Amazon trials One-Hour Delivery
On Monday, it was revealed that Amazon formed a partnership with designer Nicola Formichetti. The partnership involves delivering items in his Nicopanda line, exhibited in the London Fashion Week, to Amazon Prime customers based in London within one hour. Going further afield than London, Amazon assures clothing items will also be delivered to customers in Europe within a 24 hour period, as long as they are subscribed to Amazon Prime.
Since Amazon started its own fashion line last month, this partnership scheme adds to Amazon’s growing emphasis on the industry. This alliance is part of the “see now, buy now” strategy that a vast amount of designers have adopted throughout the last few catwalk seasons, showcasing current season trends rather than the next trends. However, other designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger and Burberry, have chosen other delivery companies who operate at slower speeds than Amazon.
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Bosch and Nikola Motor Company cooperate on electric long-haul trucks
This week, it was announced that Bosch and Nikola Motor Company, a startup company, are joining forces to design and build two heavy-duty, long-haul transport trucks. These trucks will be powered by hybrid hydrogen-electric powertrains. The aim is to have the new truck models available to the market by 2021.
Both companies will together develop a powertrain using Bosch’s eAxle technology combined with a “custom designed-fuel cell system”. This transfers energy from the engine of the truck to its axle. Furthermore, a hydrogen fuel cell will be used to power the electric motor. As a result, the trucks are provided with a longer range and it is easier and quicker to charge the batteries. The intention is that both the models, Nikola One and Nikola Two, can travel between 800 and 1,200 miles, produce no emissions and have an electric powertrain. Despite the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks being in its early development stages, there are still an increasing amount of competitors, including Daimler and Navistar International Corp, who are trying to quickly overcome obstacles faced with using batteries as a replacement for diesel engines.
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Startup Sendle will deliver globally with DHL
On Tuesday, Sendle, an Australian based parcel delivery startup company, announced that it had made a deal with DHL eCommerce, a subsidiary of DHL. The partnership allows the startup to venture into the overseas market. As a result, this provides Sendle with access to more than 220 countries within the DHL network. In terms of the arrangement of the deal, Sendle will manage the local operations with a door pick-up delivery service and then involve the international network that DHL has acquired. To begin with, there will be a trial of the service in Sydney in preparation for Christmas and the national launch in 2018.
Thanks to this new connection, there is now more choice for Australia within the international parcel delivery market, and small businesses now have the opportunity to export products easily at competitive rates. Besides this, DHL gains access to Sendle’s logistical network, which includes a large amount of small businesses in Australia. Furthermore, DHL has recently set an objective to decrease their toxic emissions output produced by logistic services by 2050, and Sendle can help with this goal as they already operate in a carbon-neutral manner.
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