Cargo recruits first robot

24 February 2022

The Menzies cargo facility at Heathrow Airport is an innovation space, where we can try new ideas and technology before rolling them out across our network. We have already put a few new solutions in place, including our new robot Mimi, pictured above. Developed by BotsAndUs, the autonomous robot tracks goods at every stage of the warehouse process, enhancing inventory management and slot utilisation.

The cargo team is holding a technology showcase on the 1st of March to find new solutions for our cargo operations. The showcase is part of our overarching strategy for digitalising operations to improve efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability.

Fourteen  suppliers will pitch and demonstrate their systems to a panel including Mervyn Walker, Chief Operating Officer and Mark Reid, Chief Information Officer. A wide range of solutions will be presented, from truck management and security scanning to employee wellbeing and training.

Robert Fordree, Executive Vice President – World Cargo Services, Menzies Aviation said: “We are very excited to be hosting this showcase at our innovation space at Heathrow Airport, which will shine a spotlight on the latest cargo technologies. This initiative is designed to ensure Menzies remains at the forefront of the cargo industry. Digital capabilities are becoming increasingly critical for an industry with a need for speed as cargo volumes continue to rise. The showcase is the perfect opportunity to identify solutions that have the potential to transform our global network of cargo handling operations. We’re looking forward to the presentations and thank all of the participants for their involvement.”