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Budbee lands £46M: Swedish last-mile logistics delivery startup aims to transform e-commerce deliveries

Budbee, the logtech startup from Sweden which offers a sustainably-focused last-mile delivery service has raised €52M (£46 million approx.) in an investment round led by AMF, one of Sweden’s leading pension companies and one of the largest owners on Nasdaq Stockholm. 

AMF is investing £21.3 million in Budbee, and with this becomes one of the company’s three largest shareholders. Existing investors Stena Sessan, Kinnevik, and H&M CO:LAB participated in the investment round, which takes Budbee’s total funding to-date to £82 million.

So, how will the funding be used?

Budbee will use the funding for international expansion. Further, the startup plans to invest in technology and processes that will further enhance its services’ sustainability aspects and customer experience.

Solving last-mile challenge

Budbee, which currently operates in its native Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Finland, has solved the last mile challenge through a purpose-built technology platform offering a new level of sustainability and convenience. As a consequence of its innovation, the Stockholm-headquartered company claims to be the Nordics market leader and has experienced rapid growth since launching in 2015.

Budbee coordinates millions of deliveries every month, an increase of over 200% compared to last year, and is relied upon by independent e-commerce store owners as well as major brands such as ASOS, Zalando, and H&M. 

Budbee has also proven to be a valuable investment for merchants who choose the service as their default delivery method, on average increasing their order value, returning customers, and purchase frequency. 

Transform e-commerce deliveries

“When I founded Budbee in 2015, my team and I quickly recognised the enormous potential of technology to transform e-commerce deliveries,” says Fredrik Hamilton, Budbee Founder and CEO. “Today we have built a service that is loved by millions of people in Sweden, The Netherlands, Denmark, and Finland. AMF is one of Sweden’s leading pension companies and we are very happy to welcome them on board as a long-term owner, supporting our ambition to expand and improve e-commerce shopping for millions more within Europe.

“Budbee is a very interesting Swedish company with competitive smart solutions in an industry with high structural growth. Their sustainability ambitions, with the goal to make all transports fossil-free by 2022, contributes to the company’s attractiveness and future prospects. We look forward to becoming a long-term and active owner in Budbee during their continued growth journey.”, says Anders Oscarsson, Head of Equity, AMF

Fredrik Konopik, Investment Director, Stena Sessan commented: “Budbee has shown tremendous growth over the last couple of years and the team has made important investments in order to meet the increased and growing demand for climate smart deliveries. We are excited to see that the company has strengthened its capital base further with support from existing shareholders and AMF as a new investor, creating an even stronger foundation for continued and sustainable growth going forward.” 

Kinnevik CEO, Georgi Ganev commented: “Last-mile delivery is key to customer satisfaction in e-commerce, and Fredrik and his team have built Budbee into the go-to option for a frictionless last-mile delivery experience across its markets. We are excited to partner with AMF in this funding round to continue Budbee’s successful expansion in new and existing markets, as well as the expansion of its product suite to Budbee Boxes.”

Nanna Andersen, Head of CO:LAB H&M Group commented:” We are excited to continue our investment in Budbee and to be part of their successful journey. We truly believe in the team and look forward to jointly offer services that enable an even better customer experience for our customers.”

Carnegie Investment Bank and Nordea Bank Abp, filial i Sverige, have acted as financial advisors to Budbee in connection to the investment round.

Budbee is a Stockholm-based delivery startup that seeks to spell the end of poor delivery services that constantly give businesses and consumers issues. With Budbee, customers have control over the delivery experience and are able to tailor it to their personal preferences. Via the app, customers can specify when they want their parcel delivered, and how the driver should alert them upon their arrival.  

The company was founded in 2015, has more than 200 employees, and provides innovative and personalised delivery services to more than 25 million people across Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Finland. Budbee’s services are used by hundreds of large companies including ASOS, Zalando, and H&M. It is a dynamic, fast-growing tech business committed to creating the best online shopping delivery service on the market. 

 

Improving Last Mile Delivery for E-Commerce: The Case of Sweden

Abstract
Purpose – In an age where e-commerce can provide a huge variety of different products online, customers still face the issue of the last mile challenge. The purpose of this paper is to find out if last mile delivery of products is efficient and explore the possible improvement for this service.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper employs a qualitative and a quantitative approach. Qualitative data in the form of an analysis of options of delivery methods of 51 firms, and a qualitative approach in the form of 196 survey respondents. The supply side of services offered by companies are then compared to the demand side expectations of customers.

Findings – This research shows that home delivery is the preferred method of last mile delivery. A significant gap was disclosed between the available options for delivery on e-commerce websites and consumer preferences of last mile delivery. Time of delivery and accuracy are the greatest barriers in the delivery chain. The research also shows that there is a lack of home delivery services provided in the market. Moreover, the study shows that the solution may be authorize others to pick up the packages, for example a community delivery service.

Research limitations/implications – The research is limited by the usage of non-probability sampling and an equal distribution of respondents of all ages. Also, this research is limited to the biggest three e-commerce industries in Sweden for delivery method offerings.

Originality/value – This paper provides a valuable update to online retailers of the last mile challenge and customer satisfaction of the current range of delivery services on the market. The research identifies a clear gap between customers’ demands in the last mile and the firms’ offerings. Companies filling this gap will be able to gain a competitive advantage. Findings in Sweden are of value to other countries as Sweden is considered one of the leading countries in the development of e-commerce.

Keywords: Last Mile, Home Delivery, E-Commerce, Customer Satisfaction, Sweden

The Supply Chain Network Cloud

There is an inherent human need to organize, structure and put things in boxes, so we can maintain order and predictability. To understand, make sense. The industry nomenclature around supply chain software systems is no different. Categories and distinctions were created in a time when the world was different. And the nomenclature around parcel management, first- and or final mile has yet to catch up.

