As the Courier, Express, and Postal Observer notes, "In August, Eastern Connection announced an alliance with TNT Express. This alliance gives international shippers in Eastern Connection's service area from Maine to Virginia better access to TNT Express's extensive international network. Regional distribution of parcel shipments is growing as internationally sourced goods are transported by air or a combination of ship and rail to distribution points near the ultimate destination and then transported to the ultimate destination by a parcel carrier. While UPS and FedEx Ground can and do serve these customers, regional carriers working directly with shippers or with companies like TNT Express and non-asset based transportation companies, such as Expediters International, can provide the last 100 mile service at competitive rates and service levels." Read the full post here.