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TechTrans to provide transportation and logistics services for Tidel’s Cash Recycler Units

DALLAS, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ —  TechTrans, a leading provider of nationwide transportation and logistics solutions, is proud to announce a new partnership with Tidel, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automated cash management systems for the retail industry. TechTrans will be responsible for coordinating the transportation, delivery, and installation of Tidel’s Cash Recycler Units at customer locations nationwide.

Tidel’s cash recycling solutions enable high-cash volume businesses to automate the recycling and dispensing of coins and notes, to help drive more efficiencies and accountability for their cash operations.  TechTrans will offer a single-source solution for all logistics and installation activities required for Tidel’s recycler customer sites across the country.

“We have a strategy in place that will allow Tidel’s products to move more efficiently and effectively through the supply chain, and improve downstream fulfillment of their products post-sale,” said Len Batcha, President of TechTrans. “Our team of specialists — from our warehouse managers to our shippers to our technicians in the field – are uniquely positioned to offer the full scope of services required to operationalize Tidel’s recycling solutions.”

With TechTrans’ extensive background not only in retail, but also the medical, residential, and technology industries, Troy Richard, Executive Vice President of Operations for Tidel, says the logistics partner is well positioned to take on his company’s complex needs.

“The partnership between Tidel and TechTrans combines industry leading cash management solutions with best-in-class logistics execution of delivery and installation services,” said Richard. “We are excited to bring a seamless experience with minimal disruption to our customers and their business operations.”

SOURCE: EPR Retail News

Optimising Logistics With Weighbridge Truck Scales

Perth, Australia, Jun-29-2017 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — Before we investigate the role of weighbridge truck scales in optimising an organisation’s logistics, let’s look at what logistics involves.

According to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), logistics can be defined as ‘that part of supply chain management that plans, implements and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements.’

Another way of understanding logistics is that it is about ‘getting the right product, to the right customer, in the right quantity, in the right condition, at the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost.’ The seven Rs of Logistics – from Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective By John J. Coyle et al.

Regardless of the size of a business or operation, optimised logistics will streamline the supply chain and make it more efficient by reducing costs when and where appropriate and avoiding unnecessary waste of time and materials.

In light of all of the above, it’s evident that accurate, reliable and user-friendly weighing equipment plays a valuable role in optimising logistics operations.

Truck scales can either take the form of a weighbridge (fixed or portable) or on-board truck scales with both types delivering a range of benefits including improved efficiencies, safer operations and regulatory compliance. Add in the advantages that flow from having an automated weighing system that can be seamlessly integrated with the rest of the operation and the role of modern weighing equipment as a critical control point in logistics operations becomes even more evident.

Weighbridge truck scales are used across the spectrum of industry from agriculture and construction to mining and transport and they come in many different forms to suit different applications. Take a company that handles shipping containers for despatch around the world for example. Port operations are generally very busy, often operating 24/7. Therefore, the company needs to have user-friendly weighing equipment to process outbound containers quickly and accurately. What’s more, given the new SOLAS laws, organisations in the shipping business need their equipment to be certified to ensure that the declared weight of containers meet legislative requirements.

Over the years, huge advances have been made in the digitisation of weighbridge truck scales which has led to even greater opportunities for optimising logistics. Many elements of the equipment including the sensors, processors and output displays have been transformed by the advent of digital communications, with resulting benefits in terms of greater accuracy, automation, repeatability and speed.

The right weighbridge software also enables vastly improved controls, data handling and information management, as well as streamlined accounting functions. What’s more, the system can be fully integrated into the business’s own internal software systems and customised to deliver important value-added information for customers and other relevant parties.

Weighbridge truck scales are a valuable asset and deliver a range of benefits, not least of which is a streamlined logistics process. However, there are numerous types of weighbridge truck scales and accompanying software, and in order to reap the full gamut of benefits, including a substantial return on investment, it is important to partner with an experienced weighbridge supplier who will ensure that the equipment you select matches your requirements (both short and long-term).

If you’re interested in reducing costs, improving productivity, safety and efficiencies and optimising your organisation’s logistics, have a chat with one of the highly experienced team at AccuWeigh. They’ll help you make the right decisions according to your unique operational needs. AccuWeigh is Australia’s largest supplier of weighbridges, weighing equipment and product inspection equipment with branches across Australia and you can take advantage of their extensive experience by calling 08 9259 5535 or by visiting their website, www.accuweigh.com.au.

TouchStar’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution TS FleetWatch will be presented at AEGPL2017

Tulsa, USA, May-31-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — TS EMEA, a provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced that it will present its NextGen enterprise software at the AEGPL Congress on 21-22 June in Lisbon, Portugal. The AEGPL Congress serves as both a platform to discuss issues relevant to the LPG industry and as an arena for companies to showcase their latest innovations for a global audience.

TS EMEA will set up in Stand #C18 in the Lisbon Congress Centre both days of the conference. While there, TS EMEA will highlight TouchStar’s propane and LP gas distribution Android application, TransPac, and the company’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution, TS FleetWatch.

“TS EMEA always looks forward to the AEGPL Congress,” said General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz. “The conference maintains a strong presence among LPG leaders in Europe, and it has always served as a very relevant resource for global LPG leaders facing the unique challenges and opportunities of the LPG industry today.”

