Press Release


TNT Express and ORTEC sign strategic global contract on network optimisation

Publish Date : 8 April 2008 at 08:30 CET - Amsterdam/Gouda, TNT Express, one of the world's leading global express delivery services companies and ORTEC, leading supplier of optimisation solutions have signed a strategic global contract to optimise TNT Express' global infrastructure and networks through the provision of and access to ORTEC's state-of-the-art optimisation knowledge and solutions. Together, ORTEC and TNT will seek to optimise network solutions as part of the Global Optimisation (GO) programme to further enable the standardisation of TNT's infrastructure on a global scale, as well as enhance the operational transformation and integration of TNT's newly acquired companies in Spain, Brazil, India and China. The solutions will also include carbon footprint calculations for improving sustainability and reducing carbon emissions – an essential component of TNT's Planet Me programme.

'Network optimisation is critically important to TNT in achieving our strategic focus and aspirations,' says Mark Bradley, Global Operations Director of TNT Express. 'Already, initial results of the partnership are most promising. ORTEC solutions have already been introduced in several countries around the world and delivered significant unit cost optimisation and service improvements in all functional areas of operations.'

The GO-Toolbox consists of several ORTEC solutions, each of which contains advanced optimisation techniques. The solutions are specially tuned to optimise each of the components of the TNT Express supply chain - from line haul networks, hubs and country infrastructure to pick ups and deliveries. The solutions can either be used individually or as part of an integral programme of activities, leading to network wide optimisation possibilities.

'With our joint initiative, TNT Express is able to shape the best express network, including their objective to fight pollution as part of their Planet Me initiative,' says Lambert van der Bruggen, Director Business Consulting at ORTEC.

About TNT Express
TNT's express division is one of the world's leading business to business express delivery services providers. It delivers 4.4 million parcels, documents and pieces of freight a week to over 200 countries using its network of over 2,331 depots, hubs and sorting centers. The division operates over 26,760 road vehicles and 47 aircraft and has the biggest door-to-door air and road express delivery infrastructure in Europe.

TNT's express division employs over 75,000 staff worldwide. It is the first organisation to have achieved global recognition as an Investor in People. The division reported revenue of €6.5 billion in 2007. The operating income was €599 million, up 7% compared to 2006. Visit the TNT express division online: http://www.tnt.com/express

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 N.V. 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 Environmental Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world.

About ORTEC
ORTEC is one of the largest providers of advanced planning and optimisation software solutions and consulting services. Our solutions result in optimised fleet routing & dispatch, vehicle and pallet loading, workforce scheduling, delivery forecasting and network planning. ORTEC provides both best-of-breed, custom made and SAP® certified solutions, supported by strategic partnerships. ORTEC has over 800 customers worldwide, over 700 employees and several offices in Europe and North America. Visit ORTEC online: www.ortec.com

Page publication date: 8 April 2008 at 08:30 CET