NFI Named 2020 NextGen Supply Chain Award Winner in Recognition of Robotics and Innovation Efforts


NFI, a leading supply chain provider, was recently recognized as a 2020 NextGen Supply Chain End Users and Solution Providers Award Winner. NFI received the End User Award in Robotics in recognition of its robotics deployment in its warehouse facility in partnership with 6 River Systems. The awards will honor 10 companies for utilizing technologies that will shape tomorrow’s supply chains during the NextGen Supply Chain Conference, entitled “NextGen Technology in the Post COVID Supply Chain: Challenge Meets Opportunity,” taking place virtually November 10-12, 2020. 

Barbara Gress, Director of Innovation and Engineering, will participate as a panelist at the conference, highlighting the deployment of “Chucks” autonomous robots. Gress will share how NFI streamlined distribution operations for a global leader in giftware through increased picking accuracy, improved productivity, and decreased onboarding time during peak season.

Founded in 1932, NFI is one of the oldest and largest privately-held 3PLs spanning 350 locations throughout North America. With over 50 million square feet of warehousing space, the company has implemented various innovative technologies to improve efficiency for customers. NFI’s innovation portfolio within its distribution facilities spans automation and robotics while its transportation fleet of more than 4,500 tractors includes investments in electric and natural gas vehicles. The company continues to invest in expanding its electric fleet in addition to investing in technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and business intelligence.

“By partnering with technology providers such as 6 River Systems, we have been able to help our customers remain flexible and agile,” said Jimmy Shafer, Senior Vice President of Integrated Design & Solutions at NFI. “This flexibility has enabled our customers to remain competitive and resilient during COVID-19, despite the challenges various industries have collectively faced as a result. Innovation remains a priority at NFI and we continue to explore and invest in new technologies that will not only provide greater efficiency for our customers, but redefine the employee experience.”

NFI’s full suite of end-to-end services include dedicated transportation, distribution, transportation management, port drayage, brokerage, global logistics, and commercial real estate. The company serves a variety of industries, including food and beverage, retail and ecommerce, consumer packaged goods, and manufacturing.

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About NFI

NFI is a fully integrated North American supply chain solutions provider headquartered in Camden, N.J. Privately held by the Brown family since its inception in 1932, NFI generates more than $3 billion in annual revenue and employs over 15,000 associates. NFI owns facilities globally and operates more than 60 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space. Its dedicated fleet consists of over 4,600 tractors and 13,000 trailers operated by 3,900 company drivers and leveraging partnerships with 500 independent contractors. NFI has a significant drayage presence at nearly every major U.S. port, leveraging the services of an additional 1,500 independent contractors. The company’s business lines include dedicated transportation, distribution, ecommerce fulfillment, brokerage, transportation management, port drayage, intermodal, global logistics, and real estate. For more information about NFI, visit www.nfiindustries.com or call 1-877-NFI-3777.