UPS Looks to Solve Supply Chain Issues with Blockchain Patent

Multichannel Merchant | August 22, 2018

UPS has filed a U.S. patent application for a technology that would use blockchain and its shared distributed ledgers to more efficiently track and manage packages shipped within its network as well as those handed off to other carriers worldwide. The application, filed earlier this year but just made public this week, details challenges that the technology would solve for, including coordinating handoff of overseas shipments among different providers while also guaranteeing maintenance of special handling conditions throughout the journey from seller to buyer.
While most shipments are carried within a single carrier’s network, “… there may be scenarios in which it is advantageous for various logistics service providers to transport the shipment unit along different legs/segments from its origin to its destination” the patent authors state, especially when going cross-border or to remote regions. “However, it may be difficult to coordinate the transportation of the shipment unit through the various logistics service provider transportation networks.”
A driving force behind the application are demands for greater tracking and supply chain visibility, without added costs, by both shippers and consumers.

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Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. Announces Preliminary Results of its Self-Tender Offer

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc | June 20, 2022

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Accenture Completes Acquisition of Capabilities from Trancom ITS

Accenture | July 04, 2022

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed its acquisition of digital engineering and operational technology capabilities from Trancom ITS, a Japanese logistics technology services provider. Terms of the transaction, which Accenture announced on March 28, 2022, were not disclosed. Approximately 190 Transcom ITS engineers have joined Accenture Industry X in Japan as part of the transaction. They specialize in cloud-based logistics systems and optimizing warehouse operations with IoT and sensor technology. The acquisition strengthens Accenture’s digital engineering, manufacturing and logistics capabilities to offer hyper-automation solutions at scale, which manufacturing and logistics companies in Japan are increasingly demanding. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and Accenture Song — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 710,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at accenture.com.

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XPDEL adds Seattle to its national network of fulfillment centers for ultra-fast delivery

XPDEL | July 08, 2022

XPDEL, a high-tech third-party logistics (3PL) provider, added its latest fulfillment center in Seattle to support local eCommerce and ultra-fast delivery. With fulfillment centers in twelve US cities and three in APAC, XPDEL is emerging as one of the leading solutions for enabling profitable fast delivery. Like all XPDEL locations, Seattle will operate using industry-leading software technology for fulfillment and logistics. In addition to its private fleet of delivery drivers, XPDEL is fully integrated with multiple national and regional shipping and delivery partners. XPDEL has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the ultra-fast delivery market, quickly standing-up new fulfillment centers and logistics solutions to meet the demands of its growing customer base of merchants and eCommerce companies. "We are fortunate to be in a position where we can quickly adapt and grow our network to meet the needs of our customers and their consumers. We are currently the only 3PL provider making deep commitments to the faster than the same day or ultra-fast delivery model, with specialized services that include temperature control for food products. Our ability to add locations quickly and seamlessly, just as we have done in Seattle, allows us to enable growth for our customers." -Nikki Boone, President of XPDEL XPDEL fulfills and delivers both direct-to-consumer eCommerce orders as well as retail and other business-to-business orders. Its network supports 2-Day shipping nationwide and same-day delivery in eleven metro areas. XPDEL uses the latest technology that allows live visibility into inventory, order tracking, analytics, and smart shipping. "I am so proud of our team and its relentless efforts to provide the best possible service for our customers across our network. We are on a mission to help our customers grow. Expanding XPDEL services to Seattle will allow our customers to grow in that market. We have a similar expansion planned for other cities in the US and abroad." -XPDEL's Founder and CEO, Manish Kapoor Unlike traditional 3PL service providers, XPDEL's primary focus is to help merchants and product companies grow their businesses. XPDEL enables companies to sell on multiple platforms in multiple marketplaces around the world, and plans to expand its services in the US, Canada, Latin America, APAC, and Europe. About XPDEL XPDEL is a leading hi-tech 3PL on a mission to enable growth for eCommerce companies. XPDEL operates in North America and India and plans to continue expanding internationally. The company offers a wide range of fulfillment and logistics solutions for eCommerce businesses, including ultra-fast delivery models powered by industry-leading technology platforms. XPDEL clients benefit from live dashboards that provide real-time analytics and actionable data.

