TNT Fast News

TNT Fast News gives an overview of international and national TNT corporate news from all operating units: new services, linehauls, and environmentally responsible initiatives, as well as external awards and recognition.

    TNT brings Canadian lobster to European tables

    Operations
    23 December 2011 –   A TNT Express Boeing 747 freighter transported 75 tons of Atlantic Canadian lobster from Halifax to Brussels on Wednesday 21 December. The holiday treat was then distributed throughout the Netherlands, Germany and France, just in time for last-minute Christmas shopping. TNT Express operates a scheduled service at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport every Saturday. Wednesday’s extra flight was especially arranged to pick up fresh lobster trucked in from Nova Scotia. Lobster from Atlantic Canada accounts for 55 per cent of the worldwide market, according to a report prepared last year for the Lobster Council of Canada. Canadian exporters hope that Europe’s appetite for lobster, a traditional holiday treat, will withstand economic worries.


    TNT Express expands in central-western France

    Operations
    16 December 2011 –   TNT Express reinforces its presence in central-western France with the opening of a new depot in Poitiers. Several medical, aeronautics, textile and agricultural firms are located in the area. TNT has been active in Poitiers and the Vienne County for ten years, serving more than 160 companies, such as outdoor clothing maker Aigle International. Built in eight months, the new 1400 sq meter depot is twice the size of the previous one. It is also located closer to TNT’s largest regional customers. The depot's size and automated sorting equipment will enable TNT to process 30 percent more parcels per day. The Poitiers depot will mostly handle domestic consignments. It is connected through a road network to TNT’s 120 other sorting and distribution facilities in France. 


    TNT opens new facility in Moscow

    Operations
    15 December 2011 –  TNT Express has opened a new storage, sorting and delivery facility in Moscow. Located at Troitse-Lykovo, within the Moscow ring, 30 minutes away from Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo airports, the 11,000 sq m facility will enable TNT to make faster deliveries and pick-ups for companies in the Moscow area. Compared with TNT’s previous Moscow depot, it allows to handle more domestic and international consignments in less time. The depot is connected to TNT’s international air network by five weekly flights to the TNT hub in Liege, Belgium. It also enjoys good road connections, with easy access to the Novorizhskoye highway. Other enhancements include loading docks with automated loading and unloading equipment and an extensive security system.


    TNT opens regional security command centre in Singapore

    Fleet Operations
     6 December 2011 –  TNT Express opened its regional security command centre in Singapore on 5 December. This facility will monitor trucks and goods moving on TNT's Asia Road Network, which connects Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and China. Operational 24/7, the centre has direct communication with customs and police authorities in these countries. TNT uses GPS technology and vehicle CCTV cameras to track its trucks and improve key operations like loading and unloading.


    TNT Express renews contract with Ikea in Saudi Arabia

    Services Operations
    31 October 2011 –  TNT Express has extended its partnership with home furnishings company Ikea in Saudi Arabia. Under the contract, TNT undertakes the delivery and assembly of furniture and kitchens for Ikea’s customers in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. The service provided by TNT includes: in-store customer service staff to handle delivery requests, warehouses to stage flat pack furniture, more than 35 dedicated vehicles, a trained assembly and delivery team. TNT Express has also managed the distribution and delivery of IKEA’s catalogues in Saudi Arabia for twelve years.



    TNT Express renews Czech AEO certification

    Services Operations Certification

    25 October 2011 –  TNT Express Czech Republic has been re-certified by the Czech customs authorities as Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). The AEO status is granted to companies that meet EU standards of supply chain security. Being AEO certified brings several benefits to transport companies, such as priority customs clearance and fewer inspections at EU member states’ borders. This allows for a faster movement of customers’ goods across Europe.


    TNT Express extends Saarland depot

    Operations

    19 October 2011 – TNT Express has expanded its Saarland depot, located at St. Ingbert, about 10 km from Saarbrücken, Germany. The extension took place between April and October. It resulted in the addition of five loading docks, a 25 per cent increase in dock space and a 16 per cent increase in office space.
    The development was needed to increase efficiency, speed up loading operations and offer more space to employees. Sixty two staff and five trainees work there. TNT Express employs a total of 4,000 people in Germany, where it provides both national and international deliveries. The company’s German unit (www.tnt.de) has depots or offices in 31 locations and operates a fleet of 1,800 vehicles on average.


    TNT Express wins BioKryo contract

    Services Operations

    17 October 2011 - TNT Express has been awarded a contract from the German biotechnology company BioKryo to handle the international transport of high value biological samples to the company’s storage facility in Sulzbach.

    A branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBMT), BioKryo specialises in the long-time storage of bio samples, such as stem cells and tissues, using cutting edge cryotechnology (very low-temperature conservation). BioKryo keeps samples in a secure environment for future diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

    To transport the samples safely, TNT will use its “Clinical Express” suite of services for the healthcare industry, including temperature-controlled packaging and dry shipper containers that keep the bio samples frozen during transportation.



