CouriersPlease partners with e-commerce platform eCorner

CouriersPlease has announced a strategic partnership with eCorner, an Australian e-commerce platform that provides services to online retailers and organisations such as Weight Watchers Australia, Gadgets 4 Geeks, Translink and the Australian Institute of Sport. Through the partnership, eCorner is now fully integrated with CouriersPlease’s services.
Over 10 million consumers visited eCorner-partnered online retail sites last year, placing more than 400,000 orders. These customers will now have access to CouriersPlease’s delivery network and will automatically be provided with the option to get their parcels delivered to conveniently located POPPoints of their choice – comprised of retail outlets (POPShops) and parcel lockers (POPStations).
“In the dynamic e-commerce industry, customer expectations are changing and consumers expect reliable and fast shipping,” said Mark McGinley, CEO CouriersPlease. “Customers also want a choice in how and where their parcel is delivered. Our flexible options will give customers of eCorner retailers the option to redirect their parcel at any time during the delivery, at no additional cost. By offering customers access to a range of on-demand, flexible services, online retailers can stay relevant in the industry and compete with giants such as Amazon.”
John Debrincat, CEO, eCorner, added, “At eCorner, we are always looking at ways of improving our offering. We do that by extending the functionality of ePages to support third-party systems. The direct integration of ePages with CP will allow their customers to request convenient shipping options directly from their store. This added feature will allow our clients to enhance their customer experience, so online shoppers won’t miss a delivery.”

Sendle launches free integration with Shopify

Courier service Sendle has launched a free integration with e-commerce platform Shopify to simplify and accelerate delivery for Australian online retailers.
Shopify customers can now opt to start shipping through Sendle’s nationwide door-to-door delivery service.
As part of the integration, all Shopify sales that have been paid for will be synced and imported directly into the customer’s Sendle dashboard, helping store owners streamline delivery through label printing, order booking and management and easy parcel tracking, with no minimum order quantities
“Shopify is a market leader in making it easy for business owners to set up and sell online,” said James Chin Moody, CEO and Co-founder, Sendle. “This new integration will extend that simplicity even further to help users eliminate pain points and make shipping and delivery seamless. Through our integration with Shopify, we are unlocking the power of big business logistics — convenience and affordability, for small and medium online sellers around the country.
“Our vision is to level the playing field and simplify shipping and delivery for thousands of small business owners around Australia. The ongoing development of our open API allows us to easily integrate with key partners, as we work to create an eCommerce ecosystem for more users.”

AusPost launches commerce hub

Australia Post has entered into a joint venture with a global fintech company AlphaPaymentsCloud, PowerRetail reports. The two will create an integrated commerce platform, AlphaCommerceHub, which will ease online trading for Australian retailers, a one-stop shop for e-commerce services including payment processing, identity, fraud detection and shipping.
“Businesses will no longer need to invest in multiple platforms, integrations and expensive ongoing investment to stay current,” said Andrew Walduck, Executive General Manager of Trusted e-Commerce Services and Group Chief Digital Officer, Australia Post.
“AlphaCommerceHub offers contemporary point of sale and online checkout options.
“It’s an absolute game changer in Australia’s fintech evolution so we’re incredibly excited about the potential this joint venture brings to both our banking partners and our customers.”
PowerRetail shared that Oliver Rajic, CEO, of AlphaPaymentsCloud noted that the platform will provide customisable commerce services and streamlined payments.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Australia Post to realize our shared vision to become Australia’s vendor solution switch,” said Rajic.
“Everyone’s talking about fintech, but Australia Post is truly embracing this transformation. It’s amazing to consider the potential for our joint solution to create the infrastructure underpinning Australia’s fintech future.”
 

GetSwift logistics platform surpasses one million deliveries

Global delivery logistics platform GetSwift Limited has announced that it has recently powered over one million deliveries, more than half of which occurred within the last four months.
GetSwift is based both in NY and Melbourne, where it has its headquarters, and is listed on the ASX last year. The Chairman – Bane Hunter – is a former Viacom executive and the CEO – Joel Macdonald – is a former AFL football player.
GetSwift has been helping Aussie companies such as Red Rooster with their delivery processes, allowing consumers to track deliveries and talk to the courier. They’re also the technology provider helping Little Caesars do delivery in Sydney – a service they don’t provide in the US.
The GetSwift platform is currently used in 57 countries and 410+ cities across 38 different industry verticals, a jump of 94 cities in the last four months. The company hopes to have a presence in over 700+ cities in 2017 as it enters into the fulfilment phase of its strategy.
“GetSwift continues to show accelerated and wide scale growth. In a very short period of time, we have reached our one million delivery milestone at a pace quicker than forecast,” said Executive Chairman, Bane Hunter. “We’re incredibly pleased with the company’s growth to date as we continue to sign on new clients and expand our reach geographically.
“The strategy of stealth expansion of our reach, acceptance and applicability globally is paying dividends. We have our sights set on growing and increasing delivery volumes aggressively across the 57 countries, and 410+ cities we are in presently in addition to continuing to capture new geographic markets. The company will continue to scale by continuing to offer a product that provides our customers with a very cost-effective, commercially proven logistics software solution for their businesses regardless of size or vertical they may be in. GetSwift plans to revolutionise delivery logistics around the world.”

DHL makes bid for European freight with CILLOX platform

A mere three months after announcing their intention to introduce a digital freight platform, DHL Group has launched CILLOX, a virtual marketplace that matches full truckload (FTL), part truckload (PTL) and less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments with available transportation providers. The platform is now available for management of freight travelling within Germany or from Germany to destinations in Europe.
Amadou Diallo, Executive Vice President Value Added Services & Integrated Logistics at DHL Global Forwarding and CEO CILLOX said, “Our main objective is to make the platform as convenient as possible in order to simplify our customer’s lives and we will continuously evolve the platform according to user needs and feedback.”
According to DHL, CILLOX connects companies with freight shipping needs with transport providers for their particular cargo – without time-consuming negotiations and difficult comparisons of prices and services. “Shippers get immediate access to pricing information based on their shipment characteristics, availability of trucks and last-booked rates,” the company said. “This enables a better comparison and booking of incoming quotes from transport providers. CILLOX offers the freedom of choice of a marketplace, as shippers choose and book the transport provider that best fits their requirements yet enjoy a single point of contact with CILLOX as their contract partner.”
For transport providers, CILLOX provides a platform to present their company’s assets and capabilities to a large audience of shippers so they can find suitable loads to optimise the utilisation of their trucks. “A dynamic transport quote calculator – derived from a continuously growing real-time database combined with analysis of substantial transacted data collected over the years – will assist transport companies to make competitive quotes for each shipment and help them succeed in winning the loads they need,” the company said.
CILLOX also provides a single interface for tracking, documentation and payment processes, and shippers are able to track fulfilment progress and receive real-time notifications via their personalised dashboard in case of delays. The CILLOX driver mobile application matches the GPS position of trucks to the pick-up and delivery addresses of their routes, and reminds drivers to confirm crucial milestones or to document issues. A document scanner integrated into the driver application allows drivers to scan and submit delivery documents with their mobile phone cameras, accelerating payment to transport providers to a matter of days.
While DHL has expressed an intention to roll the platform out over other geographical areas, there is no word as yet on when CILLOX will arrive in Australia.

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