The 2017 AEGPL Congress anticipates an audience of 1,500 industry stakeholders from Europe and abroad. TS EMEA intends to strengthen its relationships with stakeholders with whom it currently serves, as well as to establish itself as the leading LPG mobility solution provider with those who are newly in need of a NextGen mobility solution for their LPG fleets.

“TS EMEA is no stranger to Europe’s largest LPG conference and exhibition, and our robust experience at AEGPL in the past contributes significantly to our leadership in the European LPG community,” commented TouchStar CEO, Peter Gibbs. “As LPG’s role in the European market continues to grow and evolve, TS EMEA’s integrated fleet automation solutions evolve in similar fashion.”

Meetings may be arranged with TS EMEA General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz, by contacting TS EMEA online at http://www.touchstargroup.com/contact-emea/. Mr. Pabeschitz may also be contacted via email at sales.emea@touchstargroup.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

What Is A Load Cell And Why Do We Use Them For Weighing?

Campbellfield, VIC, Australia,  May-31-2017 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — We rely on weighing instruments every day. In our bathrooms and kitchens, in a crowded lift, at the supermarket checkout and at the airport check-in, there are a myriad places where weighing instruments play a key role in our daily lives.

We assume that the huge truck carrying a load of sand has been declared safe and within legal load limits before it hits the highway. As consumers, we rely on the accuracy of weights on any packaged items that we buy, and businesses that produce or distribute products depend on their weighing systems to be reliable and precise.

We probably take weighing instruments for granted – but has anyone taken the time to discover how they work?

Interestingly, the same highly accurate devices are found in the humble bathroom scale as in the highly sophisticated and sensitive weighing systems used in a diversity of industries from pharmaceutical operations to diamond mines. Load cells.

What is a load cell?

In simple terms, a load cell is a transducer which measures weight by converting the force or weight on it into a measurable signal. This signal generally only measures a couple of millivolts and needs to be amplified into a usable format – either analogue or digital. The outputs are proportional to the force or weight applied to the load cells.

There are many different types of load cells which use different operating principles to obtain weight readings including hydraulic load cells, pneumatic load cells and strain gauge load cells. Some are based on fluid pressure, others on elasticity whilst others are based on magnetostriction (otherwise referred to as piezoelectric effect) – and they have all been developed specifically to meet the needs of different applications.

With all the advances in modern electronics, the majority of load cells today are electronic, but non-electric hydraulic and pneumatic load cells are also widely used . The most important aspect of choosing a load cell however, is not whether or not it is electric, but rather whether it is the right design and type for that particular application – and it’s always advisable to consult an experienced supplier so you get an informed recommendation.

Load cells can be categorised loosely into two main areas, tension and compression load cells. A tension cell measures the weight pulling on it whilst a compression cell measures the weight pushing on it – and very often, these two types are used alongside each other in the same application to achieve optimum accuracy.

Why do we use load cells for weight measurement?

Load cells are used across a diversity of weighing applications because they are:

  • Highly accurate
  • Fast and efficient
  • able to withstand repeated use and extreme conditions
  • Virtually impervious to temperature changes so their measurements remain reliable and precise
  • Cost-effective and if serviced and maintained appropriately, will last a long time

Because load cells enable objects and materials to be weighed quickly and easily, it can translate into bottom-line savings. And with the business landscape becoming increasingly competitive and demanding and the regulatory framework more rigorous than ever, operators have to be able to rely on the accuracy and reliability of their weighing systems.

That’s why the choice of load cell is so important. With so many different types available, plus other factors such as fitting, commissioning, ongoing maintenance and calibration to take into consideration, it can be quite a challenge identifying the perfect fit for your weighing needs.

Don’t take a chance, because your choice of load cell is critical. Rather talk to the experts in weighing technology, UltraHawke, and use their experience and expertise to identify your optimum weighing solution. They are an acknowledged market leader in the manufacture and supply of all types of weighing instruments, and they will work out an affordable, efficient and reliable solution that’s specific to your needs. Call them on 03 9357 7470 or visit www.ultrahawke.com.au to see their extensive range of weighbridges, weighbridges for sale, in-motion weighbridges and truck scales.

Onboard Weighing Solutions For The Logistics Industry

Willetton WA, Australia, Apr-20-2017 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — The logistics industry supports inbound and outbound logistics literally carries the weight of the world’s economy, with companies operating in the transport and logistics industry moving goods from place to place as quickly, efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible without compromising on safety.

That’s where onboard weighing solutions play an enormous role.

Transporting heavy loads

Overloaded vehicles not only cause damage to infrastructure, premature wear and tear on the vehicle and excess fuel consumption; they also pose a significant danger to the safety of other road users. To mitigate these risks, there are many strict laws and regulations in place aimed at ensuring the safe and responsible transport of heavy loads – and breaches can result in serious penalties. Legislation includes Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws and SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea).

Payload control

Cost management is a key element of the logistics industry. Operators not only want to keep their own costs down, there is also a knock-on effect on the whole transport chain right to the end user if costs aren’t carefully controlled.

Onboard weighing solutions ensure that trucks are within legal limits and they help logistics companies to be legally compliant and as safe and efficient as possible. These heavy duty yet precise instruments are fitted onto the vehicle and employ a range of weight measurement technologies u to provide accurate and reliable information about gross weight and weight distribution and/or alert either alert operators that they are overloaded.

