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   Vol. 15  No. 42
Wednesday June 1, 2016

Letters To The Editor for June 1, 2016
TNT letter

RE:   TNT 70 Years Gone In 70 Seconds

Hello Geoff,

     Mr. Jinks apparently has forgotten, or never knew, that when FedEx acquired Flying Tigers in 1989 FX became the owners of the #1 airline in the world for handling big ugly freight.

BRGDS . . .
Lou Borork

Hi Lou,

     Thanks for writing.
     I’ve noted that the ParcelHero website shows FedEx as having swallowed TNT as their “large & heavy parcels’ shipping resource.
     Here is some more of what Parcel Hero’s Head of Consumer Research David Jinks told the UK-based publication
Acquisition International (AI) about the FedEx takeover of TNT.
     “TNT is very popular with users shipping large and heavy deliveries. Many carriers have restrictive parcel size and weight restrictions; but TNT has significantly greater flexibility on the size of packages it accepts, operating bigger vehicles than other carriers, generally with tail lifts capable of loading pallets and heavy parcels.
     “FedEx, TNT Express’ new owners, are specialists in international delivery services; but have no culture of supporting ugly freight to any extent. If TNT Express is steered away from such items now they are a part of FedEx—and it’s undeniable that they do require more investment and expertise—the loss of these services would be keenly felt.”
     David adds:
     “ParcelHero, like TNT Express, finds beauty in ugly freight, and we know senders like to have flexibility and as low a price as possible when shipping such items. Many carriers avoid outsize loads as they don’t fit easily with their systems, or they charge significantly more for such shipments, but TNT only last year opened a Sydney ‘superhub’ capable of sorting outsize objects over 1.5 meters in size or 30kg in weight to reinforce its ugly freight capability. The Express large and heavy items service needs to be protected after the take-over.”
     David acknowledges:
     “We welcome the merger of the two organizations: TNT Express is largely about European ground-based operations and it has only a limited presence in the US; while FedEx is known for its Europe-UK to America quality international service. They are, therefore, largely complimentary and won’t constitute the monopoly the UPS-TNT proposed merger would have done.”
     However, David concludes:
     “Large and heavy items are frequently shipped through ParcelHero’s parcel broker service and we would hate to see the loss of TNT Express’ unique and cost-effective approach to this part of the delivery market."

Best Regards,

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