DHL Parcel UK has taken over the Pass My Parcel network today (1 October).

Pass My Parcel owner Connect Group announced in June that it was to close down the venture as part of a three-step programme to turn its fortunes around.

However, it has now reached an agreement with DHL Parcel UK, previously UK Mail, which has seen the latter take over the network and avoid shutting it down.

In a statement the companies said they would be working together over the coming months to support parcel shop members as the new service from DHL Parcel UK is introduced.

It is expected that the transition will be completed by June 2019, they added.

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Peter Fuller, CEO of DHL Parcel UK, said: “We are fully committed to the maintenance and growth of the parcel shop network and look forward to working in partnership towards a period of sustained growth”.

Jon Bunting, Connect Group chief operating officer said: “We are delighted to have been able to reach this agreement with DHL who are committed to grow the network.

"We have received great support from all of our parcel shop partners and we are pleased that they will continue to provide and benefit from this service with DHL”.

DHL Parcel UK is part of Deutsche Post DHL.

Connect Group

The operator has also announced that its has recruited former FedEx Express chief operating officer Michael Holt as a non-executive director.

Gary Kennedy, chairman of Connect Group, said: "I am delighted to welcome Michael to the Connect Group board.

"His expertise in the logistics sector will enhance the skills and experience we are bringing to the group to deliver a profit recovery at Tuffnells and broader strategic turnaround."