DHL orders new Tesla trucks
As you can see from my last wrap-up, the new Tesla electric semi-trucks are a big talking point in the automotive industry. On Wednesday, the third-party logistics leader DHL Supply Chain announced it had ordered 10 of the recently unveiled Tesla Semi’s that are available in 2019. The company plans to test the new trucks in major urban cities across the U.S. where its customer operations are conducted. The trucks will be used for same-day deliveries of customers’ parcels, to make shuttle deliveries and longer journeys from major markets to other DHL operations to analyze mileage efficiency and optimize transportation routes.
DHL Supply Chain is a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL Group and the parent company intends on being the market leader of green logistics and the industry driver of electromobility. Moreover, it has a program named GoGreen, in which it aims to become the first logistics company to produce no harmful emissions from all its logistics-related activities by 2050 and the Tesla trucks would help achieve this.
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Albertsons partners with Instacart to provide one-hour delivery
This week, Albertsons Companies, one of the largest grocery stores in America, revealed it was increasing its customer delivery options by teaming up with Instacart, a same-day grocery delivery service in America. As a result, customers can benefit from faster, more convenient deliveries that only take an hour. The new delivery service will be available at over 1,800 Albertsons Companies stores by mid-2018. To receive grocery deliveries in this short time period, it will cost customers $5.99 per order or customers can receive 30 days unlimited delivery if they subscribe to the service at a fee of $14.99.
Alongside this delivery scheme, the grocery retailer’s in-house delivery programs as well as its store pickup option will still serve its increasing customer base. Over the course of this year, Albertsons Companies acquired the meal kit company Plated and rolled out its own same day delivery and Drive-up & Go service. And with this one-hour delivery option, Albertsons further enhances the company’s dedication to meeting customers shopping habits through innovation.
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BiTA is expanding
On Tuesday, BiTA, a forum previously named as the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance that was launched in August, revealed it had extended its aims and changed its name to Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). As a result, all types of transport are considered in their focal point of developing blockchain frameworks and education in the logistics and freight industry. This change is the result of alliance members having various interests within business operations and modes of transport including air freight, maritime and rail, to name just a few.
In this way, the blockchain standards framework can be acted on, regardless of the mode of transport. However, it is emphasized that trucking will still be a main focus of the alliance. Moreover, BiTA will develop its global presence and open offices in locations it believes are global centers of transportation and commerce, such as London and Singapore, to help companies in the area increase their blockchain operations. As the freight industry is evolving and blockchain is still an ongoing trend, the alliance will continue to grow its team and infrastructure.
More information about this can be found here.
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