Here Technologies and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have signed a five-year partnership which, the companies say, will help firms improve supply chain visibility.
As emphasis increases on the sustainability of transport, moves towards decarbonisation, the switch to electric vehicles, the rise in home deliveries, air pollution from idling emissions and competition for kerb space in cities worldwide, real-time visibility of where goods actually are is a growing priority in transportation and logistics (T&L).
The agreement is designed to help companies optimise planning, helping with elements such as fleet routing, and estimated times of arrival from the first- to last-mile of delivery.
As part of the collaboration, Here will list its supply chain solutions used by T&L firms worldwide in AWS Marketplace, a digital catalogue that customers can use to find, buy, deploy and manage third-party software, data and services to build solutions and run their businesses.
Here says it will work with AWS "to bring to market advanced capabilities for T&L participants to leverage, such as warehouse and yard management, predictive ETA calculations and, CO2 fleet emission solutions".
“At the centre of supply chain visibility is location intelligence," says Here CEO Edzard Overbeek.
"We have seen now that deep insights on the ‘where’ and ‘when’ dimensions of operations deliver tremendous value, from optimising inbound and outbound logistics to middle- and last-mile delivery execution."
Bill Vass, vice president, AWS Engineering, said the agreement with Here would allow "the most relevant customer data to be conflated with the latest location intelligence to solve the visibility and predictability problem throughout a supply chain".