Logistics to be game-changer for delivery businesses amid Covid if they make this cost-effective move

The Financial Express | May 26, 2020

Logistics has suddenly been thrust to the centre of the Covid-19 pandemic across the globe. Things are no different in India. Logistics is no longer an activity that happens in the background, it is now the differentiator. The pandemic has brought both opportunities and challenges for startups. The strange thing is that both the challenge and the opportunity is logistics. For e-grocery, e-commerce, food delivery, and other on-demand service companies, this period might very well be the epochal moment when they can deeply integrate themselves into the daily lives of consumers. But for that to happen, logistics will have to play a critical role. Most people are familiar with the last-mile delivery, but logistics is a lot more than just that. Online players either tie-up with FMCG companies, farms, wholesalers, etc to source the required items and this means that logistics is involved in every step of the process — right from the farm to the warehouse, warehouse to area-specific hubs and finally from hub to customer. Delay at any step has ripple effects and leads to late delivery. While unaccounted delays is an impediment, the other big cause for concern is the manpower. E-groceries and e-commerce players are running their operations with just around 60 per cent of their usual manpower. According to various news reports, the big guns are hiring thousands of on-ground staff to meet the surging demand and some are even willing to pay more compensation to these workers.

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Compared to 2005,all segments recorded lower profitability ratios in 2015,except for the air transport and warehousing & storage segments.lower profitability ratios were recorded in 2015 compared to 2005 due to operating receipts increasing at a faster pace than operating surplus.


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E2open Alliance Partner KPMG LLP to Launch New E2open Practice

E2open | April 26, 2022

E2open Parent Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ETWO), a leading network-based provider of a cloud-based, mission-critical, end-to-end supply chain management platform, announces that its strategic alliance partner, KPMG LLP is building a new E2open practice to help clients transform their enterprise with supply chain technology.The KPMG E2open practice will be focused on creating positive business outcomes and a more connected supply chain through technology adoption, services and expertise. “We’re thrilled to strengthen our alliance relationship with KPMG and launch a dedicated E2open practice to drive more value for our mutual clients, This is yet another step in our stated strategy to expand our partnerships and partner ecosystem to best serve clients.” -Michael Farlekas, chief executive officer of E2open KPMG LLP Supply Chain Advisory Leader Rob Barrett, said, We look forward to servicing our mutual clients in building more connected, resilient supply chains through digital transformation. Our E2open practice will help guide that journey, from technology roadmap and operating capabilities to the skills and internal adoption that drives ultimate success. “Our goal is to help clients achieve better results in managing their supply chains, and our alliance with KMPG is instrumental in that endeavor. We’re excited that KMPG is opening up a practice, which will include expanded transportation and logistics capabilities from E2open’s most recent acquisitions.” -Heather Generes, general manager, channel and growth at E2open KMPG recently received the CONNECT 2022 Strategic Alliance Partner of the Year Award from E2open at its annual client conference. About KPMG LLP KPMG LLP is the U.S. firm of the KPMG global organization of independent professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. The KPMG global organization operates in 145 countries and territories and has close to 236,000 people working in member firms around the world. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. KPMG International Limited is a private English company limited by guarantee. KPMG International Limited and its related entities do not provide services to clients.KPMG is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, inclusion and diversity, and eradicating childhood illiteracy. Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us. About E2open At E2open, we’re creating a more connected, intelligent supply chain. It starts with sensing and responding to real-time demand, supply and delivery constraints. Bringing together data from customers, distribution channels, suppliers, contract manufacturers and logistics partners, our collaborative and agile supply chain platform enables companies to use data in real time, with artificial intelligence and machine learning to drive smarter decisions. All this complex information is delivered in a single view that encompasses your demand, supply, logistics and global trade ecosystems. E2open is changing everything. Demand. Supply. Delivered.™ Visit www.e2open.com.

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TRANSPORTATION

Epes Transport Introduces New Truck Driver Hiring Website

Penske Logistics | February 21, 2022

Epes Transport has introduced a new professional truck driver hiring website, The mobile-friendly site features a new look and feel, improved functionality, and a streamlined online application process. Professional truck drivers are the lifeblood of our company's operations, We understand how competitive it is in the marketplace for drivers and we are confident Epes has much to offer." Phil Peck, president of Epes Transport. Epes Transport is a regional dry-van full truckload carrier dedicated to providing quality transportation services. The company's major transportation markets include the Southeast, Southwest, Northeast and Midwest. Epes Transport operates a fleet of over 1,350 power units, over 7,500 trailers and employs approximately 1,200 drivers. Epes has terminals strategically located in the Eastern U.S. to include Greensboro, North Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina; Winston Salem, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Rockwall, Texas; Valdosta, Georgia; Morristown, Tennessee; and Meridian, Mississippi. Epes Transport, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina, is one of the largest private trucking companies in North Carolina and provides truckload and dedicated contract carriage services to a variety of industries. Epes is a business unit of Penske Logistics.

