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USPS has released revenue figures for the second quarter of 2018, which revealed the postal operator's shipping and packages revenue grew by US$445m or 9.5% (read more here). But how many more parcels did the operator handle between January 1 and March 31, 2018?

Starship drones deployed at Intuit campus in California

Autonomous drone developer Starship Technologies has completed the installation of delivery robots at a work campus for US financial software company Intuit in California.

01 May, 2018

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Tompkins launches autonomous robotic sorting system

Technology developer Tompkins Robotics has partnered with IT provider Lab Z to launch its t-Sort portable, automated sortation system. The new solution uses a network of automated drones fitted with tilt trays to harmoniously sort parcels and packets into dedicated containers.

30 January, 2018

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FarEye launches Drop&Pick app in Europe

Digital logistics platform FarEye has launched its cloud-based web and mobile app Drop&Pick in Europe. The app allows logistics firms to set up local stores as automated parcel shop hubs to meet the growing demand for fast, convenient parcel dispatch and collection.

23 January, 2018

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PostNord catches thieves stealing from moving delivery vehicles

Nordic postal operator PostNord has succeeded in catching a gang of thieves who had been stealing packages from the back of delivery trucks whilst traveling at speeds of up to 80kmph (50mph).

16 January, 2018

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Drone footage of Hermes super hub

Hermes UK has opened its new purpose built, automated parcel distribution hub in Rugby, the biggest of its kind in the UK. The £31m (US$40m) development represents the most significant investment in the company’s history and will create more than 100 jobs. Located in Rugby, the Midlands super hub measures 270,000ft², the equivalent of 34 soccer pitches, and has the capability to efficiently process in excess of one million parcels each day.

To read more about the new facility, click here.

23 August, 2017

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UPS delivery drivers trained using VR simulations

UPS has announced that it will start training student delivery drivers to spot and identify road hazards using virtual reality (VR) headsets that simulate the experience of driving on city streets. The company will launch VR training at nine UPS Integrad training facilities in September.

To read more about the training simulation, click here.

16 August, 2017

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DHL integrates augmented reality glasses into warehouse operations

DHL Supply Chain has successfully completed its global augmented reality pilots and is expanding its Vision Picking solution in more warehouses around the globe. The smart glasses provide visual displays of order picking instructions, along with information on where items are located and where they need to be placed on a cart. The international trials have shown an average improvement in productivity of 15% in addition to higher accuracy rates.

3 August, 2017

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Fetch robots trialled at DHL warehouse

Deutsche Post DHL Group and technology manufacturer Wärtsilä have completed a pilot project testing mobile robots from Fetch Robotics for warehouse applications.

11 July, 2017

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Australia Post trials three-wheeled delivery vehicle in Brisbane

Australia Post delivery workers have begun trialling a new electric delivery vehicle in Brisbane that will allow them to deliver more small parcels than ever before.

13 June, 2017

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PostEurop releases latest mail and parcel statistics for Europe

PostEurop, a trade association representing 52 posts in 49 countries, has released its latest figures aggregated from its members, giving an overview of the European post and parcel delivery market in 2016.

23 May, 2017

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PostNord delivers parcels into customers' homes

Nordic postal operator PostNord has partnered with Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy to offer customers a new service where parcels can be delivered inside their door (full story here).

Customers who posses a digital lock, such as the Yale Doorman, can register for the service, which provides PostNord delivery personnel with a one-time code enabling them to enter the property and place the parcel inside. To view a video of the indoor delivery service, click on the link below.

19 April, 2017

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Swiss Post trial drone delivery between hospitals

The Swiss Post, the Ticino hospital network EOC and drone manufacturer Matternet successfully carried out the first drone flights in Lugano. In the near future, they hope to transport laboratory samples between two EOC hospitals in the Swiss city.

To read more about the initiative, click here.

11 April, 2017

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Toyota’s Vanderlande takeover

In late March, Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) announced the acquisition of Vanderlande, a provider of automated material handling solutions for airports and the parcel delivery market.

