PostNL suffers from high absenteeism due to the corona measures. In addition, the company has to deliver far more packages than usual at this time of year. "This has created a backlog, which should be eliminated on Friday and Saturday," a spokesperson told NU.nl on Friday.

As a result of the measures, work can also be slower. "For example, it is now necessary to provide the last three digits of the identity card for parcels that normally have to be signed for," adds the PostNL spokesperson.

The volumes of parcels are now as high as in the Christmas period, normally the busiest time of the year. "With the difference that we are preparing for the Christmas period by deploying extra cars and people. The boom that we are dealing with now, we could not see coming very long in advance." And there are far fewer employees due to absenteeism.

PostNL adheres to the guidelines of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) for employees. "So if they have a cold or a roommate, they stay at home. That's why we also have a very high absenteeism rate." According to the spokesman, Tuesday has always been the busiest day of the week. "Backlog has now arisen on that day." The packages that have been left since then should be delivered in the next few days.

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