A big advantage of these onboard weighing solutions is that because they’re fitted to the truck, there’s no need for the vehicle to go to an external weighing station, such as a weighbridge- which may slow down the transportation process. Trucks can be loaded to their optimum weight, with instant information at the driver’s fingertips. What’s more, these instruments provide highly accurate information about axle group weights, total combination weights and payload. This enables operators to have confidence that they’re loading their vehicles properly the first time, maximising their payloads, reducing downtime and optimising their productivity.

Technological advances have further extended the capabilities of these instruments. The advent of wireless digital communications has made the weighing, tracking and billing of freight a much faster, more accurate and traceable process. The units can be fully integrated with smart software which can be customised to a customer’s requirements – and this seamless connection and versatile data management functionality saves time, improves productivity and has positive knock-on effects right along the logistics chain.

Onboard truck scales can be fitted to just about any type of truck, and there are several different systems available which have been developed specifically to suit certain types of vehicle including air-suspension vehicles, bulk tippers, air and spring-suspension vehicles, waste collection vehicles, light commercial vehicles and rigid vehicles.

It’s important that the the correct onboard weighing system is selected for a specific application. For example, if your operation is involved in bulk off-road operations such as quarrying or feed delivery, you would need a system that is specifically engineered for high accuracy in rugged extreme environments.

The logistics, transport and freight industries undoubtedly play a vital role in moving a country’s economy forward. However, it is crucial that operators manage their freight safely and effectively, and to do this, they need to measure it and quantify it appropriately. That’s where onboard weighing solutions come in.

If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of onboard weighing, talk to the experts at AccuOnboard, Australia’s most experienced and professional weighing company. They can provide world-class equipment that covers all vehicle weighing needs from end-to-end, including overloading prevention. To get in touch, please call 1300 367 861 to find out which of their eight branches is closest to you or visit www.accuonboard.com.au to see their full range of high quality onboard weighing solutions.

TS EMEA to showcase its integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution at the 29th World LPG Forum & AEGPL Congress

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TULSA, OK, 03-Nov-2016 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — TS EMEA, a provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced that it will present its NextGen enterprise software at the 29th World LPG Forum & AEGPL Congress on 15-17 November in Florence, Italy. The World LPG Forum serves as both a platform to discuss issues relevant to the LPG industry and as an arena for companies to showcase their latest innovations for a global audience.

TS EMEA, who will be situated in Stand #K8, will be one of roughly 150 propane and LPG vendors exhibiting at the World LPG Forum, a show that will welcome more than 2,000 attendees from 60+ countries. TS EMEA will highlight TouchStar’s propane and LP gas distribution Android application, TransPac LPG, and the company’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution, TS FleetWatch.

“TS EMEA is proud to be a part of the World LPG Forum,” said TS EMEA’s General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz, about attending the event. “LPG plays a very significant role as a clean energy source in Europe. TS EMEA is happy to support that role with solutions that are keyed directly to its safe and reliable transport.”

TS EMEA’s goal at the show is to deepen its relationships with the members of the global propane and LP gas distribution industry and to provide increased insight into its propane and LP gas enterprise solutions at the event. At press time, TouchStar’s integrations fleet software is utilized by over 500 companies internationally.

“TS EMEA affirms the Forum theme, ‘A Bridge to the Future,’ said TouchStar CEO, Peter Gibbs. “It serves as the ideal platform for TouchStar’s NextGen mobility solutions.”

TS EMEA will be located at the Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Centre in Stand #K8, Tuesday-Thursday, 15-17 November. Meetings may be arranged with Robert Pabeschitz by contacting TS EMEA online at http://www.touchstargroup.com/contact-page-ts-emea/. Mr. Pabeschitz may also be contacted via email at sales.emea@touchstargroup.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

New rail freight service connects Italian enterprise with Central Asia and China business opportunities

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BEIJING, 16-Sep-2016 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — The biggest story coming out of China today is the launching of the Silk Road on Rails: China-Europe block trains that carry goods across the globe. The proposal to establish China-Europe railroads surprised even the most experienced of rail industry players, yet thousands of trains now traverse these tracks annually.

Telefriuli SpA, the Italian broadcaster, exclusively aired the video series across Italy’s northeastern regions of Friuli Venezia and Eastern Veneto during the first week of September 2016. Telefriuli SpA was set up in 1974 in the North East of Italy. With more than 40 years of history it is also the region’s longest-running broadcast channel.

Today, as certified by Auditel, Telefriuli is by far the most-watched broadcaster in Friuli Venezia Giulia and in Eastern Veneto, and offers its viewers a rich schedule ranging from information to entertainment.

Of the videos. Telefruili Director, Daniele Paroni, said “I think it is crucial for Europe and for China to have a “physical” link which allows more and more narrow and intense social and economic relations between these two global players. In the videos there was a brilliant comparison between the silk road and the rail which links China and Europe.”

The China-Europe rail route is the longest in the world covering almost 10,000 kilometres in total.

Referring to BON Cloud, the producer and distributor of the China-Europe block train video series, Ms Paroni continued, “Telefriuli wants to retrace Marco Polo’s steps, showing to our audience the brilliant productions [BON Cloud is] sending us which also helps to connect Central-Southern Europe with China. Now that we have established this important relationship – BON Cloud and Telefriuli – we really want to continue this journey together, to enable us to achieve mutual satisfaction and knowledge.”

