May 17, 2020

Frieghtliner's forklift savings with Hyster reach truck and Brigg's Equipment

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Trucking marvellous: the fuel saving RS45-31CH
Follow @JosephWilkesWDM Click here to see the accompanying video on our website A rail freight and logistics company has reported a substantial fuel co...

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A rail freight and logistics company has reported a substantial fuel cost saving at its busy container terminal through the introduction of new engine technology from a forklift truck distributor.

Freightliner UK Ltd has reported it is set to save thousands of pounds in fuel costs at its container terminal in Cardiff, South Wales, thanks to the latest engine technology at the heart of a new Hyster reach truck, supplied by distributor Briggs Equipment.

The leading provider of materials handling equipment has been working with Freightliner at their Cardiff terminal to develop the most cost effective solution for container handling as the terminal enjoys a significant upturn in business.

Gary Gibbs, Freightliner Logistics Manager, said: "Over the past couple of years we've seen an increase in traffic through the terminal and we wanted to improve capacity and efficiency without drastically increasing costs. Fuel economy was a major consideration when it came to replacing our existing reach truck.

"Reliability was also a key consideration as any delays at the facility can cost thousands of pounds."

Gibbs claimed that Briggs Equipment has the largest team of multi-skilled mobile engineers in the UK, ensuring a rapid response was a significant factor in the company's decision to remain with the Hyster.

"As well as providing the support we need, the fuel efficient truck is proving popular with operators thanks to its manoeuvrability, ease of operation and comfortable cab," he added.

The new RS45-31CH is working at the 25 acre facility in Cardiff and Freightliner Ltd is benefitting from the truck's high-tech Stage IIIB compliant diesel engine that offers reduced exhaust gas emissions in addition to savings on fuel.

Mike Parkin, Briggs Equipment's Port and Terminal Manager, said: "The engine is slightly smaller than on previous models but the new Cummins QSL9 nine-litre unit, when combined with Hyster's Intelligent Design criteria is just as powerful, despite being 20 per cent more fuel efficient.

"Load sensing, a cooling on demand system and variable displacement pumps further improve fuel efficiency as well as productivity."

The terminal handles around 38,000 containers a year and is looking forward to further growth and a return to a 24-hour operation.

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Jun 15, 2021

FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles

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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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