Last Mile Brief 23/01/2023: postal workers across Germany go on strike
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In today's Last Mile Brief, we bring you news on the postal worker strike in Germany, as well as Sameday Group's 2022 financial results. We also provide the lowdown on Allegro partnering with DHL, and Amazon being cited by OSHA.
Today’s headline story: postal workers across Germany go on strike
Over 15,000 postal workers went on strike on Friday across Germany after negotiations over pay increases stalled.
Deutsche Post warned on Friday there would be “a delay of a few days” for the delivery of some 2.3m packages and 13m letters. It also added that there were regional variations in terms of participation, and therefore in the level of disruption.
The Deutsche Post DHL Group said 16,700 postal workers, approximately a third of the company’s total labour force, had taken part in the strike.
The strike is the result of stalled negotiations between the union and the logistics giant. Deadlocked in pay negotiations, Verdi is calling for a 15% increase for its members. However, Deutsche Post has stated the demand is unrealistic.
With almost 1.9m members, Verdi is Germany’s second-largest trade union by membership.
Europe round up
- Sameday Group has ended 2022 with double-digit growth in its major business segments.
- UPS subsidiary Bomi Group has opened a new facility in Madrid as part of an €18m investment.
- Ukrposhta has received 6 vehicles from La Poste to serve newly liberated areas.
- Polish e-commerce platform Allegro has teamed up with DHL for subscription delivery. (in Polish)
- Packfleet CEO states his claim for why his frim is righting the wrongs of the delivery sector.
- Trade unions have approved PostNL’s new Collective Labour Agreement.
- ALDI has declared its renewed trust in bpost for the delivery of its leaflet.
- Board of Directors member Nadja Lang is to leave Swiss Post.
- Carrefour has tested an autonomous grocery delivery robot named Nono in Belgium.
- Every Estonian municipality now has an Omniva parcel machine.
North America round up
- Amazon has been cited by the OSHA for failing to keep warehouse workers safe.
- DHL is to invest $258m in Franklin warehouse park.
- Walmart has expanded its in-house driver hiring and training programme.
- 350,000 UPS workers may strike this summer.
- Michael Brady, Senior Editor of Supply Chain Dive, offers his thoughts on why drone delivery hasn’t taken flight in the US.
News from the rest of the world
- Australia Post and residents have clashed over an electric trike rollout.
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