New York City is known as the city that never sleeps. It is the hub of commerce by day and the center of nightlife at night. Crowds of people fill the streets, along with a variety of different sized vehicles, all vying for the same precious road space. Streetcar vendors peddle their wares, which may include fashion scarves, leather gloves, counterfeit watches, soft pretzels, roasted nuts, and hot kebabs. Living in New York has its advantages, such as being able to connect with people from every imaginable industry.
In his presentation, Scott Peoples, President, TOS Business Line, Navis -- a terminal operating system (TOS) provider, helped the audience visualise the disparity between container shipping and other sectors by comparing its processes to that of other, more advanced logistics which exist today. Peoples said: "What's amazing to me is, today, I can have a relatively inexpensive consumer good delivered to my doorstep, and I can watch the UPS truck on my cell phone pull up to my doorstep and deliver my $5 package. "Yet, at the same time, if I want to ship a container full of high-value goods half way around the world, I have very little visibility, very little ability to expedite or affect the delivery time, and so the challenge for all of us in this room is we have to change this." Scott Peoples @naviscargo President, TOS Business Line, calls for collaboration #CTAC2018 https://t.co/UAesO4Echx Peoples addressed why the audience had attended the conference, stating that is was probably due to emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI and machine learning, which "all feel a bit mystical to all of us", he said.
Ant Financial, the payment services provider owned by Chinese online retail giant Alibaba, has indicated that it will invest approximately $150 million in Indian firm, Zomato. This places the value of Zomato, a food delivery firm, at $1 billion. Zomato offers its services in a total of 24 countries and will allocate the funds to the improvement of products as well as technology. The investment by the Alibaba unit in Zomato comes in the wake of the e-commerce giant partnering with Singapore's Nanyang Technological University to put up its first joint research center located abroad. The center will focus on the development of artificial intelligence aimed at solving modern challenges such as urban transport and ageing societies.
As for the Graduate Trainee, the job encompassing within Development & Design the whole'value-added' chain involved in practically assisting and helping developing and implementing solutions that meet the needs of the customer. This includes the analysis of functional and technical requirements, and the design and build of solutions that may be in-house, off-the-shelf or through third-parties, as well as to contribute to the provision of any Configuration, Testing, or Documentation services required to successfully integrate and implement the final solution.
Food is a growing, complicated area of ecommerce with lots of room for improvement. It's just not easy to store, pick, and deliver fresh groceries. "This complication is something CommonSense sees as an opportunity," says Elram Goren, CEO and co-founder of CommonSense Robotics. The Israeli robotics company announced today that it raised $20 million in Series A funding, in a round led by Playground Global and including previous investors Aleph VC and Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors. The funds will be used to expand the company and further develop robotics and AI for "micro-fulfillment centers," which are automated grocery fulfillment centers where robots will efficiently store, sort, and process inventory that fit in small warehouses.
Drone delivery is expected to take off big time in the next few years. Chinese online retailer JD.com has already launched drone delivery in four provinces in China, while DHL and Zipline are delivering medicines with drones in rural and hard-to-reach areas. Amazon, Google, and UPS are all working on getting drone delivery service off the ground.
If the idea of swarms of delivery drones dropping packages all over our cities started out as a joke, for some reason the punchline hasn't landed yet. Amazon applied for a patent in 2015 for a command center, like a beehive, plopped into your city, which isn't a worrying metaphor at all. Google has its own program in the works, which at least for the moment involves delivering burritos. Again, if this is a joke, it's got a very long fuse.
Companies like Amazon have big ideas for drones that can deliver packages right to your door. But even putting aside the policy issues, programming drones to fly through cluttered spaces like cities is difficult. Being able to avoid obstacles while traveling at high speeds is computationally complex, especially for small drones that are limited in how much they can carry onboard for real-time processing.
Amazon is doubling down on the grocery-delivery space. On Thursday, the company announced that it would begin offering free two-hour Whole Foods deliveries for Amazon Prime members. The move may transform the grocery industry and could feasibly threaten the business of competitors such as Instacart--with whom Whole Foods has an existing delivery partnership. But it also raises a number of questions about the logistics of such an endeavor and what it could mean for our roadways, neighborhoods, and labor system.