Brisbane-based company signs MOU with electric vehicle manufacturer

Australian Brisbane based company e-Motion Concepts (eMC) has signed a MOU with Rap Intelligent Vehicle Company, a Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer.
As part of this agreement, eMC will become the exclusive importer, distributor and service agent for the current two vehicle models which will be used for the last-mile in urban environments.
Both RAP vehicles will be fully electric three-wheel mopeds for the transport of goods in urban environments. eMC welcomes the addition of the two RAP vehicles to its expanding portfolio of Urban Transport Solutions for goods and people.
“We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with RAP-SEV. The two vehicles are novel products that provide a solution to the ever-growing challenges urban transport and deliveries have to address, whilst being innovative, efficient, electric and safe and packed with features, such as GPS tracking and remote fleet management,” Wolfgang Roffmann, founder and CTO of eMC said.
“Australia is a very promising market, we will work together with e-Motion Concepts to support their strategy to introduce the vehicles across Australia. Our vehicles have been designed to meet strict European compliance standards and our factory is equipped to support large volumes of production with paramount focus on quality control and after sales service,” Peter Wang, Chief Executive Officer of RAP-SEV said.
The vehicles will be first revealed at the upcoming Electric Vehicle Expo in Noosa, Sunshine Coast on 22 June 2019.
Mr. Roffmann further explains “These vehicles are perfectly suited to urban transport solutions. Known as the ‘first and last mile’, the RAP vehicles are smart electric vehicles designed to have a low environmental impact and a smaller footprint than traditional petrol vehicles, making transport movement more efficient, and also less impactful on the city environment”
eMC’s Chief Executive Officer, Harry Proskefalas says. “Our strategy has a strong emphasis on aligning with commercial operators including local and national courier providers, food and goods delivery, universities and local governments in delivering long-term sustainable solutions” he continued to state that “The future of logistics and transport is, high efficiency and clean energy with smart technology, and these RAP vehicles provide the solutions”
The unique RAP vehicles have been specifically designed for last mile delivery tasks in urban environments. Powered by high quality motors and fueled by Lithium batteries, a range of up to 110km per charge and a top speed of 50 km/h together with a width of 1 and 0.8m respectively they are perfect for inner city last mile deliveries.
The vehicles are also packed with features usually only found in cars, such as LED instrument screen and reversing camera and reversing radar and Bluetooth connectivity. The CT-Cargo (Bange) and the CT-Kube (OAK) are the first vehicles of this kind with a T-Box, allowing the vehicle to be remotely monitored, including GPS, battery status and health with a smart app.
RAP-SEV vehicles are currently being homologated and expected to be available in third quarter of 2019 in Australia.
 
 

DHL launches its first fully-automated urban drone delivery service

DHL Express and EHang, an intelligent autonomous aerial vehicle company, have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly launch a fully automated and intelligent smart drone delivery solution to tackle the last-mile delivery challenges in the urban areas of China.

This launch makes DHL the first international express company to provide such a service in China.

“We are delighted to be partnering with EHang to set a new innovation milestone with this new fully-automated and intelligent drone logistics solution, which combines the strength of the world’s largest international express company together with one of the leading UAV companies in the world. This is an exciting time for the logistics sector, with continued growth of the Chinese economy and cross-border trade, particularly in South China and the Greater Bay Area, which is home to an increasing number of SMEs and startups. This means there is a tremendous volume of logistics needs, which in turn creates new opportunities for implementing innovative solutions that can continuously drive growth with greater efficiency, sustainability and less cost,” Wu Dongming, CEO, DHL Express China said.

“Together with DHL we are very glad to bring the first smart drone delivery service route to China in Guangzhou; this marks a new beginning in building air logistics for smart cities. Riding on today’s launch, we expect smart drone delivery as an innovative logistics solution to be expanded and realized in more areas, and we look forward to working with DHL in building the eco-system for a multi-dimensional urban air transport system,” Mr. Hu Huazhi, Founder & CEO of EHang, said.

The EHang Falcon smart drone, with eight propellers on four arms, is designed with multiple redundant systems for full backup, and smart and secure flight control modules. Its high-performance features include vertical take-off and landing, high accuracy GPS and visual identification, smart flight path planning, fully-automated flight and real-time network connection and scheduling. As a fully-automated and intelligent solution, the drones, which can carry up to 5kg of cargo per flight, take off and land atop intelligent cabinets that were specifically developed for the fully autonomous loading and offloading of the shipment. The intelligent cabinets seamlessly connect with automated processes including sorting, scanning and storage of express mail, and will feature high-tech functions such as facial recognition and ID scanning.

