May 16, 2020

Ford, Walmart and Postmates collaborate to provide automated vehicle delivery

self driving vehicles
autonomous
Ford
Walmart
Sean Galea-Pace
1 min
Ford, Walmart and delivery service Postmates are set to team up to develop a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart’s customers.
The US-based automotive company, Ford, retail giants Walmart and delivery service Postmates are set to team up to develop a service for delivering groce...

The US-based automotive company, Ford, retail giants Walmart and delivery service Postmates are set to team up to develop a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart’s customers that could eventually be used for self-driving vehicles, CNBC reports.

Ford has already been collaborating with Postmates in order to create delivery services that could employ automated vehicles.

The Walmart project will use human-driven vehicles operated to test how autonomous vehicles would operate.

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It is expected that Ford will roll out commercial production of automated vehicles by 2021 with Miami currently being used as a testing ground for automated delivery service ideas and automated vehicle technology.

The move will see Walmart compete with rivals such as Amazon to reduce the cost of providing good over what industry executives describe as “the last mile” to customers ordering online.

In July, it was announced that Ford would create a new business unit, Ford Autonomous Vehicles, to hold its autonomous vehicle operations. The automotive manufacturer confirmed it would invest $4bn in the unit by 2023.

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Jul 13, 2021

SAP Whitepaper: Advantages of Intelligent Assets

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SmartManufacturing
IntelligentAssets
industry4.0
2 min
SAP Intelligent Assets
Discover what constitutes an Intelligent Asset, and how they reduce overheads and mitigate disruption in our whitepaper on SAP’s Industry 4.0 strategy

A core pillar in SAP’s Industry 4.0 strategy, Intelligent Assets equip organisations to reduce downtime, empower employees and increase efficiencies across industrial equipment and manufacturing units.  

In a whitepaper produced in partnership between SAP and BizClik Media Group, Rachel Romanoski, Solutions Manager, Digital Assets, SAP, dispels some of the myths surrounding asset intelligent, and shares insight into how even small investment in asset intelligence can pay dividends in minimising cost leakage and realising an asset’s potential. 

As with all innovations, the ceiling for Intelligent Assets is as high as an organisation can dream, afford and implement. But Romanoski says that just a little intelligence can go a long way: “Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology. They can be super advanced, such as leveraging physics-based engineering simulations to forecast potential failures, and help mitigate them. But it could be as simple as a temperature reading. You can pull a lot of simple information from most equipment, and by enhancing that data through ancillary solutions and digital capabilities, you can create that Intelligent Asset.” 


One of the most immediate benefits is reducing or, in some cases, eliminating unplanned downtime. Equipment failure is one of the most common causes of disruption and can cause chaos throughout the supply chain. 

“The true power of the Intelligent Asset is in changing the basic, reactive emergency work or time-based, planned maintenance and being more prescriptive and tailored to that specific asset and use case,” Romanoski says. “Ultimately, you can reduce the unplanned events that often carry a big price tag.” 

"Oftentimes people think Intelligent Assets need to be the latest and greatest cutting-edge technology... But it could be as simple as a temperature reading"

Other financial benefits include stemming cost leakage and “sweating assets” to the full potential.  “Maybe you can consider the lifecycle of the asset and understand whether you can push it a little bit further,” Romanoski explains. “It might be that the best course of action for a low-cost item is to run it to failure. Having this information that we collect over time empowers those people to make those better decisions, but also has a trickle down effect to building resiliency and efficiency into the entire supply chain.” 

To read the full report, including insight from Intelligent Assets, Intelligent Factories, Empowered People, and exclusive insight from Dominik Metzger, the lead on SAP’s Industry 4.0 programme, CLICK HERE.

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