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Konecranes expands its award-winning Agilon system to grocery pickups with integrated cold storage



Konecranes expands its award-winning Agilon system to grocery pickups with integrated cold storage. Image: Konecranes
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Konecranes has expanded its award-winning Agilon material handling system to grocery pickups with integrated cold storage.

This innovative new solution, called Agilon Grocery Pickup, combines storage at room and refrigerated temperatures, with groceries and parcels stored in temperature-controlled compartments until pickup.

Frozen products are packed in thermo boxes. When customers pick up their purchases, the robot inside the system delivers groceries and parcels to a self-service pickup point that meets all accessibility requirements.

“Online grocery shopping is a growing trend globally, and we have recently seen a dramatic increase due to the coronavirus pandemic. Retail chains are doing their utmost to increase their capacity using cold lockers and manual pickup services. Combining all customer pickups in the same process, the Agilon Grocery Pickup solution enables retail chains to provide safe and convenient automated pickups for their customers,” says Tapani Tilus, Vice President and Head of the Agilon business at Konecranes.

The first pilot installations of Agilon Grocery Pickup have been carried out in cooperation with K Group, one of the largest retail chains in the Nordic region, and Smartmile, which is building a shared and sustainable online delivery platform in Europe. This first-of-its-kind service is now active in two locations in Finland. Konecranes sees good opportunities to expand the product globally in the future.

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Fishbowl partners with Shippo to launch free Fishbowl Shipexpress plugin



Fishbowl partners with Shippo to launch free Fishbowl Shipexpress plugin. Image: Pixabay
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In order to help its customers amid challenging economic times, Fishbowl®, in partnership with Shippo, announced today the availability of its newly redesigned Fishbowl ShipExpress® plugin at no cost. The updated plugin provides access to label printing, tracking, and more from over 50 regional, national and international shipping carriers.

Because of the partnership, the five-cent software service fee for each generated shipping label is waived by Shippo for Fishbowl ShipExpress users. Customers simply create a Shippo account and download the ShipExpress plugin to begin using.

The ShipExpress plugin is valued at $995 and is included at no cost for Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse customers. It adds many new features to the shipping and sales modules.

“We are pleased to offer a powerful new shipping plugin for our customers,” said John David King, CEO of Fishbowl. “Businesses of all sizes need all the help they can get to operate their businesses efficiently through these difficult times.”

Fishbowl ShipExpress features include:

  • Integration with top shippers, such as UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and many other regional, national, and international shippers.
  • Batch shipping to speed up the order fulfillment process.
  • Improved shipping rate quote comparisons to ensure you get the best deal.
  • Updated shipping label tool, which allows you to print free labels from Shippo.
  • Signature confirmation to let you know if packages are received by the right people.
  • Shipping insurance for extra protection on expensive items.
  • Shipment tracking to show you each package’s ETA and if there are any delays.
  • Bulk address validation to avoid shipping to the wrong addresses when dealing with a large volume of outgoing packages.
  • USPS Commercial Plus Pricing, which gives you exclusive discounts on USPS shipping rates.
  • No subscription costs, unlike other shipping solutions like Endicia and ShipStation, which charge you on a monthly basis.

“We’re excited to partner with Fishbowl to offer extended shipping functionality in the ShipExpress plugin to Fishbowl customers,” said Mario Paganini, head of marketing at Shippo. “At a time when more and more commerce is taking place online, merchants need the best possible tools to keep up with ever-changing consumer behavior.”

Fishbowl ShipExpress is built into the interface of Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse and immediately available to provide advanced shipping capabilities.

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Convoy and KeepTruckin partner on freight visibility integration




Convoy and KeepTruckin partner on freight visibility integration. Image: Convoy
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Convoy, the nation’s most efficient digital freight network, and KeepTruckin, the leader in fleet management technology, today announced a new technology partnership to help carriers simplify daily tasks and grow their businesses.

