Welcome to the first issue of “Across Logistics” in 2020, where we are presenting the latest logistics technology news that happened in January. If you are interested to learn about the most important logistics technology announcements of 2019 – check out this article.
Here is the list of topics in this issue:
- DCSA Establishes Track and Trace Standards for the Global Container Shipping Industry
- Waymo Announces the Tests of Self-Driving Trucks and Minivans in New Mexico and Texas
- FourKites Develops Functionalities to Help Carriers Control Trucking Operations Data
- Amazon Plans to Bring 10,000 Electric Delivery Rickshaws to India by 2025
- UPS Invests in Arrival and Orders 10,000 Generation 2 Electric Vehicles
- C.H. Robinson Launches Incubator to Develop Supply Chain Technology Solutions
Ocean Shipping Announcements
DCSA Establishes Track and Trace Standards for the Global Container Shipping Industry
The Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA), has published a common set of processes, as well as data and interface standards for Track and Trace (T&T). The standards can be implemented by carriers, shippers and third parties to enable cross-carrier shipment tracking. This is one of many initiatives to be put forth by DCSA to transform inefficient practices and accelerate the digitalization of the container shipping through a unified industry effort.
The DCSA T&T standard comprises an information model and interface standards that can be freely downloaded from the DCSA website. The data model ensures track and trace data definitions are consistent for all users, leveraging any system. These definitions are based on the Industry Blueprint, published by DCSA and its carrier members in 2019, which established a consistent vocabulary and proposed a common set of industrial processes. The T&T standards are aligned with the UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) standards to provide a global industry framework that preserves existing investments and streamlines communication among all supply chain participants.
For shippers, this new standard will simplify shipment visibility across multiple carriers, enabling them to better plan and optimize shipment handling activities. For carriers, it will unify T&T information sharing with other parties, ensuring accurate and efficient communication regardless of the underlying technology or platform. For the industry as a whole, the DCSA T&T standard will set a new bar for collaboration that focuses on delivering a great customer experience while improving efficiencies for all stakeholders in the supply chain.
“We are thrilled to introduce T&T standards for the industry that enable its customers to reduce complexity, cut costs and, over time, better manage their end-to-end supply chains. As DCSA standards are technology- and vendor-neutral, every organization providing shipment tracking information to its customers today will benefit by adopting our T&T standard because it will simplify data integration with carriers and improve information quality,” – remarked Thomas Bagge, CEO of DCSA.
Waymo Announces the Tests of Self-Driving Trucks and Minivans in New Mexico and Texas
This month, Waymo announced it will begin mapping and eventually testing its autonomous long-haul trucks in Texas and parts of New Mexico. In a tweet posted early on January 23rd, the company stated that it had picked these areas because they are “interesting and promising commercial routes.”
The program will begin with mapping conducted by Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The mapping and eventual testing will occur on highways around Dallas, Houston, and El Paso. In New Mexico, Waymo will focus on the southernmost part of the state.
In 2019, TuSimple, a self-driving trucking startup, in cooperation with UPS has been testing its vehicles in the same area. TuSimple tests and carries freight along the Tucson to Phoenix corridor as well as in New Mexico and Texas.
FourKites Develops Functionalities to Help Carriers Control Trucking Operations Data
The predictive supply chain visibility platform FourKites has unveiled a scalable GPS solution called Partner Hub. It creates tailor-made tools for brokers, carriers, and shippers, with carriers retaining full control over their data and having the ability to share data with the stakeholders that make sense to them.
From its end, FourKites will ensure that it never shares an electronic logging device (ELD) credentials with brokers or shippers. The company also traces shipments rather than tracking trucks, thus making sure the stakeholders within the trucking value chain only get data on shipment origin and delivery times and not private carrier data.
“FourKites is committed to giving carriers full control over their data and enabling them to benefit materially from real-time freight logistics data — all while maintaining the transparency, security, and control that they need and expect,” said Mathew Elenjickal, the CEO of FourKites.
Amazon Plans to Bring 10,000 Electric Delivery Rickshaws to India by 2025
This month, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos visited India and announced that the company would create a million jobs in India.
In addition to that, he has also unveiled Amazon’s plan to deploy 10,000 electric delivery rickshaws across the country, after successfully completed the trails in 2019. The rickshaws would be sourced from automotive startup Rivian and are said to be operational across 20 cities by 2025.
The company continues placing a lot of emphasis on its environmental vision, which fit in alongside its #climatepledge announced back in September 2019, in which Amazon plans to be completely carbon neutral by 2040.
UPS Invests in Arrival and Orders 10,000 Generation 2 Electric Vehicles
UPS has announced an order of 10,000 purpose-built electric vehicles from UK based Arrival. The initial 10,000 vehicles will be rolled out in the UK, Europe, and North America from 2020 to 2024 worth hundreds of millions of euros each year. UPS has the option to purchase a further order of 10,000 vehicles during this period. UPS venture capital arm also announced an investment in Arrival of an undisclosed amount.
The vehicles will be built using Arrival’s new method of assembly using low capital, low footprint micro-factories located to serve local communities and profitable from thousands of units.
“Our investment and partnership with Arrival is directly aligned with UPS’s transformation strategy, led by the deployment of cutting-edge technologies. These vehicles will be among the world’s most advanced package delivery vehicles, redefining industry standards for electric, connected and intelligent vehicle solutions,” stated Carlton Rose, President of UPS Global Fleet Maintenance & Engineering.
Other Logistics Technology News
C.H. Robinson Launches Incubator to Develop Supply Chain Technology Solutions
C.H. Robinson introduced C.H. Robinson Labs, an innovation incubator where the next big ideas in logistics and supply chain are created, tested, and scaled to drive smarter solutions for C.H. Robinson’s customers and carriers. Through C.H. Robinson Labs, the company’s logistics experts, innovation teams, and data scientists collaborate with customers and carriers to create personalized solutions for shippers’ challenges with the industry’s premier technology.
C.H. Robinson Labs works hand in hand with the company’s technology team of more than 1,000 data scientists, engineers, and developers. Once solutions are proven, the teams will work collaboratively to scale them across C.H. Robinson, benefiting its 124,000 customers and 76,000 contract carriers.
“Our customers and carriers tell us that they are hungry for tech solutions to strengthen their competitive position and increase their efficiencies. That’s why we have always been laser-focused on working together to solve our customers’ toughest logistics challenges. Robinson Labs further demonstrates our commitment by identifying even more ways we can bring together our technology and the most comprehensive data sets in the industry to deliver solutions that cut shipping costs, simplify processes, and drive greater reliability and visibility,” – said C.H. Robinson President and CEO Bob Biesterfeld.