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DHL to Introduce Parcel Delivery E-Lockers in Nigeria

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In furtherance of its innovation to remain relevant in delivery business, DHL has disclosed plans to introduce e-commerce electronic parcel delivery lockers in Nigeria.

The computerized parcel lockers are parcel and package delivery lockers located to be sited at DHL facility in the country to enhance the delivery of packages.

These intelligent package pick up stations are designed to speed the delivery of packages while reducing courier delivery times.

In an interview with Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Hennie Heymans, CEO of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, described the innovation as complementary to the “On Demand Delivery” (ODD) service launched earlier in the year, giving DHL clients option on the time they want to pick up an item or get it delivered at the office or home.

 Mr. Heymans said that the idea is driven by growth in the Nigerian e-commerce services. “The service isn’t just a new customer interface –rather represents an enhancement of our worldwide network, as we have tailored our last-mile operations to meet the specific demands of cross-border e-commerce deliveries.

“Through the platform we can support the service offering of online shippers and improve the delivery experience for their customers, while improving our own efficiency, particularly for last-mile deliveries. On Demand Delivery (ODD) will give our clients option on the time they want to pick up an item or get it delivered at the office or home. They are such as electronic lockers offering you opportunity to pick up your item from the locker at your time. They are secured with embedded codes”.

He however noted that infrastructure remains a big challenge to the delivery and general aviation sector in Africa. “The single biggest thing we should invest in, from African perspective, is infrastructure. Why? Without infrastructure, you would have to make alternative plan”, he added.

Nodding in agreement, Mr. Randy Buday, regional director, West and Central Africa at DHL told Nigeria CommunicationsWeek that launched the ODD in response to significant growth in premium cross-border e-commerce volumes.

The new service, Mr. Buday, said, allows shippers and receivers globally to select from a range of standardised delivery options.

“Like I said earlier, we are working on different perspectives on how to stay relevant. That is why we are introducing electronic lockers into the market”, he said.

According to Mr. Buday, from the DHL perspective, e-commerce platforms should stick to the technological innovations that define how people make purchases online, while outsourcing the delivery responsibilities to experts in the field.

“We are good at logistics and likewise we feel that others in the e-commerce business should do the same. Sometimes, people don’t want others to know they have ordered for an item online, some don’t want it delivered at home and others say no to office delivery”.

“These lockers will provide fantastic options through ODD which gives you the option to pick up the delivery or request where it is delivered. That is innovation to stay relevant”, he explained.

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NPA Deploys Anti-Pollution Drones

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Hadiza Bala Usman, the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) (3rd left), flanked by other guests at the drones’ unveiling, recently.

By peter oluka

Hadiza Bala Usman, the managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has commissioned modern pollution and environmental equipment including drones, jet skies and booms for surveillance, monitoring and containing oil spillages on the waterways.

Other equipment unveiled include blowers, pressure washers, skimmers, power pack absorbers and multiple dispersant sprays, according to a report by Ships and Ports.

Usman also pledged the NPA’s commitment and continued support in the area of capacity building towards greater efficiency and service delivery.

Speaking at the passing out ceremony of 125 Officers of Squad 49 of Fire Service Department of the Authority, Usman expressed excitement at the fact that 21 out of the Squad are women, stressing that it is an indication that women are beginning to see the value of breaking the barriers of limitation that the society has placed on them.

According to her, NPA was aware of the numerous challenges in today’s business environment and would ensure that it works towards realizing its mission statement of providing efficient port services in a safe, secure and customer-friendly environment.

She charged the new officers to join the pool of vast professionals in the organisation to deliver better service to the port industry.

Usman said the ancillary skills acquired by the officers like swimming and water rescue, articulated vehicle driving, road traffic crash rescue and first aid treatment were critical ingredients for professionalism, adding that NPA management would ensure “they impact meaningfully in the system”.

