Around the world hundreds of millions of letters, flats, and parcels are collected, sorted, and delivered daily.
Increasing volume driven by the growth of e-commerce coupled with customer demand for faster more reliable delivery service at an affordable price has driven many courier, express, and postal companies to continue making large capital investments in automation technology to enhance their network efficiency.
Despite these advances, many global companies still rely on manual sorting by specialized scheme trained workers for certain segments of their delivery stream.
These employees are required to quickly read an address and identify its associated carrier route from memory.
The amount of time spent training these specialized employees can be substantial and they generally are paid a higher hourly rate which can make this process both time consuming and costly.
To help companies address this challenge Pitney Bowes has teamed up with RAF Technology and developed an Automated Scheme Delivery System (ASDS) to streamline a customers manual workflow. ASDS will reduce labor hours associated with manual processing, eliminate costly training expenses, and increase throughput processing for letters, flats and parcels.
RAF Technology’s advance optical character recognition software can extract and validate postal addresses worldwide for both machine print and handwritten shipping labels. Processing speeds for an ASDS workstation are typically greater than 1500 letters per hour, 1300 flats per hour, and 800 parcels per hour. This application is ideal for reducing the cost of manual scheme clerk sortation used by Posts & Couriers, as well as increasing hourly throughput for all incoming corporate & university mailrooms.