NZ Post and Daifuku BCS sign agreement for new parcel technology

27 July 2016

New Zealand-based business Daifuku BCS has been selected to supply a state-of-the-art parcel sorting system for New Zealand Post’s new $8 million Christchurch distribution hub.

New Zealand Post Chief Operating Officer Service Delivery, Mark Stewart, says the new system uses advanced parcel sorting technology only released this year.

“It will give New Zealand Post Group the biggest parcel sorting platform in New Zealand and increase the reliability of our delivery service,” said Mr Stewart.

Installation of the new equipment will begin in January 2017 and will replace the current semi-manual process.

“The new equipment means parcels will be sorted four times faster than they are now,” Mr Stewart says.

“Our customers will also be able to track their parcels at an earlier stage in the delivery process, and there will be fewer misrouted parcels as the machines sort with incredible accuracy.”

The distribution hub, known as the Southern Operations Centre, is due to open in May 2017 in Christchurch Airport’s Dakota Park. It will house courier, road and air freight operations, and the new automated parcel processing facilities.

Building of the new hub is well underway with the structural steel sections for the warehouse area going up this month. The final hub will be made up of two warehouses with a covered interchange between them.

Mr Stewart said Daifuku BCS was a proven supplier who had previously installed the parcel sorting system at Post’s Auckland Operations Centre in 2009.

Daifuku Chief Executive Mr Patrick Teo said the company was pleased to be delivering another system to New Zealand Post.

"We are proud and excited to remain part of the New Zealand Post development plan, and contributing to the Christchurch infrastructure rebuild is an added bonus," Mr Teo said.

Auckland Operations Centre's parcel sorting equipment, which is very similar to the new sorting system to be introduced in Christchurch.