IN THIS ISSUE TOP STORY UK online retail sales growth doubles to 15% in Q1 2016 ■ AMERICAS Canada’s TransForce kicks off 2016 with package and courier growth ■ US start-up GoSend helps local retailers to sell abroad ■ Amazon to Open Sixth Texas Fulfillment Center ■ ASIA PACIFIC Alibaba pays $1bn for Southeast Asia e-retailer Lazada ■ Australia Post drone delivery trial takes flight ■ Waikato Operations Centre on track for June opening ■ Double-digit profit growth for DHL’s Blue Dart ■ DHL opens €90m Advanced Regional Center in Singapore ■ Alibaba Group Becomes the first e-Commerce company to join the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition ■ EUROPE TNT signs up for new cold chain packaging and shipping solution ■ DPD France extends ‘green’ fleet with natural gas vehicles ■ DHL Express Spain invests €23m in Vitoria air hub expansion ■ DHL Express France modernises depot in Nice ■ DHL Express is continuing its investment programme in France ■ GLS launches same-day delivery in ten German cities ■ Trans-o-flex strengthens express network ■ Hermes UK relocates two parcel sorting facilities in southern England ■ Parcel shop partnership: DPD in Germany and NKD top the 1m parcels mark ■ DPD and GLS test micro-depots and cargo bikes in city centre of Nuremberg, Germany ■ Geis Group plans Central Europe investments after parcel acquisition ■ UK’s Connect Group profits from parcels expansion ■ New trends revealed in DHL’s 2016 Logistics Trend Radar ■ Russian Post profits rise 28% as parcel business expands IN THE DIRECT MARKETING SPECIAL FEATURE How is mail disrupting digital advertising? ■ NEWS Austrian businesses go back to print advertising ■ Increase the relevancy of paper invoices ■ How to increase online traffic with direct mail? ■ Engaging with Generation Z in the UK ■ Skills US marketers should master in 2016 ■ RESEARCH Growth forecast for marketing spend in the US in 2016 ■ CASE STUDY T-Mobile breaks through the holiday clutter with AR-enhanced mail