Distrinova projectSwiss Post is modernizing its letter delivery service.
With the Distrinova project, Swiss Post trialled various postal delivery optimization schemes in three regions of Central, Western and Eastern Switzerland. Trials of automatic letter sequencing proved particularly successful, and it is now set to be rolled out over the next two years. This proven technology enables items that can be automatically processed to be pre-sorted at sorting centres into the correct letterbox order for delivery rounds, eliminating the need for these items to be processed manually prior to delivery. Instead, carriers can simply take them straight out on their delivery rounds.
Automatic sequencing will be used primarily in towns and conurbations offering the greatest potential from the point of view of population density. Existing sorting systems in letter and logistics centres will be converted for automatic sequencing by 2013. At the same time, Swiss Post will purchase 15 additional systems.