The first block train left Zhengzhou for Hamburg on July 18th, 2013, connecting people along the Silk Road and shortening the distance between continents. The 12-day, six-country journey posed challenges: would European companies welcome the new trade route? Would the cargo be secure? Would the project even be practical?

The trans-Eurasia rail trip began as a once-a-month event but China soon realized it required partners to make it successful. With partners on board, Hamburg became the forerunner. The German port city now serves as both a departure and destination point for the China-Europe block trains.

This project has lowered the cost of transportation significantly and commerce is thriving. There is no doubt about the initiative’s acceptance. The service currently transports goods several times a week from China, the Republic of Korea and Japan, as well as European countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, France and Spain. With the growing success of the initiative, the development of additional European destinations is in the pipeline.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

H.O. Wolding driver wins national trucking award

Julie Matulle, a truck driver for H.O. Wolding of Amherst, Wis., has been named the winner of the fourth annual Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie Award.

Matulle, who was chosen from a field of 10 finalists, received the award in ceremonies on Aug. 22 at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

In an interview with Eric Harley of Red Eye Radio after receiving the award, Matulle said she could not believe it when she learned she was nominated and that hearing that she was actually the winner “took her breath away.”

“I really, really love my job and the chance to make myself happy and others happy as well,” she said in reflecting on her first year as a professional driver.

Matulle adds that she still has a hard time believing she won the award. “The other finalists were such amazing individuals and for me to win this award is just incredible. It is just a great honor.”

The award contest, which includes $10,000 and a variety of prizes, was launched by Randall-Reilly Recruiting Media three years ago to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers and to promote truck driving as a career choice during a severe driver shortage.

The 10 finalists were selected by an expert panel of judges representing motor carriers, training schools (public and private), suppliers and trade associations. There were 55 rookie drivers who were submitted by their employers for this year’s contest.

The criteria used to determine the winner were availability for loads, on-time delivery, highway safety performance, customer relations, work record and non-job related activities.

Under the contest’s selection criteria, any commercial driver’s license holder who has graduated from a Professional Truck Driving Institute-certified school, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving school or Commercial Vehicle Training Association school within the past year and has been employed by a trucking company for less than one year is eligible for the award.
The Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie contest operates as a partnership among Randall-Reilly, Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Rand McNally, Shell ROTELLA, Pilot Flying J, Progressive Commercial Insurance, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.

Matulle is the third H.O. Wolding driver in the last two years to be chosen as a finalist. Last year, Nathan Reardon and Sandra Sherill were among the 10 finalists.

Truck driving is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Matulle, who previously managed the fuel desk for several years at the Planeview Travel Plaza in Oshkosh, Wis., and then worked for 19 years in the shipping department at the Quad Graphics plant in Lomira, Wis.

After raising her two children as a single parent, she decided to pursue her goal of driving for a living. She completed the trucking driving program at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis., in 2013 and soon afterward was hired at H.O. Wolding, a short, regional and long haul trucking firm.

Matulle says that trucking has affected every part of her life since she was a child. “My father started driving milk trucks at the age of 13 for his father and eventually purchased the business. I grew up on a farm with three trucks. I was the youngest so I was responsible for the farm end, but I was always the silly little girl who wanted to drive a truck.”

According to Marc Wolding, director of operations for H.O. Wolding, Matulle has quickly became known around the company as a hard worker and for always having a positive attitude, even when faced with adverse situations.

“Two of Julie’s strengths are her positive attitude and her ability to make the best of challenges,” says Wolding. “She understands the industry and knows that if she puts her best foot forward that she will be successful. Her dedication to doing her job as well as possible made us proud to nominate her for this award.”

Wolding notes that Matulle is consistently available for loads and is often running ahead of schedule. Since joining the company, Matulle has averaged 2,550 miles per week and has accumulated more than 100,000 miles.

Rob Behnke, who was Matulle’s instructor at Fox Valley Technical College, says she quickly grew into a leader while she was a student at FVTC. “Julie was not intimidated by the industry, and she was one of the most energetic and respected students we have had in quite some time.”

In looking forward to building a career in trucking, Matulle’s energy and enthusiasm are evident and she readily admits to “truly living a dream and loving my life.” Her career goals include becoming an on-road trainer for Wolding’s female drivers.

In addition to being a proud driving professional and trucking advocate, Matulle has served as a volunteer on numerous occasions. She has contributed many hours to projects for the U.S. military including Wounded Warrior and has prepared and sent care packages to the deployed. She has also served as a district manager for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge for Kwik-Trip employees for 10 years.

About H.O. Wolding
H.O. Wolding has been in business for more than 75 years and employs more than 400 workers. The company serves customers over the 48 contiguous states and maintains a growing fleet of more than 350 tractors and 1100 trailers.

PR contact:

Marc Wolding
Director of Operations
H.O. Wolding, Inc.
9642 Western Way
Amherst, WI 54406

800-723-4017

MWolding@wolding.com

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ChannelPorts new freight ferry ticket booking site

Rising fuel costs and the higher costs of running a transport business in the current economic climate present a challenge to even to the largest companies.

Over the last 5 years fuel prices and running costs have spiraled out of control and the economic downturn has meant there are less business opportunities around.

Some firms are starting to explore import and export possibilities from the UK but high ferry costs would seriously eat into the already squeezed profit margins.

