Best Logistics Technology News – February 2020

Best Logistics Technology News – February 2020
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Welcome to the February issue of “Across Logistics”, where we are presenting the latest logistics technology news that happened during this month.

Here is the list of topics in this issue:


Amazon Is Set to Create a Futuristic Fleet of 100,000 Electric Delivery Vans, with Alexa and Built-In Routing Software

Amazon ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles—the largest-ever order of electric delivery vehicles—from Rivian, a producer of emissions-free electric vehicles with a vehicle development center in Plymouth, just outside Detroit.

The order is part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon’s commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. The pledge also calls on signatories to become net-zero carbon across their businesses by 2040, a decade ahead of the Paris Accord’s goal of 2050.

“We created The Climate Pledge and are investing in 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vans to demonstrate that there is a large and growing market for green technologies,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations. “It’s important that large companies like Amazon stimulate investment in the development of low-carbon products and services that will be required to help companies of all sizes decarbonize their operations and support a thriving, low-carbon economy.”

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Nuro Becomes the First Self-Driving Vehicle Company to Ditch Side Mirrors and Windshields in the US

At the beginning of February, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that autonomous-delivery startup Nuro is the first self-driving vehicle startup to receive an exemption from the US government’s safety standards. The decision means Nuro can make self-driving delivery vehicles without features that would be required in passenger cars, like side mirrors and windshields.

The exemption applies to Nuro’s new delivery vehicle, the R2, which has two compartments for goods, but no steering wheel or seats. The vehicle received an exemption from NHTSA’s standards for low-speed vehicles, which means it won’t be able to drive faster than 25 mph.

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Related Announcements:

Self-driving company Waymo teams up with UPS for package delivery

Scania deploys battery-electric trucks in Norway

Container Shipping

“Hapag-Lloyd LIVE”: Hapag-Lloyd Launches Remote Reefer Supply Chain Monitoring Tool

Picture Credit: Hapag-Lloyd

Hapag-Lloyd is finally adding near real-time monitoring of its reefer containers to its product portfolio. “Hapag-Lloyd LIVE” increases the transparency of the cold chain by offering customers a number of data sets about the condition and location of their reefer containers. The product will initially be launched to a selected group of customers and will gradually be made available as the reefer fleet of some 100,000 containers is being outfitted with the monitoring devices.

“At the core of our Strategy 2023, is an enhanced differentiation by offering unrivaled levels of reliability and service quality. To be number one for quality is the ultimate promise to our customers and a strong differentiator from our competitors. ‘Hapag-Lloyd LIVE’ significantly increases the reliability of the global supply chain and the accountability of all parties involved. We are committed to the highest level of transparency by making data available unfiltered and untampered,” added Juan Carlos Duk, Managing Director Global Commercial Development.

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MSC Adds over 5,000 Star Cool CA Units to Further Expand Its Reefer Fleet

Picture Credit: MSC

With over 1.8 million TEU annual reefer shipments in 2019, MSC is continually investing in the best-refrigerated transport solutions for all kinds of fruit and vegetables, since the total global fruit trade market has grown by an average of 40% over the last ten years to 63 million tons. Now, the company adds over 5,000 Star Cool units using Controlled Atmosphere (CA) technology.

Controlled Atmosphere technology slows the ripening of fruit and thus extend its shelf-life. By integrating the Star Cool refrigeration unit directly into the container, MSC is providing a more efficient solution without sacrificing strength or reliability.

“By adding more capacity for transporting temperature-sensitive cargo, MSC is offering even more options for our customers to meet their growing demand. MSC understands the importance of preserving the condition of its customers’ cargo from the moment it is loaded until the moment it reaches its delivery point and thus helping producers of all sizes and in all regions to open up new markets for their high-quality fruits and vegetables,” says Giuseppe Prudente, MSC’s Chief Logistics Officer.

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Related Announcements:

Hellmann launches a New tracking tool ‘Smart Ocean’

CMA CGM teams up with Energy Observer to develop hydrogen as a fuel

Log-Tech Investments

Flock Freight Secures $50M Series B to Innovate LTL shipping

The Flock Freight (Formerly AuptiX) Difference

On February 25th, Flock Freight, a “hubless” freight logistics company, announced a $50 million Series B funding round led by ​SignalFire​ and ​GLP Capital Partners​.

By using cloud-based computing technology, Flock Freight seamlessly matches shippers to carriers within the trusted network, pooling LTL and PTL freight to provide FTL service—and claims to get shipments to its destination “faster than through a hub” and damage-free.

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Digital Freight Marketplace Emerge Raises $20 Million in Series A Funding

Picture Credit: Emerge

Emerge, an Arizona-based digital freight marketplace, today announced that it has closed a $20 Million Series A financing led by NewRoad Capital Partners, a growth equity capital firm based in Rogers, Arkansas.

“Emerge is a digital freight marketplace that serves as a procurement platform for domestic trucking. The platform has been adopted by several Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of SMB organizations that rely on our technology to reduce freight spend, improve visibility and increase operational efficiencies. Many of them have achieved double-digit cost reduction on their transportation spend, ” said Andrew Leto, Emerge’s founder.

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Paris-based Shippeo Receives €20 Million Series B to Expand Supply Chain Visibility Platform

Picture Credit: Shippeo

European supply chain visibility provider, Shippeo, announced the closing of a €20 million Series B round co-lead by NGP Capital and ETF Partners with participation from Bpifrance Digital Ventures and Partech.

Shippeo provides predictive and real-time visibility into goods delivery. The AI-based platform aggregates data from hundreds of sources in real-time to calculate the estimated time of delivery arrival with 98% accuracy. Since its foundation in 2014, Shippeo has successfully scaled its operations and is now servicing more than 50 large customers, such as Schneider Electric, Carrefour, Eckes-Granini and Leroy Merlin, across 40 countries.

“Welcoming top-tiers investors is a great source of pride for Shippeo. Their international reach and strong experience in the mobility sector will be a major asset when implementing our ambitious strategy to become the global leader of a $6 billion market. By revolutionizing supply chain visibility, Shippeo aims to unlock value for shippers and carriers, and in the long run, reinvent freight transport,” commented Pierre Khoury – CEO and Lucien Besse – COO of Shippeo in their joint statement.

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Related Announcements:

Maven Machines raises $7 million to scale up fleet management platform

Egyptian last-mile delivery startup Bosta raises seven-figure Series A from European parcel delivery giant DPDgroup

Other Logistics Technology News

Manna announces Just Eat, Ben & Jerry’s and Camile Thai as First Commercial Partners for Drone Food Delivery

Manna, the drone delivery ‘as-a-service’ platform, announced a pilot with partners, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and local premium food brand Camile Thai, delivering to a large customer base with a sub-3-minute delivery promise from a vendor to the customer.

“I am extremely proud of the team and what we have built. It is a pleasure to work with such high caliber partners on our project next month in Dublin – our commercial pilot in University College Dublin. ‘It’s clear that Drone delivery provides a faster, cleaner, safer, cheaper and higher quality alternative to road-based delivery. We are excited about how that will improve the world,” added Manna CEO and Founder Bobby Healy, commenting on the trial.

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Related Announcements:

Wingcopter, Merck complete first drone delivery trial

Amazon Flex drivers are using bots to cheat their way to getting more work

ShipChain and KeepTruckin Announce New Partnership to Increase Data Visibility

Ocado set to invest £600m on robotic warehouses this year