The postman profession is at stake. Due to the replacement of traditional letters with electronic letters, by 2023 the volume of correspondence will fall by one and a half times. This was stated in the “Post of Russia”. But there is a way. The state company decided to change the format of its branches, transforming them into “centers of gravity.” To help – alcohol and medicines. The price of the issue is 85 billion rubles. The concept is already aimed at coordination in a number of ministries. How did you respond to the proposal of the department?From the “Post of Russia” may remain one name. According to the draft new concept (it was at the disposal of the Izvestia newspaper), from 2020 to 2027, the good old branches should turn into a kind of hybrid of a bank, an alcohol market, a pharmacy, an educational center, an educational and medical institution. The Russian Post confirmed the existence of the document to us and talked about its goals.The implementation of the concept will increase the accessibility of social and basic financial services in rural areas to the level of cities. This is a strategic task for the development of Russian Post for the coming years and one of the priority tasks for the development of the Russian Federation according to the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on National goals of May 7, 2018 No. 204.The functionality of the post office and its employees in the settlements is proposed to be expanded to 20 thousand people. Thus, more than 80 percent of existing branches can turn into “centers of gravity” – this is what the branches of the future are called in the concept.Attracting the public will be financial services. In the new centers it will be possible to open a deposit, exchange currency, receive a number of medical, educational and state services, buy medicines or other goods, including alcohol. What kind of alcohol-containing drinks they plan to sell is unknown.Earlier in the “Russian Post” talked about beer. But, judging by the concept, they will not be limited to one. Most likely, there will be no problems with obtaining licenses, experts say.The Post of Russia considered: due to the replacement of traditional letters with electronic letters, by 2023 the volume of correspondence will fall by one and a half times. The load on postmen will decrease, there will be a threat of reducing people and lowering indicators. Meanwhile, the financial situation of Russian Post is quite stable. In 2018, revenue grew by 7 percent and amounted to more than 190 billion rubles. Net profit was a record for the entire history of the enterprise. Over the year, it increased by 250 percent and amounted to 2.7 billion rubles.At the Russian Post itself, such explosive growth was explained by several factors: here, there is a reduction in costs, an increase in the efficiency of the retail business, and an increase in income from the activities of Post Bank. Diversification will help preserve and strengthen the position, industry representatives say.However, expert estimates differ from the requests of the Russian Post itself. The planned transformation there was estimated at 85 billion rubles. Of these, 66 billion is the technical modernization of the branches, 11 billion is a major overhaul, and almost 8 billion is the expansion of space. The amounts are impressive, and getting them from the federal budget is likely to be difficult, experts say.Now the document is being negotiated with the concerned departments. By September 1, comments and suggestions in the Post of Russia are expected from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, the Ministry of Health and the Central Bank of Russia. Given their position, the concept of “Center of Attraction” will be finalized.