Blockchain developer Kenco has announced plans to open a dedicated physical warehouse space to test advanced logistics technologies in a real world setting. The new facility is an expansion of the Supply Chain Innovation Lab the company originally announced in 2015.
The 10,000-square-foot space will serve as a test facility for Kenco specialists to assess value-added technology and provide advanced visibility into these solutions. The facility will allow for testing potential supply chain management solutions and technological advances outside of a live operation will enhance accuracy, sustainability and improve implementation speeds for Kenco’s customers.
“We are dedicated to leading the digital transformation of the supply chain,” said Denis Reilly, president and CEO, Kenco Logistic Services. “The Innovation Lab is one example of our commitment to providing well-vetted cutting-edge technologies to our customers, allowing them to achieve improved performance and enhanced supply chain value.”
A combination of technology experts and supply chain engineers will deliver full value insight on this wide range of logistics solutions, the company said, with the scale of the warehouse space allowing all these technologies to be tested simultaneously.
The first technologies that will be brought into the space include NextShift Robotics, a fundamentally unique autonomous mobile robotics solution; Stocked Robotics, a provider of a cloud-based AI platform and software suite that transforms existing manual fleets of material handling vehicles into autonomous swarms; LogistiVIEW, an AI and vision-driven picking software for smart glasses; and WMS software like JDA and HighJump.
“In the logistics industry, experience is the new differentiator and the opening of the Kenco Innovation Lab facility will only heighten our industry experience and insight,” said Kristi Montgomery, Vice President of Innovation at Kenco. “Our work in the Innovation Lab has already brought value to our customers. This lab facility will provide a formal space to review, research and promote technology to only further assist in our goal to provide the greatest insight to our customers”