Key events in 2015
We concluded several significant customer contracts late in the year, with major players such as MARS Nordics, JD.com, Anttila, TeliaSonera, and Verkkokauppa.com outsourcing their supply chain solutions to us. We continued to improve the profitability of our logistics business in line with our strategy by selling our Scandinavian road freight business operations to the Danish Nordic Transport Group in the spring. Going forward, international freight services will be offered through our partner network.
We also launched a renewal of our Retail Network in the spring. Posti will operate 21 postal outlets of our own, and we began negotiations concerning 77 outlets to be transferred to partners. We will also open 100 new service points. The changes will be implemented over the next two and a half years.
In September, we tested a robotic helicopter in delivery and transport tasks for the first time in Finland, and for the first time in Europe in a populated urban environment. The robotic helicopter flew with a parcel for example from mainland Helsinki to the island of Suomenlinna.
Late in the year, we opened a robot-assisted hybrid warehouse in Vantaa that seamlessly combines an automated warehouse with a pallet warehouse and a small-item warehouse. The new logistics center we opened in Lieto late in the year is a hub for eCommerce. Our logistics center in Vantaa, the robot-assisted hybrid warehouse, and the Lieto logistics center offer eCommerce operators as many as two or three additional days of sales during peak seasons. Customers, in turn, will enjoy fast delivery of their eCommerce orders, even on the day the order is placed.