Supply Chain Technology News Roundup
Updated: Sep 13
Below is a list of three of the biggest and most recent supply chain technology news developments:
1) Alibaba.com upgrades its' B2B e-commerce platform.
Alibaba.com – a platform for global business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce – has launched a suite of new products and enhancements.
As a one-stop platform for B2B sourcing, Alibaba.com is designed to streamline the buying process.
The new features include: a Smart Assistant tool, for staying up-to-date on trends and tracking orders; and an upgraded image search, to allow buyers to search for products by image; and real-time translation in 17 languages for live video chats with suppliers.
“At Alibaba.com, we are not just a link in the supply chain – we’re reinventing ourselves to become a link in the ‘creation chain’ for entrepreneurs.” - Stephen Kuo (President Alibaba North America)
2) e2open adds freight API to SAAS network.
Flock Freight helps create a more sustainable supply chain by pooling freight at scale. e2open, meanwhile, is a connected supply chain SaaS platform.
The partnership provides e2open users with shared truckload solution, FlockDirect. This allows users to access real-time, dynamic quoting-and-booking capabilities, as well as truckload-level service.
"We are excited about our transformative partnership with e2open. It allows us to bring unparalleled advantages of shared truckload to shippers right where they are.
With precise control over pickup and delivery scheduling we are ushering in a new era of efficiency, sustainability and reliability." - Oren Zaslansky, Founder & CEO of Flock Freight
“We’re pleased to bring Flock Freight’s shared-truckload capabilities to our logistics ecosystem at scale.” - Antoine Wade, e2open Network & data GM
3) FourKites launches AI supply chain solution.
Supply chain visibility specialist FourKites has launched Fin AI, a natural-language interface that automates tasks such as assessing the impact of events across a shipment network.
Leveraging FourKites’ largest supply chain data network, Fin AI will help supply chain managers make proactive decisions, says the company, adding that it will also help them automate supply chain orchestration at scale.
Fin AI can allow users to isolate impacted shipments and diagnose why a shipment isn't tracking.
Tracking more than 3 million global shipments per day, FourKites’ repository of supply chain data comprises around 6,000 data points per shipment per day, and more than 62 billion miles tracked per year.
"We’re proud to be building at the leading edge of supply chain data and AI. With Fin AI, we are giving our customers actionable insights across their supply chains.” - Mathew Elenjickal, FourKites founder and CEO
Nucleus notes how these are all examples of the many tools and technologies helping supply chain service providers improve their service to customers.