Poste Italiane has opened the largest e-commerce hub in Italy, which is located in the Bologna freight terminal and has a total surface of 75,000 sq m. Around 600 people will be employed in the new hub, that will feature modern technologies and robots capable of sorting 250,000 parcels daily. The company invested €50m in the hub. The construction took 17 months. Rooftop solar panels have also been installed, which according to Poste Italiane will reduce CO2 emissions by 225 tonnes.
The new hub is part of Poste Italiane’s strategy to achieve growth in the e-commerce logistics market on the back of technological investments, strategic partnerships and services which are tailored to the needs of Italian online consumers as well as e-tailers.
Matteo Del Fante, Poste Italiane CEO, said: “Enhancing the opportunities offered by the digitalisation and digital payments and mobile communication, the new Bologna centre will contribute towards the growth of the e-commerce market and digitalisation in Italy as outlined in the development plan ‘Deliver 2022’.”
As part of this strategy, Poste Italiane previously introduced the ‘Joint Delivery Model’ for parcel delivery in the afternoon and during weekends. It also created ‘Punto Poste’, which is Poste Italiane’s network for the collection of online purchases and the delivery of returns, consisting of around 3,000 shops as well as 350 automated lockers.
Source: Poste Italiane
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