On the 16th of November, the current MaDI students visited the warehouse of TNT, one of the world’s main express distribution services, in its new and modern ‘Depot-Hub’. It is located in San Fernando de Henares, just a few minutes from the Madrid Barajas airport.
TNT is best known for being a distribution company which provides rapid delivery. Its main task is to receive and deliver of all kinds of packages; from documents to palletized goods, on a national and international level, via both land mail and airmail. Their plant in San Fernando works as a ‘Cross Docking’ centre, a term used to explain how the site operates as transit port for goods, which are collected by clients who later resend them to their final destination within the same day.
The new Depot-Hub in Madrid
Throughout the visit, we became familiar with many important terms for distribution, but our main focus was the ‘depot hub’. This new site has been strategically located, and has grown to be the centre of operations between Madrid and Getafe, becoming the most important and up to date office of TNT Spain.
With a system of next generation ‘sorter’ conveyor belts which have the capacity to process up to 8500 packages per hour, TNT are able to achieve the speed and efficiency which characterises their service.
MaDI students visit the new Depot-hub facility.
Thanks to the guided tour given by the Managing Director for the central and southern regions, Sr Guillermo Valdés, we were able to understand and experience the classification process for the collection of goods. We monitored the process of the goods along the modern conveyor belt system, where the packets were then scanned, transported, and sorted into different exit routes. These included igloos for air travel, lorries or vans ready for delivery.
The system has proven to be productive given that it deals with approximately 6,000 packages per hour, generating the efficiency and capacity required to meet such huge demand.
As well as the conveyor belt system, we were shown the security measures which have been put in place for the special loads. For example, the less conventional loads (pallets or bulk loads which cannot be transported along the conveyor belts) are classified and evaluated manually using x-ray machines, scanners, scales and a detector checking for explosives which particularly captured our attention.