Logistics firm Hermes, its CIO and head of innovation have awarded business support to teams from Leeds Beckett University that took part in a hackathon to devise new ways to improve the logistics sector.
The hackathon, hosted at Leeds Beckett University, saw five teams win support from Hermes UK, a division of the 45 year old German logistics business. Hermes chose Leeds Beckett University as the logistics firm as has an innovation lab in Leeds.
Hermes tasked teams attending the hackathon with “creating pioneering ideas combining e-commerce and delivery”.
Hermes CIO Chris Ashworth (above) sat on the judging panel along with Karl Harwood, Head of Distribution at Missguided the clothing retailer and Hermes client of Paul Doney of Leeds Beckett University.
Awards were given to a team that created a safe and secure location for parcel deliveries. Second place was awarded to a team with a fashion-led social media platform with a subscription service that earned praise from the judges for its use of big data. Third went to a universal tracking tool.
Chris Ashworth, CIO at Hermes, said: “I am thoroughly impressed by the ambition and innovation on display that has allowed these talented students to create a number of pioneering ideas in such a short space of time. The retail and home delivery sectors cannot afford to stand still and we must continue to invest heavily to push the boundaries and satisfy the growing demands of the everyday consumer. We’re currently recruiting for talented IT professionals to join our team at all levels, and it’s great to see local talent that should be nurtured.”
Richard Blown, Head of Innovation at Hermes, worked closely with the university to organise the event. He said: “We have a commitment to nurture the innovators and business leaders of tomorrow, who in turn will help to shape the future of retail and logistics for many years to come. These fantastic ideas have undoubtedly given us food for thought and we look forward to exploring how we could further develop them and potentially bring them to market, whilst continuing to offer employment opportunities for graduates.”
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