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Russian Post to Launch 24-Hour Service in City

Published: January 16, 2014 (Issue # 1793)



  • Russian Post plans to open three 24-hour facilities in St. Petersburg.
    Photo: Sergey Porter / Vedomosti

Russian Post started a pilot project based at three facilities in St. Petersburg that will allow customers to retrieve packages round-the-clock, the state-owned company said in a press release, and the service will soon be expanded to Moscow.

Recipients will be informed via text messages and emails of their package's arrival.

The targeted amount of time needed to collect it will be kept to three minutes.

The postal service is trying to change its reputation for poor service while rushing to double its revenue and become profitable by 2018 as part of a privatization plan.

Speaking to the State Duma on Wednesday, Communications and Press Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said Russian Post's revenue in 2013 rose to 135 billion rubles ($4 billion), Interfax reported. This is an increase of 4.6 percent over the previous year. The revenue target for 2018 is 291 billion rubles ($8.7 billion).

At the same time, the company reported that it had coped with the rush of deliveries during the New Year period.

"The bulk of international deliveries are from the U.S. and China," said Deputy Communications and Press Minister Mikhail Yevrayev in a message posted on the ministry's website. "The average length of time taken to deliver a parcel from the U.S. has fallen from between one-and-a-half and two months a year ago, to between 10 to 14 days now. For deliveries from China, shipment time has been reduced from two months to between 9 to 14 days. These delivery times were maintained throughout the holiday period."

Seventy-nine percent of all international post coming into Russia around the New Year was processed in Moscow sorting centers, the ministry said. In time, new regional centers will reduce this figure to 55 percent, increasing efficiency and better reflecting the distribution of customers around the country.

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Postal Delays Continue At Russian Post





 


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Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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