ChannelPorts are customs clearance specialists dealing with all types of customs documents for goods going in and out of the UK.

Spotting a need in the market for discounted Freight ferry tickets they were able to negotiate a deal with leading ferry companies from all of the major UK ports.

The website i-ferry has been created to provide a one stop shop for hauliers and carriers looking for the best prices on Freight ferry tickets.

They have received many appreciative comments from their clients as they continue to expand the range of services they offer to hauliers, HGV drivers, commercial fleet managers and the general public.

To contact ChannelPorts, please use chris.childs@channelports.co.uk, or telephone 01304 218328.

Find ChannelPorts at Junction 11 of the M20, within easy reach of Eurotunnel and Dover Port.

 

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Worldwide Parcel Services Show Great Flexibility

Worldwide Parcel Services have developed a parcel delivery system which matches the best available both in terms of delivery speed, quality and price. The company has worked hard over the years to be as flexible as possible in order to offer its customers something special both in terms of quality and reliability. The parcel market has changed massively over the past decade and the business has grown throughout the world. Worldwide Parcel Services have developed with the introduction of the Internet, as this has been the single most important change in trade in a lifetime. Through the Internet rose the Internet trader and this now goes from the massive online unit like E bay and Amazon down to small individual users. There is another side of the business that the Internet has changed, in that communications between countries is now the same as communicating with the company next door. The communications can be face to face or by instant text. The result is that it is possible to see something a thousand miles away and purchase it immediately or to send present desperately required in the other direction.

Worldwide Parcel Services – http://www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk – recognise the vast changes that have occurred and will occur in the future and their flexibility of approach is aimed at moving with the times wherever that may take them. Worldwide Parcel Services will supply a delivery service to and from just about everywhere in the world, parcels can be quoted for delivery on line and all arrangements made instantly. The company has an excellent system of working with other companies so that they achieve the best and cheapest delivery system. Worldwide Parcel Services realised a long time ago that in the modern world it is not possible for even the largest company to be number one supplier in every country by delivering everything themselves as the world is just too big and too diverse but that the best results are by joining with the best couriers in a specific area. This applies even down to the small local companies who have the advantage of knowing their patch to the smallest detail.

In this case Worldwide Parcel Services are proud to promote their delivery services as they have forged some of the best delivery routes possible with some of the best and most reliable couriers in their parts of the world. The result has been that it is difficult to beat some of the prices that Worldwide Parcel Services now charges.

Flexibility applies across the board and Worldwide Parcel Services put virtually no barriers into their parcel delivery service and they have developed a great system for the delivery of odd shaped parcels or goods that weigh up to 500 kg. The delivery of awkward shaped and heavy parcels is one that most delivery companies shied away from but Worldwide Parcel Services realised that this is a most important market and that the customer does not want a courier who will pick and choose his parcels and so Worldwide Parcel Services have used their flexibility to develop one of the most complete delivery services going.

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Tokyo’s Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers in Asia

Terra Motors decided the world’s first mass production of Electric 3-wheelers which can be charged by AC power. Terra Motors’ prototype is completed this April, and they plan to produce 10,000 sets of electric 3-wheelers in 2013.

In Asian countries, 3-wheeler market has expanded rapidly, because it is cheap and freight is large, compare to cars. For example, in India, the number of three-wheelers is increasing twice by these five-years. And the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh also shows the same transition.

It is thought that electric-ization of the three-wheel taxi in Asia progresses rapidly, because of aggravation of air pollution, the high price and constant shortage of gasoline. For example, in India, gasoline cost has increased also 2.5 times by these ten-years, so the demand to the cut in fuel consumption by electric-izing is serious. By replacing a three-wheel taxi to electric one, the annual income of taxi driver can be raised by about 3 times.

They plan to establish branch office in India in this summer, and aim at world top share acquisition in 2014.

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Worldwide Parcel Services Are Also Great Locally

Worldwide Parcel Services sound like a company that should be great Internationally but may be not so good locally but Worldwide Parcel Services are also very proud of the fact that they are also very good in the UK and Ireland. The company have become an extremely competent company in the UK and their delivery patterns are good on time considerations and excellent on price. It is very difficult to find an instance where they are beaten on price or on the delivery pattern in this country. Worldwide Parcel Services have worked very hard in securing couriers who offer the best price for the best service. The company sees no point in employing couriers who are good at looks but are unable to meet the customer’s requirements or expectations. The ability to choose couriers has been a great success for the company as they have been able to use the best couriers in their best fields of operation. It is this last position that has enabled the best service to be obtained for the best area.

Worldwide Parcel Services are as prompt with local deliveries as they are with international orders. One of the great things of the local delivery is that it is almost impossible for the system to go wrong as the parcel is tagged and followed throughout its whole journey. It is logged onto the first computer or slave as it is registered in to the plant and follows the same pattern throughout. Therefore the parcel is tracked and registered throughout its journey and it is virtually impossible to lose it unless by wilful means. The track a parcel function of the website is totally now in sync with the parcel recorded at every stage of its operation. It is now possible to log in to the internet and log on to the Worldwide Parcel Services web site and find out exactly where your parcel is at any particular moment, this will help with arranging men on site for when the parcel has arrived or may be just alerting the site that the parcel will be with them at a set time and hour. Worldwide Parcel Services has worked hard to get a local set up which enhances the total package and the present system is very good indeed.

