In 2014, the international express parcel delivery company Venipak, which began operations in the Baltic States ten years ago, opened a newterminal in Daugavpils,the secondmajor city in Latvia.
According to Andrius Balandis, manager of the Venipak Group, the new terminal will provide for faster delivery of parcels both in Latvia and the other Baltic States. “The new terminal will serve some international consignments, as well as consignments within Latvia. The opening of this terminal marks an important optimisation of the entire Baltic network and will reduce delivery times. This is particularly significant, in view of the fact that the Venipak Group plans to expand its operations in Scandinavia in the near future, so fast deliveries between the three Baltic States are essential”, Mr Balandis said.
Inna Semjonova, the manager of Venipak in Latvia, maintains that Daugavpils is a strategically important location in Latvia. “The Daugavpils terminal is in a convenient geographical location and parcels from the eastern part of Latvia can be handled here, which is why this location was chosen. This also means that the new terminal will reduce pressure on the Riga terminal and speed up deliveries in Latvia and the Baltic region”, she said.
Ms Semjonova added that the new terminal would also be beneficial to employees. “This terminal will reduce the daily mileage of our couriers by around 300 km, because staff serving the eastern part of Latvia will transport parcels to Daugavpils rather than to the terminal in Riga”, she said.
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According to Ms Semjonova, opening a new terminal in Daugavpils rather than in the capital city of Riga is evidence that standard freight transportation is being replaced by express delivery services. “In the past it was customary to set up terminals in the most economically developed cities or regions, because international companies or parent companies are mostly based in such cities. With the growth in e-commerce, small and medium-sized companies are moving to the regions and therefore the flows of parcels from the regions are also growing. Of course, the figures still cannot be compared to the volumes of shipments from Riga, but we are looking to the future and believe that with time the volumes in the regions will increase significantly”, Ms Semjonova said.
She also maintains that express parcels are becoming an increasingly important business partner. “Every day, thousands of peoples shop online. Buyers do not want to wait for a week or a month for their deliveries they want them here and now. Express parcel delivery services are therefore vital, because we are able to deliver just one or a few items. Meanwhile, transportation of goods using traditional means such as ships or trucks requires that the goods be transported in large quantities and the delivery time increases,” Ms Semjonova said.
The company’s investments in Daugavpils in 2014 amounted to over EUR 300,000. The Manager of Venipak Latvia believes that Venipak will increase its investment in the region every year.
In 2004, the express parcel delivery services company Venipak commenced operations in the Baltic market and in the 10 years since has become one of the leading express parcel delivery services in the region. Each year, the company expands its operations and establishes new branches in different cities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in order to provide quick and reliable parcel delivery service between the Baltic States and within each of these countries.
In 2014, the Venipak Group launched an expansion strategy to Finland and other Scandinavian countries, with the aim of ensuring fast and reliable parcel delivery between the Baltic States and Scandinavian countries and becoming the first express parcel delivery service connecting the capitals of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.