Austrian Post has begun installing self-service postal stations in Linz, enabling customers to pick up parcels and registered large-format letters 24/7.
There are now 31 postal locations in the Upper Austrian capital: eight postal branches, seven postal partners and 16 free-standing postal stations. In total, the postal service wants to build around 100 additional postal stations in the Linz area in 2024 and 2025.
Walter Oblin, deputy CEO and management board member for letters and finance, Österreichische Post, commented, “As a post office, we want to be even closer to our customers in urban areas – we can achieve this by massively condensing our self-service network.
“With more compact self-service devices, we can optimally cover individual districts and also larger residential complexes and offer the collection of parcels or the dispatch of returns around the clock.”
The consolidation of the self-service network and the takeover of around 1,000 A1 telephone boxes across Austria was announced last year. With over 575 self-service collection stations, 113,731 self-service collection boxes, 561 self-service shipping stations and shipping boxes, as well as 73,443 postal reception boxes, Austrian Post already operates the largest smart locker network in the country.
Linz Mayor Klaus Luger added, “The massive expansion with 100 additional self-collection stations from the post office represents an important service from the post office for citizens. The flow of work can also be made easier for company employees because parcels are delivered to closer stations.”