And by the way, you may or may not agree, this is my opinion. But it’s well-founded. A couple of things are making sure the maps have to be updated, and perhaps new categories invented. Digitization, Pandemic, well, I think I’ll stop right there.

Sure, we have a cloud offering in the space of Parcel Management. It does what it says on the tin really well. It’s just that it is used to do so much more, or perhaps even for other reasons than to just ship a box, and few of our customers – many of which who are changing the game out there as you read this – use that nomenclature. Piling bricks or building a cathedral? I know the winners out there think different.

Intelligent balancing of network capacity across partners. Real time, consumer-facing optimization that takes network capacity, carrier service portfolio, economy and sustainable aspects into consideration while maintaining that the important part – the promise for a given delivery date – is kept. Double-digit percentage savings while increasing capacity, reach and on-time performance. Rapid on-boarding of network partners and thousands of stores to create a virtual, digitally connected network that executes far and beyond your own assets, increasing inventory availability while shortening distance to market, resulting in strategic supply-chain capabilities on par with the biggest and best in the market. Parcel Management? Perhaps. I suggest it’s more than that.

And yes, at the core lies strong functional capabilities that seem trivial at first glance. Of course, there are additions and modules you can extend our Parcel Management offering with like visibility, financial control etc. – still functional, useful and value-creating. Couple that with a clever strategy and assemble the parts and systems in a different way than normal. Boom – that’s when magic happens, and Parcel Management as a tool and even category can move from a System of Record and Execution to become a System of Innovation – a strong catalyst that is core to the empowerment of disruptive strategy, where timelines from ideation to business impact and excellence, shrink. Where differentiation truly happens. I have a lot of good observations, which involves anything from seemingly trivial items like clothes and shoes and transformation of retail to seriously important items like enabling and controlling the distribution of vaccines to fight the corona virus.

So those are my two cents. There is of course more to talk about. There are lots of things to do, to change and to make better, smarter and faster. Perhaps you are in the middle of these challenges and are wondering how to get a grip and structured thought on what to do. Well, don’t be a stranger. This is in fact our daytime job, to help and to modernize supply chains.

In the meantime, I present you with a market guide for Multi Carrier Parcel Management Systems. It’s a good read, and our company is in it. Modules, geographic coverage and all. But I wouldn’t stop there. I encourage you to reach out, as there is so much more to talk about. We’re on a mission. Are you?

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Swedish Armed Forces chooses Capgemini to deliver its strategic HR services – Capgemini Sweden

Stockholm and Paris, 23 February, 2021 – The Swedish Armed Forces has chosen Capgemini Sverige AB, part of the Capgemini Group, for its strategic SAP co-sourcing framework agreement for HR services. The new contract has a duration of three years, with the option to extend for another four years. With this framework agreement, plus its already existing agreements relating to SAP® offerings in economics, logistics and technology, Capgemini now has the total responsibility for the delivery of SAP services to the Swedish Armed Forces.

 In-depth knowledge of application landscapes, long experience with SAP and high delivery capacity are some of the reasons why Capgemini has been chosen to deliver these additional strategic services. Capgemini will also offer consulting services for the management and operation of the Swedish Armed Forces’ Swedish SAP software in the HR space. Along with the ongoing SAP deliveries in economics, logistics and technology, Capgemini will also support the Swedish Armed Forces in the continued development of their entire existing SAP solution.

The system, called PRIO, is part of the Armed Forces’ total IT platform. PRIO is based on SAP’s industry solution for defense forces and public security (DFPS), which is adapted for more than 20,000 users and is one of the larger SAP installations in Europe within the Defense area. The Swedish Armed Forces has the ultimate responsibility for the management of the PRIO system and continues to call on SAP services at strategic, tactical and operational levels in collaboration with Capgemini.

“We are very proud and happy that the Swedish Armed Forces have demonstrated continued confidence in Capgemini’s deliveries through the signing of an additional framework agreement with us regarding the SAP platform. The Armed Forces is a very important client. With the help of our competence and delivery centers in Stockholm and Mälardalen, we are supporting the Armed Forces’ continued development journey within SAP solutions, now also in the HR area,” says Lars Kullberg, Business Area Manager for the Public Sector at Capgemini in Sweden.

About Capgemini

Capgemini is a global leader in partnering with companies to transform and manage their business by harnessing the power of technology. The Group is guided everyday by its purpose of unleashing human energy through technology for an inclusive and sustainable future. It is a responsible and diverse organization of 270,000 team members in nearly 50 countries. With its strong 50 year heritage and deep industry expertise, Capgemini is trusted by its clients to address the entire breadth of their business needs, from strategy and design to operations, fueled by the fast evolving and innovative world of cloud, data, AI, connectivity, software, digital engineering and platforms. The Group reported in 2020 global revenues of €16 billion.

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POSTNORD Tracking | Track PostNord Parcel & Shipment Delivery

What is PostNord?

PostNord is a multinational courier and delivery holding company, which is owned by two Scandinavian countries in Northern Europe. PostNord was born out of a merger between Posten AB, the name of the Swedish postal service, and the Danish national post, Post Danmark A/S. PostNord is now jointly owned by the Swedish and Danish governments, who own 60 percent and 40 percent respectively.

However, both of the postal services that merged had a long history prior to the merger, with Posten AB founded in 1636 for use by the royal family. However, more recently the company had begun to act a government-owned limited partnership and served as the national mail service of Sweden before the merger.

