SingPost acquires New Zealand-based freight forwarder
SingPost has acquired a 90% stake in a New Zealand-based freight forwarding company to further boost its ambitions in the Asia Pacific region. It is said that SingPost paid NZD 3.6m (USD 2.8m) for the controlling stake in Famous Pacific Shipping (NZ) Limited along with certain debts owed by the acquired firm. The acquired company was founded in 1996 as a New Zealand-based air and sea freight forwarder, also offering customs clearance for shipments moving in and out of New Zealand. Expanding beyond Singapore to build a regional logistics presence has been part of SingPost’s transformation process as it responds to the global trends of declining traditional mail volumes, and growing parcel and logistics volumes.
Pos Malaysia trials electric bikes
Pos Malaysia Bhd is currently exploring the possibility of introducing electronic vehicles into its delivery network as a part of an effort to reduce fuel emissions. Group CEO Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood said that it was still at a pilot programme stage to test out the viability of incorporating electronic motorbikes into the services.
Royal Mail helps eBay users ship parcels more conveniently
Royal Mail has introduced Click & Drop, a new online postage and label solution to make it easier for eBay sellers to ship parcels using Royal Mail. The new solution allows eBay sellers to integrate their accounts, enabling them to easily buy and print postage labels at the click of a button, without the need for manually inputting the address of each individual buyer. The online service will also automatically check the delivery postcode to limit the risk of a mis-delivery.
UPS launches trade consulting service in Asia
UPS has launched a new trade consulting service, Trade Management Services, as part of its customs brokerage offering for Asia. The service, provided by a team based in Singapore, providing technological support and customs brokerage to assist intra-Asia and global commerce, will include trade consulting, import and export technologies and managed services.
Rakuten in Collaboration with Japan Post to Launch Delivery Locker Service
Rakuten Inc., in collaboration with Japan Post, will launch a delivery locker service for products purchased from the Rakuten Ichiba online shopping mall from April 2015. Around 30 locations in Tokyo, including post offices, will install the parcel locker and this new delivery option will be dedicated to items purchased on the Rakuten Ichiba using "Yu-Pack" parcel service of Japan Post. It is expected that the service will help promote the use of Yu-Pack parcel and cut costs by reducing redeliveries.