UPS uses smart access devices for in-apartment deliveries
On Tuesday, global logistics provider UPS launched a pilot in-building delivery program in New York City where couriers can gain access to multi-unit homes using Latch smart access devices. This delivery program offers residents more security and convenience if they are not home to accept deliveries. The purpose of the new delivery program is to provide more reliable customer service and to deliver more orders on the first attempt.
The program is similar to Amazon’s Key delivery service but with UPS’ program, the smart devices only allow couriers to enter buildings, not individual apartments. Therefore, couriers can leave parcels safely in apartment lobbies or building package rooms. To enter an apartment building facility, a UPS courier is given a unique credential via their Delivery Information Acquisition Device and the Latch system records the whole delivery transaction and creates a digital audit trail. Residents can use their smartphones to unlock doors in the building that have the Latch smart access system. A camera is also embedded in the Latch smart device so residents can monitor the delivery process through the Latch mobile app. In the future, UPS may launch the service in other areas in the U.S.
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Blockchain to simplify shipment documentation process
On Wednesday, global shipment management software solutions provider CargoSmart revealed it is developing a blockchain platform for shipment documents to streamline complex supply chain processes. The solution will be used to collect, consolidate and confirm data from multiple parties. Exchanging shipping documents can be very complex with data standards to adhere to and companies sending documents in many different formats. Furthermore, a single shipment can sometimes require over 30 documents to be exchanged before it even leaves the port.
With this connected blockchain solution, a single version of the documents and an audit trail is created. This increases document accuracy and reduces the amount of duplicity and the documentation turnaround time. This way, the whole shipping process is more efficient and shipments can leave on schedule. The blockchain platform can also help shippers avoid late penalties from custom agencies and better manage demurrage fees.
To read more about this blockchain platform, click here.
Modern freight distribution system for New York City
This week, a $100 million plan to update New York City’s aging freight distribution system was unveiled by the mayor’s office. The plans consist of strategic investments to improve the regions maritime and rail networks and to build new distribution centers. This will not only create a more sustainable supply chain network but also create 5,000 jobs for New Yorkers.
With the city’s growing population, the rise of e-commerce and consumers increasing demands of faster deliveries, the current supply chain network infrastructure is experiencing additional pressure, particularly on last-mile transportation, and cannot operate effectively. As part of the plan, new distribution, warehousing and train cargo facilities will be built and rail lines will be expanded to meet the increasing demand. Marine terminals and barging operations across the inland waterway system will also be modified, as currently nearly 50% of vessels experience delays. The city relies on trucks to transport around 90% of freight. Therefore, to tackle the issue of last-mile emissions, the city will also encourage logistics providers to use innovative emission-free trucks for last-mile deliveries.
To find out more about these plans, click here.
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