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MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

16 Oct 2017, 19:23

https://www.myroyalmail.com/news/2017/10/wheel-deal

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Our next generation of york containers are being introduced into the operation this week.

Designed to work seamlessly with the new parcel sorting machines, the Mk 4 yorks, which will gradually deploy across the business over the next few years, represent a substantial investment in new containers.

With improved manual handling and easy tip technology, the Mk 4 yorks are initially being utilised at Chelmsford, Greenford, Home Counties North and Swindon mail centres. They will greatly increase the speed at which parcels can be processed by sorting machines.

Simon Barker, director of process and engineering, says colleagues’ feedback has been extremely positive. ‘They’re easy to use,’ said Simon. ‘They are designed to work in conjunction with the new machinery and will ensure a clean tip every time.’

Postman Chris Chisholm from Greenford mail centre, said: ‘They come in ready to use so we don’t have to make them up like red ALP sleeves. It’s going to save a lot of time and a lot of effort.’

Existing yorks, which are ideal for carrying trays, will remain in use. But for small parcels, the current red ALP sleeves will gradually be replaced by Mk4 yorks over the next few years.


MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

17 Oct 2017, 15:26

We have a couple at Medway and were given a look at them last Saturday a couple of points
1-The front plastic bits are very flimsy and first thoughts are they will break easily but we will see.
2-There are no springs inside like current red sleeves have so the first packets that go in are hitting the bottom hope they are well wrapped up or there will be some damages.
3.There are a few sharp edges here and there especially at the front bottom make sure you have gloves on when you use them.
4.They dont have a lid to close and secure.

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

17 Oct 2017, 15:44

Yeah but they come in ready to use so you don’t have to make them up like red ALP sleeves so It’s gonna save a lot of time and a lot of effort...

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

17 Oct 2017, 17:06

They don't appear to nest so unlike the red ALP yorks you'll only get 15 empties on a 600, I suppose that fits with the plans to use bigger trucks and close/merge delivery offices.

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

17 Oct 2017, 18:00

fishtank wrote:They don't appear to nest so unlike the red ALP yorks you'll only get 15 empties on a 600, I suppose that fits with the plans to use bigger trucks and close/merge delivery offices.

They do nest Fish, sure its only 3 at a time though.
And yes Postman they are sort of made up but they are only for use with offices that have parcel sorting machines

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

17 Oct 2017, 18:42

redheadedwoman wrote:they are only for use with offices that have parcel sorting machines
:left: doubt it'll be too long before they end up scattered across the network

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

17 Oct 2017, 18:47

redheadedwoman wrote:They do nest Fish, sure its only 3 at a time though.
And yes Postman they are sort of made up but they are only for use with offices that have parcel sorting machines

Does that mean they can be pushed around whilst nested? That would be good.

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

17 Oct 2017, 19:58

Spedley wrote:
redheadedwoman wrote:They do nest Fish, sure its only 3 at a time though.
And yes Postman they are sort of made up but they are only for use with offices that have parcel sorting machines

Does that mean they can be pushed around whilst nested? That would be good.

Yes they can

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

17 Oct 2017, 20:07

Are they short then, or is the bloke in the pic unbelievably tall!?

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

18 Oct 2017, 15:24

POSTMAN wrote:Are they short then, or is the bloke in the pic unbelievably tall!?


He is pretty tall.

The side walls are the plastic equivalent of corrugated cardboard and the front is flexible clear plastic, they don't inspire confidence in long term strength. The side catches for the front are a pain as well - there was a trial of new york designs a few years ago that had a magnetic folding front, they were far superior to these.

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

18 Oct 2017, 16:44

Is there an agreement for using these
Ssow etc

MRM.COM : Positive feedback from colleagues as new Mk 4 yorks begin rollout

18 Oct 2017, 19:09

Probably won't be too long until cardboard sleeves get used again, normal sleeves seem to be like gold dust from mid November-ish

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