MILAN, ITALY – October 26, 2018 – XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of transport and logistics solutions, has been named Logistics Company of the Year by Assologistica, the premier association for third-party logistics providers in Italy, its training branch Assologistica Cultura e Formazione, and Euromerci magazine. XPO's winning entry was an innovative solution to trace mobile crates used by its transport network. The technology was successfully implemented in XPO’s Pontenure warehouse in Italy.
XPO can monitor individual crates through the application of near-field communication (NFC) technology, adapted by XPO and interfaced with the company’s information systems. This solution optimises the utilisation of the crates, reduces errors resulting from manual tracking and enhances reliability through real-time information.
NFC technology provides wireless connectivity that is bidirectional at short range. Each XPO crate at the Pontenure warehouse is identified with a special tag that can be read by smartphones with compatible technology. When the smartphone comes within a ten-centimetre radius of the tag, data is transmitted to XPO about the location of the crate, whether it is entering or exiting the warehouse, and if it is empty or full.
Ube Gaspari, managing director-supply chain, Italy for XPO Logistics Europe, said, “We’re convinced that innovation is the game-changer in our industry. We’re committed to delivering added value to customers in ways that transform their supply chains, and we’re particularly proud to be recognized with this award as leading the way here in Italy.”
XPO’s latest technology implementation is part of the company’s planned $450 million investment in technology this year. Other recent innovations in XPO’s global operations include the deployment of intelligent robots in warehouses, the XPO Direct shared-space distribution network, voice integration with Amazon Echo and Google Home to track home deliveries of heavy goods, and the launch of the XPO Connect digital freight marketplace with the Drive XPO mobile app for carriers.
About XPO Logistics and XPO Logistics Europe
XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) is a top ten global logistics provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world. The company operates as a highly integrated network of people, technology and physical assets in 32 countries, with 1,505 locations and more than 97,000 employees. XPO uses its network to help more than 50,000 customers manage their goods more efficiently throughout their supply chains.
XPO's corporate headquarters is in Greenwich, Conn., USA, and its European headquarters is in Lyon, France. The company conducts the majority of its European operations through its subsidiary, XPO Logistics Europe, in which it holds an 86.25% controlling interest. The remaining stock is traded as XPO on Euronext Paris - Isin FR0000052870.
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