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XPO Logistics: at the forefront of technology in logistics

XPO Logistics robotic arm operator
XPO Logistics robotic arms

Following research into leading logistics companies and their technology innovations, we take a look at the mindset behind XPO Logistics’ recent deployments. 

XPO Logistics lorry parked outside an office building

Image source: XPO Logistics

Automation, artificial intelligence, connectivity, standardisation and real time analytics, these are just a few of the buzzwords that are mentioned day to day in modern day logistics and warehousing. With this industry being known for its complexity and legacy systems, key players within the industry have been leading the way when it comes to harnessing innovative technology within their operations to battle this challenge. 

One of these key players is XPO Logistics, a global provider of transportation and logistics services that help its customers manage their goods to the highest efficiency throughout their supply chains.

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When it comes to technology, the company is devoted to rapid-fire innovation, utilising significant resources to technological development on behalf of its customers. “We believe that innovation, propelled by scale, creates better ways to move goods into the hands of the people who need them,” says XPO Logistics. 

Each year the company invests US$550mn into its technological innovation and has over 1,800 technologists that focus on four core areas of innovation: automation and intelligent machines, visibility and customer service, the digital freight marketplace and dynamic data science. “We’re taking the lead in integrating emerging technology throughout our business,” says Troy Cooper, Chief Operating Officer of XPO Logistics.

Current ways the company is using innovative technology include: 

  • XPOConnect - a multimodal digital freight marketplace that increases connectivity within transportation networks. The platform is unique to the industry and uses self learning architecture and predictive data to improve efficiency.

  • Proprietary warehouse management platform - a cloud based command center that reduces the time required to deploy collaborative robots and automations.

  •  C3-XPO - an autonomous security robot that monitors the car parks and exterior of the company’s sites, 24 hours a day. 

To read the full feature on the future of logistics warehouses check out February’s edition of Supply Chain Digital. 

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