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Australia Post: august 2020 was the biggest month in Australian online shopping history.
3. bpost group reduces truck journeys by 30% with double deck trailers. A first in Belgium’s parcels sector.
September 22, 2020.
4. Mini sorting robots for European market. September 22, 2020.
5. Green Postal Day: international postal companies are committed to making the sector more sustainable.
September 18, 2020.
1. Australia Post: august 2020 was the biggest month in Australian online shopping history
Victoria continues to lead the way with online shopping growth in the state up 170% year-on-year. This compares to a growth rate of 85% across the country.
Nicole Sheffield, Australia Post Executive General Manager Community & Consumer, said Victoria had become Australia’s online shopping capital, with the state home to the nation’s five top online shopping locations in August.
“Point Cook in Melbourne’s west holds the number one spot, but suburbs like Craigieburn and Doreen in the outer-north made the top five list for the first time last month,” said Ms Sheffield.
“What’s even more interesting is in 2019, just four Victorian postcodes made it into Australia’s top 10 online shopping locations; Victorian postcodes now hold six of those spots for the six months from March-August this year.
“In July and August more than a third of all Australian online purchases were made in Victoria, which speaks to the impact Stage 4 restrictions have had on the local retail landscape,” Ms Sheffield continued.
More and more Australians are turning to online shopping with the pandemic not only prompting seasoned shoppers to continue, but encouraging many households to try online for the first time.
“Between March and August this year over 8.1 million households have shopped online, an increase of 16 per cent when compared to the same time last year; and almost a million of these households had never shopped online before,” said Ms Sheffield.
“In April we saw the biggest influx of new shoppers with over 200,000 new households entering the market. In the five months that have followed over two-thirds (67%) of these households have continued to shop online, with a quarter of them shopping twice or more per month on average.”
In August, the stand out categories across the nation were food and liquor, health and beauty and home and garden products, all growing 90 per cent or more year-on-year.
Online shopping continues to boom with growth for the second week of September up 79 % nationally, and 145 per cent in Victoria, a trend set to continue with the key online sales period and Christmas fast approaching.
3. bpost group reduces truck journeys by 30% with double deck trailers. A first in Belgium’s parcels sector
September 22, 2020
· + 60% more capacity transported in a single journey
· - 30% of journeys and kilometres travelled by 2030
· Fewer trucks on roads and motorways thanks to the introduction of the DDT
While bpost group plans to gradually replace its entire truck fleet with LNG vehicles, the company confirms once again its more environmentally friendly transport ambitions by rolling out double deck trailers (DDT) for letters and parcels.
bpost group plans to purchase more than 320 double deck trailers by 2030, and up to 550 more in the following 20 years, a first in the parcels sector in Belgium. They will replace the standard large trailers, leading to a 30% reduction in the number of journeys and kilometres covered by 2030.
Transport is a major challenge for bpost group. Parcel volumes are increasing at a constant rate every year (+78.4% in the second quarter of 2020), demanding a well-considered general strategy to control the impact of these activities on the environment and on transport infrastructure.
Higher volume, fewer kilometres and journeys on the roads
DDTs are part of bpost group’s strategy to manage the constant growth of its activities in a sustainable way. Standing four metres high, these trailers have two 1.8m decks across a standard length of 13.60m. This means they can convey 60% more parcels and letters per journey than the large trailers currently on the road.
Advantages of double deck trailers
- Higher capacity: every DDT can accommodate 70 wheeled containers, compared with the 44 the current large trailers can convey. That is a 60% hike in capacity.
- Fewer journeys and kilometres covered: unique journeys and total distance covered using DDTs down 30% by 2030 and down 40% by 2040.
- Fewer trucks on the road: 730 trucks in the bpost group fleet by 2030, compared with almost 860 if DDT are not introduced.
- DDTs require a CE driving licence, which all bpost group drivers hold. Nevertheless, bpost group has set up special trainings for all its drivers.
