Menzies Aviation welcomes robot recruit

Menzies Aviation, the global aviation logistics specialist, is holding the Cargo Technology showcase at London Heathrow Airport on March 1 to allow next-generation tech companies to find new solutions to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of its cargo operations.

Microsoft, Ricoh and Vodafone are among 14 suppliers set to pitching their systems to Menzies executives, including COO Mervyn Walker and chief information officer Mark Reid. These cover all aspects of operations, from truck management and security scanning to employee wellbeing and training. Also presenting at the event are Speedcargo, Descartes Systems Group, Forward Momentum, i6 Group, KCL, Meraki, OnAssett Intelligence Inc, WePlan, HIK Vision and BotsAndUs.

Co-ordinated by Menzies’ VP Rory Fidler, Cargo Technology will help Menzies invest in innovative solutions to improve operational efficiencies, enhance workplaces and support Menzies’ goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2033, the company’s 200th anniversary.

There are already a number of solutions being put in place, such as Menzies’ new autonomous robot Mimi, which tracks goods at every stage of the warehouse process, enhancing inventory management and slot utilisation.

Robert Fordree, executive vice president – World Cargo Services, said: “Digital capabilities are becoming increasingly critical for an industry with a need for speed as cargo volumes continue to rise. The showcase at our innovation space at Heathrow Airport is the perfect opportunity to identify solutions that have the potential to transform our global network of cargo handling operations.”