TNT, the UK’s leading business to business delivery company, has won a new contract for international distribution to the continent for electronics and maintenance parts giant RS Components as part of a multi-million pound pan-European contract.
Caption: Andrew Mein, Process Manager Network Operations, and Martin Warwick sort through some of the parcels prior to despatch from the RS Components warehouse at Nuneaton
The two-year deal includes deliveries from the UK to France, domestic deliveries within Italy, France and smaller traffic flows to Norway and Eastern European countries.
TNT Express Services UK & Ireland will distribute from a portfolio of over 500,000 products ranging from semiconductors and optoelectronics to power tools and protective clothing to RS customers who include electronics design engineers, research and development or maintenance engineers.
Eddie Calland, TNT’s General Manager Industrial, said: “This is a significant contract for TNT. Our brand and performance were the big drivers in securing the deal which shows the type of businesses that we want to be associated with.
“It underlines our service capabilities in the UK and Europe. We are the only express carrier that has its own air and road network.
“RS, the world’s largest supplier of electronics and maintenance products, recognised that we really understand their business needs and they are getting the best service possible.”
The strong relationship between the two companies has been developed through our detailed understanding of the RS global business and strategic requirements.
“We spent a long time working with the team at RS to fully understand the complete supply chain within Europe and the rest of the world,” added Eddie.
“Thanks to our extensive closed European road and air networks, we demonstrated where we could add real value to their business and that of their customers.”
Under the deal, brokered by a pan-European team, TNT also won and retained the contract for domestic deliveries within Italy and France respectively and won new international traffic flows from Germany to Eastern Europe. Outside the tender process, TNT also won smaller contracts to deliver goods to Norway, Greece and Eastern Europe.
RS Global Freight Manager, Philip Ferry, explained why TNT proved the best partner, saying: “TNT shares our philosophy for high quality service delivery to our customers and this new contract builds on an already strong and positive relationship we have with TNT.”
The new contract reflects TNT’s ambitions to leverage its international and domestic parcel networks across Europe.
Joris Oudenhuijzen, Global Industry Director Electronics, TNT Express, said: “We are proud to help RS deliver their products quickly and efficiently.
“Online sales represent close to one-half of their revenues. This calls for very flexible and fast transport services. TNT put forward its domestic capabilities in France and Italy and strong air connectivity with the UK.”