Are you going to travel this summer? Beware of restrictions

The arrival of good weather and the end of the alarm state predispose to plan summer vacation and the long journeys, but the pandemic and the security and control measures are still in force with more or less rigor in almost all countries, and change without prior notice, making planning difficult.

The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a section on “travel recommendations” that details, country by country, the conditions of each one of them with the clear warning that lthe situation is very unpredictable And it can change from one day to the next.

Many are still closed to tourism, others are open but require negative PCR, quarantine and certificates, and all blame the traveler himself for the consequences of setting out to travel the world when the pandemic has not yet been controlled.

These are, by way of example, the recommendations and restrictions for tourists in some of the main destinations chosen by the Spanish:

AMERICA

EE. UU.

The entry of foreigners who have been in any country of the Schengen Area in the previous 14 days is prohibited.

Those travelers who, because they are included in the exceptions, or because they have obtained an authorization from the US embassy in Madrid, can travel to the United States, must have a negative viral test carried out in the previous 72 hours, or proof of have effectively recovered from the virus.

MEXICO

It is advisable to limit trips to those strictly necessary.

Although there are no restrictions to enter, the declaration of a health emergency in the country – with a red traffic light (critical situation) in several states – has led to the introduction of preventive and restrictive measures (closing of hotels, restaurants, places of leisure , and traffic limitations on some highways and cities), which vary from state to state.

CUBA

The incidence of the pandemic has worsened in the country in the last month, so the authorities have taken measures to reduce infections, although the main airports are open.

Negative PCR is required at least 72 hours before the flight and to fulfill isolation in designated hotel facilities.

A payment PCR test is also required at the airport and a second PCR test on the fifth day of arrival.

Hotels and rental houses for tourists in Cuba are open and interprovincial movements are allowed for both residents and tourists, although there may be specific restrictions.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Given the extension of the Emergency Declaration, travelers are advised to reconsider their travel plans.

However, no type of test will be requested prior to entering the country, nor will massive tests be carried out upon arrival, but rather random tests of rapid application. There are no restrictions on interior mobility.

ARGENTINA

The Government has decreed a health emergency until December 31, 2021, which includes the closure of borders and a ban on the entry of non-resident foreigners.

ECUADOR

It is recommended not to travel to Ecuador except for “exceptional and urgent” reasons.

All travelers must present a PCR test or negative antigen test carried out up to 3 days before arrival in Ecuador, or a vaccination card against covid-19.

COLOMBIA

There are no limitations on the entry of passengers from Spain.

Foreigners who do not have a courtesy or diplomatic visa must have a negative PCR test carried out in a period not exceeding 96 hours before boarding.

In case of not having said test, they can be carried out in Colombia and do preventive isolation until they have a negative result or carry out a preventive isolation of 14 days.

AFRICA

MOROCCO

The authorities have suspended air connections between Morocco and Spain until at least June 10.

TUNISIA

As of today, passenger entries by sea are prohibited, while entries by air are subject to 2 PCR tests, 2 forms and a 7-day quarantine in a quarantine hotel designated by the Tunisian authorities to position of the interested party.

In addition, it is mandatory to carry out, by the interested party, a second PCR test on the fifth, sixth or seventh day of quarantine.

EGYPT

Travel is discouraged except for reasons of necessity throughout the country except to the areas and tourist centers of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, the African mainland coast of the Red Sea and Sharm el Sheikh, and access by air is recommended.

All travelers must present a negative PCR test on arrival, in English or Arabic, carried out no more than 72 hours before the flight.

KENYA

It is recommended not to travel to Kenya unless it is strictly necessary.

Travelers from Spain may enter with a negative PCR performed within 96 hours prior to the trip. Travelers from Spain should not quarantine.

TANZANIA

Travel to Tanzania is “strongly” discouraged due to the pandemic.

Covid infections have skyrocketed, especially in tourist areas such as Zanzibar and Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

The deficiency of the Tanzanian health system, both public and private, and the lack of means to carry out medical evacuations from the main tourist areas (Serengeti NP, Ngorongoro Conservation Zone, Tarangire NP, Lake Manyara NP, Zanzibar) to the capital, they make any non-essential travel inadvisable.