Today, PostNord is a large multinational company which serves the Nordic region, and its operations aid logistics for individuals and businesses in the region. PostNord also has lots of other stakeholders due to being owned by its respective governments, such as the general public and the governments of both countries involved in overseeing its operation and making sure it is serving the general interests of its respective populations.

In this article, you will find all the information on how to use PostNord delivery services, how to track PostNord delivery services, and other essential information regarding PostNord logistics solutions. To check out some of PostNord’s competitors, you can find links to DHL, TNT and GEODIS here. However, please note that all of these postal operators and services can be tracked at any time using Ship24 universal tracking.

Is PostNord open on the weekends?

PostNord does not open during weekends and is closed for a number of annual holidays, which can be found below:

National Day of Sweden, Midsummer Eve, Midsummer Day, All Saints Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, May Day, Ascension Day, Whit Sunday, and Epiphany,

How can I contact PostNord?

PostNord can be contacted for private matters by telephone during its opening hours, which are Monday to Friday between 8 am and 7 pm. The telephone number is 0771333310 or +46771333310 if calling from abroad.

For business matters, the opening hours are slightly different. You can contact PostNord for business matters between 8 am and 5 pm on the telephone via 0771333310 or +46771333310 if you are calling by phone.

You can call this customer services line about any number of the services available from PostNord, including Parcels, Pallets, and Express delivery,

For Groupage calls, customers are instead asked to call +46406803100 between 8 am and 6 pm or for Express and Courier, you can call anytime, 24 hours a day, on 020969696.

There is a section on the web page that offers all the information about the company’s contact details. They offer email addresses to send complaints.

If you need to contact PostNord regarding your tracking, make sure you have all the current tracking information by checking on Ship24. The global Ship24 tracking system scans a huge amount of e-tailers, forwarding companies, and couriers to get the most up-to-date information on the location and status of your PostNord package. Therefore, you can find out who is handling your parcel, where it is, and what its current status is before you call to make sure you are firstly calling the right handler who can deal with your query and secondly, have the most recent information to help PostNord deal with your question or complaint as quickly as possible.

What services does PostNord offer?

PostNord offers a range of delivery services, including domestic and International letters as well as domestic and international parcels.
Some of the PostNord services are listed below:

  • Logistics solutions for in-out flow businesses. This PostNord service provides logistics solutions by handling in and outgoing shipments, regardless of the origin of the deliveries. This system works similar to last-mile arrangements, whereby the companies offer to handle parcels but may use other couriers to help deliver them if they are traveling from or two a country which PostNord does not have a presence (such as Singapore or China). While PostNord can help find logistics solutions, the best way for businesses to track a parcel that utilizes this form of forwarding is through the universal shipment tracking tool from Ship24. Using just your tracking number of any registered parcel handled by PostNord, you can track any parcel worldwide.
  • Processing and parcel station services for third-party logistics. This PostNord service means that third-party logistics companies can use PostNord warehouses for their logistics solutions as part of their journey. To track parcels effectively that use third-party logistics solutions such as this, you will need a multi-courier tracking system, such as the one used by millions every month, by Ship24.
    Ship24 is a website that offers a range of tracking options. You can either simply track one parcel instantly by entering the tracking number into the search bar, search many at the same time, or if you are a business, use a tracking API or Webhook system to take your package tracking to the next level. Check out the Ship24 options available to make sure your tracking isn’t affected by third-party logistics.
  • E-commerce parcel delivery solutions. This PostNord service offers consultancy on how to get tailored services for your e-business from the logistics sector. More information can be found on this on the PostNord website. If you are using PostNord for eCommerce parcel forwarding as either a buyer or a seller, then make sure you have universal parcel tracking capability, beyond just PostNord tracking, with Ship24.
  • Tracking and parcel visibility. This PostNord service includes API and company apps, along with greater visibility over the general flow of shipments handled by PostNord.

Is PostNord a reliable delivery service?

PostNord’s long-established Nordic network, along with its significant investment into being able to track the flow of goods which it is handling, makes PostNord a trusted service, especially within the main regions in which it dominates. It also has continued to develop its services through eCommerce and third-party logistics solutions, working with e-retailers and other couriers, evidencing a level of trust through those working partnerships.

The fact that some of the PostNord services are also customizable, shows the amount of control that the postal service has over packages being forwarded through its services. If you are tracking a PostNord package.

What are the packaging restrictions for PostNord?

Although PostNord handles all packages carefully, it asks that all customers make sure that shipments are packaged properly in order to ensure that shipments are not damaged. Vehicles and aircraft which transport goods do so with the utmost care.
Export and import

Now you can also export and import heavier goods with us. We deliver throughout the Nordic region via our own network and to the rest of the world with strong partners.

What is the Skicka Lätt PostNord parcel service?

For general parcels weighing up to 2kg, you can use the PostNord service known as Brev Skicka Lätt. The total dimensions of any parcel sent with this service must measure L + W + H 90cm at the most.

Once you have purchased Skicka Lätt in the send direct section of the website, simply print off your shipping sticker and place it on to the parcel before dropping it off at the nearest post office.

This service can sometimes be distributed in just two days after drop-off (not including weekends or holidays).

Which items are prohibited from being sent with PostNord?

Items prohibited from being sent will vary between different postal services as well as the customs of different countries, depending on where you are sending your shipment to. Therefore, you should always check with the parcel courier and logistics company to make sure that none of the items you are sending are either prohibited. For instance, there was a ban on the export of protective equipment during 2020 in Europe, due to shortages across the continent. This would have, therefore, included exporting COVID-19 prevention safety equipment with PostNord.

What is a PostNord bulky mail?

PostNord considers a bulky item as a shipment with a thickness or diameter which exceeds 30 mm, or a short-side that exceeds 250 mm. However, this does not apply to International Registered parcels and packages. Please check with the PostNord website before printing your package labels to avoid disappointment.

