IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions


  • ORBIS introduced its Automated Reusable Optimized Solutions (AROS) product line designed for integration into automated systems to facilitate the transfer, storage, and organization of merchandise. Launching as part of the AROS line is the ML6545-325 (pictured), a handheld container which offers a large cubic density and can interface with high-speed systems. Dividers can be added to allow multiple SKUs to be packed in the same tote.
  • Secop GmbH, a manufacturer of medical refrigeration compressors, unveiled the MP2UVULTM, a compressor designed for mobile refrigeration systems that require extreme low temperatures to transport biomaterials such as mRNA-based vaccines for COVID-19 and Ebola. Secop’s new compressor supports temperatures ranging from -94 degrees to -122 degrees Fahrenheit, regardless of outside temperatures. The compressor operates on battery and solar power.
  • Cortec’s EcoShield Heat Sealable Paper is a packaging product coated with a water-based adhesive coating, which forms seams when the paper is heated with coated sides together. Offering a non-hazardous and repulpable coating, the EcoShield Heat Sealable Paper can be disposed and reprocessed through standard recycling procedures.
  • Lufthansa Cargo opened a fine arts warehouse facility at the Frankfurt Hub in Germany. Offering safe storage of high-value fine arts of all kinds during airfreight transportation, the ARTcube features a ventilation system that enables targeted temperature control. Vertical window strips on the facade allow natural lighting, which is optimized by a supporting lighting system.


  • Sunset Transportation, a women-owned 3PL, was awarded Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification. This indicates Sunset follows and maintains written procedures, protocols, and best practices that comply with C-TPAT recommendations and criteria, and can provide elevated security levels and protect cargo that crosses northbound into the United States from criminal activity.
  • RJW Logistics Group, a provider of retail logistics solutions, acquired its ninth warehouse in the greater Chicagoland area. The new 667,000-square-foot building in Romeoville, Illinois, can receive an estimated 60,000 pallets and ship more than 65 million cases annually. Through this facility, the company will serve 200 CPG customers and create approximately 400 new jobs in the Romeoville area.
  • Shanghai-based cross-border e-commerce joint venture Gebrüder Weiss Express China aims to more than triple its service volume to 25 million parcels in 2022 compared to 2021. It now offers last-mile-delivery services in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel.
  • Dayton Freight Lines, a provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, opened a facility in Kingsport, Tennessee. Located near I-81 and I-26, the 24-door facility provides direct service to the Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport communities.
  • DHL Freight, a provider of road transport services in Europe, inaugurated a new terminal in Erlensee, a town in Germany’s Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region. The new transshipment facility near Frankfurt am Main includes a cross-dock terminal and a warehouse for specialty chemicals.
  • TForce Logistics, an operating company of TFI International, expanded its dedicated last-mile delivery capacity in Toronto with the opening of its fourth facility in the greater metropolitan area. The 8,140-square-foot distribution center gives TForce Logistics the ability to provide next-day delivery service down the Highway 401 corridor from Hamilton, Ontario, to Niagara Falls.


