FedEx plans to create common logistics standards in association with BiTA

FedEx partners with BiTA to create transparency and security through blockchain

Blockchain for logistics is the talk of the town, with multinational corporations pushing for pilot programs and undertaking initiatives to gain leverage in the market space. FedEx, being a global leader in logistics and as a company known for its eagerness to innovate and stay ahead of the curve, has joined Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA).

FedEx has its reasons to keep a tab on technologies that can usher greater transparency and data security to logistics processes. The company comes into the blockchain sphere in the wake of a high-profile cyber attack on its TNT express branch in Europe last year. Reports indicate that the integration of TNT into FedEx operations would cost the company a whopping $1.4 billion over the next four years – a number that was revised from an initial forecast of $800 million.

FreightWaves spoke with Dale Chrystie, vice president of strategic planning & analysis at FedEx Freight, and Kevin Humphries, senior vice president of IT at FedEx Services earlier this week, about the prospects of blockchain and how they look at FedEx’s association with BiTA.

“We are proud to be a founding member of BiTA and the BiTA standards board, because we want to work on developing common standards around blockchain technology in the transportation industry,” says Chrystie. “We continually try to enhance the customer’s experience, and blockchain is tied to that. We try to make it easy for our customers to do business with us. Since the technology is around making data more secure and transparent, we see that it holds a lot of promise.”

“FedEx has a long history of innovation in the logistics space since the beginning,” adds Humphries. “One of our focuses has always been to find innovative ways to provide the kind of visibility that our customers need to get all the information up and down the supply chain. And blockchain is opening the door to that by giving customers even more visibility to their package before it gets in our hands and after it leaves our hands.”

By many counts, the blockchain revolution cuts parallels to the time when people woke up to the idea of the internet. Companies have realized the amount of data that supply chains create every day and the potential of the existing data pile they are sitting on. In that regard, safety and transparency of data are of utmost importance, leading to the significance of blockchain.

“We have millions of records a day in our system, and we think of blockchain as a secure chain of custody that could transform the logistics industry. We believe it holds a lot of promise in that space and would streamline all that data exchange in a very secure way,” explains Chrystie.

“The nature of the distributed ledger and having common definitions & standards is something that is applicable from origin to destination in the supply chain. So we are pretty hopeful that blockchain will have many use cases,” adds Humphries.

FedEx is also looking to work on some blockchain pilot programs, with some of them already underway. “Our early work is in dispute resolution, where we have customers both upstream and downstream from us, trying to speak back in a common language. We are trying to determine if that data is common and in some cases, we as carriers, don’t necessarily have all the data that we would like to have,” notes Chrystie. “And if we could agree on these elements and standards, we think we can drive a lot of efficiency in the process, and that’s just one example.”

FedEx is developing a few pilots to make sure it has an edge in the technology. Pilot programs help the company grow its knowledge on technology implementation across different platforms and also in understanding its scalability and performance characteristics, believes Humphries.

Although blockchain is still in its nascent stages of growth, it looks like it is here to stay. “I would foundationally go back to the fact that it is innovation,” concludes Chrystie. “Innovation is in our DNA at FedEx. We have been at the cutting edge for decades, and at this point, we think blockchain is a fantastic technology coming along, and we certainly want to play in this space.”

Via Frieghtwaves

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THE LISTER MOTOR COMPANY MAKES THUNDER WITH THE LAUNCH OF IT’S NEW 200+ MPH SUPERCAR

  • All-British specialist sports car maker The Lister Motor Company to reveal its first new model for the 21st Century at the 2018 Historic Motorsport International at ExCel, London, on Thursday 15th February
  • Dubbed Thunder, as a logical successor to the cult Lister Le Mans of 25 years ago, this new Lister will be the most rapid, powerful and luxurious Lister ever made in the Company’s 65 years
  • Just 99 examples of the bespoke Thunder will be built, priced from £139,950
  • The Thunder supercar will join Lister’s existing sports car programme, which includes the first ever fully road compliant version of its landmark Knobbly, built to the model’s original 1950s specification
  • Other recent significant ’new’ Lister sports car continuation models include the magnesium-bodied Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition, plus the aerodynamic Costin, which will also be making its ExCel debut at the Historic Motorsport International show on the Lister stand
  • The new Thunder will be built alongside each of these continuation Lister models at the historic George Lister Engineering factory in Cambridge, where the Company’s original chassis jigs are still used
  • Lister – Britain’s oldest surviving racing car company – was named the fastest-growing company in the UK’s competitive motor industry business sector in 2017 by leading independent financial analysis specialists

British specialist sports car maker – The Lister Motor Company – is next month set to reveal the fastest, most powerful and luxurious car it has ever built in the legendary Cambridgeshire marque’s 65-year history, with the launch of the Lister Thunder.

