Zbox Go

By Luisa Velasquez

First Zbox units ready

First Zbox units ready

As we mentioned in our previous article, a logistics innovation process requires certain complex processes in design, planning, testing, external resources, recalculations and a series of other activities that end up translating into economic investment, time and a lot of energy used.

Since Navlandis started the execution of the initial Zbox prototype, a path of different stages has been followed, starting with uncertainty, a situation that, as expected, requires confidence in the process of research and analysis of the created solution. Followed by a variety of situations that have tested teamwork, communication and compliance with each plan.

The realization of what was at the time just an idea, which is not exactly the easiest, also taking into account the sector in which it is immersed, makes this achievement a really important milestone. And so does the whole team that has been working non-stop.

Continuing our focus on the tangible, and feeling all the pride of what it has meant to get to this point, we can now say that we have our first Zbox units manufactured, checked, certified and ready to embark on their first foray to sea.

As we mentioned earlier, one of the important variables is external resources, specifically in manufacturing. The parts used to assemble the containers are provided by an ally, and in May of this year, we received them to assemble the first units.

The start-up was not long in coming and we are still in the process. We have also been finding solutions for each fortuitous limitation and thanks to the excellent workmanship of our team, the first units have been successfully completed.

What’s coming next

Now it’s non-stop, with all the parts ready in our warehouse, we are assembling the next units.

We expect to finish according to the latest planning, optimizing time and physical resources that we have been improving in recent weeks. By taking advantage of more space in our warehouse, we have a larger surface area to increase performance in the assembly of the last units.

We will soon announce the complete final result and its upcoming start-up. Stay tuned!!


By Luisa Velasquez

Talking about innovation

What is innovation and why do we talk about it?

From its literal meaning, RAE defines innovation as the creation or modification of a product, and its introduction in a market.

It can also be defined as the activity by which results derived from research and development (knowledge, prototypes) are launched into the market in the form of new products, services or are transformed into new processes in the company (R+D+i).

Over the years there have been many innovative milestones, each of which has made the world more connected. There have always been those non-conformist people who imagine everything in a better way.

How an innovation process is executed

Innovations are challenges, characterized by uncertainty, risk and complexity.

There is no unique path to reach an innovation process, but each process represents a successive development of stages that are gradually fulfilled.

Below is an explanation of one type of process that can lead to innovation:

  1. Identify opportunities and generate ideas: This action leads to discovering, for example, an unsatisfied market need, a problem with a customer or a new technical solution. The possibilities are as wide as its search.
  2. Ideas evaluation: At the moment of discovering these opportunities, the following is based on prioritizing according to variables that best suit the person or company. Examples: strategies, risks and viability, market and customer needs, market potential, conditions such as laws, standards, patents, among others.
  3. Ideas prioritization: The requirements to implement the different ideas are analyzed and defined, and the viability and the necessary timeframe are evaluated. Some aspects to take into account are: possible bottlenecks, people, capacities and necessary collaborations, authorizations, legal licenses or necessary permits, etc.
  4. Project definition: This is the phase of shaping the activities that will make it possible to execute the selected ideas, establishing concrete work plans and allocating the necessary resources.
  5. Execution: Here it is important that everyone involved understands what is to be achieved, as well as their role. In addition, it is important to review the progress of each activity to ensure that the plan is being respected; in the case of innovation projects, it may be necessary to make changes along the way.
  6. Follow-up: Once the project has been completed, it is important to verify whether there have been any deviations from the initial plan and to analyze the causes. Subsequently, it will be necessary to monitor the results.

When speaking specifically of the requirements of an R+D+I project, the UNE166001 standard states (Spain) the project must contemplate at least the following aspects:

  • Designation of a project manager, establishing his or her functions.
  • Project objectives
  • Innovation and degree of novelty of the project
  • Planning
  • Risk management
  • Budget and resources
  • Exploitation of results
  • Documentation control
  • Follow-up
  • Change control

Innovation in logistics

As time goes by, advances in each sector interfere in the operation of different processes at all levels. Logistics, like any other sector, has been adapting to the economic, social and technological changes that are transforming our daily routines.

There are two clear situations, although there are countless others, that determine how we react in this specific sector. The first is that there are always new ways to make the supply chain more efficient and effective, and there has always been a focus on innovation in logistics because of the large-scale impact it has on all companies.

Innovation at Navlandis

Proactivity and the identification of potentially disruptive changes at an “early stage”, have made the team that conforms Navlandis, professionals ready to find innovative solutions when the client has a complex need that cannot be solved in the usual way.

Zbox is a clear example of an entrepreneurial initiative that has been advancing step by step along the real path of R+D+i. An innovative idea, plus a practical development, plus a significant amount of research.

This first finished product is a solution to a global problem. This solution was born from a simple idea that entailed a huge challenge for its implementation. Today Zbox is a reality and soon we will know its history put to test.

Ending for now…

One aspect that every non-conformist knows is important is that any innovation idea, process or action requires sustainability over time. It is not profitable to dedicate time, effort and money to something when that “new solution” is not going to be sustainable in the long term.

The best innovations not only make operations more efficient, but will also make a whole chain of people involved feel more benefited.