SCLAA signs Belt-and-Road MoU

The Supply Chain & Logistics Association (SCLAA) and the Australia International Trade Association (AITA) announced the formation of the Belt-and-Road Australia-China Supply Chain and Logistics Alliance and formally signed the Memorandum of Agreement implementing the Alliance.
The event was attended by a number of dignitaries including Mr Guo Jinsheng (Secretary General of Shanxi Electronic Commerce Association), Mrs Zhang Hongping (Asia Europe Exchange chairwoman), Mr Cai Jin (vice president China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing), Mr Michael Guo, (CEO, AITA) and a number of senior company executives from both China and Australia.
SCLAA chairwoman Amanda O’Brien said: “The alliance will bring enormous economic and strategic benefits to not only our partners and respective associations but also mutually beneficial business opportunities for both nations for many years to come.”
SCLAA is Australia’s largest association for supply chain and logistics professionals and practitioners, with national partners, corporate partners, members and industry contacts making up the rich tapestry of the association. The Belt and Road Initiative can help connect all the major stakeholders involved in the supply chain and logistics industry in both Australia and China by eliminating unnecessary trade barriers, enhancing bilateral communications, and thus providing two countries with new opportunities to engage in international trade and investment collaboration projects.
The alliance will serve its members and facilitate Australia and China supply chain and logistics development and cooperation. The alliance aims to provide a new platform with a wide range of services, including conferences, exhibitions, business consultation, oversea visits, training programs, etc. to help enhance communication, and increase collaboration partnerships between all alliance members, including functional government departments, industrial associations, institutions and corporate enterprises.

CEVA trials truck route from China to Europe

CEVA Logistics Greater China has sent the first-ever TIR (Transports Internationaux Routiers) truck from Khorgos, China via Kazakhstan to Europe.
The trial run was on 13 November, 2018 and was operated as a joint initiative between CEVA Logistics, the IRU (International Road Transportation Union) and CEVA’s partners Alblas and Jet-rail.
The truck arrived in Poland on 24 November, with no disruption or Customs issues after 11 days on the road. The closing TIR at its final destination was after 13 days on 26 November.
According to CEVA, the new road service will deliver a cost saving of about 50 per cent compared to air options. With a lead time door-to-door of between 10 to 15 days, it will be 30-50 per cent faster than rail.
Customs sealed in Khorgos, the first TIR truck from China to Europe started its 7,000 kilometers journey via Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus to Poland in the afternoon of 13 November. It was a historic moment when the truck, operated by CEVA’s partner Alblas International Logistics, left Khorgos to cross the border into Kazakhstan.
“This is a day to remember. Together with our partners, we have trialed TIR all the way to Europe today the very first time,” Kelvin Tang, Director Road & Rail at CEVA Logistics Greater China said.

World trade momentum weaker but growing, says DHL

According to the latest DHL Global Trade Barometer (GTB), global trade will continue to grow over the next three months.
With an overall index of 61 points, the GTB’s analysis of international air and containerised ocean trade flows indicates that the development of the previous quarters will continue: Indices for all seven countries that constitute the GTB index are above 50 points, which corresponds to a positive growth forecast according to the underlying methodology.
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The pace of growth, however, is further slowing in all index countries.
This deceleration will be particularly strong in Asia (except for China): Index values for India, Japan and South Korea have dropped by eight, six and five points respectively compared to the previous release of the GTB in September.
With an overall index of 75 points, India, however, continues to be the country with the strongest trade growth forecast.
“The DHL Global Trade Barometer clearly shows that the state of global trade remains solid. Both, air and ocean trade, continue to grow around the world. However, given the smoldering trade conflicts, especially between the US and China, and economists’ expectations that the global economy could cool down, it is not entirely surprising that trade momentum has weakened slightly”, Tim Scharwath, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight said.
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FedEx acquires 1,000 electric vehicles

