PostNL has announced that as of February 1, its postal network and that of Sandd have been combined to create one country-wide postal network in the Netherlands.
The merger of the two businesses see PostNL welcome 4,300 new colleagues from Sandd.
Herna Verhagen, PostNL’s CEO, said, “We welcome our new colleagues at PostNL and are very pleased that we are able to offer so many people a job, income and security. All employees currently working for Sandd will continue to have priority when applying for jobs at PostNL. Clients and consumers can continue to count on a strong postal network that is always close to where they are and offers high-quality service at reasonable prices.”
Resi Becker, director of mail in the Netherlands at PostNL, added, “For many people and organisations, physical mail remains a vital and relevant way to connect and to stay in touch with others. Of course, digital communications will continue to grow, but physical mail continues to catch people’s attention, and is always nearby and reliable. The hand-written birthday card, a voting card, your favourite magazines and medical shipments: they’re all delivered by PostNL, five days a week, across the country.”
Becker continued, “Our merged operation reflects a complicated logistical exercise that has required a lot of hard work. For one thing, we’ve developed new work schedules for all 20,000 postmen and women, and have taken measures to ensure successful delivery of all mail. It may take some time to absorb combined volumes into our network and spread them evenly over five delivery days, but we’ll do everything we can to resolve any issues as quickly as possible.”