This very simple method allows you to reduce the price of your SNCF ticket

This very simple method allows you to reduce the price of your SNCF ticket
This very simple method allows you to reduce the price of your SNCF ticket

WePost! offers SNCF travelers to reduce the cost of their ticket by transporting paid parcels, a unique initiative in France.

A new era for SNCF travelers is dawning with WePost!, a startup which offers to reduce the price of train tickets (up to 20 euros) by transporting parcels. Based on the carpooling model, WePost! offers to provide a service by transporting a small package for an individual or an eco-responsible merchant. This unique service in France not only allows significant savings, but it also meets an ecological imperative by promoting rail transport, which is less polluting than road or maritime alternatives.

François Eveno, a young student, shares his experience with enthusiasm: during his last trip from Montpellier to Paris, he saved around 15 euros, or almost 30% of the total cost, simply by carrying a sealed tote bag. Inside, various items intended for a merchant in the south of France. “These are often identity documents, keys, small light things forgotten at home or in the hotel, which must be sent quickly, says Sophie Brette, co-founder of WePost!. Otherwise not being able to feed your cat or not having tailor-made suit to wear at the Cannes Film Festival“, forgotten at home, she laughs.

Ecological impact

WePost! research for the traveler an expedition on his journey. The latter then receives an SMS notification when the trip has been selected.

Sophie Brette explains that the appeal of their service lies not only in the savings generated, but also in its ecological impact. “WePost! is not necessarily cheaper than other logisticians, but our commitment to carbon neutrality makes all the difference“.

The concept, which emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic, initially responded to two major issues: the explosion of online commerce and the growing precariousness of students. Why not absorb these parcel volumes by having them travel by train, while paying for travelers who need to make ends meet?

Today, with more than 30,000 people registered and a goal of 200,000 packages delivered in 2024, WePost! don’t just look inside French borders. The start-up is already planning to expand its services in Switzerland and Belgium.

And security?

Traders “are identified (opening of customer account, IBAN, Kbis)» and the identity documents of individual senders and travelers authenticated using a third-party service, indicates WePost.

Packages entrusted by individuals (10% of packages transported) are packaged in a “transparent or open envelope» allowing you to see the content, depending on the platform. All packages are identified and tracked using a QR code and merchant packages – tote bags – are sealed to avoid any subsequent additions.

WePost! recalls that “theThe project was presented to SNCF Voyageurs risk prevention And encourages travelers to refuse until the last minute if there is the slightest doubt“. “We have simply ensured that the transport conditions of this service are compatible with our safety instructions.», Declared for its part the SNCF to AFP.

Alain Lefebvre, head of the legal and litigation affairs office at the general directorate of customs, however, calls for “vigilance» and “common sense”: “the holder of a good is responsible” and, in the event of an offense (tobacco, narcotics, counterfeits, etc.), he is exposed to the penalties incurred.

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