Dübendorf and Zurich - July 22nd, 2009
GastroSuisse and DPD Suisse a new partnership
DPD Suisse, the number 1 private parcel operator on the Swiss domestic market and GastroSuisse, the leading national federation of hotels and restaurants, have signed a partnership contract for the creation of a network of DPD PARCELSHOPS in hotels and restaurants throughout Switzerland. As of January 2010, private and business customers will have around 200 DPD PARCELSHOPS at their disposal all over the country. The objective is to set-up around 1,000 new parcel collection and distribution points within three to five years.
Thanks to DPD PARCELSHOPS, private and business customers can send and collect their parcels at selected hotels and restaurants even in the evenings and at the weekend, with a service provided by specially trained staff. As always, DPD Suisse is prioritising customer proximity, ensuring a professional and reliable parcel service at competitive rates.
Klaus Künzli, the president of GastroSuisse federation of hotels and restaurants, highlights the advantages of the new DPD PARCELSHOPS for its members: "With our 21,000 members, GastroSuisse is aware of its responsibility to the economy in general and more particularly to hotels and restaurants. We embrace the energy of social and economic evolution; we encourage and launch entrepreneurial initiatives that will provide for the healthy future of our business sector. DPD PARCELSHOPS offer people and companies a reliable and easily accessible solution for sending and collecting parcels at almost any time of the day, providing our members a further source of income."
The CEO of DPD Suisse, Georges Champoud, comments that with this project, the private sector proves its ability to innovate to new market requirements whilst using existing infrastructure. "With GastroSuisse, we have found a partner who meets our expectations in terms of corporate culture and efficiency. The perspective for this partnership is thrilling. We will do everything we can for our customers and are convinced that our partners will do the same."
About DPD Suisse
DPD Suisse is the leading private operator on the domestic Swiss market. The company employs 700 members of staff and has 12 sorting centres in Switzerland. Integrated in an international network, DPD provides a quick, secure and reliable parcel service (up to 35 kilos) in Switzerland and to 230 countries throughout the world. The range of products includes parcels and express mail. The European network has 500 depots in over 40 countries, 22,000 employees, 15,000 vehicles and a volume of 1.5 million parcels processed every day.
The GeoPost Group consolidates the express service subsidiaries of La Poste Group and is a major player in express services in Europe, as shown by its top ranking road transport network, DPD. GeoPost operates in over 230 countries on behalf of over 300,000 customers worldwide and is n°1 in France and n°2 at European level on the express parcel market with a consolidated turnover figure of €3.292 billion in 2008.
GastroSuisse is the leading national federation for hotels and restaurants. Its members number around 21,000 (hotels, boarding houses, inns, restaurants and cafés), organised into 26 cantons and 4 sector groups.
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Dr. Peter Köppel
Head of Communication
Tel. +41 44 266 61 01
Brigitte Meier-Schmid, Nicole Fridle
Marketing and Communication
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