May 17, 2020

Multimodal event launches shipper survey

Supply Chain
Freddie Pierce
2 min
This year's event will be held at Birmingham NEC
Leading supply chain event Multimodal has launched a survey to discover which issues are top of the agenda for freight buyers in preparation to open re...

 Leading supply chain event Multimodal has launched a survey to discover which issues are top of the agenda for freight buyers in preparation to open registration for its 2013 conference.

The online survey will shape the programme of seminars and master-classes at next year’s show, which will be held at Birmingham NEC in April.

The free-to-attend event, which is already over 70 percent sold out, will welcome leading logistics and supply chain names, including Maritime Transport, CEVA, Samskip, London Gateway, Canute Group, Stena Line, MSC, DSV, DB Schenker, Malcolm Group, MSC, Mann Lines, Associated British Ports, Dachser, Howard Tenens, Woodland Group and Freightliner.

“Freight buyers face daily tough decisions in a difficult financial landscape, with the added pressures of new legislation, compliance issues, and shifting modal trends,” said Robert Jervis, director of the show, which welcomed over 5,500 visitors and more than 265 exhibitors in 2012.
“Multimodal is a proven platform for cementing existing business relationships and introducing new solutions to help those decision makers run slick supply chains.
 “The seminars, this year supported by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), deliver invaluable expert advice, and the survey will ensure that we stay topical.”

Next year’s event will see the return of the popular Shippers Village, an initiative which offers freight customers a private space at the exhibition to meet their logistics partners. Dunelm Mill, Coca-Cola, Ericsson, Cabot, Kellogg's, Mars, Tesco, Pitney Bowes, and Jaguar Land Rover all took advantage of dedicated offices at Multimodal 2012 to hold invaluable supplier meetings.

The show will open for registration in the second week of January, with the survey results and seminar programme to be announced at the end of January.

About Multimodal
Multimodal is the UK and Ireland's leading freight transport and logistics exhibition, which also features a series of topical seminars and master-classes and hosts a Shipper’s Village giving freight buyers a private space to meet logistics suppliers. The supply chain show, entering its sixth year, is free-to-attend and will take place at the Birmingham NEC April 23-25 2013. Last year saw record visitor numbers of 5,500 visitors and more than 265 exhibitors. 

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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, 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. 

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