物流支援ロボットCarriRo® AD、 ピッキングを最短ルートで自律走行可能な機能 『CarriRo Visual Warehouse』を発表

?サトーの「Visual Warehouse®」と連携、ピッキングの省人化、作業性向上を実現?
?7月23日?26日で開催される、ZMP World 2019にて発表?

株式会社ZMP(東京都文京区、代表取締役社長:谷口 恒、以下ZMP)と株式会社サトー(本社:東京都目黒区、代表取締役社長:小沼 宏行、以下サトー)は、CarriRo®(キャリロ)AD(自律移動モデル)に、サトーが提供する経路案内ソリューション「Visual Warehouse®」と連携する機能「CarriRo Visual Warehouse」を発表します。

サトーの「Visual Warehouse®」は、独自のアルゴリズムで倉庫内ピッキング作業者の最短移動経路を算出し、「画像」と「音声」で指示するナビゲーションシステムです。作業者が端末で宣言した現在地情報と在庫商品の座標情報から、ゴールまでの最短ルートを仮想マップ上で割り出して指示します。

「CarriRo Visual Warehouse」では、「Visual Warehouse®」により算出した作業者の最短ルート情報および、そこから計算された最適な合流地点の情報が、「CarriRo® AD」が走行する際のランドマーク(ルート上の目印)情報として共有されます。「CarriRo® AD」はその情報に沿って自律走行し、作業者との最適な合流地点で待機します。本機能を活用することによって、例えば、以下のような運用が可能になります。

1. 各作業者は、作業者ごとに分割されたエリア内でピッキング作業に専念。
2. 「CarriRo® AD」は「Visual Warehouse®」からの指示を受け、最短ルートでエリアを自律走行し、指示された場所で待機。
3. 作業者がピッキングし終えた商品を「CarriRo® AD」に積載した後に、「CarriRo® AD」は次のエリアに自動走行し、最終的にピッキング作業を完了。

これを繰り返すことで、作業者の歩行距離を最小限にし、ピッキングに要する人手を削減します。また、作業者は特定のエリアでピッキング作業に専念できるため、作業性の向上にも貢献します。「Visual Warehouse®」は、多くのお客さまの現場で、一般的に20%の生産性向上を実現しますが、本連携により、それ以上の生産性向上が見込まれます。

「CarriRo® AD」は、場所を選ばず柔軟なルート設置が可能、さらにカルガモモード(追従モード)も搭載しているため、「ゾーンピッキング」以外にも、エリア内で複数の「CarriRo® AD」が作業者の追従・待機を駆使しピッキングを助けるなど、すでに業務フローやレイアウトが固まっている既設センターや工場でも円滑に活用できます。
 
本機能は2019年下期のリリースを予定していますが、詳細の価格、販売開始時期については7月23日?26日に開催されるZMP World 2019にて発表されます。また実機によるデモや運用方法についても同時開催のCarriRo EXPO内で紹介されます。

【CarriRo Visual Warehouse動画】https://vimeo.com/338606726/4a1604d062
【ZMP World予約フォーム】http://go.zmp.co.jp/zmpworld2019/yoyaku

【製品Web URL】 https://www.zmp.co.jp/carriro/
【動画】https://youtu.be/dkfvVXNdaCU
【製品価格】CarriRo® FD (2019年モデル):5年リース 月額 34,000円(税別)/1台
CarriRo® AD:5年リース 月額 52,000円 (税別)/ 1台


Blockchain: Moving from hype to tangible benefits for supply chains

The initial glitter of blockchain may have taken a beating, but concrete steps are underway to turn its promise into tangible business applications. A keen mover of digital technologies in freight forwarding and logistics, Panalpina has narrowed the use cases for this industry and started a pilot to play the benefits of blockchain to make supply chains more efficient.

Blockchain could well be the next blockbuster technology to truly optimize supply chains. A system where transactions are recorded and maintained across linked computer networks, blockchain is built on trust. It lends itself to sectors where transactions and data transfers are involved, such as finance, insurance, healthcare or supply chains, promising the decentralized, transparent and secure exchange of data.

Beyond the hype

However, blockchain has thus far fallen short of its potential. About 90 percent of all supply chain related blockchain projects will remain proof-of-concept pilots through to 2020, according to Gartner Research.

