To provide an alternative to reduced air transport capacity, to solve capacity and reliability issues on air transport and ensure major flexibility in operations for participating postal organisations.

How does it work?

The IPC Sprinter Network is a road transport network that carries priority letters to ensure that it is received in a timely manner. The Sprinter Network is a single transport network with eight posts providing the best fares in the market and a high quality of service, centralised management and monitoring by IPC.

The Sprinter Network consistently provides a high quality of service to the postal operators that use this service.

IPC monitors and assesses the performance of the network with its IPC CAPE reporting and monitoring system. Transponders attached to the vehicles transmit tracking data, which is detected by IPC’s RFID network at each office of exchange. IPC feeds tracking events into IPC’s CAPE Vision, which allows to assess performance and to report back to participating postal operators.

IPC continuously analyses all the available reports and proposes opportunities for expanding the network for current or potential new users.

Benefits

  • Allows participating posts to save costs
  • Allows for timely delivery despite reduced air transport capacity with higher reliability

Facts & figures

  • More than 30 Offices of Exchange served
  • Eight European countries served
  • Several postal operators that send and receive mail: Österreichische Post, bpost, Le Groupe La Poste,Poste Italiane, POST Luxembourg and PostNL. Swiss Post and the Royal Mail Group are postal operators that only receive mail
  • On average, 40 tonnes of mail is being transported per week, with additional routes constantly being explored
  • Launched in 2005 as an alternative to reduced air transport capacity, the Network has since contributed in solving capacity and reliability issues on air transport and ensuring major flexibility in operations for participating postal organisations

More information

To find out more about the IPC Sprinter Network contact helpdesk@ipc.be.