Written By: Yashika Sabharwal
From the recent destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in late August, many of the big industries tycoons helped in that and provided relief support to those impacted by the category five hurricanes.
In the month of September, two global leaders in logistics giants FedEx and UPS have committed themselves to provide financial aid and helped in transporting the emergency supplies to the disaster cities.
The FedEx Team Rubicon provides US$500,000 worth of lifesaving supplies to hard-hit communities in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. Along with the FedEx, UPS also announced its own commitments to provide immediate support to the needs of the society and long-term recovery from Hurricane Dorian.
Amazon expands its service into the logistics and supply chain sector
The e-commerce unicorn, Amazon, has expanded its supply services to begin conducting business in the logistics industry.
As a result of Amazon’s this program, the progress in the shipping sector, logistics department FedEx and UPS has begun to make changes to their strategies moving forward.
FedEx has made an adaption to its relationship with Amazon, which has seen the delivery company put an end to the ground delivery contract with Amazon. With the decision made in early August, a FedEx spokesperson said at the time: “This change is consistent with our strategy to focus on the broader e-commerce market, which the recent declaration related to our FedEx Ground network have us positioned extraordinarily well to do.”
Jungheinrich going towards digitization in the supply chain space
With an aim to redefine the manufacturing sectors in a better way, Jungheinrich plans to adapt the latest trends in order to remain a leader in the industry.
Through the implementation of lithium-ion batteries, Jungheinrich introduced new forklift trucks such as the EKS 412s and EFG series in 2019. Lithium-ion provides a compelling alternative to diesel or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and batteries also allow new charging models that not only provide a chance to reduce downtime, but also allow businesses to introduce more employee welfare policies that are becoming increasingly important in a labor starved market. Boasting the largest range of lithium-ion powered trucks available on the market, it’s clear that Jungheinrich is continuing to set the bar for the opposition to follow. Steve Richmond, Director of Logistics UK at Jungheinrich, affirms the importance of this new technology to his company.
eBay to launch 3PL ‘Managed Delivery’ service
EBay Inc. the great online e-commerce giant will soon be launching a new fulfillment service called Managed Delivery. This service will help in high-volume vendors with fast-moving inventory such as fashion and electronics to offer their customers free shipping and faster delivery.
The ‘Managed Delivery service’ will rely on a network of third-party suppliers and logistics providers who will be using the eBay-owned platform to store, pack and ship inventory from ‘strategically located warehouses’ across the USA.
Vendors that qualify for the service next year will be able to utilize eBay-negotiated rates for overnight, two- and three-day delivery. All packages will be eBay branded and buyers will be able to track the delivery of their packages. The move is part of the company’s efforts to compete with the largest e-commerce rival Amazon, and of its ongoing evolution to create a more managed marketplace.
UPS flies the commercial drones to deliveries
UPS the biggest logistics industry is establishing a new subsidiary business called ‘Flight Forward’ in an effort to support and scale the launch of its own commercial drone delivery program.
Additionally, the logistics giant has applied for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Part 135 air carrier certification. This would allow UPS Company to approve drones to fly over populated areas and out of view from the operator.
This is currently the highest certification that the FAA offers and, if the application is approved, it would pave the way for UPS to operate one of the few commercial drone delivery programs in the US. The ultimate goal is to use the new subsidiary to drive growth through revenue-generating drone deliveries. According to Bala Ganesh, the vice president of the Advanced Technology Group at UPS, this program primarily focus is on “healthcare, just-in-time, real urgent movements, life-changing events in hard-to-reach locations.” UPS is currently conducting a drone delivery test program in North Carolina, transporting hospital samples. It hopes to expand its healthcare drone services nationwide.