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Latvian Post to unveil automated mail sorting system

Latvian Postal service Latvijas Pasts will unveil the first fully automated mail sorting line on Thursday, said Mārcis Vilcāns, Chairman of the LP Board, to Latvian Television November 12.

Latvijas Pasts has completed the first automated weighing, scanning, measuring and sorting equipment for consignments. The new equipment will provide better quality handling of mailings: faster circulation and more accurate data. It will give an opportunity to sort mailings three times faster: up to 6,000 shipments per hour.

Vilcāns said that the facility cost around €4 million. However, it is expected that the investment will repay itself within two years, since there is a very high volume of mailings at present.

He explained that automated sorting will not replace human work: “At the moment, demand is so high that both equipment and people are needed.”

Vilcāns said that such a facility is designed to sort out large-scale mailings. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, significant increases in mailings have been observed as people choose to shop online.

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