Worldwide Parcel Services is pleased to offer a simple quotation service which allows the customer to book the parcel in to the system and the wait for the quotation, it all can be carried out using the internet web site, any queries should be instantly resolved by ringing the customer service desk where there is a full complement of highly determined customers service agents. This quotation will cover will cover the whole of the delivery operation and this will include any oddities but which may be required for, say, heavy parcels or special deliver requirements. Worldwide Parcel Services have been very careful to provide a system that will deal with all size of parcels up to 500 Kg in weight which only precludes large loads which would go by container ship. Worldwide Parcel Services are one of the biggest movers of parcels within the UK and they are pleased to work with the best couriers.

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Phorego is Launching a Global Social Transportation Network

In addition to public and private transportation, Phorego is building a new genre: Social Transportation. While public transportation is inflexible and private transportation is costly, social transportation will be fast, flexible and inexpensive or free.

The vision is big and the time is right: With slow economy and high gas prices, people wants to save money or generate new revenues. Ridesharing/Carpooling is supposed to be one solution. But current products/services in the market have not been able to address this, because many are inter-city oriented, or don’t have real-time active matching, or operate like a taxi/shuttle service, or mandate a fare and charge a fee. The end result is that the vision is still just a vision.

Convenience and ease of use is the key: Phorego delivers real-time matches to your e-mail or phone with continuous status updates; its street-level matching engine is primed for ad-hoc intra-city use. Safety is another: Phorego lets corporations, universities, governments and communities create and operate their own rideshare groups. Even the general public can do so to improve the safety factor.

Why not pick up your neighbors and get to work in 1 shared vehicle instead of 3 individually? On your way to pick up your uncle at the airport, may be you can give another arriving passenger a ride? How about those working late one night and need to get back home? The college students who want to go back home on holidays? The guys who have too much drinks in the bar at 3 o’clock in the morning? The use of social transportation is endless. Sharing vehicles let riders save time and money while drivers make some extra cash. Roads will be less congested and even the environment wins.

Currently the service is available in USA/Canada on PCs and MACs. Mobile versions are coming starting January 2013. Multi-language (French, German, Italian and Spanish, Chinese) version will be available when the service expands into Europe in 1st quarter of 2013.

As a promotion for this launch, Phorego is offering corporations, universities and communities to create their own rideshare groups for free. Start one now before it expires.

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Podcars at Innotrans Berlin!

The conference, held in conjunction with Innotrans 2012, will present practical solutions for the transportation and urban planning sectors that can lead to a major shift in policy and action to help reverse the growing perils of global warming, redirect use of energy in transportation to solar and other renewable sources and substantially reduce congestion and land use issues associated with cars.

Participants in the conference will be introduced to the world’s top PRT designers through various presentations and working sessions. The event, which will offer many cross-disciplined networking opportunities, features a packed agenda presenting numerous world renowned speakers from six countries. Conference organizers IST and INIST are working closely with KOMPASS, a network of 14 Swedish cities aiming to adopt PRT, the US-based Advanced Transit Association (ATRA), the European ATRA chapter, Lea+Elliot USA and a series of sponsors and manufacturers from Europe, Asia and USA. Notable speakers areHans Josef Fell, member of the Green Party and German Parliament, Rod Diridon, Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute and Chair Emeritus of California High Speed Rail Project, Alain Kornhauser, Professor at Princeton University and Chair of ATRA USA,Hans Lindqvist, former member of the EU parliament and chairman of KOMPASS, andStefan Hanna, Deputy Mayor of City of Uppsala, Sweden.

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Emirates SkyCargo Voted Cargo Airline of the Year

Emirates SkyCargo, the Dubai-based air freight division of Emirates, has been voted Cargo Airline of the Year and – for the 24th consecutive year – it was also named Best Middle East Cargo Airline.

The carrier, which was also named Best African Cargo Airline, received the accolades at the prestigious Cargo Airline of the Year 2012 awards held at London’s Lancaster Hotel.

Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo, attended the awards ceremony and later said: “These awards are voted for by our industry and their recognition of the continued success of Emirates SkyCargo is a great honour.”

Emirates SkyCargo received the awards at a time of continuing growth. A fourth Boeing 777F joined its fleet earlier in 2012, taking its dedicated fleet to eight aircraft, with a further nine Boeing 777Fs on order.

Since January 2012, Emirates has introduced services to eight new destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Dallas, Lusaka, Harare, Liege and Seattle. It will also launch flights to Ho Chi Minh City in June, Lisbon and Barcelona in July, and Washington DC in September.

Emirates SkyCargo currently serves a route network of over 120 destinations from its Dubai hub, spanning six continents across the globe.

The Cargo Airline of the Year 2012 awards are organised by trade magazine Air Cargo News and attract votes from freight forwarders around the world. The awards are the only event where the British International Freight Association audits and approves the votes cast.

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Emirates SkyCargo Transporting Record Levels Of Freight Between South America And Its Global Network

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the fastest growing international airlines, has transported more than 25,000 tonnes over the past year on the burgeoning trade lanes between South America and points across its global network.

Operating to more than 120 destinations, Emirates SkyCargo has been connecting businesses to more and more international trade opportunities after strengthening its commitment to the region with the launch of a new linked passenger flights from Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro to Dubai – the only non-stop service from Rio to the Middle East and fastest route to Asia – and increasing the frequency of its Sao Paulo freighter service.

