Swiss Post is tackling the new challenges in city logistics with new ideas, such as acquiring a majority stake in the bicycle courier start-up “notime”.

In Switzerland, more and more goods and people are on the move in the tightest of spaces, with population growth and the boom in online shopping both contributing to this. At the same time, customers want to receive their consignments more and more quickly.

Swiss Post is tackling this challenge with new ideas, such as acquiring a majority stake in the start-up “notime”. With its specially developed software, “notime” can deliver orders within just a few hours using bicycle couriers, making it the market leader in Switzerland.

Swiss Post worked with the start-up to test an environmentally friendly option for bundling and delivering consignments over the last mile in Zurich. An electric vehicle transports the parcels from the distribution base to a transhipment area, known as a micro-hub, where the cyclists collect the items to deliver them to households.

This cooperation between a start-up and Swiss Post enables the development of innovative solutions regarding current urban issues but also more efficient delivery offers.