Bpost: agreement reached with publishers for the distribution of newspapers in Wallonia

Bpost: agreement reached with publishers for the distribution of newspapers in Wallonia
Bpost: agreement reached with publishers for the distribution of newspapers in Wallonia

A decisive agreement was signed between bpost, the main postal operator in Belgium, and publishers of French-speaking newspapers for the distribution of newspapers in Wallonia. This agreement, which will take effect from July 1, 2024, ensures the continuity of the service until the end of 2025, the date on which the current press concession ends.

With this agreement, bpost undertakes to distribute all newspapers in Wallonia until the end of 2025, thus guaranteeing job security for its staff under fixed contracts. However, from 2026, publishers could gradually transfer distribution to an alternative.

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In order to prepare for this potential transition, the publishers have asked bpost to test an alternative distribution method in the third quarter of 2025. This experiment will involve four distribution offices. A meeting is scheduled for mid-2025 to evaluate the results of this test and determine whether newspaper delivery will be transferred to an alternative in 2026 or whether bpost will continue to provide this service for an extended period.

Gradualized transition in Flanders

Furthermore, bpost concluded an agreement on April 26 concerning the end of the press concession in Flanders. This agreement provides for a gradual transition of newspaper volumes to AMP, a subsidiary of bpostgroup. This strategy will allow approximately 75% of the volumes currently distributed by bpost to be retained. The transition will begin at the start of the school year in September/October 2024 with around ten pilot offices and will continue in 2025 and 2026 for the transfer of the remaining volumes.

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