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TNT sponsors National Chamber of Exporters AGM

7 Dec

TNT, one of the world’s largest Air Express Delivery companies and the market leader in Europe sponsored the recent Annual General Meeting of the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka which was held recently at the Taj Samudra hotel. The National Chamber of Exporters consists of a large number of companies from numerous industries and services related to exports in the country.

TNT provides businesses and consumers worldwide with an extensive range of services for their express delivery needs, be it export or import. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT offers efficient network infrastructures in Europe and Asia and is expanding operations worldwide to maximise its network performance. TNT serves more than 200 countries, employs over 150,000 people and operates over 40 aircraft and 26,000 ground vehicles

TNT recognises its social responsibility and has formed partnerships with the United Nations World Food Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme to fight hunger and pollution in the world. TNT also provided vital logistical support worldwide during the disastrous tsunami of 2004.

In Sri Lanka, TNT is represented by Ace International Express, a member of the Aitken Spence group of companies, and has been so for the past 3 decades. TNT has 14 branches islandwide including one in Jaffna, the first Express Delivery company to do so.

Media Release – 07 December 2010

Gold for TNT Express at NCE awards

29 Sep

TNT Express, who are represented by Ace International Express(AIX),- the Express delivery arm of Aitken Spence Cargo walked away with the 2009 Gold Award for Support Services to Exporters in the extra large category at the National Chamber of Exporters Award Ceremony held on the 17th of September, 2010.

Apart from TNT’s international express delivery services, AIX also provides comprehensive delivery, logistics, storage and mailroom management solutions for the local market through Ace Xpress Domestic Delivery and Supply Chain solutions. Such an array of services available to exporters under one roof certainly tipped the scales in favour of AIX at the NCE awards. AIX is no stranger to exporters, having won the 2007 Gold award in the large category for support service providers to exporters. In addition AIX was also presented with the most outstanding provider of support services to exporters in 2007.

Acknowledging the recognition of the NCE Gold award, Mr. Jerome Brohier, Country Manager of TNT Express and AVP of Ace International Express stated that “TNT Express is among the world’s four largest integrators and Europe’s leading B2B express delivery and mail company. We are renowned for time-definite, day-certain and on-demand deliveries, Our exporters rely on us to deliver their important documents and time sensitive samples promptly and intact so that they have a competitive edge with their potential buyers. With our presence in over 3000 locations in over 200 countries worldwide, TNT provides door-to-door express delivery using it’s vast fleet of over 43 aircraft’s, over 26,000 ground vehicles and 163,000 employees around the globe. Elaborating further, Mr. Brohier stated “We also support exporters with their import of raw materials or, for that matter, any importer– for example an importer who needs an urgent spare part for a machine or anything from any part of the world can avail of our Receiver Pays import service by just picking up a phone and talking to us. We will simply arrange the pick up from their supplier in whichever country, take care of all customs formalities and ensure a speedy delivery to the local location of their choice. With almost three decades of local presence, TNT Express continues to render valuable services to the local exporters enabling them to reach new markets and expand businesses all over the world.”

Apart from international express delivery, Ace Xpress has been in operation for over 2 decades and is a pioneer in the field of domestic delivery. Ace Xpress has an island wide network and can boast of being the only express delivery company to operate an office in Jaffna during its war-torn years. Ace Xpress provides unmatched services in connecting people and organisations with their customers, suppliers, branches and even friends and family across the country. In addition, AIX also represents Quantium Solutions, a dynamic provider of international mailing solutions.

Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Rohantha Peiris, Managing Director of AIX affirmed that “Benchmarking best practices and continuously improving on our service delivery is uppermost in our mind. The needs of our stakeholders are the focal point that drives us to improve our standards and ultimately delivers more benefits to our stakeholders. Today, we no longer deliver just documents and small parcels, we have expanded our services to cover the most complex supply chain solutions – warehousing, inventory management, multimodal transportation, domestic distribution and on demand delivery.”