Matthias Fischer, president of Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE), a market-leading manufacturer of forklift trucks, discusses the transaction in greater detail and explains how Vanderlande will complement TMHE’s existing offering.

To read more about the takeover, click here.

4 April, 2017

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UPS tests residential drone delivery from vehicle roof

UPS has successfully tested a home delivery drone that launches from the top of a UPS package car while the driver continues separate deliveries.

The drone autonomously delivered a package to a home, returning to the vehicle upon successful completion. The test was conducted in Lithia, Florida, with the help of Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone developer Workhorse Group.

To read more about the drone test, click here.

27 February, 2017

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DPD releases virtual reality video of a parcel's journey through its network

International parcel delivery provider DPDgroup has produced a 360º virtual reality video that enables the viewer to experience the journey made by a parcel in first person, from collection to delivery.

10 January, 2017

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Cleveron reveals safe delivery by drone concept

At the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016 being held in Barcelona, Spain, from November 15-17, parcel delivery solution provider Cleveron has unveiled a safe drone delivery concept. According to the company, solutions for drone delivery available today are not safe enough and put people at risk, especially children playing next to the drone’s landing spot. The Cleveron concept aims to overcome these problems.

16 November, 2016

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Australia Post CEO unveils plans for electric vehicle fleet

Australia Post has unveiled its plans to trial several new electric delivery vehicles capable of carrying up to 100 small parcels and 1,200 letters at a time. The post plans to trial the new e-vehicle in capital cities next year, beginning in select locations, with a decision on a broader roll-out expected by mid-late 2017.

13 October, 2016

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UPS trials commercial drone deliveries in the USA

UPS has partnered with drone developer CyPhy Works to begin testing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to deliver packages to remote or hard-to-reach locations.

The trials began with the mock delivery of a child’s inhaler from Beverly, Massachusetts, to Children’s Island approximately three miles off the Atlantic coast. The battery-powered Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) drone used in the trial had been equipped with night vision cameras and secure communication channels.

Mark Wallace, UPS senior vice president of global engineering and sustainability, said, “Our focus is on real-world applications that benefit our customers. We think drones offer a great solution to deliver to hard-to-reach locations in urgent situations where other modes of transportation are not readily available.”

Helen Greiner, CyPhy’s founder and chief technology officer, said, “Drone technology used in this way can save lives and deliver products and services to places that are difficult to reach by traditional transit infrastructures.”

27 September, 2016

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UPU unveils online tool for helping posts reduce their carbon footprint

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has launched a new online tool for analyzing and reporting annual postal emissions. The Online Solution for Carbon Analysis and Reporting (OSCAR) industry is the latest tool offered, free of charge, by the UPU to designated postal operators from its 192 member countries. The tool assists in creating comprehensive reports on greenhouse gas emissions with 20 key carbon performance indicators that enable postal services to track their progress over time, benchmark their performance against industry averages and helps to set reduction targets and offset emissions.

Pascal Clivaz, deputy director general, UPU, said, “The UPU’s vision for the tool is to help posts increase their efficiency, decrease their natural resource consumption and encourage them to invest in green solutions.”

To find out more about OSCAR click here.

Source: Universal Postal Union

8 August, 2016

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DHL trials automated parcel picking trolley

DHL Supply Chain has completed a pilot project using automated robots to assist employees with order-picking tasks at a warehouse in Unna, Germany. Created by French startup, Effidence, the EffiBOT is a fully automated trolley that follows pickers through the warehouse undertaking any physically demanding tasks.

9 June, 2016

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UPS to fund UAV delivery of medical supplies in Rwanda

UPS has partnered with robotics firm Zipline and non-profit organization Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to begin trialing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the delivery of life-saving medicines, such as blood and vaccines, in countries with a poor logistics chain.

May 10, 2016

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DHL completes latest Parcelcopter trial

DHL Parcel has successfully concluded a three-month test of its latest generation of Parcelcopter in the village of Reit im Winkl in Germany. According to DHL, the trial is the first time worldwide that a parcel service provider has directly integrated a Parcelcopter into its delivery chain

May 10, 2016

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PostNord to deliver groceries straight into your fridge

PostNord has partnered with Swedish grocery retailer ICA and technology startup Glue to launch a pilot where groceries are delivered to a customer’s residence and stacked in the fridge, even when they’re not at home.

