“Black Friday” and “Cyber Week” brought a first flood of parcels with record volumes for Swiss Post. During this period, Swiss Post handled around one third more shipments than it normally would in its three parcel centers. But what happens to a parcel after a customer drops it off at the Swiss Post counter? Barbara Schluchter-Donski from the newspaper “Thuner Tagblatt” wanted to find out more, so she sent a Christmas parcel on a journey through the yellow world from Thun to Mürren. Curious children were waiting for the red parcel at its destination, a village at 1,650 metres above sea level in the Bernese Oberland.
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A long-standing US tradition is gaining ground here in Switzerland, too. Stores and online shops compete for customers with Black Friday bargains. And shoppers are happy to take advantage of these sales. It is a joy that Martin Borer, Head of Sorting at the Härkingen parcel center, shares. Swiss Post is upgrading its facilities to ensure that goods ordered online can be delivered on time.
The sound of cowbells ringing and Swiss mountain dogs barking from the farm. This is how Swiss writer Jeremias Gotthelf described the idyllic Emmental valley 200 years ago, and the same remains true today. But in the place where the film Uli the Farmhand (“Ueli der Knecht”) was shot ages ago, it’s only on the surface that it appears very little has changed, because innovative ideas are being put into action in the Emmental valley. Simple – rustic – sturdy. And it’s something mail carriers also benefit from.