Mr. Peiris further stated that “This award is a reflection of our growth, innovation and commitment to provide the best services which our industry could offer.”

While listing the numerous accolades which were won by his company in the past, Mr. Peiris draws attention to the fact that, in addition to the previous NCE Gold Awards, AIX remains the only Express delivery company to have won the coveted Sri Lanka National Quality Award (NQA) to date. AIX was also the first express operator to be awarded ISO certification having achieved it as far back as 1997, providing assurance to their customers that AIX along with their principle, TNT Express, will leave no stone unturned to ensure that customers get the “best in class services” at all times.

Media Release – 29 September 2010

TNT appointed Official Courier for 3rd Asian Junior Squash Championships

10 Jul

TNT, one of the world’s Largest Air Express Companies and the market leader in Europe was appointed Official Courier for the 3rd Asian Junior Individual Squash Championships and the 1st Asian Masters Squash Championships, which commenced on the 6th of July 2010 in Sri Lanka. This is a landmark event for the Sri Lanka Squash Federation, as the tournament comprises of over 170 players from more than 11 countries from the Asian continent.

This is not the first time TNT is involved in a major sporting event. In 2006, they were the Official Courier to the National Squash team which participated in the South Asian Games which faced teams from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

In addition, TNT was the Official Courier for the multi-nation Rugby Asiad held in Colombo in 2007. This was a great opportunity for TNT to showcase their expertise as they were contracted by the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union to carry biological samples to Malaysia for dope-testing.

TNT’s desire to be part of national and international sports events stems from the belief that sports instills characteristics in people which TNT feels mirrors their own values – teamwork, agility, determination and the ability to meet any challenge and triumph. TNT is represented in Sri Lanka by Ace International Express (Pvt) Ltd, a member of Aitken Spence group of companies.

Auxiliary facts about TNT

  • TNT commenced operations in Sri Lanka in 1980.
  • Globally, TNT began in 1946 when it was founded by Ken Thomas in Australia. TNT stands for “Thomas Nationwide Transport”
  • TNT has a global network of 2,409 hubs, depots and express centres spanning 200 countries across the world.
  • TNT has a global fleet of 48 aircrafts, 30,061 ground vehicles and 159,663 employees’ worldwide.
  • TNT currently tops the Dow Jones Sustainability Index with an overall score of 92%
  • TNT has a global partnership with the UN World Food Programme which aims to end world hunger and malnutrition. The name of this partnership is “Moving the World”.
  • In the aftermath of the Tsunami in 2004, TNT provided valuable assistance in the disaster relief efforts to the extent of bringing down a TNT 747 with aid for distribution.

Media Release-10 July 2010

TNT’s support in ‘Ending child hunger’

7 Jun

TNT, the renowned Air Express Delivery  company once again joined hands with the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) to provide local assistance to the UNWFP‘s global fund raising initiative ‘Walk the World’.

This year’s awareness building theme was the ‘hunger train’ which was unique in comparison to other awareness building strategies adopted across the globe by UNWFP. TNT’s assistance in organizing the train for UNWFP reaffirms TNT local commitment to WFP efforts to ending child hunger in Sri Lanka.

‘Walk the World’ is a global initiative to raise funds for UNWFP’s school feeding program which was initiated by TNT employees’ way back in 2004. By providing a midday meal to students, TNT and the UNWFP hopes to increase attendance in schools as well as improve learning through the old adage “a healthy body equals a healthy mind”. UNWFP and TNT believe that these efforts lay the foundation for a healthy workforce that would build a bright future.

In the year 2002, TNT CEO Peter Bakker and former United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) Executive Director James Morris entered a ground breaking partnership to support UNWFP to end global hunger. The partnership resulted in TNT becoming the biggest corporate partner of UNWFP. Being a specialist in logistics and transportation, TNT was in a position to provide it’s expertise to UNWFP to make a life saving difference by ‘getting aid to the right person at the right time’.