April 27, 2016

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Australia Post begins drone delivery trials

National postal operator Australia Post is working with drone technology developer ARI Labs to trial the delivery of small parcels using a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA). The closed-field trial is an important step in testing the new technology, which will potentially deliver small parcels to customers’ homes.

April 19, 2016

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Footage of Hermes' state-of-the-art sortation system in Warrington

Beumer Group, a supplier of automated parcel handling solutions, has released footage of its double belt tray sortation system installed at Hermes UK's depot in Warrington, Cheshire. The new system has increased the hub's sorting capacity to more than one million parcels a day, making it Hermes' largest hub in Europe.

Video courtesy of Beumer Group

April 6, 2016

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Alvey installs semi-autonomous parcel sorter for bpost

Automated sorting system provider Alvey Group has completed the installation of a new semi-automatic parcel sorting system for Belgium Post's (bpost) sorting office in Brussels. The system is capable of handling a wide range of parcels and can sort approximately 4,000 parcels per hour.

February 25, 2016

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Automation of TNT depots across Italy nearing completion

Italian parcel sorting solutions supplier OCM and Dutch-based postal operator TNT have released two videos discussing the installation of automated parcel sorting systems at 30 TNT hubs and depots across Italy. The M30M project began in 2014 and is scheduled for completion in early 2016.

November 26, 2015

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Workhorse releases video of HorseFly UAV

Workhorse Group and the University of Cincinnati (UC) have released a video demonstration of their HorseFly drone delivery concept. The HorseFly unmanned aircraft system (UAV) launches itself from the roof of the delivery vehicle and ascends to a safe cruising altitude before navigating to the desired delivery point using GPS navigation.

October 23, 2015

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SingPost completes drone delivery trial

SingPost has partnered with IDA Labs to trial the delivery of last mile mail and small parcels in an urban environment using drones. Watch the following video to learn more about the successful flight, which took five minutes and carried a payload of a letter and a t-shirt across a distance of 2km (1.24mi) between Lorong Halus and Pulau Ubin in Singapore.

October 8, 2015

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Secured Mail provides footage of Luton sorting hub

UK-based post and parcel delivery services provider Secured Mail has released a drone video of its Luton sorting facility, demonstrating the automated sorting systems that process 500 million items of mail a year.

September 17, 2015

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Finnish postal operator Posti carries out trial drone deliveries

Finnish postal operator Posti is carrying out a trial for parcel deliveries via a robotic drone helicopter operating between Helsinki and the island of Suomenlinna.

September 2, 2015

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Internet of Postal Things

The US Postal Service Office of Inspector General explains how sensor technology can be applied to create an Internet of Postal Things that could increase efficiency, lower costs, generate revenue and improve customer service across the postal sector.

August 5, 2015

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Swiss Post drone testing

After making the decision to press ahead with testing, Dieter Bambauer, head of PostLogistics for Swiss Post, explains how drone technology can be used to supplement the standard delivery process.

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USPS Business Focus June 2015

USPS Postmaster General Megan Brennan discusses how the postal service’s strategic investment in scanning technology is helping to grow the mailing industry. She also explores efforts being made to encourage businesses to enliven their mailings with QR codes and augmented reality features, a major topic at the recent National Postal Forum.

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Addressing in Brazil's favelas

11.5 million people live in over 1,000 favelas on the outskirts of numerous Brazilian cities and do not have access to addresses. Cartiero and what3words are working together to provide all inhabitants in these settlements with a useable address (click CC for subtitles).

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Drone technology

Matternet talks to Forbes about the possibilities of drone use in medical deliveries, courier services and last mile e-commerce services

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IPC Drivers Challenge 2015

A Nokian Tyres test driver takes us through the 14 stages of the IPC Drivers Challenge agility test, which took place on an frozen lake in Ivalo, Finland on March 1-4.

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