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DPD smashes EV target five months early with over 700 electric vehicles

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The parcel industry leader, DPD, has smashed its own 2020 target for 10% of its van fleet to be zero emission, electric vehicles, five months ahead of schedule.

As a result, DPD now has the biggest, greenest delivery fleet in the UK. At the start of 2020, DPD had just over 130 EVs on the road and the rapid rise to becoming the most sustainable parcel delivery company in the UK has created enormous benefits already.

So far this year, DPD has delivered close to 5 million emissions free parcels, saving over 2 million kilograms of CO2. The firm estimates that, on its current zero emissions trajectory, it will deliver well over 10 million parcels on its clean, green fleet by the end of 2020.

And it doesn’t stop there. DPD is already working with a series of new and innovative suppliers to help develop the next generation of EVs. Following the launch of the P1 electric assist cargo bike last year, DPD is extending its partnership with Oxford-based manufacturer EAV to create another unique new vehicle. DPD is also involved in trials with LEVC for the new VN5 and the Vauxhall e-Vivaro.

Dwain McDonald, DPD’s CEO commented, “Despite everything that is going on, we’ve been really focused on getting EVs on the road and delivering for us this year. Yes, you need to be trialing new technology and looking at future concepts, but you have to start making a difference now, and that’s what we are doing.

“We originally targeted 500 EVs this year, but with over 700, we have absolutely smashed it. The feedback from the depots, our drivers and our customers has been fantastic and that has just encouraged us to go faster. We know retail customers want this and the reaction on the doorstep is great when recipients see that their parcel has been delivered emission-free too. So, that is a great base for us to build on.

“There are still huge frustrations. We are investing and expanding our operation because of Covid-19 and the enormous demand from online retailers. Parcel volumes are 50% up year on year and we are doing an amazing job. But we would like even more of our new vehicles to be green EVs – we just can’t get our hands on enough of them at the moment. We are calling on the government and the vehicle manufacturers to do everything they can to encourage the development of more EVs, at affordable prices, so that progressive companies, like us, can become even greener, even quicker.”

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Geek+ launches S100C for intelligent sortation of large-size packages

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Geek+, a global AMR leader, is proud to announce the launch of its new S100C large-size parcel sorting robot, advancing its already extensive line of intelligent sorting robots and expanding the possibilities for automated sorting.

S100C is an efficient, stable, and affordable solution for solving many of the complex logistics scenarios brought on by increased online sales and the need for systems that can flexibly handle a wide variety of goods. The robot can support unit sortation, parcel sortation, and bins transportation, making it applicable to many industry scenarios, from 3PLs and distribution centers to cross-docking facilities and airports.

Equipped with an independent rotating control chassis and collision avoidance, S100C can operate narrow spaces, saving 30% of the sortation area. High-speed control belts allow the robot to process two items in one go or deliver one large item at a speed of 2m/s. If a package is positioned too close to the edge of the control belt, the robot will slow down and adjust the position of the package to ensure accuracy and safety. Additionally, the mechanical structure and load-bearing components of S100C allows for seamless handling of packages weighing 100 kg or more, reducing labor-intensive operations and associated risks and costs.

Kai Liu, Co-founder, VP Picking & Smart Warehouse, Geek+, says: “At Geek+ we strive to develop robotics solutions that won´t make it a choice of efficiency or safety. With S100C, companies will be able to ensure a safer working environment, while meeting the needs for accuracy and more effective handling larger order volumes. The robot is also a good economic choice since the system powering S100C allows easy deployment and quick scaling of operations.”

Built on AI-driven AMR technology, the sorting system powering S100C enables quick deployment in less than 2 weeks. The flexibility of the system leads to lower implementation costs and allows businesses to quickly scale operations by adjusting the number of robots. Similarly, the robot can be easily integrated with existing infrastructure and collaborate with other robots to realize comprehensive systems for automated warehouse operations. Lastly, the system can be easily customized to support RFID technology or bar code scanning for more efficient sortation.

Today, companies across the world are looking for solutions that can help them handle fluctuating demand and a tight labor market. S100C is the most recent step in Geek+ mission to provide businesses with automated, customized, and safe solutions for meeting the challenges of today and tomorrow.

 

Geek+ launches S100C for intelligent sortation of large-size packages. Image: Geek+

Geek+ launches S100C for intelligent sortation of large-size packages. Image: Geek+

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Amazon’s new steps towards zero carbon emissions by adding 1,800 electric vehicles to its fleet in Europe

Amazon is including 1,800 electric powered transport vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as a part of our journey to set up the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world.

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Amazon announced extra 1,800 electric powered automobiles from Mercedes-Benz Vans to its transport fleet in Europe this year. Amazon and Mercedes-Benz have committed to reduce emissions from the transportation sector. 

Mercedes-Benz additionally introduced that it has joined The Climate Pledge, which calls on signatories to be zero carbon across their businesses by 2040 – a decade in advance of the Paris Agreement aim of 2050.

