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In this Issue – December 2021


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Robotics developer iFollow to increase production tenfold following latest funding round


French robotics startup iFollow has raised €7.5m (US$8.4m) in funding led by Supernova Invest, alongside Socadif – taking over from historical seed investors Axeleo Capital and NCI Waterstart, all with the support of BPI France. The latest round of funding enables iFollow to expand its assembly line, currently based in Gentilly, France. Production is planned [...]

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Parcel delivery companies underperforming in the UK, finds customer survey


When the consumer charity Citizens Advice surveyed customers of the top five parcel firms, they found that no delivery company ranked more than three out of five stars – with Hermes and Yodel scoring the lowest. In its first annual parcel company league table, the charity compared criteria like customer service, problems and accessibility. Hermes [...]

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DPD Netherlands trials Cleveron’s 701 autonomous delivery vehicle


Parcel carrier DPD Netherlands (DPD NL) has completed a five-day trial of the latest unmanned autonomous delivery vehicle from Estonian innovator Cleveron. The Cleveron 701 delivery vehicle was supervised remotely as it conducted a series of deliveries in the streets of Eindhoven. Moving forward, Cleveron says that a single remote operator will be able to [...]

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Independent UK parcel carrier sees 50% surge in profits during pandemic


UK-based next-day delivery specialist The APC has announced record results for the 2020/21 financial year, with profit before tax of £9.2m (US$12.3m), a 53% year-on-year increase. According to APC, the effects of the pandemic were seen early in the financial year, with home deliveries becoming more popular than deliveries to businesses for its 35,000 customers. [...]

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ANALYSIS: Parcels by rail: emissions and speed


Deutsche Post is on track to reduce emissions by carrying more parcels on trains powered by green electricity. Ian Kerr and Marek Różycki (Last Mile Prophets) discuss Deutsche Post’s partnership with Deutsche Bahn. Topics discussed include: Deutsche Post DHL and DB Cargo expanding their collaboration. More parcels will be carried by rail in Germany. Replacing [...]

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DHL Express tests hydrogen truck on long-haul route


A long-haul trial of a hydrogen truck has been carried out by DHL Express on a route between Breda in the Netherlands and Brussels in Belgium. The truck, operated by Dutch Nassau Sneltransport, will run this cross-border route to deliver Apple products. It has a fuel cell range extender from vehicle manufacturer VDL and covers [...]

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Nova Poshta completes second UAV test delivery


The Ukrainian postal courier Nova Poshta has carried out its second unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) test between Kyiv and Lviv, flying 500km on November 17 to deliver a parcel. The test began at 9:00am when the drone took off from the Kyiv Innovation Terminal to deliver 10 parcels, taking up just over 2kg of the [...]

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