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Nike ACG Cheap Sale - Parcel group DPD invites start-ups to compete for funding to develop new technology for its delivery businessBySimon Watkins, Financial Mail on Sunday Published: 22:01 GMT, 24 January 2015 | Updated: 12:14 GMT, 25 January 2015 7 shares View comments Leading parcels group DPD is inviting start-ups to compete for funding to develop new technology for its delivery business.The scheme, Nike ACG Cheap Sale similar to one set up by retailer John Lewis last year, is intended to get new technology developers to help improve deliveries in what has become a fraught sector.The plan for a start-up incubator comes after a difficult Christmas for much of the sector, in which unprecedented demand from shoppers for home delivery put a number of operators under Nike ACG Cheap Sale strain. Outside the box: DPD wants fresh ideas to help it improve serviceThe DPD plan is being set up with Stuart Marks, the entrepreneur who helped John Lewis with its JLabs scheme last year.Called Last Mile Labs, it will select ten teams to join an eight-week programme to develop ideas. Each will receive A¢G12,500 in initial funding, with the Nike ACG Cheap Sale winner granted a A¢G100,000 budget to complete its proposals. More... North-South divide grows starker with one job created in the North for every 12 in the South since 2004 Could you make money as a local tour guide? Start-up's trips round some lesser-known spots prove a hit with tourists and locals alike Marks said: 'Each company will be given Nike ACG Cheap Sale work space in central London and will be given a lot of exposure to DPD's business. The winner will be provided with A¢G100,000 and a contract with DPD, but we are hoping that everyone will find some way of working with DPD in the future.'The scheme is looking for technology that will improve customer service, provide better tracking to Nike ACG Cheap Sale give the customers a direct link to the driver delivering their goods and any systems that will improve efficiency.A?The scheme is also open to other innovations that entrant companies can suggest. Entries must be received by February 2. The JLabs incubator saw 100 start-ups pitch their services. After being whittled down to five, the eventual winner was Localz, whose Nike ACG Cheap Sale close-proximity technology is designed to send alerts to customers depending on their exact location, for example guiding them around a store.A?The system can also be used to notify the store when a customer who is collecting an item arrives, so speeding up collection.Marks said he hoped the John Lewis and DPD schemes could be a model for more companies Nike ACG Cheap Sale to invest in new business. 'If you are a small company, dealing with corporates can be very difficult,' he said.A?'There are various managers, committees and steering groups to find your way round. At the same time, big companies are not set up to sort through all the new ideas that small companies might pitch to them. Good ideas sometimes Nike ACG Cheap Sale just get lost.'Dwain McDonald, DPD's chief executive, said the industry was facing a huge challenge and that the pre-Christmas Black Friday sales rush had taken the industry by surprise. DPD had planned for parcel volumes to rise by about 22 per cent, but they rose 32 per cent.'The biggest cost is when we try to deliver and the customer Nike ACG Cheap Sale is not at home and we have to go back two or three times.'A?The key to improved service, he added, is in closer communication with the customer about where and when they would be able to receive a package. 'I send out 150 million messages a year, so really we are a technology company that happens to deliver parcels.' Nike ACG Cheap Sale Deals Of The Week 2.06% fixed rate cash Isa Tax Free Saving A¢G100 cash plus 5% in credit interest Flex Direct 7.4% variable rate card No Annual Fee A¢G150 cash to sign up First Account Top easy access savings deal1.65% rate .