Germany and its parcel carriers is a relationship that became more intense during the Corona crisis – optimists would say better. While many stores have had to temporarily close or are only allowed to open under certain conditions, delivery people are reliable enough to deliver anything you order over the internet: clothes and shoes, of course, but recently, for example, wine or garden furniture. .
And sometimes the messengers also become heroes. Like Kangni Ayika from Cologne, who broke into the middle of the church in a silver wedding service earlier this month and brought the rings to the groom. Over a million people have watched the delight the groom hatched online: They saw each other so often during the corona pandemic that Ayika vowed to surprise the faithful with her childbirth.
It was one of many packages currently being delivered: around 3.6 billion packages were sent across the republic in pandemic year 2020 alone, reports the Federal Network Agency, a sixth more than ‘in 2019. And parcel services have record employment this year. too. “The success story continues,” said Marten Bosselmann, head of the Federal Association for Parcel and Express Logistics (BIEK), during the presentation of his latest sector study.
The downside to success
Deutsche Post, for example, can report an economic success, with its DHL brand leader in the parcel market in Germany: for the first half of 2021, it recorded a profit of 3.985 billion euros before interest and taxes, more than double that during the crisis. – period of rise of the previous year. The boom in e-commerce is apparently “lasting,” CEO Frank Appel said, and the Post is benefiting from it and “still operating at full capacity.” The group also feels that companies around the world are once again sending more freight and shipments to other companies – with freight capacities still scarce and expensive by air and sea. It’s good for the job.
On the stock market, the group is now worth more than 70 billion euros, significantly more than before the outbreak of the pandemic. Last week, the group raised its profit forecasts for the next few years. In addition, the Post wishes to pay approximately 550,000 employees in the world a bonus of 300 euros per full-time employee, “in recognition of their tireless efforts”, according to the reasoning. The amount of the special payment may not seem particularly generous at first. On the other hand, employees around the world should receive the bonus – from warehouse clerks in Latin America to dispatchers in East Asia.
In general, employees: In Germany, around 255,000 people are now working in the courier, express and parcel sectors, reports the BIEK, and more than 10,000 jobs have been created in the last year alone. crisis. However, the industry still employs a large number of part-time workers, contractors and contractors. At the end of 2019, the federal government made parcel services more responsible for the working conditions of their many service providers.
Of course, this is offset by the number of stationery retailers – also because of the corona pandemic – that have come under pressure. Many workplaces subject to collective agreements have already ceased to exist in the retail sector, and more and more shops are empty on the shopping streets. Stefan Genth, managing director of the German Retail Association, on Wednesday diagnosed “a clear change in the pattern of consumption”: moving away from the store and towards online stores.