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ArcBest Revolutionizes Logistics with NVIDIA Partnership for AI-Driven Material Handling

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ArcBest Revolutionizes Logistics with NVIDIA Partnership for AI-Driven Material Handling

ArcBest, a prominent logistics firm, has forged a groundbreaking collaboration with NVIDIA, leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance safety and efficiency in material-handling operations. By integrating the NVIDIA Isaac Perceptor platform into their newly introduced Vaux Smart Autonomy™ autonomous forklifts and reach trucks, ArcBest aims to redefine the future of supply chain logistics.

Judy R. McReynolds, ArcBest’s chairman, president, and CEO, emphasized the significance of innovation in driving long-term growth and customer success. This partnership with NVIDIA underscores ArcBest’s commitment to leveraging AI and technology advancements to meet evolving customer needs and propel the global supply chain forward.

In today’s increasingly complex economic landscape, logistics providers face the challenge of developing innovative solutions to address diverse customer requirements. ArcBest recognizes this demand and sees the integration of NVIDIA Isaac Perceptor as a transformative step towards achieving safer, more flexible, and efficient material-handling processes.

Michael Newcity, ArcBest’s chief innovation officer, highlighted the shift from traditional 3D LiDAR sensors to visual AI technology as a significant advancement in addressing the complexities of modern material handling. The Isaac Perceptor’s advanced capabilities, including precise depth perception and obstacle avoidance, offer superior performance in dynamic environments, enhancing operational efficiency and safety.

ArcBest’s Vaux Smart Autonomy represents a leap forward in industrial automation, combining autonomous robotics, intelligent software, and remote teleoperation features to automate materials movement while ensuring human oversight. This comprehensive solution is poised to redefine warehouse, distribution, and manufacturing operations, empowering partners and customers with unprecedented productivity and adaptability.

With over 16.5 million 3D points generated per second per camera, Isaac Perceptor delivers unparalleled depth perception, enabling precise obstacle mapping at a fraction of the cost of traditional LiDAR sensors. This technology breakthrough positions ArcBest at the forefront of logistics innovation, offering a truly leading-edge solution unmatched by competitors.

As ArcBest continues to pioneer advancements in logistics technology, the company remains committed to redefining industrial automation and delivering value to its partners and customers. To witness the full capabilities of Vaux Smart Autonomy and explore ArcBest’s comprehensive suite of industry-leading technologies, visit their website for more information.

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How Technology Adoption has Fuelled Growth Potential Across the Logistics Industry

The latest CartonCloud Logistics Index Report draws on insights and data from over 1,800 logistics industry members from around the world — and celebrates two years of CCLI logistics data. 

The free report tracks industry trends, insights, and attitudes directly from logistics industry members — providing actionable data companies can use to navigate current issues and capitalize on growth opportunities. 

The last two years have captured the flow-on impacts of the global pandemic, the e-commerce boom, technology adoption, environmental practices, workforce attraction and retention, growth plans, and key concerns. 

Increasing concerns of a global recession have impacted the way in which logistics companies are planning for the year to come; exploring key concerns and opportunities to capitalize on growth. 

The CartonCloud Logistics Index Q1 2023 report highlights this year will likely see; – higher intent for technical investments, as companies gear up their operations for data-led decisions with AI, machine learning, and more automation with robotics, – a rise in the importance of secure software integrations, as companies bring on more software systems, targeting a best-of-breed technology stack, and invest in industry partnerships for outsourcing and greater collaboration, 

– further reduction in paper processes, as companies continue to shift to digital records, 

– focus on increasing efficiency and utilization of existing resources, through more sophisticated planning and data use, as well as extended operational hours, space utilization, and partnerships to increase opportunities for growth. 

Industry appetite for technological innovation remains high, reflecting software adoption and digitization trends over the past two years. 

Despite recession fears, industry optimism for growth, investment, and expansion remains strong throughout 2023 — with a growth mindset reflected across all industries and regions. 

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Redwood Logistics Growing Sustainable Supply Chains for Shippers with Launch of Redwood Hyperion

Redwood Logistics (Redwood), one of the fastest-growing supply chain and logistics companies in North America, today launched its innovative sustainability tool, Redwood Hyperion, to the broader market, providing shippers with freight emissions visibility, the critical first step towards a greener supply chain. After outstanding initial customer feedback, the new freight sustainability solution is primed to support shippers of all sizes in their eco-initiatives through a suite of carbon emissions visibility, offsetting, reduction and reporting tools that help them meet their sustainable goals. Redwood Hyperion is officially available to all beginning March 14, 2023.

