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New system keeps parcels on the right track.

NUNEATON courier firm Lynx Express has spent a six-figure sum on buying a revolutionary new parcels tracking system for its Bermuda Industrial Estate hub.

Purchased from London-based King's Town Photocodes - specialists in barcode technology - it scans cages of packages automatically at high speed to check if any single parcel will be misrouted.

"Traffic lights" show whether the contents of a cage and its location are correct.

Doug Haworth, head of operations development, is delighted with the new system, which he believes is an industry first.

He said: "We now have an `intelligent' scan that not only identifies where an item is but verifies it against a database, which in our case is a routing table.

"This provides a competitive edge for Lynx and a value-added benefit to our customers."

Mr Haworth said software upgrades would now be carried out for existing scanners within the branch network.

David Burtenshaw, chief executive of Lynx Express, said: "Payback on our investment in this system will be very quick as it will significantly reduce misroutes which are obviously costly.

"The system primarily ensures that the right parcel is in the right place at the right time and, most importantly, that everyone is aware of this."
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