Saturday, 26 September 2020

Croatian Post Releases New Commemorative Stamps with Legends of Croatian Music

September 26, 2020 - Croatian Post releases new commemorative stamps from the "Croatian Music" series on September 28, 2020.

As the Croatian Post website states, the motifs on the stamps show reproductions of the most famous editions of gramophone records by Dino Dvornik, Oliver Dragojević and Tomo Bebić. The authors of the commemorative postage stamps are Ivana Vučić and Tomislav-Jurica Kaćunić, designers from Zagreb. The nominal value of the stamp is the same for each motif and amounts to HRK 10.00. The stamps were printed in a circulation of 100,000 copies per motif, of which 1,000 sheets were in the corresponding numbered cases. The commemorative stamps were printed in sheets with four self-adhesive stamps, and the Croatian Post also issued a commemorative First Day Cover (FDC). Round arches imitate a gramophone record.

Dino Dvornik's musical legacy (August 20, 1964 - September 7, 2008), as well as his private and entertainment life, which are permanently intertwined, testify to the enormous talent and eruptive music in which, regardless of the scale of inspiration, is always furious rhythm and passion. It was obvious when he released his debut album in 1989, which gave the megahit "Zašto praviš slona od mene", one of the biggest - but also the best - hits from the late eighties. With it, Dino announced that funk is neither a teenage infection nor a fashionable trend, but a pure and unadulterated passion. This was also shown by the following projects, such as the album Kreativni nered, released a year later, with exceptional compositions such as "Udri jače manijače", which is at the very top of the Croatian songbook of the 1990s.

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If the war years deprived him of huge circulations and sold-out tours, they certainly did not affect his creativity. On the album Priroda i društvo, released in 1993, he stepped towards more serious topics, but also showed that he is equally capable of composing flawless R'n'B-pop stylizations and successfully and pioneeringly experimenting with techno/house rhythms, which are almost ubiquitous on the album. At a time when the domestic scene was leaning towards dance, in 1995 he released Africa, one of the best, but also the most influential numbers of Croatian music in the 1990s, and two years later the exceptional album Enfant Terrible. He remained on the trail of funk until the end and the album Pandora's Box, which was released posthumously immediately after the premature departure of the Croatian uncrowned "king of funk".

Oliver Dragojević (December 7, 1947 - July 29, 2018) is a singer who, just like Frank Sinatra, deserved to be called "The Voice". Also known as the "cosmic Dalmatian", the father, son, and holy spirit of Dalmatian song and "southern consolation", which he long ago patented with his emotional vocal "rasp", Oliver was certainly the best singer among musicians and the best musician among singers. A multi-instrumentalist and a great keyboardist in his long career, he has gone from rock and pop to pop music and jazzy styles. Giving his voice and soul to the numerous eternal melodies of the Split Festival written by Zdenko Runjić, in the 1990s he opened a new lucrative period and career with "Cesarica" by collaborating with many young composers.

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While in the seventies and eighties he was a cult "Dalmatian singer" with anthems and anthological compositions such as "Galeb", "Malinkonija", "Oprosti mi pape", "Skalinade", "Karoce", "Ništa nova", "Stine" and others, and with a range far greater than the regional borders, in the 1990s and the new millennium, he became the biggest and brightest star (not only) of the Croatian scene. Moreover, great ballads typical in the 2000s were given a unique emotional timbre by collaborating successfully with composers and musicians from other genre niches whom - just like Ray Charles, Wonder or Cocciante - he experienced as brothers in the same passion, inspiration and musical inclinations. The result is songs that, presented at the world's most important concert addresses, make the grand finale of a brilliant career of a singer (and musician) who left eternal melodies "until the end of time" with the unbearable ease of talent and musicality. As an epitaph and as a will.

