Self Service for Postal Agencies

Hannover, Germany (PressExposure) September 24, 2009 -- Self Service for Postal Agencies - The Swiss weighing systems specialist Pesa is supporting the Swiss Post with weighing technology for its self-service stations - a combined volume measurement, weighing and identification system will be on show at the Post Expo in Hanover.

with the withdrawal of certain branches from rural areas, Swiss Post has handed several tasks over to so-called agencies. In many cases, these are located in village shops or small supermarkets where they are run by the corresponding owners. In doing this, the Swiss Post wants to secure the basic supply as a public service. The opening up of the postal markets in Europe, changing customer behaviour and new communication technologies are also changing the Swiss postal market. The postal service in Switzerland has been confronted with a drastic decline in business at postal counters for many years - the number of letters and packages dealt with has fallen by 47 % and payments by 17 % since the year 2000. Through the introduction of postage points in postal agencies, Swiss Post was able to continue to offer its services at places where the postage points had to be replaced by an alternative solution due to the limited levels of demand.

Among others, the company Volg Konsumwaren AG took over the agency solutions and now offers the postal service for the people of Switzerland. The company is taking the changed customer behaviour into account through having set up, for instance, Self Service stations at which customers are able to weigh and frank their letter or parcel themselves. "Switzerland is a country of geographical extremes with remote valleys and secluded villages which have to be served by the postal system. These postage points are no longer economically viable. That's why we are very pleased to be able to make a small contribution to the upkeep of a nationwide postal service" explains Reto Gianotti, Sales & Marketing Managing Director at Pesa Waagen AG. The subsidiary company of the Balinger-based technology manufacturer Bizerba developed and supplied the weighing scales for the letter and package stations. "The Pesa weighing scales boast a technology which accommodates the conditions in Switzerland especially well. The technology offered by the Pesa weighing scales functions independently of the location in which it is used and from the height above sea level and is also able to cope with a tilted position of up to 15%" continues Gianotti discussing the 3 x 3000e multi-interval weighing scale. Due to its partial measuring range, a multi-interval weighing scale offers the end-user a high level of flexibility in comparison with multi-range scales. The change into a lower sub-range and an increasing scale value, according to taring and/or through the use of a specific pre-load value are possible.

Since in the logistics sector in particular it is becoming more and more important to combine the processes of dimensioning, weighing and scanning (DWS) in inventory management, at the Post-Expo from 29th September to 1st October (Hall 2, Stand 4051), in Hanover, Pesa will be presenting the DWS 510 in the combination of static weight calculation, dynamic volume measurement and manual barcode identification with an integrated roller conveyor. With the DWS 510, companies are able to identify a barcode within 1.5 seconds and ascertain the volume and weight in a single working step. According to Gianotti, the logistics system of the future for the optimisation of dispatch management not only supports rapid and target-oriented movement of goods, their storage and their provision, but also makes the processes more transparent and secure for the calculation and billion transport costs through providing data that is simultaneously available.

About Bizerba

Bizerba is a worldwide operating technology company offering professional system solutions for weighing, labelling, information and food field engineering in the sectors of retail, the food and manufacturing industries and logistics. Sector-specific hard and software, high-performing network compatible management systems as well as a wide range of labels and consumables as well as business services ensure the transparent control of integrated business processes and a high level of availability of Bizerba-specific service features.

Worldwide, Bizerba has a presence in over 120 countries with investments in 41companies in 23 countries and subsidiaries in 56 countries. Company turnover in 2008 stood at around 433 million euro. The company's headquarters - with around 3100 employees - is in Balingen; further manufacturing plants are located in Meßkirch, Bochum, Vienna (Austria), Pfäffikon (Switzerland), Mailand (Italy), Shanghai (China), Forest Hill (USA) und San Louis Potosi (Mexico).

For enquiries, please contact:
Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG
Claudia Gross
Director Global Marketing and Communication
Wilhelm-Kraut-Straße 64
D-72336 Balingen
Telephone +49 7433 12-33 00
Fax +49 7433 12-5 33 00

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