May 17, 2020

DB Schenker expands Ukranian logistics operation

Logistics
transportation
DB Schenker
Ukraine
Freddie Pierce
1 min
There are parking lots for up to 60 trucks
DB Schenker Logistics is expanding its service portfolio in Ukraine following the lease of additional capacity in a new multi-customer warehouse. The n...

DB Schenker Logistics is expanding its service portfolio in Ukraine following the lease of additional capacity in a new multi-customer warehouse.

The new, modern logistics centre is located in Belogorodka, seven kilometers from Kiev ring road, in the "Amtel" terminal, and offers a total area of 45,000 square meters, a ceiling height of twelve meters and a cross-docking system.

DB Schenker will initially use 3,100 square meters, with the opportunity to grow further and serve customers from industries like Consumer Goods, Electronics, Chemicals, and Automotive. The complex also boasts office buildings with a total area of 3,500 sq meters, of which 600 square meters will be used for office space.

 “This brand new warehouse is energy efficient and properly designed. The facility is equipped with enough docks, has a good cross-docking platform which certainly affects the overall efficiency of our logistics operations. It will contribute to higher service quality and increased capability in accommodating larger customer demands,” says Oleg Verzhbytskky, Managing Director, DB Schenker in Ukraine.

DP Schenker, the national company of DB Schenker in Ukraine offers the full range of logistics services: international Land Transportation (Full Truck Load and Groupage), Domestic Distribution, Air and Ocean Freight, Contract Logistics, Brokerage, and Bonded Warehouse.

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Jun 15, 2021

FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles

FedEx
Logistics
LastMile
AutonomousVehicles
3 min
FedEx is expanding a trial of autonomous vehicles in its last-mile logistics process with partner Nuro, including multi-stop and appointment deliveries

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. 
 

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