Efficient logistics processes: Heliot Europe supports Planzer in the parcel business

  • Planzer’s parcel business on course for growth since entry in 2018
  • 1,500 trackers enable targeted asset tracking of mesh trolleys
  • Positive carbon footprint: traditional family business becomes even more sustainable

Seewen/Zurich, 16 December 2021 – Heliot Europe, the leading Central European network provider of communication solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) based on Sigfox 0G radio technology, is helping Planzer to optimize processes within the supply chain of its parcel network through the targeted use of networked sensors.

As a relative newcomer on the Swiss parcel market, “Planzer Paket”, the parcel service of the Swiss family business of the same name, delivers parcels throughout Switzerland on a daily basis following its launch in 2018. Mesh trolleys are used specifically for distribution within the network, in which the parcels are mainly moved between the branches by rail. 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 its existing mesh trolleys with trackers from Alps as part of a pilot project in collaboration with Heliot Europe. In addition to the radio connection with the Sigfox network, they are also able to communicate their own position and movements very precisely at fixed, short intervals by reading out the surrounding Wi-Fi. Thanks to extremely low energy consumption, the trackers, which are permanently attached to the trolleys, can transmit for up to ten years without needing to be recharged. This is not only sustainable, but also allows maintenance-free and therefore efficient operation.

“The transparency that we gain through the use of the new devices helps us to further increase the quality of service for our customers and to reduce operating costs through better management of operating resources,” emphasizes Nils Planzer, CEO of Planzer Holding AG. “The most important thing, however, is sustainability, which is also a priority for us: Thanks to the newly created evaluation and analysis options, flows of goods can be further optimized and existing resources used even more efficiently.”

With the trackers, it is now possible to fully digitalize the management and localization of operating resources – even across Europe, as 0G technology is already in use in most Western European countries. Thomas Scheibel, CEO of Heliot Europe, is delighted about the collaboration 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 networked, transparent and intelligent logistics. We therefore see enormous potential in this partnership.”

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About Planzer

Planzer was founded in 1936 as a sole proprietorship and has been a family-owned stock corporation since 1966. Today, the logistics company with roots in the Limmat valley employs over 5,300 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 complete solutions, far beyond the core business of national general cargo transportation 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-run company appears with the retro logo – a branding from grandfather’s time: For example, with “Planzer Paket”, a parcel service for parcels up to 30 kg, or with “Planzer Homeservice” for shipments over 30 kg to business and private recipients. The family business places particular emphasis on sustainability. More than 60% of shipments are transported by environmentally friendly rail. They are distributed from the 13 in-house rail centers – by truck, delivery van, in Zermatt by horse-drawn carriage and in urban regions using vehicles with alternative drive systems in line with a sustainable city logistics concept.
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, Liechtenstein, Denmark and the UK. 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 specializing 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 the Sigfox 0G technology, Heliot Europe offers a cross-border, seamless, user-friendly, cost-effective and energy-efficient network and supports companies in further transforming their business model towards digital services in areas such as asset tracking, asset monitoring and supply chain management. Low-frequency wireless technology is also a cost-effective alternative to the existing Narrowband Internet of Things (NBIoT). Customers also have access to the global Sigfox 0G ecosystem with almost 1000 sensors and analysis tools for recording and evaluating their data. Further information can be found at: http://www.heliotgroup.com/

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