Parcel delivery companies in Estonia see delivery volumes rise
Three of Estonia’s biggest parcel delivery companies have seen their delivery volumes reach pre-Christmas-like levels. This is, of course, due to the coronavirus Covid-19 and the measures taken by the Estonian government.
The domestic delivery volumes in Estonia have risen, while international deliveries to and from the Eastern European country have decreased, when you compare it with the situation before the coronacrisis and with the same period last year.
The current situation is almost at Christmas level
Estonian Public Broadcasting has interviewed three major logistics companies from Estonia, with state-owned Omniva saying the current situation is almost at Christmas levels. “Compared with the month before the third week of February (when the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Estonia-ed.), our total domestic parcel volume in Estonia has increased by a third”, communications manager Mattias Kaiv says. “If we look at just parcel machines, demand has increased by almost half, or 42 percent,” Kaiv said.
Demand for parcel machines grew 42 percent.
Parcel marchines are also increasingly popular at Itella SmartPost. “Comparing the first three weeks of February with March, our March parcel volume has increased by 15 percent”, Rauno Parras, Itella Estonia’s Director of Parcel Services, says. He says the current volumes can be compared to November last year. “There is still a bit to go to the real December volumes.”
Current delivery volumes comparable with November last year.
DPD sees ‘normal’ growth
DPD Estonia on the other hand sees normal growth in its parcel volumes. “But demands for its courier service, driven by demand for conveying home items, car tires and even gardening tools, is growing”, Estonian Public Broadcasting writes.
According to Remo Kirss, Head of DPD Estonia, parcel terminals in Estonia, as well as Latvia and Lithuania, are currently “under heavy demand loads”, but contactless home delivery is at a record level. “Our volumes are at a planned level, actually somewhat higher, but day-to-day volumes are much more volatile”, he explains.