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Smart Logistics Newsletter Archives: June 2019


 
IBM, KPMG, Merck and Walmart test FDA blockchain project

IBM, KPMG, Merck and Walmart are collaborating in a programme from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to evaluate the use of blockchain to protect pharmaceutical product integrity in the supply chain.
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Amazon high-tech drone to make deliveries within months




Amazon’s latest drone could be making deliveries of packages within months, according to Jeff Wilke (pictured), CEO of Amazon’s worldwide consumer business, speaking at this month’s Amazon Re: Mars conference in Las Vegas.
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Deutsche Telekom and Nokia test 5G slicing in Hamburg port




Deutsche Telekom and Nokia have been using 5G communications to test applications that could improve the efficiency of the port of Hamburg using network slicing.
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Schiphol Airport digitises assets




Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is starting to see improvements in the way it handles cargo as it uses IoT to add intelligence to assets around the building, according to Mijke Loven-van Diemen (pictured), senior manager for Royal Schiphol Group, speaking at last week’s IoT World Europe Summit in London.
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Traxens equips Indonesian shipping firm with smart telematics




French logistics and supply chain company Traxens has equipped the smart reefer containers of Indonesian NVOCC company PT TKSolusindo with its patented telematics tracking technology.
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Hapag-Lloyd introduces real-time container monitoring




German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd is introducing a real-time container monitoring programme that includes real-time GPS location, temperature information and power-off alerts.
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Yokogawa takes €6m stake in Sensire in cold-chain move




Japanese technology company Yokogawa Electric is to take a €6m stake in Finland-based Sensire and begin collaborating on IoT-based cold chain monitoring.
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Parcel Perform expands into Europe with logistics intelligence




Singapore start-up Parcel Perform, a carrier-independent parcel tracking SaaS platform covering 600 logistics carriers worldwide, has expanded into Europe with an office in Germany.
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RFRain smart reader helps manage inventory




Florida-based Rain RFID hardware and software manufacturer RFRain has launched a plug-and-play smart reader for use in asset and inventory management, transportation, and smart cabinets.
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DHL analytics predict hurricane effects on supply chain




DHL has developed an algorithm and improved weather tracking analytics to help companies avert supply chain disruptions from hurricanes.
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DB Schenker unveils autonomous lorry at Transport Logistic




At this week’s Transport Logistic trade fair in Munich, DB Schenker is presenting what it says is the world's first autonomous electric lorry, the T-Pod. The vehicle was developed in cooperation with Einride, a Swedish start-up.
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Ford and Agility develop robot for making deliveries




Ford is working with Agility Robotics to develop a robot that changes the way self-driving cars make deliveries. Digit is a two-legged robot that sort of looks and walks like a human to complete the final steps of a self-driving delivery from vehicle to doorstep.
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Maersk invests in smart container firm Traxens




Danish container shipping company AP Moller-Maersk is investing in Traxens, a French firm providing data and services for the supply chain industry. Maersk joins CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping as shareholders and customers of Traxens.
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FedEx launches cold chain service in Asia Pacific




FedEx Express has launched a temperature-controlled cold chain shipping service in Asia Pacific. The Medpak VIoC combines packaging and IoT sensors to provide temperature integrity, convenience and cost efficiencies to healthcare customers shipping temperature-sensitive products.
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US Postal Service trials self-driving lorries




Self-driving lorry company TuSimple will carry out a two-week pilot for the United States Postal Service (USPS), performing five round trips hauling USPS trailers more than 1600km between the USPS's Phoenix, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas, distribution centres.
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Cainiao starts three-year plan to digitise Chinese shipping industry




Cainiao Smart Logistics Network wants to speed up the digitisation of China’s shipping industry and work with industry partners to create RMB50bn in value for the industry over the next three years, the Alibaba Group affiliate said last week.
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Cargo tracking market to top 20 million units by 2023, says Berg

The installed base of active cargo tracking units reached 6.1 million in 2018, according to Berg Insight, which predicted the market to grow at a CAGR of 27.3 per cent to reach 20.4 million by 2023.
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