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23. May 2024 | Press release

Geopost unveils a series of sustainability-driven innovations at VivaTech 2024, Europe’s biggest start-up and tech event

  • Geopost to showcase three inspiring innovative solutions: the first-ever solar powered locker, an autonomous mobile locker, and the “ProGlove” enabling hand-free barcode scanning

  • These innovations tie in with Geopost’s global sustainability strategy and will contribute to achieving its ambitious commitments

  • Geopost Lab, the company’s programme designed to increase its innovation potential and new services time-to market, on the launch pad

At the VivaTech trade show (22-25 May in Paris), and for its 7th consecutive participation, Geopost will be unveiling a series of innovations centered on the theme of sustainability. These innovations are a showcase of the group’s dedication to research and innovation to initiate positive transformation of the delivery and logistics sector.

"We are extremely proud to showcase such pioneering innovation at VivaTech this year. As a European leader in logistics and sustainable delivery, we strive to constantly think again and develop more sustainable, more efficient and more impactful innovation. Innovation supports our teams in their everyday tasks, improves customer experience and contributes to our sustainability commitments, including Net Zero by 2040. This is also what we are aiming at with our newly created Geopost Lab, a powerhouse that will uplift the company’s innovation potential through an internal incubator process which interacts with innovative third parties from Geopost’s wider eco-system while connecting our employees with emerging trends through training and knowledge sharing."

declared Sébastien Lacombe, Director of Innovation and Chief Data Officer at Geopost.

Geopost’s 3 main innovations to be presented at VivaTech 2024

                  1. The solar powered locker, by Pickup

Responding to a number of strategic challenges, both economic and environmental, Geopost’s Out-of-Home network operator, Pickup, has launched the first-ever solar powered lockers in France. This new generation locker, equipped with batteries and capable of operating for up to 10 days without sunlight, offers a collection service that is both convenient and has a lower environmental impact. Consuming less energy than their standard counterparts, these solar-powered lockers also help to reduce the electricity bills of partner retailers.

With 250 lockers already installed throughout France, Pickup aims to have 1,000 lockers by the end of 2024.

                  2. The autonomous mobile locker robot, by DPD UK

The DPD Locker robots, developed by DPD UK, are designed to provide a more sustainable and safe delivery solution, integrating perfectly into existing city infrastructures. These cutting-edge robots can make up to eight deliveries as well as travel to predetermined public locations where they can be used as a drop-off point for consumer returns. The robots are equipped with 360° scanning capability and 12 surround cameras for added security, as well as a loudspeaker for additional alerts. With this solution, DPD UK is revolutionising last-mile delivery and providing a more sustainable tool that will contribute to decarbonising the logistics industry as a whole.

                    3. The ProGlove, by DPD Switzerland

The art of moving things while improving ergonomic is at the heart of our daily delivery activity, and digitalisation is continuing to transform our industry. To simplify the sorting and shifting processes, DPD Switzerland has deployed a new scanning solution for frontline workers in 7 of its depots. Its newly developed ProGlove device enables to add the scanning process to the sorting movements, thanks to a hand-free barcode scanner. This innovation leads to significantly reducing the number of handling operations, thereby increasing efficiency and comfort for team members: thanks to this device, the parcel processing time is reduced by 75%.

Algorithms, data, carbon calculator: innovation continues to drive positive transformation in the delivery sector

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, among others. 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 pioneer in sustainable delivery, Geopost and its business units are constantly developing innovative solutions to support the group’s sustainability roadmap. Innovation is seen as an opportunity to assist consumers and support the energy transition and employee wellbeing. Geopost is confident that by investing heavily in innovation, it can achieve its ambitious sustainability objectives. The solar powered lockers or the DPD locker robots are cases in point and will add to the group’s wider actions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while simultaneously transforming the industry from within.

In addition, Geopost has developed and tested innovations that are helping to transform our business, such as e-trucks in Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic, autonomous delivery robots in the UK, Estonia and the Netherlands, and also digital applications to empower consumers to manage their deliveries.

Last year, Geopost also launched its Carbon Calculator, a groundbreaking digital tool to better support its clients in their carbon management and reduction strategies.

Practical information

  • Dates: 22-25 May 2024, from 9am to 6pm (Paris time)
  • Location: Paris Expo Porte de Versailles – Hall 1 – Stand J37

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About Geopost:

Geopost, a European leader in parcel delivery and solutions for e-commerce, operates in more than 50 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 57,000 employees, Geopost endeavors 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 €15.7 billion revenue and delivered 2.1 billion parcels worldwide in 2023.

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