Story: Mail and couriers

Mail-sorting machine (4th of 4)

Mail-sorting machine

Around 32,000 letters and other mail items are handled by this bar code sorter every minute, part of New Zealand Post’s automated delivery system. Before reaching this machine, mail is processed by a bar-coding machine that reads the addresses, including handwritten addresses, and prints a bar code on the envelope. This bar code sorter then reads that code and directs the mail to the right point for delivery.

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How to cite this page:

Tim Shoebridge, 'Mail and couriers - Mail in the 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/23060/mail-sorting-machine (accessed 6 July 2020)

Story by Tim Shoebridge, published 11 Mar 2010