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Deutsche Post plans food delivery service
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Deutsche Post plans food delivery service

Published: 05 Dec 2012 12:16 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Dec 2012 12:16 GMT+01:00

The head of the firm's German package delivery unit DHL, Andrej Busch, told the regional daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that limited test deliveries of perishable foodstuffs ordered on the internet had begun in May.

"Naturally at first there's a bit of scepticism from field trial participants," Busch said. "Customers soon realize how convenient it is to shop this way."

But he admitted it would take at least another three years to have a full nationwide network in place.

The logistics giant has profited in recent years from the boom in online shopping in Germany. And although Internet food delivery has lagged behind places like the United States it is slowly making inroads.

Deutsche Post even recently acquired the online supermarket Allyouneed.com, which allows customers to choose food items online in the morning for delivery via DHL that evening.

"Of course, it's crucial that when we turn up at the customer's house there's someone home to accept it," Busch told the paper.

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12:43 December 5, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Great. Now our food parcels will also be delivered open and tampered with. The underpaid DP employees can subsidise their income with free food.
15:27 December 5, 2012 by blackboot11
@ Berlin fuer alles: Spot ON !

and 3 days late to boot....LOL!
18:20 December 5, 2012 by OkieinBerlin
Great. Now we'll have even more DHL delivery trucks blocking traffic all over town. Does anyone know, are these vehicles exempt from parking and traffic codes?
19:23 December 9, 2012 by raandy
Good point oki, DHL make their own rules ,parks where it is most inconvenant for good trafic flow. and they are everywhere......with no rules other than get it done ,however you can. with complete impunity.
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