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5 facts about TNT

1. It started with 1 truck

In 1946 Ken Thomas was working as a personnel officer at a telephone company in Sydney, Australia.

He met his cousin who operated a trucking business which delivered Timber fence palings. His cousin told Thomas that he was making twice as much money as him.

This information drove Thomas to start a courier business. He purchased 1 truck on finance and started delivering goods.

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2. A True Multinational, From Australia To Holland

After incorporating as a public company in 1962 and floating on the Sydney Stock Exchange in 1963, TNT undertook a series of buyouts and mergers which saw the company expand operations around the world. Below is a sample of major TNT mergers:

  • All Trans Group - 1967
  • Ansett Airlines – 1979
  • Unitransa – 1988
  • KPN takes over TNT – 1998
  • Jet Services – 1998
  • TG+ - 200
  • Speedage – 2005
  • Hoau – 2006
  • Mercurio – 2007
  • LIT Cargo - 2005

3. The takeover by FedEx

In 2015 Fedex was bought by FedEx for £3.2 billion. A reason behind FedEx’s buyout was its desire to expand into Europe and increasing its European market share. TNT delivers parcels packages in Europe using a network of 700 flights and 55,000 road trips every week.

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4. European Courier Expert

TNT has an intra-European ground and air network which is bigger than the networks of UPS, FedEx and DHL. Some European countries which are major markets for TNT are:

  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Malta

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5. TNT Fast Facts

  • TNT serves more than 200 countries worldwide and employs 58,000 people.
  • TNT operates 54 aircraft and owns 26,000 vans, trucks and other delivery vehicles.
  • TNT main air-hub is in Liege Airport, Belgium it also has 20 ground transportation hubs Europe-wide, with its main road-hub being located in Arnhem, Netherlands. In total, TNT has 900 distribution depots, hubs and sorting centres.

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