Alongside several start-up efforts, there have been at least five blockchain initiatives aimed at the ocean freight industry. Two of the more prominent are:

The TradeLens global trade platform jointly developed by IBM and Maersk, which started in January 2018, has over 100 participating organizations, only recently started to sign on carriers such as CMA CGM and MSC, and will now be launched at the port of St. Petersburg under an agreement with the Russian government, and
The Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN), which started in November 2018 to rival the Maersk consortium and is backed by several terminal operators and ocean carriers including COSCO, Evergreen Marine and OOCL.
While almost all platforms sing the tune of ‘open source collaboration’, blockchain often stumbles on the lack of trust and community onboarding that it is supposed to be built on. It did seem unlikely, for example, that CMA CGM would join TradeLens, back in October 2018. Concerns over data ownership and control have led players to go separate ways with blockchain.

Another hurdle to broader acceptance and implementation appears to be missing standards, either within a distributed ledger solution or between different distributed ledger architectures. A keen mover of digital technologies in freight forwarding and logistics, Panalpina joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) in May 2018 to engage with standard setting and collaboration in the industry.

“Panalpina is not a blockchain evangelist, but we have a rational and realistic approach towards the technology,” says Luca Graf, head of Digital Innovation at Panalpina. “Blockchain is only one part of a larger vision that requires the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart contracts to exploit the full potential for end-to-end supply chains, with beneficial effects on costs and time.”

Practical use cases

Panalpina takes a practical approach to blockchain, seeing its promise in optimizing supply chains and making them more efficient. In its ongoing journey to realize the tangible benefits of blockchain, Panalpina has defined eight supply chain use cases for blockchain grouped into four fields of work:

(I) Workflow efficiency

1. Ocean freight core processes: Fully digitize ocean freight order and execution processes. Share documents in blockchain and apply smart contracts.

2. Ocean freight electronic bill of lading (eB/L): Digitize parts of ocean freight order and execution processes. Start with eB/L. Similar to the above but smaller in scope.

3. Captives: Standardize (re)insurance processes between the entities of a company and apply smart contracts in blockchain.

(II) Provenance and authenticity

4. Perishables: Digitize data flow in perishables chain and store product (provenance) and transport information (cold chain) in blockchain. Apply smart contracts.

5. Pharmaceuticals: Store product (authenticity) and transport information (cold chain) in blockchain. Offer full audit trail showing compliance with Good Distribution Practice (GDP).

6. Spare parts: Store spare part serial numbers in blockchain and provide transparency for spare part users (aviation, military, automotive).

(III) Cargo insurance

7. Insurance: Have trusted information on where cargo containers are located. Allow insurance companies to better calculate the risks (e.g. theft or hazard) and offer tailored insurance coverage to shippers.

(IV) Visibility

8. Tracking: Store tracking data of shipments in blockchain and enhance visibility for shippers.

Panalpina blockchain pilots in Air and Ocean Freight: digitize, store, share and optimize

Of these eight use cases, Panalpina has, after considering business value and implementation complexity, zoomed in on one: the ocean freight electronic bill of lading (eB/L). It has started two blockchain projects with selected customers: one dealing with high-tech industrial goods and the other dealing with office supplies. The aims are similar: to digitize trade documents such as the packing list and the bill of lading, store these documents in a cloud, and use blockchain to realize process improvements and cost savings in the long run.

In both projects, blockchains document the flow of imported goods from Asia to Europe, running in parallel to real shipments, but not interfering with current processes. Running the blockchain projects in parallel to live shipments allows Panalpina and its partners to make in-depth comparisons of current standards and processes, versus what they could be in the near future.

Panalpina has also started a third blockchain project with an IT multinational company, aimed at optimizing air freight shipments from North to South America.

“These early-stage projects are 85 percent about digitization and 15 percent about blockchain ? we are starting to see clear benefits in cost savings through simplified and speedier processes, and lower document courier costs,” explains Cedric Rutishauser, senior venture development manager at the Panalpina Digital Hub. “But the real advantage of blockchain lies in the ‘single source of truth’. Improved data sharing between trade partners creates more transparency, with clear ownership and responsibility for each documented step in the supply chain.”

In the next phase, Panalpina expects to pick up on three other use cases ? pharmaceuticals, spare parts and ocean freight core processes ? to exploit the potential there in the long run.