Redwood Hyperion supports carbon-neutral initiatives by automating detailed load-by-load emissions calculations, facilitating carbon credit purchases toward verified projects and providing shareable progress reporting. The tool includes a comprehensive suite of carbon tracking and data features through RedwoodConnect™, Redwood’s proprietary iPaaS platform that facilitates the integration of digital and physical supply chains. Additionally, Redwood is formalizing its current managed offering under the Redwood Eco Advisory umbrella to guide shippers toward supply chain efficiencies that obtain measurable emission reductions, while also reducing freight costs.

Redwood Hyperion also provides access to a verified carbon credit marketplace, directly from its partnership with Cloverly. The shared marketplace offers a deep portfolio of verified offsetting options from nature-based credits to advanced carbon removals. All credits are certified and tracked by reputable third-party registries such as the Gold Standard, Verified Carbon Standard and American Carbon Registry. Additionally, Redwood Hyperion provides access to instantly downloadable reports, providing users with the ability to easily aggregate into their total GHG emissions accounting and share the progress of their sustainability initiatives.

Redwood Logistics has been recognized with an EcoVadis Bronze medal as well as a SEAL Sustainability award. By adding Redwood Hyperion, the company continues to strengthen its carbon tracking and sustainability capabilities. 

Customers currently moving freight with Redwood simply need to connect with their customer service representative to learn how to activate Hyperion. For those looking to get started with Redwood and the Hyperion sustainability solution, learn more at https://www.redwoodlogistics.com/service/innovate/redwood-hyperion

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Technology Empowering the Logistics Workforce 

Technology in logistics can be a powerful tool to empower your team and enhance the logistics sector workforce. 

Logistics software leaders CartonCloud are known for creating systems that empower and cater to the needs of small-medium-sized logistics companies. — In this article, the software leaders look at what humans can do while aided by technology

“We’re interested in exploring how the logistics workforce can be empowered to achieve more, by the use of emerging technology and innovative solutions,” said CartonCloud CEO and Founder Vincent Fletcher. 

“We’re seeing a number of new technologies emerge that are increasing safety and workforce enjoyment, and opening up new opportunities to engage a wider workforce in logistics roles,” he said.

Mr. Fletcher said the innovation is already there, it’s how the sector uses it that matters most. 

“Logistics providers are already using technology and software solutions to focus on optimization.

“They are streamlining workflows and processes, and simplifying tasks at hand, in order to get more out of every dollar and resource they have.

“The industry is being pushed to deliver faster shipment timeframes and more flexible order and delivery options, and this means all logistics operators must be working smarter to find efficiencies — including smaller companies who may not have the financial clout to cover massive upfront costs for solutions.”

Small-medium sized operators make up a majority of the supply chain across North America. 

“We need to ensure that these smaller players have access to the tools they need to stay competitive,” said CartonCloud Head of North America/ COO Shaun Hagen. 

“It comes down to the suitability of the software for their needs, and how quickly and easily they can have the system up and running, to start seeing the benefits,” he said. 

“First and foremost, they need solutions that are easy to use and implement — there’s no point having the highest tech if it’s too difficult to train their staff on. 

“Next, it has to give them flexibility and to allow them to scale according to opportunities and demand as the market shifts. And finally, it needs to provide a range of seamless and flexible integration options that allow them to connect with their customers and industry partners as they need.”

Technical innovation in logistics is not about replacing humans — it’s about empowering your workforce to do more. 

“Robotics, automation, and software can remove the need for certain manual tasks, and increase workforce output and productivity,” said Mr. Fletcher.  

“The right tools and solutions can even reduce risk for humans working in high-risk conditions like high or low temperatures, physically demanding roles, or working with heavy machinery.

There’s a huge opportunity for smaller players to access the solutions as a plug-and-play service, once they already have their business online — and that’s where we come in.”

CartonCloud’s warehouse and transport management software is designed specifically for SMB logistics operators, with user-centered design and features created specifically for the industry. 

The software, often referred to as ‘mission-critical’, removes tedious and time-consuming tasks, boosts scalability, and increases efficiency. 

“Our software is designed by logistics people, for logistics people, with every design feature, functionality and update created to make the lives of logistics people easier — while allowing them to grow their business,” said Mr. Fletcher.  

With greater access to logistics technology and automation and human-centric technology, Mr. Fletcher and his team believe the world of work within logistics will evolve, offering new roles that are aided by machinery and technology, and creating new opportunities for others to build new solutions within the network. 

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CartonCloud provides powerful, cloud-based warehouse and transport management software (WMS/TMS) designed for small-medium-sized businesses. 

