Maersk, the global shipping and logistics leader, officially launched its highly anticipated Innovation Centre on 15 May 2023.

The focus of the new centre will be on the entire logistics chain, using emerging technologies, taking ideas from inception to impact and developing new tools for the workforce that improve operational processes.

A team of experts will leverage these innovations to propel ideas from their inception to tangible impacts, providing the workforce with state-of-the-art tools that enhance operational efficiency. Successful ideas will undergo thorough pilot testing and subsequently be introduced as scalable solutions for Maersk’s esteemed customers.

In today’s ever-evolving business landscape, companies seek robust supply chains that can withstand unforeseen challenges. Maersk said it aims to address this demand by offering a comprehensive range of intelligent business solutions, empowering supply chains with enhanced agility, adaptability, and competitive edge.

“Our goal is to ensure we bring an intelligent pipeline of business solutions to make their supply chains more agile, more responsive to market fluctuations, and more competitive,” said Narin Phol, president of Maersk North America and executive vice president, A.P. Moller-Maersk.

Adhering to a structured approach, the Maersk Innovation Centre will focus on several key areas to improve business operations and enhance customer experiences. These focal points encompass end-to-end supply chain transparency and traceability, resilient supply chain solutions, predictive data analytics for optimised distribution and supply chains, sustainability initiatives, expedited middle-mile transportation, expanded fulfilment offerings, and educational initiatives aimed at empowering industry professionals.

The Maersk Innovation Centre has already accomplished notable milestones. One prominent achievement is the collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Centre for Transportation and Logistics, facilitating research at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels to address pressing supply chain challenges.

Additionally, the centre has successfully integrated cutting-edge software and scanning technology from Fetch, resulting in improved warehouse fulfilment processes. Collaborations with industry leaders such as Boston Dynamics have led to the implementation of advanced equipment and technology for the efficient unloading of cartons from trailers at warehouse doors.

“We want to build an innovative supply chain ecosystem for customers using the best analytics, technology, research, engineering and partnerships,” said Erez Agmoni, global head of innovation (ogistics & Services) at Maersk.