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Today, a company’s competitiveness and potential for growth depends in part on the development of new skills, innovation and the digitalization of products and processes. Topics such as artificial intelligence, 5G, the cloud, cyber security and IoT (Internet of Things) have all become a part of the daily life of companies, from startups and SMEs to major multinational companies. These tools help improve production processes and reduce environmental and social impact and bolster resilience.

In the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and the “Strategic Vision 2023” plan from the Ministry of Enterprises and Made in Italy, research and development activities and the creation of innovative products and services are essential and strategic for Italian companies to build competitiveness on the international stage.

The UN even dedicated one of its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to innovation, SDG9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”

Innovation is thus one of the most used – and abused – words in the agendas of companies and institutions, often meaning they act without a clear strategic plan, which is fundamental in generating true change and significant value for the business and society as a whole.

Poste Italiane’s commitment

Innovation plays a key role in the Poste Italiane strategy, as it seeks to lead Italy through the age of digitalization. That’s why the Group is committed to offering state-of-the-art technological solutions while ensuring they are accessible to all its current and potential customers.

Innovation and digitalization are two of the key strategic drivers used to promote a greater connection with the social fabric and public administration offices, as well as sustainable development within the company and on a national level.

Our main goals for digitalization and innovation include:
  • Increasing digital transactions in the various financial, insurance and payment services by 50% by 2024;
  • Increasing the degree of automated back office processes to support 75% of our employees by 2024.

Areas of impact

Innovation and digitalization of products and services
Ever since the development of the SPID, the first widescale tool for promoting the digitalization of services and Public Administration offices, Poste Italiane has been committed to the pursuing continuous technological advancement to reduce its environmental impact and favor social inclusion.

For payment and bank account management, we take an omnichannel approach, overcoming the barriers between digital and physical transactions through an ecosystem of services that can be used both in person and through digital channels (web and app).
At the center of all this is the PostePay ecosystem, a leader in payment management in Italy, which plays a key role in the digital transition, due to its green cards and various apps that rank among the highest in both number of downloads and AppStore ratings.

We also handle payment operations, for which we have created the PagoPA system, which extends our Public Administration services to digital channels. Furthermore, we operate in the field of mobile services, thanks to agreements with Open Fiber and TIM to provide cutting-edge internet connection solutions and other services.

As for parcel handling, distribution and logistics, we have modernized our strategic hubs and digitalized all our properties, increasing their efficiency and decreasing their environmental impact in addition to innovations in acquisitions and collaborations with other operators.

Innovation and digitalization of processes
In taking an omnichannel strategy approach, it has become fundamental to pair online products and services with a widespread and cutting-edge local presence to guarantee equal access to everyone according to their needs and abilities. This hybrid model has been named “Platform Company,” one that aims to be a facilitator in the technological transformation of the country by simplifying processes and connecting citizens, companies and Public Administration offices through an accessible network.

We are thus committed to making our digital services more accessible to all non-digital native customers by paying constant attention to the interface and user experience and by offering tutorials and assistance services to help our customers interact with different products on digital channels.

In addition, we also continue to pursue an Open Innovation strategy to promote a continuous dialogue with the ecosystem of innovation both in Italy and abroad. “SME Insurtech – Call for Solutions” is one of those initiatives. It is the first international challenge for startups already on the market and is focused on the design and development of technologies and services in the insurance world.

The postal hub in Landriano: innovation in service of e-commerce

Logistica, area di impatto della transizione green One year after its inauguration, the activities of the Landriano e-commerce plant have continued, ensuring fast deliveries throughout Italy.
Landriano represents Italy’s first major hub for e-commerce and express courier services, capable of processing up to 320,000 parcels per day and ensure fast deliveries throughout Italy.
The Landriano hub represents for Poste Italiane a further step in the transformation process of its logistics infrastructure, focused on innovation and sustainability.
The facility enables the strategic development of the logistics network along the entire value chain to capture the full growth potential of e-commerce. Furthermore, the Landriano hub is a key part of Poste Italiane’s sorting line together with the hubs in Bologna, Piacenza and the Centro di Passo Corese hub in Rome.
The four centres are connected to the more than 90 branches and 1,700 delivery centres distributed throughout Italy for the operational handling of parcels that will then be delivered by the network of post officers and couriers.

The new center in Landriano follows the principles of sustainability that the Group upholds. It holds 2,500 solar panels on the roof, which produce 80% of the plant’s energy needs, reducing its impact by 210 tons of CO2 emissions annually. It also houses a control system for saving water and a fully LED lighting system.

The facility has received the BREEAM In-Use Excellent certification, one of the most important international certifications for sustainability for its design and building choices.

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