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Smart Logistics Newsletter Archives: October 2017



DHL, ZF and NVidia to develop self-driving fleet




DHL is working with German automotive supplier ZF to deploy a fleet of autonomous delivery trucks in 2019, the firm’s announced at this month’s GPU Technology Conference in Munich.
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Microsoft helps Transpaency-One add blockchain to supply chain

Microsoft is helping Transparency-One add blockchain capabilities to its supply chain transparency platform to let customers add an additional layer of security to their data by storing critical supply chain information in Microsoft Azure's blockchain services.
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Digi acquires TempAlert for $45m




Digi has acquired Massachusetts-based TempAlert, a provider of automated, real-time temperature monitoring and task management for the healthcare, industrial and foodservice industries, for $45m in cash plus future earn out incentives.
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Volkswagen lays out technologies for future of logistics




During its Innovation Day in Hamburg this month, car maker Volkswagen presented the technology and products it believes will transform the entire logistics chain in a sustainable way.
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FedEx acquisition to boost e-commerce offering




FedEx has acquired Utah-based Northwest Research to expand its e-commerce capabilities. Northwest Research specialises in inventory research and management.
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Anvizent and SkuVault alliance improves warehouse analytics




Indian analytics firm Anvizent has formed a partnership with SkuVault to provide analytics on inventory and warehouse data. SkuVault is a Kentucky-based warehouse management technology company. 
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HVAC distributor tests drone deliveries




Canadian plumbing and HVAC distributor Wolseley is looking to use drones to improve its delivery capabilities with prototyping and testing focused on customised depot-to-depot and depot-to-customer systems for its supply chain.
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Security added to Bluetooth temperature monitor




DeltaTrak announced the addition of a data security feature to its FlashLink Bluetooth Low Energy wireless monitor at last week’s PMA Fresh Summit in New Orleans.
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Logistics’ answer to Uber lands $100m funding




Hong Kong-based same-day delivery company Lalamove, which is trying to operate logistics on an Uber-like model in south-east Asia and China, has completed a $100m series C funding round.
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Orbcomm acquires Blue Tree to solidify transport offering

Satellite connectivity company Orbcomm has acquired Irish firm Blue Tree Systems to solidify its offering for the global freight telematics market with consolidated in-cab, dry and refrigerated transportation.
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Emerson forms cold chain division to fight food waste




Following its acquisitions in cargo monitoring, Emerson has formed a cold chain organisation focused on supporting temperature-sensitive and asset optimisation services when commercial goods are moved, stored or sold.
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DHL tests robot to help with mail deliveries




DHL is testing a robot to carry mail for Deutsche Post staff in the German town of Bad Hersfeld. The robot accompanies mail deliverers on their routes and carries their mail items.
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Globalstar partners IPmotion on asset tracking in Japan

Globalstar and IPmotion have jointly formed Globalstar Japan to launch a commercial mobile satellite service that will offer a suite of mobile satellite products and services with asset monitoring and tracking capabilities for the consumer, enterprise and government markets.
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Alibaba plans RMB100bn investment in smart logistics




Alibaba is to take a majority stake in its logistics affiliate Cainiao Network. The additional investment of RMB5.3bn will increase Alibaba's stake to 51%. Alibaba also plans to invest RMB100bn over the next five years in smart logistics technology.
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Scott Farms uses cloud traceability to track tobacco




Scott Farms' tobacco operations in the USA have deployed a track-and-trace programme using technology from Norwegian company Kezzler.
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Finnish firms develop smart label to improve inventory accuracy




Two Finnish companies have joined forces to use the internet of packaging to help improve inventory accuracy, verify authenticity and protect against counterfeiting. IoP firm Magic Add is partnering UPM Raflatac.
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Xerafy extends RFID tag range for container tracking




At last month’s RFID Tomorrow conference in Dusseldorf, Hong Kong-based Xerafy announced it had expanded its Rain RFID line with the Container Trak RFID tag. The company also showed upgrades to its Cargo Trak and Versa Trak Rain RFID products.
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