The Automated Future of Parcel Processing

The Automated Future of Parcel Processing

Ralf Garlichs, Chief Operations Officer at Siemens Logistics, joins Ian Kerr to discuss the automated future of parcel processing:

  • Processing varying parcel formats
  • Speed and complexity
  • Removing the need for manual handling
  • A brief history of automation in logistics
  • Labour shortage implications for logistics
  • Three factors driving advances in automation: labour, volume growth, and the battle for services
  • Data analytics role in improving efficiency
  • Step-by-step progress towards a “touchless hub” – from unloading trucks through to sorting
  • The automation technology already available today – including robots in hubs
  • Automation in the core of sorting centres
  • Who can benefit from logistics automation?

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