Into the future

Gallery: Transforming our technology through the ages

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Four new fully-automated parcel sort machines rolling out across Tyneside, Southampton, Nottingham and Medway Mail Centres this year will mark a major milestone on our transformation journey.

Our North West Hub in Warrington – which is due to start operating in spring 2022 – will boast an automated parcel sorting system (APSS), the first of its kind in our network. Not only can the machinery sort both large and small parcels together, sending them to separate output yorks, but around 50 per cent of the volume will be sorted to a delivery office level – increasing our pipeline efficiency.

Game-changing technology

The APSS at North West Hub will cover ground the size of four-and-a-half football pitches. Its three sortation ‘tracks’ are around 860m long – more than double the size of a standard running track.

We’re fortunate to have such state-of-the-art technology at present, but it hasn’t always been the case. Click on the link above to see some of the slightly less advanced machines that have helped us get the job done through the ages.

19 Jan 2021