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By working with industry leaders, Gatik aims to address the challenges in the logistics sector, including surging e-commerce demands, critical driver shortages, and rising operational costs. 

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ITOCHU Corporation, one of Japan's largest general trading and investment companies, announced a strategic partnership and investment in Gatik, the market leader in autonomous middle-mile logistics. The collaboration aims to accelerate the deployment and scaling of Gatik's autonomous delivery network across North America. 

This partnership leverages Gatik's proven autonomous vehicle technology and ITOCHU Corporation's extensive automotive resources and expertise to transform the B2B middle-mile logistics sector.

"We're thrilled to strengthen our relationship with ITOCHU, further solidifying Gatik's position as the leading provider of autonomous transportation as a service for the middle mile," said Philip Reinckens, Gatik's Senior Vice President of Commercialization and Operations.

The collaboration with ITOCHU is part of Gatik's strategy to revolutionize the North American logistics landscape by deploying Freight-Only at scale. By working with industry leaders, Gatik aims to address the challenges in the logistics sector, including surging e-commerce demands, critical driver shortages, and rising operational costs. 

"This partnership is another example of the growing momentum and investment behind our technology and operations and a testament to the increasing demand for safe, reliable, autonomous logistics. Together with our growing list of partners, we're looking forward to continuing to transform the sector for the benefit of our Fortune 500 customers and their end consumers," Reinckens added. 

These partnerships are reshaping the industry to meet the increasing expectations of end-consumers while alleviating the strain on traditional logistics infrastructure. 

Gatik's partnership with ITOCHU underscores the industry's growing confidence in Gatik's technological leadership and commitment to addressing the logistics sector's increasing demands.

"Gatik's cutting-edge autonomous technology aligns perfectly with our goal to expand our downstream presence in the U.S. automotive market and revolutionize logistics services," said Atsushi Kuromi, General Manager, ITOCHU Corporation. "With their demonstrated safety record and methodical approach to scaling, we see immense potential in Gatik's ability to further optimize middle-mile delivery, address driver shortages, and ultimately create a more sustainable and efficient supply chain for the benefit of consumers."

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