ASIA

INDIA

It is recommended not to travel to India since it is currently the country with the most daily cases in the world.

Despite this, the central government has not approved new sanitary measures, although some states have reinforced their containment measures, and have even decreed the confinement of the population, as is the case of Maharashtra and the country’s capital, Delhi. .

CHINA

China maintains the suspension of entry of foreign citizens without residence permit.

JAPAN

It is recommended not to make unnecessary or non-urgent trips.

Non-Japanese are prohibited from entering the country, except for residents or persons considered as exceptional humanitarian cases.

THAILAND

Although the borders are still formally closed, Spaniards who wish to travel to Thailand can do so only by plane, with an entry permit issued by the embassy.

In addition, they must comply with a 14-day quarantine in officially authorized hotels, even if they are vaccinated. The expenses of stay are paid by the individual, have a negative PCR, carried out in the previous 72 hours and a medical insurance whose policy covers all medical treatments including those for covid-19 with a minimum value of 100,000 USD.

TURKEY

It is recommended not to travel to Turkey. A negative PCR test performed 72 hours before is required.

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Sea Island Cotton Association makes efforts to popularize Sea Island Cotton as a general incorporated association | WWD JAPAN

The West Indo Islands Sea Island Cotton Association (Chairman Yasushi Yagihara), which develops sea island cotton known as a high-class material, will change its organization from a cooperative to a general incorporated association and will start activities under the new system from July. .. Opening the door to companies that want to make products will lead to the spread of sea island cotton.

Sea Island Cotton is a cotton variety cultivated in the West Indies of the Caribbean Sea. It has the longest fiber among ultra-long cotton, and has been prized in Europe including the United Kingdom as a high-class material with a supple and glossy texture. It has been monopolized by a British spinning company for a long time, but exports to Japan began in 1976, and the Kaishima Cotton Association, which became a cooperative in 1979, made an exclusive purchase, and apparel and other products of its members have been commercialized. Until the 1990s, the Sea Island Cotton Association of Japan purchased almost all of the sea island cotton, but since 2000, European purchases have expanded. At present, Japan has a 60% share and Europe has a 40% share.

In Japan, quality and brand have been managed by limiting the handling to companies that are members of the Kaishima Cotton Association. However, the high annual fee and membership rules also became a barrier, and new companies were not able to gather. As a result, the range of marketing has narrowed, sales channels have not expanded, and awareness has emerged.

President Yagihara (President Jim), who met on the 13th, said, “By lowering the hurdles, we would like to recruit understanding friends and spread the splendor of Sea Island Cotton.” As a general incorporated association, we will focus on public relations activities for recognition and management of traceability.

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what happened on a day like today

Like every day, these are some of the relevant events that happened on this same date but a few years ago. Find out what it is about

On May 14, 1984, in White Plains, United States, the programmer and creator of the social network Facebook was born. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg is currently one of the youngest people to appear on Forbes magazine’s annual list of billionaires.

For the development of Facebook, Zuckerberg He had the support of his Harvard colleagues, the computer science coordinator, and his roommates: Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz y Chris Hughes.

In 2010, “Time” magazine chose Mark Zuckerberg as the “Character of the Year”.

On October 1, 2010, the film “The Social Network” directed by David Fincher was released, which tells the story of how Zuckerberg created his social network. On May 19, 2012, he married Priscilla Chan of Chinese descent.

What’s more…

On May 14, 1944, the filmmaker and creator of the film saga was born in California, United States Star Wars e Indiana Jones George Walton Lucas Jr.

During the years 1973 and 1974 he devoted himself exclusively to writing the screenplay for the film “The Star Wars“To write this script was inspired by the” Flash Gordon “and the movie” Planet of the Apes. ”

He adopted two girls and a boy: Amanda Lucas (1981), Katie Lucas (1988) and Jett. Lucas (1993).

15 facts about George Lucas, whose pet was a great inspiration

His latest project was finishing the new Star Wars trilogy. “The threat of the ghost“Episode I which was released on May 19, 1999.

In May 2002 the second part was released, “Attack of the clones“, episode II and”Revenge of the Sith“, episode III, (which opens the doors to the classic trilogy), premiered on May 19, 2005, leaving the saga finished.

