The Friday Report Blog: June 2nd, 2023

Quick wrap up of a few hot topic newsworthy stories in the supply chain logistics industry

Serve Robotics to Mobilize Uber Eats Delivery Bots

Serve Robotics has announced that it will employ up to 2,000 artificial intelligence-powered (AI) delivery robots in new U.S. markets on Uber Eats’ food delivery platform. The company has stated that it will likely expand into Vancouver, Canada; San Jose, California; and Dallas, Texas.

The partnership between Serve and Uber expires in 2026, however, the robotics company expects the deal to be extended before then. Serve has also worked with 7-Eleven on delivery testing in West Hollywood, California, and with Vancouver area Pizza Huts’ on a pilot program.

Serve has also completed thousands of deliveries in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The company currently operates 100 in Los Angeles and services over 200 participating restaurants.

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Maersk Opens Center to Accelerate Supply Chain Innovation

On May 15th, A.P. Moller – Maersk opened the Maersk Innovation Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. The new facility is centered around emerging technologies to accelerate innovation and resilience as Maersk pushes to become an end-to-end warehouse provider.

A spokesperson for the center stated that Innovation Center team members will develop ideas as well as test and scale new tools that improve operation processes for customers. Team members will focus on technology that enhances supply chain transparency and sustainability and develop solutions to speed middle-mile transportation and distribution. The center aims to introduce business solutions that make supply chains more responsive to market fluctuations.

The center currently pilots warehouse automation and equipment from BionicHIVE, Boston Dynamics, Fetch, and Verity.

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Apple Partners With Broadcom for US-made 5G Technology

Mobile and computing giant Apple has struck a multi-billion-dollar deal with U.S. semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom. Per the agreement, Broadcom will develop 5G radio frequency components as well as film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) filters for Apple.

Broadcom currently manufactures FBAR filters for Apple at its Fort Collins, Colorado plant, however, the company plans to expand to other U.S. manufacturing and technology hubs. The Fort Collins facility currently supports 1,100 jobs.

The deal is part of Apple’s commitment to invest $430 billion into the U.S. economy by 2026. The company currently supports 2.7 million domestic jobs through 9,0000 U.S. suppliers in various industries.

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