Kuehne + Nagel launches KN Packaging
Kuehne + Nagel has announced the launch of a new “one-stop-shop contract packaging solution” called KN Packaging. The new service, which is now being implemented in Kuehne + Nagel facilities worldwide, focuses on three areas: the use of state-of-the art software; the deployment of the latest collaborative robots (aka “cobots”); and cooperation with local packaging providers.
With a cloud-based solution offered by Nulogy, Kuehne + Nagel said that it improves its customer service by adding “instant connectivity and full transparency”. The software provides customers with a targeted and traceable solution for their contract packaging needs.
Kuehne + Nagel is partnering with cobot specialist Universal Robots to drive the process automisation.
“Designed to assist warehouse workers in a variety of packaging tasks, the integration of cobots will lead to a significant reduction in turnaround times,” said Kuehne + Nagel.
Gianfranco Sgro, member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel International AG responsible for Contract Logistics, commented: “At Kuehne + Nagel we aim at innovating systems and processes to seamlessly serve our customers and to make processes much faster, better and leaner, regardless of industries or geographies. With this strategic enhancement of our contract packaging services, we expect to see significant growth across a number of key markets and anticipate deploying hundreds of cobots in our operations in the next few years.”
In related news, the European Parliament is set to vote next Wednesday (15 February) on a report on proposed new rules and laws for integrating robots into the European workplace.