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 rolls out bikes in Turin

    Fleet Services Sustainability

    3 November 2015
     - TNT Italy last week introduced five cargo bikes to make small parcel deliveries in Turin’s city centre. The bikes are replacing three vans previously used for delivery in the restricted traffic area of the town’s centre. The solution is expected to provide the same level of productivity, while cutting CO2 emissions by 50 kilo a day, or 12.6 tons a year.

    Each bike can carry up to 180 kg including the rider. Each rider has been trained to cycle an average of 28 km per day and make about 90 daily deliveries. The cargo bikes have been designed and are operated by Pony Zero, a Turin start-up. TNT has made bike deliveries in Milan since April 2015. The company also uses electric tricycles in Padua and Vicenza, as part of its city logistics solutions.


    TNT inaugurates new hub in Madrid


    29 October 2015 - TNT officially inaugurated its new road transit hub in Madrid this week. In operation since August, the facility is located 8.7 km from Madrid’s Barajas international airport, the busiest airport in Spain.

    Located on a 40,775 m2 site, the hub features about 11,000 m2 of warehouse space, 204 loading docks and a sophisticated automated sortation system capable of handling 8,500 parcels per hour. The facility also uses check weigh cube equipment to determine the weight and cubic dimensions of palletised freight with speed and accuracy.

    The new hub brings together international and domestic operations which were previously handled in separate depots - Getafe, for domestic, and Barajas, for international. The hub provides direct road connections to TNT’s main operational facilities in the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and other key destinations across Europe. Initially, it will handle 140 international and domestic linehaul movements. Built to accommodate growth, the facility will allow future service extensions to more locations in central and western Spain and Portugal. About 340 staff, including drivers, are employed at the site.

    The investment in the new hub is part of TNT’s Outlook strategy, which focuses on increasing operational efficiency and excelling at customer service.

    TNT supports new SMEs through sponsorship initiative


    14 October 2015 - TNT is looking to forge a closer relationship with new SMEs and is sponsoring the Startupbootcamp ‘Smart Transportation and Energy’ programme in Berlin this autumn. Startupbootcamp currently runs accelerator programs in 15 cities.

    The Smart Transportation and Energy program includes startups such as xRoute, which provides analytics for route planning; wireless parking sensors developer Stickables; and Logidok, an app to facilitate digital document handling in road transportation.

    Instead of providing financial support, TNT will assist the participating start-ups by bringing industry expertise and facilitating contacts with potential customers. Several TNT sales and marketing professionals will act as mentors during the project. In return, TNT will gain insight into technical developments and new business models that are relevant to the transport world, and learn more about the needs of upcoming SMEs. The partnership with Startupbootcamp is part of TNT’s Outlook strategy to serve even more SMEs, even better.

    The ‘Smart Transportation and Energy’ programme runs until the end of December. At the end of the three-month program, startups will pitch to more than 150 investors during a ‘demo day’. TNT will stay closely involved with Startupbootcamp and its participants after the programme.


    TNT’s drivers compete in international eco-driving challenge

    Fleet Sustainability

    7 October 2015 - TNT will hold its annual ‘Drive Me Challenge’ eco-driving competition at the renowned Balocco Proving Ground near Turin, Italy on 9 October 2015. This event encourages safe and fuel-efficient driving practices and will test the skills of pick-up and delivery, forklift and linehaul drivers.

    TNT’s best drivers from 11 countries and European Road Network entity have been selected to participate in the final Drive Me challenge, which simulates daily driving on the job. In addition to delivering their parcels quickly and in perfect condition, contestants must drive safely with minimum fuel consumption to reduce CO2 emissions, all in unusually tough conditions. Each team is evaluated on road safety, customer experience, fuel efficiency and driving skills.

    Martin Sodergard, Drive Me Challenge Sponsor and Managing Director Global Network Operations said: "The Drive Me Challenge recognises drivers’ extensive contribution to the company’s Outlook strategy to improve efficiency and productivity by rewarding their safe and eco-driving techniques and their essential role in customer experience. CO2 efficiency is a key part of TNT’s environmental programme and the Drive Me Challenge evaluation criteria are being implemented throughout the company to measure and manage driver performance."

    The Drive Me Challenge is organised with IVECO, TNT’s partner providing the 14 vehicles that will be used during the event. Jungheinrich will provide the three forklift trucks and HRX, a specialist in technical solutions for automotive testing, will manage all the organisational aspects of the competitions. 


