Spain’s geography is quite unique in Europe: Madrid, its centrally-located capital city, stands surrounded by a host of regional capitals spread along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, including Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, and Bilbo. And that’s probably why planes would easily have replaced trains if not for two major rail rejuvenation projects in the Eighties: the AVE, super-fast trains that run up to 220mph while linking major cities with Madrid, and hotel-trains, Spain’s “hotels on wheels” that serve routes with lesser traffic. Both are highly convenient, offer a superior experience, and boast one of the best on-board (fresh) food service in Europe.
Renfe is the modern, extensive and efficient railway system that makes train travel in Spain delightful. Renfe Operadora (RENFE) is Spain’s state-owned major railway operator; they offer every level of rail service, from local destinations to high-speed InterCity links
The Spanish State railways are under development with major transformations and modernisation in process on their 15,000 km of railway. The AVE, the Spanish High Speed rail line, has made long distances shrink over the years. The high-speed (300km/h) rail line for Spain’s AVE service between Madrid and Seville became fully operational in 1991. The second high-speed rail line that Renfe operates from Madrid to Barcelona was completed in 2007. With the AVE and Renfe, you can easily visit the major cities such as Madrid, Seville, Malaga, Barcelona and the latest destination, Valencia which is just 1 hour and 38 minutes from Madrid.
Renfe is also constantly updating the Media Distancia network and travelling times between major cities are being reduced all the time.
RENFE also operate the moderate-speed Alaris line between Madrid and Valencia. The Media Distancia network is also constantly being updated and travelling times between major cities are coming down all the time.
Moreover, RENFE operate commuter trains known as Cercanias in eleven metropolitan areas, including Madrid and Barcelona.
DeliveryBy.com is a useful software for small catering company that helps prevent delivery problems.
DeliveryBy.com is a SaaS (software as a service) that manages the Delivery service of a restaurant, covering online as well as telephone orders. The system allows restaurants to upload their menu, receive and manage the status of their orders in a very easy and intuitive way. Customers will be automatically informed about the status of their orders and all services include mobile support.
Click here to watch presentation of new technological service for restaurants.
Returns solutions for your business
Sometimes parcels need to be sent back. The Australia post company designed the parcel return service to be easy, hassle-free, and good for your business. The customers will have flexibility in how they return items, and that’s something they’ll be pleased with.
eParcel Returns enables you to manage your returns and delivery through eParcel, Australia’s largest business to consumer parcel delivery service.
•Convenient options: customers can contact you, use label provided or go online
•Over 19,000 returns locations Australia wide (Australia Post retail outlets and Street Posting Boxes)
•You have the choice as to whether you offer to pay for the return postage or your customer does
•Specify Australia Post packaging for your returns, or use handy returnable satchels (coming soon)
•Tracking in select locations for peace of mind
•Choose the speed of the return – express or regular
If you want a basic, untracked returns solution, the Return Paid Parcels service is available, which makes it easy for your customers to return items to you.
MAN TeleMatics® – the telematics service for maximum transport efficiency
Consistently increase your fleet economy. With MAN TeleMatics®, you can significantly reduce the fuel consumption of your fleet, optimise loads and maximise the economy of your company. With the telematics service package tailored to your individual requirements, you’ll be well ahead of the competition.
More clarity and planning reliability for dispatchers
Control the use of your trucks efficiently with an individual MAN TeleMatics® solution. MAN TeleMatics® shows you the current locations of your vehicles at all times clearly and conveniently on a digital map and also provides you with a range of technical vehicle data. The analysis of deployment data, total weight and the topography of the route reveals areas where there is still a potential for savings. Shipments can therefore be managed reliably and, above all, efficiently. Dispatchers can utilise their fleets to optimum effect, while avoiding unloaded journeys and detours. Fuel consumption can thereby be reduced by up to 10 percent.
Vehicle deployment analysis at any time
MAN TeleMatics® provides you with the most important information in real time. Communication between the vehicle, driver and dispatcher provides a transparent source for fleet management and therefore ensures the long-term success of your company.
MAN TeleMatics® tutorial video
With the Fleet Monitor, you always know the current location of your vehicle fleet. Detailed driver and vehicle deployment analyses show improvement potentials and provide the basis for training programmes. Orders, tours and messages can be collected and assigned to specific vehicles. The maintenance information portal gives you active forward-looking maintenance planning.
In this video you learn everything about the most important functions offered by MAN TeleMatics®:
In my opinion, a good example of management that shows the best logistics capabilities is a Swedish company IKEA. IKEA’s competitive advantage on the global market is very strong and unique. Business strategy of this Swedish company combines following goals: delivery of high quality products at the lowest possible prices, market expansion, social and environmental responsibility. Based on its core competences, IKEA makes an effort to ensure better life conditions for people. Crucial for IKEA’s business success is effective organisation of processes in supply chain. IKEA continuously reduces the environmental impact of the transportation of its products. IKEA’s aim is to create and maintain flexible transport solutions in order to meet all the service needs of customers in the most efficient and environmentally aware way. Wherever possible, IKEA uses railway and combined road-rail transport. Effective organisation of deliveries requires high filling rates. So, the most important purpose is the achievement of the critical mass for effectiveness of shipments. IKEA sources 17% of its furniture and home furnishing products from Poland and cooperates with about 80 Polish producers. The most important purpose is the effective organisation of shipments from Poland to distribution centres and stores. To achieve this goal IKEA implemented the project of the supply chain structure reconfiguration. New network design includes close cooperation with Polish suppliers. The chosen ones play the role of consolidation point in IKEA’s supply chain.
IKEA’s Supply Chain