ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) has launched ZIMark to provide next generation scanning solutions for the logistics and supply chain sectors.
In a statement, ZIM said the project was launched in collaboration with Israeli start-up Sodyo Ltd, in which it will make a direct equity investment.
ZIMark will provide customers with innovative scanning solutions using Sodyo’s “ground-breaking” patented technology for “connecting offline content to the online world”.
The scanning technology will be based on colourful markers, image recognition and advanced algorithms. ZIM described it as the most advanced such product on the market and said it will enable accurate scans of multiple markers simultaneously, along with additional features.
The carrier additionally claimed ZIMark will “enable companies in the supply chain industry to lower costs, increase efficiency and improve customer service”.
ZIM CEO Eli Glickman said, “ZIMark’s new disruptive technology has the potential to revolutionize scanning, with an impact on shipping and logistics consistent with landmark innovations that have transformed other industries including the introduction of color images in broadcasting.
“ZIMark will create a new global standard, providing a much-needed solution for effectively operating in complex global supply chains.
“We expect ZIMark’s advantages, such as long-range scanning capabilities, scanning of multiple items simultaneously and other ground-breaking features to provide significant performance, cost, and efficiency benefits to the maritime, logistics and supply chain industries.
“We are very excited to add ZIMark to our growing portfolio of companies realizing our strategy of bringing advanced technological solutions to the shipping and logistics sectors.”
David Arbel, ZIM COO, added, “ZIMark will offer an advanced, state-of-the-art, solution for the logistics and supply chain industries, from inventory management through asset tracking, access control and more.
“We are delighted that leading companies in the industry have already expressed significant interest in ZIMark’s innovative solutions.”
Sodyo’s CEO Alon Raz was also quoted, “As a global player with vast expertise and an innovative approach, ZIM is the ideal partner to bring our unique technology to the world of logistics.
“The new company brings together the best of both worlds – ZIM’s logistics expertise and Sodyo’s technology – to create new opportunities in the market.”