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Smart Logistics Newsletter Archives: March 2020

 
UPS tests autonomous electric shifters




UPS has started testing electric lorries with autonomous driving capability at its London technology hub.
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Pallet Alliance integrates Semtech LoRa in logistics platform




Pallet Alliance, an innovator in pallet management programmes for multi-site manufacturing and distribution companies, has integrated Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWan protocol into its IntelliPallet IoT-based pallet monitoring logistics platform.
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IMC hosts Industrial IoT Online Summit in April

The IoT M2M Council (IMC) – the largest trade group serving the IoT sector, with 25,000 members – has organised a full online conference for industrial users. The Industrial IoT Online Summit will take place from 22 to 23 April 2020.
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Ceva deploys Locus autonomous robots in warehouse




Ceva Logistics has deployed autonomous mobile robots from Locus Robotics at its Roosendaal, Netherlands, warehouse to handle online order fulfilment for a retail partner selling household and consumer goods.
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Fetch and Zebra cross paths in warehouse automation




Californian cloud robotics company Fetch Robotics is collaborating with Illinois-based Zebra Technologies to optimise and automate warehouse picking processes through the integration of Fetch autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and Zebra FulfillmentEdge software.
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Sita explores blockchain to reduce air cargo costs




The air cargo industry could save $400m a year using blockchain to track and record change of custody of airline cargo containers or unit load devices (ULDs) digitally across their journey, according to the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques, or Sita, and trade association ULD Care.
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Elite adapts drone delivery for coronavirus work




Italian company Elite Consulting has adapted its drone delivery system for medical supplies to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
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JLT mobile computer fits tight spaces




Swedish mobile computer firm JLT has launched a vehicle-mount computer for logistic applications. The JLT1014P provides users in warehousing and transportation with a rugged fixed-mount computer for installation in small forklift cabins, trollies or other vehicles where space is tight.
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Semtech targets asset management with LoRa Edge




Asset management is the key market for LoRa Edge, according to Pedro Pachuca (pictured), director of IoT wireless at Semtech, speaking at last month’s Embedded World show in Nuremberg.
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ABB and Covariant bring AI robotics to warehouses




Swiss technology giant ABB is working with Silicon Valley AI start-up Covariant to bring AI-enabled robotics to market, starting with a fully autonomous warehouse order fulfilment system.
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Matson deploys Blume IoT and machine learning




Matson Logistics is using machine learning and IoT technology from California-based Blume Global to improve operations and decrease costs in its fleet network.
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DDC tests delivery drone for harsh environments




Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) is starting testing of its Robin XL drone with a lifting capability of 11.3kg of payload and a travel range of 60km. Designed for harsher climates, it could be on commercial routes by the second quarter of this year.
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Descartes uses Bluetooth to help Swissport track cargo




Swissport is working with Unilode and Descartes to track and monitor unit load devices using Bluetooth technology at its cargo warehouses. The cargo handling division will equip its 115 cargo warehouses with tracking sensors during 2020.
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FedEx and Freightos partner on freight digitisation




Hong Kong-based Freightos Group is working with FedEx Logistics to improve global freight digitisation. Freightos will supply its WebCargo technology to digitise FedEx Logistics, while FedEx will provide digitised customs brokerage services for importers on the Freightos.com marketplace.
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Dematic buys logistics automation firm DAI for €120m




Atlanta, Georgia-based intralogistics company Dematic has acquired Digital Applications International (DAI), a UK software company specialising in logistics automation.
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Fetch provides instant warehouse automation




Fetch Robotics has launched Workflow Builder to provide instant warehouse automation. The drag-and-drop automation toolkit enables deployment in days, iteration to perfect workflows and integration if required.
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