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Neopost brings automated answer for profitable packaging to UK

Neopost Shipping is introducing its Automated Packaging Solution (APS) to the UK

21-Nov-2018
Neopost brings automated answer for profitable packaging to UK
Neopost Shipping is introducing its Automated Packaging Solution (APS) to the UK. The CVP-500 replaces 8-16 packers by ‘auto-boxing’ multiple or single items at speeds of up to 450 packages per hour. It also avoids the need for void fill and reduces volume during transport.

The CVP-500 measures, constructs, tapes, weighs and labels each parcel in one seamless process. Optimising all steps of package fulfilment, it creates a fit-to-size box for single- or multi-item orders of variable dimension. This offers an automated answer to handling increasing packing volumes for e-commerce operations challenged by labour shortages. It is also an ideal solution for 3pls, wholesalers and any company with any high volume packaging. In such operations it is not unusual for businesses to have 25-40 sizes of shipping box, which can occupy a significant amount of warehouse space.

By building the optimum size parcel around the order items using its corrugated packaging as a sustainable and more protective alternative to plastic bags, the CVP-500 reduces box size by 50%. This minimises shipping costs and the carbon footprint throughout the fulfilment process.

Labour costs can be minimised also, with the machine replacing between 8 to 16 packaging stations while also ensuring throughput – even through peaks. The unit gives users a competitive edge by increasing productivity, with custom boxes being configured every 7-seconds.

These benefits produce a quick return on investment of 1-2 years for a typical application.

How it works
The CVP-500’s auto-boxing technology can handle a broad range of products in one seamless flow: from a small headphone-set up to a vacuum cleaner. Boxes can be built with dimensions from 24 cm (width) x 18 cm (length) by 10 cm (height) to 60 cm (width) x 55 cm (length) by 40 cm (height) – and all sizes in between.

The unit begins with a feeder housing 700 metres of fan-fold corrugated material, which can be quickly replenished. This provides a continuous feed of corrugated material that will typically create approximately 600 custom-fit boxes. Customer branded stock is also available.

Just one operator is required to produce the high-volume packing throughput, scanning an order item and placing it onto the system. A scanner then captures a 3D image of each unique order to determine the minimum box size required. The corrugated material is cut and folded around the items to create the box. Any waste material falls away onto a conveyor that takes it away for baling and recycling. An optional robotic arm will insert an invoice or promotional material. The parcel then passes through order weight verification. This uses an in-line scale that accurately weighs and measures each parcel to help secure the best shipping rate. Carrier compliant labels are then created and applied at the end of the line for accurate delivery. The result is a box taped on two sides making it easy to open, recycle or return – further enhancing the customer experience.

“In addition to reducing cost from unnecessary packaging and shipping void fill material, the CVP-500 also addresses growing end customer environmental concerns over excessive wastage in packaging,” says Jo Bradley, Business Development Manager Neopost UK. “This has developed into a significant issue for an environmentally aware online shopper, particularly when small item online purchases arrive in large boxes full of void fill.”

Neopost Shipping has already installed its first application of two CYP-500 machines in the UK and has applications across nine counties. Bradley adds: “With the UK being one of the leading e-commerce markets in the world, we see significant potential for bringing this revolutionary packaging technology here.” The company has established a UK sales office in London and offers 24/7 remote support.

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