On October 30, 2012 George Lucas sold Lucasfilm for $ 4,050 million to Disney and this confirms that there will be a third Star Wars trilogy that will begin in 2015 and will consist of episodes VII, VIII and IX.

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Balears transits from British disappointment at the amber traffic light to German joy

Balears is in amber. Entrepreneurs on the Islands live with disappointment and frustration at not being on Britain’s green list, but remain hopeful for German tourism. They also trust that the government of Boris Johnson will rectify its decision and that the Balearic Islands will become part of the green list as of June 7.

Speculation about this summer’s tourist season has been a lot in recent months. Too many times there has been a transition between the boldest optimism and hopelessness. Today, although the situation is much better than in the summer of 2020, no one expects a good season anymore. In fact, the number of open establishments is disheartening, since it did not reach 20% last Friday.

The Hotel Business Federation of Mallorca itself reported last Friday the seventh that 156 establishments were open, 18.86% of the plant, and 15.50% of the beds. Any other year, more than 90% of the establishments would be open today and today we already know that there are hotels that will not open.

In this sense, hotel chains will put their establishments into operation in a staggered manner according to occupancy and the forecast today of the vast majority is that they will not be able to open all their hotels. The season is expected to start strongly in June and profitable occupancy is expected to remain until the end of October.

UK. The Boris Johnson government last week made public the list of countries that make up the different positions of the traffic light. The Balearic Islands, as also happened to the Canary Islands, remained in amber and did not enter the green list, which was made up of only twelve countries, including Portugal and Israel. The British government did not make distinctions between the autonomous communities and the Spanish state as a whole was left in amber, as also happened to competing countries such as Greece and France.

In this way, the British who travel to Spain must keep a quarantine of ten days upon their return, in addition to having a negative test before returning. The British government also requires its citizens traveling to a destination in amber, such as Spain, that travelers undergo two PCR tests upon their return, one on the second day and one on the eighth.

The British government will thus authorize international flights again on May 17, although, obviously, with the harsh conditions imposed, very few citizens will travel to the Balearic Islands. In fact, the Johnson government has recommended not traveling to countries that are in amber – such as Spain – or red.

The classification made by the British government will be reviewed every three weeks, so it will not be until June 7 when the situation in the Balearic Islands changes. In this sense, the actors of the Balearic tourism sector have been very disappointed with the decision of the United Kingdom, since there were hopes that autonomous communities such as the Balearic Islands or the Canary Islands, which have a similar incidence, would be valued differently from the whole of Spain to that of countries that have been classified as green.

This has not been the case, although it cannot be ruled out that Great Britain does distinguish between the different autonomous communities that make up Spain.

REACTIONS. The management of the Mallorcan hoteliers reacted promptly to the British decision regretting, how could it be otherwise, that Spain was left in amber. “The decision of the British government not to place Spain in the green category, within the COVID traffic light system, or to achieve a differentiated treatment for the Balearic Islands, deprives the Archipelago of the recovery of tourist activity with the United Kingdom, distancing this possibility as at least until June 7, which is when it will be reviewed again ”, the statement from the Mallorca Hotel Business Federation (FEHM) said verbatim.

The Balearic Government reacted with resignation to the decision of the United Kingdom. Iago Negueruela, Minister of Model Economic, Tourism and Work, explained that the Balearic Islands alone had the incidence rates required to be part of the green list. The minister entered the political battle by recalling the situation in the community of Madrid chaired by Isabel Ayuso, much more lax in restrictions.

The Balearic Islands have also modified the public health law to limit the price of PCR to 75 euros. All to make the destination more attractive by facilitating the arrival of tourists who need to undergo a PCR test before returning to their country. The UBES private health employer considers this measure an “unacceptable interference” in private activity that was also decided “unilaterally and without prior notice to the sector.”

The British government’s decision has caused more than a hundred hotels that were scheduled to open their doors imminently have postponed their decision. Many will not open until mid to late June.

GERMANY. Germany is traditionally the first source market for tourists in the Balearic Islands. The president Francina Armengol and the minister Iago Negueruela, as well as the general director of Turisme Rosana Morillo, visited Germany this week to ‘sell’ the Islands as a safe destination.

