The high growth of electronic commerce (e-commerce) in Indonesia in recent years has made express shipping companies, J & T Express, build high capacity automatic sorting centers.
JAKARTA (infolog): The automatic sorting machine that is claimed to be able to handle 30,000 packages per hour is planned to begin operating in Jakarta in September.
“As of September this year will begin to run (automatic sorting machines),” said J & T Express CEO Robin Lo in celebration of the 3-year establishment of J & T Express, Jakarta, Tuesday (08/14/2018) as quoted by Bisnis.com as saying.
Robin said the use of advanced technology is to answer the needs of companies in the future considering the trend of electronic commerce in the country is growing rapidly every year. Moreover, when entering the moment of Ramadan and Idul Fitri, the average intensity of goods shipments increased.
This year, the company that was established in 2015 recorded an average transaction of 1 million packages per day at the moment of Ramadan. While for next year, it targets 2 to 2.5 million transactions per day.
As for the Business record, the growth of e-commerce in Indonesia is estimated to be up to 130% in 2020. The value of e-commerce transactions in the country in 2017 exceeded US $ 130 billion, an increase of 5.7 times compared to the previous year of US $ 22.6 billion.
“We use this because overseas is not a new technology. Maybe it has been used for a long time. Only, in Indonesia e-commerce has begun to develop in recent years. Package shipments are starting to start. So it’s time for Indonesia to use automatic sorting machines,” he said.
Automatic sorting machines are rated to have higher speeds without reducing the level of errors that are common in manual or human error systems.
Functionally, said Robin, the sorting machine works to separate packets that come to the sorting center by using a conveyor belt to then automatically enter the item based on the destination area.
“So there is no need for a lot of human resources [to sort out the packages]. This machine functions quickly and can reduce the level of errors caused by humans which could be exhausted in handling it,” he said.
After Jakarta, the plan to use automatic sorting machines will also be applied in other cities, namely Bandung, Surabaya and Semarang. In fact, it is not possible for similar uses to be used in other cities, for example, in eastern Indonesia.
As for the four cities, Robin claimed that the company invested Rp. 800 billion in funds.
“We will see the development. But in the future big cities in Indonesia will have to, when, for example, the number of package deliveries is adequate, we use the machine,” he said.
On the other hand, the development of logistics infrastructure such as automatic sorting machines is actually not only developed by J & T Express.
Based on Business records, PT Tiki Strip Nugraha Ekakurir (JNE) is even preparing a mega hub facility worth Rp500 billion in Cengkareng, Banten, with a sorting robot that can automatically sort 48,000 packages per hour.
In addition, there is also PT Pos Indonesia (Persero) a state-owned company which has the first sorting robot in Indonesia, in collaboration with a robotics company from Singapore, GreyOrange. Since 4 years ago, the GreyOrange sorting robot has been installed in 50 locations globally. (ac)