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Panalpina IoT and supply chain: products will plan their own journey [Forwarder]

Can you imagine a world in which products plan their own journeys around the globe? Panalpina and Bosch can. And not only are they imagining it, they are working on the solution. In his keynote presentation during this year’s Bosch Connected World, Stefan Karlen, CEO of Panalpina provided a public demonstration of how the latest IoT technologies in use and those being developed will shape tomorrow’s supply chains – IoT connected supply chains.

During his speech, Stefan introduced how Panalpina, a long-term strategic partner of Bosch and early adopter of IoT, is changing the way supply chains work with tools such as Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT).

Connected supply chains

Supply chain doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone and many ideas about supply-chain connectivity in the logistics industry are outdated.

As technology advances, consumer expectations change faster. People now expect real-time communication everywhere. They want real-time visibility of their taxi, and tracking and express delivery of their online orders.

And the expectations of Panalpina’s business customers are also changing. Back in 2009 when the company introduced its SmartView connected sensors for high-value and pharmaceutical shipments worldwide, these were the exception. Today, an increasing number of customers expect real-time visibility for every shipment.

It doesn’t end there. Time tolerance is changing too. “We know from studies by the Panalpina Centre for Manufacturing and Logistics Research at Cardiff University that customers expect products to arrive within a maximum of 48 hours. That time window is only getting shorter and has implications across to the whole supply chain. To provide the best service we need to know the exact location of every product and shipment, to know immediately if there is a problem and react to it in time,” said Stefan.

An end-to-end supply chain

Whether it is jeans and shirts, electronic gadgets or even perishables, the food and raw materials we need are often taken for granted. Many consumers are not aware of the extraordinary journey these go through to reach their final destination around the world and that involves crossing borders and changing between planes, ships, trains and trucks in a clockwork operation.

And there is more. Before those journeys even take place, Panalpina helps its customers manufacture and repair products locally, predicts optimal inventories, builds e-commerce platforms for their digital sales channels, and even integrates 3D printing into global supply chains.

“This is what supply chain is for Panalpina. It’s much more than moving products, it’s about connecting the world: connecting places, connecting goods and people, connecting manufacturers, buyers and sellers. It’s an end-to-end supply chain,” added Stefan.

Shipments could organize their own journeys

As expectations changed, the availability and intelligence of devices needed changes too. Think mobile phones – they went from exclusive but fairly limited portable working tools for business people to smart and widespread everyday gadgets for everyone on a global scale. IoT in the supply chain is following a similar pattern as mobile telecommunications in society. Modern tracking devices are on the verge of being both smart and everywhere, going from scarce and expensive to widespread and cheap.

But IoT shouldn’t just be about gathering more data in real time. Data by itself isn’t useful. The supply chain industry needs to apply its knowledge to the new data that IoT brings to produce useful information that will allow for products to “make their own decisions.”

“We are still some way before products are able to organize their own journeys, but today I am excited to show a little insight into our latest collaboration with Bosch to accelerate IoT,” commented Stefan.

IoT usage to explode

Provided by Bosch, BLE sensors use a low energy version of the Bluetooth standard and can monitor temperature and shock, among other parameters. BLE technology is currently available and used by Panalpina in a variety of applications, including tracking.

NB-IoT sensors, like the ones provided by Deutsche Telekom for this presentation, are prototypes and therefore exceptionally large compared to the devices we will see in future production. This technology is just about to reach maturity, with NB-IoT networks scheduled to be switched on across Europe this year. NB-IoT and other similar “low power wide area” technology is likely to lead to an explosion in IoT usage.

As more products are equipped with IoT sensors, they will become smarter. They will rely less on people to plan their journeys, and will increasingly work together and make their own decisions on which route to take, which transport mode to use, about how best to respond in case of any unforeseen events.

