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Old 19.06.2020, 17:44
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Re: La poste - Need to rant.

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Conversation on Messenger with Geneva Post Office. Strange how items I bought from Amazon came directly to Founex (for delivery to my house) whereas my parcel from Japan has now gone all the way to Daillens! I live 20km from Geneva. Geneva-Daillens- Founex is 150 km!! Too bad for global warming."
I know this is a rant, but boy is that a First World Problem/white whine.

You do realize that all (western Switzerland) Swiss Post packages go through the same sorting office in Daillens, right? This is because it is way more business and environmentally efficient to run one big sorting facility like the way Fed Ex used to exclusively use Memphis for all of its operations. In fact, this is the innovative business model that allowed FedEx to become successful in the 1970s.

Otherwise you just spend ages driving individual packages around, which is not at all good for global warming. Instead your package went to Dalliens in a truck with 1000 others destined for many locations around Switzerland and came back with another 1000 all destined for Geneva. Your package’s share of the emissions is tiny, even if it went all the way there and back, and way way lower than the alternative. (Reality is often different than perception.)

The only reason Amazon avoids this in key urban areas is because they have a special deal with SwissPost whereby Amazon does most of the job themselves including the border/customs and Swiss Post may only do the final ‘last mile’ delivery. If you lived in Lausanne, all your Amazon packages would also always go through Daillens.

Last edited by Tox_Rat; 19.06.2020 at 17:47. Reason: Clarification
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