Whistl eyes growth with new hire and global alliance

Jonathan MatchettPostal operator Whistl is eyeing further overseas growth in its mail and parcel volumes by hiring Jonathan Matchett as director of international and joining a new global alliance of parcel carriers.
Matchett joins from an international cross-border delivery company wnDirect, where he was UK managing director.  He has over two decades of experience working with major retail brands including ebay, Next, Tesco, DSG International and Marks & Spencer.
Whistl chief executive Nick Wells said: “We are pleased that Jonathan has joined our talented team to grow our international proposition.  He brings invaluable expertise to our growing range of delivery services, particularly in cross border ecommerce.”
Matchett added: “The company is capitalising upon the growth in cross border ecommerce and I am delighted to be part of the team to realise the potential of this market.”
His appointment comes as Whistl has become the only UK member of the Global Parcel Alliance (GPA) which has been launched at a ceremony in China.
The GPA, which has been two years in development, is led by Chinese courier YTO Express and includes 50 courier and parcel members from 25 countries. The aim the alliance is to provide an international package service network covering the major global markets and the firm insists the move strengthens its commitment to provide customers with the latest, most efficient, ways to trade internationally.
YTO chairman Yu Weijiao said of the GPA: “A major goal of the alliance would be to standardise processes for the growing volume of cross-border deliveries.”

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