Parcel+Post Expo: Two weeks to go!

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Over 160 exhibitors from all over the world will present their latest solutions in a fortnight’s time, at this year’s Parcel+Post Expo. The world’s largest international parcel and postal industry exhibition and conference takes place October 1-3, in Amsterdam, where visitors will be able to see and experience the best and most exciting innovations and technologies set to shape the future of the industry – all under one roof for maximum convenience. Over 3,000 visitors are expected, including CEOs and key decision-makers from leading postal operators and parcel delivery firms, making the show an essential networking opportunity.

Many new technologies are expected to be launched on the show floor. For example, Godrej Interio will be in Amsterdam to unveil its robust and aesthetically designed Smart Parcel Locker, powered by Smiota. Its cloud-based platform, operating system, applications and services facilitate secure exchange of physical goods. Smiota’s platform provides a complete chain of custody, security, convenience, and real-time analytics and reporting.

Kyburz Switzerland will launch its autonomous vehicle with swappable containers. The autonomous Kyburz vehicles deliver goods safely and reliably, which, with flexible interchangeable payload systems, will enable greater efficiency of distribution.

The Stealth Special Vehicles team is debuting the OzPOD3 at the Amsterdam show. With a top speed of 45km/h (28mph) and a range of up to 150km (93 miles), the OzPOD3’s high-torque electric drivetrain can easily take off on gradients of up to 30% with a full 150kg (330 lb) payload.

Meanwhile Happy Scoot will present its new cargo (parcels and mail) transporter, which it claims is the most compact scooter on the market (less than 165cm long and 67cm wide).

Leopard Systems will launch Leopard Cube, which has the ability to efficiently and accurately generate the dimensional weight of all types of freight, offering a superior, affordable and user-friendly solution to volumetric measurement.

Meet with Interroll to find out more about its new sorter, currently in development. In spring 2020, the company plans to launch the Interroll New Generation Sorter, which it describes as a breakthrough innovation that will transform a mechanical crossbelt sorter into a high-speed system. It will use the simple mechanical drive principle for high-speed applications for various future large-scale projects.

Prime Vision will be running live demonstrations of its new Handling Projector, which tracks a parcel along a conveyor while projecting a destination number upon it, instantly informing the operator where to place the item without them ever having to read the label.

Solystic will present XMS, a technology for sorting letters and flat mail, which is equipped with assistance for loading and unloading full trays; and the Compact Slide Tray – a compact small packet sorting system. It will also debut the TOP2000, a flat mail sorting machine, now available with mobile robotics assistance for loading and unloading trays. Soly, Solystic’s mobile robotics solution, which is driven by intelligent information systems and has numerous applications will also be presented, as well as SOSi – a software that creates digital twins for the industrial or logistics process of a supply chain.

K.Hartwall will present for the first time the LiftLiner, a ‘tuggertrain’ that can deliver several loads to multiple destinations in parcel sorting center operations, reducing the need for manual or forklift transports, thereby increasing logistics efficiency.

Parcel+Post Expo sponsor BlueCrest will use the expo to show how it has added yet more functionality to the platform’s multi-application capabilities with the development of the Mixed Mail Stacker. This new sorting technology enables operators to process letters and flats with a thickness of up to 10mm (0.4in) and a variety of mail characteristics on a single platform in a single- or two-tier configuration.

Fives Intralogistics also plans to launch a brand-new technology – so new, in fact, that even we at Parcel and Postal Technology International don’t know what it is! Antonella Gaverini, marketing and communication specialist, intralogistics at Fives Group, says, “We have selected your exhibition in Amsterdam to showcase this brand-new technology as it is the best place and time to launch it.”

This year’s conference boasts over 150 speakers across a full three days, with 12 dedicated sessions and six highly focused workshops. Sessions this year include: developments in e-commerce, last mile, digital innovation, parcel handling and tracking, intelligent self-service solutions, robotics and AI, to name just a few.

Highlights from the conference include: Sandra Roling, head of EV100, The Climate Group, who will talk about how posts can lead the electric transport revolution. With transport emissions still on the rise and air pollution in cities creating a health crisis, delivery logistics companies have a powerful opportunity to lead the shift to cleaner transportation by switching their own fleets to electric. This presentation showcases how such action is fast becoming a new hallmark of leadership in the sector, presents the opportunities for posts to shape future urban mobility systems, and explores what challenges may lie ahead.

The director of France’s La Post, Alain Roset, will give a presentation titled An update on blockchain developments, focused on logistics and new postal activities. Postal operators are built on transaction processes, and a post’s developments in new digital services may suffer from blockchain startups – or this technology may improve the post’s efficiency. The examination of some recent postal examples of blockchain services will serve to illuminate the added value, the consistency of the technology, and the demand of customers.

And don’t miss Joshua Geerlings, product owner Innovation Studio, PostNL, who will present a talk titled Innovation at PostNL: from new, digital e-commerce to last-yard solutions. The Innovation Studio is a team of ambitious and dedicated innovators who help develop the business of PostNL by creating, building and validating new products and services. His presentation will outline key takeaways and lessons from the lean start-up projects at PostNL, ranging from digital innovation and new e-commerce propositions to last-yard delivery solutions.

In addition to the presentations, the intensive, interactive workshop program covers topics including PUDOs and lockers, customer engagement, digital transformation, and social media and communications. One exciting workshop will be presented by Last Mile Experts’ Marek Różycki and Postal Hub Podcast’s Ian Kerr:PUDOs and Lockers: The New Power in the Last Mile. Don’t miss out – the entire conference program can be found here.

Immediately preceding the show, Parcel+Post Expo will also host the exclusive, invitation-only World CEO Forum, run by the Universal Postal Union. On Monday, September 30, postal chief executives will convene to discuss opportunities that the industry can leverage to build a strong and vibrant post for the future, under the theme, ‘New business models in an age of change’. Panel discussions will focus on blockchain start-ups with postal services, new postal services for an aging population, and postal services for the young.

Finally, don’t miss the annual Parcel and Postal Technology International Awards, which are now in their 11th year, and recognize the latest developments in the postal and parcel industry. Winners will be announced at Parcel+Post Expo 2019 in Amsterdam, on Tuesday, October 1 at 5:00pm.

If you haven’t already, register for your free fast-track entry code, now!

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Christine has worked for UKi Media & Events for almost 15 years across a variety of roles. Currently she is Expo News Editor, writing about the new technologies on display and the visitors to the company’s trade shows. She is a proponent of the Oxford comma.

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