Maersk, Microsoft sign digitalisation and decarbonisation partnership

Maersk expands relationship with Microsoft to further digitize and decarbonize logistics.

A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has announced an expansion of its cloud-first technology approach by using Microsoft Azure as cloud platform.

Azure will reportedly provide Maersk access to a resilient and performing portfolio of cloud services, while enabling its business to innovate along with deliver reliable, and secure products with improved time to market.

The cloud backbone will enable Maersk to build scalable platforms to cater for organic and inorganic growth.

Further, the use of machine learning and data analytics will enable Maersk to gain greater ‎insights and support new ways of working.

Navneet Kapoor, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Information Officer, Maersk, said: “With Microsoft, we can use their innovation in the technology space to drive our innovation in the logistics space.”

“Together, we have a unique and interdependent relationship which is driven by mutual creation, trust, and an understanding of both companies’ strategic direction, which is valuable to all.”

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With the expansion of its relationship with Microsoft, Maersk is looking to accelerate its transformation and to further digitise logistics.

Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Microsoft, stated: “Digital technologies are essential for the logistics industry to develop solutions and services that will help build and maintain resilient supply chains.”

“With Azure as Maersk’s strategic cloud platform, Microsoft and Maersk are collaborating to accelerate innovation and digitise the industry to meet its customers’ evolving needs.”

Additionally, Maersk said it will offer logistics services as part of Microsoft’s aim to actively employ and grow low-carbon solutions for global supply chain operations.

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The companies also recently extended their airfreight collaboration where Maersk intends to utilise its own controlled freighter network to support Microsoft’s global supply chain.

Furthermore, the companies intend to work together to strengthen their global strategic relationship across three core pillars: IT/technology, ocean and logistics and decarbonisation.

The main objectives of these works are to explore co-innovation opportunities and to drive digital innovation and decarbonisation in logistics.

In April 2023, Maersk’s greentech business, Njord, formed a partnership with maritime consulting firm, Marsoft, and Greenheart, a subsidiary of Hayfin Capital Management, to develop fuel-efficient technologies for retrofits.

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