The Thunder will be unveiled exclusively next month at Historic Motorsport International, staged at London’s ExCeL, from 15th-18th of February, where full details of this exciting new limited-production Lister supercar for the 21st Century will be revealed.

To whet the appetite of all true petrol heads, Lister can reveal that the aptly-named Thunder will have a top speed in excess of 200mph, with a blistering 0-62mph acceleration in just over three seconds, and a storming 666 bhp! Potential Lister Thunder buyers will need to be just as quick off the mark, as just 99 examples of this desirable new model will be built, with prices starting at £139,950.

Founded by talented businessman and racer Brian Lister 65-years ago, Cambridge-based Lister has always had strong competition ties to Jaguar. Its iconic Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ sports car – an aluminium bodied racer powered by a Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-type 3.4-litre, straight-six engine – enjoyed notable track successes when raced by Stirling Moss, among others, in the late 1950s. More recently, the Lister Storm, first launched 25 years ago in road car form, used Jaguar V12 power to win the FIA World GT Championship in 2000.

Harking back to this illustrious racing heritage, the eagerly-anticipated Thunder will follow the proud 65-year-long Lister tradition of sports cars based around the superb mechanicals of Jaguar’s finest performance models, with the acclaimed Jaguar F-type providing the all-new Thunder’s base.

While the full specification for the Lister Thunder will remain secret until its London reveal, Lister can confirm that power from the showroom model’s supercharged 5.0-litre V8 has been carefully tuned by Lister’s expert engineers.

The Thunder’s bespoke coachwork enhancements have been carefully overseen by Lister’s CEO and owner Lawrence Whittaker and have been produced to standards that match or exceed original equipment. The carbon fibre front bumper is custom made, with an extended splitter giving greater down force. Lister vents adorn the bonnet and stylish Lister decals fit neatly on the side panels of the car, with the grille centre, decals and callipers exactly matching the interior combination.

The rear bumper is also bespoke featuring a carbon fibre design, which houses the enlarged rear Lister carbon exhaust tips that give a thundery note when pressed. A solid brass Lister badge adorns the rear spoiler, chromed for the best effect. At the front, a beautifully enamelled green and yellow racing Lister badge sits perfectly in the front grille. A carbon fibre bonnet will be available as an option, with a retro-fit carbon fibre kit also to be offered exclusively by Lister for existing Jaguar F-Type models from £19,950.

The Lister’s custom interior is finished in the UK’s most expensive Bridge of Weir Nappa hide, and is available in 36 colours. Lister logos are stitched into the headrests and the seat pattern echo’s the car’s grille. The dashboard, door cards, roof lining and steering wheel are all hand stitched in matching Nappa leather, with the seats, dashboard and roof lining all hand finished with a contrast stitching to match the accents of the exterior.

Lister, Britain’s oldest surviving racing car company, exhibited at last February’s inaugural Historic Motorsport International, promoting both its race and pioneering fully road-legal continuation model versions of the seminal Lister Knobbly.

Speaking of the exciting new Thunder’s launch in mid-February, Lawrence Whittaker, CEO of the revitalised Lister Motor Company, says:

“We came to the inaugural ExCel show last year and it was one of the best shows we have attended, quickly selling a new Knobbly whilst on the stand!”

He continues

“That is why we have chosen this year’s follow-up event at ExCel to launch the exciting new Lister Thunder, which will mark the first car from our revised Jaguar tuning programme.”

Whittaker adds,

“Like Brabus and AMG with Mercedes and Alpina with BMW, we are hoping to become synonymous once again with tuning Jaguar vehicles, giving customers new enhanced, bespoke performance and design alternatives to Jaguar’s acclaimed model programme. Although we are not directly affiliated with Jaguar Land Rover, Lister has a Jaguar tuning heritage dating back 65 years. Our new Lister Thunder is the fastest and most powerful Lister ever created with a 208mph top speed and 0-100 time of just 6.8 seconds. I am utterly proud of what we have achieved, and the Thunder is just the beginning!”

Recognising Lister’s continuing growth and innovation, last year the Cambridgeshire sports car specialist was named the fastest growing company within the competitive British motor industry business sector, according to independent analysis results by leading British business finance specialists. Plimsoll Publishing Limited.

To-date Lister remains unique in being the only automotive company making original specification continuation cars that are eligible for fully-legal registration and road use. Unlike other continuation specials, which are strictly limited to track use only, the road legal Lister Knobbly is fully eligible for IVA type approval.

In addition, Lister has also revealed two other significant new models over the past 18-months; the highly-desirable magnesium-bodied Knobbly Stirling Moss Edition, plus the aerodynamic Costin continuation model that is also due to appear at ExCel next month, sharing exhibition space with the new Thunder.

