Santa and Swiss Post’s elves get to work

Every year, as the festive season approaches, children from all over Switzerland send their wishes, greetings and gift lists to Santa Claus. Santa’s little helpers have plenty to do, answering the huge number of letters from all the children. Last year, a new record was set, with almost 36,000 messages sent. Swiss Post’s elves work tirelessly and are ready to move heaven and earth to ensure each child receives a reply.

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Inflation and rising energy prices: Swiss Post to adjust parcel prices for major customers from 2023

Rising energy and fuel prices as well as general inflation are leading to much higher costs in parcel logistics. Swiss Post is likely to incur additional costs of around 30 to 40 million francs in the parcel business for 2022. Swiss Post will bear these additional costs for 2022. From 2023, however, moderate price adjustments are unavoidable in order to pass on some of the costs. Swiss Post will be introducing a variable energy surcharge and an inflation surcharge for parcels from 2023. This will affect some 3,500 business customers who have individually agreed prices. Business customers who have list prices and private customers will not be affected. The inflation surcharge will be 1.9 percent of the parcel price. The energy surcharge is variable and is based on the average monthly prices for diesel, petrol and electricity.

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From a hacker’s perspective: how secure is Swiss Post’s e-voting system?

Swiss Post has always said that it wants to provide the cantons with a secure e-voting system. So we wanted to know: how secure is the e-voting system really? To celebrate the start of the public intrusion test, which is currently taking place, we talked to an ethical hacker. For several years, Swiss Post has been inviting hackers to check its IT systems for any security vulnerabilities and providing them with a reward for each vulnerability they identify. The same idea is now being applied to the e-voting system with a public intrusion test that is underway.

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