Category «Business»

Global Supply Chain Institute report: connectivity and visibility becomes a greater challenge

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The 2020 pandemic highlighted the importance of end-to-end supply chain visibility. Where were all the products missing from store shelves? Answering that question required visibility to the physical location, status, and condition of the product in motion. Visibility is more easily achieved within the four walls of a production or distribution facility; once a product is out …

Swedish tech startup Instabox secures venture capital deal

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Swedish logistics disruptor Instabox raised €36M funding; pushing its valuation to €100M. The investment round was led by Creades, a Swedish investor and London-based credit specialist CORDET. The new fund will be used to fuel further expansion of its smart parcel lockers in both the existing and new European markets. Also, it will focus on growing the …

Simacan about improving delivery with rich data

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Rob Schuurbiers of Simacan explains how their platform technology, cloud-based connectivity, a wealth of rich data, and intelligence algorithms contribute to improving delivery services. With Simacan end-users in home delivery will experience the maximum customer satisfaction. And a happy customer is a returning customer…

Picnic plays it cool: a data-driven cold chain for e-groceries

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Delivering fresh groceries to customers is a challenge, even more so in the summer months when ice cream needs to remain perfectly frozen and the outside temperature is above 30 degrees Celsius. To succeed in this challenge, Dutch e-groceries company Picnic has numerous operational processes in place. On their blog, Picnic Engineer Floris Boekema shares how they …

Green Postal Day: PostNL announces emission free last-mile by 2030.

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On 18 September, Green Postal Day, 15 international postal companies reflected on the progress achieved by the postal sector in reducing CO2 emissions. Since 2008 the participating postal companies have collectively brought down their CO2 emissions by 31%. Dutch PostNL wants to deliver all parcels and letters in the Benelux region emission free in the last …

Amazon plans to open 1.000 warehouses in suburban neighborhoods in US

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Amazon reportedly has plans to open warehouses even closer to its customers. According to Bloomberg, Amazon plans to open 1.000 warehouses closer to neighborhoods in the US to help meet consumer demand for online orders. Unlike many of its warehouses, which typically operate in areas where they’re hardly seen, these facilities would shift closer to places like shopping …

Computational logistics at Dutch Picnic

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Online supermarket Picnic is revolutionizing the online food shopping sector in the Netherlands and beyond. They are celebrating their fifth year in business. Picnic delivers e-groceries to thousands of customers every day. To do so both efficiently and effectively, the Picnic’s distribution system needs to be as smooth as possible. 

Tesco testing drones in Ireland

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A Tesco drone delivery trial will test small items dropped off at customers’ homes within 30 minutes of ordering. Based at Tesco’s Oranmore store, in Ireland, the drones will deliver “small baskets” of goods to local customers. The drones, supplied by Manna, are flying at 80km/h, at an altitude of 80 meters, they can deliver …