Via Lister

NEW GEFCO BRANDING HIGHLIGHTS NEW AMBITIONS FOR RECENTLY TRANSFORMED GROUP

gefco-logistics-supply-chain-transport-partners-unlimited-new-logoGEFCO, a global provider of industrial supply-chain services and the European leader in automotive logistics, has revamped its brand identity with an updated logo and brand-new signature. GEFCO’s new brand signature, Partners, unlimited reflects the Group’s ambition of reinforcing cooperation with partners and customers to create more value across the global supply chain. In the coming years, GEFCO will also pursue growth through international expansion and innovation, aiming to always go the extra mile in a fast changing-market. 

A major transformation, with expansions into new markets

Since its change in shareholding in 2012, GEFCO has reinforced its activities to cover a wider scope, from freight transport by road, air, rail and sea to fourth-party logistics (4PL). GEFCO’s promise is to free its clients from their logistical burdens and help transform their supply chain into a value chain. With this in mind, the company has developed new activities, such as GEFCO Industrial Services, which manages high-value modular sub-assembly operations at its clients’ manufacturing plants.

While maintaining a significant volume of business with PSA, its historical customer, GEFCO has diversified its client portfolio on the automotive market and opened up to other industrial sectors. These new sectors (aviation, manufacturing, heavy equipment, energy, life sciences and healthcare, fashion, consumer goods, food and electronics, etc.), now account for approximately one third of GEFCO’s revenues.

GEFCO has also expanded its global footprint in 60 countries.
Thanks to its 13,000 employees of 90 nationalities, the Group now serves 300 destinations worldwide.

GEFCO’s organic growth has been accompanied by strong external growth. In particular, the integration of IJS Global in 2015 has enabled the company to boost its Freight Forwarding service offering and consolidate its presence in China, South-East Asia and the United States. More recently, in January 2018, GEFCO Group acquired Spanish company GLT to reinforce its position in the booming Europe-Morocco import-export market. The Group will pursue its strategy of targeted acquisitions, supported by an extremely healthy financial situation.

Updated branding to reflect a unique culture and strong ambition

GEFCO’s updated branding is the result of a two-year company-wide project to research its DNA and to better understand what makes the brand unique to its customers and partners. In essence, what sets GEFCO apart is a culture we call “Infinite Proximity” supported by a determination to build long-lasting relationships through cooperation to earn trust and create more value across the supply chain.

Luc Nadal, President of the GEFCO Management Board, commented: “Our open-mindedness, combined with our ability to listen and learn from our partners, means we always go the extra mile. Our updated branding reflects this, with a new logo and signature. The new yellow box with our brand name represents a window onto the world, while our new signature, Partners, unlimited, expresses our ambition and reaffirms our commitment to our customers and partners.”

The word “Partners” conveys the cooperative mindset in which GEFCO builds relationships with its ecosystem (customers, suppliers and employees), based on proximity and shared growth. “Unlimited” expresses the company’s aim of continually pushing back the boundaries in terms of expertise, geographical scope, sustainable growth, creativity… and of course innovation!

A focus on innovation

GEFCO operates in a constantly changing environment, with fast-evolving customer needs and market geographies, increasingly complex social and environmental regulation, and disruptive digital technologies that are transforming production processes and consumer lifestyles.

For some years now, GEFCO has been integrating new technologies into its supply chain management. In particular, the Internet of Things (IoT) helps the company offer high-value services, especially in terms of traceability, while big data is facilitating planning and optimizing logistics to offer both savings and environmental benefits.

More recently, to meet the needs of consumers who are increasingly looking for ultra-personalized services, GEFCO has developed My Car Is There, a service enabling end-clients to manage the delivery of their new vehicles through a mobile app.

To unlock creative energy at GEFCO, the Group is launching an Innovation Academy with the aim of identifying innovative employee projects and providing the right resources to support their development.

GEFCO is taking a “test and learn” approach to monitoring innovations such as “clean” engines, warehouse robots and 3D-printed spare parts. Finally, the Group is engaged in a process of shared innovation through cooperation with accelerators and incubators, and directly with start-ups, schools and laboratories. This cooperative approach will enable GEFCO to grow in areas as diverse as e-carpooling and online maintenance/repair service centres for consumers.

Luc Nadal concluded: “The supply chain market will continue to undergo a spectacular transformation. New solutions are disrupting the automotive market: electric engines today, hydrogen engines tomorrow, and shared/autonomous vehicles in the not-so-distant future. We need to stay ahead of the curve by integrating these innovations and offering our clients the best technical solutions at the right time and price. In a way, we will be switching our approach to managing innovation from responding to change to effectively anticipating it. Our new brand signature reflects our commitment to continually push back the boundaries and pursuing our path to excellence and growth.”

