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Deutsche Post's express industry is not afraid of competition from Amazon

Amazon is pushing more and more into the logistics area, but the express division of Deutsche Post doesn't seem to be afraid of that. They are not afraid that online retailers like Amazon could become competitors, according to Reuters. The US group is rather an important customer and partner, as John Pearson, head of the express division, explained.

In his opinion, online retailers could not cope with time-critical and cross-border urgent consignments (TDI) such as those offered by Deutsche Post Express. “TDI is different,” says Pearson. Even with their own logistics networks, retailers are no competition here. In addition, the Express boss expects his industry to grow further thanks to the growing online trade.

The express division of Deutsche Post employs around 100,000 people and was able to increase its sales in the first nine months of the year by 6.3 percent to 12.5 billion euros. The share of the express division in the total turnover of the Deutsche Post is around a quarter.

Microsoft: GDPR is becoming a problem for Windows 10

Since the GDPR came into force, companies and authorities have been faced with a dilemma: What happens if Windows 10 and numerous Office applications cannot be used in compliance with data protection regulations? As Golem.de reports, Microsoft has now recognized the seriousness of this question and tried to meet the requirements. Above all, the regular transfer of user data to the USA is a central sticking point of the problem.

But these hurdles do not seem to be overcome at the moment. If this does not change, authorities and companies could switch to open source programs that meet the GDPR requirements.

AO withdraws from the Netherlands

The British electronics company AO has announced that it will close its shop in the Netherlands. The withdrawal from the market enables the retailer to concentrate more on business in Germany, reports EcommerceNews.eu. This makes Germany the only market outside the United Kingdom in which AO is represented. The company was active in the Netherlands for almost four years.

The withdrawal from the market will cost AO around three million euros, as the company explains. The British provider is currently driving losses of six million euros annually in the country. Now the company hopes to be able to lead the German business to success - but that too will probably not be a sure-fire success.