Robert Cohen examines the liberalization of Germany's Deutsche Post and its implications for the global express delivery industry. Deutsche Post has launched a major effort to become an integrated global express delivery firm through a large number of acquisitions, including international market leader DHL and Airborne Express. Recent financial analysis suggests that Deutsche Post is likely to command the resources to accelerate its move into international markets largely because of its continuing monopoly over regulated mail delivery in Germany and its de facto monopoly over many parts of the liberalized mail market.
Cohen charts the competitive pressures these moves will put on other global express delivery firms, and lays out a number of steps policy makers can take to prevent Deutsche Post from unfairly capitalizing on its home market monopoly.
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