Daifuku to install state-of-the-art sorter at New Zealand Post’s Christchurch hub

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New Zealand-based materials handling specialist Daifuku BCS has been selected to supply a state-of-the-art parcel sorting system for New Zealand Post’s new NZ$8m (US$5.8m) Christchurch distribution hub.

Installation of the new equipment will begin in January 2017 and will replace the current semi-manual process. The distribution hub, known as the Southern Operations Centre, is due to open in May 2017 in Christchurch Airport’s Dakota Park. It will house courier, road and airfreight operations, as well as the new automated parcel processing facilities.

The construction of the new hub is well underway with the structural steel sections for the warehouse area being erected last month. The final hub will be made up of two warehouses with a covered interchange between them.

Mark Stewart, chief operating officer, service delivery, New Zealand Post, said, “It will give New Zealand Post Group the biggest parcel sorting platform in New Zealand and increase the reliability of our delivery service. The new equipment means parcels will be sorted four times faster than they are now.

“Our customers will also be able to track their parcels at an earlier stage in the delivery process, and there will be fewer misrouted parcels as the machines sort with incredible accuracy.”

Patrick Teo, chief executive, Daifuku, said, “We are proud and excited to remain part of the New Zealand Post development plan, and contributing to the Christchurch infrastructure rebuild is an added bonus.”

August 2, 2016

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