Prologis delivers for Logista Italia

Bologna, Italy: Prologis has developed a new 40,500sq metre logistics centre with temperature-controlled areas for food distribution company Logista Italia at Italian industrial warehouse complex Interporto Bologna.

The property has warehouses for storage, logistics, temperature-controlled areas and two offices of 1,000sq metres.

Sandro Innocenti, senior vice president, country manager of Prologis Italia, said: “In record time we have created and delivered a technologically advanced logistics platform which has been certified “very good” by the sustainability assessment method ‘Breeam’. This testifies to our ability to respond promptly to customer requests by creating low environmental impact and technologically advanced logistics buildings.”

All systems go for Commercial Vehicle Show

Birmingham, UK: The CV Show opens next week (24 – 26 April) at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.
The CV Show is “the premier destination and one-stop-shop for everyone involved in the CV world the organisers say.

Vehicle makers remain tight-lipped about new developments but several launches of new models are expected the the show as well as a wealth of new products.

“For those transporting temperature-controlled goods, the Cool Zone in hall 3A is an essential visit. A huge range of refrigerated vehicles and bodywork, side by side with the latest fridge units, monitoring equipment and other products specific to cold chain operations will be on display,” Rob Skelton, CV show director, says.

“The theme of technology is at the forefront of the commercial vehicle industry, and the show is a great platform to show that. That’s supported by the Innovation Hub, which we introduced to the show last yea,” Skelton says.

“We have a lot planned for it this year; a seminar theatre where we address emerging technologies that are happening in the industry, which is through expert speakers and audience participation. It’s a new element to the show and it worked well last year; we think it’s going to be even more popular at the 2018 show.

“It’s another reason for attending as a visitor because you can see all the exhibitors, but you might actually learn something that prepares your business for the future. To get the most from the event and all the latest information we encourage visitors to register now for a free entry pass, ensuring they receive important updates in the run-up to the event.”

Sainsbury’s trials electric cargo bikes for home delivery

London, UK: Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is trialling the UK’s first grocery delivery service by electric cargo bike.

Sainsbury’s is trialling the UK’s first grocery delivery service by electric cargo bike

Five zero-emission bikes will sett off in south London from the Streatham Common store, delivering up to 100 orders a day to local customers who’ve shopped through the retailer’s groceries online website.

E-cargobikes.com is providing the purpose-built bikes, which have enough capacity to carry several customer orders at a time.

The trial will test whether delivering groceries by electric cargo bike could be a more efficient way of getting groceries to customers living in busy cities. The bikes will be able to make the most of cycle lanes in order to avoid traffic, especially during peak delivery hours such as midweek mornings and park closer to customers’ homes than is often possible for traditional delivery vans.

As well as making sure customers get their shopping on time, the electric cargo bikes will also be beneficial to the environment, producing zero emissions and no noise pollution.

Once customers have placed their online orders, Sainsbury’s will use routing technology to determine which orders are delivered by a traditional van or by electric cargo bike. The order will then be delivered during the customer’s chosen time slot by Sainsbury’s branded bikes and riders.

If successful, the trial could be rolled out to further areas across the UK. Clodagh Moriarty, director of online at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re delighted to be the first supermarket to trial grocery deliveries by electric cargo bikes. We’re always looking for new ways to make sure we can best serve our customers and this trial will help us explore whether there might be a more flexible way to deliver Sainsbury’s groceries to those who live in busy cities.”

James FitzGerald, managing director of e-cargobikes.com, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Sainsbury’s on this trial. By taking existing e-cargobike technology and putting it to the test in a new market, we’re reimagining grocery deliveries and exploring a more sustainable transport system.”

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