You’ve got mail (and a monopoly) Will PostNL be the only company delivering your mail?

PostNL, the national postal delivery service in the Netherlands acquired their only competitors in the country, Sandd. This means that now, PostNL owns 70% of the company, while Sandd makes up the rest. The company was bought over for a sum of €130 million.

The people who are delivering all the mail having those dreaded tax bills from the government, thank you cards from your friends, those baby announcements, and wedding invitations are still going to be at your doorstep! Not everything can be over email now, can it? They still deliver your parcels, so you should be thankful for that.

Don’t kill the messenger: what happens to the mailmen?

Being a dying service, where almost everything is getting digitalised, Sandd and PostNL were the only two companies providing it before Sandd took Van Straaten Post last year. According to their official statement, the revenue yielded through mail deliveries is higher with PostNL at  €1,678m, and Sandd at €201m. PostNL employs 38,000 employees, of whom 18,000 are mail deliverers, whereas Sandd employees 19,000 employees of whom 16,000 are mail deliverers. In their statement, PostNL also said that the employees who do deliver the mail do not have to worry about their contracts, but they failed to mention anything about the personnel and support staff.

However, since there will be a monopoly of this particular market, this acquisition still needs the approval of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) who monitors and regulates the competition within markets.

All of you in those long distance relationships with your friends, families and partners cannot go without internet when it comes to keeping in touch. There’s still something wonderful about having a handwritten letter in your hand over an email you can look at from behind your computer or phone screen. Well, as long as it is from someone you love, and not the government asking you to fork over hundreds of euros for taxes.

Start writing those letters, because god knows the mailmen would be happy to deliver them for you! If you’re on a nostalgia trip, and writing letters is your thing, let us know in the comments! Or let us know if you’re not as well 😉

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Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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