Alpega Partners with FourKites to Deliver Supply Chain Visibility in North America, Europe and Latin America

The global partnership enables Alpega customers to strengthen their connected supply chain ecosystems with predictive data

Alpega, a global provider of cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS), today announced it has partnered with FourKites, a global leader in real-time and predictive supply chain visibility for shippers, carriers and logistics service providers, as part of its strategic value-adding partner ecosystem.

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The partnership delivers integrated real-time, in-transit freight tracking across all modes and serves Alpega customers of all industries and verticals, enabling improved visibility and reduced supply chain costs.

“Successful end-to-end supply chain planning and execution requires real-time visibility and dependable predictive ETAs,” said Matt Elenjickal, CEO at FourKites. “Our predictive visibility platform leverages machine learning and advanced analytics to provide supply chain professionals with the real-time data needed to make informed, trusted decisions, and to remain agile in the face of any circumstance.”

The partnership combines the modular, scalable transportation management solution, Alpega TMS, with FourKites’ global, multimodal real-time transportation visibility platform. With the largest integrated carrier-base, this integration gives Alpega customers enhanced live shipment tracking and visibility data directly linked to the transportation order in Alpega TMS, providing actionable insights to drive operational efficiencies across supply chain operations.

“Our strategy when it comes to partnerships, is to work with the best to complement our TMS product portfolio,” said Todd DeLaughter, CEO at Alpega Group. “Our partnership with FourKites will provide our customers globally with the critical transportation technology and valuable timely data they need to create a competitive advantage. We look forward to the opportunities this strategic relationship will provide our joint customer base.”

Alpega TMS brings transparency and efficiency to all trading partners across the supply chain through one shared data set and collaborative platform for managing

Europe Can Win Electric Car Sales Race If It Learns From China

(Bloomberg) — Sales of electric vehicles in Europe are growing at such a pace that the continent looks increasingly likely to outpace China in the near future.

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That’s one of the findings of a report released Tuesday by London-based automotive research firm Jato Dynamics. However, it found that Europe and the U.S. still have a few things to learn from China, the world’s biggest EV market, including prioritizing affordability, centralizing planning, and using data to better understand consumers.

Demand for cleaner and smarter cars is rising globally, particularly in Europe where the market has been bolstered by tighter emissions regulations along with an increasing awareness of climate change. EV sales in Europe in the first half exceeded China for the first time since 2015.

Although the coronavirus pandemic hurt all car sales, including EVs, which fell 15% globally in the second quarter, the market for electric vehicles is forecast to expand about 7% this year, led by Europe, according to a September report from BloombergNEF.

“What governments in underdeveloped EV markets now need is a more centralized plan to catalyze growth and create an optimal environment to build consumer confidence by making adoptions as simple as possible,” Jato’s report said.

Charging Stations

Besides heavily subsidizing EVs, the government in China has created an effective infrastructure and implementation strategy that’s crucial to supporting adoption, the report found. According to the International Energy Agency, the number of public slow- and fast-charging spots reached 862,118 worldwide, with China taking a 60% share.

Tesla Inc., the California-based company that’s currently the world’s biggest EV maker, earlier this month cut the price of its China-made Model 3 sedan to 249,900 yuan ($36,800), cheaper than anywhere else, aided by supply chain localization, especially batteries.

While subsidies in China are being dialed back, EVs are

This Is The New Transport Trend Sweeping Europe

Before the pandemic, the number of cycle lanes and on-demand bike share schemes were rocketing across Europe. Shared public transport–scooters, bikes, cars–worked on the assumption that people in modern cities wanted to jump on whatever transport was available nearby, using an application, and leave them at stations or spaces when finished.

But there is a new trend, fuelled by Covid-19 and the rise in popularity of e-bikes; in a pandemic, people don’t want to rub shoulders with anyone else, they don’t want to share transport with people they don’t know and they need to not be sweaty or out of breath when they arrive at their destination.

