ECS reveals winners of innovation competition

ECS Innovation Project Grand Jury

The ECS group has revealed the three winners of its #NexGenLeaders innovation challenge.

The #NexGenLeaders competition is split into three different categories – students, start-ups and employees of the ESC Group.

In the ECS Group employees category, the winner is Cargo Assistant, represented by Jonatan Jiménez, who developed a voice and virtual assistant tool (like Alexa/Google Home) that performs a range of tasks.

The main objective of Cargo Assistant is to improve the information exchange process and also provide a unique and exclusive service to customers. A prototype of this tool already exists and will be developed internally for ECS Group’s customers.

In the students category, the winner is Augmented by DCK, represented by Rutger Smulsers, whose solution uses augmented reality in freight handling to improve and assist the freight acceptance process during freight handling and during pallet building. By looking through augmented reality glasses, the computer generates information to help make warehouse employees’ jobs easier and improve their efficiency.

In the startups category, the winner is “Clive – The Selfie App”, represented by Niall van de Wouw, the co-founder of the startup, whose solution is as follows: Every Wednesday, the Selfie App provides cargo airlines with detailed load factor analyses for the previous week. These timely analyses are based on flights’ freight volume and weight. The service was launched on May 29.

Adrien Thominet, CEO of ECS Group, said: “We’re so proud of the success this project has had. The industry is talking about it and we hope to see more and more projects on this scale. The key to our industry’s transformation lies in opening up its doors even wider – that’s all the next generation of talent is waiting for.”

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