SF’s A.R. tool boxes up cargo in the blink of an eye [VIDEO]

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could look at an object that needed to be shipped overnight and could see the dimensions instantly in front of you before you boxed it up? Last week, a video was posted on the website of China’s SF Express, showing how SF Technology’s Vision Team has made that dream […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 17, 2019

The Silicon Solution? How robots are reinventing the cargo warehouse

At first sight, the machines are not much to look at – hardly like classic robots at all. They’re colorful and sleek, but they look more like expensive suitcases lying on their sides than the most cutting-edge examples of artificial intelligence (A.I.) in the logistics field. But once these little rectangles start moving by the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • May 1, 2019

Horizon Forum seeks the right questions to be asked in pursuit of innovation

SINGAPORE — At this year’s “Horizon: The Air Cargo Innovation Forum” workshop, held on Monday, the star of the show was, of course, ULDs. It wouldn’t be the 13th World Cargo Symposium without a major mention of ULD technology, after all (check here for a report on the IATA Innovations Award finalists). But thinking outside the […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 12, 2019

JD Logistics uses robots for last-mile delivery in new smart service centers [VIDEO]

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is forwarding an artificial intelligence (A.I.)-enabled future in logistics the launch of two “smart” delivery stations in Changsha and Hohhot, which utilize robots and facial recognition software – and cuteness, let’s admit – to complete last-mile deliveries. The golf cart-sized autonomous vehicles, complete with a front screen display that suggests cartoon […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • January 7, 2019

GEODIS to hold ‘hackathon’ in November

Logistics company GEODIS will host its first “hackathon” in which artificial intelligence (A.I.) experts, IT-professionals and data forecasting experts will compete in competitions that test their optimization skills – one challenge specific to warehouse optimization, the other to human and material resources. The company has said it intends to invest more in innovation and the […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 15, 2018

UPS’ Cindy Miller on the redefinition of ‘customer experience’ in forwarding

There was a time not long ago when the shipment of goods across an international border was considered a matter of grave, time-consuming importance that may take days to resolve. With e-commerce, those days are gone forever as customer expectations are continuing to be more demanding. The concept of waiting the traditional “five to seven business […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 4, 2018

XPO Logistics incorporates ‘smart robots’ into N. American, European networks

XPO Logistics is incorporating 5,000 “smart robots” – autonomous vehicles equipped with artificial intelligence (A.I.) – throughout its North American and European logistics networks in a new partnership with Singapore-based robotics manufacturer, GreyOrange Pte. Ltd. The autonomous robots are part of a modular “goods-to-person system” that includes mobile storage racks, fulfillment stations and collaboration with […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 3, 2018

Fashion Forward: How the promise of A.I. will disrupt the apparel industry

Picture this. You receive a calendar notification on your phone. It’s that networking event you RSVP’d to a few months back. Crap, it’s next week, you think to yourself. You had envisioned shaking hands with your future contacts while wearing a sharp blazer and a fresh pair of slacks and your old standby ensemble, which […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 6, 2018

Keeping Track & Trace: High-tech tools bring supply-chain transparency

For cargo shipments, it may seem like keeping track of them in real time or tracing their journey, back to their origins, would be a simple proposition. We’ve had radio-frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning satellite (GPS) technology for decades, yet the tiny space within the fuselage of a freighter or the apron of a […]
  • Randy Woods
  • September 4, 2018

Industry consensus: A.I. has greater short-term ROI than blockchain

A study from the supply chain and logistics intelligence organization eyefortransport (EFT) shows that industry professionals perceive artificial intelligence (A.I.) as a better investment than blockchain. When asked to choose among the options of A.I., robotic process automation (RPA), internet of things (IoT) or blockchain, A.I. was the most popular choice among respondents – 33 […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 29, 2018

XPO Logistics reports 178 percent increase in net income in Q2

Today, XPO Logistics hosted its interim earnings call for the three months ended June 30 – reporting an overall net income increase of 178 percent to US$159 million, compared to the same period last year. The company said second-quarter growth was led by continued “demand for e-commerce logistics globally, as well as by the consumer-packaged […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • August 2, 2018

Panalpina launches ‘digital hub’ technology arm in Zurich

This week, Swiss forwarder Panalpina debuted its “Panalpina Digital Hub,” the new Zurich-based technology-focused arm of its business that will focus on exploring cutting-edge systems, such as the “internet of things” (IoT), artificial intelligence (A.I.) and blockchain, with the intent of forming strategic partnerships with European start-ups to integrate these technologies. “We, like many of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 26, 2018

DHL to open logistics ‘innovation center’ near Chicago

DHL is deepening its foray in logistics innovation with a new presence in the United States, today releasing plans to open an innovation-focused facility in Rosemont, Ill. The new location, located just outside the Chicago area, will offer partners and clients a look into what DHL predicts its transport infrastructure to look like in 2050, […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • June 4, 2018

Unisys’ new A.I. software to be used by U.S. Customs

Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has chosen third-party software and IT company Unisys Corp. to “develop, operate and manage systems used for risk assessments” of both people and cargo entering the United States, in accordance with CBP’s Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Directorate (TASPD). The system’s objective is to prevent clearance delays and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • May 9, 2018
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