GLS extends FlexDeliveryService

Royal Mail’s General Logistics Services (GLS), has expanded its FlexDeliveryService to a total of 12 countries.

The GLS service now covers Austria, the Benelux countries, Germany, Poland and also the countries of the GLS region Europe East, which includes the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania.

Under the FlexDeliveryService scheme, online shoppers will be informed of their scheduled parcel deliveries. This allowed them to decide when and where they wish to take delivery of their items, regardless of the country where they were ordered from.

In a statement, GLS said: “The linking of twelve countries to form a single interconnected region is another milestone on the road towards a Europe-wide FlexDeliveryService. The integration of Denmark and France is already under way, with GLS also offering flexible delivery in these countries for parcels sent from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria and Poland. At national level, FlexDeliveryService is available in all 14 countries.”

The GLS service allows shoppers to choose from a wide range of delivery options, such as delivery on a desired day or at a GLS ParcelShop. Depending on the services available in each region, GLS also delivers in the evening, deposits the shipment at an agreed secure location or, in Europe East, leaves it for collection at a GLS parcel locker terminal.

With e-commerce being an increasingly cross-border affair regardless of which economic bloc it is sourced from, the move by GLS seems to be streamlining cross border trade, something which the bureaucrats of the European Commission will be pleased with.  
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