Kuehne+Nagel partners Google moonshot project

  • March 22, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Swiss logistics firm Kuehne+Nagel and Chorus, a project at X, Google owner Alphabet’s moonshot factory in California, are offering real-time granular, prescriptive insights into the health and state of global supply chain and logistics operations.

Chorus is developing sensor and orchestration technology to improve understanding of where physical goods are located, where they are needed, what state they are in, and how they are used.

The technology will be integrated into Kuehne+Nagel’s digital road service offering, eTrucknow, to provide its road logistics customers with the ability to track the real-time location and condition of goods, with the goal of providing enhanced visibility. Through the partnership, Kuehne+Nagel and Chorus aim to generate learnings and insights that guide development.

Recent problems in the global supply chain have illustrated the extent to which lack of real-time intelligence leads to unsustainable levels of wastage, inefficiencies and revenue loss. Kuehne+Nagel and Chorus are working together to address these long-standing global supply chain difficulties in road logistics. With Kuehne+Nagel’s century-long experience in logistics and Chorus’ technologies, the two companies have started to develop ideas for supply chain management.

“We are focused on developing solutions for some of the toughest global supply chain problems,” said Stefan Paul, board member at Kuehne+Nagel. “Our partnership with Chorus will enhance our capabilities to build innovations, further enriching the eTrucknow offering. By combining visibility with intelligence, we aim to provide our customers more accurate, actionable and data-driven insights into the overall health of their supply chain down to carton level.”

Suresh Vishnubhatla, general manager for Chorus, added: “Supply chains are the backbone of the global economy yet the industry still lacks important tools and insights, leading to terrible waste and inefficiency. Disturbances in the systems lead to shortages, scarcity and unavailability of critical resources. We are delighted to be partnering with Kuehne+Nagel as these challenges cannot be solved alone and require strong strategic partnerships with organisations that possess deep expertise to improve systemic resilience. Together, we hope these tools can help businesses be more sustainable, efficient and productive.”