Usman also pledged commitment and support to the Fire Service Department at delivering plausible services in line with industry standards, stating that NPA pays premium to best practices.

She said, “Our objective is to modernize and transform operational services to enshrine efficient and quality services”.

Source: Ships and Ports

 

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Explore Nigeria With These Top Four Tour Operators

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By Ogunfowoke Adeniyi

Nigeria is a beautiful country and one of the thrilling ways to explore this beauty is by going on group tours. Of course, you can visit these destinations on your own but to unearth the real excitement in travelling, it is advisable you go in a group.

Presently, there are quite a number of tour operators that organise tours to different Nigerian destinations. So, it is not difficult to get a tour operator to get away with. However, if you want the best, tour operators in the country, Jumia Travel, identifies some of them.

Social Prefect Tour

Chiamaka Ngozi Obuekwe is the Chief Executive Officer of Social Prefect Tours, a travel brand which organises group tours, school excursions, corporate retreats, holiday packages and also offer tour guide services in Nigeria. Social Prefect Tour is one of the popular tour operators in Nigeria.

Unravelling Nigeria

Unravelling Nigeria is a company that uses an online platform to create awareness on the tourism potentials of every state in Nigeria.

They are dedicated to finding every tourist attraction around the country and showcasing it to the world so that Nigeria can become a top tourism destination. It is owned by Lola Daniyan

TP Adventures

TVP Adventures makes travel easy and affordable. It is a one-stop shop for group tours within Nigeria and Africa. TVP Adventures specialises in cultural, historical and nature tours across Nigeria and Africa.

Tour2Nigeria

Tour2Nigeria offers a window to various cultural and tourism potentials available in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria. Tour2Nigeria promotes the country’s rich culture and offer information that is second-to-none to both local and international visitors.

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Nigerian-Canadian, Lola Kassim Appointed New GM for Uber West Africa

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Lola Kassim as its new general manager for West Africa

By peter oluka

Uber, Monday, announced, the appointment of Lola Kassim, a Nigerian-Canadian, as its new general manager for West Africa.

Most recently, Lola worked as a Management Consultant with McKinsey and Company where she led teams providing strategic business advice and implementing organizational and operational improvements in the energy, public, and financial services sectors in West and Southern Africa.

A seasoned professional with over 10 years of global experience working at senior private sector and government levels in Africa and Canada, Lola will be responsible for driving Uber’s overall strategy for West Africa, which includes improving reliability and service levels for uberX and creating additional value adds for driver-partners.

“I am immensely pleased to be joining Uber at a pivotal point in the company’s growth and expansion curve. My vision for West Africa, in particular, is to ensure that we are aligned with Uber’s overall objective of creating sustainable, alternative modes of mobility. In addition to creating value for driver-partners and riders, I will also be focused on ensuring that we continue to engage with our key stakeholders and relevant partners with a view to continued positive impact across West Africa.”

Speaking on Lola’s appointment, Alon Lits, general manager Sub-Saharan Africa, Uber said: “As a company that is deeply committed to diversity and inclusiveness, we are excited to have Lola join the team of other incredible women at Uber – who are pushing the envelope towards achieving the global vision of creating value for riders and driver-partners alike. In West Africa, Lola will be supported by a highly skilled and enthusiastic team covering Operations, Marketing, Communications, Legal and Policy. As we often say at Uber, we are #superpumped.”

Prior to joining Uber, Lola spent 3.5 years as a Management Consultant at McKinsey and Company. She also worked as a Governance Advisor with the Liberian Presidency through the

Africa Governance Initiative, supporting a unit driving delivery of Presidential infrastructure priorities. She began her career with the Canadian government where she served as Policy Advisor to senior officials and managed units developing policy, strategy, and business cases regarding socio-economic development programming for Canada’s Aboriginal communities and foreign policy.

A Nigerian-Canadian, Lola holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MSc from the London School of Economics where she was a Chevening Scholar.

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