‘Third-Party Logistics Study’ points to blockchain, automation

The “2018 22nd Annual Third-Party Logistics Study” is out, with the message that the greater availability of data and the ability to make real-time decisions are encouraging collaboration between shippers and 3PLs, when it comes to making supply-chain decisions. “Shippers have greater expectations of what they want their logistics providers to accomplish, and the proper […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 28, 2017

ELEVATE 2017 Preview: Robotics are the future of air freight [VIDEO]

With the second annual ELEVATE 2017 conference just weeks away (October 2), we’re in close contact with our speakers, making sure that our panels cover the latest trends and developments in the logistics industry. Our opening panel is one that you won’t want to miss. It features industry experts discussing “Using Next-Gen Technology to Solve […]
  • Lewis King
  • September 12, 2017

E-commerce adaptation should be evolutionary, not revolutionary

No matter how much we tried to be cool kids in junior high school, there was always a group of cooler kids that the rest of us emulated. They wore the latest fashions, used modern language and smoked when or where no one else could do so. At that stage of life, if the cool […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • August 4, 2017

5 top startups developing augmented reality for cargo logistics [VIDEO]

The augmented reality (AR) business – those headsets embedded in a pair of glasses that give users a heads-up display of information about what they see in the real world – has had an admittedly shaky start. The debacle of the consumer-oriented “Google Glass” technology in 2013, which immediately led to concerns about privacy, probably […]
  • Randy Woods
  • July 31, 2017

Second ‘cohort’ of startups offer demos at RocketSpace, Kaleido accelerator

The 10 startup companies taking part in the second Logistics Tech Accelerator Program, hosted by Kaleido Logistics and the RocketSpace co-working firm, took part in the project’s Demonstration Day yesterday, showcasing the work they have done building their logistics-related business over the last several months. Also known as “Cohort II,” the companies include Equivvy, IAM […]
  • Randy Woods
  • June 29, 2017

GEODIS tests motion controlled lifting machinery [VIDEO]

The concept that made Nintendo Wii a household name is making its way into the logistics business, with the ‘Com’hand’ system, which offers “intuitive control capabilities for lifting and handling machinery.” GEODIS is now testing the controllers at a manufacturing site of Saint-Gobain. The system was developed by Siatech, with initial testing starting in November […]
  • Lewis King
  • April 27, 2017

Automation cannot replace forwarder specialization

The forwarding industry is experiencing a significant amount of criticism these days for its apparent failure to jump on the digital transformation bandwagon. As the online ordering craze gives rise to global e-commerce, small- and large-volume shippers wonder if their forwarders can meet the challenges of shipping across borders, making rapid quotes, responding immediately, and […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • April 4, 2017

The cargo automation odyssey

“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that…” Spoken nearly 50 years ago by the HAL 9000 computer in the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” those words are still some of the most chilling in 20th century cinema. At that moment, when HAL refused an order to “open the pod bay doors,” leaving astronaut […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 6, 2017

Warehouse 4.0: Smart tech brings transparency to global supply chain

Under bright fluorescent lights, only a slight whirring sound could be heard as the Swift robot turned a corner and glided down the neatly arranged aisle, packed 10 feet high with drug store items. Having sensed the correct spot, Swift – a white pillar on hidden wheels and a single quadruple-articulated mechanical arm – stopped […]
  • Randy Woods
  • March 1, 2017

Semi-autonomous robot deliveries to roll out in U.S.

For air cargo firms looking for a low-cost – and undeniably cute – last-mile delivery system, a new semi-autonomous robot, launched by Starship Technologies, will soon begin running deliveries for restaurants through Postmates and DoorDash services. The DoorDash trial will take place in Redwood City, and Postmates customers can expect robots at the door in […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 23, 2017

Amazon files patent for ‘Laputa-like’ floating warehouse design

While some predictions of the future of air cargo may seem like “pie in the sky,” Amazon is considering making that phrase a reality. In its latest bid to reinvent the industry, Amazon has filed a patent for “an airborne fulfillment center (AFC) and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to deliver items from […]
  • Lewis King
  • December 29, 2016

Honeywell to acquire warehouse automation firm Intelligrated

The race for warehouse automation is heating up with the news this week that Honeywell has signed an agreement to acquire privately held supply chain and warehouse automation firm Intelligrated from a company backed by Permira funds, a private equity firm. The deal, worth US$1.5 billion, transfers ownership of “mission-critical warehouse execution systems and software” […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 8, 2016