Via gefco.net

UDELV MAKES WORLD’S FIRST PUBLIC ROAD TEST DELIVERY FROM ITS AUTONOMOUS LAST-MILE DELIVERY VEHICLE

SAN MATEO, CALIF. January 30, 2018 —udelv, a Burlingame, Calif. company, pulled the wraps off its autonomous, last-mile delivery vehicle today and made the world’s first public road test deliveries from Draeger’s Market in San Mateo to two nearby customers. The 2.5-mile loop with traffic lights, lane changes, unsignalized left turns and two delivery stops, was accomplished flawlessly. In compliance with existing California regulations, the vehicle was supervised by a safety driver and in test mode.

The distinctive orange customized vehicle is built on a fully electric powertrain and features 18 secure cargo compartments with automatic doors using a cloud-based proprietary technology that is shared between the vehicle, customers and merchants. In its current configuration, the vehicle can drive for up to 60 miles per cycle and can load up to 700 pounds of cargo.

A dedicated application is available on iOS to track and potentially reschedule deliveries, with an Android version to be released soon.

To complement its autonomous driving technology and ensure reliability of the service, udelv also created an ultra-low latency teleoperations system to monitor and control the vehicles remotely and allow for overrides and human-assisted guidance in unique situations.

udelv anticipates that its new vehicle will bring forth a dramatic drop in the cost of local deliveries, add delivery window flexibility and significantly reduce carbon footprint. Clean and affordable deliveries, combined with returns made easy, will meaningfully improve people’s daily lives.

“Deliveries are the perfect first application for autonomous vehicles,” said Daniel Laury, CEO of udelv. “Customers simply open the locker with a press of a button on their mobile device and the vehicle heads on its way to the next delivery or back to the store.”

“This is a historic revolution in transportation. We are reinventing deliveries. McKinsey estimates that 80 percent of all package deliveries will be autonomous in the next decade,” added Laury. “I am very proud that udelv is first and leads this revolution.”

“Our customers are very tech-savvy,” said Richard Draeger, owner, Draeger’s Market. “We look forward to adding the udelv autonomous vehicle and its cost reduction factor to our delivery fleet.”

The company, with several technology patents pending, is planning to test dozens of udelv vehicles on the roads in a few states within a short timeframe.

udelv is planning to use a subscription business model to roll out its vehicle fleet.

Led by Laury and CTO Akshat Patel, former Tesla and Apple special projects engineer manager, udelv is listed on the California DMV Autonomous Vehicle Tester Program under the name of CarOne LLC. The company is funded by a group of investors that includes prominent U.S. and international venture capital funds as well as private investors.

The company can be found online at www.udelv.com.

Honeywell Provides Fuel Made From Mustard Seeds For Trans-Pacific Flight

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DES PLAINES, Ill.Jan. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) UOP today announced that Qantas Airlines operated a 13,000-km flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia using Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™. The flight was the first between the U.S. and Australia to use this fuel, which was manufactured from Carinata seeds engineered by Agrisoma Biosciences.

Fuel for the flight was produced by AltAir Paramount LLC using Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Jet Fuel™ process technology, which converts non-edible animal fats and oils into renewable fuels. The Carinata seeds used for the fuel are a non-edible industrial mustard seed. They are pressed and yield half their weight in oils that are then refined into jet fuel.

“Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can replace as much as half of the petroleum jet fuel used in flight, without any changes to the aircraft technology, and still meet ASTM specifications,” said Dave Cepla, senior director of Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Energy & Chemicals business. “Depending on the feedstock, this fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 85 percent versus petroleum jet fuel.”

Qantas established a partnership with Agrisoma to promote Carinata as a crop for Australian farmers, specifically as a renewable feedstock for making commercial aviation biofuel. The first such commercial seed crop is expected to harvest in 2020.

“Farmers can grow Carinata with the same equipment as wheat and canola, and it can be grown in the off-season to replenish field nutrients,” said Steve Fabijanski President and CEO of Agrisoma. “And while they produce a high oil content, the meal left over from the oil extraction is an excellent high-protein feed for livestock.”

AltAir, which converted the Carinata oil into jet fuel, operates the world’s first commercial-scale renewable jet fuel plant at the AltAir Paramount refinery in Paramount, Calif. The plant produces 35 million gallons per year of renewable fuels, including Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process, which produces fuels that are chemically identical to petroleum-based fuels.

Honeywell UOP (www.uop.com) is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. Honeywell UOP is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also includes Honeywell Process Solutions (www.honeywellprocess.com), a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, chemical and other industries.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally.  Our technologies help everything from aircraft, cars, homes and buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.  For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

Source: Honeywell