Christmas mail: Swiss Post delivered millions of letters and parcels
Christmas greetings received by mail or parcel are always popular. In the period from 1 December to Christmas Day, Swiss Post processed over 15 million parcels. On peak days, Swiss Post handled over a million parcels and up to 20 million letters,which corresponds to the volumes for the same period in previous years. Swiss Post will be supporting the “2 x Christmas” campaign again this year. Parcels for the needy can be mailed postage-free at all post offices until 7 January 2012.
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Swiss Post works flat out throughout the Christmas period. And this year is no exception. Between 1 and 24 December, Swiss Post employees processed over 15 million parcels. In the week leading up to Christmas, over a million parcels every day passed through the modern systems at the three sorting centres in Daillens (VD), Frauenfeld (TG) and Härkingen (SO). This is around double the volume compared to a normal working day. Because of how Christmas falls this year, postal carriers even delivered parcels on Saturday, by way of exception.
Greetings sent by mail are very popular
In addition to Christmas parcels, traditional holiday cards are also very popular in Switzerland. The pre-Christmas period was also the busiest time of year at Swiss Post’s mail sorting centres:at peak times up to 20 million cards and letters were processed each day. This, too, is equivalent to approximately twice the volume handled on an average working day.
“2 x Christmas” once again
Swiss Post will be supporting the “2 x Christmas” campaign again for the 15th time. Donated goods parcels may be handed in free of charge at any post office or agency until 7 January 2012. Virtual parcels can be donated until 31 January 2012 at www.2xweihnachten.ch. Swiss Post will collect the parcels and forward them to the Swiss Red Cross,who will distribute them to the needy in Switzerland and abroad. Donations that are particularly welcome include useful items such as non-perishable foods, toiletries, new (or “as new”) shoes, school materials and items for small children.