( Courtesy C.H. Robinson/Microsoft )

C.H. Robinson, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Microsoft are working to provide real-time visibility in the supply chain, a partnership that will accelerate innovation in transportation, according to the companies.

C.H. Robsinson’s Navisphere platform and Microsoft’s Azure/Azure IoT are at the center of the agreement that will enable C.H. Robinson customers access real-time visibility of shipments, according to a news release.

The partnership gives C.H. Robinson the ability to quickly scale and adapt technology, according to Chris O’Brien, chief commercial officer.

“As we continue to invest and enhance our technology built by and for supply-chain experts, we look to partner with other best-in-class companies that bring the most value to our customers,” O’Brien said in the release. “Through Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, we gain more scalability, premier data security and increased application speed, which benefit our customers and carriers around the world.”

Navisphere is the company’s multimodal transportation management platform. With the partnership, Navisphere will use Azure IoT Central to amass more data, including temperature, humidity, light, shock and pressure to document conditions in the supply chain.

“We are committed to providing customers with a trusted, easy-to-use platform so they can build seamless, smart and secure solutions regardless of where they are on their IoT journey,” Sam George, corporate vice president of Azure IoT at Microsoft, said in the news release. 

The two companies already collaborate on technology. C.H. Robinson’s Navisphere is used across Microsoft’s global supply chain, according to the release. Navisphere Vision, a real-time visibility product, leverages Azure IoT machine learning and predictive analytics to assess potential supply chain disruptions, according to the release.

C.H. Robinson will integrate its real-time pricing, execution and transportation management tools into Microsoft’s Dynamics 365, as part of the agreement.

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