Double deck trailers will be gradually introduced over the next few years. Five have already been introduced at the bpost group sorting centres in Liege, Charleroi, Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp. These will enable the company, with the support of the drivers, to optimise the operational processes before the future rollout of the DDTs.
bpost group, driving change towards sustainable transport
The introduction of DDTs is one of the many innovative initiatives and solutions adopted by the company to achieve its targets with regard to cutting the carbon emissions generated by its activities.
For several years, bpost group has been upgrading its fleet in line with the changing demands of society. The company now has a large fleet of zero-carbon and low-carbon vehicles, including 3500 bikes, 2900 e-bikes, 500 electric trikes, 20 or so electric cargo trikes and dozens of Colibuses and electric vans. The number of bike trailers will double to more than 50 this autumn.
These vehicles, whose number will grow over the next few years, make bpost group a leading promoter of sustainable transport.
In July the company launched a large-scale pilot project in association with the local authorities in Mechelen with the aim of achieving zero-emission deliveries of letters and parcels in the city. bpost group is looking to roll out the initiative in all other interested cities in the future.
Lastly, bpost group is investing in trucks running on liquified natural gas (LNG) to replace all old trucks for long-distance journeys over the next few years.
This long list of projects gives bpost group the capacity to sustain the growth of its parcel activities, which are key to the viability and continuity of the company, while continuing to play an active role in collective environmental and transport-related efforts.
Source : https://press.bpost.be/
4. Mini sorting robots for European market
LiBiao Robot, a specialist in automated robot-based parcel sortation solutions, has announced that it is entering the European market with its ‘Mini Yellow’ range of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Concurrently, it is also seeking strategic alliances with distribution partners in the UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy.
According to the company, the robot range has been specifically developed as a cost-efficient and flexible alternative to high-cost, fixed tilt-tray and crossbelt conveyor-based sortation systems. Initially, two models will be offered to the European market, a 5kg tilt-tray robot and a 30kg crossbelt model.
The company states its robots are more compact than other AMRs currently on the market, which means they require less space within which to operate; 350 of the Mini Yellow machines can cover 1,300m2 and handle 20,000 items per hour. It also notes that the robot’s navigation software is compatible with many European warehouse management systems.
LiBiao Robot’s founder and chief executive, Xia Huiling, explained the decision to move into the European market: “Demand for more efficient and smarter warehouse management is strong in Europe, where online shopping has been growing at a tremendous pace and driving up the number of parcels handled, so we believe that the market will benefit from our advanced mobile robot technology.
“The hardware, software and management system for the ‘Mini Yellow’ sorting system has been refined to the point where our clients usually recover the cost of their investment within one and a half to two years.”
5. Green Postal Day: international postal companies are committed to making the sector more sustainable
September 18, 2020
On 18 September, Green Postal Day, 15 international postal companies will reflect on the progress achieved by the postal sector towards collectively reducing CO2 emissions. Since 2008, for example, the participating postal companies have collectively brought down their CO2 emissions by 31%. PostNL wants to deliver all parcels and letters in the Benelux region emissions-free in the last mile by 2030.
For many years already, reducing CO2 emissions has been an important goal at PostNL. PostNL's climate approach has led to over 50% reduction in CO2 emissions since 2008. This reduction has been achieved through various initiatives, including taking a critical look at efficiency and not driving unnecessary mileage.
By working well together throughout the chain as well as bundling deliveries – so that postmen and women can pick up and deliver everything in one route – fewer kilometres are driven, leading to lower emissions.
PostNL’s new parcel sorting centres also make an important contribution in reducing the carbon footprint. These new parcel sorting centres are the most sustainable company buildings in the Netherlands. For example, PostNL generates 43% of the electricity for its parcel sorting centres sustainably via solar panels. All future buildings and depots will be CO2 neutral or even climate positive.
Renewable energy and electrification
In its logistics processes, PostNL always looks for the most efficient route in order to limit the number of kilometres driven. Where possible, renewable energy is used and last mile delivery is gradually being made electric through the use of e-bikes and e-cargo bikes.
In 2020, PostNL started replacing all 1,000 petrol scooters with around 600 professional electric three-wheel scooters. By using these sustainable 3W e-scooters, PostNL saves 657 tonnes of CO2 annually – or the equivalent of the direct CO2 emissions from 82 households per year. PostNL expects to have replaced all petrol scooters with the electric three-wheel scooters by mid-2021.
