Nov 17, 2020

Convoy Fights Freight Fears in Four Futuristic Forms

Sam Scane
3 min
Convoy is, the American trucking software provider, is helping small and medium-sized businesses find their perfect partner...

With the entire world still reeling as we all adjust to the ‘new normal’, it’s been especially hard for smaller businesses as they desperately adjust plans and procedures, with an anticipated amount of risk. With large swings in the freight market comes the need for operational budgets to accommodate, running the risk of potentially sinking too many resources into very little return. 

Across the United States, trucking is one of the largest industries for moving goods, and yet remains perhaps one of the most difficult to manage. According to Convoy, an American trucking software company founded in 2015, 35 per cent of all miles driven are empty miles, as well as 75 metric tons of CO2 emissions as a result of these empty miles, and with a reported 80 per cent of every dollar moving freight spent on trucking, it makes a lot of sense to simplify and streamline the process. 

At the point of its inception in 2015, Convoy started “the world’s first digital freight network, connecting shipments with carriers to move millions of truckloads.” Digital Freight Networks (DFNs) offer a host of advantages to all businesses, but perhaps more-so to those smaller to midsized, where decisions based on trends or budget, are more impactful on the company overall in terms of risk versus reward. 

Convoy’s technology provides advanced tools and tech designed to streamline shipping and logistics for small to midsize businesses, and this is how it’s done; 

Instant Access to High-quality Carriers 

Convoy offers the ability for businesses to choose from thousands of pre-vetted carriers, taking a lot of the stress out of having to research the right mix of carriers for the right jobs.

The carriers themselves are chosen based on a number of suitability factors, ranging from service rating, current location, cost and others. Having this plethora of options for businesses to choose from means they can make an informed choice from a large database, simplifying a potentially complex transportation strategy. 

Instant Freight Quotes 

The ‘instant quote tool’ is designed to give small businesses the confidence to make an informed decision, using only their pickup and delivery information, in a timely manner, and by removing communication barriers. 

The quotes themselves are also compared to the market standard, giving these businesses an insight to where their rate falls, whether that be around the market average or not. The intention is to empower smaller businesses to make the right decisions, instantly, by utilising a tool that’s also used by businesses generally just to understand the market itself. 

Real-Time Shipment Tracking 

All drivers who are hired through Convoy’s DFN system have a GPS tracker that allows the business that hired them instant access to the real-time status of their delivery. 

Convoy found that tracking down the status of various shipments can take up to 3 hours, a problem immediately solved with effective tracking and even map referencing to show the exact parcel positioning, as well as an estimated time of arrival. This method is simplified further by being able to easily share package statuses between customers and other colleagues through a sharable tracking link.

Automated Freight Insights 

Convoy recognises that getting insights into freights can be time-consuming, if not impossible, so they’ve combatted this by giving businesses personalised freight insights, specifically designed to show information that can help reduce costs and improve quality. 

It’s clear to see that having this kind of technology on any scale would greatly improve the efficiency of any business, but is, of course, most attractive to the smaller kinds by offering a wealth of information that may otherwise be difficult and time consuming to obtain. With more technology of this type cropping up to help all scales of business, it’s a wise investment, and no doubt one that will improve with time. 

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Jun 24, 2021

Kuehne+Nagel cuts carbon footprint by 70% for Honda China

2 min
Road-to-rail logistics solution will reduce carbon emissions at the automaker by 70%, stripping 16,000 tonnes of CO2 from its supply chain

Around 16,000 tonnes of CO2 has been cut from supply chain of Honda's China-based manufacturing division through a road-to-rail transformation in partnership with logistics leader Kuehne+Nagel

The programme was developed through KN Sincero, the joint venture between Swiss headquartered Kuehne+Nagel and Chinese automotive logistics firm Sincero, established in 2018. 

KN Sincero worked with Honda China to develop an integrated solution to convert much of its domestic long-haul trucking to train lines, using regional hubs to improve supply chain performance and further reduce carbon emissions. The programme delivered consolidations as well as value-added services, including sorting, scanning, repackaging, GPS track and trace, and recyclable container management. 

"Kuehne+Nagel has always been a supply chain partner that we can rely on, to help us improve our supply chain performance whilst also achieving our environmental goals,” said Mr. Jiang Hui and Mr. Takuji Kitamura, Joint General Manager of Wuhan Dong Hon, the logistics affiliate of Dongfong Honda Automotive. 

After six months of shifting to the road-to-rail model, new supply chain reliability and efficiencies are expected too trip 16,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. The carbon savings represent an enormous 70% reduction in total. 

"Automotive is one of the most important sectors in contract logistics, particularly in China, the world’s largest automotive market,” added Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics. “I am glad that Kuehne+Nagel and Honda share a common vision of service, innovation and sustainability.”

Kuehne+Nagel’s Net Zero Carbon programme 

Kuehne+Nagel announced its Net Zero Carbon programme in 2019 with a dual purpose to reduce CO2 output in its own logistics operations, as well as partnering with organisations to minimise their own impact on the planet. Kuehne+Nagel reached carbon neutrality globally in 2020 throughout its own, direct emissions, and is now focused on developing its capabilities to serve partners. 

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, Chief Executive Officer of Kuehne+Nagel International AG, said the programme is “a package of measures to fight CO2 emissions and provide sustainable and innovative supply chain solutions – hand in hand with our suppliers and customers”. 

As part of the initiative, Kuehne+Nagel established its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand, and invested in ‘nature-based’ carbon dioxide compensation projects to strip harmful emissions from the environment. It is committed to being CO2 neutral for shipments in its network of transport suppliers by 2030. 

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