Kuehne + Nagel is providing customers of its road logistics services with better visibility on the position and condition of their freight as part of its digital tool, eTrucknow.
The logistics provider is upgrading the eTrucknow tool, which is designed to provide real-time updates on items being moved, by incorporating sensor and orchestration technology developed by Chorus, one of the numerous projects being carried by the collaboration of inventors and entrepreneurs working as X – the Moonshot Factory.
Kuehne + Nagel said that through the partnership with Chorus it aimed to build on the ability to track the real-time location and condition of goods in the supply chain. The eTrucknow tool is one of a number that the company provides for supply chain management, asset tracking and monitoring in real-time.
The arrangement with the Chorus project aims to further build on this provision at a time when disruptions to the supply chain are occurring on almost a daily basis and resulting in costly delays in the delivery of goods. The semiconductor is a case in point when it comes to the automotive industry at the moment.
“We are focused on developing solutions for some of the toughest global supply chain problems,” said Stefan Paul, head of road logistics and sales for Kuehne + Nagel International. “Our partnership with Chorus will enhance our capabilities to build innovative solutions, further enriching eTrucknow offering. By combining visibility with intelligence we aim to provide our customers more accurate, actionable and data-driven insights into the overall health of their supply chain down to carton level.”
The Chorus team at X has spent the last three and a half years working with industry partners on solving logistics problems and better understand why bottlenecks, delays and waste occur.
“Project Chorus is developing new sensors, software and machine learning tools to radically improve our real-time understanding of where physical goods are located, where they are needed, what state they are in, and how they are used,” said Suresh Vishnubhatla, project lead on Chorus.
Vishnubhatla said her team was delighted to be partnering with Kuehne + Nagel. “These challenges cannot be solved alone and require strong strategic partnerships with organisations that possess deep expertise to improve systemic resilience. Together we hope these tools can help businesses be more sustainable, efficient, and productive.”