Robots Packaging Center in China – Digitization Logistics & Shipping in eCommerce

By Sten Franke
In November 23, 2017

This video shows best practices in logistics digitization – A fully automatic robotic packaging center of China’s shipping and logistics giant STO Express shows us what the reality in eCommerce and the logistics industry must be in order to remain competitive as a merchant both locally and internationally.

Digitization Logistics & Shipping in eCommerce – Robotic sorting system in the STO Express parcel center in Xuzhou

Warehousemen have been disappeared because of the Chinese logistics giant STO Express (申 通 快递) has built its own robotic sorting system in its parcel center in Xuzhou (9 million metropolis), where with the help of numerous mini-transport robots individual packages in the Shafts intended for delivery fall.

According to the STO executives, the 20,000-square-meter facility is capable of sorting between 18,000 and 20,000 packages in one hour (480,000 packages per day) with minimal human effort.

Thanks to this system, STO Express has saved 70 percent of the costs compared to employees who can not work tirelessly around the clock.

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The challenge now only consists of being able to process special package sizes fully automatically. A spokesman for STO has pointed out that each robot can only transport with package no more than 5 kilograms (11 pounds) and only within the standard package sizes and of “regular” form. Specially shaped packages that are too wide or rather round are therefore taboo for these robot-driven bees and the attached package slides.

Cost construction STO Logistic system: 8-10 million RMB (about 1.2-1.5 million US dollars)

Capacity: 20,000 packages per hour (480,000 packages per day)

Start: November 2016 Package weight: packages not more than 5 kilograms (11 pounds)

Total number of packages in China in 2016: 30 billion

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