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DHL Now Delivers On The River!

  • Daily riverboat freight service to transport small packages into central London for final mile delivery by bike
  • New river freight route through London, operated by Thames Clippers, is part of DHL’s commitment to reduce congestion

28 September 2020 – DHL Express, the world’s leading international express delivery service provider, has launched London’s first riverboat parcel delivery service, which aims to ease congestion and provide a reliable and efficient way of transporting deliveries across the capital.

The innovative service has been introduced as part of DHL’s commitment to using blended transport modes to improve access to urban areas and is an important step towards exploring the use of the river for small scale freight transport.

The riverboat service, operated by Thames Clippers, will run daily at7:30am, transporting packages into London. The shipments will be loaded from electric vehicles onto the riverboat at Wandsworth Riverside Quarter Pier before travelling at high speed along the Thames into central London, docking at Bankside Pier for final mile delivery on DHL courier bicycles.

DHL has proven the effectiveness of combining land and waterways through its established canal delivery network in Venice, but the service in London represents its first high speed service.

Ian Wilson, Chief Executive UK&I, DHL Express said: “With heavy traffic and poor air quality becoming an increasing problem in urban areas like London, we’re committed to finding a better blend of transport. This new and unique service, combining electric vehicles, riverboat and last-mile bikes creates fast and efficient access across the capital.”

Sean Collins, CEO, Thames Clippers said: “We’re thrilled to be facilitating this service alongside DHL. The river is a widely under-used natural source of transportation and as we have demonstrated over the last 21 years with our passenger services, the river has opportunity to innovate and evolve – this new high-speed parcel delivery service is a great example of this. As a business we strive to maximise the uses of the river as a mode of transport and will continue to reduce congestion on London’s roads.”

Robin Mortimer, Chief Executive, Port of London Authority said: “This project opens up the movement of small parcels as a new and potentially substantial area of river use.  The shipment of bulkier freight by river already takes more than 200,000 HGVs off the capital’s roads every year.  A river boat and emission free last mile delivery is a great innovation and the ideal combination for the city’s next evolution.”

David Panayiotou, Head of London River Services, TfL said: “Without the Thames London would not have become the city it is, so it is great to see it playing its part in the city’s economy in this new and innovative way. The reduction of lorries on the road complements our existing measures to improve road safety, and we are pleased to be part of an initiative that provides the consistent journey times that are so crucial to the successful delivery of parcels.”

The riverboat service is the latest addition to GoGreen,DHL’s group-wide environmental protection program. GoGreen is the cornerstone of DHL’s sustainability work and focuses on reducing and avoiding emissions of greenhouse gases and local air pollutants. Within this is Mission 2050, targeting a reduction of all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050.

ABOUT DHL – The logistics company for the world

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfilment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 380,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as “The logistics company for the world”.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 61 billion euros in 2018.

Sep, 28, 2020

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The Wait Is Over – Xbox Next Generation Launch

Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Launch Nov. 10, Pre-Orders Begin Sept. 22

Get Xbox Series S or Xbox Series X plus Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, including EA Play, from just $24.99/month with Xbox All Access

Microsoft unveiled Xbox Series S, an all-digital next-generation console designed to deliver everything that is core to next-generation gaming – faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds – in its smallest Xbox ever. Joining Xbox Series X, the fastest, most powerful console ever, the next generation of Xbox consoles elevate the way all games look, play and feel.

Fans looking to upgrade their current hardware or those new to Xbox can upgrade or begin their journey with Xbox with two great options this holiday. Xbox Series S ($299 USD/$379 CAD/$8,499 MXP/£249 GBP) and Xbox Series X ($499 USD/$599 CAD/$13,999 MXP/£449 GBP) will launch Nov. 10, pre-orders begin Sept. 22.

Xbox also announced it is teaming up with Electronic Arts to provide Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC members an EA Play membership at no additional cost. In addition to the 100+ high-quality games available with Xbox Game Pass already, Game Pass members will also be able to play more than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games like “FIFA 20,” “Titanfall 2” and “Need for Speed Heat,” as well as titles from some of EA’s most popular franchises like Battlefield, Mass Effect, Skate, and Sims. Xbox Game Pass gets even better for the over 10 million members from 41 countries worldwide.

With Xbox All Access you can get everything you need to jump into the next-generation of gaming — an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S and 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, with no upfront cost. Xbox Series S will be available starting from $24.99 USD a month for 24 months and Xbox Series X will be available starting from $34.99 USD a month for 24 months.

Xbox All Access will be available in the following countries this holiday: Australia at Telstra; Canada at EB Games; Denmark at Elgiganten; Finland at Gigantti; France at FNAC; New Zealand at Spark; Norway at Elkjøp; Poland at Media Expert; South Korea at SK Telecom; Sweden at Elgiganten; UK at GAME and Smyths Toys; United States at Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Microsoft Store, and Walmart.

Check local market retailers for price and pre-order availability.

 

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IFA 2020 Special Edition

IFA 2020 Special Edition is the most inspiring global innovations tech event!

Berlin, 3rd – 5th of September 2020

For the first time since the start of the Corona crisis, a leading global trade fair for consumer electronics will be opening its doors

IFA 2020 Special Edition is the first major global fair for consumer and home electronics that will physically take place since the pandemic.  From September 3rd to September 5th, outstanding brands and up-and-coming start-ups will showcase their novelties, trends and highlights at the Berlin exhibition grounds.

“After all those event cancellations, our industry urgently needs this platform in order to present its innovations.  Virtual events are certainly helpful, but they lack the emotional connection” says Director Jens Heithecker.

This year, the main question is:  Which innovations will prove successful in the new normal of the post COVID 19 situation?

Due to the new importance of our homes and the boom of household appliances, the focus is primarily on smart home applications and products that have a positive influence on the living climate.  Besides, the focus is on cutting-edge technologies, such as IoT, 5G, Mixed Reality, AI and robotics which will redesign the world in the era of digital working and learning, telemedicine and digital health.

The number of participants is limited, because health and safety are top priority.  Nevertheless, there will be non-virtual live events that will focus on B2B core functions of IFA.

Cross-industry innovations will be presented at SHIFT Mobility meets IFA NEXT.  For the first time, the platforms for both, technologies that will change our mobility (SHIFT) and future-oriented products, concepts and solutions from high-tech companies, startups and research institutes (IFA NEXT) will be combined and will serve as an expert network.

These event components aim at trade visitors.  Media representatives can experience the latest products, press briefings and IFA keynotes live at the IFA Global Press Conferences.