Companies from Brazil and Argentina – as well as a significant number from Chile and Colombia through connecting interline flights – benefited from the addition in September of a third weekly freighter service from Viracopos-Campinas International Airport, increasing the weekly capacity on the route by 33% to 620 tonnes.

Emirates SkyCargo carried more than 20,000 tonnes over the last 12 months on Boeing 777Fs, the most modern, technologically advanced large freighter in operation, which offer customers enhanced levels of flexibility and reliability.

“Our expanded services in the region have not only boosted trade levels with the UAE, but also with South America’s main Far East business partners, such as China, Hong Kong and Japan, and a multitude of European countries,” said Ram Menen, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo, in Sao Paulo at Intermodal, an event for trade, logistics, transport and international cargo handling businesses.

“Brazil is already recognised as an economic power and we hope to help it become even stronger by contributing to the growth of its import and exports industry. Currently, Emirates SkyCargo can connect South American businesses to 32 points in Europe, 19 in the Far East and Australasia and a further 22 in Africa, where there is also huge potential for economic growth.

“With five years’ experience of operating in South America we also have a strong understanding of the marketplace and the requirements of our customers, who benefit from our ever-expanding network and a reliable fleet, which becomes stronger almost every month as we take delivery of the 230-plus aircraft we have on order,” added Menen.

Since the daily Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires passenger service started on 3rd January, more than 1200 tonnes of cargo have been transported, with pharmaceuticals, machine parts and fresh fruits and fish being carried to Dubai and onward to European destinations such as France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and the UK, while in the Far East Hong Kong and China have been the key trading partners. Commodities going in the other direction include electronics, car parts and furniture.

In addition to the belly-hold capacity of the Rio de Janeiro-Buenos Aires flights operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, Emirates SkyCargo has been offering freight space since 2007 on a daily passenger service between São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport and Dubai, also operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. During the past 12 months more than 4000 tonnes have been transported.

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Emirates SkyCargo expands North American operation

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, one of the fastest growing international airlines, is expanding its North American operation, increasing trade opportunities between U.S. businesses and its global network.

After the launch of daily passenger service from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) International airports from 2nd February and 1st March respectively, Emirates SkyCargo will connect seven points in North America with trade prospects in more than 100 destinations worldwide.

“Our daily, non-stop flights from DFW and SEA will offer the fastest routes to the Middle East and beyond,” said Ram Menen, Emirates’ Senior Divisional Vice President Cargo. “We look forward to helping more American firms enhance their trade ties not only with the UAE, but also with markets in parts of South Asia, such as China, South Korea and Japan, and numerous points throughout Emirates’ extensive network in India and Africa.”

Air cargo being transported on Emirates’ flights departing the U.S will be handled at the airline’s Cargo Mega Terminal, housed at its state-of-the-art hub at Dubai International Airport (DXB), a location within eight hours of two-thirds of the world’s population.

“When combined with the efficiency of one of the youngest fleets in the skies, unrivalled ground-handling facilities, and the very latest information technology at our Cargo Mega Terminal, Emirates SkyCargo is the ideal partner for Dallas/Fort Worth and Seattle-based businesses as they look to boost trade,” added Menen.

The airline’s expansion will help facilitate the growth of trade in the Seattle metropolitan area that produced US$ 24.2 billion in total exports and US$2.7 billion in United Arab Emirates exports in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Texas exports to the UAE also expect significant growth, having reached over $1.7 billion in 2009 – an increase of more than 192 per cent since 2002.*

International cargo being exported from Dallas/Fort Worth will include oilfield equipment, electronic parts, computers, cell phones, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals; heading for markets across the Emirates network, from the UAE to Australia, India and Uganda. Leading import commodities such as communications equipment, automotive components, apparel and fabrics will come from a range of markets including Taiwan, Japan, Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia.

Exports on the Seattle route are expected to include fresh fruits and vegetables, electrical equipment and machinery, as well as medical equipment and aircraft parts, which will be transported to the UAE and surrounding destinations in the Middle East. China and South Korea will also be key trading partners, with leading imported commodities set to consist of electronic equipment, footwear and apparel.

Emirates’ DFW and SEA services join existing operations from New York (JFK), Houston (IAH), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), as well as Toronto (YYZ) in Canada, further strengthening trade ties between North America, the UAE and points throughout Emirates’ network of 121 destinations, which will be bolstered in coming months with a further three routes – Seattle (1st March), Ho Chi Minh City (4th June), Barcelona (3rd July) and Lisbon (9th July).

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Shiply Welcomes UK Government’s Electric Vans Subsidy For Delivery Companies

The UK government has plans to extend its electric vehicle grant to LCVs this month, giving man and van operators the opportunity to save 25% when upgrading to a new low emissions model. The current electric car incentive provides a £5,000 subsidy to consumers buying a new car, the extension to vans could mean savings of up to £8,000.

Total electric vehicle sales were poor in 2011 with just over 1,000 claims for the plug in car grant, an insignificant step towards the aim of 1.7m electric vehicles on the road in 2020. Including vans in the grant will aim to increase the uptake of low-carbon vehicles to justify the investments made in charging stations.

