Royal Mail launches automated parcel machine in Edinburgh

Royal Mail

Royal Mail has announced that it has installed its latest parcel sorting machine in Edinburgh, Scotland. The machine is capable of processing 157,000 parcels per day to help meet the shift in consumer demand for parcels and next-day delivery. 

With parcel deliveries now representing almost £6 in £10 of Royal Mail’s revenue, the new fully automated sorting machine at Edinburgh Mail Centre – its second one in Scotland – will look to support the company’s ongoing transformation into a parcels-led business.

An intelligent system of conveyor belts and scanning technology enables the machine to sort a variety of parcel shapes and sizes weighing up to 3kg for onward despatch to local delivery offices in Scotland and beyond.

Royal Mail currently sorts more than 22m parcels on average each week by automated means, with a total of 35 parcel sorting machines operating across the UK network.

Operations Development Director Ricky McAulay said: “Customers want more parcels, delivered the next day – including Sundays. We are investing in the latest technology to ensure we can meet this demand as we modernise our business. Our new parcel sorting machine in Edinburgh will help drive growth as we transform into an even more parcels-focused business.”

Royal Mail is aiming to reach 70% parcel automation by 2022-23 and the industry standard of 90% parcel automation by 2023-24.

In June, Royal Mail opened its new North West Super Hub in Warrington which can process more than 800,000 parcels a day. Its Midlands Super Hub, based in Northampton, is on track to open in Summer 2023 and when operational, will be able to process more than one million items per day.

Royal Mail’s first parcel sorting machine in Scotland was installed in its Glasgow Mail Centre in 2019.

Source: Royal Mail