  • Outrider released its next-generation autonomy kit for yard automation. Supporting over-the-air software updates and field-swappable units, the latest kit includes the NVIDIA DRIVE autonomous vehicle platform for perception system processing; Ouster’s high-resolution lidar sensors for perception; and Yaskawa’s industrial robotic arm for connecting and disconnecting trailer lines.
  • Railinc unveiled the TransmetriQ Rail Management System, which enables shippers to better manage their freight rail operations. Providing shipment tracking and estimated time of arrival services, the product combines customized, near-real-time data with functionality such as electronic billing.
  • Extensiv (formerly 3PL Central) launched a directory of pre-vetted fulfillment partners to make finding a 3PL easier. The site is available for free at and links brands with 3PLs to help with pick, pack, and fulfillment services for e-commerce, including those that can meet specialized requirements.
  • FedEx and supply chain visibility company FourKites started a strategic alliance to provide businesses with real-time visibility capabilities to help solve supply chain challenges. FedEx and FourKites are collaborating to bring visibility into multimodal and multi-carrier operations through a new, end-to-end supply chain intelligence platform called FourKites X.
  • Teleroute, a European freight exchange community for road transport, released TelerouteRecommends, Europe’s first freight AI recommendation engine. It provides a real-time and continuous feed of new routes and loads that are available and will be of most interest to its freight exchange members, from an efficiency and profit standpoint. The AI engine analyzes data from historical usage of the platform to discover patterns.
  • Descartes Systems Group released enhancements to its global trade intelligence solution suite. The enhancements help companies accelerate international business growth while maintaining compliance with global trade regulations, including new sanctions and export controls imposed on Russia and Belarus resulting from the conflict in Ukraine.
  • Global enterprises can eliminate blind spots across their supply chains and enable data-driven decisions for shipments in transit with CalAmp’s new partnership with Bristlecone, a provider of AI-powered applications. The partnership will develop joint solutions that leverage Bristlecone’s AI and analytics expertise and real-time data from CalAmp’s supply chain visibility sensors, edge computing devices, and CalAmpTelematics Cloud.
  • ShipBob, an omnifulfillment platform, launched its Merchant Plus solution, a standalone warehouse management system (WMS) for merchants that have their own warehouse in the United States. The solution includes access to ShipBob’s carrier infrastructure, support team, and fulfillment experts.
  • DHL Global Forwarding, the international freight specialist division of Deutsche Post DHL Group, unveiled new features and updates to its digital customer platform myDHLi, which helps shippers increase the efficiency of their logistics operations. Users can calculate the estimated time of arrival of their ocean freight more accurately. In addition, the platform provides functionality to calculate and analyze shippers’ carbon footprint.
  • Dematic, a subsidiary of intralogistics provider KION Group, is migrating its offerings to Google Cloud and introducing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to improve customers’ supply chain execution.
  • Loftware, a software company providing enterprise labeling and artwork management solutions, released Loftware Spectrum 4.6, the latest version of its cloud-based enterprise labeling solution. Customers can now drive printer device types from one digital solution.
  • Foodservice operators can now receive comprehensive distributor data with the new machine learning file monitoring system for Spend Insights from perishables network iTradeNetwork. The automated solution analyzes and interprets incoming distributor data, detects anomalies based on volume and history, flags files requiring additional follow-up, and provides a scorecard for all distribution centers providing data to foodservice operators.
  • Locus, a technology company tackling last-mile logistics challenges, debuted its order-to-delivery dispatch management platform. The solution helps enterprises manage last-mile fulfillment on a single platform, with optimization algorithms and workflow automation increasing visibility and supporting more efficient dispatch planning, scheduling, routing, and carrier management.
  • A. Blair Enterprises, a provider of yard management services, now offers SPOT ON, a proprietary software package that is designed to eliminate demurrage and the need for costly yard checks. The service provides accurate locations, digital dispatching of trailer or container movements, time at the dock and in the yard, and customized detailed reports on demand.
  • Shipwell released a load optimization feature built directly into its transportation management system (TMS). The new feature helps customers reduce the time it takes to plan and route shipments, the costs associated with moving them, and the carbon emissions produced by the carriers hauling them. It leverages a proprietary algorithm to assess each individual order’s details.
  • J.B. Hunt Transport Services accelerated international cargo movement from Asia with a long-term, multi-vessel service agreement with Swire Shipping. Under the agreement, J.B. Hunt will have ongoing cargo shipping opportunities available from the Shenzhen, Qingdao, and Shanghai markets in China to ports in California and the Pacific Northwest.
  • Arvato Supply Chain Solutions is expanding its warehouse in Dorsten, Germany. Expected to be completed in September, the expansion will increase processing speed at the site. Its shuttle system will have a capacity of approximately 130,000 totes, each divisible into a maximum of eight compartments, and with a potential storage and retrieval capacity of up to 6,800 totes per hour.


  • Maryland’s Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore was added to a container service with the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) that will include port visits between Asia and the Panama Canal as well as the United States and the Suez Canal. The MSC Santana service now includes port calls in Baltimore and Boston, as well as Da Chan Bay Port in China.
  • Bahri Line, a new business unit under Bahri Logistics, extended its liner service to Jakarta, Indonesia, after signing a contract with equipment and engine maker Caterpillar. Bahri Line now offers direct service from the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and India to Jakarta. The company will also offer direct service to the United States from the Southeast Asian city.
  • Rhenus Logistics introduced a carbon-neutral air consolidation service from Frankfurt, Germany, to São Paulo, Brazil. Rhenus will offset the total emissions from the trade lane through a third-party company to achieve carbon neutrality which is verified and audited according to internationally accepted standards such as Gold Standards (GS) or verified carbon standard (VCS). Customers will then be able to download the certification of carbon-neutral activity.