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The Land of Penpals: Nobody Sends as Many Letters as the Germans – Economy

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A document will presumably also be sent by hand shortly before the beginning of the year 2018: the wish list. Nothing is known about e-mails to Santa, and if he has a cell phone number to send WhatsApp messages to, he keeps them well under wraps. Several envelopes addressed to Santa Claus have already arrived in the Brandenburg Himmelpfort. The local Christmas post office is measured in terms of the number of letters – last year there were about 281 000 – in Germany, the largest of its kind. Seven such "Christmas Writing Room" operates the Deutsche Post, more than half a million letters were last counted there. Volunteers answer, thank and comfort, if not every wish can come true. In 2017, the number of letters hardly fell back, but adults also continue to send letters in December. Although these days, many electronic mailboxes are singing and blinking winter greetings, nonetheless the Swiss Post carries twice as many letters every day in Advent as on normal days – a whopping 100 million. People report on the year that is coming to an end or delight each other with Christmas cards: carefully selected, formulated with care. In fact, even the absolute number of letters in this country is still astonishingly high: while, for example, just half as many letters are sent in the neighboring countries of Italy and the Netherlands as they were ten years ago, and the amount has declined by as much as 70 percent in Denmark, it sank here in the same period only a fifth. For the year 2017, the Federal Network Agency even recorded this week: "broadly stable letter volumes". Obviously, in the land of poets and thinkers, Goethe and Charlotte Stein, Bettina von Arnim or Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker, stick to the letter longer than anywhere else. No one has to write a letter anymore – of course not. That makes him from the shabby messenger to the luxury goods. Perhaps that is why he is more than ever able to express appreciation. Deliveries only once a week It is true that Deutsche Post's core business lost 3.6 percent compared with the previous year. Competitors such as the Berlin Pin AG, which has been shipping throughout Germany since March of this year, are taking customers away from the former monopolist. In the past, the declining letter business served as an argument for four postage increases in succession: The amount sink, but the effort is the same.

 In the face of such price increases, it infuriates many customers that the company is gambling with the idea of ​​not delivering letters on all days. The German not only likes to write letters, he also likes to get some. "Deutsche Post offers customers in selected delivery districts a test in which alternative delivery options for receiving their mail are being tested." The aim is "to find out more about the potentially changing needs of customers in an increasingly digitized communications world" the enterprise. The recipients receive their letters either every two days or once a week. Swiss Post emphasizes that all participants participate voluntarily. A "takeover in the regular operation" is currently not planned. Nevertheless, many Berliners have the impression that he receives mail without being asked only once a week. The post office does not find enough staffThus admits the post office: In the fall it came in the Berlin districts Charlottenburg and Wilmersdorf to delays. Unexpectedly many cases of illness, not least storms, meant that not all households could be reached as usual. In the meantime, delivery is stable again. Deutsche Post, once an authority, has to deliver letters six times a week, according to the "Postuniversaldienstleistungsverordnung". Before Advent, the company hired more than 100 additional postmen in Berlin. In Germany, a total of 84,000 couriers work alone for the market leader. On high days like these are not enough. "We continue to be on the lookout for suitable new employees," says a postal spokeswoman on request. It does not necessarily fail because of goodwill. By comparison, the company offers the most attractive jobs "with secure, collectively agreed employment, high sector wages and modern equipment." Nevertheless, it is still a challenge to meet the need for good staff. Because not only the Post and Pin, Hermes, DPD or GLS are looking for messengers, Amazon is in the process of setting up its own supply structure, Zalando is also becoming more independent. There are also classic couriers and food delivery services such as Foodora or Deliveroo. In the face of rapidly growing online commerce, the logistics industry is one of the most demanded and dynamic of all.

From time-soldier to postman Who carries letters, the German language should be powerful. And also physically fit: Hardly anywhere does the correspondence fit the inhabitants of a street into a shoulder bag. In particular, on Saturdays, when mass mailings are carried out by discounters or furniture stores, the delivery staff move tons of paper with their bicycles. In Berlin, there are in some old buildings not even mailboxes in the hallway, but only slots on the apartment doors. Maybe the occupation of the postman also has an image problem. Even in times of start-up millionaires, many little boys still want to become firefighters or police officers. But postman? Deutsche Post is therefore taking unusual paths. Recently, she has started a cooperation with the German Armed Forces, which should make former time soldiers attractive as a postman. The global group has long been working with external service providers, for example emptying boxes. There is no delivery guarantee. If you want your letter to be under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, you should give it up by December 21st at the latest. As a rule, according to Deutsche Post, 95 percent of all letters reach their destination the following day. In Berlin a little less, as the answer to the written question of a member of parliament shows: 89.7 percent. Everything just takes a little bit longer here. However, there is no delivery guarantee for letter mail. And a letter is considered as lost only if it does not arrive within 20 days. Goethe was used to longer terms. Because in today's time, however, quickly cause irritation, if a vow of love remains unanswered for weeks, glowing letter writers should in case of doubt, but perhaps better hooked up by text message.

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