Royal Mail Rolls Out Three New Machines To Meet Demand of Parcel Volume Growth
Royal Mail continues to transition its business to handle more parcel volume across the UK as parcel deliveries now represent almost £6 in £10 of the company’s revenue.
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This month, Royal rolled out three new automated machines across the UK in Edinburgh, Birmingham, and at the Gatwick Mail Centre.
New Large Parcel Conveyor at Gatwick Mail Centre
At the Gatwick Mail Centre, Royal Mail unveiled a new large parcel conveyor to support the automation and customer tracking of larger parcels in the network.
The conveyor can process bulky parcels weighing up to 30kg, offering improved tracking information to customers.
With a capacity of up to 3,000 large parcels per hour, the machine is fitted with a dimension, weight and scanner system designed to handle bulkier items.
This provides Royal Mail with a rich source of more accurate data that enables managers to efficiently pack and route collection vehicles, helping to reduce operational carbon emissions.
A second large parcel conveyor will launch soon in Royal Mail’s South Midlands Mail Centre with the potential for additional launches in mail centers across the UK in the future.
New Parcel Sorting Machines in Edinburgh and Birmingham
Royal Mail installed high-speed parcel sorting machines in Edinburgh (Scotland) and Birmingham, capable of processing 157,000 parcels per day to help meet the shift in consumer demand for parcels and next-day delivery.
“Customers want more parcels, delivered the next day – including Sundays. We are investing in the latest technology to ensure we can meet this demand as we modernize our business,” said Ricky McAulay, Operations Development Director, Royal Mail.
Royal Mail is aiming to reach 70% parcel automation by 2022-23 and the industry standard of 90% parcel automation by 2023-24.
In June, Royal Mail opened its huge new North West Super Hub in Warrington which can process more than 800,000 parcels a day.
Its Midlands Super Hub, based in Northampton, is on track to open in Summer 2023, and when operational, the hub will be able to process more than one million mail items per day.
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