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The Sejm passed an act sealing the ban on Sunday trading so that it would not be avoided by shops that provide postal services. According to the project, on Sundays, only those branches will be able to operate that demonstrate that they are actually mainly engaged in postal services, and not retail trade – revenues from postal services will have to account for over 50 percent of other revenues of a given branch.

It is about the amendment to the act on restricting trade on Sundays and public holidays of 2018, for which 272 MPs voted for along with the amendments, 135 were against, 37 people abstained from voting.

Currently, however, the act on the Sunday trading ban provides for a catalog of 32 exemptions. The prohibition does not apply, among others in pastry shops, ice cream parlors, liquid fuel stations, flower shops, newspaper shops or coffee shops. Post offices are also exempt from the trade ban. It is the latter provision that the larger retail chains that decide to open stores on non-trading Sundays.

Ban on trading on Sundays – shops are open

At the end of August Lidl announcedthat from September 5 “due to the development of postal services” it will open some of its branches on Sundays subject to trade restrictions. As reported, in addition to the standard purchasescustomers will also be able to collect parcels there.

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Before that too Kaufland (similarly to Lidl belonging to the Schwarz Group) decided to open stores on non-trading Sundays. Also in this case, the branches will be open from Sunday, September 5.

We recently reported that Carrefour Polska has signed a framework cooperation agreement with PointPackwhich offers IT solutions supporting sending and receiving parcels. “Launching courier services that give our customers the ability to send or collect parcels in Carrefour is another of the amenities that we want to offer them during their everyday shopping” – informed TVN24 Biznes Izabella Rokicka, communication director of Carrefour Polska.

Does this mean that the stores belonging to the chain will also be open on non-trading Sundays? This is not known yet. “Currently, together with our partner, associates and store teams, we will work on the preparation of the best work model and operational model, which will then be tested in three locations” – said Rokicka. However, it did not provide which locations would be on the list.

Earlier, Pointpack informed, inter alia, on signing a cooperation agreement with Żabka Polska and Poczta Polska, as well as an agreement with General Logistics System Poland and Eurocash.

Some stores are also opened by Biedronka on Sundays subject to trade restrictions. At the beginning of July, we informed about the contract concluded by Jeronimo Martins Polska with Poczta Polska. It is a test extension of cooperation, consisting in the possibility of collecting parcels directly in Biedronka stores. “For this reason, on non-trading Sundays, we can shop in some stores belonging to the chain” – it was reported.

At the end of 2020, almost half a hundred Stokrotka Express stores established cooperation with the DHL Parcel courier company. In March 2021, the Intermarche network also announced that some of its branches will be opened on Sundays and will provide postal services. Polomarket has joined the group of networks open on the last day of the week.

In November 2019, Eurocash Group announced that Abc stores can implement postal services in their facilities. Postal services are also provided in Delikatesy Centrum, Lewiatan or Euro Sklep.

On Sundays subject to the trade ban, not only smaller and larger grocery stores are opened, but also also DIY stores.

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