Sector-wide approach to climate change
The coronavirus crisis has generated an unprecedented growth in e-commerce globally. International postal companies have proven their importance, and are doing everything they can to deliver goods and online orders on time. But with this growth comes social responsibility. By working sector-wide on common targets, companies strengthen their contribution to the fight against climate change.
PostNL works closely with postal companies worldwide to join forces and exchange best practices. In 2008, postal companies were one of the first industries to launch a sector-wide programme to reduce and measure CO2 emissions through the Environmental Measurement and Monitoring System (EMMS), with the expansion of the Sustainability Monitoring and Management System (SMMS) since 2019.
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1. Royal Mail strike vote at Peterborough – union calls for ‘common sense’ from management. September 24, 2020.
2. Postmaster General Highlights Vision to Establish USPS as Preferred Delivery Service for American Public.
September 24, 2020.
Cainiao establishes a direct Malaysia-China e-commerce logistics service.
4. Thailand Post offers app with no driver fees.
September 22, 2020.
5. Green Postal Day - 18 September 2020: As e-commerce booms, posts commit to further reduce their delivery footprint. September 18, 2020.
1. Royal Mail strike vote at Peterborough – union calls for ‘common sense’ from management
September 24, 2020
Branch and divisional officials are urging Royal Mail management to “think again and avoid a dispute,” after postal workers in Peterborough voted by 87.8 per cent for strike action to win the reinstatement of a sacked colleague.
The postman, who has worked several years for the business with no previous disciplinary record, was fired in July – action which, the union argues, both “breached” and “unreasonably applied” the company’s conduct agreement.
Branch secretary Andy Beeby (CWU Eastern No5) told CWU News: “The ballot result today shows the huge strength of feeling among members that this sacking was unfair and must be reconsidered.
“It’s their view and the view of this union that the allegations laid against our member here do not, in our view, warrant dismissal,” he explained.
“In fact, in the case we made to management, our divisional rep Steve Butts cited 13 previous cases of comparable incidents which did not lead to summary dismissals.”
In the union’s summary of reasons for the ballot, the CWU states its opinion that the dismissing manager in this case has made the decision to fire the member ‘based on what could have happened in different circumstances rather than the actual facts of what did happen on the day in question’.
“This is completely unacceptable, and we’re calling on the company to reinstate this member, with full pay, benefits and continuity of employment without loss,” Andy says.
The union is also seeking assurances that there will be no further ‘breaches’ or ‘unreasonable applications’ of the agreed conduct process going forward.
“We want this resolved without strike action, and this can be done if the company agrees to apply common sense here,” explains Andy.
“But if they refuse to budge, these members here have pledged that they will strike for their sacked workmate.”
In his reaction to the ballot result, CWU Anglia divisional representative Steve Butts said: “This vote is one of workers’ solidarity, the foundation that this union is built on.
dismissal itself is an unreasonable decision in my opinion. Statistics can
reveal an unfair approach to the way CWU members are treated when it comes to
And acting assistant secretary Carl Maden said: “This ballot result sends a message to the employer that members feel this dismissal is unfair and that the conduct agreement has been unfairly applied. I commend the Peterborough delivery members for their solidarity and I urge Royal Mail management to take a common sense approach here and rescind the dismissal.”
2. Postmaster General Highlights Vision to Establish USPS as Preferred Delivery Service for American Public
September 24, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told local business partners across the country that his goal is to build an organization that serves customers better and provides a platform for business growth.
“My vision is to establish the Postal Service as the preferred delivery service for the American public. I am committed to providing world-class affordable and dependable service to every American home and business six and seven days a week — today, tomorrow and for generations to come,” DeJoy said during a National Postal Customer Council (PCC) Day virtual event on Sept. 22.
“To achieve this vision, we are now building business plans against a portfolio of ambitious initiatives. Some of our goals require legislative and regulatory changes, but many do not. Those things that we control, we will pursue thoughtfully and with urgency following the election, as that remains our No. 1 priority for the next six weeks,” he added.
