With the year’s end on the horizon, we have taken a look back at 2021, the year when the logistics industry became more important and increased its value following the boom in the contactless economy. CJ Logistics has worked hard to turn the crisis into an opportunity, to design the differentiated future of logistics, and to fulfil the corporate social responsibility by driving incessant innovations in logistics. Now, let’s take some time to briefly look back on 10 major news items for CJ Logistics in 2021.
The CJ Logistics TES Logistics Technology Research Institute announced the core technology, engineering systems and solutions (TES) technologies and the master plan on October 20, 2021. They presented their performance and plans for technology development based on robots, AI, and big data. They also introduced technology in each of the TES areas and affirmed their determination to charge forward as an innovative company with remarkable growth by demonstrating automated guided vehicles (AGV), autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and the piece picking system.
In step with the fast-changing e-Commerce market, CJ has decided to build a new fulfillment center that integrates cutting-edge technologies with a size of over 661,157m2 in collaboration with South Korea’s largest search portal, Naver, so that consumers can experience a fast and safe logistic service. In November, the company began operation of its 19,834m2 Yongin Cold Chain Fulfilment Center to expand its range of serviceable products into food. By 2023, CJ Logistics will expand the size of the convergence fulfillment by eight times by adding more key locations and centers equipped with three different temperature zones.
CJ Logistics built virtual logistic centers that are digital twins of the real world logistic centers using which we can predict flaws via simulations and pinpoint the optimum operation methods. We spurred the development of robot technologies and commercialization of the technology in our production sites, while introducing the robot process automation (RPA) in all business areas. As a result, we managed to reduce the time required to perform simple repetitive tasks by 5,600 hours a year. CJ Logistics was also the first in the industry to commercialize robot arm depalletizers that pick up boxes of different sizes, shapes, and heights and move them to the conveyer belt.
CJ Logistics is also working hard to reduce carbon emissions with a plastic upcycling business and by developing environment-friendly packaging materials. In July, we formed a Zero Carbon Consultative Group together with customers, Lock & Lock and A Twosome Place. The consultative group upcycles plastics from factories and stores into brand new products. With A Twosome Place, CJ Logistics launched a campaign that collects disposable plastic cups, while it made 300 zero carbon palettes from scrap plastics generated in Lock & Lock’s production line and commercialized in logistics sites.
In April, CJ Logistics launched the new webpage designed to provide quality information as a content hub. Here, visitors can read press releases and social media content uploaded on company accounts and search for logistics news using hashtags grouped by content type. We also added a 1:1 inquiry button on each posting to enhance accessibility to our representatives.
CJ Logistics also celebrated its 91st anniversary and set out to improve communication with Millennials and Gen Z to build a younger and more dynamic corporate culture. Since September, CJ Logistics CEO Sin-ho Kang has met young employees on metaverse once a month. They interacted as characters in a virtual space and spoke about a vast range of topics and even had fun in events like a yes or no quiz and taking a group photo.
CJ Logistics is operating a job creation business for mutual development with the local community as part of the creating shared value (CSV) project. The Blue (the color of hope and independence of disabled people) Delivery is a last mile service where people with hearing disabilities pick up parcel boxes that have been transported to the delivery center in an apartment complex to homes. As contactless communication using text messages has become common nowadays, customers don’t feel any inconvenience in the process.
The US arm of CJ Logistics was renamed CJ Logistics from CJ Logistics America and announced a new beginning in the North American market. They will expand their sales network by utilizing the CJ brand value, which has established itself as a global brand. CJ Logistics was also recognized for its outstanding logistics capabilities by winning an order for ultra-heavyweight equipment for a natural gas treatment facility construction project in Uzbekistan.
CJ Logistics player Seongjae Im achieved two wins by winning the final round of the PGA Tour Shriners Children's Open following his debut victory at the Honda Classic PGA Tour last year. Siwoo Kim also won his first victory since his debut at the PGA Tour American Express and went on to take second place in the regular season of the Wyndham Championship, 2021. Another player Kyung-hoon Lee won his first PGA Tour victory at the AT&T Byron Nelson.
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