Release Date: 06 July 2011
Release ID: 5310
Aim to gradually extend the service to the entire Buffetti network
Milan / The Hague, 6 July 2011 - TNT Post Italia, PostNL’s Italian subsidiary and no.1 private operator in the Italian postal market, and Buffetti Group, leader in Italy in the distribution of office products, services and solutions, have signed a commercial agreement that will allow customers to pick up TNT Post registered mail from a wider number of service points offered by the extensive network of Buffetti shops. The partnership will start in the second half of July 2011 in a selection of Italian towns with the aim to gradually extend the service to the entire Buffetti network.
Buffetti, with its network of 800 outlets scattered all across the country, is recognised as a point of reference for business clients, principally SME’s and professionals. TNT Post Italia, with around 300 direct and indirect branches throughout Italy, offers reliable and high-quality postal services to companies with pioneering satellite mail tracking systems. TNT Post Italia distributes mail to over 65% of Italian households within strict delivery times.
Following a very successful experiment, which begun in January 2011 in some Buffetti shops in Turin and Bologna, the initiative will take off in the second half of July 2011, offering a collection service for TNT Post registered mail being held at Buffetti shops in some Italian towns, among others in Rome and Genova. At present about 20% of TNT Post registered mail is not delivered first-time and ends up being held for collection in Italy. The agreement makes it possible to call in when convenient at your nearest Buffetti shop and pick up the TNT Post registered letter.
For the future, in addition to expanding the initiative to other shops across Italy, the partnership between the two companies may well be strengthened, with a view to satisfying private and business needs.
“Buffetti is a highly valuable and innovative presence on the Italian business distribution scene. We are pleased to have them as partners and to jointly develop new innovative postal network solutions to offer our more advanced services”, declared Luca Palermo, CEO of TNT Post Italia. “Thanks to our common objectives and vision regarding the needs of business clients in Italy, we have managed to set up this project that is unique in Europe. Right from the first trials, the innovative collaboration was warmly welcomed by SMEs, professionals and citizens. The partnership with the Buffetti Group will speed up reaching our objective of total coverage of Italian territory.”
“It has always been Buffetti’s aim to simplify the daily tasks of businesses and professionals. The agreement with TNT Post is a chance for us to respond in an innovative way to the needs of our clients who are increasingly looking for a single source of office administration services. We are delighted to be able to offer customers the possibility of coming to us for postal services, while guaranteeing a reliable, extensive and efficient network”, explained Ermanno Paini, General Director of Buffetti Group.
About TNT Post Italia
TNT Post Italia is entirely owned by PostNL, which is quoted on the NYSE Euronext exchange in Amsterdam. Since its foundation in 1998, TNT Post Italia has been the first private operator on the Italian postal market. It has its head office in Milan, around 2000 employees and it operates through a network of about 300 direct and indirect branches across Italy. In Italy the company has developed a business model that is unique of its kind, based on covering the entire value chain: acquiring and elaborating data, producing and customising documents, placing in envelopes and delivering.
TNT Post Italia today is the chosen partner of over 10,000 business operators - companies, banks, financial and insurance firms, utilities and countless public administration bodies - for developing communications support services towards clients, users and citizens. TNT Post Italia was a pioneer - at international level - of satellite mail tracking systems, with its platform of “Formula Certa” services, now held to be the most reliable, efficient and flexible solution for managing communications with clients, users and citizens.
Annually PostNL processes 8.8 billion addressed postal items (including 100 million parcels) and delivers to more than 88 million addresses in the Benelux, Germany, the UK and Italy. PostNL’s main business is mail, parcels and e-commerce. The company also provides services in the area of data and document management, direct marketing and fulfilment. PostNL employs some 77,000 people. In 2010 the company generated a turnover of nearly 4.3 billion euros.
Buffetti leads the Italian market for distribution of office products, services and solutions, chiefly aimed at professionals, tradesmen, retailers, SMEs and - recently - a growing number of homeworkers. Especially in the past ten years, Buffetti has become a point of reference for retailers, hoteliers, restaurateurs, clothes shops and companies with its own management software, thanks also to the consulting and assistance offered by its branches throughout Italy. The majority of products and services have been developed by Buffetti and are marketed as their own brand. Products are distributed through a franchising network with about 800 points-of-sale, widely distributed across Italy.
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