CEVA clinch Snap-on Tools contract
CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies, has won a three year contract with world leading tooling solutions specialist, Snap-on Tools UK.
Under the new $8 million contract, CEVA will provide a dedicated solution for Snap-on’s 400 strong franchise network in the UK which encompasses collection, sortation and unattended deliveries into secure premises.
Using the latest tracking and scanning technology, CEVA will collect Snap-on product from two warehouses in Kettering and deliver into CEVA’s sites across the UK where the product is sorted for final delivery.
CEVA designed the solution so that the closest depot is used to serve each of the Snap-on franchisees, resulting in optimum efficiency for all parties.
Typically around 700 pallets will be delivered each week on behalf of Snap-on who will benefit from a dedicated fleet of 13 vehicles and 17 drivers, as well as a dedicated Contract Manager.
Aldo Rodi, Managing Director for Snap-on Tools UK, said: “We’ve moved from a solution using many different carriers to a managed operation from a high quality, reliable and experienced partner in CEVA.
“The key for us was to improve the quality of service for our valued franchisees. Given CEVA’s expertise in both the Home Delivery and through-the-night deliveries for the automotive sector, we are extremely confident we will accomplish exactly that.”
CEVA’s Account Director for Consumer and Retail sector in the UK, Jon Evans, said: “We are delighted to establish this new relationship with Snap-on, and more importantly make significant and rapid improvements in the delivery quality for its franchisees.
“The designed solution fully utilizes our extensive expertise in both the Consumer & Retail and Automotive sectors as well as our sophisticated technology platforms. We have already made substantial gains for Snap-on and hope to realize further benefits as our relationship grows.”
CEVA is one of the world’s leading non-asset based supply chain management companies with approximately 44,000 employees in more than 170 countries. For more information, please visit www.cevalogistics.com
FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles
FedEx is embarking on an expanded test of autonomous, driver-less delivery vehicles to develop its last-mile logistics.
The US logistics firm piloted autonomous vehicles from Nuro in April this year, and the pair will now explore that further in a multi-year partnership. Cosimo Leipold, Nuro’s head of partnerships, said the collaboration "will enable innovative, industry-first product offerings that will better everyday life and help make communities safer and greener".
FedEx will explore a variety of on-road use cases for the autonomous fleet, including multi-stop and appointment-based deliveries, going beyond more traditional applications of the technology in single-route movement of goods from A-B. Exponential growth in ecommerce is spurring its broader experimentation in new autonomy solutions, Fed-Ex says, both in-warehouse and on-road.
“FedEx was built on innovation, and it continues to be an integral part of our culture and business strategy,” said Rebecca Yeung, Vice President, Advanced Technology and Innovation, FedEx Corporation. “We are excited to collaborate with an industry leader like Nuro as we continue to explore the use of autonomous technologies within our operations.”
The changing role of couriers
Unlike structured delivery networks, operating under long-term partnerships and contracts, agility is where couriers deliver true value - and their ability to deftly solve last-mile fulfilment has most acutely been felt during the pandemic. For the billions of people around the world forced to stay at home to protect themselves and their communities from the spreading COVID-19 virus, couriers have been a constant. They may have been the only knock at the door some people experienced for weeks or months at a time.
But the last-mile has been uprooted by a boom in ecommerce, a shift that has been most apparent in the UK, US, China and Japan, according to the Global Parcel Delivery Market Insight Report 2021 by Apex Insight. These are markets with dominant economies and populations used to running their lives with a tap of a screen or double-click of a mouse.
“Getting last mile delivery right has long been a challenge for retailers,” says Kees Jacobs, Vice President, Consumer Goods and Retail at Capgemini. “In 2019, 97% of retail organisations felt their last-mile delivery models were not sustainable for full-scale implementation across all locations. Despite increasing demand from customers, companies were struggling to make the last mile profitable and efficient.”
Jacobs says that the pandemic alleviated some of these stresses in the short term. With no other option, consumers were understanding and tolerant, if not entirely happy, with longer delivery times and less transparent tracking. “But, as extremely high delivery demand continues to be normal, customers will expect brands to contract their delivery times,” he adds.
Last mile's role in ESG
Demand and volume weren’t the only things that have changed during the pandemic - businesses looked closer to home and as a result became more sustainable. Bricks and mortar stores were transformed from mini-showrooms to quasi-fulfilment centres. Online retailers and other businesses sought local solutions to ship more faster. In densely populated London, UK alone, Accenture found that delivery van emissions dropped by 17%, while Chicago, USA and Sydney, Australia saw similar emissions savings.