    TNT inaugurates new depot in the Netherlands


    22 September 2015 - TNT has inaugurated its new 6,350 square meter depot in Eindhoven, Netherlands, after a ten-month construction period. The new facility already enables TNT to handle more parcels and freight items for customers across north-western Europe, faster and in a more reliable manner. The depot runs daily line hauls to other TNT sorting hubs in Liege, Arnhem, Northampton, Paris and Zurich, as well as direct deliveries to customers. It features 105 loading docks and state-of-the-art sorting and loading equipment. The opening was attended by Staf Depla, the Eindhoven City Councillor responsible for work, economy and professional education. The new depot is housed in a BREEAM certified building. 


    TNT delivers precious racing car from Germany to the US


    20 August 2015 – TNT Slovakia's Special Services team has recently taken care of the urgent delivery of a special race car, a prototype R1. The precious car was shipped from Frankfurt Airport (Germany) to Miami (US) at the request of Gryphon Racing.

    Gryphon Racing is a professional racing team based in Miami. It offers racing services, including team management, race car rental, technical support, race academy programs from amateurs to professionals and race car development and production.

    Next to speed and safety during the transportation, the smooth handling of the customs process was of key importance to the customer. TNT took care of all customs documents and clearance at US customs. The car was then safely delivered to its final destination at Gryphon Racing in Miami. Delivery of racing cars requires extreme caution. TNT successfully completed the delivery on time.


    TNT upgrades Poland hub


    25 June 2015 – TNT has completed the upgrade of its international hub in Warsaw, as part of of an ongoing investment to increase productivity and capacity of its European infrastructure. TNT has installed a new sorter equipped with 9 additional chutes, bringing the total number of chutes to 30. The company has also added two outfeeds with extendable conveyors for loose loading and unloading of trailers. The new chutes allow automated scanning of shipments. The hub also uses new forklift scanning technology to speed up sorting and redirect so-called dangerous goods to the dedicated handling area. The TNT Warsaw facility employs close to 100 people and serves as a gateway to Poland and nearby countries.

    TNT takes top honours at truck driving competition


    15 June 2015 - TNT drivers Rungtaweechai Sonrod and Thawatchai Promnoi won first and second place, respectively, in the finals of the Scania Driver Competitions Thailand 2014/2015, which were held in Bangkok on 13 June. Another TNT driver was among the eight finalists. This year, fifteen hundred drivers from across the country competed for the top spot.

    TNT, like Scania, recognises that drivers are the single most important asset for securing safety, protecting the environment and maximising the efficiency of the transport business.

    Rungtaweechai Sonrod has been driving for TNT for 4.5 years. Thawatchai Promnoi joined the company more recently and has 11 years' experience driving trucks. The two winning drivers transport freight on TNT’s 7,650km-long Asia Road Network (ARN), which runs from Singapore to China via Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, connecting 127 cities, including in the Pearl River Delta region. TNT’s fleet in the ARN consists exclusively of Scania trucks.

    TNT wins Delphi Pinnacle Award


    19 May 2015 - TNT Brazil received a 2014 Pinnacle Award from Delphi Automotive PLC – its most prestigious supplier honor – during its Global Supplier Conference & Pinnacle Awards event in Shanghai, China.

    The award recognised TNT Brazil for its contribution to Delphi's excellence culture and commitment to quality, value and cost performance. Andrew Yang, Managing Director, TNT Mainland China & Hong Kong, accepted the award on behalf of TNT Brazil during a gala dinner at Hilton Hongqiao.

    "Suppliers play an important role in Delphi’s success,” said Sidney Johnson, senior vice president, Delphi global supply management. “Suppliers like TNT help Delphi provide our customers with the highest quality products and best value solutions. We appreciate their outstanding performance.”

    Delphi recognised 33 suppliers from 16 countries with its 2014 Pinnacle Award.


