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Episode 118: Amazon and the last mile; Heavy transport and the environment; Alibaba and Bolloré

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Episode 118: Amazon and the last mile; Heavy transport and the environment; Alibaba and Bolloré

Ian Kerr

 Marek Różycki, Managing Partner at Last Mile Experts

Marek Różycki, Managing Partner at Last Mile Experts

 Duncan Buchanan, Policy Director, Road Haulage Association

Duncan Buchanan, Policy Director, Road Haulage Association

 Cathy Morrow Roberson, founder and lead analyst at Logistics Trends & Insights

Cathy Morrow Roberson, founder and lead analyst at Logistics Trends & Insights

Three guests this week! First up, Marek Różycki from Last Mile Experts talks about Amazon's latest push into the last mile:

  • Is it a new idea?
  • Does it make sense for Amazon?
  • What does it mean for other carriers?

(Click here for more analysis on this topic.)

Then Duncan Buchanan, Policy Director at the Road Haulage Association, talks about the environmental challenges facing the trucking sector. The interview was recorded at Post&Parcel Live: Solving the Inner City Challenge.

  • EURO emission standards
  • Access to clean city zones (low emission zones)
  • Congestion issues and how this affects efficiencies and emissions
  • Strategies to improve driver behaviour
  • Driver training and being a professional driver

Finally, Cathy Morrow Roberson from Logistics Trends and Insights joins me to analyse the recently announced partnership between Alibaba and French logistics group Bolloré. We cover:

  • Alibaba building out a global logistics network
  • The regions that will be targeted by this deal
  • Expansion into developing markets
  • Implications for Alibaba's customer experience
  • Alibaba's delivery goals

Click here to sign up for Understanding Amazon, the workshop Marek Różycki and I will host at this year's Post Expo. 

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