DeJoy said the future of the Postal Service will be defined by the following:
§ Universal access to the digital economy, with enhanced destination and storefront services across the nation;
§ The most professional, efficient, trusted and visible delivery services in the marketplace — driven by significantly greater operational precision;
§ A winning culture — one that champions employee advancement, engagement and collaboration; and celebrates diversity and inclusion;
§ Innovative, cost-effective platforms to power business customer growth; and
§ Greater revenue diversity, revenue growth and financial sustainability.
The Postmaster General’s full remarks are available in this video from the event.
National PCC Day provides a venue to share best mailing and shipping practices, as well as giving PCCs around the country the opportunity to connect and learn from each other. PCCs are a grassroots network that provides a channel for USPS business mailers and the Postal Service to continue building upon their relationships, so they can grow the mail and work on solving common concerns and challenges.
Each year, PCC Leadership Awards are presented by the Postal Service in recognition of exemplary work achieved to strengthen and grow the PCC network.
Top honors were presented to PCC groups that achieved overall excellence in their efforts to serve their communities. The PCCs offered innovative solutions for unique concerns during a year that has created greater challenges for businesses of all sizes.
§ PCC of the Year — Metro Market Fort Worth PCC
§ PCC of the Year — Large Market South JerseyPCC
§ PCC of the Year — Small Market Greater Wilmington (NC) Area PCC
Alfred Santos (Sierra Coastal PCC) received the 2020 District Manager of the Year Award. Santos was recognized for his consistent leadership, support and active involvement in all PCCs in his district.
Greater Baltimore PCC received the 2020 Mentor of the Year Award for support and guidance provided to other PCCs to help them perform at higher levels and become more successful.
Greater Philadelphia PCC was recognized with the 2020 Up and Comer Award for implementing initiatives that propel the chapter to thrive in all areas.
In addition, the following categories recognized winners with Gold, Silver or Bronze awards:
PCC Postal Member of the Year honors went to postal employees who excelled in their efforts with their local PCCs.
§ Gold Mark Janda (Twin Cities PCC)
§ Silver Richard Fermo (Tampa Bay Suncoast PCC)
§ Bronze VencentQuaglia (Santa Ana District PCC)
PCC Industry Member of the Year award winners are tireless supporters of the Postal Service, constantly advocating postal products and services.
§ Gold Darren Lawlor (Tampa Bay Suncoast PCC)
§ Silver Kathy Hall (Houston PCC)
§ Bronze Vivian LaRosa (Greater Hartford PCC)
Innovation of the Year is presented to PCCs that demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking and implement creative ideas that can be replicated by all PCCs.
§ Gold Detroit PCC
§ Silver Greater Dallas PCC
§ Bronze Fairfield County CT PCC
Communication Excellence is awarded to PCCs that excel in implementing effective and creative communication programs using various touchpoints to reach their members.
§ Gold Tampa Bay Suncoast PCC
§ Silver Twin Cities PCC
§ Bronze Greater Portland PCC
Education Excellence is given to PCCs that have incorporated unique educational topics, speakers and workshops to increase knowledge within their PCC.
§ Gold Fort Worth PCC
§ Silver Northeast Florida PCC
§ Bronze Hawaii PCC
Membership Excellence Award recognizes PCCs that implement strategies to grow membership and keep members engaged.
§ Gold Fort Worth PCC
§ Silver Detroit PCC
§ Bronze Greater St. Louis PCC
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
3. Cainiao establishes a direct Malaysia-China e-commerce logistics service
Cross-border sea freight shipping duration will be reduced to as fast as six days after departing China, and thereafter customers can receive their parcels as soon as the next day upon clearing customs in Malaysia.
The cross-border logistics service will span first and last mile, sea freight forwarding, overseas warehousing and customs clearance, which means that e-Commerce parcels will be picked up fromChina for international shipping to Malaysia where they will be delivered directly to customers.
Cainiao will be leveraging its technological capabilities to improve delivery efficiency and transparency. Each parcel will be tagged with an electronic shipping label to facilitate the ease of real-time tracking from the point of overseas dispatch to final local delivery.
