The British delivery company Royal Mail finishes the year on a high note. In December alone the company delivered 130 million packages.
- Once again, our postmen and women delivered a great Christmas - even better than last year’s strong performance. This is because of the commitment of our people and our investment in additional temporary staff and sorting capacity, said Moya Greene, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mail plc.
In preparation for the holiday period Royal Mail brought in 19,000 temporary staff and increased their fleet by 15 percent.
European Logistics up 11 Percent
They also opened 225 delivery offices on Sundays during December to offer more convenience to customers picking up parcels.
- In the first nine months, UK parcel volumes were up 4 percent, with 130 million parcels handled in December alone, 6 percent more than last year, said Moya Greene.
Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.
- In Europe, GLS performed better than expected with volumes up 11 percent. Given the performance to date, we are not anticipating a decline in GLS margins for the full year, said Moya Greene.
Fine of €55 Million
In Royal Mail's trading update for the nine months ended 27 December 2015 they also disclose more information regarding the fine received by 20 delivery companies in France.
"On 15 December, we announced that we had received notification of the fine from the French competition authority in relation to antitrust law breaches by GLS France. The fine of €55.1m (£40.2m) was fully provided for in our financial statements for the year ended 29 March 2015."