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ENEL LAUNCHES NEW GLOBAL E-MOBILITY BUSINESS, ENEL X WAY

Enel | June 28, 2022

Enel, a Fortune 200 energy company that plans to decarbonize its business by 2040, has announced Enel X Way, its new global business line dedicated to smart electric vehicle infrastructure solutions. Enel X Way will focus exclusively on developing EV charging solutions and services to accelerate the adoption of EVs for consumers, companies, cities, and governments. The business is currently active in 17 countries across North and South America, Europe, and Asia and manages over 320,000 public and private charging ports directly and through roaming agreements. In North America, Enel X Way is headquartered in the heart of the Bay Area, San Carlos, Calif., and will support the rapidly increasing demand for electric vehicles and smart EV charging infrastructure with its portfolio of EV charging solutions, including the award-winning JuiceBox, which this year was recognized by CNET and Car and Driver as the "Best EV Charger Overall for 2022." According to BloombergNEF, EV sales in North America were up 88% in 4Q 2021, bringing the EV share of new car sales to 6.8% that quarter – the highest yet for the region. With more than 110,000 charging stations deployed across North America, EV drivers plug into an Enel X Way charging station every 2.6 seconds, and since launching its flagship consumer product in 2014, JuiceBox customers have avoided more than 510 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to 1.3 million miles driven by an average gasoline-powered passenger vehicle.1 "The future is electric, and decarbonizing our energy and transportation systems will require smart infrastructure solutions to be the bedrock of this transition, Enel X Way was created to accelerate a sustainable transportation future for all. Becoming Enel X Way is a testament to Enel's increasing investment in electric mobility and commitment to supporting the larger clean energy transformation." -Elisabetta Ripa, CEO of Enel X Way. Under the new business line, Enel X Way North America is committed to further increasing sales and production, expanding its portfolio of solutions to include more commercial charging stations and growing its workforce with new highly skilled jobs to meet the evolving market needs. To help new EV drivers and businesses go electric, Enel X Way now offers 24/7 customer support and is helping customers leverage hundreds of millions of available incentive dollars across the United States and Canada as part of state, local and utility programs. Across North America, major automakers are doubling down on their electric vehicle plans, large corporations are electrifying their fleets, and new policies and incentives are accelerating more EV adoption,said Chris Baker, Head of Enel X Way North America. To further promote the spread of electric mobility, Enel X Way will strengthen its numerous partnerships around the world with electric vehicle manufacturers, private companies and public institutions and will leverage an 'interoperable system' by participating in roaming agreements and joint ventures to ensure that customers have access to an extensive and ubiquitous charging experience throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. This spring, Enel X Way will be launching new retail, automotive and utility partnerships, adding to its roster of commercial customers since releasing its commercial product line in 2020. About Enel X Way North America Enel X Way is a global leader in smart electric vehicle charging solutions with over 320,000 charging ports worldwide, including roaming agreements. As a subsidiary of Fortune 200 renewable energy leader, the Enel Group, Enel X Way is committed to providing smart mobility solutions for drivers, businesses and partners to make driving electric simple. Enel X Way's flagship home charging station, the JuiceBox, has been named the "best EV charger overall" in 2022 by CNET Roadshow. For more information, please visit our Enel X Way North American website here and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @enelxwayna.