Convoy will integrate with KeepTruckin’s freight visibility API to access location data for en-route shipments—generated by consenting carriers in its network who use KeepTruckin’s Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)—to provide additional visibility and eliminate the need for additional driver check-in calls. Carriers will have total control and must consent for their data to be shared between the two companies.

Convoy relies on its industry leading mobile app to track the location of a load. Carriers on a Convoy shipment turn on their mobile app prior to pick up, enabling GPS to identify their location throughout the trip and communicate progress towards an on-time delivery.

However, if the carrier’s mobile phone loses battery or if they enter an area with poor cell reception, GPS is unable to send precise location information to Convoy’s platform, requiring check-ins with the carrier to confirm the estimated arrival time.

Convoy and KeepTruckin’s freight visibility integration will provide a secondary location proof point to augment Convoy’s shipment tracking capabilities, using data from the carrier’s KeepTruckin ELD.

As a result, carriers in Convoy’s network who consent to share KeepTruckin data with Convoy will benefit from enhanced shipment tracking— eliminating check-in calls, and gaining the ability to manage their Convoy integration easily through the KeepTruckin platform.

This partnership also lowers costs for carriers by offering a 15% discount on KeepTruckin’s ELDs and other fleet management technology. KeepTruckin’s Electronic Logbook App and ELD system have more than half a million users nationwide. When compared to other fleet management vendors, carriers can use the newly offered discount to save up to $1,000 per year on each truck in their fleet.

“We are excited to kick off a strategic, multifaceted partnership with a fellow industry leader in KeepTruckin, starting with the integration of their freight visibility API and offering discounts on critical fleet management products,” said Brooks McMahon, VP of Partnerships at Convoy. “Ensuring carriers in our network have access to high-quality ELD devices, and powerful fleet management tools at reasonable pricing is core to our commitment to help carriers earn more with less hassle.”

“At KeepTruckin, we have a relentless focus on driver experience—it’s in our DNA,” said Jairam Ranganathan, SVP of Product at KeepTruckin. “We’re excited to create a best-in-class experience for carriers in Convoy’s network that gives them complete control over their data. We envision many opportunities in the weeks and months ahead to help carriers leverage their data to grow their businesses with a platform they’re already using to be compliant and with information that is already being generated. Now drivers can use that data for a competitive advantage—without any additional work besides opting in — to eliminate headaches, access more load opportunities, and make more money.”

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GEODIS partners commercially with Hellmann, expanding its operations within France-Germany axis




GEODIS partners commercially with Hellmann, expanding its operations within France-Germany axis. Image: Geodis
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GEODIS, a global leader in transport and logistics, and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, a global transportation provider head-quartered in Osnabrück, Germany announce the signing of a partnership agreement for the ground transport of goods between France and Germany, starting on September 1, 2020.

Already working together as partners in the UK market, the two companies aim to offer their customers a first-class level of distribution between the two countries.

Through this new arrangement with the Hellmann Group, GEODIS broadens its German distribution system, particularly in the central and northern part of Germany. For its part, Hellmann will entrust GEODIS with its French shipments.

The numerous branches of Hellmann’s network will be used on a daily basis to connect France with all major German industrial regions and will offer an average delivery time of 48 hours.

“This partnership positions GEODIS as industry leader in terms of trade between France and Germany. It will offer a unique cross-border grid that will allow our customers to enjoy attractive delivery times between both countries. We have been working successfully with Hellmann in Great Britain for several weeks. With our relationship now firmly established, we look forward to expanding this collaboration,” stated Stéphane Cassagne, Executive Vice President of GEODIS Distribution & Express.

France’s leading messaging network with 110 branches, GEODIS Distribution & Express offers express transport solutions, messaging, courier service, B2B and B2C delivery solutions, single or multi-package services ranging from 1 gram to 1 ton, as well as charter and pallet transportation services throughout France and Europe.

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