May 17, 2020

UPS: supporting women entrepreneurs in the Middle East

Logistics
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Women in logistics
With only 17% of Turkish women declaring to have access to startup opportunities, global logistics company - UPS - starts 2020 by continuing its exporti...

With only 17% of Turkish women declaring to have access to startup opportunities, global logistics company - UPS - starts 2020 by continuing its exporting workshops for women.

What does this mean for women entrepreneurs in Turkey?

As a result of UPS continuing its exporting workshops across Turkey, women entrepreneurs will continue to receive access to help to build their export capabilities. Alongside UPS, Kadın Girişimciler Derneği (KAGIDER) and Kadın Emeğini Değerlendirme Vakfı (KEDV) will support the continuation of the workshops. 

“Many women entrepreneurs from local communities in Turkey lack access to the resources, knowledge and support they need to take advantage of global trade opportunities,” said Burak Kilic, Country Manager of UPS Turkey. “Our Women Exporters Program seminars are designed to help these entrepreneurs engage in global trade so more women-owned companies can do business across borders, boost economic growth and drive job creation in Turkey and beyond. By the end of 2020, UPS plans to expand these workshops and seminars throughout Turkey.”

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UPS’ workshops, seminars and online learning platforms, form part of the company’s Women Exporter Program (WEP), where it works in partnership with the International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative. The initiative strives to help female business owners overcome challenges such as supply chain processes. 

UPS alongside its partners will work to enhance market access for women by identifying regulatory barriers that disproportionately hinder women.  

“With UPS’s continued support, every female entrepreneur in Turkey will have the power to become a future global trailblazer,’’ said Emine Erdem, President of KAGIDER. “We are proud to work with the UPS Women Exporters Program to help reduce inequality and income disparity by increasing female participation in the Turkish economy.”

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Jun 15, 2021

FedEx is Reshaping Last Mile with Autonomous Vehicles

FedEx
Logistics
LastMile
AutonomousVehicles
3 min
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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