Sarah Barnes Champions Medium-Sized Businesses Once More
Sarah Barnes, the host of the immensely popular Let’s Talk Supply Chain podcast and blog series, has announced her latest endeavour and added another job title to her growing portfolio. The leading lady is now the Co-Founder and CEO of Shipz Inc, a new neutral bid-and-ship freight platform. The solution comes at a time when logistical networks are growing increasingly complex ─ a complexity that Sarah Barnes intends to simplify and make more accessible to everyone.
The Shipz platform is designed to close the gap between shippers and forwarders to create an accessible and hassle-free supply chain for all.
As it stands, the current market has a lot of “mid-sized companies who want to work with forwarders, but find themselves limited by the current process; meanwhile, forwarders are equally strained by the amount of ‘free’ work that they do.”
Although the industry is continuously evolving and new innovative solutions seem to arrive every day, matching the needs of both parties has been seemingly impossible, or at least very difficult to do.
As a champion of medium-sized businesses and a figure in the industry that will stand against the monopolisation of “big business,” Sarah, a logistician turned supply chain marketer, and tech CEO has looked to innovate a solution of her own.
“Whilst the industry’s rapid growth and technological advancement is a great thing, it started to become clear to me that it was leaving some businesses behind. Nobody wants to see the industry become monopolised by big business, whilst small and medium-sized enterprises are unable to stay in the game. I founded Shipz to even out the playing field, champion small business and facilitate those much-needed networks and connections. Efficient, effective logistics chains reduce carbon footprints, support small businesses, and democratise trade – if we can all innovate and collaborate together, the industry will be a real force to be reckoned with,” Sarah Barnes explained.
From quick and accurate quotes, selecting the right partners that fit your business to the secure storage of goods and services, both shippers and forwarders will find a variety of benefits from connecting with the Shipz platform.
A Little Blurb About Sarah Barnes-Humphrey
Sarah was recently named one of the Top 100 most influential women leaders in Supply Chain and one of Top 100 most influential Women in Canadian Supply Chain. She is also the Founder and host of the popular Let’s Talk Supply Chain Podcast (LTSC), through which she brings awareness to brands and hot topics in the industry, including her Women in Supply Chain series.
DHL Express Invests in Electric Cargo Plane Fleet
DHL Express has ordered 12 fully electric cargo planes to supercharge efforts in reducing carbon emissions across its US delivery network.
The Alice eCargo planes are manufactured by Seattle startup Eviation, and are designed specifically to be configured for either cargo or passengers. The first planes are expected to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.
“We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
The purchase forms part of DHL’s €7bn investment in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030, with a zero emissions target set for 2050.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” Pearson added. “On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions.”
What is Eviation's Alice Aircraft?
- Manufacturer: Eviation
- Capacity: 1,200kg
- Range: 815km
- Charge time: 30 minutes
- Launching: 2024
Eviation’s Alice aircraft enable cargo and passenger airlines to operate zero-emission fleets. The plane can be flown by one pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200kg, with a maximum range of 815km.
The aircraft can be fully charged in 30 minutes, which can take place while the vehicle is loaded and unloaded between flights. Eviation says that, because the aircraft has fewer moving parts - or points of failure - than traditional aircraft, they are more reliable and reduce maintenance overheads and downtime.
“With Alice’s range and capacity, this is a fantastic sustainable solution for our global network,” said Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express. “Our aspiration is to make a substantial contribution in reducing our carbon footprint, and these advancements in fleet and technology will go a long way in achieving further carbon reductions.”
How Does Alice Compare with UPS’ eVTOLs?
DHL Express is not alone in electrifying the skies. In April, UPS announced a new fleet of eVTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, from Beta Technologies, which will enter service in 2024.
UPS’ vehicles can carry 635kg with a 400km range and cruising speeds of up to 170mph. The eVTOLs can carry cargo to several short-hops or one long route on a single charge, and are aimed at healthcare organisation, SMEs and businesses in small or remote communities.
“These new aircraft will create operational efficiencies in our business, open possibilities for new services, and serve as a foundation for future solutions to reduce the emissions profile of our air and ground operation,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer.
The first 10 eVTOLs will be delivered in 2024, with the option for UPS to order up to 150 more.