Annual report 2016

Key events

January
  • OpusCapita sold its businesses serving the local markets in the Baltic countries to BaltCap.
  • Posti launched the first municipal cooperation within Posti’s new home services with the South Karelia Social and Health Care District Eksote.
 
February
  • Posti and Securitas started regional cooperation in alarm and security services.
  • Posti strengthened its role in international e-commerce by establishing a network of pickup points in the Baltic countries.
 
March
  • Kaarina Ståhlberg, LL.M. (Columbia University, New York) was appointed as Posti Group’s VP, Legal Affairs and a member of the Management Board.
  • Posti was awarded a gold-level rating by the international research company EcoVadis for its CSR performance in 2015.
  • Posti joined the DHL partner network that offers harmonized international parcel deliveries in 16 European countries.
  • Board professional Arja Talma was elected to join the Board of Directors of Posti Group Corporation as a new member.
  • Itella Russia acquired the Russian courier company MaxiPost.
 
April
  • Posti renewed its services and extended mail delivery times towards the evening.
  • Posti launched the Nearby Locker pilot, enabling sellers and buyers to exchange goods at a Parcel Point instead of meeting face to face.
  • OpusCapita acquired the Germany-based software company jCatalog Software.
  • The Association for Finnish Work granted Posti Ltd membership in the association and the right to use the Key Flag symbol.
 
May
  • Stockmann and Posti signed an agreement on transferring the logistics operations of Hobby Hall to Posti starting from the beginning of May.
  • Posti began providing a lawn mowing service.
 

June
  • Postal Act amendments that deregulate competition entered into force at the beginning of June.
  • Posti launched home services for the holiday season.
 
July
  • Posti provided summer jobs to approximately 2,500 people across Finland.
 
August
  • Jani Jolkkonen was appointed Posti’s first SVP, ICT and Digitalization, and Turkka Kuusisto was appointed SVP, Postal Services business group effective from the beginning of August.
  • Posti’s new terminal in Pirkkala became operational.
  • Posti acquired Veine, a company specializing in temperature-regulated logistics.
 
September
  • Posti Kiinteistöt sold the Pennala 2 logistics centre in Orimattila to RBS Nordisk Renting.
  • Posti began to offer its customers yardwork assistance in the form of raking and removing fall leaves.
  • OpusCapita signed an agreement with the Finnish Government Shared Services Centre for Finance and HR to provide a software robotics solution.
 
October
  • Posti Kiinteistöt sold its postal center in Seinäjoki and distribution-fulfillment center in Lappeenranta.
  • Posti acquired Kuljetus Kovalainen.
 
November
  • Posti’s universal service obligation was discontinued for domestic parcels starting from the beginning of November, but it will remain in effect for international parcels sent from Finland, weighing no more than 10 kilos.
  • Jussi Kuutsa was appointed as President of Itella Russia, starting January 1st, 2017.
  • Posti launched a new Befriending service to support outdoor activities among the elderly.
 

December
  • Itella Logistics and Itella SmartPOST were merged into one company in Estonia starting from the beginning of December and, going forward, they will operate under the name Itella Logistics. Itella SmartPOST will remain the brand name used for Parcel Points in Estonia.
  • Posti delivered 25,000 thank-you cards to war veterans to mark Independence Day.
  • Posti hired 3,200 seasonal assistants for the Christmas period.
  • Posti announced that it will launch a new parcel pigeonhole service in collaboration with the housing developer Bonava in February 2017.
  • Week 50 was an all-time record week in parcel volume, with nearly 1.1 million parcels passing through Posti. The full-year parcel volume also reached a record high, 34 million parcels. In the Baltic countries, parcel volumes grew by 26%.
  • Posti simplified the sending of consumer letters by combining the 1st and 2nd letter classes starting from the beginning of 2017.