How do I track a package with PostNord?

Tracking a PostNord order is very simple. First, every single PostNord parcel will be labeled with a code, which is a PostNord tracking number. This code allows both PostNord and anyone else who needs information on the journey of the parcel, to track it.
The tracking code will not contain personal information, such as personal information about the sender and receiver, but it will help anyone who uses it for tracking find out the location of the parcel and current status of the delivery through the PostNord website.
Depending on where you track your parcel, you may also be able to get information on the type of shipment, as well as its weight, size, estimated delivery time, and other information.

Although PostNord offers tracking through either its website or app, people wanting to track a PostNord parcel are advised to do so via a universal shipping platform, in order to know they will have the most up-to-date information on their parcel at any given time.
Ship24 means easy tracking, and no matter what kind of shipping option your parcel is traveling with or its dimensions, any registered PostNord parcel can be fully tracked through Ship24.

Start now, by entering your tracking number and get locational and status updates on your packages instantly.

How long does shipping take when sending with PostNord?

One of the advantages of using the PostNord delivery services is the speed of the deliveries, with packages are usually delivered within three working days for Nordic countries within the PostNord network. This is because PostNord uses its own fleet of transportation vehicles as well as using rail in some circumstances.

For international deliveries, the time varies depending on the destination country. When a PostNord package is sent to Europe, delivery can take up to 14 days and for countries in the rest of the world, it can be 18 days or more. Naturally, the closer it is to Sweden or Denmark, the shorter the delivery time is.

PostNord offers an estimated delivery time for each delivery it handles, so please check with PostNord if your delivery needs to be delivered urgently, to make sure it arrives on time.

Does PostNord deliver on Saturday in Sweden?

PostNord also offers the possibility of home delivery, but again, these are only made during the working days. Packages that are sent on Friday will be delivered on Monday or later, depending on the distance and the type of service opted for by the sender.

How long does it take for PostNord to deliver?

When it comes to home deliveries, PostNord delivery staff will deliver directly to the door of the receiver’s house. If no one answers, the delivery will be taken to the closest PostNord office.

The package will then be kept at the nearest Post Office for a period of 15 days, in which the recipient will need to either contact PostNord to arrange another delivery with them (if possible) or need to proceed to the post office to pick up their delivery.
PostNord delivers mainly in Swedish and Danish territories, with parcels originating from outside these regions or being forward outside this area being handed over and handled by other couriers accordingly.

Delivery time within Sweden and Denmark is quicker than shipments to other countries because PostNord can move parcels faster between its own in-house forwarding facilities. When a parcel is handled by other couriers or enters another country’s customs, delays can occur.

How long does PostNord keep packages which are for pickup?

When a shipment arrives at a PostNord warehouse or processing center, workers from PostNord will confirm the delivery electronically and keep it until the receiver takes it. The recipient will get a notification via SMS, email, or by the PostNord app, which will alert them to the parcel has arrived at the PostNord depot.

The person picking up the parcel will have 15 to do so. Parcels that are not picked up and who do not contact PostNord to make an alternative arrangement may be returned to the sender.

Swedish Healthcare: Overview of the Health System

Natalia

Marczewska

Editorial Assistant

ICU Management

Providing healthcare for just under 9.5 million people (www.scb.se), the Swedish national healthcare system is regularly ranked as one of the best in the world and continues to improve through innovative solutions and investment in the latest technology.

Health in Sweden

Sweden boasts high life expectancy rates – 79 years for men and 83 years for women, high cancer survival rates, as well as one of the lowest infant mortality rates in Europe, with an average of 3 death per 100, 000 children born (2008). It has the EU’s highest rate of physicians per capita, at 3.3 per 1,000, which allows patients to have quick and easy access to healthcare professionals and a well-established and efficient preventative healthcare service. Compared to many other EU member states, Sweden also has a very high rate of efficiency in healthcare service delivery, despite restrictions in state funding and investment. However, like many other industrialised countries, Sweden also has a low fertility rate, which has resulted in negative natural population growth since the late 1990s, although real population growth is on the rise due to positive net migration into Sweden. Today, Sweden has one of the world’s oldest populations, with more than 17% of the population being aged 65 years or older and 5.2% aged 85 years or older. Although mortality due to diseases of the circulatory system has been significantly reduced during the last 30 years, this remains the leading cause of mortality, accounting for over a third of all deaths. Chronic diseases that require monitoring and treatment and often life-long medication also place great demands on the healthcare system. One positive fact is that Sweden has relatively few smokers – almost 85 percent of Swedes are non-smokers, which is reflected in the low rates of certain smoking related cancers.

Managing National Healthcare

In Sweden there are three independent governmental levels, which are elected every four years – the national government (Riksdag), the county councils (Landsting) and the municipalities (Kommuner) – and all three are involved in healthcare. Health policy in Sweden is a national-level responsibility, however it is a highly decentralised system, which is based on three simple principles: Equal access, care based on need, and cost effectiveness. 

The Swedish healthcare system is organised into seven sections: Proximity or close-to-home care (this covers clinics for primary care, maternity care, outpatient mental healthcare etc.), emergency services, elective care, hospitalisation, out-patient care, specialist treatment and dental care. The national system is administered by 21 councils, of which 18 are at the county level and three are regional. The population in these 21 areas ranges from 60,000 to 1,900,000. The 21 councils are responsible for hospitals and GPs, while the 290 municipalities provide municipal care through smaller clinics, nursing homes and home care services. There is no hierarchical relation between municipalities, county councils and regions, since all have their own self-governing local authorities with responsibility for different activities. The councils and the municipalities have considerable freedom in planning for the delivery of care, which is one explanation for regional variations.