IoT, together with other developing technologies, such as 5G, blockchain and machine learning, will revolutionize connectivity between products in the near future in the same way that smart phones have revolutionized connectivity between people in the previous two decades. At Panalpina, we are very excited by what the future holds and how we can connect with our customers’ products.

Posted at 22:17   パーマリンク

Panalpina Connecting the world – combining technologies: 5 great IoT reads [Forwarder]


The IoT connects devices to make them more efficient and involves accessing, storing, and processing data from multiple sources in cloud networks.
This year’s top Internet of Things (IoT) event is around the corner. Bosch Connected World – the internet of things conference is the fifth iteration of the annual event hosted by the Bosch Group and will take place February 21-22 at STATION-Berlin. The purpose of Bosch Connected World is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections needed to thrive in IoT. In the spirit of interconnectedness, we decided to share five stories that look at the present and future of IoT so that you can warm up to the event and make the most of it. Enjoy!

Predictive Analytics And Machine Learning AI In The Retail Supply Chain

HuffPost, Bernard Marr

With IoT everything is connected and capable of collecting and sharing data on functionality and operations. And it all can be measured. With the use of advanced analytics tools such as machine learning, a device can be rigorously interrogated until it gives up all the secrets on how it works, and how it interacts with every other part of an operation. For an inventory, all sorts of data – origins, transit routes, times when it is scanned or its location and status – can be collected and reported using RF (radio frequency) tags. Machine learning models could make predictions about any aspect of the operation based on that data, basically reducing the likelihood of order delays to a classification problem. In-depth simulations can be run, allowing the implications and effects of delays or missed deadlines to be assessed before they become an issue even if they can’t be entirely eliminated due to external factors. In such cases, action can be taken to warn potentially affected customers who will likely appreciate a notice when a shipment is to be delayed instead of being left waiting.

Internet of Things: Complexity breeds risk

Business World, Carlo Kristle G. Dimarucut

It is estimated that the number of connected devices globally will exceed 50 billion by 2020. This means a large new ground for security vulnerabilities will be exposed to illegal activities, bringing major risks for consumers and businesses.The commercial implementation of IoT is on the increase. In retail and merchandising, for example, current implementation includes warehouse automation and robotics, where fulfillment is driven by online and in-store customer demand. Smart shelves in stores can deal with low inventory or forecast perishables expiration. Real-time analytics is being used to replenish stock and forecast trends. And the same applies to other industries. Power distribution companies utilize smart infrastructure to remotely administer distribution devices, better match load demand with supply, and give customers real-time and granular energy consumption data.However, transitioning to these new applications for technology poses significant cybersecurity threats if not managed properly.

Trusted IoT Alliance aims to accelerate union of blockchain, IoT

Internet of Things Institute, Courtney Bjorlin

“At the end of the day, IoT won’t work if there’s no trust. I think that’s a key driver for companies to bring together these two different perspectives, to help us make the world of physical more secure and more reliable,” said Dirk Slama, vice president and chief alliance officer for Bosch Software. Bosch sees the combination of blockchain, and any kind of ledger-based technology, and IoT as extremely interesting. The company is part of the Trusted IoT Alliance that aims to develop and set the standard for open source blockchain protocol to support IoT technology, allowing companies from different industries to leverage blockchain networks for IoT independent of the underlying technology. The resulting trusted IoT ecosystem would link cryptographic and registrant identities, along with metadata, to give objects the equivalent of digital, transferable “birth certificates” that can be inventoried and managed across blockchain networks.

