May 17, 2020

Grand opening of Vietjet Cargo takes place

air cargo
Asian logistics
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The Vietnamese aircraft carrier has announced it will be launching Vietjet Cargo, a dedicated air freight subsidiary
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Vietjet has officially launched an affiliate company, Vietjet Cargo, paving the way for the dynamic new-age carrier to transport freight globally and capitalise on Vietnam's growing air freight market.


In the ceremony held at Intercontinental Asiana hotel, Vietjet was honoured to welcome Vo Huy Cuong, Deputy General Director of Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Nguyen Van Thang, Deputy Director of Southern Airports Authority, Patrick Pelletier – Sales Director of Airbus Group, Zainal Abidin, Managing Director of Leisure Cargo (Germany), Vietjet’s Board of Management and leaders of partners, airlines, national and international forwarders and agents. The ceremony received great interest from press attending and reporting the news in Vietnam and the wider international community.

With the establishment of Vietjet Cargo, Vietjet has formed a new and breakthrough business model in which air cargo is independently and strategically operated with the ambition to be the very first air cargo service in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Do Xuan Quang, CEO of Vietjet Cargo, introduced Vietjet Cargo’s products and services. He said: “Not only with the main function of air cargo in local and global commercial flights but Vietjet Cargo also features its own in freighter fleet and air charter services nationwide and all over the world.

“Vietjet Air Cargo will partner with Interlines to enhance and further develop the cargo network.”

In a time of growing demand in air transport and with the present economic integration, the company believes the establishment of Vietjet Cargo is a great opportunity but also a challenge for such a young and new age airline as Vietjet.

Local airports processed 770,000 tons of goods last year, a 67 percent jump from 2010, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam. Air cargo traffic is expected to increase by as much as 23 percent this year, according to the transport ministry.

Demand for air cargo comes from companies such as Samsung, LG Electronics, and Apple supplier Wintek, whose electronics goods made in Vietnam require speedy delivery.

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vice Chairwoman of Vietjet said: “Vietjet as the main company also focuses on expanding its business network. In addition to its main function as a commercial airline, Vietjet has been linking potential partners in various areas such as aircraft maintenance, training and development, parts manufacturing, and aerospace with industrial parks in Vietnam. We are currently working towards the establishment of our subsidiaries in the aviation industry, and airline alliances in other countries.”

With a team of Vietjet professional companies and strategic business development plans, Vietjet Cargo is now set to win fruitful business to become the leading cargo airline in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

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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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