Kuehne + Nagel opens Innovation Centre in Utrecht to accelerate digital transformation

By Johan De Mulder

Logistics leader Kuehne + Nagel has set up a new Innovation Centre in Utrecht, Netherlands as part of its digital transformation.

Working with its range of customers, K+N will develop the latest supply chain technologies and solutions at Utrecht and another site in Singapore, driving efficiency throughout end-to-end process.

According to a statement, both centres hold partnerships with universities, startups and other organisations. Utrecht's centre will have a specific focus on major automation and innovative picking technologies - as a result of a partnership with Universal Robots, K+N claims to among the first logistics providers to deploy collaborative robots.

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"We are working on seamless data exchange of different systems to drive automation and to minimise manual efforts," said Martin Kolbe, Chief Information Officer at K+N.

"In addition, we create new services and interfaces allowing customers to easily connect with Kuehne + Nagel. Applying Big Data and predictive analytics, supply chains can be managed more efficiently and effectively."

Gianfranco Sgro, K+N board member, added: "The innovation centres will boost our digital road map by exploring, applying and deploying leading technologies to manage our customers’ supply chains even more efficiently and effectively."

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