Services Provided

Sweden has 60 hospitals that provide specialist care, with emergency services 24 hours a day. Eight of these are regional hospitals where highly specialised care is offered and where most of the teaching and research is based. The eight regional hospitals are located in Sweden’s six healthcare regions, which are coordinated by the Committee for National Specialised Medical Care (Rikssjukvårdsnämnden) within the National Board of Health and Welfare.

The new Karolinska University Hospital is the largest hospital in Sweden with about 15,000 employees and 1,600 patient beds and is the result of a 2004 merger between the former Huddinge University Hospital (Huddinge Universitetssjukhus), south of Stockholm, and the Karolinska Hospital (Karolinska Sjukhuset) in Solna, north of Stockholm. It is associated with the Karolinska Institutet (KI), one of Europe’s largest medical universities and Sweden’s largest centre for medical training and research.

The counties own all the emergency hospitals and whilst specialised treatment is usually provided by the regional hospital service, healthcare services can also be outsourced to contractors. Usually either an executive board or an elected hospital board at the county level determines the management structure of hospitals within each county. County councils also have similar authority over primary healthcare centres, which differ from hospitals in that they are responsible for providing most outpatient care.

Municipal governments are left with the responsibility of overseeing patients who have been discharged from a hospital and need public nursing homes or home care. Although municipal authorities have a smaller role to play, it is becoming increasingly important with an aging population.

Private Healthcare

In Sweden, the county councils and municipalities are the main providers of healthcare with only about ten percent of health services delivered by private providers. Private funding, beyond user fees, therefore only plays a small role in Swedish healthcare. In 2007, less than 3 percent of the Swedish population had supplementary health insurance, with the primary benefit being the ability to avoid long waiting lists for treatment. However, private insurance has risen by 50 percent from 2004 to 2007 as Swedish hospitals are now permitted to operate at a profit and Swedish companies begin to offer employees private health insurance policies.

Financing the System

Over the past 20 years Sweden has had an average annual investment of around 9.2 percent of its GDP on healthcare. Most of the public financing comes from county council taxes (proportional income tax), which accounts for just over 70 percent of the healthcare costs. Health services for the elderly and disabled provided at home or in special residential settings are financed mainly by municipal (local) taxes. National subsidies cover approximately 20 percent of the costs.
Patient fees (out-of-pocket) account for approximately three percent of the total healthcare costs. The out-of-pocket fees for physician visits (including primary care) and for most visits to other providers are set by the individual county council, however, there are uniform national ceilings on the total amount that a patient pays during a 12- month period. Health services for children and adolescents up to 19 year of age are free of charge.

Patients also pay part of the pharmaceutical costs but an out-of-pocket ceiling also applies to pharmaceutical costs. All Swedish pharmacies are interconnected with a nationwide network, which means prescription drugs can be picked up from any pharmacy in the country.

Another service incorporated into the social welfare system is sickness pay. When a physician declares a patient to be ill (by signing a certificate of illness/unfitness), the patient is paid a percentage of their normal daily wage from the second day. For the first 14 days, the employer is required to pay this wage, and after that the state pays the wage until the patient is declared fit. The state also reimburses patients for travel costs to and from the clinic or hospital.

Healthcare Reform

The Swedish healthcare system has undergone a number of reforms and changes but, in general, the basic structure of the system has been relatively stable. The major reforms since 1970 have been result of demographic changes, with increasingly ageing population and increases in the number of people with complex non-communicable diseases. One of the main changes in healthcare and social services came in 1992 when responsibility for elderly care was transferred from county councils to local authorities (municipalities). Since hospital treatment is more costly, the aim was to care for elderly persons as far as possible in their own homes or in settings within primary healthcare. Since 1995 the municipalities have also taken over the responsibility for persons with long-term mental illness and all kinds of disabilities. Over the last decade, GP visits have steadily grown while specialist interventions have fallen. Sweden has also sought to drive patients more quickly through the hospital system, which has allowed more investment into community services and primary healthcare.

Since 2003 Swedes have enjoyed free choice in healthcare, which has allowed patients to choose to be treated at any facility in the country, under the same conditions as in their home county. By January 2010, all county councils adopted what is known as the primary choice system in primary care, which allows patients to choose whether they would prefer to go to a private or public health centre.

Specialist Projects

In June 2009, Sweden saw successful deployment of the first stage of the Swedish National Patient Summary Project (NPO). The Örebro County Council and the Municipality of Örebro healthcare region in central Sweden have connected to the NPO in the first stage of a project to create a Swedish national health record. The NPO solution, which has been extended to more than 500 doctors, nurses and occupational therapists, makes real-time patient information available on a national level to county councils, local authorities and private healthcare providers. The project was temporarily suspended, following concerns about the amount of information patients are receiving but was resumed at the end of 2010 and has been extended nationwide. Sweden is currently developing online access to electronic medical records by patients.
1177: This number is known in Swedish as Sjukvårdsrådgivningen – the healthcare advice line, for non-emergency health advice. It connects patients with a qualified nurse who has received training in telephone-based healthcare. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

 

 

Budbee expands fossil-free parcel delivery to the Netherlands –

Budbee, a fast-growing logistics start-up from Sweden, is now offering its fossil-free parcel delivery service in more than 30 towns and cities in the Netherlands. Budbee’s solution is based on a network of cargo bikes plus various vehicles powered by electricity, ‘green’ gas or recycled vegetable oil. This results in a 90% reduction of carbon emissions. In all other areas in the Netherlands, Budbee is carbon neutral through compensation projects. From early 2022 onwards, the company wants to deliver completely fossil-free in all countries where it operates.

