Walmart acquires a same-day delivery company in New York
On Tuesday, it was revealed that Walmart purchased the New York City based startup company Parcel to support the retailer’s expanding delivery schemes. Parcel already carries out same-day and scheduled delivery services to meal-kit companies and online retailers in the local area. As a result, the company has put together a database containing every building it serves in the New York City area, which also includes detailed information about service entrances accompanied with photos. In terms of this arrangement, Parcel will still deliver to its existing clients. But Walmart will use this information along with Parcel’s technology and employee network to improve its express delivery services from online orders and its subsidiary, Jet.com. Therefore, this deal plays a big role in Walmart’s plans to offer same-day delivery to several customers in New York City.
The acquisition is the result of more consumers wanting the choice of same-day delivery when shopping online for essential everyday items, as competitors like Amazon already offer this. The same-day delivery service in the city will be tested soon, delivering general products and fresh and frozen groceries.
To find out more about this delivery service, click here.
ShipNEXT: labelled the Uber of shipping is launched
On Monday, the first stage of a global freight platform called ShipNEXT was launched by Varamar Group, a Ukrainian shipping company. This platform connects ships and cargo all over the world. The shipping industry still communicates via email when organizing cargo shipments. As a result, the platform’s software takes the emailed cargo request, or even the details of a ship’s position, and uses over 70 different algorithms and databases to link ships and cargo automatically. With this software, ShipNEXT aims to improve efficiency and reduce human error through automated calculations and various routine checks concerning ship and port data, distances, risk zones and rules of sea shipment.
ShipNEXT was created to be a one-stop online platform for many purposes, including organizing all forms of cargo, offers and negotiations, managing contracts and documentation for post fixing and operations. The platform can set a new standard of making shipping more cost-efficient and faster with the help of support from a team of industry experts and great knowledge within the sector. The next stages will be introduced over the following 18 months. This will involve integrating several sectors of the market.
Read more about this here.
Kalmar reveals a fully electric forklift with medium range
This week, a new range of forklift trucks, which are completely powered by electricity, was unveiled by Kalmar – part of Cargotec Corporation, that provides cargo handling solutions and equipment to distribution centers, ports and terminals. The forklifts run on electric technology that produces zero emissions and can help their customers operate in a more sustainable manner by decreasing their environmental impact. These new machines are medium-sized and in the 9-18 ton range. They are very advantageous for cargo operations, as they function in the same way as diesel trucks, just without the air and noise pollution and at a lower cost.
Furthermore, the forklifts can operate for eight hour periods using lead acid based batteries with the future prospect of using lithium-ion battery technology. In terms of truck design, the cabin section of the forklift gives the operator maximum visibility and there is the possibility to turn the driver’s seat 180 degrees for extra safety measures when carrying heavy loads. Moreover, the trucks have a highly reactive hydraulic system, which helps to increase precision and ultimately the driving experience as a whole.
To read more about this range of forklift trucks, click here.
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