IPC Sprinter Network

The IPC Sprinter Network is an overnight road transport network that carries priority letters.

Created in 2005 as an alternative to the reduced air transport capacity, the Sprinter Network has since contributed in improving delivery quality and implementing transport synergies for participating postal organisations. As a result of the good quality of service, the network has continued to expand, with New Zealand Post becoming the tenth operator to join the network in March  2014.

The network has nine postal operators, seven are both sending and receiving operators: Österreichische Post, bpost, Deutsche Post DHL, Le Groupe La Poste, Poste Italiane, P&T Luxembourg and PostNL, while Swiss Post, Royal Mail Group are only receiving operators.

Created in 2005 as an alternative to the reduced air transport capacity, the Sprinter Network has since contributed in improving delivery quality and implementing transport synergies for participating postal organisations. As a result of the good quality of service, the network has continued to expand, with New Zealand Post becoming the tenth operator to join the network in March 2014.

Today, the network consists of more than 30 offices of exchange to office of exchange links in nine European countries, with hubs in Luxembourg and Zurich, served by a fleet of Light Goods Vehicles (LGV).

The network has consistently provided a very high quality of service since starting its operations. To ensure the highest quality of service, IPC monitors and assesses the performance of the network with its CAPE reporting and monitoring system. Transponders attached to the vehicles transmit tracking data, which is detected by IPC’s RFID network at each office of exchange. IPC feeds tracking events into CAPE Vision, which allows to assess performance and to report back to participating postal operators.

IPC continuously analyses all the available reports and proposes opportunities for expanding the network for current or potential new users.

The existing network is therefore open to new links, participants and services.