4 Technology Trends That Will Transform Our World in 2018

Fortune, Jay Samit

The biggest mistake most forecasts make is underestimating the potential for fast growth in our hyper-connected world. Blockchain can make IoT devices even more useful as it creates a digital record across hundreds or thousands of computers, vastly reducing the risk of hacking. Combining IoT with blockchain —or BIoT— will bring a whole range of new services and businesses. For example, BIoT can be used to track shipments of pharmaceuticals and to create smart cities in which connected heating systems better control energy use and connected traffic lights better manage rush hour. Other innovations include Application Programming Interfaces, or software used to connect different databases and computer services. Combined with the BIoT, it will be as easy to get data from sensors in a warehouse as accessing websites on our mobile phones. When manufacturers, retailers, regulators, and transportation companies have real-time data from sensors embedded on products, trucks and ships, everyone in the distribution chain can benefit from insights that they were previously unable to get. Today’s disruptive innovations rely on existing infrastructure for mobile devices that puts most companies just a few clicks from billions of consumers. With BIoT, companies and consumers can be assured that their most valuable data on the blockchain cannot be hacked.

The lonely future of buying stuff

Bloomberg, Justin Bachman

“It’s 2036. We’ve automated ourselves out of shopping and shipping. Here’s how it happened.” Interesting premise, right? In a not-too-distant future, current tools and ideas may have reached a point where fulfilling our online consumption no longer requires any humans. In two decades people will have been entirely removed from the logistics business, which will be coordinated by machines and software. Making shoes will become a robot’s craft. Creating, selling, transporting and buying consumer goods will require just one significant human –the consumer– plus a few here and there to oversee assembly and perform maintenance. This future journey is an attempt to show one how different technologies may reshape the retail world.

Posted at 22:11   パーマリンク


Panalpina adds three agents to Perishables Network [Forwarder]

Three long-standing agents of Panalpina in Asia and the Americasare becoming full members of the company’s Perishables Network. Nominated for their outstanding record following years of cooperation and a thorough vetting process, Cropa (Guatemala and Honduras), MIT Cargo (Sri Lanka) and TML (Pakistan) reached a respective agreement during Fruit Logistica 2018 in Berlin to intensify their cooperation with Panalpina in order to create new end-to-end solutions for customers and expand the perishables business.

By working more closely with its agents Panalpina aims to develop consistent standards for perishables logistics across the world. “In the perishables industry, shippers and local forwarders have traditionally followed their own practices. By working more closely together with our agents, we can establish our own standard and create a reliable and uniform environment for our customer where they enjoy the same experience wherever they may be,” explains Colin Wells, global head of Perishables at Panalpina.

As infrastructure and production techniques for fresh produce improve in many origin countries, new transport routes and equipment, better packaging and more varied products can also drive market opportunities for Panalpina’s agents. “For the new member agents, our Perishables Network is a door opener for the global market. Together we can create new end-to-end solutions for their customers and expand the perishables business,” says Marco Spiess, global agent relations manager at Panalpina.

Guatemala and Honduras

Panalpina's agent in Central America since 1985, Cropa has offices in Guatemala and Honduras, an extended portfolio of perishables services and a complete warehousing structure in El Salvador. The number one perishable export from is bananas. Others include snow peas, berries, baby vegetables, asparagus, melon, mangoes, limes, shrimp, and pineapples.

Sri Lanka

MIT Cargo has been Panalpina’s agent in Sri Lanka since 1988. Its perishables operations include 24/7 temperature-controlled warehousing facilities at the Air Cargo Village within Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s top perishable exports are fruits and vegetables, fish, seafood, foliage, and cut flowers.


Operating out of Karachi, Pakistan, TML has been Panalpina’s agent since 2012. TML has state-of-the-art reefer equipment backed by an experienced team offering expert handling and tailored multi-modal year-round transportation of fresh and frozen goods. Pakistan’s top perishables exports by air are mangoes, vegetables, meat, and seafood. By ocean these also include seafood, as well as mandarins, potatoes, and onions.

Panalpina plans to add more agents to the Perishables Network throughout 2018, especially in Africa.

Posted at 16:47   パーマリンク


Panalpina and e-commerce disruption in perishables [Forwarder]


"New virtual e-tailers are coming up in the next few years that none of us have even heard of," says Colin Wells, global head of perishables at Panalpina.
Highlighting a 42-ton, 10-flight shipment of frozen guacamole completed in record time, an Air Cargo World feature on forwarders and e-commerce in perishables saw Panalpina’s Colin Wells and Quint Wilken elaborate on the state of the sector.

