Planzer’s parcel business on growth track since entry in 2018
1,500 trackers enable targeted asset tracking of lattice trolleys
Positive carbon footprint: traditional family business becomes even more sustainable
Seewen/Zurich, December 16, 2021 –
Heliot Europe, the leading Central European network provider of communication solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) based on Sigfox 0G wireless technology, supports Planzer in optimising processes within the supply chain of their parcel network through the targeted use of networked sensors.
A relative newcomer to the Swiss parcel market, “Planzer Paket”, the parcel service of the Swiss family-owned company of the same name, delivers parcel shipments throughout Switzerland on a daily basis following its launch in 2018. Specifically for distribution within the network, grid trolleys are used, in which the parcels are mainly moved by rail between the branches. The trolleys are integral, mobile components of Planzer’s complex logistics network and are in daily use.
Based on Sigfox 0G technology, the mesh trolleys can now communicate with each other and are visible at all times in Planzer’s telematics interface: to this end, Planzer has equipped 1,500 of the existing mesh trolleys with trackers from the company Alps as part of a pilot project in cooperation with Sigfox Switzerland by Heliot Europe. In addition to the radio connection with the Sigfox network, these are also able to communicate their own position and movements very precisely at fixed, short intervals by reading out surrounding Wifis. Thanks to extremely low energy consumption, the trackers, which are permanently attached to the trolleys, can transmit for up to ten years without having to be recharged. This is not only sustainable, but also allows for maintenance-free and thus efficient operation.
„The transparency we gain through the use of the new equipment helps us to both further increase the quality of service for our customers and to reduce operational costs through better management of operating resources,” emphasises Nils Planzer, CEO of Planzer Holding AG. “Most important, however, is sustainability, which is also our focus: Thanks to the newly created evaluation and analysis options, flows of goods can be further optimised and existing resources can be used even more efficiently“.
With the trackers, it is now possible to fully digitalise the management and localisation of operating resources – and even across Europe, as 0G technology is already transmitting in most Western European countries. Thomas Scheibel, CEO of Heliot Europe, is pleased about the cooperation with Planzer: “Meeting Planzer’s expectations is a great experience and paves the way for more sustainable logistics processes, which we support with our 0G solutions. This project is an important milestone on the way to connected, transparent and intelligent logistics. That’s why we see enormous potential in this partnership.”
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Planzer was founded in 1936 as a sole proprietorship and has been a family-owned public limited company since 1966. Today, the logistics company with its roots in Limmattal employs over 5300 people, including over 350 apprentices, and is present at 69 locations in Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Hong Kong. The comprehensive range of services offers a wide range of services and total solutions, far beyond the core business of national general cargo transport and warehouse logistics. For some years now, Planzer has been serving not only business customers, but also private customers. In these fields of activity, the family business appears with the retro logo – branding from grandfather’s time: For example, with “Planzer Paket”, a parcel service for packages up to 30 kg, or with “Planzer Homeservice” for shipments over 30 kg to business and private recipients. The family-owned company places a special focus on sustainability. For example, more than 60% of the shipments cover the majority of the transport distance by environmentally friendly rail. They are finely distributed from the 13 in-house rail centres – by truck, delivery van, in Zermatt by horse-drawn carriage and in urban regions according to a sustainable city logistics concept with vehicles with alternative drives.
You can find more information at https://www.planzer.ch
About Heliot Europe
Heliot Europe is the exclusive operator of the global Sigfox 0G network in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Liechtenstein. This makes Heliot Europe the largest 0G network operator in Europe. The main shareholder in Heliot Europe is Cube Infrastructure Managers, a Luxembourg-based investment company specialising in the management of European infrastructure funds. Heliot Europe is also a founding member of the 0G United Nations Association, the international association of 0G network operators with currently over 55 network operators worldwide.
With its Sigfox 0G technology, Heliot Europe offers a cross-border, seamless as well as user-friendly, cost-effective and energy-efficient network and helps companies to further transform their business model towards digital services in areas such as asset tracking, asset monitoring and supply chain management. The low-frequency radio technology is also a cost-effective alternative to the existing Narrowband Internet of Things (NBIoT). In addition, customers have access to the global Sigfox 0G ecosystem of nearly 1000 sensors and analytics tools to collect and analyse their data. For more information, please visit: http://www.heliotgroup.com/
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