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Royal Mail sees tough parcel market, focuses on costs

By Neil Maidment LONDON (Reuters) - Intense competition in the parcels market from rivals including Amazon will leave Brita…

  • Jobs Risk As Whistl Suspends Letterbox Service
    Jobs Risk As Whistl Suspends Letterbox Service Mon, May 11, 2015

    Up to 2,000 jobs are at risk after the private postal firm Whistl suspended its door-to-door letter delivery service. The company, formerly known as TNT Post, has moved to stem its losses after its private equity backer LDC pulled out of funding a further rollout of the end-to-end E2E service. The competitor to Royal Mail had delivered one in every four letters in the Liverpool and Manchester area. In a statement, Whistl said: "Following the announcement from LDC that it would not proceed with the proposed investment to fund further rollout of E2E, we have now commenced an extensive review of the viability and potential for the rollout of an E2E postal delivery service in the UK. More »

  • Whistl suspends rival UK mail delivery service, 2,000 jobs at risk Mon, May 11, 2015

    Whistl, the British arm of Dutch-based postal company PostNL , said on Monday it had suspended a mail delivery service to rival Royal Mail's , putting around 2,000 jobs in jeopardy. Since April 2012 Whistl has been delivering business mail in cities such as Manchester and London without using the Royal Mail network. Shares in Royal Mail were up 3.4 percent on the news to 495 pence at 1142 London time, the top riser on the FTSE 100 Index. Royal Mail has said Whistl's plans to deliver only to the most profitable, easy to serve areas would undermine the financial viability of its own universal six-day-a-week service. More »

  • FTSE ends higher, Royal Mail supports
    FTSE ends higher, Royal Mail supports Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    By Atul Prakash LONDON (Reuters) - The FTSE closed slightly higher after setting a three-week low on Thursday, with Royal Mail gaining on the prospect of lower competition and energy shares tracking a rise in oil prices. Royal Mail led the blue-chip FTSE 100 index, with the company's shares rising 5.3 percent after Dutch rival PostNL abandoned talks with LDC on plans to expand PostNL's 'Whistl' unit in Britain. Among top sectoral gainers, the UK Oil and Gas index rose 0.6 percent after crude oil prices hit a five-month high on a weaker dollar and on signs that U.S. production had eased and refinery demand had picked up. "Stronger oil prices have provided some support to the energy sector, while yesterday’s strong market sell-off will have tempted investors to look for bargains," Augustin Eden, analyst at Accendo Markets, said. More »

  • Apple, IBM announce partnership with Japan Post to improve elderly care Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Apple Inc and International Business Machine Corp have teamed up with Japan Post Holdings Co to improve caregiver and monitoring services for the elderly in Japan, the companies announced on Thursday. IBM will work with Japan Post to develop iPad software that will enable Japan's national Post Office Watch service to better monitor elderly clients. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Japan Post Holdings President Taizo Nishimuro announced the initiative at a joint news conference at IBM's Watson New York City headquarters. More »

  • Trade deal 'threatens' services
    Trade deal 'threatens' services Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Opposition to a controversial trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States has intensified amid warnings of its "massive impact" on any future campaign to renationalise the Royal Mail or BT. More »

  • Social media a key battleground in Britain's election
    Social media a key battleground in Britain's election Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Once, election campaigning meant knocking on doors, organizing meetings and licking stamps. Now it also includes honing hashtags, rallying retweets and clicking "like." More »

  • Red legacy of Victorian novelist still defines British streets
    Red legacy of Victorian novelist still defines British streets Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Robert Cole LONDON (Reuters) - Anthony Trollope is best known as a British novelist whose chronicles of the minor dramas, snubs and triumphs of Victorian country life still win readers worldwide. Trollope, courtesy of his day job in the 19th century Post Office, was responsible for giving Britain its bright red post boxes. Royal Mail, the stock exchange-listed postal operator, is legally obliged to operate at least one post box within half a mile (just under a kilometre) of 98 percent of all homes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. There are three main varieties: the largest, typically, are pillar boxes. More »

  • Stamps honour Trollope for post box
    Stamps honour Trollope for post box Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    A limited edition of stamps is going on sale to mark 200 years since the birth of Anthony Trollope, who first introduced post boxes to the UK in the 1850s. More »

  • One hundred years ago – 3,000 Irish lives were lost in Turkey
    One hundred years ago – 3,000 Irish lives were lost in Turkey Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    An Post has issued two limited edition stamps to commemorate those killed in the Gallipoli Landings. More »

  • Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states
    Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. More »