At present, UNWFP provides midday meals to students considered as under nourished in several areas of the island. UNWFP’s challenge is to find local donors for this worthwhile project that ensures sustainability through consistent involvement of local donor partners.
Speaking on the occasion, TNT Country Manager Mr. Jerome Brohier stated that TNT initiated ‘Walk the World in 2003 & this is the eighth consecutive year TNT employees are engaged in building awareness on the UNWFP’s main objective to end global hunger under the theme ”End Hunger, Walk the world”. The walks also helped to create awareness on the WFP’s School feeding initiative. TNT employees & their friends in Sri Lanka raised Rs. 913,000 for local school feeding through these walks in the past.

As a response to the Tsunami in 2004 which devastated parts of the island, TNT provided 35 trucks to distribute Aid across the country in addition to an Airbus A300 full of Aid relief flown in directly from Europe. It has been a wonderful experience to be partners with an organization whose sole aim is to eradicate global hunger.

Media Release – 07 June 2010

End Hunger: Walk the World

7 Jun

In a joint effort of the World Food Programme (WFP) and its corporate partners, led by TNT, Unilever and DSM, “End Hunger: Walk the World” campaign was successfully carried out in Colombo on the 6th of June 2010. TNT sponsored the “Hunger Train” which took participants from Colombo to the location in Negombo, where the ceremonies were planned, and back.

Ninety six staff members from TNT took part in this walk along with employees of other partner companies, WFP Goodwill Ambassadors, staff, and beneficiaries as well as government representatives and NGO partners to show their solidarity in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Hon. Basil Rajapakse, Senior Advisor to his Excellency the President and Member of the Parliament, and Hon. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education graced this occasion.

Walk the World campaign is an annual event to raise funds and awareness for WFP’s efforts to fight child hunger and malnutrition. In the previous year 360,000 people from 210 locations around the world participated at this event to raise funds for the provision of school meals to 20,000 children in the world’s poorest countries for one year.

Sustainability – 07 June 2010

Asanka Sanjeeva

14 Nov

AsankaThe man who continues to lead by example

In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, TNT and Ace Xpress were chosen by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as the local partners for distributing supplies to those parts of the country which urgently needed assistance. TNT, in turn, needed to choose man to lead the fleet of vehicles, a ‘point-man’ who would help facilitate this important assignment. They needed someone reliable, respected and resourceful. They chose Asanka Sanjeeva.

“Being selected was a great honour”, says Asanka, “and I was determined not to disappoint those who had shown great faith in me.”

Since joining TNT in 1989, Asanka has never shied away from responsibility and has always impressed people with his wholehearted commitment to each task. He was the ideal candidate for such a position and his selection was soon justified. The WFP was so pleased with the efficiency of the distribution process and they continue to use TNT to this day. Accessing areas considered ‘unsuitable’ for the general public, Asanka currently manages a team of 25 drivers for the WFP. When entering precarious parts of the country, particularly in the east and north, Asanka identifies teamwork as being essential.

“I have a lot of faith in the people I work with,” the former rugby player from Kingswood College explains.  “In places like Killinochchi, each day is a new challenge and we have to be on the ball every moment. We are only as strong as our weakest link so the team looks out for each other.”

Back in 1989, Asanka was one of the first employees at the TNT Express centre in Kandy. Ever diligent, he has TNTcontributed immensely to the growth of the business in this region, expanding the network to include Nuwara Eliya. In addition to his role within TNT, he overlooks the AIX supply chain services. “Asanka has the ability to make the correct decisions under pressure,” says Jerome Brohier, Director, Ace International Express. “He is an exceptionally consistent performer, very thorough in his preparations and always thinking out of the box.” Asanka’s sporting instincts have certainly prepared him well in his current profession. He is the embodiment of a great team leader, never asking someone to complete a task he himself would not relish. TNT is in good hands.

2007 – Ace Magazine Issue 4