Bonn (dpa) - In the discussion about environmentally friendly parcel delivery, a representative of Deutsche Post spoke in favor of journeys by a single service provider in each delivery area.

In what is known as consolidated delivery, a company would take over the parcels from its competitors and deliver them for a fee. "It is no longer up-to-date and not good for the air if five or six different parcel deliverers arrive and deliver in the same street," said Thomas Koczelnik, the post's works council chief, to the German Press Agency. Consolidated delivery would reduce pollutant emissions.

According to the trade unionist, the municipalities should be involved in the tendering process. He also has a strong role in mind for the Federal Network Agency, which also monitors network access in other areas - such as the railroad, where different companies use the same rails. Companies also sometimes use the same infrastructure in the telecommunications and gas markets. "The authority is familiar with network access - it could also ensure that the benefits for the general public in the parcel market are greater than now."

Because of the booming online trade, the parcel market has been growing for a long time, more and more people are getting clothes or electronics sent to them instead of buying them in the store. At the same time, the discussion about sharpening the package industry harder due to the pollutant emissions and the traffic load is getting sharper. From this point of view, Deutsche Post gets off relatively well, since it is increasingly relying on its environmentally friendly electric transporter Streetscooter. The competition is not that far when it comes to e-mobility.

The Bonn employee representative calls for the tender to be based on socially acceptable and environmentally friendly standards. The yellow giant would probably do well. With his request, Koczelnik takes a similar stance to that of the Post Group management. The Bonn ex-state monopolist has a 44 percent share of sales in the German parcel industry, making it the market leader by a large margin.

Competitors reject consolidated delivery. "DPD's delivery vehicles are very busy," says a spokesman for the subsidiary of the French Post. On the last mile - that is, on the section of the route until the parcel was handed over - his company was very well positioned, the spokesman said. And he points out that this competitive advantage would no longer apply to such a “one-stop service provider”. He also refers to a study by the Biek association in which the postal competitors have organized themselves. According to the study, consolidated delivery would only relieve traffic slightly.

Hermes also shakes her head. A company spokeswoman complained that consolidated delivery would slow down competition - this in turn would be at the customer's expense. She also emphasizes that the Hermes delivery vehicles are generally fully loaded. Choosing a parcel service provider for the last mile would not bring less traffic on the streets, she says.