TALLINN – The 1,000th parcel machine of Estonia's state-owned postal service and logistics company Omniva in the Baltics was opened in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Wednesday.
The new parcel machine is part of the expansion and renewal of the company’s network, as part of which, a total of around 270 parcel machines will be replaced and installed in the coming months, the company said.
The first Omniva parcel machine was installed in Estonia in 2010.
Mart Magi, chairman of the management board of Omniva, said that reaching the 1,000th parcel machine is an important milestone in the development of the Baltic network.
"Since the installation of the first parcel machine, these 12 years of operation have been characterized by both challenges and intensive development in all the Baltic states. It is quite symbolic that our first parcel machine was installed in Estonia, the 500th in Latvia, and the 1,000th in Lithuania. It also shows that we are growing and expanding in all three markets at the same time," Magi said.
"Expanding the network of parcel machines will remain one of our top priorities. The focus in strategically building the network is to ensure that each new parcel machine is installed in a location that is even more convenient and accessible for our customers," he added.
According to Magi, the 1,000th parcel machine also symbolically marks a more sustainable delivery of parcels.
"On the one hand, we have set ourselves an ambitious goal to strive for -- we want to make the process of receiving and sending parcels as easy as possible for consumers. On the other hand, we are increasingly focusing on sustainability. Investments in parcel machines also contribute to saving the environment, as an efficient network of parcel machines enables the delivery of the same number of parcels with a fraction of the CO2 emissions compared to home delivery," he said.
Kristi Unt, member of the management board of Omniva, said that the network of Estonian parcel machines is also expanding rapidly. There are 312 parcel machines in Estonia and this number will increase even more in the near future.
"It is planned to update and replace 115 parcel machines this year and next year. This year, we will install at least 15 more parcel machines in new locations and expand in 10 regions. In addition, we will replace 40 outdated parcel machines with newer ones. We are working closely with municipalities across Estonia so that the long-awaited parcel machines reach smaller settlements, where the trade network is small and the range of products is limited," Unt said.
This year, the company invested 7.5 million euros in expanding its network in the Baltics.