CartonCloud’s user-first design and exceptional customer support makes onboarding fast and simple, and allows businesses to optimize operations with ease. Explore WMS and TMS features, including wave picking, driver ePODs and cross-docking solutions at www.cartoncloud.com 

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Porto Itapoá will be the First in South America to Use Remote Controlled Cranes

The new equipment is a hybrid that uses three times less fuel than diesel-powered ones

Porto Itapoá will be the first port in South America to use remote controlled RTG (Rubber-Tired Gantry) cranes. This purchase of ten machines (at an investment of over 25 million dollars) will increase the operational flexibility of the Terminal. The first of them will be arriving in May, while the next is scheduled for November this year.

The new RTG cranes can stack up to six containers. They are hybrid machines that use up to six times less fuel than a conventional diesel-powered RTG. In addition, Porto Itapoá has purchased a Portainer (a crane that transfers containers between the quay and the ship) with a 70m reach, worth 11 million USD. The Terminal already has six portainers, four with a 55m reach and two with a 65m reach.

In 2022, Porto Itapoá purchased two new Reach Stacker forklifts to be used in the yard of the Terminal. These pieces of equipment, made by Kalmar, are capable of handling 45 metric tons and have an array of technical features to ensure operator safety. The port already had three similar pieces of equipment.

Another important acquisition was the nine terminal tractors (TTs) made by the Brazilian company, Rucker, which arrived in July 2022. The vehicles have joined our fleet of 40, and each of them can load 65 metric tons.

About Porto Itapoá

Porto Itapoá began operating in June 2011, and is considered one of the most agile, efficient and sustainable terminals in Latin America and one of the largest and most important in the country for handling containerized cargo, according to the National Waterway Transport Agency (ANTAQ). Porto Itapoá is located on the northern coast of Santa Catarina, among some of the most productive regions in Brazil, serving importers and exporters from a wide range of industries.

Its fortunate location, in Babitonga Bay, provides safe and easy conditions for mooring ships. The Bay has calm, deep waters and is ideal for large vessels, which are becoming increasingly important in global shipping.

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Logistics Robots Prove to be Efficient Substitutes for Conventional Belt Conveyer System

Logistics Robots Prove to be Efficient Substitutes for Conventional Belt Conveyer System, Rendering Growth Opportunities for Global Logistics Robot Market

The global logistics robot market has undergone a rapid acceleration in demand across all regions. The technology has proved to be indispensable for large-scale business operations. Logistics robots automate the processes of storing and moving goods throughout the supply chain. This provides enhanced levels of uptime, higher productive hours, and less chance of manual error, thus ensuring a greater productivity to end use. 

The utilization of robots in logistics networks embodies a competent substitute to the usual belt conveyor system. These robots are intelligent devices armed with sensors, manipulators, control systems, power, and software to perform tasks resourcefully. Warehouse integration and robotic technology has helped safeguard precision and automation, while increasing storage space and operational efficiency.

According to a recent study by Fairfield Market Research, the global logistics robot market is expected to be worth US$12,739.1 Mn by 2025 from US$807.2 Mn in 2017, growing at a staggering CAGR of 23.7% during the forecast period 2021-2025.

Expanding and Demanding Consumer Base Expected to be a Key Driver of Growth for Global Logistics Robot Market 

The consumer base of today commands convenience, ease, and an expeditious delivery of goods and services. This has compelled majority retailers to accelerate their businesses’ transition to digitization. To secure efficient order fulfillment, retailers are rapidly turning to automation and robotic solutions to meet deadlines and get a real-time view of their operations. This has inflated the demand for logistics robots in the global logistics robot market. During the forecast period, the e-commerce sector is expected to grow at the fastest rate.

Other key drivers of overall market growth include cost efficiency, saving time, and premium quality. There has been a strong demand for automation globally. With strict safety rules, companies are now using robots for hazardous and hazardous environments. The technological breakthrough has made the integration more flexible and easier. Furthermore, it speeds up the process of transportation of goods and confirms higher levels of safety among the workers.

North America Reported Highest Market Share in Global Logistics Robot Market, Expected to Maintain Dominance Throughout Forecast Period

North America has been witnessing robust adoption of robotic technologies by logistics organizations, and a growing emphasis on the automation of logistics processes. As the cost of labor climbs an ever-increasing bandwagon, the potential of logistics robots to reduce operating costs is pushing the regional market forward. 

The Asia Pacific region is also expected to experience a fast-paced growth. This owes to the region’s increasing orientation towards automation. China, specifically, is forecasted to undergo the highest CAGR in the region. This owes to the country’s consistent efforts to stay on board with the soaring global competition. 