And although innovating is considered costly because of everything necessary for its realization, they say that the cost of doing innovation will always be lower than the cost of not doing it, innovation never comes to an end.

transporte internacional

By Luisa Velasquez

Latest certifications granted

A container implementation with applied innovation is not only limited to the fact that its manufacture works as proposed. For a container to be part of the transport logistics chain, different certifications and permits are required in order to comply with international transport standardization.

Our Zbox has just obtained two more certifications, the certification under the customs agreement and the obtaining of our BIC code, technically it becomes our folding container with the highest aspiration in the sector.

Customs Agreement Certificate

The TIR Convention (Transport International Routier) is a transport convention, an international customs transit system for goods, which aims to facilitate international transit through simplified customs transit procedures and a system of international guarantees.

The TIR was created by the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) in order to expedite the transport of goods between different countries. It establishes the necessary standards that a cargo must meet in order not to be inspected at the customs offices through which it must pass, from the time it leaves its country of origin until it arrives in the country of destination.

After several months of work to learn about the application process, due to the limitations in cases that have been obtained in Spain, we were able to access the procedure and carry out the respective tests prior to obtaining the certificate.

This is how our Zbox container got the “approved under Custom Seal” to be considered as transport equipment for the international transport of goods under the TIR convention.

Last May our Zbox passed the necessary reviews and tests by the customs department of the Ministry of Finance in order to validate our Zbox shipping container and obtain the appropriate certification.

To pass the tests, our Zbox 20′ container had to pass the visual inspection of the customs technicians, as well as go through the container scanner located in the facilities of the Port of Valencia.

Approval of the BIC code for our Zbox container

In maritime transport, all containers transiting international waters must be registered. Containers are identified by an 11-digit alphanumeric combination. The first three letters identify the owner and are assigned to the companies by the BIC (Bureau of International Containers).

The coding system is made up of several codes that provide, among other details, the country of origin of the container, the owner and the type of container.

These marks provide vital information for all the agents in the supply chain, which helps to monitor and secure the container and therefore its cargo, from dispatch to delivery at destination.

At Navlandis we have obtained from the Bureau International of Containers (BIC) the ZBXU code as container owner, to be able to operate with our Zbox containers.

If you want to know more about the Zbox, do not hesitate to contact us.

medio ambiente

By Luisa Velasquez

Navlandis, committed to the environment

Navlandis, committed to the environment

World Environment Day

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations (UN) in 1972 to raise awareness among the world’s population of the importance of caring for our ecosystems and promoting respect for the environment.

The invitation is for everyone to support through real actions. To individuals, encouraging them to improve their consumption habits. To companies by developing more conscious and ecological models. Governments to protect wilderness areas. Teachers to educate in natural values. Young people to raise their voices for the future of the planet. Environmental protection requires everyone’s support.

“We are the generation who can make peace with nature”, and at Navlandis we are clear about this because from the beginning we have been making use of innovation for the optimization of all our resources.

Logistics and its implication

In Logistics, a sector in which we are mainly involved, it is known that international maritime transport represents approximately 80% of the global transport of goods between peoples and communities around the world and it is also the most efficient and cost-effective international transport system for most goods; it is a safe and low-cost means of international transport, which promotes trade between nations and peoples, while contributing to their prosperity.

But, just as maritime transport generates multiple benefits for international trade, there are also some adverse situations, since more than 3% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions can be related to naval transport, due to the fact that these large ships use dirty and polluting fossil fuels for their propulsion.

Innovation is at our core and SDG 9 gives us the guide

Navlandis, a company with a strong R&D component that aims to create innovative solutions to current needs of the logistics and transportation sector, we pursue the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals and through the ninth goal, we are committed to innovation as it plays a key role in introducing and promoting new technologies, facilitates international trade and enables the efficient use of resources.

Our product: Zbox container

The Zbox and its contribution to environmental conservation:

  • Greatly reduces the economic and environmental costs of repositioning empty containers.
  • Provides value to all the agents involved in the chain.
  • Optimization is achieved by folding the container when it is empty.
  • Five containers can be transported as a single package in the same space as a standard container.
  • This translates into direct cost savings.
  • We can save 80% of the transport and storage space, 20% of the CO2 emissions, and 50% of the operational costs of transporting empty containers.

According to WWF in its document “Principles for a sustainable blue economy”, to achieve this Blue Economy in the seas and coastal regions, land-based impacts on marine ecosystems must be addressed and actors in the chain must also work to promote the development of a sustainable green economy on land.

The Zbox is a product that allows the optimization of processes both for maritime transport and for all processes in the chain. Inland transportation, loading and unloading, warehousing, etc. We recognize that the maritime and land economy are interrelated and that many of the threats facing marine environments originate on land.

The oceans absorb about 30 percent of the carbon dioxide produced by humans, buffering the impacts of global warming. The importance of their conservation is fundamental to maintaining a sustainable economy for the future, one that continues to benefit international trade and does not lead to the degradation of our ecosystems.

Minimizing and addressing the effects of ocean acidification, including through greater innovative cooperation at all levels, is the commitment we make at Navlandis in each of our product creation processes.

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Zbox Go
First Zbox units ready
Talking about innovation
transporte internacional
Latest certifications granted
medio ambiente
Navlandis, committed to the environment