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DHL Supply Chain launches software platform with Blue Yonder on Microsoft Cloud to accelerate implementation of warehouse robotics through standardization

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DHL Supply Chain, the global leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, has just launched a new “plug & play” robotics platform in collaboration with Microsoft, and leading artificial intelligence driven digital fulfillment provider Blue Yonder.

The robotics platform significantly reduces integration time and programming efforts to on-board new automation devices into warehouse facilities, while giving DHL customers more flexibility in selecting suitable robotics systems according to their individual business needs. The solution leverages Microsoft Azure IoT and cloud platform services.

“The global deployment of robots and robotic systems is integral to our strategy to support our employees and improve customer operations,” says Markus Voss, Global CIO and COO at DHL Supply Chain. “Automation and collaborative robotics help us make operational processes more flexible, ergonomic and more attractive to our employees by replacing monotonous, repetitive and particularly strenuous activities. The aim is not to replace employees over time, but to assign the more attractive and interesting tasks to our human workforce.”

Voss adds: “We have more than 2,000 operational sites across DHL Supply Chain, so we know how complex, time-consuming and costly it can be to integrate new robots into existing platforms and connect to our clients’ various warehouse management systems. This is exactly where the new platform is so effective. Our first implementation on the new platform with 6 River Systems at one of our Madrid sites is already showing a 60% reduction in integration times, but with subsequent deployments we foresee further improvements of up to 90%.”

A first implementation at a DHL Supply Chain facility in Madrid has already demonstrated that the new platform can reduce complexity and accelerate the integration of robotic systems into an existing warehouse management system. At the same time, the platform gives customers greater flexibility in selecting and integrating different robotics vendors in one system. The robotics platform is powered by Blue Yonder’s Luminate Platform with machine-learning (ML)-driven task management capabilities that enable the highest level of warehouse operational efficiency.

“Building a resilient and flexible supply chain is essential to respond to constantly changing customer needs. By digitizing their warehouse solutions, DHL is dramatically simplifying the integration of complex IoT systems and unlocking new business opportunities for the logistics industry. The result: greater advancements in speed, global scale, cost reduction, and security,” says Sam George, Corporate Vice President Azure IoT at Microsoft.

“By using Blue Yonder’s Luminate Platform, DHL was able to offer a solution that can be implemented across all of its distribution center sites seamlessly through a cloud SaaS application. In the age of labor market shortages during peak season, DHL sites can now bring on a robotics vendor quickly to augment its resource capacity and support its workforce,” said Girish Rishi, CEO, Blue Yonder. “This project was a true collaboration across all stakeholders.”

With this collaboration, DHL Supply Chain, Microsoft and Blue Yonder combine their strengths in customer-centric contract logistics, secure cloud computing at global scale, and seamless end-to-end supply chain integration to improve warehouse management and operational excellence for a wide range of industry customers.

While the new software platform is just one part of DHL Supply Chain’s company-wide digitalization strategy – that includes the use of DHL’s focus technologies such as robots, smart operations through wearable devices and data analytics – it plays an essential role in facilitating and accelerating the deployment of new technologies on a large scale.

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Blue Yonder and Uber Freight partner to accelerate digital transformation in the supply chain

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Blue Yonder and Uber Freight announced a partnership designed to help businesses build efficient and transparent global supply chains at a crucial time.

Digital transformation initiatives have accelerated over the last few months, as enterprises that ship goods embrace flexible operations to keep up with shifting demand. Quickly recovering from supply shortages and creating a resilient business for the long term requires a well-managed, digitized supply chain, including freight transportation.

As volatility increases across freight transportation markets, Blue Yonder and Uber Freight are working together to meet businesses’ varied logistics needs, creating new ways to ensure shippers can instantly tap into real-time services and a reliable capacity network, within the tools they already use.

Uber Freight will integrate directly within the Blue Yonder LuminateTM Platform to power the dynamic pricing discovery solution to provide instant quoting of real-time market-based prices and instant booking capabilities up to two weeks in advance of loads.

“Uber Freight’s partnership with Blue Yonder will provide businesses the innovative tools they need to implement digital transformation in their freight process, enabling end-to-end visibility from planning to execution,” said Laurent Hautefeuille, Head of Business Development at Uber Freight. “Together, we’re making our tech-forward approach to freight – from real-time pricing to instant capacity – available to more businesses looking for more foresight and control of their operations in today’s dynamic market.”

Blue Yonder’s Luminate Platform is powered by Microsoft Azure and combines rich internal and external data from across a customer’s digital supply chain assets to allow for smarter, more actionable artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)-based business decisions.

Using an API, the dynamic pricing discovery solution will enable businesses who use the Blue Yonder transportation management solution to tap into automated execution, dynamic routing guides, and Uber Freight’s capacity network of over 50,000 freight carriers in the U.S. and Europe.

