The COVID-19 disruption has accelerated the blending of brick-and-mortar retail and logistics real estate. This has resulted in the emergence of a new hybrid store model, one that takes omnichannel strategies to the next level, promising to revolutionize the retail and industrial & logistics industries.
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 …
The challenge for companies is to develop new revenue models for city logistics. Business models that link innovative processes and technology (stuff) to the smart use of data (fluff). This requires collaboration between the government, entrepreneurs, and research. In recent years, many cities have focused on the development of business ecosystems around knowledge institutes and business …
Despite more than 25 years of research in city logistics, it seems impossible to keep the growing number of, often half-empty, trucks out of our cities. City logistics problems seem unsolvable. Many initiatives fail, other initiatives only survive with subsidies or get caught in bureaucratic systems. But they don’t result in fewer trucks and vans. …
The growth of e-commerce has increased demand for warehouse space, but one real estate sector is really heating up. Cold storage distribution centers are in high demand thanks to new food delivery services. The sector is still small now, but growing rapidly.
The John Lewis Partnership announced will reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 at the latest, without purchasing offsets, in line with the pathway set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to limit global warming to 1.5C.
Greg Hewitt is CEO of DHL Express US, where he is responsible for the company’s International Express business. He reflects on the future of last mile logistics on MH&L: “Companies must be constantly ready to adapt their supply chains to reflect changing market conditions and customer demands”.
Cars, vans, trucks, and buses will have to be equipped with advanced safety features. Vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, to be better protected; 25.300 people died on EU roads in 2017 and 135.000 were seriously injured.
A new report by the International Transport Forum (ITF) presents policy options for extending the life of road assets by mitigating deterioration caused by trucks. Beyond traditional engineering responses, it considers the role of trucks in road asset deterioration from a demand-oriented perspective.
A study by Capgemini’s in-house digital think tank has revealed that 97% of retailers believe that existing methods of last-mile delivery options are not sustainable. Companies in the food and grocery segment have to catch up with consumer demand for better and faster last-mile delivery services while at the same time mitigating associated profitability risks.