integrated in TNT's global network.

TNT now offers a common IT network for all its branches in India, including 168 Speedage offices. TNT has invested approximately €4 million (INR 18 Crores) in hardware and IT network to achieve a complete Internet and computer sharing during the IT integration process. All 168 Speedage locations are connected to TNT's Bangalore data centre, using MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching Architecture), IVPN and dial up networks. This launch makes TNT India the first multinational express services company to provide a single platform to track any consignment shipped through TNT - be it international or domestic, air or road.

'Providing a common IT platform was one of the most critical requirements to plan for a seamless integration of TNT and Speedage. Global Link along with other service quality enhancements has helped us elevate Speedage from a semi-express company to a complete express distribution company. Reliable, fast, and accessible information is a critical success factor in our industry and we will continue to develop and invest in technology that will help us offer customers proactive and timely updates on their consignments. Our efforts are focused on becoming the preferred choice when it comes to express distribution,' said Abhik Mitra, Managing Director, TNT India Pvt Ltd.

Global Link is backed by PC-based Customer Interface Technology (CIT) tools that enable customers to book consignments online, view consignment status and history, and access proof of delivery. TNT offers a secure online environment, which protects customers' confidential shipping information.

In India, TNT's IT Data center is located at ITPL Bangalore. TNT's full-fledged global IT hub is in Atherstone, UK. It houses a 24- hour real time online Track and Trace system, which is linked worldwide and is continuously updated, second to second.

TNT in India
TNT India Pvt Ltd is a fully owned subsidiary of TNT N.V. In India, TNT was established in 1994, making it the first and the only multinational express company to set up operations on its own. TNT India specialized in providing international door-to-door express delivery solutions. In February 2006, it forayed into the domestic express segment and in September 2006, acquired Speedage Express Cargo Services, one of the leading road express companies in India. TNT's expansion plan in India is in line with the global strategy of focusing on building quality networks in emerging markets.

About TNT
TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their mail and express delivery needs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and is expanding operations worldwide to maximize its network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs around 161,500 people. Over 2007, TNT reported €11 billion in revenues and an operating income of €1,192 million. TNT is publicly listed on the stock exchange of Amsterdam. TNT recognizes its social responsibility, and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world.

Page publication date: 18 March 2008 at 09:00 CET