19. February 2019 | Press release

Fully automatic parcel loading: DPD Germany tests Dematic's PackMyRide for the last mile

  • DPD successfully launches pilot system at Nagold parcel distribution centre

  • System enables fully automated loading of parcels into the delivery vehicle

  • Automation relieves the workload and increases the productivity of delivery personnel

Aschaffenburg/Nagold, 19 February 2019 – Together with supply chain expert Dematic, international parcel and express service provider DPD is successfully implementing a test run of the world's first fully automated parcel-loading solution. Dematic's PackMyRide automation system is currently being tested at DPD's Nagold parcel centre. At one of DPD's most modern parcel distribution facilities in Germany, PackMyRide picks up parcels from the existing parcel sorting system and transports them to mobile shelf units via a storage and retrieval machine. These are designed in such a way that in the next step, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) can transport the load carriers fully automatically into the delivery vehicle. The aim is not only to relieve the physical strain on drivers, but also to significantly reduce the time required to load the vehicles by automating the operation.

"Although our conveyor systems are already highly automated, the loading of parcels for the last mile is still a completely manual process"

Thomas Steverding, Senior Group Manager Process & Development at DPD Germany

"Although our conveyor systems are already highly automated, the loading of parcels for the last mile is still a completely manual process," explains Thomas Steverding, Senior Group Manager Process & Development at DPD Germany. "Dematic's innovative system demonstrates for the first time how we can meaningfully support and relieve human labour at this point as well. We are very excited at the opportunity to test this promising development."

Dr. Daniel Jarr, project manager at Dematic PackMyRide, explains: "With Dematic PackMyRide we are revolutionising last-mile parcel loading by presenting the world's first automated solution in this field".

With the automated system, several delivery tours can be loaded simultaneously, so that significantly greater productivity and efficiency can be achieved in parcel handling. The innovative system not only ergonomically reduces the workload for delivery staff, but also creates more productive time for their core task, the delivery of parcels. "The automation of vehicle loading could in future also be an answer to the increasingly pressing problem of the industry-wide shortage of manpower," says Thomas Steverding.

At its parcel centre in Nagold (south of Stuttgart), DPD is working with Dematic to test how well PackMyRide fits the requirements of parcel services, and where there is still potential for development. In Nagold, Dematic PackMyRide first picks up the parcels from the existing sorting system and transports them via conveyor belts to a scanning unit, where volume, weight and barcode data are checked for optimum sorting. The parcels are then temporarily stored in the Dematic sequencing tower, so that they can be passed on to a pusher system in the desired sequence. If required, parcels can be diverted to a manual work area or loaded onto a storage and retrieval machine. This moves along several mobile shelf units lined up one after the other and inserts the parcels in the desired location. Once a shelf is fully loaded, it can be easily removed from the loading system and transported to the delivery vehicle. For this stage of operations Dematic also offers the alternative of automatic transport with driverless transport systems (AGVs).

Together with DPD, Dematic is presenting PackMyRide to the public for the first time at the Logimat logistics trade fair. The Dematic Group is a leading provider of integrated automation technology, software and services for optimising the supply chain. Dematic employs more than 6,000 logistics professionals and operates development centres and manufacturing facilities around the world. The Atlanta-based intralogistics automation company is part of the KION Group.

 

About DPD

DPD Germany is part of DPDgroup, the second-largest international parcel delivery network in Europe. Throughout Germany DPD has 78 depots and 6,500 Pickup parcelshops. A workforce of 9,500 and 11,000 delivery drivers are in daily operation on behalf of the company’s customers. Every year the No. 2 on the German parcels market ships around 375 million parcels – providing carbon-neutral transport operations at no additional cost to the customer.

Through innovative technology, local knowledge and dedicated customer care, DPD provides the best possible experience for both shippers and shoppers. DPD’s industry-leading Predict service is setting a new standard for keeping customers closely in touch with their delivery, with real time tracking of their delivery, a one-hour delivery window and a range of options for redirecting parcels. In recognition of this innovation DPD Germany received several awards like the Digital Transformation Award or the UX Design Award.

As part of DPDgroup, DPD Germany has access to over 32,000 local Pickup points across Europe, and delivers to 230 countries worldwide. DPDgroup’s 38,000 people work together to deliver more than 4.8 million parcels each day. The sole shareholder in DPD is GeoPost, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Le Groupe La Poste. GeoPost posted sales of €6.8 billion in the year 2017.

 

Press contact

Peter Rey

Manager Media & Digital Relations

Image: In future PackMyRide from Dematic will enable an even higher level of automation in parcel shipping.