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Kenco expands innovation lab

Space will serve as a test facility for innovation specialists to assess new technologies


May 30, 2019
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Kenco Logistics plans to open a dedicated physical warehouse space, an expansion of its Supply Chain Innovation Lab which was originally announced in 2015.

The 10,000 square foot space will serve as a test facility for the Kenco team of innovation specialists to assess value-added technology and provide advanced visibility into these solutions.

“We are dedicated to leading the digital transformation of the supply chain,” said Denis Reilly, president and CEO of 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.”

Technology experts and supply chain engineers will deliver insight on a range of logistics solutions, 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.”