Priority postal services
As part of the La Poste Group, Europe's second largest postal operator, we have access to a worldwide network of Priority postal routes so whether it's a weekly magazine or newspaper, or a time critical direct mail campaign, or even a trackable parcel, you can be assured to get it to the required destination fast. Typical delivery aims are 2-4 days for western europe and 4-8 days for the rest of world (read more about delivery aims). We have achieved the IMDAS accreditation which proves that our priority postal delivery aims are accurate and the services are reliable.
Standard/Economy postal services worldwide
If your mailing is not time critical or can be planned in advance then why not use standard/economy postal services. BTB Mailflight's standard/economy postal services are still very reliable and the mail will typically be delivered within 4 to 10 days in western europe and 6-15 days in the rest of the world (although some services do vary depending on country, region, and postal operator, click here for more information about delivery aims). These are the same delivery aims that most of our competitors work within as well.
However we have our own network of routes worldwide and relationships with agents that have been developed over 25 years, so we are a very important client internationally, and we believe this helps ensure more of our mail get delivered closer to the lower timescale.
All mail formats delivered
We provide priority and standard economy services for all mail formats:
Flats (large letters, typical magazines, catalogues, brochures, journals etc)
We consolidate international mail from many clients, this gives us huge buying power and we use this power to negotiate rates with many international postal operators who fight for this work i.e. La Poste, Deutsche Post, Swiss Post, Mail Africa, USPS, Royal Mail International etc. Fundamentally this is international postage brokering, and most of these postal operators only deal with the trade and not end clients.
Direct Entry / Local Look Mail
BTB Mailfight operates more direct entry postal services than anyone else, with direct entry mailing agents in over 70 countries. Direct Entry is simply a style of international mailing where each mail piece is customised to the local market it is being sent to. Whereas your marketing agency will customise the creative to ensure the language and imagery fits with local culture, Direct Entry does the same with the format of the mail piece. The service provides:
Local PPI (Postage Printed Impression) for the individual country.
Mail piece design to fit within local mailing regulations.
Local return address for responses.
'Best rate' postage charges based on negotiated rates with overseas post offices and private agents
Periodical Postal Solutions (magazines and journals)
Most magazine publishers are aware of the Presstream postal services of Royal Mail and the alternative hand delivery options for the distribution of magazines in the UK, but did you know that similar services are also available in countries worldwide? BTB Mailflight have agreements with several global postal operators where we sort magazine mailings to their 'Presstream equivalent' standards (i.e. Magstream, US Periodicals etc) before injecting into their postal system, enabling us to achieve these postage discounts only available to magazine publishers. We also operate the largest network of hand delivery agents, delivering mail to all corners of the world and many of these provide specific magazine distribution services.
The level of discount will depend on the degrees of sortation, quantities, frequency, and countries being mailed to, but they can be substantial.
M-Bags (postal delivery of heavier mail)
If you have a need to send over two kilos of mail to one destination or you have a lot of mail going to one client on a regular basis then our M-Bag service is a very cost effective option. M-Bags are a way of shipping all mail for one location in a sealed and secure specific bag, therefore all mail is delivered at the same time and in good condition.
Normal international mail is designed for up to two kilos per piece, with M-Bags you can place as much mail as you can for one address into our specifically designed bags with a weight limit of 25 kilos. M-Bags are individually priced and are much more cost effective, as there are lower sortation and delivery costs.
Remail - if you want another mailing house/printer to handle the fulfilment
You don't need to use our fulfilment services to benefit from our international postal contracts. We can allow you to use our licensed postal indicias and return addresses and we will provide design instructions and sortation guidance to you or your printer/mailing house. You then deliver the mailing into us, we consolidate it, and remail the items worldwide using one, or several postal services.
Most of our international postal services provide free returns handling, and our local look service even offers local return addresses to help improve response rates. We can forward returns onto clients or data capture the return details and provide this back to clients as a data file.
International courier services
We work with a number of international courier companies who provide us with trade rates. This includes courier deliveries to residential and business addresses with signed-for and trackable options available across Europe and beyond.
Sample Delivery Aims
The delivery aims of the different postal operators do vary slightly to individual regions of the world but the below aims give you a feel for what we currently offer where we use La Poste's Economy/Standard and Priority services.
Western Europe - 2-4 days
Rest of Europe - 4-8 days
Rest of World
- 4-8 days
Reims - West - 6-8 days
Reims - East - 8-11 days
Rest of Europe - 6-11 days
Middle East - 9-13 days
Central & South America - 8-13 days
North America 10-12 days
Africa & Asia - 10-15 days
Far East & Australasia - 10-14 days