Fleet management and transportation giant Ryder System Inc. has partnered with logistics technology providers such as Fetch Robotics to launch three "showcase sites" that demonstrate its use of advanced automation and real-time visibility in warehouse applications, the firm said today.
Miami-based Ryder opened the facilities in the Miami, Dallas, and Chicago markets. The sites feature advanced automation, such as state-of-the-art robotics; autonomous vehicles and drones; sensors and automatic identification tools; and wearable technology, like smart glasses and ring scanners.
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The warehouses were established for "three leading global consumer brands," Ryder said, and are designed to bring together innovative startup technologies and smart capabilities customized to optimize operations and best serve customer needs.
"We are evaluating advanced technology and automation solutions that require minimum investment but deliver maximum return," Steve Sensing, Ryder President of Global Supply Chain Solutions, said in a release. "We focus on technologies that are mobile, flexible, and scalable, so they can flex with changing demands. As Ryder customers continue to face increasing omni-channel fulfillment demands, rising consumer expectations, and a nationwide warehouse labor shortage, we will continue to innovate and automate the parts of the process that make sense."
According to Ryder, the investment is already paying off, as the company described improved statistics in several key performance indicators (KPIs):