DB Schenker: digitising the warehouse
The Germany-based logistics company, DB Schenker, is renowned for offering innovative supply chain solutions that challenges the status quo.
Having been featured in the February edition of Supply Chain Digital, we take a closer look at how the company is digitising its warehouses.
The importance in embracing the latest technologies in logistics is crucial to continued and sustained success. Implementing technology into warehouses has been a key area of focus for DB Schenker over the past few years. In 2018, DB Schenker and Cisco, a leading technology company, worked together to transform their operations. At the time, Tom Schmitt, Chief Commercial Officer & Member of the Board Contract Logistics at DB Schenker, commented: “We’re thrilled at the collaboration between DB Schenker and Cisco on IoT and digitisation 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.”
In a bid to drive efficiency, the firm has begun to utilise autonomous robots and enhance productivity. It has introduced robots from manufacturing firm Gideon Brothers. “In our drive to offer strategic advantages for our clients in the increasingly complex digital environment, DB Schenker continuously explores opportunities to integrate innovations from visionary start-up companies,” commented Xavier Garijo, Member of the Board for Contract Logistics at Schenker AG. The robots are kitted out with the latest state-of-the-art technology and allow productivity gains without the need to modify facilities.
DB Schenker offers a range of contract logistics products, such as: production, fulfilment, service and aftermarket, e-commerce and value added services. Its products include land transport, air freight, ocean freight, contract logistics, lead logistics and special products. DB Schenker has over 2,000 locations worldwide and employs more than 75,000 people.
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Elon Musk's Boring Co. planning wider tunnels for freight
Elon Musk’s drilling outfit The Boring Company could be shifting its focus towards subterranean freight and logistics solutions, according to reports.
A Boring Co. pitch deck seen and shared by Bloomberg depicts plans to construct wider tunnels designed to accommodate shipping containers.
Founded by Tesla CEO Musk in 2016, the company initially stated its mission was to offer safer, faster point-to-point transport for people, particularly in cities plagued by traffic congestion. It also planned longer tunnels to ferry passengers between popular destinations across the US.
The Boring Co. completed its first commercial project earlier this year in April. The 1.7m tunnel system is designed to move professionals between convention centres in Las Vegas using Tesla EVs. It says the Las Vegas Convention Centre Loop can cut travel time between venues from 45 minutes to just two.
Boring Co.'s new freight tunnels
The Boring Co.'s new tunnel designs would allow freight to be transported on purpose built platforms, labelled as “battery-powered freight carriers”. The document shows that, though the containers could technically fit within its current 12-foot tunnels, wider tunnels would be more efficient. Designs for a new tunnel, 21 feet in diameter, show that they can comfortably accommodate two containers side-by-side, with a one-foot gap between them.
The Boring Co.’s new drilling machine, dubbed Prufrock, can tunnel at a rate of one mile per week, which is six times faster than its previous machine, and is designed to ‘porpoise’ - mimicking the marine animal by ‘diving’ below ground and reemerging once the tunnel is complete.
Tesla’s supply chain woes
Tesla is facing its own supply chain and logistic issues. The EV manufacturer has raised the price of its vehicles, with CEO Musk confirming the incremental hike was a result of “major supply chain pressure”. Musk replied to a disgruntled Twitter user, confused as to why prices were rising while features were being removed from the cars, saying the “raw materials especially” were a big issue.
Car manufacturing continues to be one of the industries hit hardest by a global shortage in semiconductor chips. While China’s chip manufacturing levels hit an all-time high in May, and the US is proposing a 25% tax credit for chip manufacturers, demand still outstrips supply. Automakers including Volkswagen and Audi have again said they expect reduced vehicle output in the next quarter due to a lack of semiconductors, with more factory downtime likely.
Top Image credit: The Boring Company / @boringcompany