Parcelforce creates more than 60 jobs in Hatfield with new processing centre

PUBLISHED: 09:59 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:59 18 October 2018

MP Grant Shapps visited the new Parcelforce processing centre in Hatfield.
He is pictured with Gary Simpson, managing director of Parcelforce Worldwide.
Picture: Teri Pengilley

MP Grant Shapps visited the new Parcelforce processing centre in Hatfield. He is pictured with Gary Simpson, managing director of Parcelforce Worldwide. Picture: Teri Pengilley

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A new Parcelforce processing centre has created more than 60 new jobs in Hatfield.

Parcelforce Worldwide’s new South East Processing Centre (SEPC) on Hatfield Business Park was officially unveiled by Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps.

The new jobs range from warehouse operatives to drivers.

The company says the new centre will help to reduce its carbon footprint because parcels can be processed here rather than having to be transported to a central processing facility

The SEPC will also increase customer service in the south with the capability to process 50,000 parcels a night, increasing to 60,000 during peak periods

The 60,000 sq ft unit contains a new custom-built automated handling system and uses some of the latest innovative parcel handling and processing technology.

Parcelforce Worldwide has worked with Caljan and Royal Mail Engineering to design and install the new handling system, based on tried and tested depot models.

Mr Shapps: “It’s a great privilege to have been asked to open this new processing centre.

“As soon as you enter the building, you can’t help but be impressed by the fast-operating pace and high levels of automation.

“Combined with the key Hatfield location, I have no doubt that the new facility will help Parcelforce to deliver packages across the region more efficiently, particularly during peak periods.

“Importantly though, the high levels of automation have not come at the expense of local jobs.

“The new site will in fact create over 60 local jobs. I do therefore believe that Parcelforce should be commended for this fantastic new development.”

A spokesperson from Parcelforce Worldwide said: “The new South East Processing Centre is central to Parcelforce Worldwide’s continued investment in innovation, technology and the growth of our business.

“We are pushing the boundaries of automation with the technology we have installed, supporting the growing demands and the increasing requirements of our customers.

“It will enable us to handle even more parcels, allowing us to drive up our customer experience and continue to maintain our consistently high end-to-end quality nationwide, all the year round including Christmas.”

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