Toma Bebić (1939 - February 1990), aphorist, messy poet, goatherd, a stubborn advocate of every alternative, even the author of picture books and books of twisted aphorisms, became a legend during his lifetime. Admittedly, after his untimely death, he was left with a small discographic opus, but the influence of his key compositions was much, much greater. No wonder because Toma and his most famous songs like "Kaleta", "Nevera", "Oya Noya", Ča smo na ovom svitu", "Leute moj", "Marčeline" and others became almost anthems of both traditionalists and supporters of the festival alternative from Split's Prokurative. Unfortunately, partly due to his own negligence, and partly paying a tribute to "provinciality", Toma's discography is generally weaker than the value of the songs themselves and exceptional concert performances.

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His compositions were mostly "Dalmatian chansons" with special dedications to the homeland, but before and after all they spoke about everyday situations and "little people", marginals with whom - as a bohemian and an anarchist - he got along best. Singing in a hoarse and suggestive voice, they flashed on Oya Noya's 1980 album, with the singer-songwriter hits "Nevera", "Leute moj", "Marčelina", "Tu-tu auto, vrag ti piz… odnija", "Za moj raj pitajte mene "... confirming Bebić's role as a pop star in the absolute deviation from the clothing of the then Split-festival hit songs. Permanently interesting as a "messy" phenomenon of "Split studies" and a distinctive chansonnier, Toma was and remains a cult figure not only of the Split but also of the Croatian music scene.

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Saturday, 19 September 2020

VIDEO: Croatian Post Goes Green with 20 New Electric Cars

September 19, 2020 - Croatian Post goes green by adding another 20 electric vehicles to its fleet. There are now a total of 220 electric vehicles in the fleet, of which 40 are four-wheelers.

Glas Istre reports that the Croatian Post has expanded its "green" fleet with 20 new electric quadricycles. The addition is a continuation of the multi-year procurement of electric vehicles and the renewal of the vehicle fleet in accordance with reducing the harmful impact on the environment and higher energy efficiency.

There are a total of 220 electric vehicles in the Croatian Post fleet, of which 40 are four-wheelers. Each electric vehicle can drive for 60 km with one charge, and the maximum speed is 45 km / h.

The volume of the luggage tank is 300 l, and the load capacity is about 150 kg. The introduction of electric vehicles contributes to reducing the operating costs of the vehicle fleet and increasing energy efficiency.

These vehicles enable better mobility in city centers and optimize efficiency by gradually reducing fossil fuel vehicles.

By using 40 electric quadricycles for delivery, the Croatian Post will significantly reduce its carbon footprint because carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by as much as 15.2 t.

Funds for the purchase of 20 electric quadricycles were co-financed by grants from the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency.

Recall, the services of the Croatian Post became more expensive from September 1, 2020.

“As of September 1, 2020, Croatian Post applies a new price list for postal services in domestic traffic. The price of sending letters weighing up to 50 grams and greeting cards and postcards will be 3 kuna and 30 lipa instead of the 3 kuna and 10 lipa, which is an increase of 6%. The price of the additional service "return" is also 3.30 kuna. As the price of court documents consists of the price of a recommendation and the price of a return receipt, the price of sending a court document has been increased by 20 lipa. For example, instead of 14.60 kuna for a court document weighing up to 50 grams, as of September 1, its price is 14.80 kuna," they announced at the beginning of the month. 

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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Cryptostamp: AKD Creates First Croatian Digital Stamp for Croatian Post

As Novac writes on the 9th of September, 2020, Cryptostamp is the first Croatian postage stamp to connect the digital and the analog world. It consists of two parts, a standard removable self-adhesive postage stamp with a QR code and a digital token that remains for use on the blockchain (application (app), computer or mobile phone).

The cryptocurrency project is extremely important for the development of this relatively young industry in Croatia, which is unfortunately very well known for its lack of progress in terms of digitalisation, and it also marks a significant step forward in finally putting the Republic of Croatia on the world's blockchain map. After Gibraltar and Austria, the Croatian Cryptostamp is the third cryptocurrency in the world.