The Government explained that the security message promoted by the Balearic Islands has been very well received by the German market and even pointed out that they had praised the strategy and the efforts of the Balearic Islands to contain the pandemic and restart tourist activity safely. The Balearic representation met last Tuesday with Norbert Fiebig, president of the German association of travel agencies (DRV), and its director Volker Adams.

The Balearic delegation has explained the details of the comprehensive package of security in tourism called ‘Safety Pack’. It includes, among many other issues, a COVID insurance that will be made available to all tourists arriving in the Balearic Islands to guarantee their repatriation, as well as an interpreter service and compensation for prolongation of stay caused by the disease. Armengol, at the end of the meeting, was very satisfied that the German employers consider that the Balearic Islands could be a priority destination due to the good epidemiological indices.

Along the same lines, the Balearic representation also met with the top officials of Tui. Sebastian Ebel, CEO of the German tour operator, highlighted the importance of the Balearic Islands having such good figures in containing the disease.

OCTOBER. The season is clearly not off to a strong start and no one expects occupations similar to 2019 in July and August. Now, there is confidence, and the Government has turned to that, that the season will last, at least, until October.
In other words, in the best case scenario, it would start at the beginning of June and end at the end of October with an average occupancy that varies between 50% and 70% depending on the hotel and the area.

A challenge that the Balearic Islands still has pending is to recover the connectivity of the summer of 2019. The airlines, in general, are in a position of great weakness and very few maintain the destinations and frequencies of years ago. In any case, it is also true that Balearic airports have managed to incorporate some destinations that were not scheduled during the summer of 2019.

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11 deaths and 2,657 new cases of Coronavirus, Darwaza News Network

Britain: 11 deaths and 2,657 new cases of Corona virus

Thursday May 13th

Britain: 11 deaths and 2,657 new cases of Corona virus

Britain announced today, Thursday, that the total number of deaths related to the (emerging corona – Covid 19) virus has risen to 127,651 cases, after 11 new deaths were recorded during the past 24 hours. And the British Ministry of Health confirmed in a press statement that it had counted 2,657 new cases of the virus, which brought the total confirmed cases since the beginning of the infection spread last year to 4,444,000 people. The statement indicated that the number of those vaccinated with the first dose of the anti-virus vaccine increased to 35 million and 906 thousand …

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BT accelerates in fiber with the creation of 7,000 jobs

The telecoms operator BT, whose annual profits have suffered from the health crisis, announced Thursday an acceleration of the deployment of fiber in the United Kingdom in the coming years, with the creation of 7,000 jobs.

BT has set itself the goal of connecting, through its subsidiary Open Reach, 25 million homes and businesses by the end of 2026, while its target was so far of 20 million, according to a press release.

The group ensures that it has the necessary resources to finance this accelerated deployment, but it does not rule out joining forces with partners and will consider the possibility of joint ventures by September.

He explains that the conditions are met to move faster, referring to the sustained pace of the current deployment, clarifications on the regulatory front and the recent announcement by the government of a tax deduction for companies that invest.

This acceleration of deployment “will help fuel the UK’s economic recovery, with better connectivity, and up to 7,000 new jobs», Welcomes Philip Jansen, Managing Director.

A difficult year

“It’s a huge program, an investment of 15 billion pounds,” he said, questioned by the BBC, while the deployment of very high speed in all countries was one of Prime Minister Boris’ campaign promises Johnson, who intends to support disadvantaged regions in northern and central England.

The government applauded the initiative of BT through the voice of Oliver Dowden, Minister of Digital, who hopes in a statement “see others (operators) to follow in his footsteps».

BT also had a difficult year, with its after-tax profit falling 15% to £ 1.47 billion for the 2020-2021 financial year ended at the end of March. It has suffered from the effects of the pandemic on the spending of its customers, in particular businesses, and the cost of deploying fiber, which should still weigh on profitability.

The group expects stable like-for-like sales for 2021-2022, and a slight increase in gross operating income. “More ambitious fiber target means higher and higher spending than anticipated», Warns Neil Wilson, analyst at Markets.com. The title fell 5.35% to 160.00 pence around 10:50 am on the London Stock Exchange.

