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UK express parcels operator City Link has signed a deal with DHL to completely revamp its international product. The company, which until now has been known mainly as a domestic operator, will terminate its existing agreement with the primarily road-based Net Express Europe when the existing contract expires at the end of February, and will instead plug into DHL’s global air and road express delivery network, including its IT, proof-of-delivery and track-and trace systems. Peter Blyth has also joined City Link

from DHL as head of international and Ireland. He will work on selection of partners and the development of new services. The attraction of DHL, he told FBJ, was that “it is best in class, the market leader with a 36% share of the

UK international market and offers a whole solution.” It would,he stressed, be purely an operational deal – no shares are changing hands, adding that the City Link management were keen to maintain the company’s status as an independent company. Customers will still see City Link branding when making website bookings and City Link drivers will still perform pick-ups and deliveries, he said, adding that he was not aware that there would be any closures of depots or offices as a result of the new arrangement. Blyth added: “This is a great fit with

DHL – and the advantage is that we don’t have to change anything radical.” Peter Blyth added that the deal would

also give City Link’s international traffic access to a twin-depot operation at

Heathrow for the South and Coventry for the north. It would also lead to a major

improvement in some journey times, particularly for longer European road services to, for example, Iberia or the Nordic region, thanks to DHL’s well developed trunking network. City Link’s international team has now been set an “aggressive” growth target. By the same token, the deal would

also give DHL access to a good UK domestic product. In a separate development, City Link

has appointed Nightline as its new Irish partner as the first stage of a revamp of its international service. Nightline is the largest parcel company in Ireland by volume, owns eight depots and delivers to every town and village in the country.

Forwarders strike gold in Olympic year

BIFA chose former Olympian and world champion Derek Redmond to host and announce the winners of the BIFA Freight Services Awards 2012 – the year of the London Olympics - at the trade association’s Annual Lunch and Awards Ceremony, attended by a record-breaking 520 guests. All finalists received a framed certificate

presented by Derek Redmond, and BIFA president, Sir Peter Bottomley. BIFA also revealed a Lifetime Achievement

Award, saluting old soldier Jimmie James for his stalwart charity efforts. Now retired from the industry for over 20 years, under his stewardship the London Freight Club has gone from strength to strength and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. For the full list of results see page 7

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