FedEx has announced it is expanding its fleet to add 1,000 Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles.  FedEx is purchasing 100 of the vehicles from Chanje Energy Inc and leasing 900 from Ryder System, Inc.
The purpose-built electric vehicles will be operated by FedEx Express for commercial and residential pick-up and delivery services in the United States.
“FedEx continually seeks new ways to maximise operational efficiency, minimise impacts and find innovative solutions through the company’s Reduce, Replace, Revolutionise approach to sustainability,” said Mitch Jackson, FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer.  “Our investment in these vehicles is part of our commitment to that approach of serving our customers and connecting the world responsibly and resourcefully.”
The vehicles are manufactured by FDG in Hangzhou, China, and purchased through Chanje Energy Inc., the company’s subsidiary for global business.  Ryder System, Inc. will provide support services for all of the vehicles.
The EVs can travel more than 150 miles when fully charged and have the potential to help FedEx save two thousand gallons of fuel while avoiding 20 tons of emissions per vehicle each year. The maximum cargo capacity is around 6,000 pounds. All of the EVs will be operated in California.
FedEx has been using all-electric vehicles as part of its pickup-and-delivery fleet since 2009.  We believe that wider adoption of alternative-fuel, electric and hybrid electric vehicles will play a key role in reducing global emissions, while diversifying and expanding renewable energy solutions.
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Chinese shoppers deliver 80,000 customers to DHL

Joshua Zhou, Managing Director, AuMake International Limited with Denise McGrouther, Managing Director, DHL eCommerce Australia.

DHL eCommerce, a division of logistics company Deustche Post DHL Group, has partnered with AuMake, an ASX listed retailer connecting Australian suppliers directly with Chinese consumers, to enable deliveries direct from Australia to China. AuMake’s growing database of over 80,000 members will now be able to ship direct to China with DHL eCommerce Parcel International Direct, a tracked service with transit times of 5-7 days to 90% of China.
“We’re proud to partner with AuMake to offer Parcel International Direct China to their customers and provide reliable and high quality direct shipping. We understand that trust is highly important for Chinese shoppers, particularly in the delivery process. Our shipping service offers great transit times, high quality handling and tracking visibility to connect Australian brands to Chinese consumers,” said managing director of DHL eCommerce Australia Denise McGrouther.
Australian products are highly sought after by Chinese online shoppers, contributing to 20% of cross-border purchases into China in 2017, up 9% from 2016. In addition, there are an estimated 400,000 ‘daigous’ operating in Australia who act as an overseas personal shopper to buy and ship products from Australia to China.
Through its growing footprint of showroom-style stores, AuMake and Kiwi Buy across Sydney, customers can make purchases and arrange a pick up by DHL eCommerce for international deliveries from AuMake’s retail stores with the launch of the new service.
“The demand for Australian products from China is insatiable and through AuMake’s retail stores and the collaboration with DHL eCommerce, we are making it easier to ship from Australia to China. AuMake’s customers can shop and ship with the additional choice of using a well known and trusted logistics provide like DHL eCommerce, providing peace of mind that their purchases will be safely and quickly delivered,” said managing director of AuMake International Limited Joshua Zhou.
 

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to spend $20bn on logistics, handle 1bn parcels a day

Following Tuesday’s announcement of driving its logistics green, Alibaba founder Jack Ma has provided further details on his plans for the group’s logistics arm.
Alibaba Group will invest over 100 billion yuan (approx. AUD 20bn) to build the technical backbone for a smart logistics network aimed at improving delivery reach and efficiency, as well as sharply driving down logistics costs, said executive chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma at the 2018 Global Smart Logistics Summit.
The network mainly aims to push 24-hour delivery across China and push logistics costs down to less than 5% of China’s gross domestic product from around 15% at present, and thereby increasing profit margins for the manufacturing industry and logistics sector. It also aims to push 72-hour delivery to the rest of the world.
Over the past five years since its establishment, Cainiao Network, Alibaba’s logistics arm, has witnessed an increasingly intelligent logistics industry as a result of the joint efforts of Cainiao and its partners. Through technology innovation and open collaboration, Cainiao has reduced cross-border shipping time from an average of 70 days to less than 10 days for some countries. The number of B2C parcels that go through customs clearance is now one million every day. Within China, Cainiao’s same-day and next-day delivery now covers 1,500 counties and districts.
“This network is not only national, but global. This is on what we will work closely with our partners to achieve and bring benefits to all,” said Mr Ma. “As the industry will increasingly become tech-driven, Cainiao aims to be the ‘brain’ of the logistics industry. Since the first day of its birth, Cainiao’s mission is not to deliver goods, but to help delivery firms to deliver goods by building a network that links all logistics elements and connects every deliver person, every warehouse, every hub, every city, and every house.”
Today, about 100 million parcels are processed through Cainiao’s logistics platform every day. What has made it possible is Cainiao’s efforts in driving industry digitalisation. For example, the electronic bills and labels have helped digitise and standardise the industry infrastructure.
China’s logistics landscape has undergone massive change in recent years, reaching unprecedented scale. Ma noted the industry started from zero ecommerce parcels and is now delivering 130 million parcels per day, while there are about five million people working at courier and food-delivery companies in the country, and seven delivery companies have gone public.
With that pace of change, it’s not unreasonable that the peak handling during the company’s 11.11 mega-sale will become the daily average a decade later.
“We want to build this network to help the industry to meet the future needs,” said Mr Ma. “Today, the industry can process 100 million packages a day. In the future, we will need to process 1 billion packages a day. The logistics industry need to get prepared for that with a robust infrastructure.”
The company has also announced plans for five global distribution centres. More details in Tuesday’s newsletter.

