Mail, express and logistics company TPG will operate globally under the brand TNT for all its activities from 2006. If approved during the General Meeting of Shareholders, the statutory name of the group (and the name of the share listed on the stock exchange) will be changed on 8 April 2005 to TNT N.V.
The group presently employs more than 160,000 people and serves over 200 countries. Operating under one brand will increase the recognition of the group worldwide and allow for more efficient communication on the various services.
The name change highlights the increasing internationalisation of the company. PTT Post adopted the name TPG after it acquired TNT in 1998 and changed its name to TPG Post in 2002. Outside The Netherlands, TPG presently offers postal services in eight European countries, partly under the name TNT. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands has granted the company the right to affix the title "Royal" to the name TNT Post in The Netherlands. The name change will be accompanied by a change in the company colour to orange for the entire group.
Harry Koorstra, the member of the TPG Board of Management responsible for the Mail division, explains, "With TNT, this global company will now present one strong brand around the world. The name TNT will make us more recognisable internationally and it also symbolises the synergy between the three mainstays of our company - mail, express and logistics. But it is something we will have to get used to. Here in The Netherlands, we - the employees, our customers and myself - have become rather strongly attached to the name TPG Post and the colour red. It isn't easy to just say goodbye to all that. So, we will be moving forward slowly and taking a careful approach to the introduction of the TNT Post brand and the colour orange. One other reason for this is that the times dictate that we keep a close eye on the costs and we do not want to run up any major expenses. This way we can continue to guarantee that our customers receive the highest quality from us".
The phased introduction of the TNT brand for the Mail division and of its corporate identity will take form starting from 2006. The Dutch streets will gradually take on more of an orange character once the corporate identity is applied to more and more company resources. Eventually, even the company uniforms of the approximately 45,000 postal employees will be redesigned using the new corporate identity.
Over the period of three years, only a limited incremental investment will be required for the name change because to a large extent natural replacement will be used. After the rebranding, cost advantages will be achieved through larger economies of scale, joint investment in advertising and labour market communication and use the of same corporate identity.
CEO Peter Bakker says, "With TNT, we want to be recognised around the world for our excellent service to our customers, efficiency and flexibility, thanks to the efforts of our 160,000 proud employees. It is expected that the TNT brand will encourage our existing customers to take up more of our services and also attract a greater number of new customers. And we will make sure that our mail employees will soon feel as passionately about the TNT orange as they do now about the familiar colour red."