Start-ups and Innovations in Supply Chain and Logistics (Nov 21-Nov 25, 2022)

Martijn Graat
Martijn Graat

Our weekly round-up of interesting news and background stories on start-ups and innovations in supply chain and logistics. Follow @LogisticsMatter on Twitter to stay up to date on what happens in the industry.


This is how the partnership will work: Lyft will recover depleted e-bike batteries through its operations teams and then ship those batteries to Redwood’s facility in Northern Nevada. The first step will be to figure out how much of the battery is reusable, such as various connectors, wires, plastics, and other components.

“We really tried to close the loop and recycle all of our bikes and scooters”

After that, Redwood will begin a chemical recycling process, in which it strips out and refines the relevant elements like nickel, cobalt, and copper. A certain percentage of that refined material can then be reintegrated into the battery-making process.

Lyft is recycling its e-bike and scooter batteries with Redwood Materials

When charging is integrated into the route planning for the truck, it is essential that the charging facility is available when you need it. Making sure charging stations are bookable minimizes waiting time for trucks and enables transport companies to optimise their planning.

Road transport needs to become more sustainable fast, and using electric trucks is an important step in that direction. It is important to have an infrastructure in place to start building a network along the main corridors across Europe and at major logistics hubs.

Charging ahead with electric trucks

An $11bn ecosystem of new digital tools and solutions has emerged for decarbonising conventional ships. 40% of all technology companies operating in the maritime sector have been founded since the launch of the IMO GHG strategy in 2011.

We explore how the industry and technology have responded to digital decarbonisation, such as remote surveys and inspections, software servicing and repair, training and certification, health and welfare, remote pilotage, paperless trade and voyage, weather and route optimisation.

The Optimal Route – the why and how of digital decarbonisation

Drones & Robots

Dronamics, the world’s first cargo drone airline with license to operate in Europe, today announced that it has been awarded a €2.5 million grant by the European Commission under the prestigious European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator program. The EIC has also expressed a material commitment to support Dronamics’ upcoming Series A round.

The grant will support the development and roll-out of Dronamics’ cargo drone fleet, the deployment of the first droneports in its network as well as operations in Europe.

Dronamics awarded grant from the European Innovation Council

As Drone Express technology enables package delivery to a customer’s smartphone location rather than just a street address, the trial will provide customers with unmatched flexibility. In order to satisfy customer needs while staying under the existing weight restrictions for drone delivery, which are around five pounds, Kroger is developing packaged product options.

Drone Express Teams With Microsoft to Bring Groceries Home

The drone delivery market has set its ambitions on tackling the issues associated with last-mile delivery. In the healthcare sector, it is set to be a key element of delivering medical goods.

The autonomous last-mile delivery model has proven itself to be effective, positive and scalable. Using autonomous drone deliveries, depots and parcel stations can deliver a model that is financially sustainable and is better for the environment.

The future of drone delivery: why are companies investing into drone technology?

Researchers at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms are working on an ambitious project, designing robots that effectively self-assemble. The team admits that the goal of an autonomous self-building robot is still “years away,” but the work has thus far demonstrated positive results.

At the system’s center are voxels (a term borrowed from computer graphics), which carry power and data that can be shared between pieces. The pieces form the foundation of the robot, grabbing and attaching additional voxels before moving across the grid for further assembly.

At the system’s center are voxels (a term borrowed from computer graphics), which carry power and data that can be shared between pieces. The pieces form the foundation of the robot, grabbing and attaching additional voxels before moving across the grid for further assembly.

Researchers are building robots that can build themselves


A main advantage of these technologies is they help to prevent accidents and injuries before they occur. Workers could be more productive knowing there’s a lower risk of danger where they work and may feel more valued, while employers may retain more employees and save costs in multiple areas.

An advantageous benefit of digital transformation: Improved safety for your workforce

“I think it (gaming) develops skills that are very important in today’s society and to be successful at work. So, for example, people underestimated what it takes and what kind of qualities it develops, and most are parents. I’m a father of two, so I can say that I don’t always look at it positively, but having the persistence to practice day after day to become good at something is a skill that’s required,” said Donchev, in a video published on Maersk’s social media.

He also mentioned that gamers’ ability to process large amounts of data can be useful. “Games can be quite overwhelming in terms of information. What is required for you to coordinate different information to take rapid decisions. And in today’s world, where there is so much information and so much noise, it becomes essential for you to distinguish the signal from the noise to make the right decision. So we are absolutely looking for more gamers to join Maersk,” added Donchev.

Maersk scouts gaming society for fresh talent

Founded by Romney Evans, True Fit’s co-founder, a new shopping platform, Shoptrue, launched in beta last week with a goal of blending “human inspiration” and data science to build a “one stop personal shop, curated for you and by you.”

The platform, backed by artificial intelligence (AI), continually learns and improves selections based on interactions, “so that over time, the user’s outcomes and content will feel increasingly individualized,”

Will a new shopping platform redefine the formula for AI-driven personalization?

Self-Driving Vehicles

Header Image by Jordan Whitfield on Unsplash

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