Thursday, 16 September 2021

Croatia to Ink Memo of Understanding With Amazon

ZAGREB, 16 Sept 2021 - The Croatian government on Thursday gave consent to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Croatia and the Amazon Web Services (AWS).

As the lead cloud computing platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides servers, storage, networking, remote computing, email, mobile development, and security.

Bernard Gršić, the state secretary of the Central State Office for Digital Society Development, told the government that the AWS offered more than 200 full services.

AWS has expressed its wish to cooperate with the Croatian government in the field of digital transformation and also to ink the memorandum of understanding, a document which it has already signed with other EU member-states, Gršić said.

The purpose of the memorandum is to establish strategic cooperation in the digital transformation of the public administration, digitization, digital literacy, and innovations.

Recently, Amazon has formally announced the opening of an office with 15 specialists in cloud infrastructure maintenance and management in Croatia.

Last October, Amazon and the Croatian Post (HP) signed an agreement on the delivery of parcels and logistics support in Croatia.

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Friday, 3 September 2021

Croatian Amazon Offices Being Opened, Employment Going Ahead

September the 3rd, 2021 - Croatian Amazon offices are being opened and employment is promised to those with experience in the field as the company expands its cloud services in Croatia.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, although this company is best known in Croatia as an Internet retailer, and the largest in the world, in the IT industry it is much better known for its cloud services.

More or less all digital services today, from Netflix, Spotify, Gmail and Outlook to the e-Citizens (e-Gradjani) platform, are located in the cloud, ie on particularly strong computers, so-called servers, located in special buildings - data centres, which are accessed via the Internet. Amazon is the first company in the world to offer cloud services, not directly to end users, but to companies like Netflix, whose entire service runs thanks to Amazon’s cloud.

Two years ago, Amazon, through its subsidiary A100 Row Inc. opened the company Amazon Data Services Zagreb d.o.o. in Croatia. Last year, the company generated its very first 1.75 million kuna in turnover, mostly internally.

It ended the year with 117,708 kuna net profit, Jutarnji list writes, but the company didn't have a single employee. At the same time, in October, Amazon expanded its business in Croatia through online shopping. It assigned the work of local and regional distribution of its packages to Croatian Post (Hrvatska posta) and thus covered that part of the business. Now the technology giant, which is right up there with the likes of Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft, has decided to strengthen its cloud business in Croatia with Croatian Amazon offices being opened.

First, in February, it leased servers for ''caching'', ie connected Zagreb directly to its cloud infrastructure, it then stated that it could offer its clients and customers, like Netflix, 14 percent faster data transfer to users. In the second step, they're now developing a team that would deal with the design and implementation of large cloud projects on a global level in Zagreb.

That's why, among the 15 advertised positions in Zagreb, Amazon isn't looking for developers or e-commerce specialists, but a whole range of experts who would deal with the design and maintenance of their cloud infrastructure. The list includes technicians, electricians and other experts for the design and maintenance of the infrastructure on which today's Internet rests. The conditions set by Amazon are a university degree and seven years of experience in the industry.

Amazon was unavailable for comment on its Croatian Amazon plans according to a report from Jutarnji list. The owners and directors of data centres across Croatia have also distanced themselves from making any comments, but it is known that Microsoft and Google have their own ''caching'' servers located here in Croatia.

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Friday, 9 July 2021

Plenković Meets with Bulgarian, Estonian Presidents, Amazon Reps

ZAGREB, 9 July 2021 - Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković held several bilateral meetings in Sofia on Friday, on the fringes of a Three Seas Initiative summit.

Plenković tweeted that he held talks with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev on economic cooperation and cooperation within the Initiative, migration, the fight against COVID-19, and the two countries' ambition to join the Schengen and euro areas.

Plenković also held talks with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, who supported Croatia's Schengen bid.

"We appreciate Estonia's support in Croatia's ambition to become a member of the Schengen and euro areas," he tweeted.

Plenković and Kaljulaid also talked about economic cooperation, notably in energy and digitalisation, EU efforts in fighting COVID-19, and climate challenges.

He also met with representatives of the Amazon Web Service, tweeting that they talked about digitalisation in Croatia, plans for the company to open a regional centre in Zagreb, and cooperation in digital transformation, which he said would also create jobs.

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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Croatian Post to Become Amazon Centre for Region?

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Darko Bicak on the 25th of July, 2019, the world's largest online store, Amazon could, according to what is currently unofficial information, soon be fully available on Croatian territory, as soon as autumn.

According to unofficial information, Amazon is planning to make some form of exclusive co-operation for delivery and logistical support in Croatia, potentially on the entire regional market, which could cover Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro and Serbia.

Although it's still unofficial information, apparently an expert team from Amazon has been staying in Croatia over recent days, and besides negotiating business details, they have visited the new Croatian Post centre in Velika Gorica, which should meet their high criteria for sorting and shipping shipment.

Although Amazon was asked for a comment, Poslovni Dnevnik didn't manage to get a response. From Croatian Post however, a response was garnered, and an indeterminate response was received that neither confirms nor negates any negotiations with Amazon, which could mean that something is ''cooking'' between the two.

"At this point, we can't confirm the information you're talking about. We have inquiries from major world co-operation companies, regarding assuming the role of a regional leader in our business. It's likely that our colleagues from the region and potentially interested parties will visit our new sorting centre in the coming months, as it's truly unique in this part of Europe, but also in the countries that gravitate towards us. This profession is always interested in such investments,'' they stated from Croatian Post.

They added that HP is in the phase of moving its key capabilities to a new sorting centre. In addition to the automatic sorting systems we acquired two years ago, a new package sorting system will soon be launched at the new location, which will have the capacity to sort 15,000 packages per hour.

In addition, we have equipped space and a high-security warehouse. The aim is to do the job we now have in an even faster and better way, but of course we're also open to the possibility for even better cooperation with potential partners.

''The plan is to move everything to the new location by September, so that in September the media can expect us to organise a detailed location tour,'' Croatian Post said. The arrival of Amazon in Croatia and the region would have unimaginable benefits, we'd gain a strong global partner and strength our competitiveness on the market, that will also be great for residents, who, despite the European Union's directives on the matter, generally struggle to use Amazon, as most of the items for sale on there still don't deliver to Croatia.

In 2017, Croatian Post issued a strategic decision to build a new logistics centre in Velika Gorica near Zagreb worth 350 million kuna. This is a capital investment, without which, Croatia would probably be very uninteresting to a giant like Amazon.

In the first phase, 32,000 square metres of brand new business space will be built, with warehouses, boiler rooms and a data centre. After the completion of the second phase of construction, the sorting centre will be on an area of ​​38,200 square metres on a plot of 70,200 square metres.

The logistics centre will be at a strategic location close to Zagreb's Franjo Tuđman International Airport, as well as the network of freeways that allow shipments to be shipped faster.

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