May 17, 2020

Orange selects E2open to provide end-to-end supply chain visibility

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Cloud-Based Supply Chain Platform to Serve Orange’s Global Extended Supplier Network
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E2open today announced that Orange, one of the worlds leading telecommunications operators, has select...

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E2open today announced that Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators, has selected the company to enable global supply chain visibility and enhanced supplier collaboration. Utilizing E2open’s collaborative supply chain management (SCM) solutions, Orange will benefit from increased planning and execution effectiveness to enable continuity of supply, thus driving further value to its global customer base and improving overall supply chain performance.

With this partnership, E2open’s cloud-based solution provides Orange with the following benefits: Collaborative supply planning and shared forecasts with suppliers, improved order management and logistics including in-transit visibility, exception-based management, user dashboard, customised notifications, near real-time visibility and advanced collaboration and supplier KPI measurements.

Patrice Cointe, Group Supply Chain Director at Orange, said: “At Orange, our supply chain strategy focuses on our multi-tier supplier collaboration and process innovation. We selected E2open as our platform to achieve end-to-end visibility, connectivity and collaboration across our global supply network. 

“With real-time information and a focus on exceptions, we can simplify our approach and effectively respond to the demand requirements of our customers and channel partners in a timely manner.”

Global telecom providers view their supply chains as a source of competitive advantage in a complicated marketplace of changing industry standards, increased customer expectations, and complex outsourced relationships. E2open has implemented solutions for a number of leading telecom providers by delivering rapid time-to-value with collaborative solutions to orchestrate the extended trading partner network.

Michael Lindner, Vice President and General Manager at E2open, said: “Companies focused on optimal customer experience for brand loyalty and retention are looking to their supply chains to bring a differentiated experience.

“By leveraging our cloud-based technology, Orange is changing the way it works with its suppliers by proactively and efficiently managing plans, forecasts, orders and shipment information across its global supply network to meet its brand objectives.”

E2open is the leading provider of cloud-based, on-demand software solutions enabling enterprises to procure, manufacture, sell, and distribute products more efficiently through collaborative planning and execution across global trading networks. Enterprises use E2open solutions to gain visibility into and control over their trading networks through the real-time information, integrated business processes, and advanced analytics that E2open provides. E2open customers include Avnet, Celestica, Cisco, HP, IBM, Lenovo, L’Oréal, Motorola Solutions, NVIDIA, Seagate and Vodafone. E2open is headquartered in Foster City, California with operations worldwide.

More than 41,000 trading partners and 140,000 unique registered users currently participate in the E2open Business Network, which allows participants to share plans and data and execute business processes in a secure, real-time manner. The E2open Business Network also provides collaboration tools and analytics so that E2open customers can make more informed and efficient decisions.

To learn more about these E2open solutions, visit: http://www.e2open.com/products/e2-process-management

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Jun 15, 2021

FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles

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Logistics
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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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