FTA join forces with everywoman for new awards
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has strengthened its partnership with business advancement association everywoman, by becoming the title partner for the FTA everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards 2013.
FTA has worked with the association for a number of years, having supported everywoman and its initiatives since 2008, including the everywoman in Transport and Logistics Leadership Academy and no the FTA everywoman Accelerate Programme.
"FTA is delighted to encourage forward thinking companies that are in turn committed to encouraging diversity in the freight industry, and working further with everywoman will offer FTA opportunities to expand that work," said Theo de Pencier, FTA Chief Executive.
"The key for our industry is to be able to access a wider talent pool to be able to meet its need for good quality staff in whichever role it needs to fill," he continued.
Now in its sixth year, the FTA everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards celebrate women working within the transport and logistics industry that are enjoying success, and will ultimately inspire others to join the sector.
The award categories have been expanded for 2013 to encompass both passenger and commercial transport, and are now:
- Rising Star of the Year Award
- Driver of the Year Award
- Director of the Year Award
- The Warehousing Award
- Industry Champion Award – new for 2013
- Innovation & Sustainability Award – new for 2013
- Team Leader of the Year Award
- Woman of the Year Award
Theo de Pencier and Max Benson (co-founder of everywoman) took part in an FTA webchat discussing the work of both organisations, when each spoke of the importance of working together to effectively communicate the importance and business benefits of a diverse workforce to everyone at all levels within a company, and the freight industry as a whole.
During the webchat Max Benson, everywoman co-founder said:
"The FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards and the Leadership Academy have a key role to play in addressing some of the challenges faced by women in the sector. This is a talent issue; women make up nearly half of the UK workforce and yet only 25 per cent of employees in the industry are female. everywoman is committed to changing the image of the industry so that talented women recognise that their career ambitions can be realised in the transport and logistics industry."
About the awards
The nomination deadline for the FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards 2013 is Monday 18 February. To enter or for more details go to: http://www.everywoman.com/tlawards The Awards are supported by Asda, DHL Supply Chain, Motor Transport & TNT Express and the awards ceremony will take place on 16 May at The Savoy in London.
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.