Autonomous tech companies are collaborating in Norway to automate the supply chain

Autonomous delivery robot company Ottonomy has announced its collaboration with Posten Norge, the Norwegian postal service, and autonomous mobility company Holo for trials of automated first-mile delivery services.

One goal of the companies is to test how autonomous robots can improve intralogistics, especially in urban areas.

Posten Norge will be responsible for coordinating Ottonomy’s “Ottobots” for first mile collection, receipt and delivery of goods for the Amoi digital marketplace in the greater Aker Brygge area of ​​Oslo.

“Autonomous robots have previously been tested by other companies, with the sole focus on final delivery to the customer,” said Sven Richard Tønnessen of Posten Norge’s new technologies department.

“We want to evaluate how robots can become part of Posten’s future logistics solutions.

“This project, which uses both humans and robots, offers many new opportunities to increase efficiency and productivity for our organization.

“We will continue to use our existing pool of human couriers to deliver goods to customers – while the robot takes care of the intralogistics part of the supply chain.”

Posten Norge’s Kenneth Tjønndal Pettersen said of the challenges of first mile deliveries in the city: “Logistics with vans at Aker Brygge are extremely demanding in terms of parking and time consuming.

“Together with our partners, we want to test the various applications for autonomous technology that can enable simpler logistics and less noise in the cityscape.”

First mile delivery is the part of the supply chain that involves the transportation of a product or commodity from the manufacturer’s or retailer’s warehouse or factory to a fulfillment, distribution, or warehousing center. At this location, a freight forwarder, freight forwarder or logistics partner picks up the product and transports it to the next stage at the destination.

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