“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: April 2017

“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: April 2017
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Welcome to the second issue of our monthly “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release. We continue to explore the Transport & Logistics news in order to provide you with the latest technologies being tested in the field, disruptive projects happening in the sector, and controversial issues that the industry may face in the near future. In this issue, in addition to the news, we are introducing “The Company of the Month” where we will be mentioning companies from the Transport & Logistics sector with the innovative mindset.

In this issue, you will be able to find news on the following topics:

Elon Musk strikes again with the teaser image of Tesla’s Semi Truck

Picture Credit: Tesla

By being a great innovator Elon Musk was always an inspiration for many fans of technological progress. When he just started Tesla, nobody would think that it will lead the automobile market to a common electrification of vehicles. Now even giants like Ford taking big steps in redefining the concept of a vehicle. However, most of the automobile giants’ effort are directed now towards consumer market and there is no doubt that Tesla is still in the leading position. But Mr. Musk would not be a great innovator if he was not thinking two steps ahead: During his latest interview at TED Global 2017, he teased an image of Tesla’s semi-truck which the company is supposed to show later this year. Musk has no doubts that it will revolutionize the truck market, and we tend to believe so as well.

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Graphene might be a way to improve aircraft according to Richard Branson

The aviation industry has been dealing with one big problem for a long time: it leaves a big carbon footprint for the environment. Although aircraft design has been enhanced throughout the years and guaranteed the same safety conditions with less impact on the environment, there is still a lot of room for improvement. According to Richard Branson, a famous entrepreneur and a founder of Virgin Group, graphene could be a way of enhancing the new generation of aircraft. Graphene is only one atom thick which makes this material extremely strong, light and flexible. By including graphene in the production of materials for aircraft, we can reduce weight and fuel burn and improve safety at the same time. That also means that it will generate cost savings for air companies, including air cargo companies.

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Peloton Technology receives a new round of investment and plans to improve its system

Picture Credit: Peloton Technology

Platooning is a relatively new practice in trucking. It decreases the space between cars and allows automation to work towards simultaneous acceleration and slowdown of a group of trucks. An American startup Peloton Technology is closing a $60 million round of investment which will help them to further develop the technology which matches up trucks going towards the same direction at the same time and then when they meet the system is taking control of breaking and acceleration to allow Trucks to travel nose-to-tail and avoid collisions. However, the driver still remains in control of the driving process. According to the company, this technology can possibly save 7% in costs when trucks are traveling at the speed of 105 km/h.

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JD.com announces new business unit JD logistics

Picture Credit: Sim Chi Yin for The New York Times

As we already mentioned in one of our previous articles, Amazon penetrates the logistics sector heavily and the reason for that is Amazon wants to be fully in control of their operations at every step in order to better optimize their processes. However, Amazon is not the only big e-commerce company who thinks that this will be an accelerator of their growth. JD.com, the second largest internet retailer in China after Alibaba, announced that they are creating a new business group which is called JD Logistics. This step continues the company’s strategy towards automation in logistics operations. According to JD.com CEO Richard Liu: “JD Logistics will use AI, big data and automation to once again redefine the potential of e-commerce logistics.” This move once again highlights the tendency of e-commerce giants to improve the field of logistics via the power of data analytics, and it would not be a surprise if we will receive news about similar developments from Alibaba in the nearest future.

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The Company of the Month: TruckIN

Picture Credit: TruckIN

The European road freight industry generates 310 billion euro every year, there are 600.000 trucking companies and 3 million drivers driving on European roads at all times. However, a quarter of all trucks are running empty, trucking companies suffer from severe driver shortages, and every party faces the difficulty of finding the right loads or trucks on time. TruckIN is a mobile and web platform connecting the entire European road freight ecosystem, and it aims to solve these problems with the development of a single online destination where forwarders and carriers can find drivers, shipments and trucks with only a few clicks. For example, TruckIN Driver App empowers driver employees to plan trips, find available truck parking, and land the perfect job; it’s available for Android phones for free. TruckIN Jobs recruitment platform helps carriers find qualified and experienced drivers to prevent standing trucks – drivers and companies can sign up to the public beta service. TruckIN Marketplace is where forwarders and carriers collaborate in real-time; it will be available soon and companies can pre-register here.

We hope you enjoyed the second issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section and stay tuned for the upcoming articles and next issues of “Across Logistics” and don’t forget to subscribe to our blog.

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