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FLYINGSCOT
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TNT
FLYINGSCOT   3/28/2012 8:50:47 AM
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I sure hope the UPS acquisition of TNT improves the service provided by TNT.  Having used TNT a few times over the years I have always found their service somewhat lacking.

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: TNT
Jennifer Baljko   3/28/2012 9:44:55 AM
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@FlyingScot - Just wondering... "Found their service lacking" - how? in what way? Were they late, unreliable, etc? Can you clarify. Thanks.

Barbara Jorgensen
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UPS/TNT
Barbara Jorgensen   3/28/2012 9:27:52 AM
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This seems like a sweet deal for UPS. If, as some readers suggest, TNT's service could use an upgrade, I think UPS is up to the task. My last dealings with UPS were exceptionally good--they beat their delivery dates by several days. Whatever they are doing here in the US, they are doing right, and if they can duplicate it in Europe I thinks you'll see an improvement.

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: UPS/TNT
Jennifer Baljko   3/28/2012 9:46:20 AM
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@Barbara - From what I read, that sounds like the intention. Take some of the best practices in the US and export them here. Hopefully it will be as effective.

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Re: UPS/TNT
Bolaji Ojo   3/28/2012 7:00:07 PM
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One other issue to consider is that the various segments of the economy are being consolidated by the biggest companies. There are certain economic ends that can benefit from scale and one of this is logistics, which may explain UPS' action.

Susan Fourtané
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Aha!
Susan Fourtané   3/28/2012 12:12:11 PM
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Hi, Jennifer 

So this was the reason. Some days ago I saw a UPS van close to where I live, and for half a second I was surprised. Then I just forgot about it. Surprised because I hadn't seen one in ages. Now thanks to your blog I know what was that UPS van doing in Finland. :) 

-Susan 

Hospice_Houngbo
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Re: Aha!
Hospice_Houngbo   3/29/2012 12:35:33 AM
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@SF

This means that UE market is still attractive to foreign businesses. However according to this article, EU antitrust regulators don't like the way UPS and other logistics companies are breaking EU antitrust rules. UPS would have to abide by EU laws if the company really want to do business there.

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Re: Aha!
Jennifer Baljko   3/30/2012 11:29:59 AM
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Hi Susan,

Funny how that works, huh? Eyes and brain register something suprisingly out of place, we make a note of it, and then move on. Guess you'll be getting re-used to seeing the brown trucks rolling through your neighborhood.

 

Susan Fourtané
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Re: Aha!
Susan Fourtané   3/31/2012 2:28:27 AM
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Hi, Jennifer 

Yes, that is exactly how it happened, little note and move on. :) I am thinking if this good or not. I mean, with how many things we do this, some of them which could be important to pay a little more attention to, or even give them some thought? We could be missing somethig. 

-Susan  

tech4people
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This is part of a much needed consolidation particularly in a Shrinking Market.
tech4people   3/28/2012 12:25:31 PM
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Jennifer,

I am sure you must have seen the recent Fedex Announcement that they have radically cut Growth and earnings Estimates for the rest of 2012.

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-03-23/u-dot-s-dot-stocks-fall-in-s-and-p-500s-biggest-weekly-drop-in-2012

This is something which is going to afflict the Industry as a whole going ahead as the World Economy slows down.

Good thing is that this move will enable consolidation especially in the rapidly Shrinking Market of Europe.

Thanks to Austerity Europe will struggle to see much growth going ahead and this UPS/TNT merger will ensure one less competitor for UPS in a shrinking market.

Consolidation is inevitable ,especially for the Smaller players.

Regards

Ashish.

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: This is part of a much needed consolidation particularly in a Shrinking Market.
Jennifer Baljko   3/30/2012 11:19:15 AM
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Thanks, Ashish. Hadn't seen the FedEx report, but will check out the link. Like you said consolidation is likely, especially in mature markets.

Barbara Jorgensen
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FedEx and UPS and austerity
Barbara Jorgensen   3/28/2012 2:48:12 PM
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That's an interesting development becuase FedEx is usually considered a premium service, and UPS has a variety of 2nd and 3rd day deliveries that are less expensive. You may see more people and businesses willing to wait a day or two in order to save freight costs.

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Re: FedEx and UPS and austerity
TaimoorZ   3/29/2012 1:57:49 PM
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"and UPS has a variety of 2nd and 3rd day deliveries that are less expensive"

@Barbara: I think that's the niche market UPS has captured where they compromise on the delivery time but win with the cost. This may be true in markets where the consumers are more sensitive towards the price. I wonder if they can continue with the same strategy in the new regions they are entering into.


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UPS in EU
Barbara Jorgensen   3/29/2012 2:20:11 PM
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I think UPS has a pretty good chnace of duplicating its service model, particulalrly since TNT is supposed to have a strong infrastructure in the EU. I hadn't thought about anti-trust issues, though. In the US, certain services can be cut out of markets where one company dominates. But I would think as long as FedEx exists, there will always be viable competition for UPS.

Jennifer Baljko
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Re: UPS in EU
Jennifer Baljko   3/30/2012 11:26:24 AM
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Not too clear about EU's antitrust issues, but UPS won't be the only company in the market. Besides FedEx, there are a number of smaller and mid-size regional players, and let's not forget that Deutsche Post DHL is still a dominant competitor.

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Re: UPS in EU
tech4people   3/30/2012 12:03:20 PM
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Barbara,

Don't count out DHL,the US Postal Service and Smaller Services.

Its not just about Fedex .

These guys have it in them to challenge and slug it out for market share with UPS.

After all,US Postal Service in fact even has Taxpayer support(so they can maintain infrastructure in places where others can't because its uneconomical).This gives them a massive edge over the Competition.Same goes for Postal Services in Continental Europe like France Post.

Ashish.

Barbara Jorgensen
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DHL et al
Barbara Jorgensen   3/30/2012 12:22:48 PM
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I tend to foget that DHL, which has reduced its visbility in the US, has a strong presence overseas. I certainly won't count them out!

JADEN
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UPS in Europe
JADEN   3/31/2012 10:42:41 AM
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With TNT infrastructures and network in EU, I believe UPS will have an improved service in Europe, even globally.

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UPS sponsors London 2012 Olympics
Cryptoman   3/31/2012 3:30:13 PM
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UPS is providing carbon neutral shipping services for the London 2012 Olympics. If you want to watch a video on this, please follow this link.

I think UPS has taken a fantastic advantage of supporting its presence in the EU by supporting this event that will take place in the EU. I cannot think of a better way to advertise!





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