Category Archives: Technology

MoU signed with 8 tech startups to enhance logistics efficiency

Mahindra Logistics Limited (MLL) announced the strategic collaborations with 10 innovative technology startups during the CATAPULT Premier Day at Bengaluru. The CATAPULT incubator program is one of the most ambitious technology-based initiative of Mahindra Logistics. Six cohorts of CATAPULT 2.0 have been collaborating with MLL over the past nine months and technology MVPs (pilots) were successfully piloted during this period. MVPs were focused towards developing sustainable solutions and enhancing operational efficiencies in the logistics and mobility space. CATAPULT Cohort 2.0 covered wide technology domains such as Vision tech, Advanced analytics, AI-based optimizer, location-based monitoring tech and sustainable LMD solutions. Six startups part of Cohort 2.0 were Accio Robotics, Linkeddots, Constems—AI, SenseGiz, Jidoka Technologies and Aurita Bikes. During the award ceremony, Strategic Collaboration MoUs were signed with eight startups–HiPer, Enmovil, KoiReader, Accio Robotics, Aurita Bikes, Constem–AI, Linkeddots, and Sensegiz. The technology startups will be integrated as part of MLL’s ‘Smart Automation Program’.

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New fleet of trucks launched for temp-controlled shipments

WIZ Tracks flagged off its fleet of trucks for temperature-controlled shipments at the recently concluded Cold Chain Unbroken 2022 event in Hyderabad. Guhan murty, Director, Land transportation Solution Wiz Truck said, “We operate a fleet of over 1600 trucks. We currently operate around 25 reefer trucks and we have plans to scale it up to 50 trucks by December. We see a lot of growth opportunities in this segment because it’s highly fragmented and there are very few big players who are supplying cold chain products pan-India. We have plans to cover all the pin coded in India.”

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Chicago Rockford Int’l Airport, Kale partner to boost cargo efficiency

Kale Info Solutions (Kale), the US subsidiary of Kale Logistics Solutions, has entered a partnership with Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD), USA, to implement its Airport Cargo Community System (ACS), the pair announced at the 13th annual Air Cargo Handling & Logistics conference. Kale’s ACS implementation will reduce manual documentation and data entry time for cargo handlers at RFD, increasing process efficiency at the airport as well as reducing truck congestion and streamlining cargo flows. RFD has seen annual air cargo throughput triple over the last five years, with a 25% increase in volumes recorded in 2021, and the airport has increasingly become an important Midwest hub for e-commerce and international trade. “As the fastest growing cargo airport on the planet, we’ve partnered with Kale to provide the RFD cargo community with the most efficient, transparent cargo IT platform in the marketplace,” said Mike Dunn, Executive Director, RFD. “Kale will allow us to further streamline the digitisation and movement of cargo at RFD today and to keep up with the demands of our growing cargo operations in the future.”

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Shiprocket acquires tech biz to fortify omnichannel offerings

Shiprocket has recently announced acquisition of Arvind’s omnichannel technology business, Omuni. The transaction will be carried out as a combination of stock and cash for total consideration of Rs 200 crores. Combination of both entities will facilitate quick, efficient deliveries of shipments from the nearest store or warehouse thus reducing delivery timelines and enhancing customer experience. Focusing on leveraging cutting-edge technology to build data-driven solutions and integrated product offerings, the Shiprocket and Omuni deal is expected to ensure better inventory utilization, faster-localized fulfillment, optimize operational costs, and deliver delightful multichannel experiences. With seamless inventory synchronisation between online and offline channels, order volumes and order fulfilment rates will increase for retailers.

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Kale extends alliance to digitize cargo handling at CHI

Kale Logistics Solutions (Kale) has signed a contract to extend its partnership with longstanding customer CHI Aviation Handling (CHI) by a further five years. With Kale as CHI’s strategic tech partner, the Frankfurt-based air cargo services provider has boosted the efficiency and productivity of its ground handling operations using Kale’s cargo management system, GALAXY, to digitalize cargo handling. “We have chosen to continue partnering with Kale to help support our vision digital transformation; we need a reliable IT system that can be easily implemented at every airport station where we are operating and Kale’s GALAXY is the best fit solution,” said Dominik Misskampf, MD, CHI Aviation Handling. “We share a common desire with Kale to create digital channels that make a difference in serving all our customers, both businesses and consumers, by increasing accessibility to our service and improving our response times,” he added.

