Sobey’s, Ocado partner on grocery delivery
TORONTO, ON – Another grocery giant will be entering the home delivery space in Canada. Sobey’s is partnering with grocery software and order fulfillment company Ocado Group to build a web shop and Customer Fulfilment Center (CFC) in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Chanje electric vans unveiled in U.S.
BROOKLYN, NY - Chanje is here. The Chinese-based vehicle manufacturer (pronounced "change") has officially unveiled its electric medium-duty panel van in Brooklyn, New York, with Ryder taking delivery of 125 units for its rental and leasing fleet. The initial rollout will be in key California markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego, as well as New York and Chicago. Ryder will provide parts distribution, service and support. "All the trends in diesel are going in the wrong direction," said Chanje Chief Executive Officer Bryan Hansel, noting that diesel equipment is increasingly expensive to build, purchase, and maintain. China's demand for electric vehicles is expected to outpace North America's needs in coming years, but the U.S. market sets the highest bar for vehicle reliability and safety, and it is home to some of the largest delivery companies and consumer brands expected to use the vehicles, Hansel says. This is being developed as a "world" truck for markets here and elsewhere, and the company says it has invested about US $1 billion in the design and related tooling. But Canada's official rollout has to wait for now. "It's demand-driven. We're certainly going to be inquiring to see the uptake opportunity," Hansel said, referring to Canada as a parallel market to the U.S. "It seems like a natural progression."
IN PRINT — The Clock is Ticking: Consumer demands transform trucking
Seventeen years ago, Tom Hanks stood in a shipping yard and lamented that 87 hours was an eternity. Castaway was on the big screen, and the Hollywood superstar was playing a time-obsessed operations manager for a world-wide shipping company. Shouting that "the cosmos [were] created in less time. Wars have been fought and nations toppled in 87 hours. Fortunes made and squandered," Hanks was forecasting the future of the supply chain. From 87 hours to just 24 or less, time is running out for goods that take more than a day to get to consumers, and trucking is undergoing massive changes, all thanks to a store that sells just about everything: Amazon.
UPS Canada honors safe drivers
VAUGHAN, ON - When the road is your office, every day holds the potential for trouble, but UPS's Circle of Honour members navigate it flawlessly. Sixteen new members from Southern Ontario were inducted into the elite driving group July 27, recognizing each driver's 25 consecutive years of service with the delivery company without a single at-fault incident on the road.
Maxim Truck & Trailer Introduces One-Hour Parts Delivery
WINNIPEG -- The offering guarantees a one-hour delivery of heavy-duty parts for a flat fee of $20. The service is ideally suited to heavy-duty repair shops and fleets who are focused on uptime for their customers and fleets, according to Maxim.