Video: Inside Yodel’s Hatfield sorting depot

By Chris Dawson April 20, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Yodel Truck hmIt’s not often anyone gets to see what happens inside a courier’s central sorting depot, so when we were offered the chance to take a tour of Yodel’s Hatfield facility we had to go.

At about a quarter mile long, it’s a huge warehouse, although it’s surprisingly narrow. The reasoning behind this is that delivery trucks pull up on one side of the warehouse to unload, the sortation machinery receives the parcels, sorts them and they end up the other side of the warehouse ready to be loaded back onto trucks for the trip to local courier depots and then out for delivery to the end recipient.

Inside Yodel's Hatfield DepotWhist Yodels warehouse is by no means the newest in the country, it’s still one of the most sophisticated. Just one of the infra-red scanners which read bar codes on the parcels can cost anything up to a quarter of a million quid and much of the technology has been adapted from that which you’d see for luggage handling in airports.

Yodel can at this facility handle pretty much anything from small packets (DVDs or books in jiffy bags) all the way up to flat pack furniture and I even saw mattresses going through the plant. Some items do have to be manually sorted, either due to their size or because they’re fragile (boxes of wine!) or perhaps because they’d simply make a mess (boxed flowers in water). Most items however, once loaded onto the sortation equipment progress through the warehouse and are delivered to the loading bay without being touched by human hand.

It’s pretty impressive and if you ever get the chance to visit a courier sorting depot it’s well worth going. If not, here’s a quick video of some footage we shot at Yodel:

  • tinker
    2 years ago

    there is no shot of the crusher

  • John
    2 years ago

    Can’t see the pile of LOST ITEMS!

  • Ol Peculier
    2 years ago

    Love the bit around 1:42 when somebody in the background just lobs a packet into one of hte bins!

    • Peter King
      2 years ago

      Especially as its in the area for items to be ”manually sorted, either due to their size or because they’re fragile’

    • 2 years ago

      I love the guy having a ride on the conveyor belt ;-)

  • SteveB
    2 years ago

    This is utter BS!

    If Yodel are so great, how come they lose or damage so many parcels?

    For us, Yodel is a last resort and they account for most of our shipping issues. 50% of everything we send with Yodel has some issue, ranging from failed collection, late delivery (pay for next day, maybe get 2 or 3 day service), to damage, or even total loss.

    IMO: They will follow in City Link’s footsteps, and good riddance!

    Long live The Revolution :)

    • SteveB
      2 years ago

      Let me add that after watching this impartial video scratching and sucking comes to mind.

      No doubt we will soon see Yodel advertising on TameBay!

      I just hope they can pay theitr invoices.

      Long live The Revolution!! :)

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