“Across Logistics” Innovation News Release: July 2019

Logistics Innovation News
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Welcome to the July issue of “Across Logistics” Innovation News Release, where we are presenting you the latest innovative technologies and important news in logistics that happened over the last month.

Here is the list of topics in this issue:

Ground Freight Announcements

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Uber Freight Expands Its Operations to Germany

Following the successful launch in the Netherlands, Uber Freight will now introduce its logistics on-demand platform in Germany, Europe’s leading road transport market. The introduction of Uber Freight follows a recent call for action by the German industry to address logistical bottlenecks and severe driver shortages in the road transport sector.

German shippers and carriers have many of the same pain points as their European counterparts and can benefit from the technology Uber Freight has developed. For example, the German trucking market is experiencing a severe shortage of drivers. The World Bank estimates that around 40% of German truck drivers will retire in the next 10 years, creating a shortfall of 150,000 drivers. Moreover, of the time drivers are on the road, 21% of the total miles traveled are empty. The inefficiency of this scale results in shippers struggling to find available drivers to move their goods.

“In an increasingly demanding sector, Uber Freight has the power to unlock efficiencies that drive the entire German industry forward. With a global network and proven technology at scale, we look forward to seamlessly connect carriers with shipper’s loads, creating an environment in which everyone can benefit,” – added Daniel Buczkowski, Uber Freight’s Head of European Expansion.

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UPS Drivers
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Why UPS Drivers are Ditching Commercial Navigation Apps for an In-House Tool?

UPS has been on a remarkable technological run in recent years. It is investing millions to increase its efficiency and allow itself to process more packages than ever by building smart tools and platforms in-house. One of the great examples of that strategy is Network Planning Tool (NPT), the online platform which allows UPS engineers to see the activity at UPS facilities around the world and route shipments to the ones with the most capacity.

Another great example is a recently introduced UPSNav navigation system. In a recent interview with Business Insider, Juan Perez, UPS chief information and engineering officer, revealed that UPSNav does not only make delivery drivers’ lives easier but also has the potential to cut up to $15 million a year in spending.

UPSNav now provides turn-by-turn navigation based on information available at the beginning of the day, and soon it will also update throughout the day with changes based on traffic. It is expected that by the end of 2019, up to 50,000 UPS drivers will use UPSNav.

“Although I’m a technologist, and I believe in the value of technology in our company, I can tell you that technology works best at UPS when we complement the drivers’ vast knowledge with the technology that we give them,” concluded Perez.

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Video: Gruzovikus – a Futuristics Concept of an Electric Autonomous Truck from Russia

Unfortunately, at the moment, it is unknown whether Gruzovikus will ever be built or whether it will go on sale.

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Ocean Shipping

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Hapag-Lloyd and ONE join TradeLens Blockchain Shipping Platform

The rapid adoption of TradeLens across the global shipping supply chain continues as Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE) announced their participation in the blockchain-enabled digital shipping platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller – Maersk and IBM.

Hapag-Lloyd and ONE, the world’s fifth and sixth largest carriers respectively, join CMA CGM and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, both of which recently announced they are joining TradeLens. With these additions, the scope of the platform now extends to more than half of the world’s ocean container cargo.

“TradeLens has made significant progress in launching a much-needed transformation in the industry, including its partnership model. Now, with five of the world’s six largest carriers committed to the platform, not to mention many other ecosystem participants, we can collectively accelerate that transformation to provide greater trust, transparency, and collaboration across supply chains and help promote global trade” said Martin Gnass, Managing Director Information Technology at Hapag-Lloyd.

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CargoSmart and Maritime Industry Operators Commit to Transforming the Shipping Industry

Leading global shipment management software solutions provider, CargoSmart, announced the execution of Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) Services Agreements with maritime industry operators CMA CGM, COSCO SHIPPING LINES, COSCO SHIPPING Ports, Hapag-Lloyd, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group.

Under these agreements, each signatory commits to provide resources to support preparatory work required to establish the GSBN, a not-for-profit joint venture to accelerate the digital transformation of the shipping industry. That preparatory work includes obtaining all necessary regulatory, competition and antitrust approvals required for the establishment of the GSBN. CargoSmart will provide software solutions and services to the GSBN once it is formed.

“In line with our Customer-Centric and Digital First approach, the CMA CGM Group is committed to facilitate increased transparency and to spur innovation with the entire supply chain ecosystem. The GSBN blockchain consortium provides us a concrete opportunity to bring greater value for our customers and the supply chain as a whole,” commented Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Executive Vice President – IT & Transformations, CMA CGM Group.

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Other Logistics Innovation News

Scotch™ Flex & Seal Shipping Roll

3M’s Scotch Introduces New Packaging for Shipping Products

Recently, the Minnesota-based materials company 3M has announced that its brand Scotch is releasing a new type of packaging that requires no tape and no filler, and it can be customized to fit any object under 1.36 kg. According to 3M, such objects account for about 60% of all items that are bought online and shipped. 3M claims that the material, called the Flex & Seal Shipping Roll, can reduce time spent packing, the number of packaging materials, and the space needed to ship packages.

The roll is made out of three layers of different plastics that 3M developed, including a gray, internal adhesive layer that sticks to itself (you’ll see why in a moment). There’s also a middle cushioning layer that seems similar to bubble wrap to protect items during shipping, and a tougher outside layer that is tear- and water-resistant.

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