What is a pigeon hole sortation trolley?

Pigeon hole sortation trolleys are based on traditional technology still relevant for systems that require small items to be sorted.

Their unusual name dates back to mediaeval times, when pigeons nested in openings or holes in walls of pigeon cotes. From the late 18th Century, writing cabinets and offices often had an arrangement of compartments used to sort documents or mail and, because these looked like the holes where pigeons nested, they were called pigeon holes.

Pigeon hole compartments are widely used in various businesses, with one of the most notable being Royal Mail’s postal sorting offices using them to categorise mail. A set of pigeon holes mounted on casters is known as a pigeon hole sortation trolley.

Pigeon hole storage trolleys are ideal for storing small parts, and can also be used as picking trolleys for small item orders. The pigeon holes are used to store individual order items and then wheeled to the packing station so that the orders arrive pre-sorted ready for packing and dispatching. Items can be placed directly in the pigeon holes or may first be put into tote bags. A dozen or more orders can be picked at the same time, making pigeon hole trolleys highly efficient.

Pigeon hole trolleys can also be used at the packing station where order items arrive at different times. A pigeon hole holds the contents of one order. Items can be placed in the pigeon hole whilst waiting for the rest of the order items to arrive at the packing station before the whole order is packed and dispatched.

Manufactures of pigeon hole sortation trolleys supply ones with different sizes of pigeon holes or will make custom size trolleys to meet the requirements of an individual business.

Pigeon hole sortation trolleys show that old technology can be bought up to date using strong steel and sturdy swivel casters.

Posted by Mark
9th May 2019
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