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New Kuehne + Nagel Innovation Center in Utrecht

Kuehne + Nagel sets up Innovation Centers in Europe and Asia to accelerate digital transformation

innovation centers

With two newly inaugurated Innovation Centers in Utrecht, Netherlands, and Singapore, Kuehne + Nagel is partnering with customers to accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies and advanced supply chain solutions.

The Innovation Center in Utrecht will primarily focus on major automation and innovative picking technologies. Kuehne + Nagel is among the first logistics providers to deploy collaborative robots in operations in line with a partnership with Universal Robots. The Asia Pacific Innovation Center in Singapore will research and deploy new solutions on connected warehouses, with a focus on data analytics and Internet of Things.

Cooperation with universities and start-ups

Both centers hold partnerships with universities, start-ups and organizations to develop innovative supply chain solutions. The centers are open to customers who will get a vivid impression of how new technologies and solutions will impact their supply chains. The innovation centers will also serve as a sandbox to test and rapidly rollout new technologies.

Accelerating digital transformation

Martin Kolbe, Chief Information Officer of Kuehne + Nagel: “We are working on seamless data exchange of different systems to drive automation and to minimize manual efforts. In addition we create new services and interfaces allowing customers to easily connect with Kuehne + Nagel. Applying Big Data and predictive analytics, supply chains can be managed more efficiently and effectively.”

”The innovation centers in Singapore and Utrecht will boost our digital road map by exploring, applying and deploying leading technologies to manage our customers’ supply chains even more efficiently and effectively. The market for contract logistics services is transforming substantially due to the effects of digitalization. With the Innovation Centers we invest in research and new technologies to accelerate this transformation”, said Gianfranco Sgro, Member of the Managing Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG, responsible for Contract Logistics.

Source: Kuehne + Nagel 

5 March 2018

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