Now, as countries clear roads for cycle lanes, and investors pour money into new European transport, it seems the public is ready for a new transport model for cycling–that of longer-term bike rentals, via a subscription service.

EU cities, like Paris, are investing in cycle lanes…

Anne Hidalgo was reelected to office as Paris’ mayor three months ago for a second term–a term in which she is determined to stamp her environmental credentials, particularly before the Olympic Games arrive in 2024.

In an interview with French newspaper, Le Parisien, she stated her intent to double down on environmental projects stating “you can forget traveling from east to west through the city by car.”

50km of cycle paths were created when France came out of lockdown in May–dubbed ‘coronapistes’ by the press–but Hidalgo intends to add another 10km to these and make them permanent. The makeshift yellow markings, will in time, become permanent blocks.

Hidalgo intends to focus on two major mobility projects–one is to reserve a

Virus Forces Europe to Confront Its Creaking Internet Problems

Massimiliano Capitanio

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Shortly after coronavirus forced Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to lock down the country, lawmaker Massimiliano Capitanio took an unusual call at his office in Rome.

It was an appeal for help from a hospital at the epicenter of the outbreak in northern Italy. Its administrators direly needed faster internet connections and computers to deal with the flood of patients. Capitanio — who sits on parliament’s telecommunications committee — called the country’s phone companies to help out.

To Capitanio, the pandemic was a wake-up call to fix Italy’s creaking internet. Now Conte has stepped in with a plan to kick-start investment by merging the country’s two biggest landline networks.

“Some families still don’t own a computer,” said Capitanio. “The government has been forced to step in and tackle this social emergency.”

Europe’s internet infrastructure is riddled with gaps and bottlenecks, exposed over the past seven months by surging hospital admissions to the rise of home working and explosion of e-commerce. Governments are now deciding how to intervene, after predicting the introduction of faster networks could lead to an annual benefit of 113 billion euros ($133 billion).

In Italy, the state investment vehicle Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA is expected to obtain a significant stake in a unified national network and give former monopoly Telecom Italia SpA confidence to speed up a roll-out of faster fiber-optic connections by removing rival Open Fiber SpA.

The plan tears up a guiding principle of the European project that more competition leads to better services. It’s part of a new pattern of engagement with industry that suggests Europe is watering down its anti-monopoly principles in response to China’s state-led expansion and Donald Trump’s America First agenda.

Building more robust infrastructure would stimulate stricken economies and spur the

Coty Expands Kylie Skin Brand to Europe and Australia

Coty Inc.  (COTY) – Get Report said on Thursday that it was expanding its division for Kylie Jenner’s skincare products, Kylie Skin, to France, Germany, the U.K. and Australia.

The direct-to-consumer Kylieskin.com websites will ensure faster delivery of products. They’ll also enable customers to shop using their local languages and currencies, avoiding additional customs fees and duties, the New York beauty-products company said in a statement.

At last check Coty shares jumped 8% to $3.60.

“The launch of the Kylie Skin international websites also reinforces Coty’s strategic commitment to strengthening the direct-to-consumer business model,” said Simona Cattaneo, president of luxury brands at Coty. “We continue to see collections sell out quickly.” 

“I always wanted to bring my skincare line to more consumers around the world and this will allow for an easier shopping experience and faster delivery,” Jenner, a fashion designer and entrepreneur with a big social-media following, said in the company statement.

Initial product assortment for the direct-to-consumer websites in both Europe and Australia will include Coconut Body Scrub, Vanilla Milk Toner, Walnut Face Scrub, Hydrating Face Mask, and more.

“All products are cruelty-free, vegan, gluten free, paraben and sulfate free and suitable for all skin types,” Coty said.

Kylie Skin launched in 2019 in the U.S. Jenner started up Kylie Cosmetics in 2015.

In July, Coty shares rose after the company named beauty industry veteran Sue Nabi chief executive. 

Nabi’s appointment at the time placed the number of women CEOs in the S&P 500 at 28, or just 6% of the broadest benchmark of U.S.-listed companies.

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