Boost for IT firms as TNT reveals road plan

Global logistics giant believes its services will be even more attractive to companies in the IT sector with new Middle East-to-Europe plans

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By  Published  October 31, 2006

Express delivery company TNT has announced plans to link markets in the Middle East with those in Europe by road networks.

The Netherlands-based company reckons the move will provide a boost in productivity for IT companies which use its services as the network will be able to offer transportation to a wider array of markets with more accurate delivery times.

TNT’s Middle East Road Network (MERN) covers an extensive range of destinations including Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt and UAE.
TNT also is the first express delivery company to deliver to Iran and hopes to extend its network to Jordan by the end of October, and to Syria and Lebanon before the end of the year.

Rodney Ellis, commercial and marketing manger, Gulf at TNT, said: “The road network is the backbone of TNT’s regional strategy and we plan to launch routes linking the Gulf countries with the wider Middle East and Europe next year.

We are likely to be the first cargo company to have a road link between the Middle East and Europe.”

TNT currently delivers products for IT companies such as HP, Tech Data and Acer.

And while the MERN expansion is chiefly driven by the automotive businesses, Ellis asserts that the IT industry can benefit from the move in the same way as the automotive industry.

TNT handles a proportion of Acer’s logistics business in the region — transporting returned spare parts or replacement goods across the entire region — and Ellis cites this example as a reason for more IT businesses to choose TNT.

“TNT uses a mixture of air and road networks which means that our customers can afford to send bigger unconsolidated shipments rather than one-off rare shipment,” said Ellis.

“We are also the only delivery company that can offer a ‘day-definite’ service in the entire GCC.

Whereas our competitors may only provide a day-range of when a shipment might arrive, we can pinpoint it to a specific day,” added Ellis.

The network expansion comes follows TNT’s success in Saudi Arabia, which has become one of TNT’s largest worldwide markets this year, alongside the UK and Germany.

The firm now has nine walk-in centers operational in the Saudi market.

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