In the Precision Software News Round-Up: 21 September 2018, major carriers announce seasonal hiring; Deutsche Post DHL is to restructure; and Volvo Trucks unveils the futuristic autonomous Vera. Plus more tariffs by the US and China; An Post plans to go green and we look at global trade management for retailers.
On Monday, Deutsche Post announced plans to split its post and parcel delivery division into both a German and an international unit. The German business will be Post & Paket Deutschland. The international business, made up of DHL Parcel Europe and DHL eCommerce, will become DHL eCommerce Solutions. For more on this, please see Reuters.
UPS, FedEx, and XPO Logistics have all announced holiday jobs for the 2018 peak season. XPO plans to hire 8,000 seasonal staff in North America. The company also said that that its retail logistics volume through August is up around 20 percent compared to 2017. This is due to e-commerce and omnichannel retail fulfillment. UPS stated that they expect to hire 100,000 seasonal staffers from November through to January 2019. These include both full- and part-time roles, mainly for package handlers, drivers, and driver-helpers. In addition, FedEx announced plans to add approximately 55,000 positions for the peak season. FedEx Ground will also run six- and seven-day operations through the holidays. For more on this, please see Logistics Management.
The Irish national carrier, An Post, announced plans to eliminate carbon emissions from all its letter and parcels operations within ten years. During phase one of the An Post Eco plan, a new fleet of electric post vans and delivery tricycles will be used in Dublin city center by the end of next year. An Post will also work to reduce emissions outside urban areas. In addition, the carrier will roll out electric charging points for public use at An Post sites.
“Replacing our urban fleet with electric vans and delivery tricycles is the first step while we set about changing the way we do things to reach zero emissions. We will be extending the new fleet to other cities and looking at ways to drive down emissions outside urban areas,” said Garrett Bridgeman, managing director of An Post Mails & Parcels. For more details, please click here.
This week Volvo Trucks gave the world a first look at Vera — an autonomous electric truck. According to the company, increasing urbanisation, the fast growth of e-commerce and the driver shortage along with environmental issues such as congestion, pollution and noise means that on efficient transport solutions are needed.
“The full potential of the transport industry is yet to be seen. Everything suggests that the global need for transportation will continue to significantly increase in the coming decade. If we are to meet this demand in a sustainable and efficient way, we must find new solutions. In order to secure a smoothly functioning goods flow system we also need to exploit existing infrastructure better than currently. The transport system we are developing can be an important complement to today’s solutions and can help meet many of the challenges faced by society, transport companies and transport buyers,” Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks said. You can check out a video of Vera in action here.
The US and China continue to impose tariffs on each others' goods. This week, the US announced tariffs on $200bn of Chinese imports to take effect from next Monday. This is the biggest round of tariffs yet by Washington and will apply to almost 6,000 items including rice and textiles. China responded by slapping duties on $60bn of US goods, including liquefied natural gas. These come into effect from 24 September. President Trump warned China not to use tariffs as a means of influencing the outcome of November’s US midterm elections. For more on this, please see the BBC.
Online shopping has evolved as the number of shoppers making cross-border purchases has skyrocketed. Cross-border and international retail offers opportunities for retailers, but global shipping also comes with significantly more complexity than fulfilling domestic purchases. As a result, global trade management software is quickly becoming a necessity for retailers. In the latest Precision Report we look at how changing online shopping habits have turned the internet into a global marketplace. To read the full report, please click here.