    TNT Express to recognise top European drivers

    Fleet Operations Sustainability
    5 October 2011 - TNT Express' best drivers from 13 countries will compete tomorrow at La Ferté-Gaucher race track in France during the European finals of the "Drive Me Challenge".

    Yet speed isn’t what matters most. The competition will test drivers in their ability to combine customer service, safety and fuel efficiency. Participants will drive Peugeot Boxer L2H2 vans around a course that recreates real world tasks, such as collecting and delivering multiple parcels under tight deadlines.

    Geoff Gittings, from TNT Express Services UK & Ireland, is returning for a third year.
    He said: "We are not being asked to do anything different to what we do day in, day out whether you’re a driver, forklift truck operator or a loading bay officer. There might be added pressure because we are being judged, but there really is nothing to lose."

    Over the last four years, the "Drive Me Challenge" has made TNT drivers more aware of their role in cutting fuel costs and pleasing customers.

    Geoff, who progressed to the Drive Me Challenge Final after winning the UK Operational Excellence Competition last month, explained: "The Drive Me challenge makes you aware of things you might not notice during your normal everyday duties and it enables me to concentrate on the weaker parts of my driving."

    Good driving practices make a huge difference. The winner of the 2010 European edition, a Dutchman, used 53% less fuel than the lowest ranked contender.


    TNT Express offers new domestic service in Spain

    Services Operations
    27 September 2011 - TNT Express has launched a new next-day delivery service in Spain called "Express Plus." The service guarantees delivery anywhere in the country  by end of next business day. It fills a niche between TNT’s range of next day, time-definite delivery services such as "9:00 Express", "10:00 Express" and "12:00 Express", and the slower "Express" service (guaranteed delivery within 24-48 hours). The "Express Plus" service will particularly appeal to customers in the healthcare and high-tech aftermarket sectors. It comes with a money-back guarantee of transportation service and automatic notification of delivery. TNT Express operates 1,400 line-hauls and local delivery routes across Spain.


    TNT Express renews contract with online retailer Cdiscount

    Services Operations
    13 September 2011 - TNT Express has renewed its contract with Cdiscount, France’s largest online retailer, as exclusive express delivery partner until 2013. The agreement coincides with the launch of Cdiscount’s new service called “Autoroute Express” (“Express Highway”). Digital orders are delivered within 24 hours of the order being placed, either at the customer’s home or at the closest Relais Colis® (a network of relay points where individuals can collect their parcel). For orders made before 11 am, deliveries will arrive the next day before 1.00 pm. Cdiscount offers 100,000 products in categories including music, games, books, DVDs, electronics, household appliances, clothing, wine, luggage and toys. Its website cdiscount.com has 800,000 visitors a day and 10 million customers. The French online retailer handles an average of 30,000 orders a day and up to 75,000 around the December holiday season.


    TNT Express launches free tracker app for smartphones

    Operations Services

    7 June 2011
    - TNT Express has recently launched its mobile tracking app for iPhones, Android and Windows Mobile. TNT Express customers around the world can now track their international consignments at all times, via a simple click on their smartphones. TNT Express is considering adding more features to its mobile service, including price quotes, and the option to arrange and re-arrange deliveries.
    The app can be downloaded for free here.


    New TNT air hub in Dubai

    Operations

    8 March 2011 - TNT Express has inaugurated its new air cargo handling facility at Dubai International Airport during a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Airports. The new 2,500m2 hub will allow TNT to process additional volumes of cargo with the benefit of close on site cooperation with both Dubai Police and Customs authorities. The opening is part of TNT’s expansion in the Middle East, centred from its regional headquarters in Dubai, UAE. “TNT’s volumes on our freight network between Europe and the UAE have grown by over 30 per cent in 2010 and the timing of expanding the hub was to allow us to further support and accelerate volume growth,” said Bryan Moulds, Regional Managing Director for TNT Middle East said. “This is a complementary step in enhancing our connectivity in the Middle East, alongside investment in enhanced handling facilities in Dubai, Jebel Ali and our Middle East Road Network.”

    TNT Express opens flagship Australian depot

    Operations

    22 February 2011 – TNT Express will tomorrow inaugurate its “flagship” Australian depot in Welshpool, a major industrial area of Perth. The new $40 million (€29.8m) depot is part of a two year $100 million investment by TNT to upgrade its hubs and depots across the country. New depots have already opened in Cairns, Canberra, Darwin and Townsville. TNT has also upgraded capacity in Sydney and Melbourne. The 20,000-square-metre Welshpool depot will process 3 million consignments annually. It houses TNT’s largest fully-automated parcel sorting system in the Asia Pacific region. TNT plans to expand Welshpool staff numbers to 350 within five years, from 270 currently. Perth, Western Australia, has become the country’s major gateway for freight transport to and from the Asia Pacific.

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