A physical postage stamp worth 50 kuna can be used to send shipments and parcels just like any other stamp can, and the digital part can be kept by the crypto stamp owner as part of their personal virtual collection. In this way, a new dimension was added which serves as protection against decay which is typically caused by the passage of time.

The digital token was created on the Ethereum platform and is represented on the blockchain as a non-fungible token (NFT) according to the ERC721 standard, which is used for digital objects whose value is collectible, as in the case of varying types of cryptocurrency.

For the needs of Croatian Post (Hrvatska post), in a circulation of 100,000 cryptostamps, AKD has realised this complex business process, which includes the printing of unique QR codes and the individualisation and printing of the Cryptostamp. Croatia's Cryptostamp is printed in multicolour offset on a 75 gram PVC card, measuring 35.73 x 40.98 millimetres, and comes in five different motifs that symbolise postal means of transport: a van, a train, a ship, a plane and of course the most modern of all, a drone.

You can learn more about the Croatian Cryptostamp and how to buy it here.

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Sunday, 30 August 2020

Tax Administration Confirms 25% Tax on Parcels from Third Countries in 2021

The tax administration isn't exactly the most popular institution in Croatia, and it will likely become even less popular for those who are fans of ordering cheap goods from China, as a 25 percent tax is about to be slapped on each parcel entering the Republic of Croatia.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 29th of August, 2020, as of next summer, more precisely from the 1st of July 2021, every single shipment ordered from third countries - including the production giant China, will have have a 25 percent value added tax paid on it.

As things currently stand here in Croatia, small shipments worth less than 22 euros are exempt from the payment of any VAT, but in less than a year such shipments will require the payment of both VAT and customs duties, so will small, ie cheaper packages ordered from the likes of China, marking an increase in price by 25 percent.

The increase in the price of shipments from third countries has been talked about for some time now, and yesterday the Ministry of Finance and the Tax Administration officially confirmed this to the journalists of Bug who sent them an inquiry on the matter.

Among other things, the reply from the Tax Administration states: Alignment with these directives will take effect from the 1st of July 2021, with the aim of simplifying certain rules regarding the supply of services and the distance selling of goods and ensuring a level playing field for European Union taxpayers in relation to taxpayers from third countries, given the fact that the VAT exemption for small consignments imported into the European Union with a value of less than 22 euros is abolished.

From next summer onward, we will pay 25 percent VAT on packages sent from China and third countries worth less than 22 euros (160 kuna), which will be charged directly to the seller of the imported goods.

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Saturday, 15 August 2020

Oldest Museum Institution in Southeast Europe: Split Archaeological Museum Celebrates 200 Years

August 15, 2020 - On August 17, 2020, the Croatian Post will launch a new commemorative postage stamp for the 200th anniversary of the Split Archaeological Museum.

Dalmacija Danas reports that the motif on the stamps is the sarcophagus of the good shepherd, which originates from Solin, from the 4th century. The author of the stamp is Duje Segvic, a designer from Split. The value of the stamp is marked with the letter "A", which corresponds to the amount of postage for a letter weighing up to 50 g in domestic traffic and for a postcard in domestic traffic.

The stamp was printed in a circulation of 100,000 copies and was issued in a sheet of 20 stamps. The Croatian Post also issued a First Day Cover (FDC). The first-day stamp will be in use on August 17 and 18, 2020, at a separate philately counter at the 10000 Zagreb Post Office.

The Archaeological Museum in Split was founded on August 22, 1820. This is a significant date not only for Croatian archeology and all Croatian museums, but also for the city of Split, the entire region, and the Republic of Croatia. At the same time, the Archaeological Museum in Split is the oldest museum institution in Southeast Europe. 

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The museum building, however, was not immediately located at the present site. Instead, until 1868, the building was located at the east wall of Diocletian's Palace, of which nothing has been preserved today. Today's museum building was built just before the First World War.

