November 4, 2015 1:00 PM, EST

Kenco Tests Use of Drones for Yard Management


Kenco, a Chattanooga, Tennessee-based logistics firm, said it is exploring the use of drones to manage its warehouse and yard operations.

“Kenco wants to use drones for managing real-time data gathering in outside yard operations,” said Kristi Montgomery, vice president of Kenco Innovation Labs.

Kenco said it is working with PINC Solutions to deploy PINC Air, an aerial sensor platform and supply chain drone, at Kenco distribution centers.

“PINC’s sensor platform captures locations of assets and inventory, and can provide up-to-the-minute information that would allow Kenco to customize and segment yard operations based on customer needs and business rules,” Montgomery said in a statement Nov. 4.

Kenco said the first drone use will be at a distribution center for an unidentified customer in the durable goods industry that recently has adopted PINC’s yard-management system.

PINC Solutions is based in Alameda, California.

Kenco ranks No. 27 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of North American logistics companies with net revenue of $506 million in 2014.