13. June 2023 | Press release
Geopost unveils innovative services at VivaTech 2023
- As a dynamic and innovative player in the logistics sector, Geopost takes part for the 6th consecutive year in VivaTech, the biggest start-up and tech event in Europe that brings together business leaders, start-ups, investors and innovators.
- Three key Geopost projects will be highlighted within the La Poste group’s stand: an improved version of the exoskeleton soon to be tested by DPD Netherlands, a delivery robot pilot operated by DPD UK, and a refrigerated Pickup locker.
- Geopost will also take the floor to present one of its innovative services developed for food tech, a growing sector undergoing deep transformation due to new consumer habits and expectations.
Geopost will use VivaTech 2023 (June 14th-17th in Paris) as a platform to showcase its innovative approach within some of its business units across Europe, whether it is serving its sustainability ambitions, consumer expectations or employee needs. This show is the perfect opportunity to meet partners, technology leaders, start-ups and consumers to understand tomorrow's needs.
Geopost’s 3 main innovations to be displayed at VivaTech 2023
The Apogee Exoskeleton, by German Bionic
Following the positive experiences gained at several other locations, this next-generation device will be tested by DPD Netherlands immediately after VivaTech. The AI-powered robotic exoskeleton has been specifically designed to support workers in hubs and depots by reducing back strain, creating better and safer working conditions and increasing productivity for all employees and partners who use it. Building on the previous model presented last year, this new model is slimmer, lighter and more comfortable to provide effective lifting and walking support for prolonged use.
Autonomous delivery robot, by DPD UK
DPD UK is currently operating a delivery robot designed by Cartken to provide an autonomous and sustainable last-mile solution across the city of Milton Keynes. A second prototype is currently being developed, which will be able to deliver three parcels at a time instead of the current one.
The multi-service locker, by Pickup
Pickup, Geopost’s French business unit, which has a strong out-of-home expertise with an extensive parcel shops and lockers network, is currently working on a multi-service locker. This global solution offers a wide range of proximity services in a single infrastructure. It allows customers to pick up or return their e-commerce parcels, to connect with residents in their neighborhood (by exchanging parcels, keys, or other items), and also connect with local merchants. This brand new locker also includes a refrigerated area, so that customers can have fresh food (meat, fish, vegetables, ready meals) delivered out-of-home, and pick it up then at their most convenient time and location.
In addition, Geopost will discuss e-commerce through two opportunities:
On June 17th, one of Asendia’s start-ups will have a corner on the stand: Air360, an eCommerce experience analysis tool that makes it easy to understand customer experience on the e-merchant’s website. It reveals customer behaviors that are invisible to conventional analysis methods, enabling the creation of a more user-friendly website.
On the VivaNews channel, Marc Pontet, CEO of Asendia and Alan Clarke, CCO of ESW, will discuss in particular the collaboration between their companies, the services and solutions offered to retailers, and their commitment to sustainability.
Food as a key pillar of this VivaTech edition and within Geopost’s strategy
Among the key themes to be discussed and exhibited at this 2023 VivaTech is food tech, and the way in which this entire industry has changed in recent years in terms of production, distribution and consumption. For Geopost, food is a key and promising segment of its “Together & Beyond” strategy, and the company has already developed a strong expertise in food delivery – with its temperature-controlled transport solutions notably operated by SEUR frio, DPD fresh and Chronofresh – and in understanding e-shoppers’ behaviours through its annual E-shopper Barometer.
In addition of the refrigerated locker presented by Pickup, Geopost’s Group Global Accounts Managing Director Europe Thiemo van Spellen will take part in the following roundtable:
From ensuring a good nutrition to sharing meaningful moments, the meals we have every day play an important role in our lives. Increasingly, food cooked by professionals is prevalent, and the borders between restaurant, home and work, are blurred. We look at how changing consumer habits, delivery apps, payment platforms and more are rebalancing the restaurant equation.
Anton Soulier, CEO Taster,
Patrick Henning, CEO Luca App
Xavier Zeitoun, CEO Zenchef
Practical information: June 15th, 11.40am (Paris time)
Make sure to attend by registering here!
Innovation at the core of Geopost’s strategy
As one of the world’s leading parcel delivery networks, Geopost is driven by the belief that better business is better for business. For people, customers and partners, Geopost strives to fuel invention and transformation, and to bring higher value through innovation. Innovation and new technologies are key in many areas of the logistics industry: route optimization algorithms, alternative energies for delivery fleets, best-in-class customer care experience tools, devices to support and empower warehouse staff, etc.
All of these initiatives are being developed by the company and its business units around the world to help improve both consumer experience and service quality, and to attract and retain the best talents. As a global player, Geopost is also committed to addressing environmental issues that need quick-paced responses. At Geopost, innovation is seen as an opportunity to support employees, assist consumers and help protect the planet.
For example, Geopost has developed and tested key innovative projects, such as e-trucks in Switzerland and the Czech Republic, autonomous delivery robots in the UK, Estonia and the Netherlands, and also digital applications to empower its consumers in their delivery management.
"Being a leader means building projects that are fully dedicated to sustainable progress and inclusive human development. Human as customer, but also human as employee and as partner. That’s why, at Geopost, we foster impactful innovation to better meet tomorrow’s needs, starting today by thinking ahead."
says Agnès Grangé, Executive Vice President and Director of Urban Logistics development and Innovation at Geopost.
Dates: June 14th-17th, from 9am to 6pm (Paris time)
Location: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles – Hall 1
Geopost, a European leader in parcel delivery and solutions for e-commerce, operates in 49 countries across all continents through its network of expert delivery brands, including: DPD, Chronopost, SEUR, BRT, Speedy and Jadlog. Leveraging its industry-specific expertise, Geopost is further growing the development of out-of-home delivery services with Pickup, the densest parcel shop and locker network in Europe and is also expanding temperature-controlled solutions for food and healthcare business. In a world of acceleration and transformation, Geopost engages and embraces new e-commerce territories with ESW via Asendia, epicery and Pourdebon.com.
With 122,000 employees and partners, Geopost endeavours to make commerce more convenient, profitable and sustainable for their customers and communities. Committed to becoming an international reference in sustainable delivery, Geopost is the first global delivery company to have its roadmap to Net Zero by 2040 approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
Part of the La Poste group, Geopost generated a €15.6 billion revenue and delivered 2.1 billion parcels worldwide in 2022.