Editor’s note: This blog post is part two of a three-part series on A Day in the Life of a Parcel. The first segment introduced a few game-changing innovations early in the parcel lifecycle. This segment covers innovations in package labeling and efficiency gains for the carrier.
Once a package is ready to ship, it still needs a label on it.
This is another area that is ripe for game-changing innovation. Traditional print-and-apply labeling systems are limited by a number of design and label-material choices. By completely re-thinking the process of applying labels, today’s labeling systems have more than doubled the throughput of the labeling operation, and eliminate an important bottleneck in the production line.
Our patented high-performance print-and-apply labeling system averages up to 70 labels per minute onto packages that can vary by as much as 36” (1m). This performance is enabled by an integrated, dynamic print-cut-apply head and by the fact that the liner-free labels require no label peeling and generate no backing waste.
Efficiency Gains for the Carrier
The next stage of the workflow involves induction and processing of parcels into a carrier network.
The goal here is to lower the cost of parcel fulfillment and delivery by automating the tasks of reading, weighing, labeling and sorting parcels or flats. Modern parcel management and sortation systems operate at speeds of up to 5,000 parcels per hour, paying for themselves in a very short time by displacing the need for extra manual labor.
We have worked with a number of private posts in Europe who successfully confronted the explosion of parcel and small-packet volumes after implementing automated parcel-sorting systems.
Editor’s note: Part three of the Day in the Life of a Parcel series discusses the last mile and return logistics.
Watch highlights of Ramesh Ratan’s presentation on A Day in the Life of a Parcel at MAILCOM 2016.