In the near future, merchants in Malaysia will benefit from a seamless end-to-end logistics service that will facilitate their overseas expansion to reach a bigger Chinese market. This is in line with the Malaysian government’s National e-Commerce Strategic Roadmap1 that is aiming to future-proof businesses by supporting their globalization efforts.
“The establishment of a direct Malaysia-China e-Commerce logistics service is continued affirmation of our investment into the region. Following the launch of Alibaba’s first overseas electronic World Trade Program (eWTP) hub2 in Kuala Lumpur in 2017, this initiative will go towards supporting SMEs that are looking to engage in cross-border trade.
With a direct logistics service, Malaysian SMEs can look forward to selling goods to China via the Malaysian Pavilion3 on Alibaba.com, while consumers in Malaysia will benefit from better customer experience when buying from Chinese merchants,” says James Zhao, General Manager, Cainiao Network.
“The China-Malaysia e-commerce logistics service is a great example of how BEST leverages technology and innovation in order to empower our business partners and enrich the lives ofconsumers, with efficient delivery services. Southeast Asia has been a key focus area of BEST’s global strategy.
Through investment in automation, information technology and logistics networks, we have developed express delivery networks in five markets in the region, providing customers with speedy,reliable, and cost-efficient services, while facilitating the growth of local SMEs and cross-border ecommerce,” said Johnny Chou, Chairman and CEO, BEST Inc.
Currently, BEST’s logistics network in Malaysia comprises over 100 last-mile service stations, with plans to operate 270 stations and seven sortation centers in the next three years. This includes the plan to establish a flagship smart sortation hub in Kuala Lumpur to leverage cutting-edge technology to facilitate high-speed automatic sorting and scanning. In the first half of 2020, BEST delivered a total of 25 million parcels in Southeast Asia.
4. Thailand Post offers app with no driver fees
September 22, 2020
Thailand Post, through subsidiary THP Distribution, plans to launch its own parcel delivery app allowing drivers to sign up for the platform to deliver packages with no driver-side fees.
The state-owned courier also plans to allow convenience store chains to rent space at its 5,000 total locations as a new revenue stream.
"Pool Space" is a delivery platform expected to begin service next year and will allow drivers to sign up for the platform and deliver using their personal vehicles without charging a fee to drivers for the first 3-5 years. The initiative is a way to provide jobs to Thais and modernise its delivery system.
Most delivery apps take a 15% cut from drivers.
THP Distribution would also provide e-wallet services and sell insurance to platform users.
"We do not target a profit on Pool Space, but it will give Thais work opportunities in the new economy," said Thailand Post chief executive KorkijDanchaivichit.
Through the Pool Space platform, vehicle owners can match and choose parcel delivery options, jobs and traffic routes depending on their vehicle size. Customers will pay a delivery fee directly to drivers.
"Following the launch, Pool Space will provide alternative payment transactions through our e-wallet and take a 4% fee," he said.
MrKorkij said the company could create more value-added services on the Pool Space platform by selling car insurance and parcel delivery activities.
He said Thailand Post plans to set up another subsidiary for related businesses next year.
The first service will allow Thailand Post to rent space to retail businesses, particularly convenience stores, at nearly 5,000 locations. The company is in talks with key players such as CP All, which operates 7-Eleven, and Central Group, which operates Family Mart, as well as grocery and general merchandising retailer Big C.
Last month the post office signed a memorandum of understanding with Krungthai Bank to develop a central digital platform to help Thai farmers nationwide directly meet buyers in the market, allowing farmers to get better prices for their crops, bypassing middlemen.
Thailand Post can then deliver some of the farmers' products directly to consumers.
"Parcel delivery competition is not just red ocean, but extreme red," MrKorkij said.
Thailand Post is a top three parcel delivery business in the country.
It is a state mail delivery department with origins under the Postal Act 1934. Through the Act, Thailand Post (formerly known as Department of Post and Telegraph) is an authorised agency that operates mail, postcard and money orders.
MrKorkij said parcel delivery generates more than 50% of total revenue to Thailand Post per year and the company last year booked 22 billion baht in total revenue.
