DHL races ahead

DHL Global Forwarding is using a combination of air, sea and road to move racing cars and associated cargo to back-to back racing events in Japan. To support the races, the logistics giant will manage all transportation, customs clearance and ground handling for 36 racecars, spares, and ancillary equipment – including everything from specialised tires to high-performance engine blocks. One project involves cars and cargo shipped and flown from the UK and Germany to the FIA World Endurance Championship, also known as 6 Hours of Fuji, which was held from October 12-14 at the foothills of Mount Fuji.   The other, supporting the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup Race, consisting of three races totalling 42 laps and 168 kilometres, on October 26-28, will see a second set of vehicles and equipment arrive via ocean freight direct from their previous race in Wuhan, China. Both sets will then be transported to the...
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China's JD.com unwraps FedEx-style parcel business to bolster sales

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com Inc said on Thursday it would add a FedEx-style parcel delivery service to its e-commerce offerings, a move which could help the firm leverage its network of warehouses and drivers to bolster flagging profits. FILE PHOTO: An employee works at a JD.com logistic centre in Langfang, Hebei province, China November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo The shift pits JD.com into greater competition with major rival Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s Cainiao network, as well as dedicated domestic parcel delivery firms such as ZTO Express and YTO Express Group Co Ltd. China’s second-largest e-commerce firm said the new service would allow businesses and individuals in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to send parcels to locations around China, using the firm’s app to schedule a pick-up by one of the company’s staff. The logistics network - which would be able to deliver most packages the same or...
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UK retail sales fall in September as shoppers buy less food

LONDON (Reuters) - A free-spending summer by British consumers came to an abrupt end last month with the biggest fall in sales in six months, raising questions about one of the main drivers of the economy ahead of Brexit, official figures showed. A shopper pushes a trolley in a supermarket in London, Britain April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall/Files Retail sales volumes in September dropped by 0.8 percent from August - a sharper fall than economists had expected in a Reuters poll - hit by the largest decline in food purchases since October 2015, the Office for National Statistics said. Annual sales growth slowed to 3.0 percent from 3.4 percent in volume terms, in contrast to the pick-up expected by economists. But looking at the quarter as a whole, annual growth was still the strongest for a calendar quarter since late 2016. The joint-hottest summer on record, combined with the World...
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On-demand delivery moving really quickly

When two days is too long, on-demand networks step in to deliverorders in hours or even minutes. This is hot enough that four-yearold startups are having to share the space with the likes ofTarget, WalMart, Home Depot and even Amazon. Ultimately, delightingcustomers is driving it all. Original link
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A Supply Chain Potluck?

Most executives understand a physical supply chain and realize thepotential cost and time-to-market benefits of contracting withpartners within this supply chain. But most executives are illinformed about the potential benefits that could be obtained bydigitizing today’s complex supply chains. Original link
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On-demand delivery moving really quickly

When two days is too long, on-demand networks step in to deliverorders in hours or even minutes. This is hot enough that four-yearold startups are having to share the space with the likes ofTarget, WalMart, Home Depot and even Amazon. Ultimately, delightingcustomers is driving it all. Original link
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On-demand delivery moving really quickly

When two days is too long, on-demand networks step in to deliverorders in hours or even minutes. This is hot enough that four-yearold startups are having to share the space with the likes ofTarget, WalMart, Home Depot and even Amazon. Ultimately, delightingcustomers is driving it all. Original link
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SMC3 rolls out volume LTL pricing API

Atlanta-based SMC3, a provider of LTL (less-than-truckload)technology, data and education services announced this week it hasrolled out a new direct-to-carrier volume LTL pricing API(application program interface) offering, which, it said, isdelivered through its SMC3 platform and can be used in tandem withits contract rating tool, RateWare XL. Original link
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DPD opens first electric parcel depot in London

DPD has opened an all-electric parcel depot in Westminster and set out plans for a further seven all-electric sites in London. The 5,000 sq ft facility on Vandon Street will be known as DPD Westminster and will have capacity to deliver 2,000 parcels a day using an all-electric fleet. The company will use electric Mitsubishi eCanter 7.5 tonners for the inward feed of parcels to the depot For deliveries it has bought Nissan eNV200 vans which it says are capable of making 120 stops a day. Seven of these are currently being used at Westminster. In addition, it has bought eight micro-vehicles from Paxster, a Norwegian manufacturer. These will be used for deliveries in the immediate area around the depot and can make 60 stops on one charge a day. It has a further 23 Paxsters on order. The Westminster site will also home DPD’s first owned Pickup shop where...
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Winners and losers in the grocery market

Grocery sales rose 3.2 per cent £26.3 billion in the 12 weeks to 7th October driven by strong growth at the discounters and online specialist Ocado. Figures from Kantar Worldpanel show that Aldi increased sales by 15 per cent on last year taking its market share to 7.6 per cent. However, the big four all underperformed the market. Tesco saw its market share fall 0.6 per cent to 27.4 per cent. Fraser McKevitt, Kantar’s head of retail and consumer insight, said: “Despite widespread interest in the September launch of its discounter concept, Jack’s, the small number of stores planned means it won’t impact on Tesco’s market share without a significant expansion.”   12 weeks to 07-10-18 Total till roll – Consumer spend       Share ( per cent)                   Change on Last year ( per cent) Aldi                                                   7.6                             15.1 Lidl                                                   5.6                             10.0 Ocado                                                1.2                               7.5 Co-op                                                6.4                               7.0 Iceland                                              2.1                               4.8 TOTAL GROCERS                    ...
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