Yodel partners with Hexapole to improve small parcel sorting

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Yodel has partnered with Hexapole, to optimise sorting capability for small parcels at their Shaw sortation centre in Oldham. The acquisition of an innovative sorting system will help Yodel to continue to meet the increased demand following the rise of online retail.

Hexapole have previously worked with Yodel and supplied the business with the first Small Parcel Sorter (SPS) on site at the Hatfield sort centre. As the number of parcels flowing through the system kept growing, Yodel decided to install a second SPS at their Shaw centre to help cope with the increased volume. This was delivered through a refurbishment and reinstallation effort using a unit originally installed in a third-party premise in Switzerland.

“We were thrilled to be working with Hexapole on a second SPS and once on site, the build process was remarkably quick, testament to their organisation and good planning. This investment in equipment and tech will help deliver improvements in flow as well as reduce parcel handling by our colleagues. Since its installation, the operational benefits have been immediate.”
– Carl Moore, Chief Operations Officer, Yodel

Hexapole adapted and refined the sorter at their base in the Netherlands to meet Yodel’s specifications and was then transported and installed in Shaw.

The new operation in Shaw sorts parcels into plastic sacks and when full, they are sealed, labelled and transported manually and directly to the dispatch door. This has eliminated placing any additional requirements for sortation capacity on the main sorter. Sacks can hold four times the quantity of parcels compared to the tote. Containerised parcels can be processed and tracked as a single unit. This substantially increases efficiencies and reduces the requirement for manual processes such as individual scanning.

2 Responses

  1. So all they need to do now is sort the drivers out, who seem to have no idea what is a safe place, how to read an address, or why you don’t just throw a parcel over a 6ft fence and walk off..
    Should be easy now they have the parcel sorted sorted……

  2. I’ve been a Postman for 26 years and I don’t care about you or your letters/parcels anymore. None of us do. Cry me a river.

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