Freightliner have developed a new in-cab training system
Freightliner Trucks have unveiled the first-ever OEM designed and integrated in-cab exercise and flexibility system. The Freightliner In-Cab Training (FIT) System provides drivers with full body strength-and-conditioning workouts in the comfort of their own cabs.
Developed in collaboration with Rolling Strong™ – a leader in driver wellness programs – the FIT System provides a simple and convenient exercise solution that encourages physical activity.
The FIT System features a triple-grip handle, which enables users to interchange three bands to change resistance levels. The system uses existing seat tether and bunk restraint mounting points for installing custom brackets, which makes the system easy to attach and use.
Recent studies by The Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Daimler Trucks North America and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health revealed that approximately 90 percent of truck drivers in the United States are overweight or obese, and many also suffer from chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea.
“There are several barriers that make it difficult for truck drivers to maintain a healthy lifestyle, from irregular work hours, eating on the road and sitting for extended periods of time,” said Dr. Josef Loczi, manager, engineering strategy and market intelligence for Daimler Trucks North America. “The FIT System makes it easy for drivers to be proactive about their well-being.”
Cross-functional teams from Daimler Trucks North America and Rolling Strong worked together to develop and extensively test the FIT System. The teams added new options and refinements based on the feedback from truck drivers who put the system to use.
“The initial response we received was overwhelming,” said Loczi. “The drivers who tested it appreciated the simplicity and effectiveness of the system.”
“Healthy drivers are generally safer, more economical drivers, and the FIT System underscores our overall commitment to healthy trucking,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “Freightliner Trucks is dedicated to providing the trucking industry with products conducive to a healthy lifestyle for its most valuable asset – the driver.”
Truck drivers also have access to health, wellness and nutrition information, as well as a personal trainer, via the FIT Channel on www.RollingStrong.com and through blogs, videos and forums located on the Freightliner Trucks online community www.TeamRunSmart.com. The trainer helps keep drivers motivated, and provides new exercises that can be incorporated into fitness routines.
The system is available as a factory-installed option in all Freightliner Cascadia and Coronado® sleeper cab models and for retro-fitting in Century Class® and Columbia® sleepers.
For more information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, go to www.TeamRunSmart.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, beyond the boundaries mass movement of goods from A-B. The logistics company says the exponential growth in ecommerce is spurring its experimentation in new autonomy solutions, 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.