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ZTO Express commences trial operations at new sorting hub in Chengdu, China

LBR Staff Writer Published 22 September 2017

Express delivery company ZTO Express (Cayman) has commenced trial operations at its new sorting hub in Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

ZTO has invested around RMB400m ($61m) to develop the new sorting hub situated in Longquanyi district of China.

Constructed in around 15 hectares of land, the new facility features cross-belt sorting systems, which can process around five million parcels per day.

ZTO intends to start full operations at the new sorting hub in October this year

The facility is claimed to be the firm’s largest sorting hub in Western China in terms of parcel volume.

According to the company, the Sichuan sorting hub has been developed to meet the growing demand for orders during the 11.11 shopping festival in November this year.

ZTO chairman and CEO Meisong Lai said: "The launch of trial operations at our largest sorting hub in Western China is critical to meeting the surge in parcels that we expect to see during the most important day in China's e-commerce market.

“Our in-house developed cross-belt sorting systems significantly improve sorting efficiency allowing us to further reduce unit logistics costs, improve customer service and strengthen brand loyalty.”

ZTO offers express delivery service and other value-added logistics services through its nationwide network in China.

The company operates a network partner model, which allows to offer pickup and last-mile delivery services, while controlling the mission-critical line-haul transportation and sorting network within the express delivery service value chain.

Image: Sichuan sorting hub can process five million parcels per day. Photo: courtesy of Sura Nualpradid / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.