Omniva wins Service Provider of the Year at the Parcel and Postal Technology International Awards 2023
Parcel and Postal Technology International Awards

The winners of this year’s Parcel and Postal Technology International Awards have been announced during a live evening awards ceremony at Parcel+Post Expo in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The ceremony, held on Tuesday, October 24, revealed who triumphed in each of the eight award categories.

Service Provider of the Year: Omniva

This year’s top prize of Service Provider of the Year was collected by Martti Kuldma, chief innovation and technology officer at Omniva. Recognized as one of the fastest-growing and most valued brands across the Baltics, Omniva launched a series of initiatives to modernize and streamline its services, resulting in a notable improvement in customer satisfaction levels. This included the upgrade of its private customer platform, My Omniva, with a more intuitive interface that enables users to track and trace shipments with a single click.

Omniva also launched a mobile parcel machine that not only provides additional touchpoints during peak seasons, but also enables Omniva to conduct feasibility tests for potential locker locations.

Furthermore, Omniva has taken action to streamline its operations by reducing the number of traditional postal offices in Estonia from 90 to 60, embracing a modern and environmentally friendly concept that seamlessly integrates e-commerce and postal services.

To achieve its goal of using 100% sustainable energy across all activities by 2030, Omniva equipped its parcel machine roofs with solar panels and incorporated renewable energy solutions into its new logistic center currently being built in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Also shortlisted:

Correos Spain – Supporting rural development initiative

Cainiao Group – DHL Group partnership to launch largest out-of-home (OOH) delivery network in Poland

Qatar Post – Digital transformation and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 initiatives

bpost – Launch of free sustainable sending service

Kazpost – Diversification of the product line

Supplier of the Year: Modern Expo

Already deployed in 12 countries, Modern Expo launched its Loko App software to simplify and increase the efficiency of locker operations. In one case, a Romanian courier service uses the Loko App API to manage a network of 2,000 parcel lockers. For click and collect, the intuitive interface meets the requirements of brick and mortar stores and customers, resulting in a customer satisfaction rate of 95%. The Loko App also helps manage the storage capacity of lockers, with analytics that enable it to change the size of the locker areas and redistribute the space. Modern Expo also recently launched Conveniq – a modern impulse zone for parcel lockers. Conveniq is a unique AI-driven solution that combines the advantages of the post office and a convenience store on 2m2 of space. Customers can now receive parcels and enjoy their favorite snacks in one place.

Also shortlisted: – Deployment of a smart locker network for Vinted Go

Vanderlande – New projects and installations in North America, Europe and Asia

Anansi – Goods-in-transit insurance

Scurri – Scurri Track Plus post-purchase experience software

FarEye – Grow self-serve merchant portal

Business Diversification of the Year: Qatar Post

Qatar Post played a pivotal role in FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, taking the lead in a highly coordinated Lost and Found project in collaboration with the Q22 team. The post developed a specialized application to efficiently capture and register all lost and found items, with around 4,000 items registered from eight stadiums.

The comprehensive tracking service allowed fans to easily inquire about their lost items while enabling Qatar Post staff to efficiently facilitate their return. Items could be collected from a dedicated counter facility at Qatar Post’s main General Post Office (GPO) building, five minutes’ walking distance from the fan village. A dedicated call center operated seven days a week during the competition and handled 2,235 lost and found calls over two months.

To ensure that fans who had left Qatar after attending matches could still reclaim their lost items, Qatar Post offered a delivery service within Qatar and overseas. Lost passports, national ID cards and other essential documents were sent to the respective embassies based in Doha.

Also shortlisted:

Kazpost – Diversification of the product line

Geomain Inc. – Universal digital ID

Modern Expo – Loko App parcel locker software

Tiramizoo – Diverse SaaS platform for the last mile

Cainiao Group – Regional e-hubs for global connectivity

Last-Mile Delivery Innovation of the Year: Quadient

Quadient launched its fully integrated Drop Box Locker solution that provides a convenient way for retailers to accept drop-offs, pickups and returns and provides an optional printer for shipping labels.

The drop box shares the same design as the standard Parcel Pending by Quadient parcel locker and comes with a collection box that accepts up to 20 parcels and is equipped with a smart sensor located inside the collection box that detects when it is full. Fully integrated with Quadient’s centralized SaaS-based management platform, the locker delivers instant notifications for easy pickups and returns.

