More E-mobility charging stations planned along major Polish routes
The number of electric mobility charging stations is set to increase along the southern A4 motorway.
Long term Bank CEO resigns
The Chief Executive of Poland’s biggest bank PKO BP, Zbigniew Jagiełło, submitted his resignation after 12 years in the role. Jagiełło did not provide a reason for his resignation, which is effective as of 7 June, PKO said in a statement. Investors reacted with a sharp sale of stocks, sending PKO shares down around 5%. Jagiełło has led the bank since October 2009, despite the change in the ruling party in 2015 which triggered mass staff changes in state-run companies, especially among those in leadership positions.
Next-day delivery by Polish e-commerce platform
E-commerce company Allegro is launching AllegroPoints partner network that will allow customers to pick up parcels a day after they were sent, the company said. In May the Poznań-based online platform will open an additional 600 collection points in Kolporter’s press distribution network. Currently about 80% of Allegro customers receive shipments within one or two days. The cost of delivery using AllegroPoints will be PLN 8.99.
Small Polish cities most active online purchasers
As many as 73% of Poles aged 18-65 bought clothes online last year and 56% purchased footwear, while coronavirus-related restrictions limited shopping centre operations, according to market research company ARC Rynek i Opinia. The highest percentage of online purchasers, at 84%, lived in small cities (population 50,000 – 99,000), followed by the 18-24 age group (82%). E-commerce operator Allegro was the most popular purchasing platform for clothes, with 30%, followed by Zalando (14%) and H&M (9%). For footwear, CCC came top with 21%, followed by Allegro at 20%.
New electromobility charging stations planned for A4 motorway
Charging stations operator GreenWay Polska will build ten publicly accessible charging stations for electric cars on the A4 motorway (running east – west in southern Poland) and the S7 and S3 expressways, the Gdynia-based company said. The new stations will be installed at the Drivers’ Rest Area (Miejsc Odpoczynku Kierowców – MOP) in locations selected in the tender of General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA). The first stations will be launched next year. The company will lease parts of the real estate where MOPs are located and will provide charging services for electric cars there for a fee, it said. The investments are financed by a combination of a loan from the European Investment Bank (50%), the Connecting Europe Facility instrument (26.5%) and the company’s own funds. In Poland, at the end of 2020, there were 18,875 electric cars registered, of which over 10,000 were fully electric cars and the rest were plug-in hybrids.
Next games producer to list on NewConnect
Games producer Forestlight Games plans to debut on Warsaw’s NewConnect market in the second half of 2021, the latest in a recent spate of listings by games producers. The Warsaw-based company, which belongs to PlayWay group, plans to release three original games in the PC version in 2021: Rollercoaster Mechanic, Wedding Designer and Lost Viking: Kingdom of Women. The company also said on Tuesday that it will develop Aurora Studio – a company specializing in the production of Indie Premium games – together with NewConnect-listed Arts Alliance. NewConnect is an alternative stock exchange allowing smaller companies to float shares. It is run by the Warsaw Stock Exchange. According to the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA), there are currently about 440 gaming development companies in Poland.