Smiths News has announced that an agreement has been reached on a transition plan which will see Deutsche Post DHL take over the operation of its parcel shop network, through subsidiary UK Mail.

The agreement reached with UK Mail, who will trade as DHL Parcel UK Limited from 1 October 2018, relates to the parcel shop network developed by Smiths News to provide the Pass My Parcel service, which is to close.

Smiths News and DHL Parcel UK will work together over the coming months to support the parcel shop operators as the new service from DHL Parcel UK is introduced. It is expected that the transition will be completed by June 2019.

In a statement announcing the agreement, Peter Fuller, CEO said “We are fully committed to the maintenance and growth of the parcel shop network and look forward to working in partnership towards a period of sustained growth”.

Jonathan Bunting, Connect Group Chief Operating Officer said, “We are delighted to have been able to reach this agreement with DHL who are committed to grow the network. We have received great support from all of our parcel shop partners and we are pleased that they will continue to provide and benefit from this service with DHL”.

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