Ten startups have been selected to participate in Plug and Play Northwest Arkansas’ fourth Supply Chain & Logistics Program.
Launched in 2019, Plug and Play Northwest Arkansas oversees the Supply Chain & Logistics Program, which aims to foster opportunities and relationships between startups and established companies. Through this program, startups can develop pilot programs and other initiatives with leading companies, including Fortune 500 companies based in Arkansas.
During the 12-week program, the participating startups engage with members of Plug and Play’s corporate network, including Walmart, J.B. Hunt, Tyson Foods and Georgia Pacific. Other companies include ArcBest, BNSF Logistics and Crowley Maritime.
The 10 companies selected to participated in the latest program include Aanika Biosciences, AVATOUR, Dapster, Elementary Robotics, Fillogic, Shipium, Slip Robotics, Tag N Trac, Tive, and Voxel.
Aanika Biosciences focuses on food security for large food and agricultural companies, working to reduce losses and ensure supply chain integrity. AVATOUR provides remote inspections, marketing tours and training. Dapster has developed a tele-operated pick-and-place mobile robot for warehouse operators. Elementary Robotics offers software, AI and camera systems designed to provide real-time judgements. Fillogic provides a Logistics-as-a-Service platform that transforms local mall space into micro-fulfillment hubs. Shipium provides shipping logistics services for retailers. Slip Robotics uses robots to solve short-haul logistics issues. Tag N Trac integrates hardware, software and data to provide solutions for complex logistics challenges. Tive is a cloud-based software platform that provides real-time visibility for shipments, giving their condition and location. Voxel uses real-time AI to review security footage, giving companies the ability to identify workplace hazards other safety issues.
“Although 2020 was a challenging year, the Plug and Play Innovation Program was able to successfully adapt the way we engage with our startups and corporate partners,” Plug and Play Supply Chain managing director Farzin Shadpour said in a statement. “This has led to the acceleration of several supply chain innovation projects that keep products moving efficiently across the country.”
The Plug and Play program is supported by the Community Partners Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), NWA Council, Walton Family Foundation, and the University of Arkansas.