Here is the list of topics in the August issue of “Across Logistics” Technology News Overview:
- Schneider to Test Electric Trucks as Part of Daimler Trucks North America’s Initiative
- J.B. Hunt Makes First Company Delivery with the All-Electric Truck
- XYZ Robotics Closes Series A+ Funding to Scale AI-driven Piece Picking
- DHL Makes e-Fulfillment More Effective with AI Algorithms
- Hermes Now Delivers to Any 3 Metre Square in the UK with the Help of what3words
Schneider to Test Electric Trucks as Part of Daimler Trucks North America’s Initiative
Schneider, a provider of trucking, intermodal, and logistics services, has been selected to participate in the all-electric Freightliner Customer Experience (CX) Fleet. The CX Fleet is a part of Daimler Trucks North America’s (DTNA) ongoing initiative that engages customers in the commercial electric vehicle development process by deploying trucks in real-world applications. Schneider will test the eCascadia, a Class 8 tractor, to detect and address potential challenges to the widespread use of commercial battery electric vehicles.
“Schneider’s commitment to innovation is matched only by our commitment to operating sustainably. Joining the Freightliner CX Fleet is a great opportunity to flex both of those muscles and help lead the industry in transitioning to more sustainable transportation options,” added Jake VandeLoo, VP of Equipment Engineering at Schneider.
J.B. Hunt Makes First Company Delivery with the All-Electric Truck
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, announced today that its subsidiary, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., completed its first delivery using the Freightliner eCascadia, Daimler Trucks North America’s all-electric Class 8 truck. The transport, a 120-mile intermodal haul for Walmart, kicks off a three-month testing phase in which J.B. Hunt will integrate the eCascadia with its day-to-day fleet operations in Los Angeles.
“Together with our great customers, we are leading the way to a future of CO2-neutral commercial transportation. The collaboration between vehicle manufacturer and transportation logistics experts is a necessity to develop these industry-leading technologies, and we’re proud to share this journey with our important customers J.B. Hunt and Walmart,” highlighted Richard Howard, SVP, On-Highway sales and marketing, Daimler Trucks North America.
Logistics Technology Investments
XYZ Robotics Closes Series A+ Funding to Scale AI-driven Piece Picking
Logistics startup XYZ Robotics has raised a Series A+ round of $17 million, led by Source Code Capital, Gaorong Capital, as well as Morningside Capital, bringing the company’s total investment to $27 million. According to the startup, the financing would help the company to scale up research and development and bolster its operational capabilities.
By using advanced 3D vision systems, advanced motion planning and deep learning algorithms, XYZ robots can improve efficiency and stock-keeping unit coverage — while reducing the need for human intervention during the process.
“XYZ Robotics will continue deepening its understanding of logistics and manufacturing, improving robot’s hand-eye coordination capabilities and making such solutions ready for mass production. We will utilize the capital resources to expand our talented team and push the boundary of our technology so as to keep bringing better solutions to the customers,” commented XYZ Robotics CEO Jiaji Zhou.
Other Logistics Technology News
DHL Makes e-Fulfillment More Effective with AI Algorithms
To meet the increasingly challenging e-commerce needs, DHL Supply Chain, a part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has revealed IDEA, its own plug and play software solution which aims to optimize e-fulfillment for online shops.
DHL Supply Chain developed and designed the IDEA software solution specifically for use in e-fulfillment warehouses. The contract logistic specialist employs a dedicated team of some 350 developers, engineers and solutions designers to develop and optimize warehouse logistics processes on behalf of its clients.
“With its algorithm, this ‘artificial intelligence’ solution helps optimize picking routes within the warehouse. Orders are also clustered logically, which helps optimize picking by our colleagues in the warehouses. The integrated, intelligent task planning can also optimize workload distribution for warehouse staff and help prioritize more time-critical shipments. Moreover, IDEA reduces error rates as well as the time required for employee training,” – said Dietmar Steins, EVP Solutions Design at DHL Supply Chain.
Hermes Now Delivers to Any 3 Metre Square in the UK with the Help of what3words
Hermes, one of the leading consumer delivery companies in the UK, has partnered with innovative addressing company what3words to provide even more accurate deliveries. From today, Hermes can now accept what3words addresses from any retailer or e-commerce client and deliver to that exact location.
Now, by using the Hermes app, customers can add the what3words address to their profile. The driver will then have the what3words address in addition to the traditional address information, such as postcodes, providing an extra layer of detail for the last mile delivery.
“We’re really excited to team up with what3words and become the first delivery company in the UK to provide what3words addresses for any parcel. This marks the latest development in our innovation portfolio that we had been planning for some time, however, given the pandemic, when we have experienced five years’ growth in five months due to online shopping behaviors changing, we have expedited the use of this tech to further enhance our contact-free deliveries option, at a time when both our clients and their customers need efficient, safe deliveries,” added Chris Ashworth, CIO at Hermes UK.