The group has also said nothing more about the possible sale of its BT Sport branch, which brings together its sports television channels, after having recognized discussions in this direction at the end of April. In contrast, the government has allowed the Premier League, the English football league, to renew its lucrative broadcast contract for 2022 to 2025, with BT, Sky, Amazon and the BBC.

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232 deaths and 13,029 injuries, Darwaza News Network

Britain: 11 deaths and 2,284 new cases of Corona. * Spain: 108 deaths and 6,418 new cases of the virus. * France records more than 21,000 new infections. * Turkey: 232 deaths, 13,029 injuries

Thursday May 13th

(KUNA) – Britain announced on Wednesday that the total deaths related to the (emerging corona – Covid 19) virus have risen to 127,640 cases, after 11 new deaths were recorded during the past 24 hours. And the British Ministry of Health confirmed in a press statement that it had counted 2,284 new cases of the virus, which brought the total confirmed cases since the beginning of the infection spread last year to 4,441,000 people. The statement indicated that the number of those vaccinated with the first dose of the anti-virus vaccine increased to 35 million and 722 thousand people, while the number of those who were vaccinated with two doses reached 18 million and 438 thousand people. Two days ago, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that his government is proceeding with a plan to gradually reopen the economy by allowing restaurants, cafes and all entertainment activities inside closed spaces to return to normal work, starting next Monday.

Spain: 108 deaths and 6,418 new cases of the virus The Spanish Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that it had recorded 108 deaths and 6,418 new infections (Corona emerging – Covid 19) in the past 24 hours. The ministry said in a statement on its official website that the total number of injuries rose to three million and 592751 cases, while the official number of deaths rose to 79,208 cases since the beginning of the health crisis. The statement added that 36,011 new infections and 261 deaths were recorded during the past week, while 8,2462 cases of the virus were detected during the past two weeks, to continue the accumulated infection rate …

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The Community calls for a “fair distribution” of Brexit funds that recognizes the export value of the Region

The Community has requested the central government to take into account the weight of exports from the Region of Murcia to the United Kingdom in the distribution of the Brexit readjustment fund, to strengthen and improve customs facilities in the Region. This was transmitted this Wednesday by the Minister of Business, Employment, Universities and Spokesperson, Valle Miguélez, to the Secretary of State for Commerce, Xiana Méndez, during a work video conference, in which she also presented some keys to the evolution of regional foreign trade with the UK during 2020.

Thus, he highlighted that the Region of Murcia sold goods to the United Kingdom worth 945.98 million euros, emphasizing the year-on-year evolution, in which Murcian exports rose 8.82%, while national exports to this destination fell 14.46%.

The counselor assured that “the Region of Murcia is a region with an exporting and international vocation. Since the internationalization program was launched, the volume of exports has multiplied by three”. Given these data, he stressed that “it is essential to continue working on increasing the number of exporting companies in the Region, an aspect that will be key in the development of the 2021-2027 Foreign Trade program, but for which we also need help.”

In this sense, he considered that it is “something fair” to request that at the time of distribution of the Brexit readjustment fund, it be in proportion to the export capacity of the community to the United Kingdom.

The counselor also asked the Secretary of State for Commerce the need for the autonomous communities to have Next Generation Funds to promote the process of digital transformation of small businesses.

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The Community requests that the weight of the Region’s exports to the United Kingdom be taken into account for the distribution of the Brexit fund

It also asks the Secretary of State for Commerce that communities can have Next Generation Funds to promote the process of digital transformation of small businesses

Regional exports grew by 9.98 percent in 2019-2020 while national exports decreased by 10.81 percent

The Community has asked the central government to take into account the weight of exports from the Region of Murcia to the United Kingdom in the distribution of the Brexit readjustment fund, to strengthen and improve customs facilities in the Region. This was transmitted today by the Minister of Enterprise, Employment, Universities and Spokesperson, Valle Miguélez, to the Secretary of State for Commerce, Xiana Méndez, during a work video conference, in which she also presented some keys to the evolution of regional foreign trade with the United Kingdom during 2020.

Thus, he highlighted that the Region of Murcia sold goods to the United Kingdom worth 945.98 million euros, emphasizing the year-on-year evolution, in which Murcian exports rose 8.82 percent, while national exports to this destination fell 14.46 percent.

