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UZ will lease wagons through ProZorro
So far, 5% of the empty wagon fleet will be put up for auction at ProZorro. The freight cars of PJSC "Ukrzaliznytsia" will be leased at ProZorro electronic auctions sales. The relevant agreement on the implementation of the pilot project was signed by the heads of Ukrzaliznytsia and the state enterprise Prozorro.Prodazi, the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade reports. The pilot project will last a year, after which it can be extended. The ministry hopes that the first auctions for the rental of freight cars may appear on ProZorro in November. “Since November, our company begins to lease its own cars through an electronic platform. Thus, we provide a transparent and really effective mechanism for Ukrzaliznytsya to get the market value for the use of cars by our customers says  Head of UZ Evgeny Kravtsov on Facebook. According to him, a year ago, Ukrzaliznytsia sold its freight services 5-7 times cheaper. Thus, I received less millions. The difference between the fixed price and the market value was in the hands of intermediaries and provoked corruption in the railway itself, Kravtsov complained. It is planned to put up 5% of the empty car fleet for electronic trading, and their results will determine the price for the entire car fleet by type and on a certain date. According to the contract, the ProZorro system. The sales will also be used to conduct electronic auctions for the alienation, transfer for use and lease of property belonging to Ukrzaliznytsya.  As of September 1,61 thousand freight cars are located in the working park of Ukrzaliznytsia. Of these, almost 28 thousand gondola cars, 10.3 thousand grain-carriers, almost 3 thousand fitting platforms and other special rolling stock. The most demanded rolling stock is gondola cars and grain-carriers, says Head of UZ Evgeny Kravtsov .   Source:https://delo.ua/business/uz-budet-sdavat-v-arendu-vagony-cherez-prozorro-346883/
Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles
The second phase of the Centre’s scheme will not only promote clean transport but also public health, says V Rishi Kumar Electric mobility — this is one sure-footed drive that everyone’s keen on. The second phase of the ₹10,000-crore FAME II scheme, which has come into play from April 1, 2019, seeks to create a platform for the next wave of electric mobility in the country. The Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) II aims to promote electric and hybrid vehicles in the country, where the infrastructure for such mobility is non-existent and there is hardly any manufacturing. The scheme, to be implemented over three years from April 2019, has a target of 10 lakh registered electric two-wheelers with an incentive of ₹20,000, five lakh e-rickshaws, looks to incentivise electric four-wheelers and support 7,000 e-buses with incentive of ₹50 lakh each, for buses with ex-factory price of ₹2 crore. Interaction with various industry players in the nascent, yet promising, segment shows that they are upbeat on the prospects, as it is not just about offering clean transport in congested and polluted cities but a way towards a healthy lifestyle. More choices for consumer Shailesh Chandra, President, Electric Mobility Business & Corporate Strategy, Tata Motors, says the government’s commitment under phase two of FAME will spur corporates to invest in the EV ecosystem. There’s more excitement in the market with more choices for the consumers. “Using Tata Motors’ in-house capabilities, coupled with Tata Group companies’ expertise and ongoing collaboration with other ecosystem players, we intend to offer a comprehensive range of electric vehicles and other ecosystem solutions to break the barriers to adoption. We have already developed cars, buses and last-mile commercial vehicles, and plan a strong product portfolio,” Chandra says. He sees the primary market for EVs for the next 4-5 years to primarily be fleet. Tata Motors will have multiple products directed towards the fleet segment. Currently, the Tigor EV, apart from serving the EESL order, is also being sold in the fleet segment. “We showcased Altroz EV in the Geneva Motor Show, as an example of the kind of cars we would like to offer to drive aspiration among personal buyers,” explains Chandra. Cutting huge oil bill Santosh Kamath, Partner and Lead-Alternate Energies, KPMG in India, says the growth of the EV industry will be a big boon for India as we import over $100 billion worth of oil, a large part of it being used for transport. It can thus contribute to energy security. Combined with renewable energy, it can help address an important aspect of climate change and local pollution in cities. “The reduction in battery costs and development of an electric vehicle ecosystem in the coming years will lead to a pick-up in adoption,” he points out. Kamath expects initial adoption to happen in the commercial fleet segment and two-wheeler space due to a higher return on investment in these segments. The uptake in the passenger car space will likely pick up post 2022, as costs come down further, a network of charging infrastructure is in place and appropriate models are launched by auto companies. The incentive design under FAME II also appears to take this approach, feels Kamath. Sohinder Gill, CEO, Hero Electric, underscores that India is among the fastest growing economies globally. Tapping opportunities in the EV space will propel it further. Hero Electric believes in ‘zero pollution’ transportation in the country through its range of electric vehicles, he stresses. Barriers in the way But to ride the growth wave, the EV segment has to surmount a few challenges, including the prospect of losing benefits from FAME I. N Nagasatyam, Executive Director, Olectra