An upfront subsidy coupled with overall lower fuel costs and tax exemptions will make ultra-low carbon emitting commercial vehicles an attractive long-term investment for couriers and companies transporting goods on a regular basis.

The subsidy only applies to a hybrids that emit less than 75grams of CO2 per km and can travel 60 miles between charge (10 miles for pure electric mode vans).

The grant update comes at a time when HGVs and car transport operators are faced with ever escalating diesel prices, highlighting the need for further development of alternative fuel sources.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply an online transport marketplace (http://www.shiply.com) with more than 40,000 delivery companies as members, welcomes this green transport initiative from the government:

“Extending the electric car grant to vans is a positive move for the delivery industry; it will be a great impetus for courier companies to invest in new low carbon vans where it might have been more difficult to do so previously.

Fuel costs are a large expense for courier companies, and the development of infrastructure and alternative fuels should help future savings. Provided that the government maintains its level of support for electric vehicles, alternative-fuel vans could quickly become a desirable option for drivers.”

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Consider Different Couriers When Buying Furniture Online Says Shiply

Shiply urges buyers to use local couriers making trips along their delivery route when shopping online to save money and emissions. The growth of online shopping has been phenomenal over the past year, the Christmas period saw sales exceeding any previous levels. Online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon continue to see the growing popularity of both buying and selling things online.

In the post-Christmas season when many people will be selling off older products to replace them with their new gifts (or selling unwanted gifts) there is set to be a large number of goods moving through online marketplaces. This provides buyers with a great opportunity to get a deal on second hand furniture.

eBay currently has around 10,000 used furniture listings in the UK alone and more than 200,000 home and garden items. Ikea is also the 7th most searched term revealing the level interest in purchasing furnishings through the site.

Delivery costs for larger items can sometimes be excessive when shopping online; second hand can incur a large transport cost due to its size and weight. Local pickup can be even more costly and wastes the customer’s valuable time whereas hiring a driver for one or two items is wasteful and expensive for all parties.

Robert Matthams Managing Director at Shiply, an online delivery marketplace which has helped its users find delivery services for over 900,000 different consignments, had this to say.

“When using online marketplaces to buy goods the delivery cost can be restrictive, especially when trying to keep a tight budget. By finding drivers that have spare capacity travelling near them customers can reduce the delivery costs. If a seller is offering local pickup as an option it’s usually worth calling or contacting them through the site to ask to arrange a man and van service to pick it up instead of driving to collect it.

The advantage of a local courier is they can save buyers money on delivery costs because they are making trips near there anyway and a lot of the time need to fill spare capacity, this is especially worthwhile for bigger items as hiring a courier specifically can be very costly. Most reputable drivers will have visible feedback so it’s easy to ensure a reputable service.

Many of our users are avid “eBayers” and regularly use Shiply to move second hand goods, it’s a partnership that works out for all parties, buyers and sellers can save on transport costs and the couriers themselves can pick up extra work.”

Shiply.com matches people needing to move goods with transport companies going there anyway. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and over 50% run only part-full. By enabling consumers and businesses to make use of this spare capacity, Shiply.com dramatically cuts down on CO2 emissions, increases the profitability of transport companies and saves the consumer up to 75%.

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Fretbay Online Transport Marketplace – Making UK Routes Green And More Environment-Friendly

FretBay (https://fretbay.com) the first FREE European Online transport marketplace, providing reliable cheap transport and logistic solution to individual users and companies declared 2012 as a year that will make United Kingdom routes more environment friendly and clean.

While talking to media FretBay elaborates it’s expansion plans of offering UK transporters with a new online system that will provide real time enhanced route planning facilities helping in optimizing truck capacities.

The system will help transport service providers and couriers in optimizing the partial filled vehicles on a given route. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and over 50% run only part-full.

Answering how this will happen, FretBay spokesperson explained that the site offers it’s users to post FREE transport demands as listings.

The transport demand can be for anything to anywhere at anytime .The most common listings are the requests for transport for motorbikes, cars, boats, furniture and house hold stuff, pianos, electrical and machinery equipments, agricultural and industrial machinery, horses and full home or office removals . These transport listings are immediately visible to member transporters and they can offer their transport quotes in real time.

The users are free to accept any transport offer at any time. Users can consult profiles of transporters before accepting thier offers. The profile contains rating and feed back of transporters left my users who did business with them in the past thus helping users to identify reliable transporters. FretBay encourages professional and declared transport service providers on site.

This helps not only in finding cheap shipping solution but helps in reducing deadly gases that are major cause of pollution.

A recent survey conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed 31% of the UK ‘s 3.5 million lorries failed to meet Euro-3 emission standards. Road freight especially is under pressure, in the UK new emission regulations and taxations could see an average transport service company’s operating costs increase dramatically.
The recent environment talks in Durban have underlined the increasing importance placed on reducing climate change. This build up further pressure on road haulage companies to meet environment friendly commitments.

Though it is difficult in the time of crisis for a shift to environment friendly vehicles for most of the transport firms, however, it is still possible to make full use of trucks capacities to avoid unnecessary trips on roads.

FretBay system will play key role in optimising these vehicles by providing real-time grouping opportunities and by providing loads for empty returns. Transport and haulage companies can consult transport demands and loads in real time and can optimize their trips in last minutes.

FretBay is inviting all UK and European transport service providers to take part in this environmental program and. No subscription fee or long term engagement is demanded.

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