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PRECISION SOFTWARE NEWS ROUND-UP: 14 SEPTEMBER 2018

In the Precision Software News Round-Up: 14 September 2018, US logistics sector braces for severe weather; FedEx to add Saturday deliveries in 2019 and DSV buys S&H. Plus, we look at parcel shipping for life sciences companies; Trans-Pacific peak season kicks off and more.

Logistics

AMERICAN LOGISTICS AID NETWORK BRACES FOR SEVERAL STORMS

Hurricane Florence has been downgraded but is still a life threatening storm. However, that’s not the only severe weather in store for the US. A number of named storms are also threatening the country and the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is mobilizing for action. ALAN activated a hurricane micro-site. This allow users to monitor the path of each storm as well as receive alerts and updates on transportation and supply chain conditions in areas affected by the storm. ALAN will also use the site to relay requests for storm-related logistics assistance. For more on this, please click here.

DSV BUYS DUTCH E-COMMERCE FIRM S&H

Logistics and transport giant DSV has bought S&H, a Dutch e-commerce provider. “S&H has proven itself as a champion within product fulfillment in the Benelux region, and we are very pleased to announce that S&H is now part of the DSV Group,” said Brian Ejsing, CEO of the DSV Solutions division. S&H offers warehousing; response handling; financial fulfillment; product fulfillment; European distribution; customer service; returns handling; e-fulfillment and supply chain management. The company is based in the Netherlands. S&H will continue as a stand-alone company renamed DSV Multi-channel Fulfilment. For more, please click here.

TRANS-PACIFIC PEAK SEASON KICKS OFF

The Trans-Pacific air freight sector has hit peak season, with increased rates and tighter capacity. Exporters are shipping goods to the US in advance of proposed new tariffs on Chinese goods. President Trump is ready to impose further duties on $267bn of Chinese goods. European forwarders have not reported any congestion as yet. Nor are they expecting a repeat of the 2017 peak season delays and capacity squeeze. For more on this, please see The Loadstar.

Carriers

FEDEX TO DELIVER 6 DAYS A WEEK

FedEx Ground is to add Saturday deliveries to its services from 2019. The company already offers six and seven-day services during the holiday peak season. From next year, Monday to Saturday deliveries will become standard. "The rise in demand for e-commerce goes beyond peak. It’s a year-round phenomenon and we are ready to meet that demand," Raj Subramaniam, executive vice president, chief marketing and communications officer at FedEx, said in a statement. In addition, Fedex has built capacity to handle higher volumes. This includes 15 new hubs as well as integrating robotics and artificial intelligence into some operations. For more on this story, please see Supply Chain Dive.

Retail E-Commerce

UK ONLINE SHOPPING UP 9 PERCENT YOY

Online shoppers in the UK make 87 percent of their retail purchases — excluding groceries — online. That’s up from 80 per cent last year. The Royal Mail’s annual UK report found that the ability to compare prices and a much larger choice of products are the key reasons for shoppers going online. The report also found that 22 percent of UK consumers bought an item after seeing something about it on social media. In addition, the study found that men as a group spend more online than women. Men spent an average of £255 online over a period of three months. During the same period, women typically spent £204. For more on this, please click here.

Precision Report

8 CRITICAL QUESTIONS LIFE SCIENCE SHIPPERS NEED TO ASK BEFORE CHOOSING A PARCEL SHIPPING SOLUTION

The life science industry has changed. Companies are sending more parcels than ever before, to more places than ever before. Along with that, an increasing number of products require special handling or cold-chain storage. Because of this, life science companies turn to technology to assist with streamlining their parcel delivery process. In the latest Precision Report we look at the challenges of life science shipping and 8 critical questions life science shippers need to ask before choosing a parcel shipping solution. To read the full report, please click here.

Precision News

PRECISION SOFTWARE TO DEMO NEW OPERATIONAL ANALYTICS CAPABILITIES AT PARCEL FORUM 18

We are pleased to announce that Precision Software will exhibit at the Parcel Forum conference Sept. 24 - 26, 2018 in Chicago, IL. During the event, Sr. Technical Consultant, Jeff Flanagan will demo PRECISION Operational Analytics, an easy-to-use dashboard with configurable charts that gives users extensive visibility across their shipping operations. Global Account Executive, Michael Tew and Sr. Marketing & Sales specialist, Nangvorlee Vang, will also be at the booth to answer any questions about the Precision Software suite of solutions. For more information, please click here. To book an exclusive look at Operational Analytics and a meeting with Jeff Flanagan at Parcel Forum, please email Nangvorlee Vang at ncv@qad.com.