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Kenco opens lab to develop supply chain technologies

Steve Rogerson
July 29, 2015
 
Kenco has established a department focused on researching and developing innovative approaches to supply chain management.
 
The Kenco Innovation Labs and its dedicated team of specialists will collaborate with customers to identify, research and prototype leading-edge ideas and processes. This team will also partner with entrepreneurs and vendors from multiple industries to identify trends that can be cost-effectively applied in the supply chain, enabling them to think outside the box to create unique, customer-driven services.
 
A test lab and demonstration centre will be created at the Kenco corporate campus in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to explore and research these emerging technologies and processes.
 
“A single service model no longer works within the logistics industry – third party logistics providers must innovate to meet customer needs,” said Kristi Montgomery, vice president of Kenco Innovation Labs. “Kenco has always been ahead of the curve in providing creative solutions, and the lab will continue those efforts with a dedicated team focused on strategic implementation of forward-thinking ideas that create supply chain value."
 
Technology currently being explored includes drones, 3D printing, augmented reality and autonomous ground vehicles.
 
An innovation council composed of several members of Kenco’s senior leadership will guide and approve new research initiatives. To support continuous improvement, Kenco Labs aims to: implement a formal process for generating, vetting and applying innovative ideas; creatively pursue funding channels to sustain research activities; work collaboratively with customers to identify opportunities for innovation; drive measurable improvements across the supply chain; and foster a culture of innovation throughout Kenco facilities.
 
Kenco provides integrated logistics services that include distribution and fulfilment, transportation management, material handling services, real estate management and information technology.