Global shipping and mailing company Pitney Bowes and Gatik, a market leader in autonomous middle mile logistics, announced a multi-year commercial agreement Wednesday in which Gatik will integrate its class 6 autonomous box trucks into the Pitney Bowes e-commerce logistics network in the Dallas market.
The agreement revs up in the first quarter of 2023. Gatik’s autonomous fleet, purpose built for the middle mile, will establish a continuous, operational loop across the Pitney Bowes e-commerce logistics network in Dallas, making multiple deliveries per day with speed and efficiency.
“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.”
The deployment aims to establish a more responsive and flexible logistics network for Pitney Bowes by delivering high service levels and reliability, improving speed of deliveries, and providing end-to-end visibility while lowering transportation costs.
“Our partnership with Gatik promotes growth and accelerates the modernization and expansion of our network with technology solutions that are redefining ecommerce 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 Designed 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.”
During the initial phase, a safety operator will occupy the autonomous vehicles to monitor performance. 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 ecommerce logistics network, the company noted.
The advantages of deploying Gatik’s autonomous middle mile solution will help future logistics operations, increase asset utilization and support a shift to a more direct, high-frequency transportation network. The result is to advance a more efficient network and faster, more reliable service for Pitney Bowes clients.
Gatik delivers goods using its fleet of light and medium duty trucks. The company focuses on short-haul, B2B logistics for retailers such as Walmart, Loblaw, KBX and Georgia-Pacific, and in 2021 began operating fully driverless commercial deliveries on the middle mile.
Gatik’s Class 3-6 autonomous box trucks are commercially deployed in multiple markets, including Ontario, Canada; Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. Gatik partners with such companies as Ryder, Goodyear, Isuzu and Cummins and has offices in Toronto and Mountain View, Calif.