FASTER, SAFER SERVICE

FASTER, SAFER SERVICE

TNT Express has developed a new system, Global Link Business Data Capture, that will maximize efficiency and accuracy of customer billing. Part of TNT's Global Link, BDC increases productivity by ensuring that operations information is transferred to the company's finance and administration divisions more quickly than in the past.

DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE

U-Freight said it would offer a guaranteed, door-to-door product between the United States and all of its major European destinations; the service includes customs clearance and logistics-type functions.

Traffic development is being handled by dedicated sales teams in the United States, London, Frankfurt, Dublin and Milan.

SAN DIEGO EXPANSION

Circle International Inc. of San Francisco acquired Porter International Inc., a San Diego customs broker and international freight forwarder. Circle said the acquisition would strengthen and expand its operations along the California-Mexico border. David Porter, founder of Porter International, will remain a consultant.

747 FLEET GROWS

Atlas Air Inc., of Golden, Colo., purchased three 747-200 combi aircraft

from Alitalia. The carrier will modify the planes to high gross weight full freighter configuration; the first jet will go into service this fall, and the other two by early 1996.

UPS EXPANDS SERVICES

United Parcel Service began overnight delivery of U.S. domestic packages and documents guaranteed by 8 a.m. The service is available from origins nationwide to New York/Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco/Oakland, Atlanta, Miami and Orlando. The carrier also doubled the number of ZIP codes covered by its ''Early A.M." service, which guarantees 8:30 a.m. overnight delivery. It said it would begin making early morning deliveries from major business centers in Europe, Asia, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico to the United States later this summer.

UPS said it would invest more than $130 million over the next five years to further develop its facilities and services in the Asia-Pacific region. It will invest $115 in aircraft, $3 million in buildings and facilities, $3 million in vehicles and $13 million in other technology and service enhancements.

The company said it would continue expanding its China operations, introduce UPS DC-8 service to Malaysia in August, and open an operations facility in Melbourne, Australia.

FEDEX LAUNCHES PRODUCTS

Federal Express announced new service to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Krygyzstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Myanmar. It also increased the weight limit for its international priority freight service from 750 to 1,500 pounds.

It launched a deferred-delivery service for shipments of unlimited weight between all points in the United States and Canada. And it released software, including a Windows version of its document preparation software; FedEx ship in Macintosh format; Download FedEx Ship software; electronic mail package tracking status, and FedEx document prep.

Finally, the company announced net income for the quarter ended May 31 of $87.2 million, an 8 percent increase over last year's fourth-quarter net income of $80.7 million. Revenue was up 9 percent year over year, while operating income dropped to $174.1 million, from $193.7 million last year.

NEW CONTRACTS

PENNEY PICKS UPS

J.C. Penney awarded UPS a five-year, $1 billion contract that makes UPS the preferred carrier for Penney's small package air deliveries and portions of its ground shipments.

TNT WINS BUSINESS

Textron named TNT Express Worldwide its preferred provider for international express delivery services from the United States, Canada and Europe for items weighing up to 50 pounds.

Wang Information also named TNT its preferred provider to handle all international express document and parcel shipments.

Exxon Corp. extended its global operations agreement with TNT for another two years, while Ford Motor Co. made TNT provider of international delivery service for all Ford Motor Divisions.

GRACE UNIT PICKS EMERY

Grace Europe Inc., the European operation of W.R. Grace & Co., named Emery Worldwide its sole carrier of shipments for all intra-European and intercontinental shipments from Europe 60 pounds and over.

TOYOTA CHOOSES EXPEDITORS

Dollar General Corp., a national discount retail chain, selected Expeditors International of Washington Inc., to handle its ocean transportation, cargo consolidation and customs brokerage for its imports. Expeditors also was chosen by Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., as customs broker for the automobiles and parts it brings into the United States. Toyota Motor Sales is the car maker's marketing arm in the United States.