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DHL automated processing center

DHL Express Israel has opened a new robotic processing center in Israel that has the capacity to sort and ship 20,000 packages per hour.

It’s the largest robotic sorting center in the Middle East, the company said in a tweet Thursday.


The new $80 million facility is needed, because the company says it is processing twice as much freight in Israel as it had prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Border closures and lockdowns have resulted in an e-commerce boom, which ultimately translates to higher cargo traffic levels at global airports and a reduction in physical “in person” stores.

Processing the skyrocketing growth of Israeli exports — $140 billion last year alone – is presenting a challenge, DHL Express Israel CEO Yair Bitton said in an interview Thursday with i24TV news.

“In order to cope with this growing economy, we need to expand infrastructure and logistics is very important,” Bitton said.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.