Finland’s national postal service handled 32.6 million parcels in 2014
Posti, Finland’s national postal service, said it delivered 9% more packages in December 2014 than it did the same month in 2013. The postal service delivered more than 1 million parcels a week during the busiest periods in December, which is a new record for the Finnish postal delivery service.
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Posti, which was called Itella before the major brand change on January 1, released an official press release several days ago, stating the total parcel volume for 2014 was 32.6 million parcels, which is an increase of 800,000 parcels from 2013.
Parcel points increasingly more popular
“Parcel points are gaining popularity as pickup points for online purchases and have become a standard delivery option for online stores”, the postal service says. When compared to 2013, over 50% more deliveries passed through parcel points last year. Posti currently has 1,450 service points, including 460 parcel points throughout the country.
“For many consumers, online stores are a natural place to shop. According to our study, over half of consumers planned to do Christmas shopping online. Ecommerce has grown 5-10 percent this year. We are developing ever more diverse services to support ecommerce and to make the daily lives of our customers easier”, says business director Anders Falck of Itella Posti. One of the ways Posti wants to achieve this, is by serving consumers at different service points with extensive opening hours. Also, the new Posti mobile application gives an estimate of the delivery time of a parcel.
Posti Group focuses on postal, logistics, ecommerce and financial process services. It has operations in eleven countries and net sales were worth 1.98 billion euros in 2013.