14:00 CET - Logistics Ecosystem Theatre - Handling and Sorting 14:00 - 15:50
Posts and carriers around the world are looking for new ways to increase efficiency and value for mail and better manage the tsunami of parcels, all while providing real-time information and visibility. This session will review innovative sortation solutions including predictive analytics, security and control that enable posts and carriers to optimize their operations and deliver new services and greater value.
Helen Norman Editor in chief Parcel and Postal Technology International UK
Biography: Helen has worked for UKi Media & Events for nearly a decade. She joined the company as assistant editor on Passenger Terminal World and since progressed to become editor of five publications, covering everything from aviation, logistics and e-commerce to meteorology. She has a love for travel and property and has redeveloped three houses in three years. When she’s not editing magazines, she’s running around after her two boys and their partner in crime, Pete the pug.
14:00 CET - Sorter exits increase efficiency!
Edwin van Kempen Commercial director EuroSort Systems B.V. Netherlands
Biography: As the commercial director at EuroSort, Edwin has a great understanding of operations in the parcel and post business, e-commerce and many other sectors. With over 10 years’ experience in the sorting business, Edwin’s goal is to ensure any customer can get the most out of their operations with the use of the correct sorters. He can both advise customers on a commercial level, but also has the technical expertise to ensure the solutions that are offered work in the environment of the customer.
With increasing stress on logistics operations to deliver more small and non-conveyable packages and parcels more quickly, there is a need to increase throughput and efficiencies. This can be achieved by using the right sorter in your process, but also by making use of smart design in the exits of the sorter. With smart design, the number of exits could be doubled without the need to double the footprint of the sorter. This could not only decrease the amount of handling, but also enables much deeper sorting (for example, to postal code instead of regions). The right combination of sorter and exits can help any logistics operation to increase efficiency and ultimately reduce costs.
14:20 CET - Load carriers are an enabler for robotics, AGVs and IoT
Eero Heinonen Executive vice president K.Hartwall Oy Ab Finland
Biography: Eero Heinonen is the executive vice president of K.Hartwall Group and leads the postal and parcel business unit that is responsible for working with parcel companies globally.
Eero has been at the company for 10 years and has worked with customers globally in improving parcel logistics with new manual handling equipment, AGVs and tugger train projects.
The increasing demand for speed and flexibility is creating a potential to implement robotics, AGVs and IoT within parcel operations. The unexpected enabler for many of these future developments is the effective use of parcel load carriers. When implemented correctly, parcel load carriers can reduce (un)loading times and enable pre-sorting, which reduces overall sortation costs. Furthermore, the reality is that all national postal operators have a current fleet of roll cages that, when installed with IoT technology, can reduce manual scans and gather information about everything from routes to loop times and customer behavior. The development of new technologies, such as AGVs and robotics, make it possible to improve the logistics network, meet new market demands and reduce parcel sortation costs.
14:40 CET - Applying lessons learned from letter sorting operations to optimize parcel processing
Dr Udo Neisel Product director international sortation solutions BlueCrest Germany
Biography: Dr Udo Neisel has been a leading technologist in the global postal industry since 2006, with experience working with a wide variety of mail and parcel processing operations. Based in Germany, he works closely with alternative posts and international postal providers to establish value-added service solutions in this growing market.
Software for letters and flats processing has evolved to a point of extreme sophistication. Gone are the days of simple barcodes. In today’s interconnected world, postal and mail processing organizations deploy intelligent sorting algorithms to handle complex data streams and get the mail delivered. As the global parcel market continues to grow, the amount and complexity of data is snowballing. Now is the time to evaluate what we have learned from lettermail and flats processing and apply the lessons learned to the rising challenges in parcel sortation.