Robots give Greece’s postal service pace enhance

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ATHENS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – There’s a brand new addition to Greece’s postal service: a fleet of yellow robots sorting via the mail.

Fifty-five small, four-wheeled autonomous cellular robots — or AMR’s — powered by synthetic intelligence, glide round Hellenic Post’s sorting centre in Athens, dashing up an usually arduous course of.

They scan the postal code, weigh the bundle and, directed by sensors, empty it into the corresponding mail sacks arrange round a platform.

The robots are a part of the state-owned firm’s digital restructuring programme, which goals to sort out rising numbers of parcels from on-line procuring through the coronavirus pandemic.

“Until recently, sorting has been carried out by manual labour with a high demand in time, often with errors occurring, causing delivery delays for our customers and increased costs for the company,” Hellenic Post Chief Executive George Constantopoulos informed Reuters.

Up to 80% of parcel sorting has been handed over to the robots and Constantopoulos stated the method was as much as 3 times quicker, making certain next-day supply.

The robots can deal with as many as 168,000 parcels weighing as much as 15 kg a day and solely should be recharged each 4 hours for five minutes.

“The purpose is not to replace human workers with robots, but rather to augment human workforces and make them more efficient,” Constantopoulos stated.

Writing by Phoebe Fronista;
Editing by Karolina Tagaris and Alison Williams

A robot drops a parcel in a mail sack at the Hellenic Post's sorting centre in Kryoneri, Greece, October 4, 2021. Picture taken October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Robots sort parcels at the Hellenic Post's sorting centre in Kryoneri, Greece, October 4, 2021. Picture taken October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee places a parcel on a robot at the Hellenic Post's sorting centre in Kryoneri, Greece, October 4, 2021. Picture taken October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis