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US News Colissimo begins its pre-Christmas sprint with the experience of containment

19:05  29 october  2020
19:05  29 october  2020 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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En novembre et décembre, Colissimo s’attend à une augmentation de son activité de 24%. © PIERRE ROUANET / PHOTOPQR / VOIX DU NORD / MAXPPP In November and December, Colissimo expects its activity to increase by 24%.

The leader in parcel delivery to individuals, a subsidiary of La Poste, has benefited from the growth in online commerce since the start of the health crisis.

Here is at least one company which does not fear the tightening of the measures to fight against the pandemic. Colissimo, leader in the delivery of parcels to individuals, intends to accelerate by the end of the year. In November and December, a period marked by Black Friday and the preparation for Christmas, this La Poste subsidiary expects its activity to increase by 24%. That's over 105 million packages delivered, up from 80 million last year at this time. Colissimo, which achieved a turnover of 1.95 billion euros in 2019, draws its confidence from the experience acquired during the health crisis.

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E-commerce and its service providers emerged as the big winners of the period. “Since deconfinement, we have grown by 30%,” says Xavier Mallet, CEO of Colissimo. Many of those who discovered e-commerce during the lockdown have become loyal customers.

9,000 seasonal workers as reinforcements

Suddenly, the La Poste subsidiary got into working order to cope with this peak in activity which will begin very quickly. 100,000 postal workers, including 70,000 postmen, will be on the bridge for this operation. "The rate of absenteeism at La Poste linked to Covid is 1% to 2%", notes Xavier Mallet. In any case, the house workforce will be reinforced by 9,000 seasonal workers. At the same time, Colissimo has increased the number of contactless delivery formulas. And worked with e-merchants to get more packages in letterbox format. At least the experience of confinement will have served that purpose.

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