Swiss Post unveils new regional parcel centre
Swiss Post officially presented its new Buchs-based regional parcel to the public on Friday (26 August).
Completed after a planning and construction phase of just 15 months, the new facility will now handle the sorting and delivery of parcels for the area covering greater Aarau, Lenzburg, Seetal, Suhrental and Wynental.
After Rümlang, Buchs is the second regional parcel centre that Swiss Post has put into operation in 2022.
The company has invested around 15 million francs for the required conversion of a warehouse and the new centre – which started operating in mid-July – can process up to 5,000 parcels an hour.
Johannes Cramer, Head of Logistics Services at Swiss Post, commented: “We are delighted with the successful commissioning of the regional parcel centre. It enables us to strengthen our roots in the region and continue to expand our capacity for sorting and delivering parcels.”
In a first for Switzerland, the facility is equipped with spiral conveyors that can lift parcels to a height of three metres in order to make optimum use of the available space. .
“This technology is so far unique at Swiss Post”, said Cramer “By investing in state-of-the-art technology like this, we can continue to meet the needs of our customers in the future. Because people’s needs have changed. They want to order online today and find the goods in their mailbox tomorrow. So we have to be able to process growing numbers of parcels more and more quickly. This is only possible if we and our technology are innovative.”
In addition to the new parcel sorting centre, Buchs is also home to the delivery point for parcels. From here, Swiss Post mail carriers spread out across the region every day. They were previously based in Härkingen and Mägenwil. Swiss Post has created 60 new jobs in Buchs. In total, the company employs 175 people at the new location. In addition, in 2023, it will move the Aarau letter delivery point – along with around 100 employees – to Buchs.
Swiss Post added that two more locations for parcel sorting are expected to follow in 2023: a regional parcel centre in Pratteln; and a parcel department within the Härkingen letter centre.