Greentech, says the industry did not expect such a big move, especially the push for 7,000 public transport vehicles. Backed by the State Transport Undertakings, the target of 7,000 set by the Government will be surpassed and may cross 15,000 units within the next three years, he says. “The move has given a boost to the electric vehicle ecosystem, including component manufacturers. As this grows, the cost will also come down. Now that there is clear visibility with regard to where we are heading, the original equipment manufacturers will also get their act together for local manufacture,” he asserts. However, for the EV industry to grow at a much rapid pace, there is need to strengthen finance options for electric mobility as lenders are extra cautious. Since this is not just public transport but takes care of public health too, we need a concerted effort,” stresses Nagasatyam. Saurabh Kumar, MD, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, says EESL has been working towards removing various hurdles to electric mobility in the country. “With our approach of demand aggregation and bulk procurement, we have been able to address significant challenges like low demand, the high upfront cost of adoption, and lack of charging infrastructure. Our objective is to create universal access to electric mobility, enable more energy savings and emission reduction for a sustainable future. Our target is to replace all 5,00,000 cars in government service with electric variants while ensuring supporting infrastructure. Towards this, EESL has procured 10,000 e-cars and 2,125 chargers via the tendering process,” Kumar says. As of now, EESL has already received an encouraging response from Central government departments and across States, and there are about 2,000 electric cars on the road. The MoUs signed include the Prime Minister’s Office, Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Labour, the Government of Andhra Pradesh, NITI Aayog, the Ministry of Power, and the 15th Finance Commission, amongst others. EESL is in advanced negotiations with other State governments. The second phase of the FAME-India scheme lays a lot of emphasis on establishment of public charging infrastructure. In fact, the scheme recommends that every city with more than one million population have a public charging station every 3-5 km. The thrill of ownership Awadhesh Kumar Jha, Vice -President, Charge & Drive & Sustainability, Fortum India, is confident that FAME II will provide impetus to e-mobility. “Though details of modalities for charging infrastructure are not known, we expect that private Charge Point Operators will get to participate in creating charging infrastructure through this scheme,” he says. Additionally, FAME II has provided support for vehicles fitted with Li-ion based battery that have the potential to scale up, particularly for high performance and high range vehicles. This was required as there was lack of clarity wherein the two streams of battery technology – lead acid and Li-ion battery – were being considered similar, mistakenly, Jha explains. Also, private four-wheelers could have been included in the ambit of FAME II as that would have pushed general consumer adoption of electric vehicles. An aspiring Indian middle class would enjoy ownership of cars alongside intermittent rides in shared vehicles. “At Fortum, we are operating 40 charging points in three cities out of which 36 are DC fast charging points for less than 100V vehicles. We are evaluating the Indian market for opportunities for charging infrastructure,” Jha says. Clearly, the EV segment has to cross a few hurdles — reducing battery cost and enhancing charge capability, apart from setting up charging stations. Some players are talking of battery swapping too. In China, there is great traction already with Olectra partner BYD playing a role there. It won’t be long before India too embraces e-mobility more comprehensively. The EV buzz is in the air.   Source:https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/specials/clean-tech/the-ev-claim-to-fame/article26785010.ece
Google´s Waze carpooling launched in Mexico
The Google-owned GPS navigation app Waze has announced the launch of its carpooling service across Mexico. Waze Carpool is an app that matches drivers and riders who travel similar routes between their homes and workplaces or schools. “It´s about sharing costs. We´re not creating carpooling as a profession but rather creating a community and reducing traffic,” said Waze Mexico Director Ingrid Avilés. The Waze Carpool allows people to find a ride-share companion using a variety of filters based on factors such as: workplace location, gender and even whether they have social media friends in common. Once a match is found, the driver and passenger agree on a pick-up point to start their shared journey. According to Avilés, during the first month of operation in Mexico, passengers will pay just US $0.50 for each trip they take while drivers can earn up to US $5. With 4 million active users in Mexico, Waze has a large pool of potential drivers who could choose to offer spare seats in their cars and thus help to reduce traffic and contamination in the country. The TomTom Traffic Index ranks the Mexican capital as the world´s most traffic congested city, one in which drivers can expect to spend an additional 227 hours a year, (the equivalent of 9.5 days) in traffic on top of their regular travel time.   Source: www.expansion.com/ https://www.entrepreneur.com/  
The ABCs of Supply Chain Cybersecurity
