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W2 Labs returns to continue Wincanton’s global search for emerging technology to transform the supply chain sector

15th January 2024

Wincanton, a leading supply chain partner for UK business, has launched the fifth edition of W2 Labs, an innovation lab designed to discover emerging ideas and tackle some of the industry’s toughest challenges. Created and run in collaboration with corporate innovation partner L Marks, W2 Labs is Wincanton’s innovation programme which encompasses several initiatives to foster supply chain innovation and bring together an ecosystem of industry-leading partners.

Since 2017, W2 Labs has driven collaboration with 26 early-stage businesses. These technologies include wearable technology which helps workers reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries; autonomous mobile robots; continuous labour optimisation-fuelled by machine learning; global asset intelligence and visibility; online recruitment assessment tools; and innovative approaches to utilising spare freight and warehouse capacity.

Building on the success of the previous labs, this year’s programme will invite a range of technologies and solutions to focus on some new and exciting areas of the Wincanton business. A wide variety of businesses will be selected to join the lab and receive mentorship from Wincanton’s subject matter experts and senior management. Furthermore, applicants will have the opportunity to trial their solution in a live environment.