Growth Market Corporate Information Solutions
The global and cross-industry trend of concentrating on the core business creates attractive growth opportunities for innovative mail service providers. More and more companies are outsourcing the management of documents and corporate information to external service providers. This has long been about more than just the delivery and distribution of letters. Modern postal service providers such as Deutsche Post World Net offer their customers comprehensive service portfolios ranging from printing, sorting and finishing mailings to providing digital document management solutions.
Deutsche Post World Net is well-positioned in this global growth market through its Corporate Information Solutions business - formerly value-added services. Two acquisitions have contributed significantly here. In March 2006 Deutsche Post World Net acquired the British mail and document services provider Williams Lea, the European market leader for value-added services in this segment. Williams Lea offers companies a wide range of products in the field of printing, mail delivery, document management and direct marketing. The company is not only well-positioned in Great Britain and Europe but has been expanding its activities in the USA in recent years.
In November 2006 Williams Lea acquired The Stationery Office, the market leader in the public sector, and thereby assumed printing and document management tasks for numerous government institutions and public organizations in Great Britain. Customers include the British Parliament (House of Commons and House of Lords), the Office of Public Sector Information and the Office of Government Commerce. The Stationery Office prints, distributes and markets law texts, protocols and brochures for these customers in both hard copy and electronic form. Deutsche Post World Net views this expertise, combined with the know-how of Williams Lea as a provider of complete communication solutions, as an outstanding platform that will allow the group to benefit significantly from the growing trend toward outsourcing in the public sector.
Both companies were integrated into the Global Mail / Corporate Information Solutions business of Deutsche Post World Net. The revenues of this business area grew significantly during the first quarter of 2007 by almost 40 percent to 804 million euros from 577 million euros for the same period of the previous year. The acquisition of Williams Lea and The Stationery Office contributed considerably to this growth.
The expansion of the Corporate Information Solutions segment is of strategic importance for Deutsche Post World Net. The company's MAIL division not only has a strong international mail distribution network but, through its acquisitions, now has all the prerequisites for becoming the market leader in the field of value-added services. Today Deutsche Post World Net covers the entire value chain for mail services: from the printing, sorting, addressing and mailing of documents to the digitalization and storage of data as well as creditor and debitor management. Deutsche Post World Net is a cross-industry service provider. Whether the task involves commerce, industry, banks or government agencies, customers can count on receiving specific and custom-made solutions for their information management requirements.
Through the efficiency and expertise of the Corporate Information Solutions business, Deutsche Post World Net is profiting increasingly and on an international scale from the trend toward outsourcing in this field. Today the company is already in an excellent position to generate additional growth. With the added expertise of market leader Williams Lea and the new subsidiary The Stationery Office Deutsche Post World Net plans to expand its leading role.