311_Israel postal workers.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
The Israel Postal Company this week announced the NIS 50 million purchase of automatic mail sorting equipment from Italian firm Elsag Datamat. The new equipment will enable 70 percent of the mail processed by the company to be sorted automatically.
The purchase is part of the IPC’s long-term initiative to improve infrastructure, technological development and automation.
The new machines will be installed in the IPC’s three main sorting
centers in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem, and will enable same-day
service for much of the nation’s mail.
According to Hanan Peretz, IPC’s director of logistics and business
development, the new equipment enables hands-free sorting of mail from
the moment it arrives in the center till it reaches the mailman’s hands.
“The machines can read handwriting and translate it into a code readable
by computers, which then sorts it all the way down to the individual
mail delivery person’s route or the neighborhood delivery station,” said
Peretz. “The purchase allows us to more than double our automatic
sorting capabilities, from 30% today to upward of 70% once the machines
This saves us time and expenses and improves the service to the customer.”
Peretz said that contrary to common belief, the widespread use of
electronic mail has not made regular mail obsolete. “The IPC sorts over 2
million articles of mail every day. There are many things that need to
get from one place to another and not everything can be done on e-mail.
Today most of the activity is in the business sector and in recent years
we have seen an increase in the mailing of promotional information.”
Peretz said that the new equipment would not lead to dismissals in the
company, but would allow the reallocation of personnel within the
“Today the IPC employs 7,000 workers. We hope that that number will
remain constant in years to come, despite an expansion in activity and a
In 2006, the IPC changed from a government-operated service to a
government-owned company and in 2007 the industry was opened to
competition allowing new players into the mail delivery market. Peretz
said that the new purchase enabled the IPC to remain ahead of the
competition offering better and quicker service.