Some key players in the global logistics robot market are Aethon (St Engineering Ltd), Kuka Ag, Mobile Industrial Robot Aps (Teradyne, Inc.), Greyorange, Amazon Robotics, Asic Robotics Ag, Omron Adept Technologies, Inc. (Omron Corporation), Savioke, Clearpath Robotics Inc., and Fetch Robotics, Inc.

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Nuvera Expands Maritime Industry Engagement

Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC announces the sale of two Nuvera® E-60 Fuel Cell Engines to Nexus Energy, a sustainable innovation company based in the Netherlands that is developing modular zero emission solutions for maritime and on-shore applications. Nexus Energy will use the 60 kW hydrogen fuel cell engines in the development of a common modular powerpack for maritime and on-shore use, for both stationary and heavy-duty applications.

Nuvera fuel cell engines help maritime vessel and equipment manufacturers to comply with tightening emissions regulations and mandates and remain economically competitive by providing high-performance zero-emission power solutions fueled by clean hydrogen. The International Maritime Organization is targeting a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Many governments and maritime industry players believe 100% is the appropriate goal.

ABOUT NUVERA FUEL CELLS, LLC

Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC is a manufacturer of heavy-duty, zero-emission engines for mobility applications. With teams located in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Nuvera provides clean, safe, and efficient products designed to meet the rigorous needs of industrial vehicles and other transportation markets.

Nuvera is a subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., which designs, engineers, manufactures, sells, and services a comprehensive line of lift trucks and aftermarket parts marketed globally primarily under the Hyster® and Yale® brand names. Hyster-Yale Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 8,100 people worldwide.

Redwood Logistics Receives Armstrong & Associates’ Domestic Transportation Award for 3PL

Redwood Logistics Receives Armstrong & Associates’ Domestic Transportation Award for 3PL

Digital capabilities set Redwood apart among Top 100 third-party logistics providers

Redwood Logistics (Redwood), one of the fastest-growing supply chain and logistics companies in North America, announced today the company is No. 20 on the Armstrong & Associates, Inc. Top 100 Domestic Transportation Management (DTM) Third-Party Logistics (3PL) list for 2022-23. The ranking cements Redwood’s strong position in the 3PL marketplace. Combined with advanced digital capabilities, Redwood is able to provide unparalleled value to customers in the supply chain, elevating it as the premier choice for shippers’ logistics needs.

Redwood is the most progressive 3PL in the North American market, with a product and service mix that includes transportation management, omni-channel distribution and fulfillment to the entire continental U.S. within five days, dedicated capacity procurement, digital freight brokerage, warehousing, and LTL and parcel solutions. Redwood’s proprietary supply chain integration platform, RedwoodConnect™, uses digital connectivity to accelerate these services and offer customers unmatched speed and agility in volatile markets.

Already a proven 3PL, Redwood has evolved into a modern fourth-party logistics (4PL) provider, using real-time data synchronized across an open ecosystem of leading FreightTech vendors and digital carrier connections, offering creative solutions for shippers and maximizing capacity utilization for owner-operators and fleets.

Armstrong & Associates is a leading 3PL market research company. See A&A’s full Top 100 Domestic Transportation Management 3PL list ranked by gross DTM revenue.

About Redwood Logistics

Redwood Logistics, a leading logistics platform company headquartered in Chicago, has provided solutions for moving and managing freight for more than 21 years. The company’s diverse portfolio includes digital freight brokerage, flexible freight management and innovative platform services all wrapped into a revolutionary logistics and technology delivery model — Logistics Platform as a Service (LPaaS)™. LPaaS utilizes an open platform for digital logistics that empowers shippers to seamlessly mix-and-match partners, technologies and solutions into their own unique digital supply chain fingerprint. Redwood connects a wide range of customers to the power of supply chain management, technology and the industry’s brightest minds. For more information, visit www.redwoodlogistics.com.

 

What is a Smart Port?

What is a Smart Port?

A Smart Port is a port that uses automation and innovative technologies including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain to improve its performance.

Although the industry of ports and container shipping is often regarded as conservative and resistant to change, there are new technologies, systems and solutions emerging that will alter this perception in the coming years, leading the entire sector to a brighter, more connected future.

The need to evolve and become “smart” is even more paramount today with the changing demands of global trade: ships are getting biggergoods are moving faster; and geopolitical issues are creating new challenges for ports all around the world.

In Edition 106 of the PTI Journal we examined some of the the most important digital trends and developments across the industry.

