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    TNT Express transports Notre Dame bell

    Operations Services

    20 December 2012
    – Notre Dame Cathedral will celebrate its 850th birthday in 2013. The Paris landmark will get nine new bells for that occasion. The largest bell, named Marie, was forged this year in the Netherlands by the Royal Eijsbouts company, one of few foundries who can achieve the desired sound quality. She weighs 6.5 tons and has a diameter of 2.06 meters. Forging the bell required melting 850 bronze bricks of 10 kilos each. French, Belgian and Dutch bishops witnessed the production in action last September. TNT Express will today truck the Marie bell from Asten, the Netherlands, to the French foundry company Cornille-Harvard in Villedieu-les-Poêles, Normandy, France. She will reach her destination on Friday 21 December at 11:00 a.m. The Marie bell will later be installed in the south tower of Notre Dame.

    TNT Express wins CEVA’s Road Supplier of the Year Award 2012

    Recognition Customer Operations

    8 October 2012 – TNT Express has been awarded “Road Supplier of the Year” 2012 by CEVA, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies. Launched in 2011, the Global Supplier Awards are designed to recognise best practice and excellence among CEVA’s supplier base worldwide. The awards ceremony was held end September in Ontigola, Spain. On this occasion, Bruno Sidler, CEVA’s Chief Operating Officer said: “TNT’s approach is customer focused. They have taken their wide range of services and solutions and invested time and money to make sure they are efficient and meeting our business needs.  As a global organisation whose footprint matches our own, TNT has ensured a consistent level of service wherever we have worked with them in the past year.” In addition to the Road Supplier of the Year award, seven other suppliers were recognised as category winners at the award ceremony.

    TNT goes to extra lengths to boost capabilities

    Fleet Operations Sustainability
    5 July 2012
    - TNT is to be the first express delivery company to trial new longer trailers on UK roads as part of its daily operations. The 15.65-metre trailers – two metres longer than the standard semi trailers currently in use – will allow TNT Express to carry a 15% greater payload, significantly improving its efficiency and capabilities for customers.

    The trailers will be introduced on TNT’s route between its main UK hub at Kingsbury, in Staffordshire, and the Llantrisant depot in Mid-Glamorgan, Wales.  The trial is part of a Government initiative within the transport and logistics industry, which authorises the use of longer trailers for the next 10 years.

    "In days of high fuel prices, these innovative, modern trailers offer exceptional loading capacity and space utilisation to keep freight costs down to a minimum," said Simon Harper, Director of Operations TNT Express Services UK & Ireland. “With bigger loads on each vehicle, we will cover fewer miles per volume of parcels which will help with fuel consumption and reduce our CO2 emissions," added Simon.

    The trailers incorporate other innovative features to further reduce tyre wear and fuel usage such as the ability to raise the centre axle which only deploys if the load weight on either of the other two axles exceeds 90% of the permitted axle load of 9 tonnes.

    TNT Express in Saudi Arabia wins contract from Alfanar Electrical Systems


    7 May 2012
    – TNT Express in Saudi Arabia has won a contract from Alfanar Electrical Systems to provide international express delivery services. Alfanar Electrical Systems is the industrial arm of the Riyadh-based construction and manufacturing group Alfanar. It produces a variety of low, medium and high voltage electrical consumption products. The company markets its electrical construction products in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. "TNT was awarded all express movements in the Middle East, Europe and ASPAC countries as a result of a competitive bidding process, it was clear that TNT Express stood ahead of the pack from a value and lead time standpoint," commented Fares Al Fares, AED Logistics Manager for Alfanar Electrical Express.

    TNT launches new, simple, sustainable packaging

    Operations Sustainability

    26 April 2012
    – Today, TNT Express is presenting its new packaging line at the Sustainable Purchasing and Supply Summit in London. Customers will find the redesigned packaging – which includes envelopes, satchels and corrugated boxes – simple, safe, and easy to use. The new items are globally standardised, ensure higher resistance to damage due to innovative folding methods and stronger glue, and provide increased security for customers’ goods as an alternative to their own packaging. The new packaging line also uses less material and ink, therefore contributing to the environment and lowering production and waste-related costs.

    The redesigned packaging range will be integrated into the TNT sales proposition and progressively replace TNT’s current packaging worldwide.

    TNT Express opens new service point in Dhaka


    30 March 2012
    – TNT Express has opened a new service point on Kemal Ataturk Avenue in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The outlet is located in Banani, a commercial and university district in the northern part of the city. It offers local businesses and residents cost effective solutions for sending documents and parcels to more than 200 countries. A specially-priced "Student Pack" is available to students who wish to apply to universities abroad. TNT Express already owns 17 service points in Bangladesh, where it started operations in 1983.

    TNT Express opens new hub in Hong Kong

    22 March 2012 – TNT Express has opened a new regional hub in Hong Kong to improve its operations in the Pearl River Delta region (South China). The 7,380 square meter (80,000-square-foot) facility is designed to handle up to 600 tons of cargo per day. The hub is equipped with a dedicated customs clearance facility and advanced sorting systems, providing customers with better time-to-market capabilities. Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport and Housing of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said: "The regional hub is a state-of-the-art logistics facility that will cater for the increasing cargo flow in the region as well as generating greater connectivity between Asia Pacific and Europe using Hong Kong as a base."

    TNT Express takes the fast train to London

    Operations Sustainability

    20 March 2012
    – TNT Express will today take part in the operational test of a high-speed freight train service between Lyon, Paris and London. The train, which has the capacity of 7 Boeing 737 cargo planes, will leave Lyon-St Exupéry airport at 16.42pm CET. After an intermediate stop at Roissy (Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport), it will arrive at St. Pancras International Station in London on Wednesday morning. The experiment is part of the Euro Carex project, which aims to put more express freight on rail, using the European high-speed rail network. Formed in March 2009, Euro Carex (for Cargo Rail Express Association) brings together rail and airport operators, public authorities and major air freight carriers. Eurotunnel and the airports of Roissy, Lyon, Liege, Amsterdam and London are all members of the initiative. Through its active membership of Euro Carex, TNT Express intends to further investigate the customer, cost and environmental benefits of multimodal transport. Euro Carex is working to develop an air-rail network for time-sensitive freight traffic between European cities within a radius of 300 to 800 kilometres.

    Valentine’s Day boosts lingerie shipping

    8 February 2012 – Lingerie remains a popular Valentine's Day gift in France. The past days have seen a 30 percent increase in lingerie shipments handled by TNT Express' French unit, as specialised boutiques replenish their stocks daily until 14th February. The company is delivering tens of thousands of lingerie packages to some 3,000 shops nationwide. The surge is expected to continue for some days after the celebration, driven by inventory restocking as well as returns and exchanges.
    The French spend more on their underwear than their European counterparts, according to  IFM - Institut Français de la Mode data. A French woman spends, on average, close to € 100 a year on bras, panties, stockings and other intimate apparel, compared with € 79 in Europe.

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