Meachers Global Logistics, one of the UK’s leading independent providers of international freight and transport logistics services, has made the switch from part diesel/part electric in its fleet to completely electric. The logistics operator has always had a predominantly engine powered fleet, but its strive to be more environmentally aware and be conscious of the ever-changing port environment which is steering away from gas and diesel powered trucks, has resulted in the decision.
It’s a significant move towards a greener Meachers which saw the business purchase a range of 25 forklifts through Linde. The majority are counterbalance trucks ranging from two to five tonnes in capacity which also included a switch to Linde for some reach trucks dedicated to indoor warehousing too.
Gary Whittle, Commercial Director, Meachers Global Logistics said: “It was a big decision to make the switch to all electric, however a necessary one in our bid to reduce our emissions wherever possible. Although the purchase costs for the vehicles are higher, the operating costs per truck are significantly cheaper. What was also crucial is the CO2 emissions for the vehicles charging are between a third and half of the emissions from the gas combustion engine emitting exhaust fumes.”
Mark Kirby, Business Development for Linde said: “Our electric range is the ideal solution for Meachers, not only are emissions no longer an issue, but the design of the truck itself makes them highly energy efficient. From the hydraulic systems which power the lifting functions, to their ECO modes which allow operating parameters to be adjusted to suit the application, these features ensure that energy consumption is reduced without affecting productivity.”
Hapag-Lloyd Unveils New Customer Dashboard
Hapag-Lloyd has unveiled its new “Customer Dashboard”. The carrier’s customers can now access performance information based on their business with Hapag-Lloyd.
“Our customers now have a clear and consistent visualization of our performance. With the introduction of the Customer Dashboard, we can finally prove to our customers that we keep our promises and continue to deliver the best quality possible. Giving our customers this full visibility of our quality performance provides them with a direct added value and makes us unique in the container shipping industry,” said Jesper Kanstrup, Senior Director Customer Quality at Hapag-Lloyd.
“This virtual handshake with the customer is the basis for our mutual success. Delivering on our quality promises will be the foundation of a new partnership with our customers as part of our ongoing efforts to advance quality improvements in our industry,” said Juan Carlos Duk, Managing Director Global Commercial Development at Hapag-Lloyd.
Partnership to Enhance Multi-Carrier Parcel Shipping
Logistyx Technologies, a leader in transportation management for parcel shipping, has announced a new agreement to continue partnership with Manhattan Associates, a technology leader in supply chain and omnichannel commerce, as the company releases the latest enhancements to shift its product to the cloud.
As an independent Manhattan Value Partner since 2012, under this new containerised model, Logistyx now offers the ability to upgrade to enhanced parcel shipping capabilities more cost-effectively, providing Manhattan customers unlimited access to more than 8,500 global carrier services that will enable rate shopping and shipping execution to any location worldwide. 2020 marks the eighth anniversary of Logistyx’s global partnership with Manhattan, with a successful track record serving as a trusted partner to Manhattan’s Warehouse Management for Open Systems (WMOS), Order Management System (OMS) and Warehouse Management for IBMi (WMI) users, and now Manhattan Active Warehouse Management.
In 2014, Manhattan and Logistyx more closely aligned with a strategic partnership to jointly develop what is now known as an external parcel interface (EPI) to provide their WMOS users access to a much larger parcel carrier network. Logistyx has since deployed its industry-leading TME technology throughout the Manhattan WMOS user community. Together, Logistyx and Manhattan issued a five-year milestone announcement in 2019 highlighting the many successful deployments of Logistyx TME and Manhattan’s EPI.
“Manhattan Associates values our enduring partnership with Logistyx to bring innovative solutions to customers,” said Adam Kline, Senior Director, Product Management at Manhattan Associates. “As an established leader in multi-carrier parcel management, Logistyx’s state-of-the-art cloud technology proved yet again to serve as a quality match with our EPI in delivering a superior global parcel shipping solution.”
As a co-developer of the EPI, Logistyx is helping Manhattan bring a next-generation EPI to the market. “Logistyx and Manhattan’s technology roadmaps with a focus on increased cloud capabilities have often aligned, which has resulted in a successful partnership over the last several years,” said Logistyx President Ken Fleming. “The partnership between Logistyx and Manhattan provides customers a true enterprise-class shipping platform with broader carrier options and the advanced tools to help them ship from anywhere to anywhere.”
Logistyx offers Manhattan customers the ability to better manage their parcel shipping activities with support for a blended carrier strategy and the capacity to deploy an extensive selection of carriers, providing an expanded global footprint for customers to achieve the best value for every destination, delivery time and product.
Food Supply Chain Safety Survey
Zebra Technologies Corporation has announced the results of its ‘Food Safety Supply Chain Vision Study’. The study highlights the views of consumers as well as food and beverage industry decision-makers worldwide from distribution and warehouses to grocery stores and restaurants around safety, traceability and transparency.
Surveyed consumers reported their top food safety concerns include restaurant kitchen and wait staff hygiene, foodborne outbreaks, illness from contaminated food, and food and beverage recalls. More than 80% of surveyed consumers said companies have an important role to play in implementing food safety solutions and an ethical responsibility to ensure the safe handling of their food. 70% said it is important to know how their food and ingredients are manufactured, prepared, and handled, while 69% agreed knowing how their food is sourced is also important.
Given recent food safety incidents and an increased focus on health and wellness, it’s unsurprising both consumers and industry decision-makers are showing a great level of interest in the source, quality and safety of their food. However, a disconnect exists between what consumers believe and what industry decision-makers think. Almost seven in 10 decision-makers say the industry is prepared to manage food traceability and transparency, but only 35% of consumers agree. Furthermore, only 13% of consumers felt the industry was extremely prepared today to manage food traceability and be transparent about how food travels through the supply chain, whereas 27% of decision-makers reported feeling this way.
“Findings from our study show that while the industry is taking measures to ensure a more transparent supply chain, more work needs to be done in order to increase consumer confidence and improve food traceability,” says Mark Wheeler, Director of Supply Chain Solutions, Zebra Technologies. “Businesses naturally have more information available to them but can improve consumers’ faith in their food sources by providing them access to the same information.”
One bright spot identified in the research is the role that technology can play in closing both these gaps in both the short- and long-term. An overwhelming majority of decision-makers acknowledged that investments in traceability-focused solutions will provide them with a competitive advantage by enabling them to meet the expectations of consumers. When asked about the top benefits that technology-based track and trace solutions would provide, six in 10 decision-makers cited risk reductions with proper handling, transportation and storage and tracking product perishability. 41% of industry decision-makers reported RFID tags improve food traceability within the supply chain more than any other technology, yet only 31% currently use them within their own organisations.
Mobile computers, mobile barcode label/thermal printers, rugged scanners and specialty labels and tags will also be key enablers in winning consumer trust and delivering more transparent information to consumers. 90% of surveyed industry decision-makers expect to use rugged handheld mobile computers with scanners, rugged barcode scanners and mobile barcode label/thermal printers within the next five years to digitally manage and track food products and related information.
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