E-commerce growth prompts smart thinking from Posti

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In a bid to meet growing e-commerce volumes, Finland’s national post office, Posti, is to provide parcel pigeonhole services for apartment buildings, working with housing developer Bonava.

The new service is to launch in February 2017, said Toni Laaksonen, vice president of parcel services at Posti.

The parcel pigeonhole system will allow residents to pick up their parcels from the pigeonhole when it is convenient for them. The service has been developed to meet consumer needs, and Posti believes that it will revolutionize the traditional parcel delivery models.

The system will be implemented in several new apartment buildings due to be built early this year. It will initially be available in Helsinki, Turku, Tampere and Oulu.

Posti delivered more than 34 million parcels in 2016, a record for the Helsinki-headquartered group. It attributes the high volumes to the growth of e-commerce, which increased by 7.3% last year, accounting for approximately one million additional parcels.

Director Saara Pietilä, responsible for Posti’s e-commerce business, said, “It seems that people in Finland are buying increasingly from online stores. The e-commerce market has picked up, and here at Posti, it shows in growing parcel volumes.”

Parcels were delivered to recipients at their homes, postal outlets and Parcel Points, with the latter becoming increasingly popular, Posti revealed. In 2016, the number of parcels traveling through Posti’s network of 480 Parcel Points rose by 39% year on year.

January 5, 2017

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