“We welcome the ambitious management of Mercedes-Benz by signing up to The Climate Pledge and committing to ambitious action to deal with climate change. We need continued innovation and partnership from auto manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz to decarbonize the transportation industry and address the weather crisis,” stated Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. Amazon is including 1,800 electric powered transport vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as a part of our journey to set up the most sustainable transportation fleet in the world, and we accelerate to get those trucks on the street this year

“At Mercedes-Benz, we have  set ourselves the progressive target to make the transformation of mobility a victory.. By joining ‘The Climate Pledge’ we are building on our intention to constantly pursue free mobility and sustainable automobile production,” stated Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG. “We stand with Amazon, Global Optimism and the other signatories of The Climate Pledge, in a commitment to being net zero carbon by  2040 – ten years beforehand of The Paris Agreement. I am thrilled that we are able to gain even greater momentum on our sustainability offensive with this step.”

As a part of Mercedes-Benz’s commitment as the brand signatory of The Climate Pledge, the company is doubling down on its commitment to “Ambition2039,” a road-map to CO2-impartial mobility. The company is comparing methods to put off carbon from its whole cost chain, from improvement to the provider network, from its own manufacturing to the electrification of merchandise and beyond, in addition to making sure renewable energies for the use segment of electrical vehicles. With its intention to have a CO2-neutral fleet of the new vehicles in much less than 20 years, Mercedes-Benz is making a crucial contribution to slowing weather change. 

The company is already making accurate development in this direction: By the give up of this year, the automobile portfolio will contain 5 completely electric powered fashions and greater than 20 plug-in hybrids. Signatories to The Climate Pledge additionally have the possibility to proportion get admission to technology, exceptional practices and improvements in delivery chain enhancements. They also are capable of co-invest on new technology and rising solutions. 

Amazon’s Delivery Service Partners could get entry to the brand new fleet of zero-emission vehicles to make deliveries to clients in Europe this year, supporting to save thousands  of metric tons of carbon. The order is a milestone for Mercedes-Benz Vans, marking the largest order of electric vehicles for the manufacturer to date, and makes Amazon its biggest sustainable transportation associate worldwide.

More than 1200 EVs the order could be made from the latest electric powered industrial van to be had at Mercedes-Benz – the eSprinter, a larger model than the manufacturer’s first zero-emission vehicle, the eVito.  The eSprinter consists of contemporary protection capabilities including, electric parking brake, active brake assist, reverse camera, blind spot assist, and more. 

The final 600 vehicles could be made from the  manufacturer’s midsize electric powered van, the eVito, to give Delivery Service Partners operating in terrain that require a smaller-layout vehicle entry to a zero-emissions shipping option. “We are intensifying our long-standing partnership with Amazon and operating collectively at the battery-electric powered future of transportation,”said Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans 

With the eVito and the eSprinter, we’ve got electric powered vehicles in our portfolio that are perfectly suited for the necessities of the courier-, express- and parcel-provider industry for goods delivered on the  last mile’ delivery range. They display that emission-free driving, convincing performance, and low operational costs will combine perfectly.

“Amazon’s investment is a robust and visible signal of its dedication and alignment to EU priorities,” said Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Vice President of the European Parliament. “Amazon maintains to make contributions to the fulfillment of the EU Green Deal goals, foster technological innovation and generate resilient and sustainable jobs in Europe. 

Amazon is devoted to powering its developing electric powered fleet with clean energy.  As a part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is making an investment in renewable power as an essential step closer to addressing our carbon footprint globally and has devoted to run on 100% renewable power with the aid of using 2025. Globally, Amazon has 91 renewable energy projects  which have the potential to generate over 2,900 MW and supply extra 7.5 million MWh of power annually. These projects consist of 31 utility-scale wind and solar renewable power projects and 60 solar rooftops on fulfilment facilities and sort facilities across the globe.

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Siemens VarioRoute now as modular solution: Maximum flexibility for parcel sorting centers

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Siemens Logistics is bringing to the market a new variant of its tried-and-tested VarioRoute for flow splitting in parcel sorting centers. Thanks to this enhancement, splitting parcel flows, filtering out rejected parcels or rerouting consignments can be tailored to specific customer requirements.

As a modular system, the fully automated VarioRoute can not only be adjusted for different plant layouts in the sorting centers. It can also be flexibly adapted to the range of parcels to be processed. This includes an optimized configuration for fast and reliable processing of typical e-commerce parcels, which also cover a wide variety of small, lightweight consignments.

“In addition to the modular design, what distinguishes our enhanced VarioRoute is its plug & play system design,” says Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Logistics. “With this highly modern system, the flow splitter can be expanded with additional modules without major outlay, making it easy to adapt to the changing requirements in the sorting centers.”

The robust VarioRoute allows the best possible use of spaces in logistics centers thanks to its independent modules which can be put together in various different ways. Its unique architecture is made up of roller units, independent of each other, pivotable by +/- 45 degrees and each equipped with its own integrated electric motor. This is a purely electrical solution without pneumatics.

Up to 12,000 packages and parcels per hour are split or diverted by the powerful system. Consignments weighing from 0.1 to 50 kilos can be processed reliably depending on the configuration. Maintenance and servicing are simple due to the service-friendly design; repair times are less than 30 minutes.

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