Best of Logistics Technology News – September 2019

Best of Logistics Technology News – September 2019
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Welcome to the September issue of “Across Logistics”, where we are presenting the latest logistics technology news and announcements that happened over the last month.

Here is the list of topics in this issue:

Container Shipping News

DCSA Presents Its First Set of Standards – the Container Shipping Industry Blueprint

The DCSA Supervisory Board. From left to right: Rajesh Krishnamurthy (SVP IT & Transformations at CMA CGM), Adam Banks (CTO & CIO at Maersk), Martin Gnass (Managing Director IT at Hapag-Lloyd), André Simha (CIO at MSC) and Noriaki Yamaga (Managing Director, Corporate & Innovation at ONE). Picture Credit: DCSA

At the beginning of September, Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) published the first version of the Container Shipping Industry Blueprint. This set has been dubbed ‘IBP 1.0’ and comprises recommended current state standards for the processes used in container shipping, as seen from the carrier’s perspective. You can already download the Industry Blueprint and all the necessary documentation here.

“The DCSA and its founding members: Maersk, CMA-CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, MSC and ONE have mapped the processes commonly used in container shipping from Carrier Booking to Container Return to create a common view across the industry. The ambition is that carriers will start using this standard already today and will align to it when delivering further digitalization and standardization initiatives in the industry in the future,” stated Henning Schleyerbach, COO of DCSA.

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SeaCube and Globe Tracker Partner on Genset Telematics for ONE

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SeaCube Containers, a global leader in refrigerated shipping containers and gensets, and Globe Tracker, a leader in IoT tracking and monitoring solutions for logistics assets, announced their partnership to provide Internet of Things-enabled gensets for one of the world’s leading shipping lines, Ocean Network Express (ONE). The gensets are already in production and will be operational starting the middle of September through December 2019.

“We are extremely pleased to be working with SeaCube in providing this best-in-class Genset solution to ONE. In Genset telematics, we are the only provider integrated into the micro-controller of 2 out of the 3 leading brands in North America. This provides ONE with the most robust amount of data and assists in setting maintenance intervals, reducing maintenance costs, extending asset life, monitoring fuel consumption and having full operational visibility of their Genset assets,” noted John Harnett, Senior Director Marine and Intermodal at Globe Tracker.

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Related Announcements:

Amazon Receives Their First 53′ Branded Containers in Los Angeles

ZIM Introduces New Digital Tools

Two Firms to Build Blockchain-Based Solution for European Shipping

Sustainability Efforts

Shipping Sector Sets Course for Zero-Carbon Vessels, Fuel by 2030

Logistics Demand Forecasting

This month, leading ports, banks, oil, and shipping companies launched an initiative which aims to have ships and marine fuels with zero carbon emissions on the high seas by 2030, in yet another step by the maritime sector to reduce CO2.

Sixty commercial groups including A.P. Moller Maersk, commodities players such as COFCO International, Cargill, Trafigura, mining group Anglo American as well as banks such as Citigroup, ABN AMRO and Societe Generale have expressed their support of the “Getting to Zero Coalition”.

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Amazon Commits to Meet the Paris Agreement 10 Years Early

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On September 19, 2019, Amazon and Global Optimism announced The Climate Pledge, a commitment to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. Amazon is the first signatory of this pledge. The Climate Pledge calls on signatories to be net-zero carbon across their businesses by 2040—a decade ahead of the Paris Agreement’s goal of 2050.

As a part of this commitment, the e-commerce giant is investing in wind and solar to reach 100% renewable energy across all business operations by 2030. In addition to that, the company is planning to make all Amazon shipments net-zero carbon, with 50% of all shipments net zero carbon by 2030.

Rivian Is Going to Make 100,000 Electric Delivery Vans for Amazon

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Another exciting announcement coming from Amazon is the partnership with Rivian, an electric vehicle startup that took a $700 million investment from the online retailer, is going to make 100,000 electric delivery vans for them. According to the CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, the e-commerce giant will deploy the e-vans between 2021 and 2024.

This commitment greatly aligns with The Climate Pledge and opens up new possibilities for both Amazon and Rivian, which will be able to expand its vehicle portfolio with e-vans.

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Related Announcements:

World’s Largest LNG-Powered Containership Launched

Trucking Announcements

Daimler Trucks Begins Testing Automated Trucks on Public Roads

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Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics are actively developing and testing automated trucks with SAE Level 4 intent technology on public roads. The initial routes are on highways in southwest Virginia, where Torc Robotics is headquartered. All automated runs require both an engineer overseeing the system and a highly trained safety driver certified by Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics. All safety drivers hold a commercial driver’s license and are specially trained in vehicle dynamics and automated systems.

“Torc Robotics is a leader in automated driving technology. Daimler Trucks is the market leader in trucks and we understand the needs of the industry. Bringing Level 4 trucks to the public roads is a major step toward our goal to deliver reliable and safe trucks for the benefits of our customers, our economies and society,” stated Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Trucks & Buses.

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Uber Freight Announces $200 Million Annual Investments to Expand Its Presence in Chicago

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This month, Uber Freight has announced that it will invest $200 million annually to grow its presence in Chicago. The expanded business will be headquartered in a newly opened office in downtown Chicago where it will house 2,000 employees that Uber plans to hire over the next three years.

“We’ll grow our team significantly, hiring thousands of new team members who are inspired by our mission to reimagine modern logistics. Specifically, Chicago will quickly become our first engineering hub outside of San Francisco, where we’ll scale the team that keeps pushing our technology forward,” – shared Lior Ron, head of Uber Freight, in a statement.

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Related Announcements:

Alphabet’s Waymo Expands Self-driving technology to Class 8, Last-Mile Delivery Trucks

TuSimple Announces an Additional $120 Million in Series D Investment

Logistics Startup Sennder Takes Over Spanish Competitor Innroute (In German) Announces Joint Venture With China’s Largest Truck Manufacturer

Self-Driving Startup Embark Raises $70 Million, Opens Freight Transfer Hubs For Robot Big Rigs

Other Logistics Technology News

Alphabet Partners with FedEx and Walgreens to bring drone delivery to the US

Picture Credit: Wing

This fall, Wing, an Alphabet’s drone delivery company, FedEx Express, Walgreens, and local retailer Sugar Magnolia will launch a pilot program to make drone delivery available to residents of Christiansburg in Virginia’s New River Valley.

Wing’s pilot program in Virginia will be conducted as part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program and will be the most advanced drone delivery trial in the United States to date.

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Deutsche Post Commits $552 Million to Build up to 100,000 StreetScooter Units Per Year

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Deutsche Post subsidiary StreetScooter and automobile manufacturer Chery Holding Group signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to begin local production, sourcing, and development of last-mile electric light commercial vehicles (eLCV) specially tailored to the Chinese market and potentially selected other countries. Mass production is planned for 2021 with production capacities of up to 100,000 electric vehicles per annum and perspective total investment up to 500 million Euro.

“We’re thrilled about the upcoming collaboration with our partner Chery and this opportunity to open up the world’s largest market for electric light commercial vehicles, introduce our energy, logistics and fleet solutions and create a local source of value creation. StreetScooter now has a commercial presence in Japan and China, the two most important national economies in Asia,” – said Jörg Sommer, CEO of StreetScooter GmbH.

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Related Announcements:

C.H. Robinson Worldwide to Double Spending on Freight Technology

Shopify Set to Acquire the Provider of Robotics Warehouse Solutions, 6 River Systems, for $450 Million

Postmates Raises $225 Million, Nears Initial Public Offering

Amazon buys cloud startup INLT to help merchants import goods