“At Blue Yonder we want to empower companies with real-time data to make informed, intelligent, profitable decisions, ultimately accelerating global business growth and we know Uber Freight is aligned with this mission,” said Terry Norton, Vice President, 3PL & Transportation at Blue Yonder. “We’re thrilled to amplify our offering with their freight network density and unique real-time pricing to give our customers an edge in this challenging market.”

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essDOCS partners with Infosys Finacle for blockchain technology led trade finance automation

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essDOCS, the leading enabler of paperless trade, announced a partnership with Infosys Finacle, part of EdgeVerve Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys, for driving automation in Trade finance processes though Distributed Ledger Technology. essDOCS’ CargoDocs DocEx solution will be integrated with Finacle’s blockchain-based trade finance solution, Finacle Trade Connect, for select use-cases.

CargoDocs DocEx is a digital solution for banks and corporates enabling the secure electronic signing, distribution/transfer and management of original electronic documents – including title documents such as Bills of Lading and Warehouse Warrants – through the supply chain.

Finacle Trade Connect is a blockchain-based application developed specifically to address and simplify the trade finance process requirements for banks, digitizing trade finance business processes including validation of ownership, certification of documents and payments, while working on a distributed, trusted and shared network.

The joint solution will focus on trade finance transactions including Letters of Credit, Documentary Collections, Guarantees and more, allowing banks and their corporate customers to access all data (and documents) under any given financing instrument – consolidated within the Finacle Trade Connect solution – providing a single integrated solution with open, connected and non-siloed data.

Users of the joint solution will benefit from a single, distributed source of truth which increases transaction trust and transparency, while utilizing core functions of CargoDocs DocEx – including the ability to instantaneously draft, review, amend, sign, issue, transfer, present and surrender relevant original electronic documents such as the B/L. This will result in increased transaction speed, accuracy and control, elimination of paper document fraud risks, automation of doc handling processes and real-time access to relevant trade document data.

Venkatramana Gosavi, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Sales, Infosys Finacle, said: “We launched Finacle Trade Connect with the vision of helping banks simplify trade finance processes. The solution provides higher automation and transparency and enables better decision making for both banks and corporates. The partnership with essDOCS will further enhance the solution and help our clients achieve greater automation.”

Alexander Goulandris, co-CEO essDOCS, added: “We are excited to partner with Infosys Finacle and look forward to jointly accelerating digitization of trade in India plus the wider Asia Pacific region. This partnership not only expands the reach of companies and banks with access to CargoDocs, it also allows users to access a full range of paperless trade solutions within the Finacle platform.”

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Fishbowl partners with Shippo to launch free Fishbowl Shipexpress plugin

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In order to help its customers amid challenging economic times, Fishbowl®, in partnership with Shippo, announced today the availability of its newly redesigned Fishbowl ShipExpress® plugin at no cost. The updated plugin provides access to label printing, tracking, and more from over 50 regional, national and international shipping carriers.

Because of the partnership, the five-cent software service fee for each generated shipping label is waived by Shippo for Fishbowl ShipExpress users. Customers simply create a Shippo account and download the ShipExpress plugin to begin using.

The ShipExpress plugin is valued at $995 and is included at no cost for Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse customers. It adds many new features to the shipping and sales modules.

“We are pleased to offer a powerful new shipping plugin for our customers,” said John David King, CEO of Fishbowl. “Businesses of all sizes need all the help they can get to operate their businesses efficiently through these difficult times.”

Fishbowl ShipExpress features include:

  • Integration with top shippers, such as UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL, and many other regional, national, and international shippers.
  • Batch shipping to speed up the order fulfillment process.
  • Improved shipping rate quote comparisons to ensure you get the best deal.
  • Updated shipping label tool, which allows you to print free labels from Shippo.
  • Signature confirmation to let you know if packages are received by the right people.
  • Shipping insurance for extra protection on expensive items.
  • Shipment tracking to show you each package’s ETA and if there are any delays.
  • Bulk address validation to avoid shipping to the wrong addresses when dealing with a large volume of outgoing packages.
  • USPS Commercial Plus Pricing, which gives you exclusive discounts on USPS shipping rates.
  • No subscription costs, unlike other shipping solutions like Endicia and ShipStation, which charge you on a monthly basis.

“We’re excited to partner with Fishbowl to offer extended shipping functionality in the ShipExpress plugin to Fishbowl customers,” said Mario Paganini, head of marketing at Shippo. “At a time when more and more commerce is taking place online, merchants need the best possible tools to keep up with ever-changing consumer behavior.”

Fishbowl ShipExpress is built into the interface of Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse and immediately available to provide advanced shipping capabilities.

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