Canada Post wins delivery innovation award, admits looking at drones
Canada Post has said it is looking into the idea of delivering its mail by drone in the future.
According to news site CBC, Jon Hamilton, a spokesperson for the company, said "We are in a competitive space, especially when it comes to parcel delivery and things like that.” However, he confirmed that they were not at the prototype stage at this point in time.
The use of drones has taken off with online giant Amazon the most significant user of the technology. It vows to deliver packages weighing five pounds or less within just half an hour.
"It may be something that has applications for the postal service," Hamilton told CBC. "But it may be something that is just more of an emerging threat to the existing postal business, and how do we respond to that?"
Canada Post has recently won an award for an innovative delivery service. FlexDelivery, the service that allows customers to direct the items they order online to any post office they choose, won the Delivery on Demand Award at the World Post & Parcel Awards 2016.
Launched in May 2015, FlexDelivery allows customers to direct their online purchase to a post office near their workplace, their child’s caregiver, their cottage or a travel destination – or any place in Canada. Roughly one in three households has nobody at home when Canada Post attempts to deliver a parcel at the door, so FlexDelivery can mean no more missed deliveries.
“Consumers are demanding flexibility and convenience when it comes to delivery. Our teams have met that need in an innovative yet easy-to-use way,” says René Desmarais, Senior Vice-President, Parcels, at Canada Post. “Posts around the world are innovating. That’s all the more reason to be thrilled that the industry recognizes our FlexDelivery service as the most consumer-centric delivery experience available.”
“With FlexDelivery, we put power in the hands of the consumer,” says Paul Bernard, Director of Product Management, Parcels at Canada Post. “At the beta testing stage, we asked consumers to journal their experiences with their online orders, knowing this service had to meet Canadians’ high expectations.”
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Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.