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Trending Transportation Updates: April 2019

There were many new and exciting transportation updates the transportation and shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories that made headlines during April!

Amazon has bought Canvas robotic systems

Famous for the use of different robotic devices from Google, Toyota and Kiva systems, Amazon acquires Canvas systems. Founded just in 2015, Canvas has already demonstrated robust innovation with its focus on cart fulfillment devices. “We are inspired by Canvas Technology’s innovations, and share a common vision for a future where people work alongside robotics to further improve safety and the workplace experience,” the Amazon spokesperson said. To read more about Canvas systems acquisition, click here.

DOT assigned $900 billion for the transportation grant program

Recently, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has launched a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for $900 million in elective grant capital through the BUILD program (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development). “These BUILD Transportation grants will provide needed infrastructure investment to better connect rural and urban communities around our nation,” announced the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao. To read more about the DOT grant program, click here.

Walmart starts using more than 4,000 robots

In their efforts to give employees more time to serve customers live, Walmart expands

 its robotic device network. The giant retailer has announced to add more than 4 thousands robots to handle the operations. Mostly, devices will be used to check product availability, correct pricing, and supplies location. To read more about Walmart’s new robots, click here.

Companies support Earth Day

On Monday, April 22, the world celebrated its largest environmental movement – Earth Day. Many logistics and retail companies have joined the initiative to push sustainable shipping and production trend forward. For example, Walmart partnered with HSBC to develop a supply chain sustainability program for the suppliers. To read more about the Walmart green initiative, click here.

Trending Transportation Updates: January 2019

There were many new and exciting developments throughout the transportation and shipping industry last month. Check out some of the top stories that made headlines during January!

The UK Prepares Supply Chain as Brexit Nears

The United Kingdom and European Union had 18 months to seamlessly manage the transition, but with roughly 3 months left to an official Brexit deadline, no agreement has been reached between the parties. Due to the undefined outcome, experts forecast ports and highways are in danger of delays and congestion. Sellers, suppliers, and carriers are preparing for a cliff-edge scenario. In particular, DHL claims to be “very well prepared, even for the worst case.” Meanwhile, the UK awarded 3 freight contracts to avoid extreme congestion in the English Channel in case negotiations won’t lead to a deal.

Read more about the Brexit preparation here.

Amazon signs a 7-year contract with the French robotics company and tests delivery robot

Amazon has recently announced a 7-year agreement with French robotics manufacturer, Balyo. The company will supply the retail giant with autonomous forklifts, which can handle from 3,000 to 15,000 pounds. Before Balyo, Amazon has utilized Kiva systems robots since 2012.

Also, the retailer announced it is testing “Scout,” a new delivery robot. The six-wheel device is described as a “fully-electric delivery system.” The robot is following a programmed route and moves with a pace of an average pedestrian, and operates on weekdays during daylight. It is designed to deliver packages to customers’ doors.

Read more about Amazon new delivery robot or Balyo agreement.

Ocean Alliance extends the agreement until 2027

The Ocean Alliance members have recently met in China to extend the “world’s largest operational agreement between shipping companies.” The original agreement was signed in 2017 and was about to expire in 2023, although the CMA CGM, COSCO, Evergreen and OOCL decided to push the expiration date to 2027.

Read more about Ocean Alliance agreement here.

Walmart about to open high-tech consolidation facility

Walmart has announced its plan to open a high-tech consolidation center in Colton, CA. A 340,000 square-foot facility will start its work in July and will mainly sort, receive and ship orders from suppliers before sending it to a distribution center.

Read more about the Walmart consolidation center here.