DPD has taken delivery of the first 10 EAV P1 Electric assist cargo bikes – the result of a partnership with Oxford-based manufacturer EAV.
Five of the unique bio-mechanical hybrid electric-assisted pedal bikes are currently being tested on the streets of London, York and Newbury, while the other five are being shipped to DPD business units in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Portugal and France to help support British manufacturing and exporting abroad.
The purpose-built, quadracycle measures 2m long by 1m wide, weighs 75kg and can carry a 120kg payload. The 250 watt motor helps the rider accelerate to a maximum 15 mph. The P1 can cover a range of up to 60 miles in a day and over 100 parcel stops and then be recharged using a normal 13amp, 240v plug socket.
The bike’s body is made from advanced composites which include the latest fully recyclable materials, for example; the fascia is made from a composite strengthened with hemp fibres stuck together with a resin based on the oil from cashew nut shells.
The EAV P1 is part of DPD’s aim is to be the most responsible city centre delivery company and the leader in electric vehicles in the UK. In October last year, DPD opened the UK’s first all-electric parcel depot in Westminster and plans to have a fleet of 500 electric vehicles by the end of 2020.
Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO commented, “The P1 is an absolutely amazing vehicle and we are immensely proud to be technical partners alongside EAV on this unique project. This is an entirely new type of vehicle and is designed specifically to meet the current challenges for delivery firms in the urban environment.
“The early trials show that the P1 is performing really well and clearly has potential to be more efficient for us than traditional vans in certain locations. It is highly manoeuvrable, can carry a good day’s worth of parcels and can often get closer to delivery addresses than the vans.
“We’re on a journey with EVs and as usual, we are ahead of the pack. But it is uncharted territory, and the reality is that we are going to need to invest in new and different types of vehicles to solve new and different challenges. We know that the environment and climate change matter more than ever to our clients and the feedback we get when we share our EV vision with them is really positive.”
Adam Barmby, founder and technical director at EAV commented, “It has been fantastic to work alongside DPD and to see our vision for the P1 realised. It is classed as an e-cargo bike, but really, we started from scratch and reimagined an entirely new type of vehicle to operate within the parameters of today’s urban delivery market. It is a modular design, so we can extend or shorten the chassis and change the cargo configuration to fit the brief. In addition to the design flexibility, there is also a whole new set of efficiencies that we are tapping into here. Realistically, the P1 can move as fast or faster than a traditional van through many cities because of the different routing it can take.”
New data insight and analysis tool, BluIQ by BluJay
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BluJay Solutions, a leading provider of global supply chain software and services, announces the launch of BluIQ by BluJay, a data and insight analysis tool that offers real-time, actionable supply chain data in a configurable visual dashboard. This API-enabled data solution provides a two-way connection with BluJay’s supply chain execution applications, to allow for action on specific data directly from the BluIQ dashboard.
“BluIQ by BluJay is designed to be a decision-support tool that sits across BluJay’s applications, extracting data from each application via APIs. This solution is part of the Data component of our DNA strategy. We’re excited about the additional value this innovative tool delivers for customers, who can make data-driven decisions as part of their operational workflow,” said David Landau, Chief Product Officer for BluJay. “The solution is very visual, with graphical charts and maps that are easy and quick to configure based on what you want or need to see; but what distinguishes this new application is its seamless integration to the underlying execution solution. With a single click, users can drive straight from the data visualization into a transactional function to perform the action called for by the data analysis.”
Any BluIQ by BluJay user can set up a customized dashboard view in minutes, with configurable widgets for a wide range of KPIs. In its first release, BluIQ by BluJay features integration with BluJay’s Transportation Management application. Available data views include scores of options to display key metrics for loads, pickup times, delivery times, saved searches, and other datasets.
Users launch the BluIQ by BluJay interface by clicking a button in their application. The tool creates a new dashboard for the user, who can then add widgets to their dashboard and select data sources comprised of their saved searches in the TMS. Data is retrieved for each widget, displayed per the user’s choice of options including gauges, pie charts, bar charts, maps, and tables. Future BluIQ by BluJay releases will include integrations to Customs Management-Global, MobileSTAR Dispatch, and Transportation Management for Forwarders. Beyond this first round of integrations, the company will be evaluating further tie-ins to other BluJay solutions. Customers can create a single dashboard displaying data views from multiple applications.
Landau adds: “Part of the BluJay Way is the innovative problem-solving our teams do every day for the benefit of our customers. Each year, BluJay holds a series of hackathons with our development teams to encourage ‘boundary-free’ thinking. Without fail, new features and investments are made in many of our solutions from the ideas and prototypes developed. BluIQ by BluJay is the first entirely new application that came about as a direct result of one of these hackathons.”
DSV launches e-Commerce solutions
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New service aimed at medium-sized companies integrates all the solutions an e-commerce business needs – warehousing, automation, IT solutions and fulfilment – in scalable, multi-user warehouses.
Building upon the e-commerce services that DSV already provides, DSV is launching e-Commerce Solutions, a comprehensive set of e-commerce services for shippers that serve end customers directly. The new service combines a standardised warehousing process, off-the-shelf automation concepts, IT integration and implementation into a streamlined service.
“The beauty of DSV e-Commerce Solutions is that it offers a seamless suite of services for e-commerce, giving customers visibility and control over their operations, stock levels and last-mile delivery to their end customers. The service includes a templated process, off-the-shelf automation modules, operational optimisation algorithms that bolt onto the central Warehouse Management System (WMS) and a pre-configured Distribution Management Platform for last-mile delivery,” says Hugo van Daal, Director e-Commerce of DSV’s Solutions division.
“Over recent years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of orders shipped directly to end customers. More and more shippers are asking for integrated solutions and DSV, as one of the world’s largest transport and logistics providers, is ideally equipped to offer these,” explains Van Daal.
“DSV’s activities in setting up sizable e-commerce operations for major consumer brands have gathered pace over the past few years, and we now run multiple mega-sized e-commerce facilities around the logistics hotspots in Europe, North America and Asia,” continues Van Daal. “Our new e-Commerce Solutions extend these capabilities from mostly dedicated warehouse operations into a true multi-user environment. This gives our customers much more flexibility and significantly reduces implementation times.”
Ronald Poort, Chief Commercial Officer of DSV’s Solutions division, adds: “We manage multi-channel operations for the majority of DSV’s long-standing e-commerce customers. It is the combination of retail flows – with the direct-to-consumer flows and notably the fluctuations and shifts or migrations from one channel to the other – that creates complexity. We have now combined our system capabilities with our specialist expertise to tackle these challenges.”
“We expect double-digit growth in single-line and small orders to continue for a number of years, and thanks to DSV e-Commerce Solutions we are now in an excellent position to scale our service offering across the worldwide DSV network,” concludes Poort.
F-drones conducts paid drone delivery for Viswa Group
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F-drones is glad to have Viswa Group amongst one of its first paying customers. Viswa Group is one of the world leading fuel testing companies, receiving a high volume of bunker samples daily in Singapore.
On 1 May 2020, we collected a 1-litre bunker sample from one of Viswa Group’s customer vessels, which was anchored 2.9km from our drone’s take-off location. The beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flights only took 15 mins in total, including the time which the vessel crew took to load the payload.
We envision a future where there’s no need for anyone to board vessels to retrieve liquid samples anymore!
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