PostNL is confronted with rapidly decreasing volumes in the postal market. Digital media such as e-mail, online advertising and internet banking are competing with physical mail. The postal market is thus part of a broader communications market in which PostNL does not see itself as a dominant market player.
PostNL is doing its utmost to keep postal logistics in the Netherlands reliable, accessible and affordable, also in the longer-term. This despite the structurally decreasing volumes in the postal market.
When reviewing the draft decision, PostNL will also evaluate how its vision on the communications market and the described aim of future-proof postal logistics in the Netherlands has been taken into account. PostNL has six weeks to respond to the draft decision. ACM will make its final decision after the evaluation of this response and any responses from other market parties.
We are PostNL. We are an essential link between the physical and the online world. We have the largest network for letters, parcels and e-commerce in the Benelux countries. Our combinations of smart networks and digital applications enable us to provide our clients with valuable solutions. We live in a world where digital applications play an increasingly large role in our daily lives. These services develop very rapidly. We put our resourcefulness to good use to constantly think up new ways to connect senders and receivers.
As the first listed postal company, we are an example to the rest of the world in automatic letter sorting. And our innovative parcels network is completely adapted to the wishes of web retailers. Outside the Netherlands, we are active in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg. PostNL employs a total of approximately 59,000 people. In 2013 our revenues reached almost € 4.3 billion.