Christmas mail: Swiss Post delivered millions of letters and parcels

Press release dated 26.12.2012

Letters and parcels conveying Christmas greetings enjoy lasting popularity: in the period from 1 December to Christmas Day, Swiss Post processed over 16 million parcels – more than ever in this period. On peak days, Swiss Post processed well over a million parcels and up to 20 million letters. Swiss Post will be supporting the “2 x Christmas” campaign again for the sixteenth time. Donated goods parcels for the needy may be handed in at any post office until 12 January 2013. Swiss Post will collect the parcels and forward them to the Swiss Red Cross free of charge.

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 16 million parcels; in previous years, 15 million parcels had usually been processed. In the week leading up to Christmas, over a million parcels passed through the modern systems at the three sorting centres in Daillens (Vaud), Frauenfeld (Thurgau) and Härkingen (Solothurn) every day. This is more than double the volume compared to a normal working day. As most customers posted their Christmas parcels early and addressed them correctly, Swiss Post was able to deliver them punctually for Christmas.

Greetings sent by post are very popular

Traditional season’s greetings cards remain as popular as ever, as shown by the high volumes of letters and cards transported by Swiss Post in the pre-Christmas period. At peak times up to 20 million cards and letters were processed each day at the mail sorting centres in Eclépens (Vaud), Zurich-Mülligen and Härkingen (Solothurn). 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 sixteenth time. Donated goods parcels may be handed in at any post office or agency free of charge until 12 January 2013. 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 toddlers. Virtual parcels can be donated until 31 January 2013 via the website  www.2xchristmas.ch. The Swiss Red Cross then purchases the corresponding items and distributes them in Eastern Europe.