In March 1912, construction began on a new museum designed by Viennese architects August Kirstein and Friedrich Ohmann, which lasted until June 1914. Thus, the building of the Split Archaeological Museum, along with the building of the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb from 1888 and partly the Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts from 1880, became the oldest purpose-built building, i.e., built exclusively for a museum in Croatia.

The new building has a large exhibition hall for smaller objects, a garden with a lapidary was intended for stone monuments, while in the basement there were depots. The available space met the needs of the museum until the 1960s when there were thoughts of expanding it by building a new building in the back garden.

Until 1910, when the Ethnographic Museum was founded, there was no other museum-gallery institution in Split than the Archaeological Museum. Thus, it collected the testimonies of Croatia's past that would not otherwise belong to it in terms of subject matter, with the care of its directors who were interested not only in archeology but also in history, old and rare books, maps, archives, and works of art.

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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Croatian Post Continues With Endemic Inability to Actually Deliver Mail

May the 14th, 2020 - You might have read numerous articles (and we've published some ourselves) about Croatian Post and its new facilities and steps forward in doing business. Modernisation appears to be a company goal and with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continuing to create uncertain situations and delays across not only Croatia but the whole world, the decision to further modernise business operations can only be praised. 

With all of the progress Croatian Post has made, the endless emails and posts from people who have never received their mail, who received it bashed in, broken and in a poor condition, and those who simply watched postmen not even bother to ring on their doorbells and instead just wander off, leaving a note pretending he tried haven't lessened. One does need to ask the question of just why it is such an issue to do what should be a very simple job - deliver mail to people who ordered items.

Coronavirus can only be blamed for so much, but this issue with Croatian Post and the Magical Missing Mail (not quite a Harry Potter book title, but close enough), has been going on for donkey's years.

As stated, many, if not all of us, have heard the stories about postcards and letters taking half a century to arrive to their destinations, but this occurred mostly in the times when mail travelled slowly, with horses and carriages, slow trains and planes that could only travel for a short range carrying them.

Above all, this occurred way back in those now distant-feeling times when there was no internet.

In the meanwhile, man has invented tracking so anybody who owns a mobile phone can follow and be totally updated on the journey of the parcel they are eagerly waiting for and have paid in full for.

This doesn't seem to be quite the case with Croatian Post however. Here is a case that took place in Zagreb about two weeks ago, when we sent an enquiry to the official e-mail address of Croatian Post, to which there has been no reaction or answer to this very moment.

Our reader who inspired us for this article was expecting two deliveries, one in a bigger envelope, and a mere 6,00 kg parcel, respectively.

In his words, he was sitting on his balcony and saw the postman entering and leaving the building. Some hours later, he found the notice of undelivered parcel in his mailbox. Obviously left by the mailman who, obviously, did not even bother to ring the doorbell. Not without justified irritation, he contacted the post office.

He was told that - first and foremost, he was obviously either not at home (!) or did not answer the door. When he told the Croatian Post ''customer service'' helper that he had seen the postman with his own eyes, and that sitting on the terrace clearly means that he was at home and fully conscious, he was informed that in these times of the coronavirus pandemic, the postmen are entitled to their own discretion of choosing where to deliver or not.

Apparently Croatian Post deems it fit to instil the power of epidemiologists into their employees. It is really not a statement, but rather an insult to common sense.

The very next day there was another notice of undelivered parcel in this man's mailbox.

Good news, it means that his other order has arrived, for him an important one. Yet, how is it that he did not hear the door bell once again? He, who has spent almost two months in voluntary self-isolation, leaving just occasionally to get some food from the shop across the street. Then it dawned on him: he was fully asleep as one without commitments can be at 07:30 in the morning, when he thought he had heard his doorbell ring for less than half a second. Sleepily realising that it was only 07:30, he thought he either hallucinated or somebody had pressed the bell by mistake. After a minute, his phone rang. As it was from a ‘No ID caller’, he did not bother to answer.