  • States where health law seems to increase food-stamp use Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    President Barack Obama's health care law seems to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps in 11 states, despite significant improvement in the economy. More »

  • Four men charged over armed robbery of Kilkenny post office
    Four men charged over armed robbery of Kilkenny post office Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Masked men left with a substantial amount of cash and a female staff member was injured. More »

  • Man faces court after post office is robbed with a shotgun
    Man faces court after post office is robbed with a shotgun Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Two other men remain in custody. More »

  • Post Office rejects computer report
    Post Office rejects computer report Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The Post Office is "concerned" by the findings of a report into an alleged glitch in its computer system that led to employees claiming they had been falsely accused of financial irregularities. More »

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Fails Food Stamp Challenge
    Gwyneth Paltrow Fails Food Stamp Challenge Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Gwyneth Paltrow has lasted only four days after being challenged to live for a week on $29 - the equivalent of what low-income families in the US get in food stamps. The Hollywood mega star and life-style guru said she broke the pledge to have "some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black liquorice)". More »

  • Deutsche Post workers to expand parcel strike on Friday
    Deutsche Post workers to expand parcel strike on Friday Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Workers at Deutsche Post will expand strike action on Friday to a nationwide walkout to protest against the German group's plans to grow its parcel delivery business by using employees on lower pay deals, labour union Verdi said. Like other former postal service monopolies in Europe, such as Britain's Royal Mail , Deutsche Post's traditional letter business is shrinking while deliveries of parcels are rising due to online retailing. It announced plans in January to create 10,000 new jobs at its parcel business by 2020, but said new workers would have to accept lower wages than other group employees as it and its DHL express division try to compete with the likes of UPS and TNT . Verdi has said such a move would breach an agreement limiting how much business Deutsche Post can outsource and said it would only accept it if the company shortened the hours of about 140,000 workers to 36 per week from 38.5. More »

  • Matsuyama stamps Masters mark with fifth-place finish Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    By Andrew Both AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Hideki Matsuyama fell just short of becoming the best Japanese finisher ever at the Masters when he placed fifth on Sunday. Buoyed by an eagle at the par-five 13th, Matsuyama matched the best final-round score of 66 to surge up the leaderboard and become, like winner Jordan Spieth, a exciting young talent who made his mark at Augusta National. My goal today was to shoot in the 60s and I did that but I’m still a long way behind Jordan.” World number 17 Matsuyama, the reigning Memorial tournament champion, has surpassed Ryo Ishikawa as the hope of Japanese golf. Ishikawa carried the expectations of a nation when he started dominating the Japan Tour as a teenager, but his success has never translated onto the PGA Tour. More »

  • The Brontosaurus Would Like to Know: What Is a Species, Really?
    The Brontosaurus Would Like to Know: What Is a Species, Really? Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    In 1989, the U.S. Postal Service released a collection of 25-cent commemorative postage stamps celebrating a series of dinosaurs. They also featured, however, the brontosaurus, or the "thunder lizard"—which had been reclassified under the genus apatosaurus ("deceptive lizard") in 1903. The brontosaurus—the gentle giant that ate plants and sneezed on children—has spent the past century-plus as, if not an actual genus, then a cultural one. So it was big news, this week, when a new paper brought some redemption—for brontosaurus fans, for Linnaean taxonomy, for the U.S. Postal Service. More »

  • Royal Mail To Deliver Pay Rise To CEO Greene
    Royal Mail To Deliver Pay Rise To CEO Greene Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The board of Royal Mail is drawing up secret plans to hand an inflation-busting pay rise to Moya Greene, its chief executive, just weeks after next month's General Election. Sky News has learnt that directors of the privatised postal services group have been discussing the move to boost Ms Greene's salary ahead of the publication of its annual report, which is expected in June. Insiders said on Tuesday that a final decision about the pay increase had not yet been taken, and that formal consultations with leading shareholders, including the Government, which holds a 30% stake in Royal Mail, were still to take place. They added, however, that it was "likely" that Ms Greene would be awarded an increase to her £498,000 base salary of approximately 5%. More »

  • Royal Mail may raise CEO Greene's pay by 5 percent - Sky News
    Royal Mail may raise CEO Greene's pay by 5 percent - Sky News Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    (Reuters) - Royal Mail , the privatised postal group, is drawing up plans to increase the remuneration of its Chief Executive Moya Greene, which has remained the same since she joined the company in 2010, Sky News reported citing people familiar with the matter. Final discussion with leading stakeholders, including the British government, which holds a 30 percent stake in Royal Mail, were still to take place, but it was "likely" that Greene would be awarded a 5 percent increase to her 498,000 pounds ($737,488) base salary, Sky News said. Royal Mail said it does not comment on speculative stories. Greene, whose base salary has stayed at 498,000 pounds since she joined Royal Mail in July 2010, is widely credited with transforming the postal firm from a loss-maker into a profitable FTSE 100-listed company, via cost cuts and a push towards a bigger slice of the fast growing parcels market. More »

