UPS announces collaboration with HubBox
The application makes UPS Access Point locat...
The application makes UPS Access Point locations in the US and Europe visible in the checkout process. With the rise of e-commerce’s popularity, consumers want deliveries on their own terms, with the necessity of packages arriving securely when and where they want.
HubBox’s software is easily integrated with most major e-commerce platforms, including Shopify and Magneto. HubBox works with retailers to incorporate the option to ship to a UPS Access Point location service into their website to offer customers convenient alternatives to home delivery.
“This is yet another example of how UPS is delivering solutions to businesses that want to stand out in the competitive retail landscape, while at the same time creating options and improving convenience for consumers,” commented Bill Smith, Vice President of Global Product Innovation at UPS. “HubBox’s click-and-collect solution can integrate seamlessly into a retailer’s website and make it easy for customers in the US and Europe to ship to the best UPS Access Point location that fits their busy schedules.”
HubBox connects to retailer’s label printing solutions in order to help streamline the label printing process. The solution enables businesses of all sizes to ensure they don’t have the IT resources or in-house knowledge to develop these capabilities. Through HubBox, US retailers can provide consumers with the option to ship to over 21,000 UPS Access Point locations across the US and over 17,000 UPS Access Point locations in Europe. The European countries with UPS Access Point locations include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
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Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
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.
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