Another phone call to the post office was then on the cards, he is offered a repeated delivery that should occur within two working days. Six days pass by. Nothing. Another call to Croatian Post is made.

''Yes, the parcel is ready for pick up at the post office.''

''How about the repeated delivery that I was provided with?''

''Sorry, Sir, I cannot help you because I can't see it from my computer.''

''But your colleague made the request, can’t you track it down?''

''Sorry, Sir, I don't know from which office it was sent.''

''Is there a phone number of that particular post office?''

''I'm afraid not, Sir.''

More calls take place in the following days, each of them as useless and as much of a waste of time as the last, more windmills, more ''I'm sorry, Sir’'. Hopeless.

Running the risk of the expiration of that delivery, he went to the designated post office to pick the parcel up in person. It meant driving, looking for somewhere to park, queueing for 45 minutes and - to be told he had to pay 24,00 kuna for storage for a parcel for which the delivery fee been paid, for the false confirmation that it would be delivered after two more working days, after a number of calls and, finally, after personal physical engagement with a Croatian Post employee who had all the warmth of an arctic breeze.

After having paid (again) for this complete and utter lack of professionalism and even basic service, the box was damaged, had holes in, and was in a poor condition.

Again, the delivery to the address was paid for by the sender. The service was not done. And then you have to pay for the storage because Croatian Post just decides not to deliver it, And if they do, it will occur at 07:30 in the morning. Followed by calls from private numbers.

The motivation to follow this case came not only from the fact that our reader who asked for help is a serious, trustworthy person, but because it fits in well among the numerous complaints of people whose parcels were lost or never delivered by Croatian Post. Furthermore, as we at TCN attempted to make contact with Croatian Post ourselves to shed some light on this matter, we were ignored.

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Monday, 20 April 2020

Croatian Post Embarking on Large 108 Million Kuna Project

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 20th of April, 2020, during these difficult times of crisis as coronavirus continues to wreak havoc with the economy, the queues in front of the post offices are really large, and Croatian Post, when it comes to parcels, is launching a project worth a massive 108 million kuna.

The move should reduce queues when it comes to picking up parcels from Croatian Post offices as it will be possible to come and pick up parcels and packages at any time, on any day. All of this is in line with the Post 2022 Development Strategy, according to a report from ICT Business.

Croatian Post have stated that they are very pleased to have a partner on the project, Estonian Post, which is the most advanced example of the use of parcel machines (paketomats), due to the fact that as much as 90 percent of parcels are delivered in this way.

Paketomats will be installed in urban frequency centres over the next two years, Croatian Post emphasised in response to an inquiry from ICTbusiness.info.

The increasing influence of online commerce in recent years and the growth of the market in the Republic of Croatia at the level of twelve percent annually are opening up a continuing need to improve the user experience. During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic when less contact is better, the estimates are that ecommerce usage has increased by more than fifty percent.

Guided by the needs of the market and the trends of its counterparts from other European countries, Croatian Post has decided to invest in the procurement of 300 paketomats that will be deployed in urban centres that ae heavily used throughout Croatia.

The first installations are expected in the last quarter of this year and it will certainly improve the service Croatian Post provides to the country's residents, which otherwise leaves rather a lot to be desired for in the eyes of very many.

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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Croatian Post Changing Operations: Allowing Free Package Retention

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 28th of March, 2020, templates for the retention of packages and shipments have so far been able to be arranged and completed exclusively at post offices and at a charge. Croatian Post has now changed this in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Here is Croatian Post's statement translated into English and transmitted in full:

''In order to make it easier for recipients of packages who are currently unable to reside at their addresses (for example, citizens of parts of Zagreb who were forced to leave their homes due to the earthquake), Croatian Post has provided a free redirection and package retention service. To use the service, you just need to fill in the form on the website: https://nadoslanje.posta.hr/.