Originally a technology company, Budbee operates a state-of-the-art logistics service for e-commerce, which is also known as ‘logtech’. The head office is in Amsterdam and it now has sorting centres in nine different cities nationwide. In the space of just four years, the company has expanded its services to large parts of Sweden, Denmark and Finland, and most recently to the Netherlands too. This has secured Budbee a place in Supply Chain Media’s Maturity Matrix of European supply chain start-ups. Because the Netherlands is densely populated and a lot of people order online, the country is currently the fastest-growing market for Budbee.

Behind the scenes

Budbee’s technology actually allows consumers to see behind the scenes, such as which vehicle will deliver their parcel. They can also adjust the delivery time up until 1 pm every day. As a result, over 97% of Budbee’s parcels are actually delivered on the first try, thus virtually eliminating unnecessary emissions due to parcels being taken back to the depot because the recipient was not at home. Another way Budbee minimizes its CO2 emissions is by using artificial intelligence to calculate the optimal route.

In the longer term, Budbee expects that online shoppers will want to decide which parcel service delivers their orders. In fact, this is already the case in the company’s Scandinavian markets, which is why the start-up is committed to offering the best customer experience.

100% fossil-free

“It is an integral part of our corporate culture to help to improve the climate by making the logistics sector greener,” says Jørgen Höppener, General Manager Netherlands. “That’s why we strive to include sustainability in everything we do, by continuously looking at developing innovative solutions for our customers, our partners and the planet. The introduction of fossil-free delivery and the announcement of our ambition to be 100% fossil-free by 2022 is a first step in the right direction.”

The company uses smart technology to allocate its fossil-free vehicles to the relevant zones. Currently, Budbee’s fossil-free vehicles are running in over 30 of the country’s main towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Breda, The Hague, Eindhoven, Haarlem, Rotterdam and Utrecht, giving approximately five million Dutch consumers access to the start-up’s services. Dutch online stores such as Gymshark, Zalando, Asos, Fonq, MyJewellery and H&M already work with Budbee.

90,000 Swedish Innovation – How Startups Improve Your Life

How did it all come about?

Paradoxically, the small size of the Swedish market only played into the hands of many startups that had to think globally from the first day of their existence. Start-up hubs also played a key role – for example, such as SUP46 and Epicenter, which on their premises turned even potential competitors into friendly neighbors ready to share knowledge. As COLTA said.RU Elin Hammarberg from SUP46, a few years ago, the Swedish IT sector was rather fragmented, but managed to unite, along with this, the number of investors and business angels investing in new projects increased proportionally.

Another secret ingredient that has enabled Stockholm’s IT industry to become what it has grown into is a tight and friendly community with a healthy work ethic that doesn’t have to be disrupted, overworked, and burned out like the American 24/7 economy. Here the balance between work and rest is observed according to the precepts of the popular Swedish practical philosophy of “lagom”.Hammarberg explains that most companies have a horizontal, flexible structure, and “the government’s social safety net allows young people to take risks and implement ideas without fear of losing everything and ending up on the street one day.”

Finally, while the American tech sector is seething around the “sexist manifesto” of a former Google employee who was fired by the company for a manifesto on the inability of women to program, Swedish private companies and the state are working together and without hysteria to address the issue of gender imbalance in the IT environment.The large-scale initiative Women in Tech helps both beginners and already experienced female programmers develop within the industry – just an example of this approach.

By the way, in the Swedish government under the Ministry of Entrepreneurship, Energy and Communications, in the innovation department, there is even a position of a separate startup coordinator, which is occupied by a woman – Marie Wall. She is also well aware of the problems of the tumultuous startup market.

As the CEO of Epicenter, Patrick Mesterton, told COLTA.RU, one of these problems is the slow growth of projects: “Only 4% of startups after three years of existence step over the mark of one million euros in turnover and only 0.5% – the mark of ten million” …True, this is in a sense a very Swedish situation. 99 percent of all registered companies in Sweden are small businesses, which account for 4/5 of the jobs in the country.

According to Mesterton, “Due to high payroll taxes, start-up companies cannot hire senior staff. The alternative is to provide employees with stock options, but these are also taxed too high. ” Or another problem: “Sometimes new IT companies develop faster than labor laws.Recently, for example, it turned out that the courier services of delivery of food Uber Eats and Foodora pay their employees below the minimum wage, the government had to intervene. ”

Continuous Deployment: Basic Information – Russian Federation

This guide explores the concept of continuous deployment and discusses its contribution to enterprise agility.

What is continuous deployment?

Continuous deployment is a software development strategy that automatically releases code changes to an application into production.This automation relies on a number of predefined tests. After passing these tests, the system sends the updates directly to the users of the software.

Continuous deployment offers a number of benefits for enterprises looking to scale their IT applications and portfolio. First, it shortens time-to-market by giving customers almost immediate access to new updates — they don’t have to wait days, weeks, or even months.

To do this, it is necessary to automate regression tests, thereby giving up expensive manual regression testing. In addition, most changes can bypass the systems that organizations put in place to manage large volumes of production changes, including meetings to plan and approve releases.

Continuous deployment comparison

Continuous deployment and continuous delivery

While the terms continuous deployment and continuous delivery sound similar, they denote two different approaches to accelerating the release process.

Continuous delivery is a development methodology in which software is built in such a way that it can be released to production at any point in time. To achieve this goal, test environments in the continuous delivery model are created similar to production environments. New builds performed by the continuous delivery solution are automatically deployed in a test and quality control environment with automated error and non-compliance tools.After passing all continuous delivery tests, the operator must manually authorize the deployment of the new code to the production environment. The deployment itself is automatic.

