Parcel delivery firm YODEL is to trial a catapult to improve its ailing delivery service. The catapult, being trialled in Ellesmere Port and Chester, is being hailed as a ‘gamechanger’ in the field of logistics and parcel delivery.

The catapult is believed to be able to handle up to 50 parcels at a time, and can be fired every two and a half minutes once the operators are up to speed.

Parcels are loaded according to weight, and delivery destination, with their trajectory worked out using a complex algorithm.


The parcels are then fired up to a distance of 17 miles with an estimated accuracy of within a quarter of a mile. The accuracy of the catapult is expected to improve YODEL’s delivery success rate by as much as 15%, with fewer parcels landing on people’s rooves than happens with their standard courier service.

YODEL CEO Michael Cooper was asked whether the extreme forces imposed on the parcels when fired from the catapult would lead to higher breakages. He was insistent it wouldn’t.

He commented:

To be honest we break pretty much every parcel we deliver, so it literally can’t get any worse.

When asked whether the introduction of the catapult would lead to redundancies for the company’s network of couriers, Cooper responded:

Who cares? We barely pay them anything anyway.

The Bugle asked YODEL to comment on the catapult.

However, YODEL declined to reply. There were a number of Twitter users discussing the catapult delivery system however, and the verdict is quite positive:

The catapult trial goes live in Ellesmere Port and Chester this week, delivering the area’s Christmas orders. Locals are asked to listen out for a distinctive ‘yodeling sound’ emitted by the parcels as they fly through the air, towards their destination.

Ryannair supermo, Michael O’Leary, has expressed interest in the technology and has enquired whether it can be adapted for passenger use.


  1. An even better option, time and money saving, cost saving and reduces emissions.

    Put all parcels into a crusher when they arrive at the hub.

    Send an email to the intended recipient, telling them that their claim for damage has been declined because it wasn’t packed well enough.

    Job done.

    Usually it takes weeks, this will cut the time down to a matter of hours.


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