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Royal Mail installs automated parcel sorter in Edinburgh

As the postal operator changes over to becoming a parcel operator, Royal Mail has installed a new, high speed parcel sorting machine in Edinburgh.

The parcel sorting machine is capable of sorting 157,000 parcels a day and is the second automated parcel machine in Scotland. It is capable of handling parcels up to 3kg.

Royal Mail say that more than 60% of its delivery business is from parcels and the machine will help it handle growing demand.

Currently the postal operator handles more than 22 million parcels a week on its automated parcel sorting machines, and 35 are now in operation across the UK.

Domestic parcel volumes have grown by more than 30% since prior to the pandemic. The machines help streamline the sorting operation and drive efficiency into the business that has been struggling to achieve profitability despite its growth in parcel volumes.

Ricky McAulay, Operations Development Director, Royal Mail, 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 in the midst of an industrial dispute with its workforce who are demanding fairer pay and conditions. The organisation has failed to capitalise on its strong volume growth and seems to see workforce costs as one of the issues behind the problem – not mismanagement and inefficiency.


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