August 31, 2022
Gatik, which develops autonomous middle-mile logistics solutions, has announced a multi-year commercial agreement with Pitney Bowes, a global shipping and mailing company. The agreement will have Gatik integrating its Class 6 autonomous box trucks into the Pitney Bowes e-commerce logistics network in the Dallas market beginning in Q1 2023.
The Gatik autonomous fleet, developed for the middle mile, aims to establish a continuous, operational loop across the Pitney Bowes e-commerce logistics network in Dallas, making multiple deliveries per day with speed and efficiency, the company said.
“Our partnership with Pitney Bowes reinforces the intense demand we are seeing for autonomous trucks that can operate within urban and semi-urban environments,” said Gautam Narang, CEO and co-founder of Gatik. “We’re excited to help Pitney Bowes accelerate the transformation of their supply chain by establishing a safe, secure and hyper-responsive autonomous delivery service in the greater-Dallas area.”
During the initial phase, a safety operator will occupy the autonomous vehicles to monitor performance, Gatik said. Data collected from each delivery will be used to improve network design and identify additional opportunities for cost savings and service improvements as Pitney Bowes looks to integrate autonomous vehicles across its national e-commerce logistics network.
“Our partnership with Gatik promotes growth and accelerates the modernization and expansion of our network with technology solutions that are redefining e-commerce logistics,” said Stephanie Cannon, senior vice president and head of global platform and network at Pitney Bowes. “Gatik’s flexible and responsive logistics network enables us to tailor our Designated Delivery services to provide shippers with unmatched solutions. Pitney Bowes and Gatik’s innovative strategies align to remove cost and complexity from e-commerce logistics to better serve our clients.”
The companies said the advantages of deploying the autonomous middle-mile solution will help to future-proof logistics operations, increase asset utilization, and support a shift to a more direct, high-frequency transportation network.
For more details on Gatik and it’s middle-mile autonomous vehicles, visit its website here.