Over 1.3 million parcels sent free of chargeBonn, 02/25/2005, 10:30 AM CET
Deutsche Post World Net announced that over 1.3 million people took advantage of last Friday's opportunity to send a parcel free of charge. This was the final figure reported after retail outlets closed and is nearly double the amount posted on the busiest day before Christmas, December 21, 2004.
The large volume of parcels was handled without difficulty, prompting DHL to pronounce the promotion a success and a demonstration of the logistics provider's capabilities.
On Friday many customers were in a particular hurry and posted their free DHL parcel - part of Deutsche Post's anniversary celebrations - at the crack of dawn. They were able to do so thanks to PACKSTATION, Deutsche Post's innovative new service.
By 8am, around 1,000 parcels had already been placed inside the 400 Packstations dotted throughout Germany. This is about twenty times the usual volume for that time on a normal workday. The first parcel was posted in Munich and was already on the way to its recipient at 50 seconds past midnight.