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IPC to implement standardized barcode system for parcels

International Post Corporation (IPC), a cooperative association of 24 national postal services from countries in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America, has developed and implemented a harmonized labeling solution that enables posts to optimize the end-to-end processing of international letters and parcels.

The new solution ensures uniformity based on the existing standard UPU S10 barcode by using a set of standardized address elements, icons and layouts. The new label will present significant improvements for e-retailers and consumers by reducing over labeling while also improving track and trace, quality and transit times.

Alan Barrie, director, operations and technology, IPC, said, “This is not just a technical initiative to align the essential data elements underpinning e-commerce fulfillment, it’s also a practical visual alignment to give thousands of postal workers clear instructions on how to deal with the rapidly growing e-commerce volumes. Customers are demanding the same experience cross-border that they enjoy in their home country and this is a great initiative by postal companies to improve the consistency of their service offering.”

The harmonized label is available as part of the IPC ‘Interconnect’ initiative to help
improve cross-border parcel operations. Posts are expected to start using the harmonized label by early 2016.

October 22, 2015

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Drone footage of Hermes super hub

Hermes UK has opened its new purpose built, automated parcel distribution hub in Rugby, the biggest of its kind in the UK. The £31m (US$40m) development represents the most significant investment in the company’s history and will create more than 100 jobs. Located in Rugby, the Midlands super hub measures 270,000ft², the equivalent of 34 soccer pitches, and has the capability to efficiently process in excess of one million parcels each day.

23 August, 2017

UPS delivery drivers trained using VR simulations

UPS has announced that it will start training student delivery drivers to spot and identify road hazards using virtual reality (VR) headsets that simulate the experience of driving on city streets. The company will launch VR training at nine UPS Integrad training facilities in September.

To read more about the training simulation, click here.

16 August, 2017


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