Ansi Arumeel joins InPost locker supplier Retail Robotics
Ex-Omniva CEO Ansi Arumeel has joined Polish firm Retail Robotics, which makes parcel lockers for InPost, as a Deputy Managing Director.
The move comes after he was dismissed from his position as CEO of Estonian postal group Omniva in September last year following disagreements over strategy.
At Retail Robotics, Arumeel will manage the further development of new innovative technologies and services for its delivery networks globally. As his direct responsibility, he will lead a group of over 100 specialists and engineers for Retail Robotics’ new products Arctan and PickupHero and also functional units of R&D, IT, Testing & Industrialisation.
“I’m very excited to join Retail Robotics. As a true believer in e-commerce growth and last mile automation, I can see a great potential for the company to change the world by introducing new business models and technologies. With the help of the current leading position, best market knowledge and very talented team, I’m sure that Retail Robotics will make a significant impact on the whole e-commerce value chain and consumer experience,” Arumeel said.
The Estonian-born executive has 15 years of experience in the e-commerce and parcel delivery segment, including general and operational management. He co-created the densest parcel-locker network in the world, converting over 80% of parcel volumes to automated machines.
In 2006, he joined Omniva where he worked for 15 years. Arumeel successfully contributed to the transformation of the Estonian postal operator into the leading e-commerce driven parcel operator in the Baltic region as its CEO.
Julian Kozankiewicz, the current head of divisions who built and managed these teams over the last three years - will move to the newly created role of Chief Growth Officer - responsible for maintaining the pace of commercial growth and Retail Robotics’ presence in international markets.
Retail Robotics has provided parcel locker solutions in Europe since 1994. For many years, the company has been cooperating with the Polish fast-growing parcel locker company InPost, which received over 150 million parcels in 2020. Retail Robotics has produced more than 30,000 parcel locker units for Inpost while continuing to build its own robotic solutions.
The company has developed a unique robotic technology “Arctan” for the pick-up of groceries ordered online. The solution has already been piloted by one of the top French retailers and has been an operational success ever since. The parcel locker specialist has also created “PickupHero” – a robotic click&collect solution for e-commerce in places with limited space, such as convenience stores.