About 12 years ago my Dad had the priviledge of going to a post sorting facility and told us all about it, because of his interresting storries it is something I have been wanting to do ever since. Whilest in New Zealand we tried to organise a trip but could not get permission for our group to go on a tour. Two months ago I saw the trip advertised on a homeschool email letter I jumped right at it and reserved a spot for Sir N and myself.
Unfortunately we could not take photographs on tour but I did manage to take a few outside and of the models of the facility.
Some of what we learned:
- Post that is unusually shaped is still hand sorted today.
- Hand sorters sort mail at a minimum rate of 25 letters a minute.
- Post has a 24 hour turn around in Melbourne.
- There is a substance embedded in stamps that the machine can read and know if the correct amount of postage is attached to a letter.
- The facility works mainly at night.
- They process on average 6 000 000 items per night.
- This rate climbs to 11 000 000 items per night during the Christmas season.
- The facility operates six nights a week.
- The facility operates Sunday night till Friday night.
- Parcel post as a bussiness is growing by 15 % a year.
- Standard personal mail is dropping by approximately 4 % a year.
- Unclaimed mail is kept for a year.
- After a year unclaimed post is sent to auction and the proceeds are donated to charity.
- Last year this auction collected AU $ 3 000 000 for charity.
- The strangest item posted and delivered was a banana.
- Redirection orders are handeled by the postie on your round.
- Around 20 USB keys are destroyed in each sorting machine each night due to being to thick and posted in a standard envelope.
|Painting in the reception area|
|Olde post box at reception door.|
|We had to wear visitor safety vests.|
|Australia Post trucks at the depo.|
What was Sir N's favourite part ?
- When we saw the letters shooting past on one of the machines.
- Looking at the model of the facility.
- Seeing the man polishing the sensors on the post carrier up near the roof.
- Being allowed to play with the rollers on the table
- I liked seeing the outside where the trucks come to fetch the post.
- I liked the lift which took the boxes of letters up to the roof to go on the conveyer.
- I liked looking at the conveyer up near the roof.
- I liked that they still hand sort today.