Deutsche Post staff to receive €300 coronavirus bonus

German logistics groups Deutsche Post DHL said Tuesday it would pay all its employees worldwide a €300 bonus to thank them for their "tireless efforts" during the coronavirus pandemic.

Deutsche Post staff to receive €300 coronavirus bonus
A Deutsche Post employee in Gangelt, an early coronavirus hotspot in Germany, in April. Photo: DPA

More than 500,000 workers are set to receive the “one-time bonus” in the coming months, costing the group around €200 million.

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“We have navigated our company through this crisis very well so far. We owe this to our committed colleagues worldwide,” CEO Frank Appel said in a statement, praising “the tireless efforts of our teams”.

It mirrors a move by Britain's Royal Mail which has offered staff a 200-pound (€223) payment for working through the pandemic.

Postal workers were among the essential workers keeping countries ticking over at the height of the COVID-19 lockdowns earlier this year, when schools were closed and millions of people were told to work from home.

Deutsche Post added that both its German and international parcel delivery business had benefitted from the rise in online shopping while people were cooped up at home.

The boost helped lift the group's pre-tax operating profit to €890 million in the second quarter of 2020, up 16 percent on the year before, according to preliminary results on Tuesday.

Deutsche Post will unveil its full results on August 5th.

According to its own figures, Deutsche Post delivers about 57 million letters in Germany every working day.

The postal service in Germany received an increase in complaints in the first half of 2020, many of them related to delivery issues.

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‘A new generation of stamps’: Deutsche Post rolls out QR-style tracking codes

German stamps will soon be kitted out with individual matrix codes to help stop letters getting lost in the mail, national postal company Deutsche Post said Tuesday.

'A new generation of stamps': Deutsche Post rolls out QR-style tracking codes
The new stamp reading 'digital change' and with a QR tracking code. Photo: DPA

Customers will be able to use the codes to track when a letter has arrived in the local processing centre and when it has reached its destination region, Deutsche Post said.

The codes, which are similar to QR codes, will sit alongside the traditional images in what will be “a new generation of stamps”, according to the company.

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“Stamps with matrix codes make our service even more reliable — and the stamps more interesting,” said Tobias Meyer, head of the company's German post and parcel division.

The first stamps featuring the codes will be rolled out from Thursday, with more to follow later in the year.

By 2022, they will be featured on all German stamps.

However, the codes do not allow for full parcel-style tracking and they will not tell customers whether a letter has actually been delivered.

DHL owner Deutsche Post reported record results in January as the pandemic fuels a package boom spurred by online shopping.

Revenues climbed five percent year-on-year to 66.8, buoyed by strong performances from the parcels and express units.