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Online Trade Brought Austrian Post a Parcel Record in 2015

As more and more people shop online, Austrian Post has a lot of work, above all in the Christmas season. In the whole year 2015 the partially state-owned company transported 80 million parcels, more than ever.

January 11, 2016

Wishing you Peace, Joy and Happiness in the New Year

Dear Reader, As the year comes to an end, I wanted to write and thank you for your support. It's the loyalty of readers like you that enables us to provide our service. This year saw us once again reporting on topics related to cross-border activities in business and diplomacy. Our mission remains to inform and to connect Austria's international professionals and expatriates to enable them to be more productive and successful. Whatever 2016 brings, my editorial team and I will continue to bring you the latest in Austrian-international news and insight. I wish you a peaceful and prosperous holiday season and - till next year. Warm regards, Dr. Peter J. Friedl, Editor, FriedlNews

December 23, 2015

FriedlNews wishes Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Vienna!

Warmest wishes for the season, and sincere thanks for your loyalty throughout the years! Our service will be closed untill January 11th, 2016. The FriedlNews Team

December 23, 2015

EU to Crack Down on Postal Rip-Offs including Austrian Post

The FT reports that Brussels is preparing a regulatory crackdown against rip-off pricing by national postal operators on cross-border parcel deliveries. According to a study, cross-border parcel deliveries are often five times more expensive than identical trips on the domestic market. While the price of a standard 2 kg parcel delivery in Austria with the national postal operator is €4.44, to have that same parcel send to neighbouring Italy would cost €14. Sending the same parcel back from Italy to Austria will rise to €25. In order to connect the common market, the EU wants to develop the potential of e-commerce and to boost cross-border trade. According to the FT, a spokeswoman of the European Commission said that early next year the Commission will “launch measures to enhance price transparency and regulatory oversight” of the European parcel delivery market.

December 22, 2015

Logistics Company Gebrüder Weiss Cooperates with Lithuanian Railways

Vorarlberg-based logistics company Gebrüder Weiss has signed a cooperation agreement with the Lithuanian national railways. Thanks to the agreement it will be possible in the future to transport cargo between Turkey and the Baltic Sea on tracks. The alternative to sea route with travel time of 11 days is almost twice faster, the company announced.

December 18, 2015

Gebrüder Weiss Logistics Opens New Terminal in Singapore

Austrian logistics group Gebrüder Weiss has opened a new logistics terminal in Singapore, in the close vicinity of the world's second-biggest container port, the company said.

December 2, 2015

Christmas Season - Mail Order Business in Austria Booming

If the expectations of the mail order sector come true, there will be a literal flood of parcels this year before Christmas. "We expect in Christmas season this year sales growth of 15 percent” the head of Unito group (Otto, Universal, Quelle, etc.), Harald Gutschi told journalists on Tuesday. The terror attacks in Paris have additionally raised online orders.

November 24, 2015

Telekom Austria Opens New Logistics Centre in Hagenbrunn

Communication service provider A1 has opened a new logistics centre in Hagenbrunn (district Korneuburg). The centre will replace numerous former warehouses among others at Perfektastraße in Vienna-Liesing as central distribution centre. 150 employees have been transferred.

November 18, 2015

Austrian Post Boosts Social Plan for Employees over 50

State-run postal firm Post AG wants to decrease the number of employees over 50 years old and to this aim will offer higher severance payments and a boosted social plan, the daily Standard writes.

November 13, 2015

DB Schenker Opens €11 Mln Logistics Center in St. Pölten

The integrated transport and logistics services provider DB Schenker invested €11 million in a new environmentally friendly logistics center in St. Pölten/Lower Austria. DB Schenker is tripling its total occupied space to 34,000-square meter and is creating a capacity for 100 new jobs.

October 14, 2015