Cautious pragmatism

Blockchain’s time is still to come. A recent study published in the International Journal of Production Economics shows that senior supply chain managers have mixed perceptions about blockchain, with some skeptical about its benefits and others convinced that it will improve security and transparency in supply chains, and ultimately bring efficiencies and customer benefits.

This study focused on three core areas:

The perceived benefits of blockchain to supply chains,
where disruptions are most likely to occur, and
the challenges to further blockchain diffusion.
The researchers from Cardiff University, together with Panalpina’s global logistics optimization and analytics manager Mihaela Rit, conducted interviews with 14 supply chain experts and used the so-called sense-making approach to gain a deeper understanding of their assumptions, expectations and knowledge about blockchain and its impact on supply chains.

As the blockchain hype wears off, a more sober, cautiously optimistic pragmatism is taking hold. Blockchain will win over its skeptics not with spectacular leaps and bounds, but small, concrete steps that deliver tangible benefits in terms of lower costs and higher efficiency.

One step in this direction is next week’s Swiss Blockchain Hackathon, where Panalpina’s IT developer team will join other hackers in advancing real-world blockchain solutions.


Statement Regarding FedEx Corporation’s Relationship with Amazon.com, Inc.

FedEx has made the strategic decision to not renew the FedEx Express U.S. domestic contract with Amazon.com, Inc. as we focus on serving the broader e-commerce market. This decision does not impact any existing contracts between Amazon.com and other FedEx business units or relating to international services. As previously disclosed, Amazon.com is not FedEx’s largest customer. The percentage of total FedEx revenue attributable to Amazon.com represented less than 1.3 percent of total FedEx revenue for the 12-month period ended December 31, 2018.

There is significant demand and opportunity for growth in e-commerce which is expected to grow from 50 million to 100 million packages a day in the U.S. by 2026. FedEx has already built out the network and capacity to serve thousands of retailers in the e-commerce space. We are excited about the future of e-commerce and our role as a leader in it.

Certain statements in this news release may be considered forward-looking statements, such as statements relating to management’s views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the rate of future global e-commerce growth and our ability to successfully compete in the e-commerce market, our ability to successfully implement operational changes in the expected time frame, our ability to match capacity to shifting volume levels, and other factors which can be found in FedEx Corp.’s and its subsidiaries’ press releases and FedEx Corp.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake or assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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New Panalpina customer portal: bringing the future of digital supply chain management to transport logistic in Munich

This week, Panalpina will present its new customer portal at transport logistic 2019, the world’s leading trade fair for logistics and supply chain management. Collaborative shipment management, fully automated instant quotation as well as lane risk assessment make the portal unique in the industry. Interested customers have the opportunity to test the customer portal in Munich before it will be made available later this year.

Built on an entirely new architecture and technology, the new customer portal marks a big step forward towards a seamless digital supply chain experience at Panalpina.

The following combined features make Panalpina’s customer portal unique in the industry:

Collaborative shipment management
Fully automated instant quotation
Lane risk assessment

Industry-first collaborative shipment management

“The customer portal enables collaborative shipment management that can be adapted to a company’s structure for ultimate customer centricity. This collaborative feature is an industry first. Customers and their external partners can work in remote teams on the platform and bring in their individual expertise at the same time,” explains Karl Weyeneth, CCO at Panalpina. “Our developers have created an intuitive platform in order to make shipping as easy as ordering a pair of shoes online.”

Instant quotes thanks to smart algorithms

With the portal, Panalpina can provide market-proven instant quotes that are based on historical selling prices. The customer portal’s smart algorithms calculate prices in seconds, no matter how complex a shipment is. This translates into unmatched planning reliability for Panalpina’s customers, especially in combination with the additional feature of lane risk assessment, which we are also bringing into the customer portal.

Lane risk assessment for healthcare customers

Panalpina offers lane risk assessments based on a wealth of data covering carrier capabilities, agent certifications, transport modes and warehouse facilities. This enables customers from the pharmaceutical industry to more effectively qualify suppliers and assess risks during shipment planning and then choose between qualified suppliers for their temperature-sensitive and often high-value products.

Real-time shipment visibility and analytics

Panalpina’s customer portal allows customers to explore shipment options, as well as control risks and costs even months before a shipment. Transparency is maintained when the shipment takes place, as customers can see all their shipments and relevant data at a glance and in real time on the platform.

