Parcel tracker devices from service provider Hanhaa are being used commercially for the first time by freight forwarder Shiphaus, it has been announced on the first day of POST-EXPO 2017.
The company is using Hanhaa’s ParcelLive tracking service to track shipments, support customer service, and analyze network efficiency.
The postcard-sized trackers are inserted into a parcel or shipment at the point of distribution and are used for tracking high-value, fragile, and time- or temperature-sensitive packages. The system uses cell phone networks to track packages and relay data about the condition and security of the item.
The device also triggers alerts if a parcel is dropped, opened or exposed to temperature or humidity outside of defined parameters. Once used the trackers are returned for re-use, free-of-charge, using the tracker’s E-Ink screen which displays an international returns license. The trackers are leased on a pay-per-use basis with users accessing an online portal to access shipment data.
Mike Barclay, director of business development at Shiphaus, said, “We saw a direct need with our customers for the visibility and technology that ParceLive provides. By offering data as a service Hanhaa enabled us to implement a solution quickly.”
Other companies to have signed up to use Hanhaa’s ParceLive service include The Tracking Monster, a division of international specialist logistics provider Shipping Monster, and Logistics firm DB Schenker, which is also partnering with Hanhaa to offer ParceLive as part of its smartbox portfolio of products.
Azhar Hussain, Hanhaa founder and CEO, said, “We are excited to be announcing our first partnerships and we have plenty more in progress. Our business plan is to work with companies of all sizes to enable them to participate in the Internet of Things and be ready to embrace new service models smart parcels and delivery systems are fast becoming a reality.”
Hanhaa can be found at stand 6190 at POST-EXPO 2017, which is being held on September 26-28, in Geneva, Switzerland.
September 26, 2017