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In parcel sorting centers, data is generated by a large range of equipment. However, until now there was no easy way to bring all that information together – to support decision making and to make hub operations more efficient. Parcel Data Hub changes that.



The large amount of data generated in parcel hubs holds huge potential for achieving operational excellence. A smooth flow of shipments and high asset utilization can only be achieved if bottlenecks, disruptions and imbalances are counteracted immediately or avoided altogether. Data collected from different sorting equipment in the process chain is the key.


Yet most sorting centers include assets from different suppliers and several IT systems – and very often these systems do not “speak” the same data language. Precious information might be isolated and remains inaccessible for analytics applications. The resulting data silos and a lack of real-time information prevent parcel hub operations from being more efficient.


The main challenge lies in consolidating and normalizing the large datasets from the many different sources so that the information can be combined and insights extracted. This is where our Parcel Data Hub comes in. The platform centralizes, indices and homogenizes the data – all in real time. Not only information from Körber’ systems but from other hardware manufacturers and IT suppliers can be processed. The result is a Single Point of Truth with consolidated and normalized data on both operations and parcels. Data silos were yesterday.

Related solutions

Parcel Logistics

As a globally leading provider of sorting technology and solutions, Körber Supply Chain is your partner for parcel and mail.

For operators of several hubs, Körber offers Network Booster. The software identifies irregularities in a network by analyzing mass data on parcel movements. Like Hub Booster, Network Booster makes recommendations and thereby ensures the timeliest intervention possible. A prominent example is directives for stopping parcel recirculations between hubs. In addition, information on travel times and volumes processed at nodes can be easily called up in dashboards, where users can also find performance information for defined periods. Hence, network manager can accurately track trends, such as identifying typically higher volumes on certain days of the week, and adjust accordingly.


Benefits all around

When all the data produced in hubs and networks is collected and analyzed, parcel service providers benefit from greater visibility and increased efficiency. An example of what this means: with Network Booster, unnecessary sorting and transport costs associated with recirculations can be cut by some 80 percent. That’s good news for the bottom line – and proof that the investment in this AI-driven software is well worth it.

So whether it’s about transporting e-commerce purchases or inter-company logistics for just-in-time delivery of components, it is possible to get more done with the infrastructure on hand. Data eliminates guesswork because the status of hubs and hub networks is apparent in real time. And if that’s not enough, predictions can be made with a higher degree of certainty.

IoT and subsequently IIot have come a long way since the Coke machine stunt at Carnegie Mellon University. Though there is obviously more at stake with parcel logistics companies, the core ultimately remains: whether it’s about fetching soft drinks or forwarding billions of parcels a year, data collection and analysis help facilitate the best decisions.

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