Durham, N.C., Sept. 29, 2015 — Just two weeks after announcing a partnership to bring intelligent locker innovations to parcel delivery networks in North America, Bell and Howell and Cleveron are unveiling the PackRobot, which dramatically advances the delivery and pickup capabilities of parcel networks. PackRobot will be on display in Booth #5100 at POST-EXPO 2015 in Paris, France, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, and information will also be available from Bell and Howell in Booth #2095.
This unique patented innovation combines advanced Internet-of-things technologies with modern consumer-friendly and ergonomic design and aesthetics. Unlike traditional smart lockers that use a fixed number of pre-set locker sizes, PackRobot, uses a patented innovative 3D lift system that picks and delivers the right parcel to a dynamically configured secure delivery slot and can accommodate a staggering three times more parcels than conventional smart lockers.
PackRobot can be used indoors or outdoors thanks to adjustable internal climate control in applications in traditional parcel delivery as well as new retail applications like click and collect to drive in-store customer traffic.
“With its long history and full coverage across North America, Bell and Howell is an ideal partner for our initiative to introduce this delivery format to the market,” said Arno Kütt, CEO of Cleveron.
“Cleveron not only has the best technology in the market, but also the holistic approach to terminal delivery proven by results,” added Ramesh Ratan, CEO of Bell and Howell.
Ratan will address the challenges surrounding “The Future of Mail” at a VIP Plenary session at POST-EXPO 2015.
Joined by Mike Swift, Bell and Howell’s general manager, Postal and Sorting Products, Ratan will address the ‘’Innovation from Disruption” themes of the VIP Plenary session. “Declining mail volume, privatization of posts, challenges in delivery to every home or business, cluster boxes, and digital services are just a few of the challenges that postal operations are facing,” said Ratan. “However, within these challenges are opportunities. We are partnering with companies to help them leverage technology and innovation, and increase profit.”
The VIP Plenary session, “The Future of Mail,” is part of POST-EXPO’s World Postal Business Forum, and takes place on Sept. 29 at 3:50 p.m. in Room 1.
Bell and Howell Solutions on Display
Visitors to Bell and Howell’s Booth #2095 will learn how the company’s solutions can help them engage in eCommerce and pick up more business in parcel handling and sorting. New technologies such as QR codes, geofencing, geocoding, augmented reality, video postcards, reverse envelopes, automated paper factories, and parcel wrapping will revolutionize mail for years to come. Booth visitors will also receive an Apple iRing.
Some of the products Bell and Howell will feature at POST-EXPO include:
ParcelMgr™ – Parcel-sorting and labeling system for parcel and mail expediters that lowers the cost of parcel fulfillment and delivery by automating the tasks of reading, weighing, labeling, and sorting parcels or large/thick mail.
FlatsMgr™ – Automates the task of sorting outgoing or incoming C4 mailpieces using the most efficient technology available on the market today.
Linerless Labeler – Patented high-speed linerless labeling technology that increases processing throughput while eliminating liner waste as experienced by traditional labeling systems.
NetSort® – Sorting software that provides true client-server architecture with Web-based access, enterprise-level database, robust item-level tracking to ensure accuracy and accountability, reporting and data export to other systems, and a variety of other customer benefits.
Criterion Apex® DM – Offers modularity and functionality that allows pre-sort businesses and private mail carriers to adapt as their business expands.
Criterion® Elevate™ – This sorter meets the requirements of mailers who need automation but have space limitations. Compact design greatly reduces the amount of space required to run a sorting operation, and is portable for ease of relocation during peak processing periods.
Bell and Howell Services – The company’s comprehensive suite of training, service and support options accelerates ROI by integrating leading-edge technologies, robust performance analytics and proven methodologies.
Bell and Howell is shaping the future of mail and commerce. We deliver innovative service and technology solutions that enrich customer communications and fulfillment for the world’s largest finance, industry and public sector enterprises. Our software and hardware streamlines high-volume, high-integrity production of customer communications and products, maximizes postal discounts, and monetizes every customer touchpoint. Our service organization is among the most sophisticated in the world for production workflow, automation and industrial mechatronics. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., with offices around the world, Bell and Howell is the trusted partner to thousands of organizations globally. For additional information, visit www.bellhowell.net.