The industry has already embraced many emerging technologies such as Digital Twinscargo flow optimization and visualization – giving customers end-to-end transparency of their cargo’s journey through the supply – and the emergence of 5G’s low latency and faster connectivity to improve port operations.

Digitalization

The digitalization of industrial processes is turning the way we produce goods and services upside-down as we look for higher efficiencies and better management of resources. This transformation is the so called Industry 4.0, and the Internet of Things (IoT) can be considered its cornerstone due to the clear need to capture information from all industrial assets.

Digital Twin technologies in use at the Port of Antwerp

The maritime sector is not an exception in this transformation and the change is starting to accelerate.

The Port of Esbjerg, for example, is leveraging a Digital Twin data visualization platform to identify, monitor, and analyse the emissions outputs of not just its own carbon consumption, but eventually all actors using the port’s facility. The digitalization and measuring of the port’s assets has allowed the port to make significant strides in reducing its carbon output within the port community.

But digitalization is still a largely untapped resource in ports: reports found in February 2021 that of the 4,900 ports around the world, a staggering 80% continue to rely on legacy and paper-based processes to manage maritime services.

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Ports aiming to become smarter must complement their physical operations with digital processes, according to the Port of Rotterdam.

What is a Smart Port? – Joyce Bliek, Port of Rotterdam

In 2019 the Port of Rotterdam’s Director of Digital Business Solutions Joyce Bliek outlined what it means to be a digital port.

As technology develops, and the global supply chain becomes increasingly digital, there is a necessity for ports to become a “digital node” within that infrastructure.

In this respect, Bliek echoes the thoughts of Kalmar’s Director of Terminal Automation Jari Hämäläinen, who argues that the “exponential growth” of digital technology is placing pressure on the port sector to adapt. Those which fail to do so could be left behind.

The benefits of adopting a dual-approach that encompasses both the physical and the digital, as Bliek explains, are considerable, especially for the testing and optimization of physical infrastructure.

Building a quay wall for instance, without the support of digital twin technology and predictive analysis, could be very costly, whereas testing the structure’s functionality before it is constructed offers a much clearer insight as to what impact a major investment like this could have.

Money saved through digitalization can be used elsewhere to fund key maintenance and infrastructure projects, allowing the port to hone its focus on improving the efficiency of its operations.

trade Blockchain is not Revolutionizing the Supply Chain yet

Blockchain is not Revolutionizing the Supply Chain yet

Just four years ago, the mere mention of the word blockchain could spark a never-ending conversation. Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology where blocks (records) are added, transaction data is captured, and a timestamp remains. The timestamp is the proof that a transaction took place and marks when the block was created. In 2018 the Food Trust Group was formed, a cluster of some of the biggest food companies in the world – Walmart Inc., Nestlé SA, Dole Food Co., Golden State Foods, Kroger Co, Driscoll’s Inc., among others. The goal was to use blockchain to improve recalls, identify stubborn bottlenecks in real-time, and improve the overall customer experience. 

At the time major firms across industries were using blockchain, excited by its ability to eliminate costly middle layers and its apparent inability to be manipulated or faked. IBM and Walmart  collaborated most famously to track produce items via blockchain. The two decided upon leafy greens as the jumping-off point, but just four years later only one item – green bell peppers – has been added. The technology that was going to revolutionize supply chains has stalled. What’s behind the delay? 

The consulting and technology research firm, Gartner Inc., has a theory, and it’s not overly complex. Namely, most firms rely on a host of partners that require a common “operating language.” Blockchain is intricate and costly and many non-Fortune 500 companies are reticent to adopt it. A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S knows this all too well. Also in conjunction with IBM, Maersk launched TradeLens in 2018 to ultimately digitize container shipping on their global tracking platform. Yet, as with any new system, the success of TradeLens depended on the collaboration of Maersk partners as well as numerous countries. This never occurred and Maersk will be scrapping the platform by the end of the first quarter of 2023. 

At this point, blockchain needs to become less complex and more affordable. The learning curve is steep, especially for those firms who rely on small to medium-sized suppliers who are not necessarily tech-savvy. Coming back to Walmart, many of its partners are growers and farmers and blockchain is still out of their purview for the moment. A short-term solution could be to focus on single products. For example, the state of Jharkhand in eastern India has been using blockchain to track the distribution of seed sales to farmers. The chain is only tracking seeds that come directly from the state and the process is exceedingly simple. 

Part of the incentive, however, to use the chain is the farmers want the seeds and are thus more motivated to participate. Perhaps some better incentives are needed.