How AutoStore is redefining space – WTT

On today’s episode, Dooner and The Dude talk about the changing face of warehouse space. With a $2.8 billion investment from SoftBank valuing AutoStore at $7.7 billion, the company is looking to rapidly expand its “cube storage automation.” This Norwegian warehouse robotics leader has 20,000 robots in 600 sites across 35 countries. We’re talking with them about the challenges shippers are finding in the urban logistics/final-mile category seeking micro-fulfillment solutions.

Plus, it could be the hottest summer ever for freight, two truckers charged in kidnapping-for-ransom scheme, hero trucker stop murder suspect, interstate vs. intrastate, the connected supply chain, “The Crate Escape” and more.

We’re joined by special guests Rick Malchow, industry business adviser, J.J. Keller & Associates; Grace Sharkey, staff writer, FreightWaves; Dave Lemont, general manager for Kuebix, a Trimble Company; and Michael Carmody, business development manager, AutoStore.

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Timothy Dooner

Dooner is an award-winning podcaster, content producer and host who is currently the director of audio at FreightWaves and the creative director of Back The Truck Up. In under a year he helped build FreightCasts, the world’s largest logistics and supply chain podcast network in media. He produces and co-hosts the hit podcast and FreightWavesTV show, WHAT THE TRUCK?!? WTT is ranked in Apple Podcasts top-20 Business News podcasts. He also writes a newsletter of the same title with over 10k subscribers in the supply chain and trucking niche. Dooner has been in freight since 2005 and has held directors positions in operations, sales, consulting, and marketing. He has worked with FedEx, Reebok, Adidas, L.L. Bean, Hasbro, Louis Vuitton, and many more high level clients across the full spectrum of the supply chain. He was a featured speaker at TEDx Chattanooga.