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Kerry logistics reinforces its commitment to technological innovation

Kerry Logistics Network Limited strives to reinforce its commitment to technological innovation

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Kerry Logistics Network Limited strives to reinforce its commitment to technological innovation, as demonstrated by its first Hackathon organised in February 2019, when eight teams competed at the two-day event.

Combining robotics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, the teams devised applications for autonomous drones to enhance operational efficiency and accuracy.

The winning team was commended for its outstanding ability to bridge the gap between innovative ideas and practical use. The competitors incorporated innovative technological solutions including autonomous drone navigating and computer vision in their bid to realise the theme of “Drone Warehouse Stocktaking”.

Proposals to adopt advanced technologies such as Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) have also been presented.

The event was a testimony of Kerry Logistics’ dedication to motivating innovation and harnessing creativity as it stepped up to the demands of the digital age. Kerry Logistics has long embraced automation and robotics in its operation and has recently adopted blockchain technology and Internet of Things solutions to optimise supply chain visibility.

Drone Warehouse is one of the six major ingredients in Kerry Logistics’ Warehouse 4.0 initiative for automation, which is the key to improve efficiency amidst increasing labour cost, as well as to enhance the capability to replicate the service level in Hong Kong globally to fulfil customers’ ever-changing demands and expectations.

Wilson Lee, Group Director of Information Technology, Kerry Logistics, said, “Innovation is crucial to the logistics industry, which is all-encompassing and essential to a wide range of business sectors from e-commerce and fashion to manufacturing and high-tech.

The utilisation of advanced technology in our operations helps to foster business sustainability and drive long-term growth. As we have witnessed at the Hackathon, the contestants have demonstrated their attitude of thinking outside the box, which is what innovation is all about.

New perspectives and imagination will enable the existing operational model to evolve and improve, allowing us to maintain our competitive edge in value creation and disrupt the market rather than being disrupted.”

Kerry Logistics sees the Hackathon as a major platform to explore ideas, as well as a way to connect to the younger generations with limitless creativity, and will continue to maintain such a platform internally and externally to push forward the innovative mindset in all Kerry Logistics associates.

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Anchorage Launch Services signs lease for new commercial dock space at Port of Kalama

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Port of Kalama announced that Anchorage Launch Services has signed a contract to lease the Port’s new commercial dock and operate their maritime transportation services. The new tenant will use the dock as its Anchorage Launch Services Terminal to provide light cargo and commercial passenger services to the maritime shipping industry on the Columbia River from Astoria to Portland/Vancouver—and everywhere in between. Anchorage Launch Services delivers supplies, goods and products to ships to keep their operations moving efficiently.

“There is not a facility like the Port of Kalama’s commercial wharf on the entire Columbia River—this exceptional centrally-located facility includes a crane and forklift to keep us operating 24/7, 365 days a year and that enables us to serve ships more efficiently than ever,” says Alex Scott, chief operating officer, Anchorage Launch Services. “This new facility and home for our operations raises the bar on what we can offer our clients—our new terminal will save untold amounts of time and dollars for the maritime industry. This could not be a better location to serve commerce on the entire river.”

The Port modified and refurbished components of a barge to develop the long-planned commercial dock last year and prepare for a maritime client including furnishing and installing bulkheads, bullrails, fenders, ladders, new spud piles and a gangway landing platform.

“We are incredibly excited to have a maritime service provider like Anchorage Launch Services serving clients from our new commercial wharf,” says Troy Stariha, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “Not only will their presence here better serve our visiting commercial ships—and those at ports along the Columbia River—but the growing business will add local jobs and contribute to the local economy as operations get underway. We are delighted they have chosen the Port of Kalama to call home.”

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LATAM Cargo Group to double operations between Colombia and The United States and enhance operations in Peru

Latin America’s leader in air cargo transportation announced a significant increase in its operations in the Colombian and Peruvian markets.

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Latin America’s leader in air cargo transportation announced a significant increase in its operations in the Colombian and Peruvian markets.

The expansion out of Colombia is expected to consolidate LATAM Cargo as a one of the main players in the region’s largest export market. Meanwhile the additional services into Bogota and Lima will boost the Company’s position in two strategic import markets.

LATAM Cargo Colombia plans to add 12 frequencies between Bogota and Miami and, as a consequence, the Company is expected to double its operations between Colombia and the Unites States. Import operations into Colombia will also expand as the Company will increase its freighter operations between Miami and Bogota to eight flights per week. The expansion in Colombia will take place gradually between September and December.

LATAM Cargo will also expand its operations into Peru significantly. In September, the Company will initiate freighter service from Miami to Lima with two flights per week. Additionally, in December LATAM Airlines Peru will upgrade its passenger service from Madrid to Lima from Boeing 767 to Boeing 787-9 aircraft, tripling its cargo capacity.

The growth of freighter operations will be possible thanks to the addition of two Boeing 767-300BCF, bringing LATAM Cargo Group’s fleet to 11 aircraft. While the first one joined LATAM Cargo Colombia’s fleet in July of this year, the second one is expected to start operations in December 2019.

“The expansion into Colombia and Peru is fully aligned with LATAM Cargo Group’s long-term network strategy. The new services to Bogota and Lima, and the expansion out of Colombia, will enable us to consolidate our network as the most comprehensive into South America. Combined with LATAM Group’s passenger network we plan to continue to provide our customers with more and better options to, from and within Latin America”, said Andres Bianchi, LATAM Cargo’s CEO.

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