IN BRIEF | New Services & Solutions


  • Logistics provider Dachser expanded its range of services, launching 26 less-than-containerload (LCL) connections in 2018. As of June 2018, Dachser added these routes: weekly LCL services from Bremen, Germany, to new destinations in the United States (Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Houston, Atlanta, and Charlotte); from Hamburg to India (Nhava Sheva and Chennai); and from Hamburg to New Delhi.
  • Ocean carrier Crowley Maritime introduced a direct, weekly service from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, to Port Everglades, Florida. The two-day northbound sailing lets shippers move cargo on all types of equipment, including 20- and 40-foot refrigerated and dry containers.
  • Alaska Air Cargo expanded its cargo lift capacity by 40 percent in the continental United States by utilizing the 71 Airbus aircraft that joined its fleet as part of its merger with Virgin America. Alaska Air Cargo utilizes the belly space in these aircraft to provide shippers with new shipping destinations and increased frequencies throughout the Alaska Airlines system.

  • Rail Cargo Group, the freight division of the Austrian Federal Railways, and DHL Global Forwarding, international provider of air, sea, and road freight services, signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an intermodal rail network between Austria and China. The latest route in DHL’s Asia-Europe-Asia multimodal network connects Chengdu to Vienna in 15 days, spanning more than 6,000 miles and crossing six countries.
  • To coordinate truckload transportation across North America for shippers, Dayton Freight Lines, a provider of regional LTL transportation, introduced Dayton Freight Truckload. The trucker works with pre-certified, CSA-compliant carriers, and offers shippers same-day rate quotes.
  • UPS significantly expanded its ocean LCL service with the addition of direct sailings in 130 lanes. The origin and destination countries cover most of the globe, including ports in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.


  • This new truck scale dynamically weighs each axle and prints a receipt with individual axle weights and the total without requiring a driver to stop. Vehicle operators drive over Alliance Scale’s axleWEIGH In Motion Truck Scale at approximately 3 mph for the individual axle weights to be calculated. The scale also calculates total vehicle weight, regardless of truck length or configuration.
  • Manufacturers can now look up order promising and scheduling dates across multi-line order quotes with supply chain consultancy Intrigo Systems’ new application. The solution, along with Splice Machine’s Online Predictive Processing platform, keeps inventory changes in tables.
  • Lanetix launched LxRoadFreight, a CRM suite designed for the domestic freight market. The software suite provides Global 2000 CRM at less than half the cost of traditional enterprise CRM solutions, and features transportation-specific fuctionality such as shipper accounts and carrier onboarding.
  • Warehouse operators can handle multiple, high-volume orders and charges via a single WMS for multiple carriers now that TMW Systems integrated its TruckMate transportation management system (TMS) solution with 3PL Central’s cloud-based warehouse management system (WMS), 3PL Warehouse Manager. The integrated solution helps streamline workflows, reduce costs, and maximize productivity.
  • To improve in-transit visibility and increase carrier collaboration and connectivity, Manhattan Associates updated its TMS. Manhattan partnered with FreightRover, a digital freight marketplace, to enable shippers to find capacity matches for their freight. Manhattan TMS users can now use FreightRover’s Digital Freight Matching platform to locate and contract alternate carriers, reduce turndown rates, track freight, and expedite payment.
  • Landstar System, a provider of integrated transportation management solutions, launched an enhanced Landstar Maximizer mobile app. The search engine enables owner-operators to look for and book back-to-back loads, creating multi-leg, full-week runs. The app finds load combinations to maximize the potential revenue for the time period the owner-operator chooses.
  • To provide shippers with savings on spot transportation requests, Schneider, a provider of transportation and logistics services, teamed with JAGGAER, a spend management company. Using JAGGAER’s Advanced Sourcing Optimizer, Schneider’s BidSmart moves the entire process onto a digital platform, and is able to quickly identify and analyze spot transportation options.
  • To monitor perishable shipments, technology and engineering company Emerson released its GO Real-Time Reusable Tracker. This new version of the GO Real-Time Tracker allows shippers to recharge and reuse the device. It is suitable for scenarios where users own their own trucks or control a shipment’s start and end point.


  • Air France KLM Martinair Cargo teamed up with CSafe Global, a maker of active and passive cold-chain packaging solutions, to launch the CSafe RAP container. The new electrical container allows Air France KLM Martinair Cargo to offer reliable service for extra-long-range pharmaceutical shipments.
  • Industrial facilities can net year-round HVAC cost savings with Hunter Industrial Fans’ new line of products. The industrial division of Hunter Fan Company introduced the XP, a HVLS solution that features a plug-and-play, pre-assembled installation process that does not require any guy-wires.
  • High-density storage applications will benefit from Steel King Industries’ drive-in and drive-through racking. Requiring fewer aisles than selective racks and maximizing cube utilization, the system allows users to store up to 75 percent more pallets than with selective racking.
  • DeltaTrak’s, FlashLink In-Transit Real-Time Mini Logger provides real-time temperature, humidity, and location information utilizing GSM cellular technology. The cold chain management solution provider unveiled two models, one with a 15-day logging duration and one for longer trips with a 60-day logging duration.
  • To ensure a safe and productive dock operation, Entrematic introduced the Kelley VERSACHOCK Wheel Chock Wireless Trailer Restraint System (Model KMC), which secures trailers while communicating operation status with drivers and dock workers. The restraint system accommodates a variety of trailers and vehicles.
  • Rite-Hite introduced the Dok-Lok SHR-5000, a vehicle restraint that uses a shadow hook design to secure traditional trailers, as well as intermodal container chassis and trailers with rear-impact guard obstructions. Its universal design supports upgradeable loading dock safety technology.


  • Burris Logistics, a food-service redistribution and refrigerated warehousing company, opened a 250,000-square-foot public refrigerated warehouse in McDonough, Georgia, 30 miles outside Atlanta. The temperature-controlled, 28,000-pallet position facility provides capacity for companies producing frozen/refrigerated foodstuffs and retailers seeking outsourced storage solutions.
  • Logistics company Compass Forwarding launched Compass Critical, a dedicated team for domestic and international time-sensitive shipments. The new division serves shippers in the aerospace, pharma/medical, energy, automotive, and ship spares industries. The team offers expedited air cargo services and specialized commodity-specific handling.
  • CMA CGM Group now offers TRAXENS by CMA CGM, a connected container solution, to all customers. TRAXENS by CMA CGM is a connected box fixed on the container that measures the container’s position, whether at sea or on land. It also measures the intensity of potential shocks and outside temperature variations. A future offering will measure humidity and temperature inside the container, and doors opening and closing.
  • Building products supplier and paper manufacturer Georgia-Pacific is bringing together supply chain companies to develop solutions within its new Point A Center for Supply Chain Innovation. Opened in June 2018 in an initial 15,000-square-foot space at Atlanta’s TechSquare Labs, Georgia-Pacific’s Point A Center for Supply Chain Innovation serves as a collaborative space for multinational corporations, startups, and academic institutions.
  • nVision Global created its iMpact TMS application in a modular format to allow shippers to add and remove functionality with minimum interruption to business processes. iMpact TMS features modules that enable daily functions, such as purchase order integration between vendor, supplier, and customer; shipment creation; controlled spot quote auctions; and rating, routing, booking, and visibility. iMpact TMS also allows for nVision Global Control Tower management of shipments or a customer-managed option.

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