Since the analysis of a shipment is just as important as the planning, Panalpina has also integrated a new analytics function that allows customers to pull tailored reports directly from the portal.

A unique platform with even more to come

“The quoting and shipment-visibility capabilities of the new portal are hitting the core of today’s demands. Add collaboration and lane risk assessment capabilities to that, and you have a unique platform. Furthermore, we are already working on additional features such as machine learning for quotation, a sophisticated chatbot and big data analysis,”comments Weyeneth. Ultimately, the customer portal will help Panalpina’s customers to better manage and optimize their supply chains in the digital era.

So far, Panalpina has given selected customers access to the new customer portal. In Munich, Germany, interested shippers and other parties now have the opportunity to experience the customer portal in a demo environment at Panalpina’s booth (hall B4, stand 301/402) before it will be made available later this year.

A sneak peek of the new customer portal can be found at https://my.panalpina.com.

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products ? Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics and Manufacturing ? to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions for 12 core industries. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. Project Solutions is a specialized service for the energy and capital projects sector. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in around 70 countries, and it works with partner companies in another 100 countries. Panalpina employs approximately 14,500 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards ? wherever and whenever.




DHL report reveals: e-Commerce will have a significant impact on how companies will shape their transport strategies in the future

65% of the respondents identified the exponential growth of e-commerce and its implications on service as having a significant impact on supply chains.
"European Customers are looking for complete solutions with a global reach."
DHL survey "The Logistics Transport Evolution: The Road Ahead": Evolution in the European transport sector is also driven by trends such as the urbanization of markets, and technologies like big data analytics and digitalization.

A recent survey commissioned by DHL has revealed that companies are facing a fast changing market environment, be it in terms of geopolitical changes or technological transformation. But in terms of their ground transportation operations, by far the biggest issue on companies' minds is e-commerce and its implications on service and ground transportation requirements.

Especially the extraordinarily high service expectations born of e-commerce are impacting businesses. Just to name a few: Customers are expecting same or next day delivery, variable last-mile delivery options, high in-transit visibility, as well as flexible or free return policies and always in-stock inventories. Services that are increasingly challenging.

Paul Stone, CEO DHL Supply Chain Nordics and Head of Transport for MLEMEA explains: "Our European customers look for first-class capabilities in enabling last mile deliveries, which is why technology will be central to navigating this new era for ground transportation. The capability of AI and data analytics to manage the order profile and shipping patterns of customers' increasingly complex and demanding operating models while optimizing cost and service, means that they are now viewed as essential services, rather than added benefits."

The DHL survey "The Logistics Transport Evolution: The Road Ahead" found out that the impact of e-commerce on markets, in general, and ground transportation in particular, varies by region. For example, when comparing the impact of e-commerce over the next one to two years versus three to five years, U.S. respondents expect the impact to slightly decrease, from 63% to 60% while, in Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, that same impact number increases from 65% to 69%.

Paul Stone, CEO DHL Supply Chain Nordics and Head of Transport for MLEMEA explains: "Here in Europe, transport is undoubtedly a critical aspect of the global business environment, and our findings indicate that companies across sectors and markets now recognize its strategic value. That's reflected by our customers' C-suite executives becoming more involved in transportation discussions. We undertook this study to gain an insight into exactly what companies expect from their transportation service providers, both today and tomorrow. Our research has shown us that customers are increasingly looking for complete solutions with a global reach as they can solve a wide range of transportation issues and requirements. In Europe, particularly, environmental commitments are increasingly important to our customers."

Here the research showed that throughout Europe, the United States and Asia, more and more mega-urban centers are deploying congestion pricing and tolls on vehicles entering urban areas during peak business times - or, in some cases, at any time. Environmental concerns about transportation's significant carbon footprint will grow as an issue and a potential constraint in delivering goods into these highly populated urban areas. Today, 76% of respondents stated legislation around mandatory carbon reporting is having a big impact on their transportation decision making.

Broader societal factors were also highlighted as presenting associated challenges, with 61% of companies referencing the increase in urbanization as a factor that will significantly impact their future business. Technology and its ability to help manage this complex environment are increasingly seen as a standard requirement of 3PLs: more than two thirds (67%) of companies believe that big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) are services that are essential for 3PLs to offer their shipper customers


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