Croatian Post to Become Amazon Centre for Region?

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak on the 25th of July, 2019, the world’s largest online store, Amazon could, according to what is currently unofficial information, soon be fully available on Croatian territory, as soon as autumn.

According to unofficial information, Amazon is planning to make some form of exclusive co-operation for delivery and logistical support in Croatia, potentially on the entire regional market, which could cover Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro and Serbia.

Although it’s still unofficial information, apparently an expert team from Amazon has been staying in Croatia over recent days, and besides negotiating business details, they have visited the new Croatian Post centre in Velika Gorica, which should meet their high criteria for sorting and shipping shipment.

Although Amazon was asked for a comment, Poslovni Dnevnik didn’t manage to get a response. From Croatian Post however, a response was garnered, and an indeterminate response was received that neither confirms nor negates any negotiations with Amazon, which could mean that something is ”cooking” between the two.

“At this point, we can’t confirm the information you’re talking about. We have inquiries from major world co-operation companies, regarding assuming the role of a regional leader in our business. It’s likely that our colleagues from the region and potentially interested parties will visit our new sorting centre in the coming months, as it’s truly unique in this part of Europe, but also in the countries that gravitate towards us. This profession is always interested in such investments,” they stated from Croatian Post.

They added that HP is in the phase of moving its key capabilities to a new sorting centre. In addition to the automatic sorting systems we acquired two years ago, a new package sorting system will soon be launched at the new location, which will have the capacity to sort 15,000 packages per hour.

In addition, we have equipped space and a high-security warehouse. The aim is to do the job we now have in an even faster and better way, but of course we’re also open to the possibility for even better cooperation with potential partners.

”The plan is to move everything to the new location by September, so that in September the media can expect us to organise a detailed location tour,” Croatian Post said. The arrival of Amazon in Croatia and the region would have unimaginable benefits, we’d gain a strong global partner and strength our competitiveness on the market, that will also be great for residents, who, despite the European Union’s directives on the matter, generally struggle to use Amazon, as most of the items for sale on there still don’t deliver to Croatia.

In 2017, Croatian Post issued a strategic decision to build a new logistics centre in Velika Gorica near Zagreb worth 350 million kuna. This is a capital investment, without which, Croatia would probably be very uninteresting to a giant like Amazon.

In the first phase, 32,000 square metres of brand new business space will be built, with warehouses, boiler rooms and a data centre. After the completion of the second phase of construction, the sorting centre will be on an area of ​​38,200 square metres on a plot of 70,200 square metres.

The logistics centre will be at a strategic location close to Zagreb’s Franjo Tuđman International Airport, as well as the network of freeways that allow shipments to be shipped faster.

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