Tuesday 29th Sep 2020 - Logistics & Supply Chain

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DHL and Wärtsilä complete robot pilot

DHL and technology group Wärtsilä have piloted Fetch Robotics’ mobile robots. The test took place in Wärtsilä’s central distribution centre in Kampen, the Netherlands, which is run by DHL.

UPS trials drone delivery

UPS has tested an autonomous residential drone delivery; launched from one of its package vehicles.

Why governments want to tax logistics robots

The first inkling I had that robots were more than simply science fiction came in 1979 – it was a TV commercial (see below) for the Fiat Strada which ran for two full minutes and showed the car being assembled by these amazing machines.

Amazon patents parachute for drone deliveries

Amazon has patented the transport of goods from drones to homes via parachute. This comes soon after the e-commerce giant patented an airborne fulfilment centre designed for service deliveries made by drones.

Real time parcel tracker set for launch

A device that allows the location and condition of a parcel to be monitored in real time will get its official launch at the end of this month.

Are you ready for the challenge of the New Year?

Just before Christmas the news emerged that Amazon has applied for a patent on an airborne fulfilment system that uses an airship floating at 45,000 feet to hold stock and a fleet of drones to handle the actual deliveries.

Geodis completes tests of warehouse drones

Geodis and Delta Drone are planning to launch a prototype automated warehouse inventory system using drones early next year following completion of a series of tests.

MAN takes top Supply Chain Excellence Award

MAN Truck & Bus is the overall winner of the 2016 Supply Chain Excellence Awards with a major strategic initiative that delivered huge benefits in both customer service and inventory performance.

Malory Davies FCILT, Editor.

Artificial intelligence is coming to a potato near you…

Robotics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning are going to change the future of grocery retail, more than half of senior executives believe. In fact, many say that it is already happening.

Rwanda launches world’s first emergency drone service

The world’s first emergency drone delivery service has been launched in Rwanda. The Rwandan government will now make up to 150 on-demand emergency deliveries every day to 21 transfusing facilities in the west of the country.

Pankl Racing picks Knapp shuttle technology

Pankl Racing Systems, the engine and drivetrain components specialist, has chosen shuttle technology from Knapp for its new drivetrain component factory in Austria.

UPS begins drone tests

UPS has started testing drones for commercial deliveries of packages in remote areas alongside drone-maker CyPhy Works.

UPS to expand 3D printing operation

UPS is to open a 3D printing factory at one of its facilities in Singapore by the end of 2016. Recognising the impact 3D printing may have on its manufacturing network, the package delivery company has decided to incorporate the ‘disruptive technology’ into its business strategy.

SSI Schaefer invests in robots

SSI Schaefer invests in robots

SSI Schaefer, manufacturer of warehouse logistics systems, has invested in robots by acquired a majority shareholding of gantry robotics company RO-BER.

DHL to test robots

DHL Supply Chain has run a pilot test with French robot technology “EffiBOT” for an automated order picking operation in Unna, Germany. The robot is an automated trolley, which follows pickers through the warehouse and “takes care of most of the physical work.”

Time to test yourself against the best

It’s time to test yourself against the best supply chains in The  Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2016, organised by Logistics & Supply Chain.

Bang & Olufsen chooses Zyme CDM solution

Bang & Olufsen (B&O) PLAY, a subsidiary of consumer electronics company B&O, has chosen channel data management company Zyme for its cloud-based solution globally.

Supply chain data is competitive goldmine

Most companies are sitting on a goldmine of supply chain data that could give them a competitive edge if they made use of it, according to a new report from DHL.

ASDA picks Manhattan for ToYou service

ASDA has chosen Manhattan Associate to support its new collection and return service named “ToYou”. The service enables consumers to collect and return specific Asda orders, and online orders placed with third parties.

Oracle expands retail suite

Oracle has introduced an all-inclusive suite of cloud, on-premise, hardware and software solutions to its Oracle Retail Release 15. The new suite incorporates analytics that retailers can use to personalise offers, streamline operations and increase sales and margins.

Mobile platform from Zetes

Zetes has launched a Mobile Enterprise Application, from MCL Technologies, to support supply chain process execution with minimal complexity regarding compatibility and longevity

DHL offers 25pc savings

DHL Supply Chain plans to offer its technology customers 25 per cent reductions in total cost, by integrating repair operations within the warehouse

Bernard Matthews saves with Wax Digital

UK turkey farmer Bernard Matthews has achieved business savings of 21 per cent, as a result of implementing Wax Digital’s web3 eSourcing platform

AEB software receives PwC certification

Global professional services firm PwC has audited and certified AEB International’s ASSIST4 and SAP plug-in ATC Classification software

Oliver Wight talks business improvement

Oliver Wight EAME is hosting a webinar to help senior executives improve business performance by optimising their processes, tools and culture

Samsung strengthens ties with glass supplier Corning

Samsung is entering into a series of strategic and financial agreements with toughened glass maker Corning Incorporated, including a new LCD display glass supply agreement between Corning until 2023

Software house launches supply chain division

Software company Access Group has set up a Supply Chain Solutions division to expand its business in manufacturing, warehouse management, wholesale and logistics sectors

RSK Entertainment signs with Sony DADC

RSK Entertainment has signed a distribution contract with Sony DADC to cover UK and Irish physical distribution, as well as manufacturing and European supply operations for its network of affiliates

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