Omniva, an Estonian postal company which operates in the entire Baltic region, has started with expanding its network of parcel lockers. This month, it started with doubling the size of its locker offering, by adding 63 new parcel lockers to the Baltic network and expanding 100 existing parcel lockers.
Omniva started the expansion of its parcel locker network just in time for the holiday season. It’s also in addition to laying the first cornerstone for Omniva’s new logistics center near Tallinn, which should help the company sort parcels and letters much more efficiently.
According to the logistics company, 8 new parcel lockers will be installed in Estonia, 30 in Latvia and 25 in Lithuania. Additionally, at least 37 parcel lockers in Estonia and another 100 across the rest of the Baltics will be expanded, by adding new parcel slots (42 to 260 per parcel machine).
Consumers want to pick up parcels near their homes
Ansi Arumeel, board member at Omniva, says it was the clients’ increasing interest in receiving and sending parcels via parcel lockers which motivated the expansion. “Ecommerce has grown so rapidly that several of our parcel machines are too small to handle the ever-increasing parcel volumes”, he says. “Clients also expect to have the opportunity to pick up their parcels as close to home as possible. That’s why we have decided to expand our network to nearly double its current size.”
The board member also emphasized that the expansion will not halt in the coming years, but instead, will speed up. Over the next five years, the postal company wants to invest over 20 million euros into expanding its network of parcel lockers across the Baltic region. “Next year, we can expand the network with new parcel lockers even quicker”, Arumeel promised. “The opportunity to purchase different types of parcel lockers will help us bring our services even closer to people.”
444 pick-up points in Estonia
By Christmas, Estonia will have 132 Omniva parcel machines, but if you also add post offices to the equation, there will be a total of 444 pick-up points in this Baltic country.