Aussie supermarket giant Coles has digitalised its supply chain with Internet of Things (IoT) tech, deploying a solution from Loscam and Thinxtra to monitor the location of and measure shock for 4,500 smart food bins moving poultry between farms and its distribution centre. Coles last year announced a major digital transformation strategy, which includes increasing the resilience of its critical supply chains, such as the Protein Cold Chain, responsible for sourcing and stocking poultry. The main objective of this strategy was to reduce the number of food bins it loses, understand whether and where these assets are being damaged, improve pooling of equipment for transit, and ultimately increase stock turnaround.
Jumbo, the second largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands which also has stores in Belgium, has announced an exclusive partnership with global retail solutions provider Hanshow to digitally transform its network of stores. Jumbo was founded in 1921 and currently owns more than 700 stores in the Netherlands and Belgium. It is locally renowned for its wide range of selections and personalized attention to both customers and employees.
Quant, the blockchain for finance pioneer, has partnered with UST, a digital transformation solutions firm, to provide tokenisation services to banks and capital markets participants. These services will help financial institutions adopt digital assets, as they increasingly realise the benefits of distributed ledger technologies by issuing digital money and tokenising existing asset classes for greater settlement speed and access to new markets and customers.
VAST Data, the data platform company for the AI-powered world, announced its high-capacity, all-flash platform was selected by Plan B to ensure its data centres remain operational regardless of a cyber attack, data loss or security and networking issues. Plan B, a New Zealand-based firm specialising in ICT and business continuity, manages data centres for medium to large businesses and enterprises. It provides high-performance, and cost-effective hybrid cloud and cloud object storage to other cloud service providers (CSPs) and integrators, including some of the largest Microsoft cloud partners in New Zealand.
Fugro is partnering with Australian drone manufacturer Carbonix to establish a new long-range drone capability. It is Fugro’s first partnership working towards long-range Beyond Visual Line of Sight missions (BVLoS), bolstering Fugro’s existing Geographic Information System (GIS) capability. Carbonix will supply Volanti and Ottano vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones over the next 27 months, to further enhance Fugro’s remote operations.
Velodyne Lidar, Inc. announced an agreement to provide its lidar sensors to GreenValley International for handheld, mobile and UAV 3D mapping solutions, including in GPS-denied environments. Velodyne is already shipping sensors to GreenValley as part of this agreement. GreenValley International uses Velodyne’s innovative Puck lidar sensors to provide perception and navigation capabilities that enable their systems to utilize SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) in their mobile mapping solutions. The ability to scan without GPS by using lidar allows foresters, archaeologists, civil engineers and surveyors to build robust datasets without preparations ahead of time or complex post-processing software.
Sabre Corporation, a software and tech provider powering the travel industry, announced a partnership with Girls Who Code (GWC), an international non-profit dedicated to closing the gender gap in tech and changing the image of what a programmer looks like and does. Sabre's sponsorship will help empower a generation of change-makers by supporting Girls Who Code after school clubs for 3rd to 12th graders, which seek to educate, engage and connect girls with technology in their communities. At the collegiate-level, the GWC alumni program helps women develop skills, build confidence, and connect with women in tech.
eDrivingSM, a Solera company and global provider of digital driver risk management solutions, has announced a partnership with Greater Than, the provider of tech that converts GPS data into insights and driver scores. Through the collaboration, eDriving will integrate Greater Than's EcoScore into a new feature in its award-winning digital driver safety app MentorSM.
Macquarie Telecom, part of Macquarie Telecom Group, announced it has helped Roses Only Group, Australia’s online flower delivery service, achieve record levels of customer retention. With access to cloud, VoIP and SD-WAN services, the business delivered twice the amount of orders during last year’s lockdown, and is eyeing an expansion of brands under its portfolio.
Aera Technology, the Decision Intelligence company, has partnered with Pulmuone Co. Ltd. — South Korea’s fresh food company — to enable Decision Intelligence across its supply chain. Using the Aera Decision Cloud™, a purpose-built platform that digitizes, augments, and automates business decisions, Pulmuone will speed and scale decision making to effectively support its worldwide growth and drive business and environmental outcomes.