The demand for fast delivery – preferably on the day of the order – is on the increase. For this reason, Swiss Post plans to reinforce its position in the growing same-day market and has acquired notime AG for this purpose.
When Lars from Zurich-Wipkingen orders a pair of trainers online at lunchtime, he’ll be able to wear them the same evening. This service is enabled by notime AG, whose couriers deliver the products from Oerlikon on the day they are ordered – and by electric scooter, so delivery is also environmentally friendly.
Since August 2020, notime AG, a technology company offering bike courier services, has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss Post, which was previously the majority shareholder. notime’s platform allows online retailers to automate the entire process, from the moment goods are ordered in the online shop to the time they are delivered. “This acquisition enables us to strengthen our position in the growing same-day market,” says Stefan Regli, who is responsible for the domestic letter and parcel market. “This moves us towards a model for the future that is already a reality for notime in various cities in Switzerland: thanks to optimized route planning, ordered goods are delivered on the same day by bicycle or electric scooter.”
Swiss Post will continue to run notime as an independent company. Thanks to the new collective employment contract in place since 1 October 2020, its approximately 350 employees benefit from improved working conditions, such as a minimum wage above the industry average. The CEC also creates more security for part-time employees and makes allowance for their interests.