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Smart Logistics Newsletter Archives: August 2017




Hyundai tests IoT for refrigerated containers




Container operator Hyundai Merchant Marine has started a trail of IoT technology to monitor and manage the temperature of refrigerated goods in real time wherever the internet is accessible.
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IBM and Singapore port operator explore blockchain in supply chain




IBM is working with containership operator Pacific International Lines and Singapore-based port group PSA to explore the use of blockchain-based supply chain networks.
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Alibaba opens intelligent warehouse in China

Alibaba's logistics arm Cainiao has launched operations for its new intelligent warehouse in Huiyang, Guongdong, home to the most mobile robots in China.
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UPS adopts virtual reality to train drivers




UPS is to start training student delivery drivers to spot and identify road hazards using virtual reality headsets that vividly simulate the experience of driving on city streets while teaching a more memorable classroom lesson.
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Adveez prepares LoRa asset tracker for US launch




French company Adveez, a LoRa Alliance adopter member, will begin shipping its ruggedised LoRaWan tracking module in North America in October for demanding outdoor asset tracking applications, especially in airports.
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Descartes acquires MacroPoint for $110m

Canadian logistics software-as-a-service company Descartes Systems Group has acquired MacroPoint, a US electronic transportation network providing location-based lorry tracking and predictive freight capacity data, for around $110m.
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Robot uses RFID to check warehouse inventory




Supply chain technology company Surgere has launched Robi, a robot that can automate cycle counts and improve accuracy of on-hand inventory within automotive manufacturing and warehouse environments.
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DHL backs augmented reality after successful pilots




Following successful pilots, DHL is making augmented reality glasses standard equipment in its warehouses around the world.
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Orbcomm launches cold chain monitor




Orbcomm has launched the next generation of its cold chain monitor, which is available as a 3G or LTE cellular or dual-mode satellite-cellular version, enabling fuel and temperature management, maintenance, logistics and regulatory compliance for refrigerated transport assets.
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Kore and Cooltrax partner on cold chain operations

Kore and Cooltrax are partnering to provide uninterrupted real-time cold chain management. The IoT infrastructure and real-time cold chain management companies aim to deliver seamless temperature reporting for fixed and mobile assets.
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Oracle expands supply chain cloud offerings

Oracle has expanded its supply chain management cloud to help organisations embrace demand driven processes and capabilities without the complexities and constraints of traditional supply chain architectures.
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Ambrosus helps Trek inject blockchain into pharma supply chain
 



Swiss company Ambrosus is helping Trek Therapeutics apply integrated sensors coupled with blockchain-based technology to improve the pharmaceutical drug manufacturing supply chain for its clinical development programme.
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TraceLink acquires ROC IT to add edge data capture to life sciences supply chain operation

TraceLink, which runs track-and-trace for the life sciences supply chain, has acquired ROC IT, which specialises in intelligent edge data capture for serialised product inventory in the pharmaceutical supply chain.
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DDC and Tecsys partner on drone development for healthcare




Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has signed a commercial agreement with Tecsys to collaborate on the design, development and implementation of a drone delivery service for the healthcare market.
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Engineering start-up plans drone that can carry 100kg




UK engineers plan to build a logistics drone that can carry up to 100kg. The UAV will be aimed initially at remote and isolated communities, but is planned to be fully capable of near urban operations in due course.
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CSCMP and TSC partner to tackle supply chain cyber attacks

The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) has joined forces with risk assessment company TSC Advantage to address the increasing cyber-security risks posed by the growing digitalisation and resulting third-party access to corporate assets.
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CH Robinson deploys electronic logging to small contractors




Minnesota-based logistics company CH Robinson is deploying electronic logging devices (ELDs) to its contracted carriers with ten lorries or fewer following a deal with One20.
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DB Schenker adds Magic touch to backbone




Logistics provider DB Schenker has implemented the XPI platform from Magic Software Enterprises to add machine learning into the backbone of its integrated sales and logistics service.
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Puma and ITG partner on warehouse robot pilot




Sports footwear company Puma has started a pilot of an intelligent warehouse in Germany with help from logistics company ITG, robotics technology start-up Magazino and software firm Gigaton.
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Orbcomm powers telematics for JLG platforms




Pennsylvania-based access equipment company JLG Industries has selected Orbcomm to provide end-to-end telematics for its global fleet of aerial work platforms and telehandlers.
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Location sensing integration tracks goods through supply chain




California-based Cratus is integrating Norwegian company Thin Film Electronics’ technology into mobile sensor platforms, enabling location sensing and tamper-evidence monitoring of high-value goods through the tap of a smartphone or commercial reader.
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MTI tests blockchain in recycling supply chain




Marine Transport International (MTI) has launched a proof-of-concept trial to connect parties involved in the recycling supply chain via blockchain technology.
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IMC interactive jobs board suits logistics IoT industry

The IoT M2M Council (IMC) has launched an interactive jobs board that provides a targeted resource for online employment connections. The IMC has also released RFP survey results.
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ZTO completes trial delivery using drone




Chinese express delivery company ZTO Express has successfully completed its first trial delivery using a drone in an industrial park in Zhejiang Province.
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