Poczta Polska invests in logistics network transformation and modernization

31st Economic Forum Expert Features

Poczta Polska is implementing a project to transform its logistics network to handle the increasing volume of courier services. For the 2021-2025 period investments amounting to PLN 760 million are envisaged. The recapitalization will enable the modernization and construction of logistics centers that will provide modern services for the growing e-commerce market.  

Hundreds of millions for investment. Poczta Polska invests in logistics network transformation and modernization.

Efficient provision of services depends on many factors, however one of the key factor is reliable logistics facility. Poczta Polska is implementing a project to transform its logistics network to handle the increasing volume of courier services. For the 2021-2025 period investments amounting to PLN 760 million are envisaged. The recapitalization will enable the modernization and construction of logistics centers that will provide modern services for the growing e-commerce market.  

Logistics Network Architecture (ASL) is one of the most important strategic initiative of Poczta Polska. The implementation of this project will enable a smooth transformation of the current logistics network, adapted mainly to handle letters, to a target network where CEP (courier, express, and parcel) shipments and e-commerce will take the lead, which is a response to changes observed in the postal market both in Poland and worldwide. For many years, the reconstruction of the logistics network was only a project, which did not come out of the phase of subsequent analyses. It was not until the present Management Board of the Company started to implement the key changes for the future of Poczta Polska, receiving financial support from the government.

As part of the ASL project, one of the most important ongoing projects is the second logistics facility for Warsaw and its surroundings. The new sorting centre is planned to be opened in 2023. The new operational space will serve as a distribution network for parcel and pallet shipments coming from other sorting centres in the country and from the company’s own area of operation. The centre will consist of operational buildings with an area of over 50,000 m2, as well as support and technical facilities. At the same time, this year it has been planned to start the procedure for the use of machinery in the new hall.

In April this year Poczta Polska launched its operations in a new sorting centre in Szczecin. The chosen location provides the right conditions for the implementation of key logistics processes associated with the service of the inhibitants of the Western Pomeranian Voivodship.

As part of the expansion of the new logistics network, Poczta Polska has recently launched a new sorting centre in Gdynia, which will increase the efficiency of mail delivery to business and individual customers. The main function of the new facility will be to support the operation of the regional sorting centre in Pruszcz Gdański and logistics services for the northern part of the Tri-City area, including the Pocztex courier service. Additionally, the facility will provide service points for institutional and business customers.

Poczta Polska also launched a new sorting centre in the Panattoni complex in Kalisz. The new location provides adequate space for the realization of key logistic processes for the inhibitants of the southern part of Wielkopolskie Voivodship. The warehouse part is a modern space tailored to the expectations of companies from various industries. The investment is located in close proximity to major transportation routes, ensuring convenient road transportation.

Last year, Poczta Polska signed a contract for the purchase of three sorters for automatic sorting of CEP parcels (courier, express and parcel), for a total amount of approximately PLN 158 million. This is the largest single investment in the automation of logistics processes since the beginning of the history of Poczta Polska. The first machine will be put into operation in the sorting centre in Wroclaw. In 2023, further new sorters will begin working in the sorting centre in Lisi Ogon near Bydgoszcz (responsible for serving the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship) and the sorting centre in Lublin (processing shipments from the eastern part of the country, as well as parcels transported by rail from China to Poland). The sorters will also provide support to other logistics units of Poczta Polska. The new equipment will be integrated with a shipment tracking system.

Work has also already begun on leasing and building logistics facilities as a part of Poczta Polska’s infrastructure in Kraków, Łódź, Rzeszów, Olsztyn and Bialystok.

The automation of Poczta Polska is one of the key activities included in the Company’s development strategy. In order to optimise logistics processes and develop services in the CEP market, as well as to adjust the processes to the customers’ expectations, the Company invests in modern machinery. Poczta Polska has recently installed four bulk conveyors in sorting centres in Niepołomice, Pruszcz Gdański, Wrocław and Warsaw. The installed conveyors enable faster and more efficient processing of shipments. These are further investments in the automation of logistics processes of Poczta Polska. Last year, conveyors were launched in the sorting centre in Komorniki and Zabrze.

Thanks to the implementation of this key project of development and modernisation of the logistics network, customers will experience an improvement in effectiveness, leading to significant improvement of timeliness and in consequence to brand confidence. Thanks to the implemented changes the optimisation of costs related to mail handling is possible.

The ASL project is Poczta Polska’s response to the challenges of a dynamically changing market and fierce competition, including big, foreign corporations, which the national operator faces every day. The company’s initiative is possible thanks to the support of the Ministry of State Assets, which injected PLN 190 million into Poczta Polska. The funds are used exclusively for the implementation of investments in the planned logistics network architecture (ASL).