Answering whether Amazon would not be a factor, Wells, global head of perishables at Panalpina said that “as we stand at the moment, Amazon has had very little impact. The people at Amazon have to develop their forwarding logistics footprint, whereas if you look at Panalpina, we’ve already got an established forwarding and logistics platform.”

However, Wells pointed out that the Amazon/Whole Foods deal will send ripples through the perishables business in the form of a wake-up call. “A number of importers and growers and other retailers are finally realizing they need to do something sooner rather than later by viewing perishables on a global scale rather than just a country-centric solution.”

Wells added that Amazon is not yet seen as a major threat in this sector. “If anything, I embrace [the Amazon/Whole Foods deal], because the industry needs changing. We believe there’s going to be new virtual e-tailers coming up in the next few years that none of us have even heard of [and] they are going to need choice. Amazon will have their own solution, and therefore we believe that Panalpina will be well-positioned to actually offer solutions to non-Amazon retailers.”

As one of the most active players in the perishables M&A scene, Panalpina “has been very strategic [with] some smaller acquisitions, some bigger,” Wells added. “The mergers are really being done to create a true perishables network that allows us to offer a potential customer – be it at origin or destination – an end-to-end solution. Panalpina truly is in a good position where we can offer a one-stop shop.”

Like the guacamole going from Mexico to the UK. “These shipments demonstrate how Panalpina can fully manage the cool chain from door to door,” said Quint Wilken, head of perishables for Panalpina in Europe.

Posted at 21:44   パーマリンク

DB Schenker Collaborates with Cisco to Reveal the Internet of Things [Forwarder]


Digitization will change societies, and therefore logistics: changing the way we move, store, and secure goods around the world. DB Schenker and Cisco believe that the changes in transportation, warehousing, customs, and last mile delivery are massive, pervasive, and are already altering the way both companies do business worldwide. DB Schenker and Cisco aim to drive this transformation together, and continue their leadership of innovation in their respective industries.

The teams have joined forces to examine technologies that unleash new opportunities to optimize warehouse and transportation processes. A joint Innovation Lab is open and set up in our warehouse in Houston, Texas to test and commercialize new technologies for logistics. Schenker and Cisco are testing cutting edge technologies, including:

Sensor-based solutions
Real-time locationing systems
Robotics and automation
Smart devices
Video analytics
Augmented Reality
Energy and Asset Management
Facial Recognition
The applications are developed by both Cisco and DB Schenker. Following entry into the Innovation Lab, applications and products are thoroughly tested by DB Schenker employees in a warehouse environment. During the trial phase, the team assesses both technical feasibility and the value proposition within a warehousing and supply chain environment.

”We’re thrilled at the collaboration between DB Schenker and Cisco on IoT and digitization for logistics. We have developed many technologies together that we think are groundbreaking for the industry. The work in the Innovation Lab has allowed us to determine how certain new technologies can be developed to change the way we do Logistics and Supply Chain dramatically. DB Schenker has a thorough understanding of the complex requirements for innovative logistics solutions. With our expertise and strong commitment, we are supporting Cisco in shaping the future of logistics”, says Tom Schmitt, Chief Commercial Officer & Member of the Board Contract Logistics at DB Schenker.

According to Senior Director of Cisco Global Logistics Jack Allen, "Cisco aspires to change the logistics industry. The roots of the technology in the logistics industry date back as far as 700 years. We believe that by applying many of the concepts of digitization in the Internet age, we can make that transformation happen. We're excited about working with the best companies in the world, like Schenker, to truly change the way we move and store goods globally. These kinds of collaborations will allow us to dramatically improve the way we do logistics and, we hope, will allow us to improve logistics around the world.”

Posted at 21:32   パーマリンク

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