Continuous deployment provides an even higher level of automation by completely eliminating the need for manual intervention. Tests and developers are considered to be trustworthy and no additional production release approval is required. If the tests pass, then the new code is considered approved and is simply deployed to the production environment.

Continuous deployment is the natural evolution of continuous delivery. In fact, manual approval only slows down the process with little or no meaningful benefit. As soon as it becomes unnecessary, continuous delivery becomes continuous deployment.

The following video by Erica Minik explains in more detail the differences between continuous deployment and continuous delivery:

Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment (07:36)

Continuous Deployment and Continuous Integration

Continuous Integration is another key element required to ensure smooth and continuous deployment.To ensure effective automation of deployment processes, it is important to establish a reliable exchange of information about the changes made between all developers working on a project. Continuous Integration makes this possible.

Typically, when working on a single software development project, developers make changes to their own copies of the main branch of the code. The disadvantage of this approach is that functional problems and defects can arise when changes are added to the main code base, especially if the developers are working independently of each other.The longer they work independently, the higher the risk.

For continuous integration, all developers commit code changes to the repository at least once a day. When updates are found, automated tests are run to check if the changes are compatible with the main branch. This approach allows you to identify integration problems as quickly as possible.

For a more detailed understanding of the differences between continuous integration and continuous deployment, see the blog post “Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery: A Brief Comparison” and the video “What is Continuous Integration?”:

What is continuous integration (06:20)

Continuous deployment tools

To ensure the continuous development and deployment of high-quality software improvements, developers must have effective tools to implement DevOps practices.In addition to organizing effective communication between development and operations departments, this approach helps to minimize or completely eliminate errors in the software delivery pipeline.

The following are the most important tools involved in the continuous integration workflow:

  • Version Control: Version Control helps you implement continuous integration by tracking revisions of project resources. Version control (also known as revision control or source code control) helps increase the transparency of project updates and changes, as well as create fruitful collaboration between teams, regardless of where and when they work.
  • Code Review: As the name suggests, “code review” is the process of testing the current source code. Code review helps maintain the integrity of your software by looking for defects and bugs in your code and fixing them before deploying updates.
  • Continuous Integration (CI): Continuous Integration is one of the most important components of continuous deployment – it helps to remove the main obstacles faced by developers working on the same project at the same time.There are many dedicated and open source continuous integration tools available, each designed to address the unique challenges of enterprise-wide software deployments.
  • Configuration Management: is a strategy and discipline for maintaining the consistency of software and hardware. It provides for the configuration and automation of all servers, storage systems, network components and software.
  • Release Automation: Application Release Automation (or Application Release Orchestration) plays a very important role in automating all the operations required to implement continuous deployment. Orchestration tools enable process interoperability to help developers get things done prior to production use of new changes. These tools work closely with configuration management processes to ensure that all project environments are properly prepared and maximized.
  • Infrastructure Monitoring: During the implementation and operation of a continuous deployment model, it is important to be able to visualize the data located in test environments. Since infrastructure monitoring tools help you analyze application performance, you can determine if the changes you make are having a positive or negative impact.

Working with Kubernetes

Kubernetes is an open source solution great for developing a continuous deployment pipeline.A flexible and logical Kubernetes solution with an intuitive user interface eliminates common problems associated with usage limitations and server downtime in modern infrastructures and multi-cloud environments.

Kubernetes helps improve the agility of DevOps processes. Thanks to its modular architecture, Kubernetes allows you to modify individual pods within a service, as well as seamless transitions between pods. This high level of flexibility allows development teams to avoid server downtime and maximize resource utilization while running microservices.In addition, the Kubernetes platform is extremely reliable and can determine the availability and overall health of applications and services before deploying them to the public environment.

Continuous deployment of heterogeneous applications

When building a continuous delivery or continuous deployment infrastructure, it is important to choose the right enterprise solution to enable your company to automate software testing and deployment with confidence.IBM UrbanCode Deploy is an application deployment automation platform that combines robust viewing, tracking, and control in one optimized package.

Ability to deploy in multi-cloud environments

UrbanCode Deploy provides Easy Process and Blueprint Designer functionality that organizations can use to create custom cloud models to visualize application deployments across public, private, and hybrid clouds.Blueprint Designer enables users to create, update, and analyze complex computing environments with the rich orchestration of cloud environments. All environments can be provisioned to deploy application components automatically or on demand.

Distributed Automation

UrbanCode Deploy is a highly scalable solution that supports dynamic deployment of all mission-critical applications and services. Leveraging the unique experience of enterprises deploying applications across multiple datacenters, UrbanCode Deploy supports core server clusters and uses simple deployment operations to provide instant service availability.

Quality and Approval Gateways

The ability to rely on the accuracy of automated test environments is critical to a successful continuous deployment. However, in some environments, you need to set up a set of manual approvals to ensure that the right information is delivered to the production environment in a timely manner. The assertions and deployment gateways implemented in UrbanCode Deploy provide administrators with greater control, tracking, and auditing of continuous deployment processes.

Verified Integrations

While UrbanCode Deploy allows you to use your own scripts, out-of-the-box modules make it easy to design and manage deployments. With proven integrations, developers can leverage off-the-shelf automation tools that have already proven their worth. In this case, you do not need to create custom scripts specifically for UrbanCode Deploy.

IBM UrbanCode Deploy provides advanced process orchestration and collaboration tools that enable enterprises to consolidate all deployment needs with a single, customizable dashboard that is easy to use.Deploy applications to on-premises, remote environments, or to thousands of managed servers — in any scenario, UrbanCode Deploy has all the solutions you need for continuous delivery and rapid enterprise-wide deployment.

For more information on the IBM UrbanCode Deploy solution and to optimize your deployment process, refer to the IBM deployment automation solution description.