Supply chain cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing logistics planners. In fact, 80 percent of all cyberattacks take place in the supply chain, according to the SANS Institute. As cybercriminals leverage techniques to hack a part of the supply chain that can then be used across an entire industry, here are the ABCs of fighting back. A is for automation. It is key to protecting your supply chain. B is for being aware. More third parties are being added to the supply chain while new data privacy regulations take effect. At the same time, cybercriminals are dynamically changing their tactics to stay ahead of the latest technologies—and they are succeeding at an alarming rate. Many attacks are difficult to detect; as a result, companies are often unaware that they are being breached. Fifty-nine percent of companies experienced a third-party data breach, yet only 16 percent say they effectively mitigate third-party risks, indicates a Ponemon Institute survey. And the average number of third parties that companies employ grew from 378 in 2016, to 471 in 2017, to 588 in 2018. C is for checking the chain. To avoid breaches, companies must manage their third-party security. Checking the chain seems daunting, but you can't sidestep it or accomplish it through one vetting process. Companies that employ vendors and suffer data breaches can face stiff penalties for not complying with data privacy regulations, along with damage to their reputations. The only way to effectively review today's large and complex supply chain is to automate the processes. It's no longer practical for companies to take months filling out a paper questionnaire and having it reviewed. Because cyber posture constantly changes, most paper surveys are obsolete before they even hit the desk. Automating these processes means that companies can vet third-party vendors in days and not months and can continuously monitor them for changes. Security inquiries can check for compliance with key regulations. Automation also offers a way to define relationships along with access to only the data that is necessary for collaborating. Identifying the riskiest vendors is the key to defining a well-prioritized mitigation roadmap. D is for defendable cyber postures. Automated continuous monitoring alerts teams to any change in a company's or vendor's cyber posture. Companies can act on that information immediately. Latest technologies allow companies to have an ongoing conversation with their vendors to remediate any security holes and to be aware of any changes. Companies should ensure that all vendors are aware of and comply with corporate best practices and legal policies. Spelling out liabilities and consequences to vendors ensures that everyone follows the same game rules. Automation opens up meaningful collaboration with vendors and defends against compliance violations. It saves money and reputation, expedites vendor approvals, and keeps the supply chain secure.   Source:https://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/article/the-abcs-of-supply-chain-cybersecurity
Retail Combats a $351Billion Problem
The next time you think about returning an item to Amazon, be forewarned: Return too many items in one year, and you might just be exiled for good. Amazon's controversial decision to ban return-happy customers in an effort to reduce returns costs shows the lengths retailers are willing to go. Last year, total merchandise returns cost U.S. retailers $351 billion in lost sales. That number will climb as online retail becomes the default choice for convenience-craving customers. Hundreds of retailers grapple with these losses. Despite growing concerns, many retailers see free and flexible return policies as an essential part of staying competitive—ignoring (for now) the risk that this billion-dollar "ticking time bomb" might one day go off. To speed resales, create more convenient returns experiences, and use flexible policies as a selling point, retailers are finding new alternatives: Crowdsource delivery for faster 1:1 customer returns. While many retailers are ramping up same-day delivery, few have focused on returns. Even Amazon requires most customers to drop off returns at the post office, despite customer demand for more convenient options. So why not offer customers at-home pickup? Retailers schedule a pickup through a crowdsourced delivery fleet, customers leave items outside their doors, and then someone picks it up that very same day. More than convenience, crowdsourcing returns allows for faster, and even same-day, restock and resell. Given that less than half of returned items are resold at full price, margin-conscious retailers are under enormous pressure to turn around product while it can still be sold at full-ticket value. Invest in return optimization technology. Instead of abandoning returns at a distribution center or landfill, retailers are looking to emerging startups to help solve reverse logistics issues. These tech-enabled partnerships have become increasingly important since retail's omnichannel transformation. Based on real-time data, Optoro predicts where to route returned items and determines the most profitable resale price, while Happy Returns provides centralized, in-person return locations for online retailers. Some companies try to prevent a return from happening in the first place. Supply.ai's ReturnSense tracks customer behavior in real time and detects the likelihood of a future return, giving retailers an opportunity to intervene and suggest a different product. Take advantage of physical footprint. Major U.S. retailers now use their brick-and-mortar stores for speedier delivery, leveraging ship-from-store capabilities to expedite returns, restocks, and resale. Rather than letting distressed inventory end up in waste piles, retailers stand to gain something from their billion-dollar returns reality. By implementing a strategic returns policy, retailers can quickly restock shelves, resell items at profit, and build a more loyal customer base.   Source:https://www.inboundlogistics.com/cms/article/retail-combats-a-351-billion-problem