    TNT launches bike delivery service in Milan

    Fleet Sustainability

    30 April 2015
    - TNT Italy has launched a bike delivery service in Milan’s city centre - five bicyclists responsible for ensuring deliveries within Milan’s Area C, a designated traffic restricted zone. TNT’s fully human powered bicycles will replace the four vans that formerly served the area, generating an overall CO2 reduction between 50 and 80kg per day. The service was inaugurated at the end of April by Pierfrancesco Maran, Mobility Councillor for the City of Milan.
    Each biker will travel an average of 20km each day, approximately 5,000km per year. Making nearly 80 stops daily, these extra fit bikers will maintain a level of productivity similar to previous levels achieved by traditional vans. TNT’s Bike Delivery Service uses “Fixie” bicycles, or bikes with fixed gears, provided by BH Bikes. These bikes are light (12kg), practical and easy to drive in the congested downtown area.
    This initiative is part of TNT’s strategy to increase both efficiency and productivity in complex urban environments, while providing eco-friendly transport solutions for last mile deliveries. It also supports the company’s ambition to reduce its CO2 emissions. The Bike Delivery Service in Milan is the first step of a wider bike and e-bike project TNT Italy will implement in other cities in Northern Italy including Turin, Monza and Bergamo.

    The Bike Delivery Service is the newest addition to TNT Italy’s current green fleet of 115 methane vehicles and a variety of other eco-friendly vehicles including electric vans, scooters, cargo bikes and tricycles. TNT employs more than 2,700 people in Italy, where the company operates 100 hubs and depots.

    TNT Spain launches Academy to help SMEs export

    Customer Services

    21 April 2015
    - TNT Spain has developed a 'TNT Export Academy' that offers Export Trade seminars to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) start exporting. This initiative is part of TNT Spain's 'Ayuda a exportar' programme, which includes a series of actions to support SME customers in growing their businesses internationally, in line with TNT's Outlook strategy to expand its SME customer base.

    The Export Trade seminars will begin on 23 April 2015. Ten seminars are planned during 2015, with each seminar limited to 35 participants. The courses will be given by a recognised professional expert in international trade. The seminars are free of charge, by invitation, for SME customers and prospects who are expecting to move into international markets. Each seminar is 40 hours long and includes five eight-hour modules in different areas of international trade: How to export - step by step, Incoterms and advanced international trade, Payment risks: how to increase payment guarantee, How to reduce costs on international trade, and How to increase security on international trade. The programme will be deployed in Madrid first and then in Barcelona.

    Materials and documentation prepared for the TNT Export Academy initiative,including videos of the seminars, will be made available on TNT Spain's webportal designed specifically to make international shipping easier for SMEs. Alongside booking services, the portal already offers a wide range of resources on international trade, from customs regulations to packaging tips.

    TNT employs more than 1,000 people in Spain, where the company operates 61 hubs anddepots.


    TNT appoints Christophe Boustouller Managing Director, TNT Italy

    17 March 2015 - Christophe Boustouller, 49, has been appointed Managing Director for TNT Italy. A French national, Christophe joins the company from the cold chain logistics firm Cryo Express, where he was General Manager.

    With 25 years of experience in transport, logistics and supply chain management, Christophe brings extensive knowledge and sales expertise to his new position. From 2002, Christophe held the role of General Manager for several medium-sized companies with international activities. Prior to this, he worked for DHL and TNT Express France.

    Christophe Boustouller will be responsible for the domestic and international operations of TNT in Italy. He succeeds Tony Jakobsen, who has been appointed as Business Development Director, TNT Domestics.

    Christophe Boustouller commented on his recent appointment: “I’m honored to take on this new and challenging responsibility. One of my first objectives is to develop a customer centric approach, building on a team of more than 7,000 people”.

    TNT Italy, headquartered in Turin, operates more than 100 depots and hubs as well as a fleet of 2,750 vehicles.


    TNT appoints India country manager


    12 March 2015 - TNT has appointed P.L. Venkateswaran (Venkat) as its new managing director for TNT India. Venkat previously served as finance director of TNT East Asia. In this role he was responsible for managing the financial operations, legal and business control functions for a number of TNT countries, including India.

    Venkat has more than 14 years of experience in the express logistics industry, as well as extensive knowledge of Asian markets. Since joining TNT in 2001, he has held several senior finance positions in India, Asia and the company’s Global Networks Group. Prior to this, Venkat worked for about ten years at ICI and Pepsi in India.

    Venkat graduated from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata with a degree in commerce. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 1992 and completed a postgraduate management course from the Warwick Business School.

    In his new role as managing director of TNT India Private Limited, Venkat will be responsible for growing TNT’s international express delivery services and healthcare logistics business in India. Headquartered in Bangalore, TNT India operates a pick-up and delivery network comprising 100 offices and three major gateways in Mumbai, New Delhi and Bangalore. 


Page publication date: 05 January 2016 11:35 CET