Arno Kütt, one of Cleveron’s owners, founded AS Eerung
– a company that manufactured and sold furniture.
After a client made a furniture
purchase at an exhibition with the help of a digital camera (pictures were sent to
people at home, who picked out a piece of furniture), they decided to take
furniture shopping online. That is how the online store ON24 was born.
, a leading online furniture store in Estonia and Finland (www.on24.ee
) created its logistics department to deliver ordered goods to customers by courier.
The ON24 logistics department started to develop hardware and software for automated parcel machine networks. The department grew to a logistics company. The name Cleveron was registered, but in the beginning, the company used the name SmartPOST. SmartPOST started to develop a last mile parcel locker network.
SmartPOST started providing automated parcel locker services. Soon the lockers became popular pickup points for the end-customers, and in a few years, SmartPOST gained a 20% market share in Estonia.
After operating for two years, the parcel locker network along with the brand name SmartPost was sold to Itella Corporation (former Finnish Post). After the transaction, the company started to use the name Cleveron and focused on the development of software and hardware for automated click and collect parcel solutions.
Cleveron introduced the concept of Cleveron 401
(The PackRobot) –
a new generation of automated parcel terminal with the highest volume of stored parcels per square meter.
Cleveron launched the new Cleveron 302
(The CleverBox) – an automated parcel locker with unique drawer slots for small parcels and letters.
Cleveron opened the new assembly plant in Viljandi, Estonia, to meet the increasing demand for Cleveron’s products.
By the end of 2014, in addition to Estonia, Cleveron also had clients in Spain, Norway and Brazil.
Cleveron partnered with a U.S. company Bell and Howell
to introduce automated parcel terminal delivery to North America.
Cleveron launched the next generation parcel delivery solution Cleveron 401
, which dramatically advances the delivery and pick-up capabilities of parcel networks.
In 2015, Cleveron's product were also set up in Hungary and Finland.
Cleveron’s service brand CollectNet
launched the open network of parcel pickup points pilot in Estonia. The network uses the Cleveron 401
parcel pickup solution.
Walmart launched a pilot to test 5 Cleveron 401 pack robots as their buy online pick up in store solution
in the USA.
The pack robot Cleveron 401
was named the “Delivery Innovation of the Year” by Postal Technology.
By the end of 2016, Cleveron's parcel automates could also be found in Bulgaria, Germany and in the USA.
The founders of Cleveron and ON24, Arno Kütt and Peep Kuld, were named as the EY Estonian Entrepreneurs of the Year by EY Estonia, a member of Ernst & Young Global. The competition values innovation, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and leadership in business.
Cleveron developed a new world's largest, extendable robotics based parcel terminal called Cleveron 402
Cleveron reached 100 employees.
The world’s fastest public drone delivery service
was opened in Cleveron’s home town Viljandi. For two weeks, Cleveron offered the opportunity to order a drink via text message and have it delivered by drone.
The first Cleveron 402 was installed in Inditex's Zara store
in A Coruña, Spain.
Bloomsburg University in the USA selected Cleveron 302
as their automated parcel locker for the campus mailroom to make parcel handling and pickup more efficient and faster.
The pack robot Cleveron 401
won the Bronze at the world-famous Edison Awards.
Cleveron installed the world’s first cloud-based smart mailbox to Laeva apartment
building in Tallinn, Estonia. The mailbox is based on the smart parcel locker solution Cleveron 301
Walmart announced the plan
to expand their network of pack robots Cleveron 401 aka Pickup Towers across the US. By the end of 2018, Walmart has 700 Cleveron 401's in their stores.
By the end of 2017, the world's biggest retailer Walmart and the world's biggest fashion retailer Inditex were amongst Cleveron's clients.
first Cleveron 401 in the United Kingdom was installed for the pilot with UK
retailer Asda. The Cleveron 401, aka the Parcel Tower, enables both automated self-service pickup and return in Asda’s Trafford Park store in Manchester.
Cleveron installed two world’s largest click and collect parcel robots Cleveron 402 in Zara’s revolutionary Stratford flagship store
. The London-based store has a separate department for online orders and Cleveron 402 handles the parcel pickup. Together, the two robots can handle 2400 parcels.
Cleveron piloted the Cleveron 201
, a personal parcel locker in selected areas in Estonia, to test the working prototype. Cleveron 201 is Cleveron's first parcel automate that is specially created for private use. The aim is to offer ultimate convenience and to save time – the parcel locker's owner will never have to wait for the parcel to arrive with the courier. Instead, the parcel already awaits for them as they arrive home. Cleveron 201 stores regular mail, parcels and food. It operates on Cleveron's CollectNet
the title Company of the Year 2018 in the Estonian Entrepreneurship Awards
2018. We were also the Design Applier of the Year, the Innovator of the Year and
one of the top three companies in the Exporter of the Year category.
Cleveron opened the new development centre addition which added 7500 m2 to the existing 3000 m2 assembly plant, tripling the manufacturing capabilities.
Cleveron was named as the Transatlantic Company of the Year at the Transatlantic Business Conference 2018 in Tallinn. The award is part of the Transatlantic Business Awards program organized by the American Chamber of Commerce Estonia, U.S. Embassy Tallinn, and the Baltic American Freedom Foundation.
The pack robot Cleveron 401 was installed in five Canadian Tire locations
across the country in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon and Toronto.
Cleveron presented their first robot courier prototype
at Robotex International.
Cleveron reached 200 employees
Cleveron launched an academy to provide professional higher education for young robotics enthusiasts in cooperation with Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences. Cleveron Academy
will accept 20 students interested in robotics software development. They will receive a scholarship, which includes free accommodation in Viljandi, lunch, a stipend of €400 per month. In addition, Cleveron Academy will cover the students’ tuition fee of €5,500 per year.
Cleveron achieved a company record - 5 new clients in 2 months
Cleveron partnered with the world’s largest
sporting goods retailer Decathlon S.A, which has a total of 1,500 stores.
Decathlon is the fifth large enterprise to be added to Cleveron’s list of
clients in the past two months.
addition to Decathlon, Cleveron widened its operations across Europe. In May,
Cleveron began cooperation with the Czech logistics company Zàsilkovna and the Norwegian
sporting goods retailer XXL. New Zealand’s The Warehouse was added as a client
along with Latin American retail giant Falabella Retail, which is based in
Chile. To date, Cleveron has a total of 22 clients all over the world,
including the world’s largest retailer Walmart.