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GEODIS MyParcel expands direct-to-customer intercontinental delivery service to Canada

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GEODIS MyParcel expands direct-to-customer intercontinental delivery service to Canada. Image: Geodis
GEODIS MyParcel expands direct-to-customer intercontinental delivery service to Canada. Image: Geodis
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GEODIS announced that it has expanded GEODIS MyParcel, a direct-to-customer intercontinental delivery service, to Canada to allow brands to continue growing their e-Commerce business on a global scale. GEODIS MyParcel was first launched in 2020 to offer a small parcel delivery service from the U.S. to 27 European countries, with the goal of progressively expanding globally as seen with the addition of the Canadian market.

As a byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic, cross-border e-Commerce activity has grown drastically as consumers have altered buying behaviors by increasingly turning to the online purchase of goods. According to Statista, global retail e-Commerce sales reached $4.3 trillion in 2020 and is expected to jump to $5.4 trillion in 2022. In particular, eMarketer reported the Canadian retail e-Commerce market grew by an astounding 75% in 2020, the second fastest-growing market globally. Canadian e-Commerce sales are predicted to top $500 billion in 2022.

“With no end in sight for current cross-border e-Commerce trends, it is vital brands today implement international shipping into their operations to meet demand and remain competitive,” said Manoj Pankaj, Vice President of Cross-border e-Commerce | B2C Shipping at GEODIS in Americas. “With the expansion of GEODIS MyParcel into Canada, we are enabling our customers to further strengthen their international presence and growth potential by accessing a new, rapidly growing market.”

The International Post Corporation reports that 25% of global customers cited a long delivery time as the top issue related to cross-border e-Commerce. To help navigate this challenge, GEODIS MyParcel guarantees fast, reliable delivery within 4-6 days to meet customer demand. GEODIS MyParcel also features a tax and customs duty calculator displayed at the shopping cart level to provide complete price transparency to customers before the transaction is completed, which can improve overall client satisfaction by eliminating surprise fees upon delivery.

“Ultimately, GEODIS MyParcel is designed to offer the right balance between speed and price at a transparent, total landed cost,” said Pankaj. “As a result of GEODIS’ end-to-end global transportation network, fully integrated digital platform and deep e-Commerce expertise across a team of logistics professionals, GEODIS MyParcel provides domestic e-Commerce brands with a simple way to go global.”

GEODIS plans to continue expanding GEODIS MyParcel into new geographical areas in the future.

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DB Schenker uses ultra-thin high-tech labels for shipment tracking

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Tracking technology as a sticker: DB Schenker is the first logistics provider from Europe to offer global tracking of freight shipments with the new ultra-thin tracking label by high-tech developer Sensos. The disposable label can be attached to containers, pallets, or individual cartons, enabling shipment tracking for land, air and ocean transport on a single shipment base.

David Pollender, Product Owner Business Development IoT at DB Schenker: “Tracking technology now fits into a millimeter-thin sticker. The Sensos label is so small and lightweight that it can be used for freight of any size. In conjunction with DB Schenker’s IoT solution connect2track, it offers optimal visibility and condition monitoring of consignments. This significantly improves the existing offering for our customers and makes tracking even more flexible and secure.”

Aviv Castro, CEO of Sensos: “We took on the mission to disrupt the world of supply chain by delivering infinite end-to-end parcel level visibility. Our solution enables data-driven execution, optimizing logistics for various use cases. We are grateful to have DB Schenker as a design partner from the early days, and for their contribution in achieving the product market fit.”

The label sends real-time data about location and temperature over the mobile network. The customer receives an alert if the package is tampered with during transport. The unobtrusive design of the label increases security for valuable consignments as it does not draw attention, and the tracking remains undetected.

The disposable label is equipped with a lithium-free battery that emits less CO2 in production than conventional batteries and achieves runtimes of up to six months despite its small size. Due to its low weight, the label consumes less energy during transportation, and return shipping is no longer necessary.

DB Schenker was one of the first design partners of Sensos, a group company of the Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, and contributed to the product offering. As part of this process, the global logistics service provider helped define requirements and tested the Sensos solution in a pilot phase with land and air freight prototypes.