The counselor assured that “the Region of Murcia is a region with an export and international vocation. Since the internationalization program was launched, the volume of exports has multiplied by three.” Given these data, he stressed that “it is essential to continue working to increase the number of exporting companies in the Region, an aspect that will be key in the development of the 2021-2027 Foreign Trade program, but for which we also need help.”

In this sense, he considered that it is “something fair” to request that at the time of the distribution of the Brexit readjustment fund, it be in proportion to the export capacity of the community to the United Kingdom.

The counselor also asked the Secretary of State for Commerce the need for the autonomous communities to have Next Generation Funds to promote the process of digital transformation of small businesses.

Increase in exports

In volume (thousands of tons), Spanish exports to the United Kingdom decreased by 10.81 percent in 2019-2020, while regional ones grew by 9.98 percent, due to the increase in canned fruit and vegetables or wines.

Among the destination countries for Murcian exports, the United Kingdom is in the number three position, remaining, as is traditional, among the top five positions in the regional ranking. Likewise, the weight of regional exports to the United Kingdom, in relation to the national total, was 5.56 percent in 2020.

A total of 537 companies carried out export operations to the United Kingdom, which represents an increase of 367 percent over the previous year, and in the ranking of autonomous communities, the Region of Murcia occupied the eighth position in 2019.

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COMPANY / Spain among the European countries that suffer the most incidents in their ecommerce orders

After the end of the state of alarm in Spain, the ecommerce sector remains alert to changes or new restrictions that each community applies and that may affect order deliveries. Although Spain has not been one of the countries that have imposed more complex measures, the logistics sector has suffered this year various phenomena that have directly affected its work: the boom in online orders with the pandemic; the border restrictions derived from it; the Brexit; the storm Filomena or the blockade in the Suez Canal are just some examples of the setbacks they have had to face.

Although ecommerce eliminates borders and allows users to purchase products from companies located on the other side of the planet, the truth is that this reality at a logistical level continues to pose challenges for both ecommerce and carriers.

Once payment is made for an e-commerce purchase, a complex gear is put into play to bridge the “distance” between seller and customer. Most eCommerce uses more than one carrier for the same shipment, in addition international shipments are on average, more expensive and encounter greater obstacles to overcome, such as customs (in the case of countries outside the EU) or exchange rates. carrier from one country to another.

For their part, the consumer who has placed an international order does not know which company will deliver their product, since as it changes hands, different tracking codes are generated that make it difficult to track.

According to data from Qapla ‘, an innovative integrated system that allows the management of ecommerce shipments in all its phases, in Europe, Switzerland, Great Britain and Italy lead the ranking of incidents in their shipments; immediately followed by Spain, in which the number of shipments that registered some kind of problem has also increased considerably. Within the peninsula, Andalusia leads the ranking, followed by Catalonia and Valencia.

The main causes of consultation of Spaniards about their ecommerce orders are: check which carrier is handling the shipment; know where the package is in real time: which country it has arrived in and understand what state it is in, that is: sent, in preparation, in delivery, etc.

“The arrival of the Covid has been an accelerating tsunami for eCommerce, but also in logistics. Most did not expect this increase in the volume of online sales, so they are often used to doing things” as a lifetime ” They have seen in this wave without automations that allow them to optimize time and resources. Among our clients we have seen how some have been able to surf the tsunami with the possibility of being able to quickly switch from one carrier to another in case of geo-blocking problems and work overloads. of some operators. ” Says Raquel Llorente, Country Manager of Qapla in Spain.

Even so, thanks to online tracking and notification services such as Qapla ‘allow ecommerces and recipients to sleep peacefully even if their goods have to make long-distance trips.

Qapla ‘was born in 2014 with the aim of automating the notification and monitoring process of eCommerce shipments. Luca Cassia and Roberto Fumarola, its founders, develop an integrated management system for the information coming from the carriers, which allows the simultaneous management, in addition to tracking shipments, customer assistance activity and marketing automation: from the printing of the label, until the delivery notification. Thanks to the continuous monitoring service that guarantees Customer Assistance, the control of all carriers used and a timely and precise communication in the delivery through a notification and tracking system by email or SMS, the platform has allowed numerous companies maximize customer satisfaction in the crucial phase of delivery.

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