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CargoAi joins CargoTech to promote sustainable ops

To broaden its reach and visibility, online booking portal CargoAi has joined digital air cargo project CargoTech. With CargoTech, CargoAi will combine forces with ECS Group’s Cargo Digital Factory and Wiremind Cargo. Cedric Millet, president, CargoTech said in a release, “What CargoTech was missing in its portfolio until now was an online distribution platform. CargoAi not only fills that gap as the world’s only cloud-native based, neutral, SaaS marketplace, but also brings the benefit of an expanded customer base.” The partners said that Cargo Digital Factory and Wiremind Cargo serve their customers’ internal processes, whereas CargoAi digitises the interface processes between freight forwarders and airlines or GSAs. “Given our cross-sectional reach, we see it as our responsibility to advocate sustainability within the industry, both by developing products that promote a greener future and by positioning ourselves as the sustainability experts within CargoTech,” Matthieu Petot, Chief Executive, CargoAi said.

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Wiremind Cargo opts for sustainable solutions to manage capacity

Wiremind Cargo opts for sustainable solutions to reduce carbon emissions by offering smart solutions that assist its airline clients in managing their capacity and procedures to the best of their ability, and by conducting internal audits of its own operations to lessen adverse effects. Nathanael de Tarade, CEO, Wiremind Cargo, said, “Sustainability is all about ensuring that what we do to meet our current needs does not influence the ability of future generations to meet their requirements. We all share that obligation, whether we are working as a business, as an individual, or inside society as a whole.” Wiremind has audited its own carbon emissions in addition to its sustainable work practices.

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Unicommerce to automate 8K warehouses in India by 2023

rce has announced automatization of over 8000 warehouses via its warehouse management platform by March 2023. More than 7200 warehouses are already live on Unicommerce’s Warehouse Management Platform and managing more than 96 Mn SKUs serving across diverse sectors like FMCG, Beauty and wellness, fashion and accessories, and eyewear. Unicommerce’s warehouse management SaaS solutions processes millions of orders every day to serve consumers across India and international markets. Companies have deployed Unicommerce’s warehouse management platform to manage and automate all the workflows of the warehouse from picking, packing, dispatch of goods as well as procurement of goods at the warehouse.

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Wiz Freight joins Pharma.Aero to boost pharma logistics

Digital freight forwarder, Wiz Freight joined Pharma.Aero as its full-time member. Pharma.Aero is IATA CEIV certified cargo community for airport operators and other air cargo industry stakeholders. Satish Lakkaraju, Senior Vice President, Wiz Freight said, “We are excited to be joining Pharma. Aero as a full-time member. We are working towards maintaining a cold chain, which is unbroken to ensure patient safety till the last mile of delivery. Pharma.Aero is a platform to collaborate with different stakeholders in the pharma supply chain, and allows us to contribute to the overall development of a safe and reliable cold chain for pharma products.’’ Jeremy Mitchell, Vice-Chair, Pharma.Aero said, “We are pleased to welcome Wiz Freight as a full-time member of Pharma.Aero. The role of a freight forwarder is vital in the supply chain of temperature-sensitive pharma logistics, and we hail the addition of freight forwarders to Pharma.Aero. We look forward to working with Wiz Freight.”

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CargoTech provides digital solutions for air cargo industry

To encourage, facilitate, and accelerate the digital transformation of the air cargo industry, CargoTech is ready to bring together cargo and technology experts specialized in specific areas of air cargo, under one roof, thereby helping in providing digital solutions for every air cargo business process, and to offer best in class consultancy services to advise the various stakeholders on their digital transformation. “Our core belief is that whatever can be digitized should not remain manual. With CargoTech, we are bringing together cargo business experts with technology experts specialized in specific areas of air cargo,” said Cedric Millet, President, CargoTech. “With ECS Group’s Cargo Digital Factory alongside Wiremind Cargo, CargoTech has started to offer a variety of products that cover some very relevant transactions. Each company has its specific area of expertise; thus, they complement each other,” he added.

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