This new-generation sorter, deployed by Viapost for La Poste at several sites in France, reduces the preparation time for last-mile delivery rounds.
Viapost's new-generation Sort & Drive sorter is the result of a request initiated by La Poste in October 2017, when it was looking for an industrial solution capable of fine sorting in order to limit the tasks of the delivery driver and optimise the time dedicated to delivery. The logistics, industrial maintenance, and transport specialist, Viapost, which had already had the opportunity to design sorters for small non-standard goods and parcels, then positioned itself to design this new system. Design and test steps will follow before the Sort & Drive sorter is operational. Today installed on the parcel sites located in Poissy (78), Garonor (93), and Argonay (74), it has been configured according to the specificities of each building, connected to the IS and according to current ergonomic standards. It will also integrate the Lievin site (62) at the beginning of October.
An operation reduced to 30 minutes
In concrete terms, the parcels are injected, sorted and separated into four batches to facilitate the preparation of the rounds of each delivery person, who can thus quickly load their goods into their vehicle, which is positioned in front of an exit of the sorter, inside the building. Whereas the delivery man used to have to pick and sort parcels on shelves before loading them into the vehicles, an operation that could take up to 1 ½ hours, this has now been reduced to 30 minutes. In addition to the development of the sorter, Viapost also provides certain operational logistics services on the sites with on-site teams, and industrial maintenance with technicians who were present during the design and assembly stages.
Viapost also worked to propose an innovative and adapted solution for the Lesquin site (59), where the company set up an adjusted system for the preparation of the last mile. Here, it consists of arranging the containers at the sorter exit, then taking them further in the same building to the delivery trucks, in order to adapt to the site's configuration, which does not allow vehicles to be stationed inside the platform. Finally, the Lyon and Toulouse sites should also soon be equipped with a new sorter, currently being studied by Viapost.