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AITX's Subsidiary Robotic Assistance Devices Receives Expansion Order of Multiple AVA and TOM Units from Leading Global Logistics Company

Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions, Inc., | July 16, 2022

Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions, Inc., (OTCPK:AITX), announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Robotic Assistance Devices, Inc. (RAD) has received an order for 5 security robots from a top ranked global logistics company. The order is valued in the low six figures, plus recurring revenue after a set period. Although not named due to confidentiality agreements, the Company indicated that the end-user, an existing client, is a global leader in supply chain management & third-party logistics. The order is part of a broad expansion of the client’s proven facility security solution. The 4 AVA autonomous access control security robots and 1 TOM visitor management device are expected to be deployed this summer at one of the client’s end-user’s distribution centers. “This is what scaling and expansion looks like,” said Steve Reinharz, CEO of AITX and RAD. “Four weeks ago, this client placed an identical order with us. This Fortune 500 company knows how well the RAD solutions work, and how much money they save the end-user, and now they’re going big. We expect to see similar roll out orders to continue for the foreseeable future,” Reinharz added. “Every major client of ours, and those in RAD’s sales funnel typically starts slowly, with a single device or two, As they experience the great results, value and savings RAD delivers, we anticipate scaling and broader deployments, just as we’re seeing with this and other clients.” -Mark Folmer, President of RAD The Company also confirmed that with this order for 5 RAD devices, the client’s total number of units deployed and/or on order is 44. The Company expects to receive permission from this client to share its name, RAD device use cases and applications in the coming weeks. According to a recent report by Allied Market Research, the global logistics automation industry was pegged at $49.70 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach $147.38 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 11.9% from 2021 to 2030. The report mentions that "several logistics companies have started to invest in industry 4.0 technologies in order to deal with labor shortages issue, and to fulfill rising demand from e-commerce sector. Companies are adopting autonomous robots." RAD’s parent company AITX has filed for uplisting to the OTCQB. Future announcements will be made regarding the status of the OTCQB application. AVA (Autonomous Verified Access) is a compact and stanchion mountable unit that provides an edge-to-edge 180° field of vision with advanced access control over gates and other controlled points of entry. AVA takes full advantage of the RAD Software Suite providing an ideal solution for logistics and distribution centers, storage yards, parking structures and lots, corporate campuses; anywhere that increased visibility is needed at a fraction of the cost. At ISC West in late March, AVA was named a winner of the 2022 SIA New Products and Solutions Awards in the category of Access Control Software, Hardware, Devices and Peripherals. Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD) is a high-tech start-up that delivers robotics and artificial intelligence-based solutions that empower organizations to gain new insight, solve complex security challenges, and fuel new business ideas at reduced costs. RAD developed its advanced security robot technology from the ground up including circuit board design, and base code development. This allows RAD to have complete control over all design elements, performance, quality, and the user’s experience of all security robots whether SCOT™, ROSA™, Wally™, Wally HSO™, AVA™, ROAMEO™, or RAD Light My Way™. Read about how RAD is reinventing the security services industry by downloading the Autonomous Remote Services Industry Manifesto, and request a copy of the recently published ‘Navigating the New Economy: Jobs & Automation, Challenges & Opportunities’. About Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions (AITX) AITX is an innovator in the delivery of artificial intelligence-based solutions that empower organizations to gain new insight, solve complex challenges and fuel new business ideas. Through its next-generation robotic product offerings, AITX’s RAD, RAD-M and RAD-G companies help organizations streamline operations, increase ROI, and strengthen business. AITX technology improves the simplicity and economics of patrolling and guard services and allows experienced personnel to focus on more strategic tasks. Customers augment the capabilities of existing staffs and gain higher levels of situational awareness, all at drastically reduced cost. AITX solutions are well suited for use in multiple industries such as enterprises, government, transportation, critical infrastructure, education, and healthcare. To learn more, visit www.aitx.ai, stevereinharz.com, www.radsecurity.com and www.radlightmyway.com, or follow Steve Reinharz on Twitter @SteveReinharz.

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