May 17, 2020

Top temperature-controlled logistics businesses make savings

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Freddie Pierce
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E-invoicing has seen big savings in top logistics companies
Atlas has electronically processed almost a quarter of a million invoices in the past 12 months for NFT, Culina Logistics, Yearsley Logistics and Groco...

Atlas has electronically processed almost a quarter of a million invoices in the past 12 months for NFT, Culina Logistics, Yearsley Logistics and Grocontinental, dramatically improving operational efficiency while reducing the costs of administration, paper and other office expenses. 

All four businesses have benefited from the migration of time consuming paper invoicing systems to the Atlas electronic solution. This has allowed them to trade electronically with their customers, make processing savings and also boost their corporate social responsibility credentials by reducing spend on resources and cutting their carbon footprint.

Michael Latimer, VP Group Sales at Atlas Products International explained “We are very pleased to be providing e-invoicing solutions to logistics companies in the UK, large and small, helping them to develop closer ties with their customers, save money and streamline their operations for competitive advantage.”

Every day there are thousands of temperature-controlled vehicle movements around the UK keeping supermarket shelves filled, as well as making deliveries to pharmaceutical companies and other specialist businesses and manufacturers.

Atlas’ award-winning e-business solutions enable the management of transactions. For example EDI or web-EDI, synchronisation of data, such as supplier, product and price information and streamline business processes, across corporate and geographic boundaries, like the purchase to pay process.

In 2012 Atlas won the IT Europa Software Excellence award in the Supply Chain Management category, sponsored by Oracle. The award was given for the automation of BWG Foods' procurement to pay process which achieved substantial cost savings and delivered significant operational benefits. 

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Jun 21, 2021

Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight

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Elon Musk’s tunnelling firm plans underground freight tunnels with shipping containers moved on “battery-powered freight carriers”, according to reports

Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports. 

A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers. 

Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US. 

The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two. 


Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels

The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.

The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete. 

Tesla’s supply chain woes 

Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue. 

Elon Musk Tweet

Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely

Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany

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