DB Schenker’s Internet-of-Things platform connect2track enables customers to monitor a consignment’s location and condition (e.g. temperature and humidity). It offers a continuously calculated estimated time of arrival based on real-time data, increased security through opening alarms and increased efficiency through supply chain optimization.

 

DB Schenker uses ultra-thin high-tech labels for shipment tracking. Image: DB Schenker

DB Schenker uses ultra-thin high-tech labels for shipment tracking. Image: DB Schenker

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Port of Antwerp-Bruges offers Routescanner’s Direct Connections

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Port of Antwerp-Bruges is offering Routescanner’s Direct Connections on its website. With Routescanner, a shipper or freight forwarder can easily find and compare possible routes for its container shipments on a neutral platform. Direct Connections shows all available connections to Antwerp and Zeebrugge. The platform can also instantly calculate the route’s CO2 emissions.

How does it work?

Routescanner’s Direct Connections plug-in will replace the connectivity platforms on the Port of Antwerp-Bruges website and will primarily show options via Antwerp and Zeebrugge. The user enters an origin and/or final destination, and then receives an overview of all available connections to Port of Antwerp-Bruges, including transit times, distances, mode, CO2 emissions and service providers offering that route.

Routescanner is actively and continuously fed information on transport services in the foreland and hinterland and also enables the shipper or freight forwarder to immediately request a quote from the service provider.

It is an existing, user-friendly platform that is now very well known in the world of transport. There are already more than 10,000 users worldwide, who can choose from over 730,000 transport services.

Greet Van Wesemael, Mobility Manager at Port of Antwerp-Bruges, says: “Shippers and freight forwarders using the platform will also see options they might not initially have thought of themselves. For hinterland transport, all transport modes are shown and can be compared at a glance. This should give a push to the modal shift towards more sustainable transport such as railway transport and inland navigation.”

Global network

As it is a universal platform, transport providers only have to enter their data in one place in order to reach shippers and freight forwarders all around the world. Thus, nearly 200 inland navigation & railway operators, short sea & deep sea shipping companies are already on board, and over 4,500 terminals are connected.

Chantal Gouka, Managing Director of Routescanner, says: “We are extremely proud that Port of Antwerp-Bruges has launched our Direct Connections solution. As the initiator of Routescanner, I believe that working together to provide global insight into container transport routes contributes to the transparency, sustainability and efficiency of the logistics sector. Direct Connections will make the network to and from Antwerp and Zeebrugge transparent and will also simplify planning and orientation for its clients. Thanks for the vote of confidence. Let’s rethink supply chains together!”

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Kalmar’s first heavy electric forklift to be delivered to Innofreight

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has secured an order from Austrian rail logistics service provider Innofreight Solutions GmbH for a Kalmar heavy electric forklift – the first of its kind to be delivered to a customer anywhere in the world. The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q4 2022 order intake and the machine is scheduled to be delivered during Q4 2023.

Innofreight, founded in 2002, develops modular rail wagon solutions for a wide variety of industrial sectors including pulp and paper, agriculture and construction. The company’s equipment is in operation in 20 European countries on all three European standard rail gauges. Innofreight’s current equipment fleet includes 60 diesel-powered Kalmar forklifts with various lifting capacities.

Peter Wanek-Pusset, Managing Director, Innofreight: “If we are to achieve our target to be carbon neutral by 2040 it is essential that we start reducing our reliance on fossil fuels now. Kalmar is a long-term partner and a leader in the field of eco-efficient electric equipment, so we are very pleased to be able to take this initiative forward together with them.”

Dietmar Kohlhuber, Area Sales Manager, Kalmar Austria: “We are very proud to announce the first ever order for our eco-efficient heavy electric forklift, which is the latest addition to the Kalmar Electric Portfolio launched at the end of 2021. Innofreight is a true pioneer in the rail logistics space and we are delighted that they have chosen our technology to showcase the benefits of electrically powered machines in demanding cargo-handling operations.”

Kalmar is the global leader in sustainable cargo handling for ports, terminals, distribution centres and heavy industry.

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