Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Established Freight and Logistics Groups Join to Back Supply Chain Sector Start-Ups

Technology Moves Swiftly in the World's Biggest Industry
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – In a unique programme drawing together established industry stalwarts and start-up operations linked to logistics and the supply chain Kaleido Logistics and RocketSpace have produced the Logistics Tech Accelerator which, having launched just over a year ago, has now released details of the latest ten global technology start-up businesses that are bringing innovation to the supply chain sector.

The programme combines RocketSpace's technological ecosystem and open innovation expertise with Kaleido's pioneering technological approach to logistics solutions to draw from the diverse expertise of its multiple corporate members, selected start-up businesses and industry mentors. Under the programme, the participating start-up businesses are challenged to rethink logistics and work hand-in-hand on a pilot programme, to develop practical solutions that can be taken to the market.

This latest tranche of young companies saw the start-up’s present their own unique offerings, showcasing specific problems they’re solving with exclusive demonstrations as well as the future partnership pathways they have forged with the corporate collaborators throughout the accelerator programme. The list of various diverse services offered makes interesting reading:

  • Equivvy - a digital equipment and vehicle supply sharing platform
  • IAM Robotics - Pennsylvania based warehouse automation specialists
  • Freightly - digital freight forwarder
  • OBUU - Spanish dealer in Aerospace Stock Optimisation
  • Optiply - a Dutch provider of automated inventory optimisation for e-commerce
  • Stowga - an easy to use platform to enable one to find, book and manage warehouse space from its UK website
  • Trackersense - London outfit committed to providing low cost GPS tracking of freight from parcels to pallets
  • GetVu - This Indian company offers ‘smart glass’ technology using augmented reality technology to utilise an operator’s own skills in such things as Pick and Pack operations as opposed to robotic location sensin
  • Sennder - European wide transport service from a German hub offering extra fast service
  • Undagrid - Schiphol is the base for this group which offers to ‘smarten’ assets and thereby improve the efficiency of workplaces such as air and sea ports

During the latest event, one of the successful business outcomes from the first group of projects was showcased. In this, start-up member CargoSteps and corporate partner Kaleido Logistics demonstrated how they jointly developed Freight Intelligence, an airfreight track and trace tool for the manufacturing industry that gives companies complete visibility and control over their air freight supply chain. Xoán Martínez, Kaleido Logistics CEO & founder of the programme said:

“It is very motivating to see how start-ups are bringing their technologies to the market in collaboration with the corporates, a great mix between technology, energy and experience, with the common goal of bringing out-of-the-box thinking to the logistics sector, and it’s also great to see how open innovation culture is shared by colleagues from the founders of the Logistics Tech Accelerator programme, the start-ups that made it onto the programme, as well as our corporate partners such as Lufthansa Cargo, Ingram Micro, MAN Truck & Bus, and Fiege.

“The objective behind the creation of the Logistics Tech Accelerator programme is to allow stunning technologies that are ready to go to market to work with corporate collaborators to open a new period in logistics. The latest event shows that joining the Logistics Tech Accelerator programme is a great opportunity to explore and experiment with a diverse group of industry leaders, opening the door for new applications of technology and potential long-term partnerships.”

Applications for the third group of start-up businesses to join the programme are now open and will close on July 23, 2017. Interested start-ups and corporations can learn more about qualifications for the Logistics Tech Accelerator programme on the website.