Fives, one of the world’s most preferred partners for transforming supply chain facilities, was chosen by Swiss Post to improve its facilities and optimize the performance of its flows. Swiss Post, Switzerland’s national postal service provider, among many other services delivers registered or express mails and parcels nationally and internationally – a challenge in times of booming e-commerce.
Johannes Cramer, CEO Logistics Services at Swiss Post, confirms: “Today more than ever, Swiss Post needs to react quickly to current and future logistics trends. We expect further parcel growth and will double sorting capacity by 2030. To this end, we decided to invest in innovation. One thing we opted to do is to test Fives’ GENI-Ant sorter in Basel. Together with the producer, we will eliminate weak points and ultimately find out whether we can use this innovative technology long-term and if so, how it can best enhance our workflows.”
Since the sorting system needs to be moved to a new location after the 1.5 year, Fives’ AMR technology was the perfect answer to these particular requirements: a compact solution when there is little space available, easy to transport, to handle and quick to install.
Simone D’Archino, project manager, is pleased with the cooperation: “We were able to connect Fives to our informatics in a very short time. We are now already able to sort more than 40,000 parcels per day – thanks to the automation even with a higher sorting depth, which benefits the entire network. Based on this experience, we can now evaluate if and how Fives’ technology can be integrated in Swiss Post’s network to boost speed and capacity of our deliveries."
Swiss Post awarded the contract to Fives in December 2020. Supplied in only four months since the site opening, a truly short time, the GENI-Ant sorters are already up and running. The sorting solution is equipped with GENI-Ant Autonomous Mobile Robots, two automated induction lines with dimensioning weighing system and 30 destinations to handle 2,500 items per hour in only 700 m2.
For this project, Fives delivered the “large” GENI-Ant model that can handle items up to 1,200 x 600 mm and operate at up to 2.5 m/s. This new model is in addition to the one dedicated to small items, thus increasing the range of items that can be processed by our GENI-Ant sorters.