  • Deutsche Post workers put strikes on hold until further talks Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    A German trade union said on Thursday that workers at German postal services group Deutsche Post will hold off from further strikes until at least the next round of talks slated for April 14, following a two-day walkout. The strike at the German mail carrier extended into a second day on Thursday in protest against management plans to expand the group's parcel delivery business by using employees on lower pay deals. More than 10,000 postal carriers took part in the strike, seeking to put pressure on management ahead of the April 14 talks, trade union Verdi said. Like other former postal service monopolies in Europe, such as Britain's Royal Mail , Deutsche Post's traditional letter business is shrinking while deliveries of parcels are rising thanks to online retailing. More »

  • And now for something completely different - send a letter with a Monty Python …
    And now for something completely different - send a letter with a Monty Python … Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Forget junk mail, these new stamps are all about joke mail. More »

  • Comedians feature on postage stamps
    Comedians feature on postage stamps Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The Royal Mail is marking April Fool's Day by issuing a set of stamps featuring some of the nation's most popular, and funniest, comedians. More »

  • Union files suit against Deutsche Post, calls strike
    Union files suit against Deutsche Post, calls strike Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German trade union Verdi has asked a court to stop Deutsche Post's plans to expand its parcel delivery business by using employees on lower pay deals and has called on workers to stage a strike. Like other former postal service monopolies in Europe, such as Britain's Royal Mail , Deutsche Post is seeing its traditional letter business shrink while deliveries of parcels are rising thanks to online retailing. ... More »

  • Stamp Price Rise: Royal Mail Increases Cost
    Stamp Price Rise: Royal Mail Increases Cost Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The price of both first and second class stamps has increased. The cost for first and second class stamps has risen by 1p to 63p and 54p respectively. Despite the increase, Royal Mail has insisted the prices still represent among the best value in Europe. Announcing the price increase last month, Royal Mail said in a statement: "We have thought carefully about the impact on our customers and our own business before deciding to increase our stamped letter prices. More »

  • Gardaí trying to solve the mystery of Galway busker ‘Dave’
    Gardaí trying to solve the mystery of Galway busker ‘Dave’ Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    They also want to find out what happened with a post office raid. More »

  • Suspect package prompts Madrid post office evacuation
    Suspect package prompts Madrid post office evacuation Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    A package containing "a suspicious white substance" on Saturday prompted the evacuation of a Madrid post office, with 23 people undergoing decontamination as a safety precaution, the emergency services said. More »

  • APNewsBreak: 9,000 Mainers lose food stamps under new rules Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said. More »

  • Kerry Washington, Roland Emmerich among GLAAD honorees
    Kerry Washington, Roland Emmerich among GLAAD honorees Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actress Kerry Washington, director Roland Emmerich, the film "The Imitation Game" and television shows "Transparent" and "How to Get Away With Murder" have received stamps of approval from GLAAD. More »

  • Connecticut farmers can register to accept food stamps Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Connecticut farmers will have an opportunity to become authorized to accept food stamps from customers at their farms and at farmers markets. Merchant sign-up days are planned for Wednesday at the Middlesex ... More »

  • Prolific Swiss artist Hans Erni dies at 106
    Prolific Swiss artist Hans Erni dies at 106 Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Swiss artist Hans Erni, whose prolific work ranged from tiny postage stamps to enormous frescoes, has died, his daughter said Sunday. He was 106. More »

  • FOOD STAMPS Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Chart shows federal food stamp participation since 1969; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; More »

  • Bring these Irish animation stamps to life with your smartphone
    Bring these Irish animation stamps to life with your smartphone Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The stamps feature well-known Irish animations like ‘Roy’ and ‘Give Up Yer Aul Sins’. More »

  • Help offered to poor getting back to work, off food stamps Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Federal officials say some Californians who rely on food stamps will receive help getting back on the job through a pilot program aimed at reducing the cost of public assistance. The U.S. Department of ... More »

  • 'Brockovich' town to lose market, gas station, post office
    'Brockovich' town to lose market, gas station, post office Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    HINKLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Mojave Desert community where toxic chromium contamination was portrayed in the movie "Erin Brockovich" is set to lose its post office and its only gas station and convenience store. More »