Australian sales to China thriving: Tmall report

The 2017 Tmall Global Annual Consumers Report has revealed Australia has moved into third spot, on the list of importer countries into China, on Alibaba’s business-to-consumer (B2C) platform. This is up from fourth spot in 2016.
Led by strong demand from Chinese consumers for Australia’s health and nutrition supplements, baby products and milk powder, Australia ranked behind only Japan and the United States, and ahead of Germany and South Korea.
Managing Director of Alibaba Group, Australia and New Zealand Maggie Zhou said: “Since opening our ANZ headquarters in Melbourne last year, we have worked harder than ever to support the success of Australian businesses in China. These incredible results for Australian merchants demonstrate that we are succeeding in our mission to make it easier for local businesses to do business anywhere.
“With 515 million annual active consumers now using our China retail marketplaces the opportunity for Australian businesses remains enormous, and we are excited to be part of the China journey for even more local brands in 2018.”
The 2017 Tmall Global Annual Consumers Report was jointly published by Tmall Global and CBNData, a big data-based business research and integrated marketing communications strategy platform. Elsewhere, it found that Chinese post-millennials have become the main purchasing power for imported products, with content and emotional interaction becoming a major factor in driving consumers’ decisions when buying imported products.
The report highlighted that people born in the 1990s have now become the biggest spenders on imported products, which come from a more diverse range of countries and are consumed more frequently throughout the year.
Tmall Global sustained its position as the largest B2C e-commerce platform for imported products in China, with a market share of 27.6% in the fourth quarter of 2017. There is still significant untapped potential in this sector, with the report estimating annual growth of 20 per cent in transaction volume and a market scale of RMB620 billion by 2019.

Chinese port group acquires major stake in Port of Newcastle

China Merchants Port (CMPort) has entered into an agreement to purchase a 50 per cent interest in the Port of Newcastle, New South Wales, from China Merchants Union and Gold Newcastle Property .
The remaining 50 per cent interest in Port of Newcastle is held by TIF Investment Trust, an independent third party.
The deal went through for over $600 million.
The acquisition of Port of Newcastle is CMPort’s first step in its bid to invest in Oceania.
“Given the unique position of the Port of Newcastle with precincts containing land resources, the acquisition will bring opportunities for the Company to further achieve its ‘Port and Park’ development under ‘Port-Park-City’ model,” the company said in a statement. Through this, the company seeks to operate its core port businesses alongside park development and infrastructure support, “thereby achieving a port-centred ecosystem with port operations as its core.”
In its statement, CMPort noted that it believes the price of the acquisition was fair and reasonable.
The Port of Newcastle is the largest port on Australia’s east coast, and a significant coal-export port.
In 2016, it handled bulk cargo volume of 167 million tonnes, of which coal export made up 161 million tonnes, approximately 40 per cent of Australia’s coal export
The Port of Newcastle has a total land area of 792 hectares, including approximately 200 hectares of vacant port land available for further development. In September 2016, the New South Wales Government committed $12.7 million towards a permanent multi-purpose cruise terminal facility at the Port of Newcastle, which will begin construction in 2018.

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