Start Ups

Profiles of the latest start-ups and innovations in the logistics space

Start Ups

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Wood you believe it? Materials handling with a difference

2019-07-16T13:55:00+01:00By Mike Farish

A new company based in Chemnitz is seeking to overturn conventional wisdom when it comes to material handling equipment – by using wood as a construction material

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Nio begins delivery of ES6 in China

2019-06-19T13:06:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up, Nio, has started delivering its ES6 model to users in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The vehicle, its second mass production model after the ES8, is a five-seater, long range SUV…

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Steering the future using AI

2019-06-18T10:29:00+01:00By Victoria Johns

German start-up Kopernikus has developed self-driving technology that can be used to move vehicles inside production facilities and workshops, and potentially even at ports…

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Why all eyes are on Israel for AI

2019-05-17T15:59:00+01:00By Jonathan Ward

In the race to perfect autonomous driving, Israel has proven to be a hotspot of technological innovation – driven, in part, by its military expertise and surveillance tools

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Smarter about spot loads

2019-03-21T16:53:00+00:00By Joanne Perry

Logistics technology company Loadsmart promises to automate full truckload shipments to the benefit of both shippers and carriers

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Innovation and smart tech: Why BMW is driving both

2019-01-11T16:52:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Handling 31m parts and producing almost 10,000 vehicles each day, BMW is increasingly looking to digitalisation and Industry 4.0 innovations to help it organise its logistics more flexibly…

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BMW ups the pace on industry 4.0 technology

2018-12-11T17:49:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

BMW Group is to expand its use of industry 4.0 innovations in its production logistics, it has revealed.

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Freight expectations

2018-11-20T11:28:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Ask a range of logistics managers what their main pain points are, and you will soon hear a common theme – wasting time waiting for freight agents to get back to them. Delays occur, paperwork piles up and costs are often not clear.

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Mapping for Mercedes

2018-11-19T15:58:00+00:00By Lem Bingley

In June this year, Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) announced the outcome of its inaugural Innovation Challenge, a competition for start-ups which promised $50,000 in prize money as well as the alluring prospect of a contract with Mercedes-Benz in the US, and perhaps also its global parent, Daimler AG. 

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Showing robots the ropes

2018-10-12T16:03:00+01:00By Mike Farish

Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory in the eastern German city of Dresden is arguably one of the more unusual automotive manufacturing sites in the world. Named due to its highly glazed exterior, it is not only the production location for the company’s e-Golf but also home to a number of other related ...

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Driving intelligent dispatch

2018-06-28T11:58:37+01:00By Andrew Williams

There are already 5,000 carriers registered on the Cargonexx platform, together operating more than 70,000 trucks

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Twinning talent with technology

2018-06-19T16:03:52+01:00By Marcus Williams

The rate at which emerging digital technologies are transforming the automotive logistics supply chain is hard to keep up with. As both an enabler of everything from platform design to procurement, finance and planning, and a disruptor of traditional supply chain operations, digital technology associated with industry 4.0 is driving ...

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Keeping up with the pace of change

2018-06-05T11:43:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The automotive industry used to be thought of as slow moving. Until fairly recently, it was not much of a stretch to say that the motor car, for all its improvements in safety and technology, had not fundamentally changed in a century. Vintage car owners could easily point to hundreds ...

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Making sense from the noise for the future of logistics

2018-05-11T11:09:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig, Chris Lewis

Convergence between the automotive and high-tech sectors isn’t a theory or prediction any more. Vehicles are as connected as smartphones, programmed with millions more lines of code than any computer, and increasingly powered by the same electric components and batteries – just on a much larger scale.

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Volvo Cars: Leaning towards greater stability

2018-04-03T09:57:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Since Geely Holdings acquired it from Ford Motor Company in 2010, Volvo Cars has been reinventing itself, from product development through to its industrial base and supply chain. Today, with a refreshed model line-up and amidst several new launches, sales have grown to record levels, with further expansion still to ...

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Kuehne + Nagel joins Temasek to invest in technology start-ups

2018-01-16T16:59:18+00:00By Steve Garnsey

Global logistics services provider Kuehne + Nagel (KN) has signed an agreement with Singapore’s state-owned investment company, Temasek, to establish a joint venture to invest worldwide in start-ups developing cutting-edge technology for logistics and supply chains.

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China leads the car-sharing market, despite the challenges

2017-12-20T12:22:44+00:00By Klaus Schmitz

The Chinese government is using car-sharing – short-term car rental, usually charged by the hour – to stimulate the new energy vehicle (NEV) market and increase individual mobility efficiency. In June 2017, the central government released draft guidance for the car-sharing industry, outlining some supporting policies. The guidance specified certain ...

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Getting better with age

2017-11-01T10:18:53+00:00By Louis Yiakoumi

It has been an incredible journey over these last 20 years working on Automotive Logistics, expanding both our publications and our conferences around the world.

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BMW i Ventures and Penske invest in flexible car ownership app

2017-10-25T11:47:00+01:00By Gareth Tredway

Investors including BMW i Ventures and Penske Automotive Group have participated in a funding round for the flexible car ownership mobile app, Fair, which attracted nearly $1 billion in offers from investors.

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Production & logistics part 4: Logistics organisations and skills

2017-10-25T09:45:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

How has your company’s supply chain and logistics management organisation changed over the past 20 years?

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