Deutsche Post stops offering mailboxes to private houses because demand has been lower than expected. That said the head of the post office Frank Appel in the interview with the TagesspiegelNow the company will consider something new. However, the similarly established packaging stations at the national level of the DHL subsidiary need to be maintained and further expanded, but the search for suitable locations plays a role, said Appel.
New technologies work, but they are too expensive
The head of the post office yielded Tagesspiegel also other new technologies for the delivery of a cancellation. In the near future, drones will not be used and supplies will not be offered in the trunk of vehicles and behind the apartment door. The latter practiced Amazonia in the United States. This model also examined his company and tested, said Appel. But even here, customer interest is apparently not big enough for a profitable use of the new technology.
Even on the robot companion called Postbot the company will not adjust. It works technically well, said Appel, but these devices are still too expensive today. Even within 20 or 30 years, Swiss Post will still employ people like parcel delivery.
Postbot has been tested since 2017 as an accompaniment for delivery personnel and should reduce physical effort at work. Parcels for private houses modeled on Post Packstations as early as 2015.