Royal Mail designing new e-commerce hub 

Today, the United Kingdom’s Royal Mail announced that it has started designing the technical fit for the new parcel hub it will build in Warrington, located between Liverpool and Manchester in northwest England. The facility will be one of three the national postal service said it will build in the U.K. over the next five years […]

Royal Mail, China Post launch UK-China package tracking service 

Today, the U.K.’s Royal Mail, in collaboration with China Post, announced its launch of a “Tracked and Signed” service to China.   The Tracked and Signed service enables customers to track their package throughout shipment from the U.K. to China, via Royal Mail. Royal Mail said it aims to deliver to China within five to seven days, by leveraging the broad […]

DHL Global Trade Barometer predicts air trade contraction

The DHL Global Trade Barometer forecasts for global air trade dropped six points from March to a new index of 49, indicating a slight contraction over the next three months.  Most countries are expected to see air trade decline, with the largest contractions expected in Japan (-11 points) and the U.S. (-8 points). Further declines are expected in India […]

UK retailers expect overseas demand spike this summer, says Royal Mail

This summer, 66% of SME retailers in the United Kingdom expect an increase in sales, and 39% expect to see an increase in overseas sales, according to a June report from the U.K.’s Royal Mail postal service.   The retailers surveyed reported that increased demand for summer goods will push the anticipated spike, thanks to warmer weather and vacation season. Almost three-quarters of retailers surveyed […]

U.K.’s Royal Mail boosts investments to begin twice-a-day delivery by 2023

As the United Kingdom’s postal service unveiled its five-year strategic plan today, it said it would invest about £1.8 billion to improve customer service and enhance its U.K. network, which would include the launch of a second daily delivery to meet customer demands for “next-day” parcel orders and keep up with growing e-commerce demand. The […]

Parcel traffic ambitions overcome European borders

Britain’s vote for the “Brexit” may have dealt a blow to the European Union, but the vision of an integrated European parcel network is very much alive, thanks to the Deutsche Post DHL Group (DP-DHL). The German postal, express and logistics giant is acquiring a strong presence in the British market with the takeover of […]

Norwegian Cargo signs airmail agreement with Royal Mail

Norwegian Cargo has signed a two-year agreement with Royal Mail’s Gatwick Air Mail Unit to carry international airmail shipments between the U.K., Scandinavia and the U.S. The carrier said that, with its long-haul network continuing to grow, freight forwarders will have access to at least 180 tonnes of capacity each week on trans-Atlantic routes throughout […]

Cathay sees possible halt to expansion

A year ago, Cathay Pacific Cargo was going full throttle. With the peak season in full swing and the problems at U.S. West Coast ports making shippers twitchy, the airline was filling its planes to the rafters and generating good yields to boot. Buoyed by a strong peak season, Cathay emerged from 2014 with a […]

British airport blooms for Valentine’s Day

Nothing says “I love you” like a dozen roses on Valentine’s Day. Great Britain’s Stansted Airport, located 30 miles northeast of central London, received 200 tonnes of flowers from Kenya and Colombia, including tens of thousands of roses of every color and variety. Graeme Ferguson, cargo director for Manchester Airport Group, said, “the airport is […]

Will Amazon deal save or doom UK’s Royal Mail?

In a deal that could have long-term consequences for the future of express delivery in the UK, recently privatized postal carrier Royal Mail entered into a partnership with its largest competitor, Amazon, to join its new “click-and-collect” parcel service, called Local Collect. Under the agreement, Amazon will gain access to the 10,500 post offices Royal […]