IN THIS ISSUE TOP STORY Parcel shops and locker networks ‘essential’ to internet purchases, says study ■ AMERICAS Canada Post segment reports CA$31m loss before tax in the second quarter ■ E-Commerce growth allows USPS to limit net loss ■ UPS delivers strong earnings per share growth ■ UPS acquires Coyote Logistics ■ ASIA PACIFIC DHL Express Australia opens €14m Melbourne Gateway facility ■ DHL rolls out interconnecting road freight network between five Asian cities ■ DHL supports third runway for Hong Kong airport ■ DHL Express opens new global Quality Control Centre in Singapore ■ Digital signature service Secured Signing joins RealMe ■ Chinese e-commerce groups Alibaba and JD.com invest in retail stores and speed up deliveries ■ SingPost achieves record revenue and net profits in Q1 ■ Australia’s Sendle partners with Toll for deliveries ■ Toll Group builds AU$228m logistics hub in Singapore ■ FedEx launches temperature-controlled services in China ■ Freightways posts record revenue with growth across business divisions ■ EUROPE GLS delivers parcels across Europe for Israel Post ■ Austrian Post reports slight revenue increase in first half 2015 ■ bpost second-quarter results show dip in revenues despite strong parcels volumes growth ■ Estonia’s Omniva adds more parcel terminals as volumes rise ■ La Poste half-year profits soar 44% on higher mail, parcels and banking results ■ GLS Germany launches mobile parcel label ■ Digitalisation set to turbocharge logistics chains, German SMEs Say ■ Hermes and DPD Germany launch Apple Watch apps ■ DPD completes nationwide Saturday delivery roll-out across Germany ■ Poste Italiane improves half-year profits as IPO approaches ■ PostNL reaches agreement on management buy-out of Whistl ■ PostNL posts solid Q2 results and reconfirms full year outlook ■ TNT Q2 revenues and profits improve as business picks up ■ TNT launches flights to Tunisia ■ Deutsche Post DHL reports slump in Q2 profits ■ PostNord reports H1 profits growth ■ Russian Post to invest nearly €1bn in infrastructure between 2015 and 2017 ■ DPD Russia expands parcel delivery services, starts operations in Armenia ■ Hermes buys out DPD to take control of Russian joint venture ■ Russian Post multiplies international parcel volumes by 1.5 times in H1 2015 ■ Austrian Post sells Slovakian mail subsidiary ■ Royal Mail Sameday launches online booking ■ Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit Gets Investors in People Gold Award ■ GeoPost-owned freight group Tigers expands through UK acquisition ■ UK Mail slashes profit forecast due to ‘wrong-shaped parcels’ IN THE E-COMMERCE SPECIAL NEWS Royal Mail targets m-commerce ■ DHL to establish parcel network in Austria by 2016 ■ Alibaba and Unilever sign strategic partnership agreement ■ Royal Mail enhances its online tool for SME ■ PostNord expands its parcel delivery capabilities in Finland ■ Dutch e-retailer enters same-day delivery ■ MyMalls launches ‘24-hour’ delivery to Caribbean & Latin America with DHL ■ UPS Access Point network expands ■ Amazon records a 266% rise in number of orders on Prime Day ■ Amazon UK expands one-hour Prime Now delivery to Birmingham ■ Rakuten and Yamato team up to improve Japanese e-Commerce delivery services ■ RESEARCH The challenge of omni-channel in retail ■ B2C and international shipments drive growth for German CEP market ■ German e-Commerce continues double-digit growth in Q2 2015 ■ Young German e-shoppers want rapid and free delivery, survey finds ■ CASE STUDIES Flexible service with Royal Mail Collections