For the first half of 2020, total revenue was 12 billion baht with profit of more than 1 billion.
Thailand Post has around 40,000 staff and 1,700 self-operated post offices with over 3,300 postal affiliate stations nationwide.
5. Green Postal Day - 18 September 2020: As e-commerce booms, posts commit to further reduce their delivery footprint
September 18, 2020
Bonn - With the COVID-19 crisis, e-commerce has known an unprecedented surge with 52% of consumers having bought more online from domestic e-retailers and 49% of consumers agreeing that COVID-19 means that they will shop more online in future.
Throughout the world, posts have played a major role during the lockdown by delivering essential goods and e-commerce items to communities. Coinciding with the second Green Postal Day2, CEOs of 15 posts worldwide today reiterate the postal commitment to further reduce the carbon footprint of delivery and contribute to a more sustainable society.
As demonstrated throughout the COVID-19 crisis, posts are playing a key social role and care about people. Taking care of people also means contributing to the fight against global warming. This is what postal operators have been doing for more than 10 years
"Despite the current situation, we should not lose sight of climate change. In the long term, it is the much bigger problem - with existential consequences. The crisis has once again clearly demonstrated the importance of logistics as the backbone of the global economy. A world without logistics is no longer conceivable.
This also means that we bear a huge responsibility and can make a decisive contribution in terms of Green Logistics, not only as Deutsche Post DHL Group, but as a sector as a whole", said Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL Group. "For me, it is crucial that the postal sector plays a pioneering role here and drives change. Our efforts in reducing carbon emissions already have a huge impact. We are encouraging each other to drive innovation and share ideas. The second Green Postal Day reminds us that we should not lose sight of climate change despite the corona pandemic. But I am confident. We will see a lot of progress in the future not only in our industry, but in general."
Electric vehicles account for a 15% share of posts' fleets3, an increase of 10% over the last three years. The share of alternative-fuel vehicles is one of the indicators monitored and reported by posts collectively for the past 10 years which they will continue to monitor through their new Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS).
In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9, posts have made considerable investment in developing low-carbon delivery solutions for the last-mile delivery of packets and parcels. Delivery in city-centers and urban centers is carried out on foot, by a traditional or e-bike, or through non-emissive and shared delivery systems.
For longer distance delivery, the vehicle fleet is progressively replaced by electrical or alternative fuel vans. Posts also have a long record of developing tailor-made electrical vehicles taking into account the needs of postal workers delivering e-commerce items.
Other SMMS results4 for 2019 published today, demonstrate determination of posts to pursue efforts to reduce their footprint and contribute to sustainable development:
· Posts participating in SMMS reduced their absolute carbon emissions by 31% since 2008
· Renewable electricity in buildings accounts for 31% of total electricity used
· 47% of waste is separated for re-use or recycling
About the Postal Sustainability program
The postal sector is one of the only industry sectors to have its own collective sustainability measurement and reporting program. Since 2008 postal operators have achieved a reduction of over 30% of their joint CO2 emissions, well ahead of the 20% reduction target by 2020. The Postal Sector Sustainability program results are third-party audited by PwC and the collective results have been published each year since 2009.
But sustainability is not only limited to CO2 emissions reductions. In 2019, posts launched the Sustainability Measurement and Management System (SMMS), and extended their efforts to measure, report and learn from one another.
Based on extensive stakeholder engagement, reporting is based on seven categories which relate to five SDGs where posts could have the most positive impact. These include Health and Safety, Learning and Development, Resource Efficiency, Air Quality, Circular Economy, Sustainable Procurement and Climate Change.
The five related SDGs are SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure), SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production) and SDG 13 (Climate action). Currently 19 posts from America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific are participating in the IPC SMMS program.
Postal operators report their yearly progress in each of the seven categories, based on the 2019 baseline year, including:
· Reduction in absolute carbon emissions
· Carbon emissions efficiency
· Increasing the fleet composition of alternative fuel vehicles and electric vehicles
· Waste separated for re-use and recycling
Meanwhile, posts are continuing to work towards the Science Based efficiency target of 20% emission reduction per letter/ parcel by 2025.