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.