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LOGISTICS

CalAmp’s Tracker Brings Secure Supply Chain Visibility Solution to Pan-European Transportation and Logistics Operators

CalAmp | May 16, 2022

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a connected intelligence company helping people and organizations improve operational performance with a data-driven solutions ecosystem, announced its subsidiary, Tracker Network (U.K.) Ltd., is offering its Supply Chain Visibility solution to pan-European transportation and logistics operators to deliver reliable, cost-effective, end-to-end cargo tracking of shipments. The solution will particularly benefit multinational businesses in the pharmaceutical, electronics, biotech, food and consumer goods industries looking to secure high-value, high-risk shipments in transit, while also improving supply chain efficiency and offering essential documentation for regulatory compliance purposes. CalAmp’s Supply Chain Visibility solution is enabled by a portfolio of wireless sensors and other reusable and single-use devices that can be affixed to assets to track and collect critical data, such as temperature, light, shock, vibration and location. The solution enables operators to monitor cargo throughout the shipment journey from a manufacturer through land, sea and air touchpoints to the final destination. Upon arrival, the sensors automatically synchronize with CalAmp’s fixed and mobile hubs to support chain of custody documentation and environmental reporting. Sensor data sent through the CalAmp Telematics Cloud can be directly integrated into warehouse, fleet and logistics management systems via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). “The pandemic brought to light many challenges within the global supply chain, from port and border closures to product shortages and COVID-19 vaccine shipments. Manually tracking goods in transit exposes cargo to human error and theft, and limits visibility into environmental damage,” explained Mark Rose, managing director for Tracker. “Sensor- and API-enabled smarter logistics systems like CalAmp’s Supply Chain Visibility solution prove invaluable in reducing freight spoilage, optimizing supply chain performance, documenting chain of custody and protecting brand integrity.” The CalAmp Supply Chain Visibility solution provides: Reporting and data analytics: Logging of data to help document chain of custody in compliance with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) requirements Critical alerts and notifications: Immediate web-based and mobile alerts when a shipment exceeds a predetermined temperature range or goes out of the authorized shipping zone, enabling supply chain operators to take corrective action to minimize spoilage and loss Near real-time location tracking: CalAmp’s smart sensors and disposable devices utilize GPS tracking to provide near real-time delivery estimates, current location and progress reports even when cargo is in the hands of a third-party provider Geofencing and route fencing: Alerts notify users if the cargo deviates from the planned route or strays from authorized waypoints Stationary and movement detection: Detection of when a shipment is moving or stalled, which is especially important when navigating high risk areas in route between waypoints API integration: CalAmp integrates with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to facilitate information sharing, collaboration and transparency along the entire supply chain External sharing of critical sensor readings and history: A device’s sensory reading, location and historical data can be shared with other stakeholders including third-party logistics providers (3PLs), private fleet operators, warehouses and distribution centers. “The need for real-time, end-to-end cargo visibility has never been greater than in today’s complex, just-in-time global supply chain. Manufacturers, logistics operators, consumers and regulators all want to ensure their shipments in transit adhere to strict safety and compliance requirements and will arrive quickly and as expected, We’re excited to provide this level of visibility and intelligence to the European market through our Supply Chain Visibility solution. For our customers shipping goods across pan-European regions, these location and environmental insights will strengthen the reliability, security and efficiency of their operations to benefit all stakeholders in the supply chain.” -Jeff Clark, chief product officer, CalAmp. About Tracker Network (UK) Limited Tracker Network (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CalAmp, has been leading the way in the field of stolen vehicle recovery and insurance and fleet telematics since 1993. With over a million market-leading security and telematics systems fitted to vehicles including passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and plant and construction equipment, Tracker’s connected intelligence solutions help people and businesses work smarter. Together with the police, Tracker has to date recovered over £571 million worth of stolen vehicles and continues to recover on average £1 million worth of stolen vehicles each month. Tracker’s award-winning products ensure its customers have complete peace of mind. For more information, visit www.tracker.co.uk or LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tracker Insights.      About CalAmp CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) is a connected intelligence company that leverages a data-driven solutions ecosystem to help people and organizations improve operational performance. We solve complex problems in transportation and logistics, commercial and government fleet, industrial equipment and consumer vehicle marketplaces by providing solutions that track, monitor and recover vital assets. The insights enabled by our cloud platform, applications and edge computing devices drive operational visibility, safety, efficiency, maintenance and sustainability. Headquartered in Irvine, California, CalAmp has over one million software and services subscribers and 10 million edge devices deployed worldwide. For more information, visit calamp.com, or LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or CalAmp Blog. CalAmp, LoJack, TRACKER, Here Comes The Bus, Bus Guardian, iOn Vision, CrashBoxx and associated logos are among the trademarks of CalAmp and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. 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Compared to 2005,all segments recorded lower profitability ratios in 2015,except for the air transport and warehousing & storage segments.lower profitability ratios were recorded in 2015 compared to 2005 due to operating receipts increasing at a faster pace than operating surplus.

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