This is another measure by which Croatian Post, during the coronavirus epidemic, ensures that consignments are delivered to recipients, wherever they are. Users may request that postal items be delivered to another address within the same county (the City of Zagreb and Zagreb County are now viewed as one entity) or be kept safe at the post office.

In order to ensure continued service to citizens during the coronavirus crisis and in the coming period, the number of post offices still operating has been reduced. This will ensure that we always have a group of standby employees and all cities and municipalities will continue to have post offices available. Local changes were first notified to local government representatives. Information on the working hours of post offices is available at: https://www.posta.hr/rad-postanske-ureda/8282.

We'd like to thank citizens for their support and understanding.

Croatian Post, in accordance with the instructions of the competent authorities, is adjusting its operations and taking all measures to reduce the possibility of the epidemic spreading and to ensure business continuity. We provide our employees with protective and disinfectants, and the way our postmen and post offices work has changed.''

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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Croatian Post Donating Respirator to Sveti Duh Clinical Hospital

Croatian Post is stepping up in the face of the current pandemic by donating something that is the object of desire for many to the Sveti Duh Clinical Hospital in Zagreb.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 26th of March, 2020, in the midst of the unprecedented coronavirus outbreak and the emergency situation in which we all find ourselves, Croatian Post (Hrvatska Pošta) is donating a 200,000 kuna respirator to the Sveti Duh Clinical Hospital. The respirator also comes with all the accessories needed for proper clinical use.

Aware of its important role in the community, especially during emergencies, in addition to donating to the Sveti Duh Clinical Hospital, Croatian Post has made its facilities available to the Croatian Red Cross and the Croatian Caritas.

Corporate social responsibility, which includes donations and support to local communities, is the framework of the wider Post2022 development strategy.

In accordance with the instructions of the competent authorities and the Civil Protection Headquarters, Croatian Post has readily adjusted its operations and took all of the necessary measures to reduce the possibility of spreading the ongoing coronavirus epidemic and to ensure as much fluid business continuity as possible.

''We're supply our employees with protective and disinfectants,'' the company stated.

The method of delivery of postage has been changed and postmen must avoid any direct contact with customers. All post offices also have spacing rules for users to abide by. Additionally, post office hours were shortened in accordance with the recommendations recently issued by the National Civil Protection Headquarters, who may need to bring in even more stringent measures if the current ones continue being improperly adhered to.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Croatian Post and Podravka Organise Free Podravka Product Delivery

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 24th of March, 2020, in order to make everyday life easier for Croatia's residents during the ongoing coronavirus epidemic and to help them make sure they leave their homes as little as possible, two major Croatian companies, Podravka and Croatian Post, have joined forces and made online ordering of Podravka's food packages possible, with free delivery.

This package preparation action has been prompted by numerous inquiries from residents across the country about the delivery options for Podravka's products, which are most commonly used in their households and are always in high demand.

Special packages that can now be ordered through the Yellow Click online store for price tags of 500 and 800 kuna, are the products for both adults and kids, and are precisely the ones that are the most wanted from Podravka's range according to available sales data, such as yeast, soups, canned vegetables, canned fish, baby food, dessert products, spreads, etc. These individual product prices are the lowest regular prices on the market, and the packages can be ordered and sent to someone else.

''While the vast majority of residents are now in their homes, our employees are working tirelessly to produce enough food for everyone. In addition, we're putting extra effort into packing and preparing packages which arrive at people's home addresses by mail so that they're able to stay indoors as much as possible. In this way, with our partner Croatian Post, we're supporting the activities of the competent institutions aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus,'' said Marin Pucar, CEO of Podravka.

Ivan Čulo, CEO of Croatian Post, pointed out: ''We feel a duty to help when we have the opportunity. Podravka and the Post Office will jointly provide a great ordering service through Yellow Click for the delivery of food packages. Postmen are always available to people, especially in times of crisis. All of our employees have been provided with protective equipment, extreme care is taken in regard to hygiene and the number of handling of individual shipments is limited. We'll transport the packages in completely safe conditions.''

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