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Parcel+Post Expo 2023: Tech giants unveil game-changers

parcel post expo 2023
parcel post expo 2023

Industry giants gathered at the Parcel+Post Expo in Amsterdam this week. From electric cargo bikes to vehicle charging solutions, these models aim to revolutionize fleet management and last-mile delivery. 

The expo was a meeting point for fresh ideas, showing the industry’s move towards a tech-driven, eco-friendly future in fleet management and logistics.

Parcel+Post Expo

Tech leaders showcased their latest innovations and data-driven solutions. The expo had various exhibition spaces dedicated to everything from drone parcel delivery and robotics to fleet management solutions and everything in between. 

Here are several notable highlights from the three-day event that captured our attention. 

Scoobic’s electric marvel

Scoobic showcased its electric cargo bike, equipped with a by-wire transmission system and a 2,200-liter cargo box. It can carry up to 250 kilograms of goods and travel approximately 60 kilometers on a single charge. It also has a smart battery swap system to keep users on the go for longer. 

Scoobic guarantees that the vehicle will last five years, saying it is durable, cost-effective, and a promising step towards greener last-mile deliveries. Daniel Byle, marketing and events coordinator at Scoobic Urban Mobility, says their bikes are designed to be “tough enough and ready for any challenge.” 

Byle adds, “I think one of the best things about our vehicles is that they focus on last-mile delivery. We’re taking something that used to create a lot of air and sound pollution and making it 100% renewable. We have vehicles that can perform like internal combustion engines and fit with the latest EU requirements.”

Opticon H-35 mobile computer

Opticon revealed a H-35 mobile computer that runs on Android 11. It’s fitted with the Opticon 2D imager barcode scanner, as well as Bluetooth, 4G, WiFi, and NFC capabilities. The on-the-go device is used in logistics, postal services, and transportation, among other markets. 

It has been designed to improve efficiency on the worksite and has an IP65 rating, meaning it’s rugged and can withstand the toughest work environments. 

Mounir Jalal, area manager at Opticon Sensors Europe, says even though other devices are equipped with similar capabilities, this scanner stands apart thanks to “its speed [and] the fact that we create our own scanning engines and it’s our own software.”

Kyburz’s bidirectional charge

Kyburz introduced a bidirectional vehicle charging solution to reutilize last-mile delivery vehicles for energy storage, even while parked. It can be retrofitted to vehicles to enhance an established fleet’s economic value.

parcel post expo 2023
Image source: Parcel+Post 2023

Kyburz also won the Parcel and Postal Technology International Award in the ‘Environmental Achievement of the Year’ category. The award was given for the first lithium cell made from partially recycled material, manufactured in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA). 

Kardinal’s optimization platform

Kardinal demonstrated its last-mile delivery optimization platform – a meld of artificial intelligence and logistics expertise. 

parcel post expo 2023
Image source: Parcel+Post 2023

Jonathan Bouaziz, CEO of Kardinal, says it’s a “new way of tackling the industry’s logistics challenges. “I think the combination of mathematics and logistics expertise makes a great product.”

About the author

Cheryl has contributed to various international publications, with a fervor for data and technology. She explores the intersection of emerging tech trends with logistics, focusing on how digital innovations are reshaping industries on a global scale. When she's not dissecting the latest developments in AI-driven innovation and digital solutions, Cheryl can be found gaming, kickboxing, or navigating the novel niches of consumer gadgetry.

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