Welcome to this week’s news round-up from the world of logistics and supply chain management. It’s been a busy week with further development in the world of drone deliveries and increasing investment in the electric vehicle marketplace.
Fleet of delivery robots launched by Starship Technologies and Sodexo
Sodexo is working with Starship Technologies to offer the students of George Mason University (Fairfax Virginia Campus) a new food delivery service using drones. This new service is on a scale not seen before with 25 robot drones available to service the needs of 40,000 staff and students. The service is accessed via an app where the food is selected first, followed by a location for delivery. The drone’s progress can then be tracked via the app. An alert received by the user indicates the food has arrived and enables the user to unlock the drone to access the food delivery. The drone can carry up to 9kg and is expected to take about 15 minutes to complete each delivery.
Read more: Sodexo & Starship Technologies
RCS Logistics has been rebranded as Rhenus Corby
Following the acquisition of RCS Logistics by Rhenus Logistics, the 3PL storage and distribution specialist has become Rhenus Corby in its latest rebrand this week. The change of name is the final part of a 2-year process in which RCS Logistics, based in Northamptonshire, became a subsidiary to Rhenus UK. Following confirmation of the process, the facility at Corby has been expanded to a total of 440,000 sq ft by Rhenus UK, making it one of the largest in the company’s network.
Read more: RCS Logistics Rebrands
EV market in China benefits from BP investment
BP has furthered its interest in the EV marketplace by investing in the Chinese company PowerShare it has been announced this week. PowerShare is a technology company which provides a platform for operators of charging points and power suppliers to connect with users of electric vehicles. It provides a service to drivers which creates a more streamlined process, beginning with identifying the location of a charge point to being able to pay for the power supply. BP is showing increasing interest in a variety of greener, cleaner technologies and the investment in PowerShare is the latest step in this development.
Read more: BP Invests in Chinese EV Market
Copenhagen Airport to receive investment from DHL Express
DHL Express has announced this week its intention to provide Copenhagen Airport with a new hub which will greatly increase its efficiency and the quality of its service in the region. This represents the largest investment that DHL Express has made in the Nordic region of Europe. 37,000 packages will be processed every hour in the new hub which will also house offices. The increased efficiencies will be provided by systems which are fully automated and operate 24 hours a day. The new investment includes provision for additional jobs. This latest move by DHL Express is part of a program of investment in Denmark and other locations to promote further improvements in efficiency and to support future growth.
Competition makes potential £10,000 of funding available to SMEs
Sensor City, a centre for technical innovation based in Liverpool, has announced a competition this week for small business and start-ups to win a £10,000 investment package. The package includes the opportunity to share workspace in the Sensor City hub and access to specialist facilities, as well as the monetary investment. The investment project will further Sensor City’s commitment to increase British investment in the sensor marketplace as well as build a community of small businesses who are innovation-led. The project aims to increase the SMEs’ competitiveness and boost their ability to innovate.
Read more: Funding Fast Track SME Growth