Continuous deployment and IBM Cloud

The ability to automatically release code changes to a production environment can dramatically improve time-to-market.For this purpose, you can use IBM tools, as well as integrations with third-party systems and open source modules. IBM has the processes and tools to help you implement one of the most challenging DevOps initiatives facing organizations today — building and modernizing applications as they move to the cloud.

Take the next step:

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Edikio: Solutions for Printing Plastic Price Tags

Edikio compact printers: we offer one-stop solutions for self-printing labels on plastic cards

Designed specifically for shops, hotels and restaurants, Edikio solutions allow you to easily create aesthetic and practical price tags, buffet signs and any other type of labeling on plastic cards.

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Universal solutions

Edikio offers two versatile solutions that allow you to create and print attractive lettering quickly, efficiently and inexpensively, right at your workplace.

Edikio Price Tag Edikio Guest
Solutions tailor-made for stores to print labels Solutions designed specifically for hotels and restaurants to print buffet signs and various multipurpose cards
Learn more about Edikio Price Tag Solutions More about Edikio Guest solutions

Our kits contain:

  • Label Printer Simplex or Duplex on credit card size or longer cards
  • Software for creating and personalizing labels and plastic cards
  • White PVC Print Ribbon and Cards Ideal for food service applications.

Specialized professional software

Each solution includes enterprise software, available in multiple versions to meet any specific requirement.
Software for Edikio Price Tag and Edikio Guest solutions allows you to personalize the tags yourself using your product information, logo and appropriate font.

To simplify the creation and printing of labels, each version includes:

  • Large selection of pre-designed templates that can be fully customized to suit your business
  • A library of more than 200 images
  • exclusive font
  • Ability to import your product information from an MS Excel ™ file directly to the card.

Get the most out of this investment by creating cards for all your business needs

In addition to price tags and buffet labels, our solutions allow you to print badges and cards with information about your business.

  • VIP cards
  • Discount cards
  • Promotional & Gift Cards
  • Employee badges
  • Badges of visitors
  • Invitations
  • Sponsored messages and more

Solution complemented by a wide range of accessories

The Edikio line also offers a wide range of price tag holders and buffet plates tailored to your business: metal or plastic, narrow or wide, magnetic, surface-mounted or recessed, holding two cards, etc.d.

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  • PlayFon released in Sweden | ComNews


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    20.07.2005

    Russian content provider PlayFon started its work in Sweden. This is the second European country in which the company is represented. Since March 2005, the provider has been selling content in the UK. PlayFon has offered the largest collection of mobile games in Scandinavia to the Swedish market.

    The European headquarters of PlayFon is located in Sweden. In both the UK and Sweden, the provider has relied on one type of content – mobile games. This product does not require localization.In addition, in this segment PlayFon is able to compete with European content providers. For example, in Sweden the company has the rights to distribute more than 700 games – this is the largest collection in Scandinavia (by the way, in Russia the PlayFon collection has 1,500 titles). Moreover, a significant part of the Swedish PlayFon portfolio is made up of games by Russian developers that have not been previously represented on this market.

    Games provided by the Swedish company PlayFon Sweden AB under the PlayFon brand are available to subscribers of Tele2 operators.Comviq and Vodafone, with a combined subscriber base of over 5 million. “By the end of the summer, we plan to enter into partnership agreements with the largest Swedish operator Telia Mobitel and the 3G operator Tre (3 Sweden), after which all 10 million Swedish subscribers will become our potential customers,” said Muslim Shortanov, President of PlayFon.

    As Ilya Gorodetsky, head of PlayFon’s information department, told ComNews.ru, one of the main distribution channels for the company in Sweden are operator sites, where PlayFon content is placed both under the company’s brand and under the brand of the operators themselves.The affiliate program is also of great importance. PlayFon has developed a wap portal localized for Swedish users.

    In Sweden, PlayFon has also implemented its PLAYcash technology and service platform, which has been used in Russia since December 2004. PLAYcash simplifies the process of delivering content to users. A subscriber of a cellular operator can open an account and a virtual “wallet” in the system. This gives him access to the wap-directory, through which he can select the content he needs and order it according to a simplified scheme.

    The mobile penetration rate in Sweden is 103%. All Swedish operators have already deployed 3G networks with a total subscriber base of 500 thousand people. According to analysts at Ericsson, the Swedes’ spending on VAS services is still relatively small. Experts attribute this to an insufficient supply of quality content and predict a rapid growth in the Swedish market for value-added services, primarily games and Java-applications.

    “The commercial launch of services in Sweden is an important milestone in the development of our company.By the end of the year, we plan not only to increase the collection of mobile games offered to Swedish users by 2-3 times, but also to introduce other PlayFon services, such as music compositions in MP3 format, mobile dating, etc. We also plan to launch innovative services for our company. – for example, streaming video and 3D multiplayer games. The presence of 3G networks in Sweden, the data transfer rate of which is 5-6 times higher than similar indicators in the second generation networks, gives us an excellent opportunity to develop high-tech services with which PlayFon associates its future, “said PlayFon Vice President Vladimir Borodin.

    By the end of 2005, PlayFon expects to start operating in the Baltics, as well as in a number of countries of the former USSR, primarily in Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, and to continue expanding into Western European markets.

    ComNews.ru dossier

    PlayFon is a content and service provider providing its services in Russia, Ukraine, Sweden and the UK. The company was founded in 2003. In May 2004, it became part of the LCS-Group (LCS is a supplier of new and uninstalled communication equipment).All of the company’s services were merged under the PlayFon brand at the end of 2004. PlayFon products in Russia are presented on three specialized web resources: PlayFon.

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