La Poste responsible for selling masks for small businesses

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La Poste is opening this Saturday May 2 an electronic sales platform (masques-pme.laposte.fr) of masks dedicated only to small businesses. ” Initially, only those with between 10 and 50 employees can place orders, says Olivier Vallet, CEO of Docaposte, the digital business subsidiary of the postal company. As of Monday May 4, companies with up to 10 employees are also affected.

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It was Bercy who asked La Poste to create this infrastructure which will be responsible for selling 10 million masks supplied by the state. They are masks intended for the general public, tested by the general direction of the armament, washable and reusable about twenty times according to the person in charge for Docaposte.

In batches of 6 or 40

The masks will be sold in batches of 6 or 40 and shipped by Colissimo. Their cost is 2.31 € HT, or 2.44 € TTC, the unit for 40 masks delivered in mainland France. According to La Poste, this price was set in collaboration with the government to cover the costs of the creation of the technical platform and its operation as well as the operations of preparation of orders and deliveries …

To be sure that all companies can be supplied, we limit the sale to two masks per employee and per 15-day period ”, specifies Olivier Vallet who insists on the control of order information. Each of them must in particular be accompanied by the SIRET number and La Poste says it checks on the different companies’ registration files.

10 million masks

For the moment, we have received two million masks out of the ten million that we have to distribute, indicates Olivier Vallet. If by chance this first stock runs out, orders will still be possible on the platform but companies will not pay while they are on the waiting list.

Note that La Poste had already created a platform of the same type at the request of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Regional Chamber of Trades and Crafts . This platform started with a test phase since April 29 to supply hair salons, and will be open to very small businesses, traders and artisans from May 4.

SMEs less equipped to equip themselves

According to François Asselin, President of the Confederation of Small and Medium Enterprises, any initiative that can facilitate the supply of masks should be encouraged. ” It is true that small entrepreneurs or small local traders have had much more difficulty obtaining protective equipment than large groups with international networks. “He said.

But he also recalls that many VSEs and SMEs, delivered free of charge by their local CPMEs thanks to regions or local authorities, as in Île-de-France, have themselves distributed masks to other entrepreneurs. ” We found solidarity networks at all levels “Insists François Asselin.

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