MaltaPost turns its attention to unaddressed mail
The latest addition of Duplo’s DM Mini Collation System has enabled MaltaPost to move all production to mornings only, and provides both back-up and extra capacity at peak periods, typically elections, Black Friday and Christmas.
MaltaPost’s COO Adrian Vassallo explains why the company invested in the technology: “Now that all set collation is handled on the first Duplo Collator, the machine runs 16 hours per day, 6 days per week. Consequently we have no spare production capacity, nor sufficient time to carry out routine maintenance, even though the machine has been extremely reliable.
“Furthermore, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find staff willing to work the afternoon/evening shift,” he says.
Such is the importance of this business, MaltaPost employs a dedicated team exclusively for the delivery of its unaddressed mail sets to households.
Controlling labour costs is a key contributor to profitability, and since the introduction of the first Duplo system MaltaPost has reduced its workforce by over 20%. But with an allocation of over 1,000 households per person per day, at critical times of the year they can occasionally struggle to meet their tight deadlines.
“This second system will also provide us with more flexibility at peak periods. For example, we could split production into subsets across the two systems, and share the delivery of some of the unaddressed mail sets with our postmen,” he explains.