Yodel installs small parcel sorter at Shaw

Yodel is to use a specialist small parcel sortation system at its Shaw sorting centre in Oldham. The Hexapole sortation system will enable the independent carrier to meet increased demand following the rise of online retail.

Hexapole and Yodel have an existing relationship, with Hexapole supplying Yodel with its first Small Parcel Sorter (SPS) at its Hatfield sort centre. With volumes continuing to grow, Yodel has chosen to have another SPS installed at Shaw.

Carl Moore, Yodel Chief Operations Officer said: “We were thrilled to be working with Hexapole on a second SPS and once on site, the build process was remarkably quick, testament to their organisation and good planning. This investment in equipment and tech will help deliver improvements in flow as well as reduce parcel handling by our colleagues. Since its installation, the operational benefits have been immediate.”

The SPS was originally installed at another carrier’s sorting centre in Switzerland but was taken back to Hexapole’s Dutch base and modified to Yodel’s specifications before being transported and installed at the Shaw centre.

Bas Bloemink, Managing Director at Hexapole commented: “At the Hatfield Distribution Centre, our sorting machine and software control have been used for more than 20 years. It is fantastic that Yodel has chosen to work with Hexapole to install a second SPS for their national distribution centre in Shaw. Our sorting system enables the company to manage all kinds of mixed flows of small and larger parcels.”

The new SPS sorts parcels into plastic sacks, seals them and labels them when they are transported manually and directly to the dispatch door. This reduces the requirements for additional sortation capacity on the main sorter. The sacks can handle four times the volumes of parcels as against a tote. These containerised parcels can also be processed and tracked as a single unit, driving efficiencies into the system.