Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

FourKites provides real-time location tracking for Walmart

Steve Rogerson
April 17, 2018



Walmart has selected Chicago-based FourKites to provide real-time location tracking and predictive shipment arrival times across its Canadian operations, spanning more than 400 stores and more than a dozen distribution centres.
 
Walmart Canada will also use FourKites Insights, a supply chain analysis product to optimise operations. FourKites claims to have the world’s fastest-growing supply chain visibility and predictive analytics platform.
 
“Walmart Canada’s partnership with FourKites reflects our deep commitment to delivering an outstanding customer experience,” said John Bayliss, senior vice president at Walmart. “We will use FourKites’ predictive tracking technology to know precisely when shipments will arrive at our distribution centres and at our stores, so we can ensure that customers find the products they’re looking for so they can save money and live better.”
 
Leveraging FourKites’ network of GPS-connected assets, Walmart will track over-the-road and rail shipments of freight into its distribution centres, enabling facility managers to optimise staffing levels and assignments and reduce lorry waiting times.
 
At store-level, Walmart managers will use FourKites’ mobile app to get real-time updates on load delivery to determine more efficiently when employees should plan to unload and stock product.
 
Walmart will also use FourKites Insights, a supply chain analytics product, to spot patterns and optimisation opportunities across its operations, analysing metrics including detention time and cost by facility, on-time performance by carrier, metrics by lane and by supplier.
 
“We are proud to be partnering with Walmart Canada to enhance the end-customer experience through predictive shipment tracking and insights,” said Mathew Elenjickal, FourKites’ founder and CEO. “As the real-time visibility provider to many of Walmart’s suppliers, we look forward to seeing the strength of our data network translate into stronger customer experiences.”
 
With a network of more than four million GPS and ELD devices, FourKites covers all modes including ocean, rail, parcel and over-the-road. The platform is optimised for mobile and equipped with end-to-end security.