Also shortlisted:

Cleveron – Cleveron 354 with 24/7 online capabilities

VaultGroup – PopVault LED electronic smart locker

Scurri Track Plus – post-purchase experience software

Arka – AK 500 EKO solar-powered autonomous battery locker

Mily Technologies – Out-of-home delivery analytics

Sorting and Fulfillment Technology of the Year: PostNord

PostNord’s Digital Twin sorting concept is a virtual representation of an entire sorting center that also replicates operational processes, actors and systems. The business case is based on an operational efficiency gain of 6-8%.

For the first phase of the digital twin project, the solution acts as a decision support system by simulating different scenarios, processes, actors and IT sorting systems. By utilizing the digital twin, sorting centers can increase sorter capacity, remove bottlenecks and improve the collection and distribution sort plan. The solution has been implemented in the newest parcel terminals in Sweden with a planned rollout to other parcel terminals across the country.

The current phase of the digital twin project has been based on historical production data coupled with machine data, work planning tools and forecasts. The next phase will incorporate computer vision data, sensors and people and asset flows.

Also shortlisted:

Vanderlande – Auto Induct, robotic singulation solution

Cainiao Group – RFID tags and IATA One Record platform

Wayzim – Algorithm based on a deep learning network and RGB-D camera positioning

Sick – Pallet classification system

Transport Innovation of the Year: Clevon – launch of Europe’s first autonomous delivery robots on public roads

Autonomous delivery specialist Clevon partnered with one of Lithuania’s leading grocery chains, Iki, to bring Europe’s first fleet of autonomous robot carriers (ARCs) onto public roads.

Three driverless carriers provided daily commercial delivery services in the Vilnius city center area, delivering directly to customers’ homes. The ARCs have secure compartments of different sizes, suitable for smaller and larger online grocery orders. The fleet of robots can deliver seven customer orders in a single run.

To ensure maximum safety, the autonomous carriers travel at a maximum speed of 25km/h and can safely navigate the streets thanks to 360° cameras and special sensors. The carriers are remotely supervised by teleoperators who monitor the driving in real time.

Also shortlisted:

SEW-Eurodrive – Truck Tower, with more parking spaces for trucks and trailers

CEVA Logistics and Toyota Motor Europe – hydrogen truck trial

Royal Mail – launch of fully electric drone deliveries in Orkney

DPD – deployment of mobile EV charging solution with OnCharge Energy

VUF Bikes – VUF XXL Valeo Transporter E-Trike for large parcels

Environmental Achievement of the Year: Kyburz Switzerland – New battery made partly from recycled material

Kyburz Switzerland is working intensively on battery recycling solutions and, in collaboration with Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), successfully produced a battery cell from recycled materials. Old batteries from former Swiss postal vehicles were disassembled at Kyburz and the materials were reprocessed, avoiding chemical and energy-intensive processes.

The valuable components were fed into the manufacturing process for new batteries. In this way, battery cells could be produced with 20% recycled material, reducing the need for new material to 80%.

Kyburz Switzerland is now working with partners along the value chain to further increase the proportion of recycled material and industrialize the solution.

Also shortlisted:

PostNord – Green corridors initiative

DHL Express UK & Ireland – Sustainable aviation fuel deals

bpost – Sustainable sending service

Team Global Express (TGE) – Project Cobra, Australia’s largest trial of electric trucks

Sick – Monitoring Box FTMg Premium, compressed air monitoring (warehouse)

Packaging Innovation of the Year: Nova Poshta – Packaging service at parcel lockers

Ukrainian delivery firm Nova Poshta launched a packaging service that enables customers to send unpackaged parcels from local parcel lockers for UAH15 (US$0.41), regardless of the size of the parcel.

Customers select the service in the Nova Poshta app before depositing the unpacked shipment into the post machine and closing the cell. The dispatcher automatically receives a notification about the new parcel and sends a request to the courier to pick it up.

Through the Nova Poshta staff app, the courier can see which cells have unpackaged shipments. These objects then go to the post office in a special bag, which contains packing equipment such as boxes, bags and fillers. The UAH15 (US$0.41) price includes the box or bag, as well as any additional materials such as bubble wrap, stretch wrap or paper that are necessary for fragile shipments.

Also shortlisted:

CMC – CMC Hybrid Advance right-size packaging solution

SwipBox – Intelligent labeling to enable circular packaging

Swiss Post – Acquisition of sustainable packaging company Kickbag

Sparck Technologies – CVP Everest support for ultra-slim boxes

Macfarlane Packaging – Rapid box assembly system

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