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Kenco partners Pinc to use drones for warehouse automation

Steve Rogerson
November 17, 2015
 
Warehouse automation may soon take to the skies, as logistics provider Kenco teams up with Pinc Solutions to explore the use of drones to manage warehouse systems and yard operations.
 
Chattanooga-based Kenco is leveraging Pinc’s yard management platform to provide real-time asset tracking at a large facility in the mid-west of the USA. In addition, the two companies are exploring the potential to deploy drones for yard management at Kenco distribution facilities.
 
“Kenco wants to use drones for managing real-time data gathering in outside yard operations,” said Kristi Montgomery, vice president of Kenco Innovation Labs. “Pinc’s patented RTLS sensor platform captures locations of assets and inventory, and can provide up-to-the-minute information that would allow Kenco to customise and segment yard operations based on customer needs and business rules.”
 
Montgomery said Kenco saw tremendous opportunities for providing higher levels of customer service by integrating real-time data into existing systems.
 
“One of the reasons Kenco formed its own innovation lab was to explore opportunities like this one, and invest in leading-edge supply chain technologies that deliver greater value for our customers,” she said.
 
Kenco recently implemented California-based Pinc’s core YMS application for a customer in the durable goods industry. After a two-month pilot, the customer is installing the system across its US network. Once Pinc’s drone system is available, Kenco plans to partner with the company on its first drone-enabled site.
 
“Pinc is delighted to work with Kenco to provide advanced asset tracking through our state-of-the-art technologies,” said Matt Yearling, Pinc’s CEO. “By taking a holistic view, Pinc can help Kenco gain even better insights into their business process execution, labour utilisation, asset utilisation and inventory management.”
 
Pinc develops real-time location system technologies that are delivered as cloud services and powered by the IoT. Its secure sensor platform provides visibility for supply chain operations.
 
Kenco provides integrated logistics that include distribution and fulfilment, transportation management, material handling services, real estate management and information technology.