IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions
From a cobot-based palletizer to an AI-driven warehouse management tool, here are some notable supply chain services and solutions that recently hit the market.
- Smart Robotics’ new Smart Palletizer is designed to increase item stacking efficiency. Now available in three new versions, the cobot-based system can make palletizing in warehouses more resource efficient, offering more pick-and-place solutions to improve the quality of work for warehouse employees.
- Designed to protect products in transit, Cabka’s CabCube 4840 is a large container with a foldable sleeve. Ideal for distributing and storing large and lightweight parts, the container has dimensions of 48 x 40 x 48 inches and an internal volume of 247 gallons. The CabCube 4840 is injection-molded from 100% recyclable plastics and is designed for extreme reusability.
- Peli BioThermal’s newest reusable temperature-controlled shipping solution, Crēdo Go, is designed to adapt to customer programs, as well as help pharmaceutical companies reach environmental, social, and governance goals, cost reduction targets, and operational performance indicators. Crēdo Go reusable solutions accommodate temperature ranges from frozen to controlled room temperature; shipping durations span 24 to more than 120 hours.
- Southworth Products’ high-cycle lift tables extend time between maintenance. For applications that require frequent cycling (lifting and lowering) of lift tables, Southworth lift tables increase recommended maintenance intervals from 50,000 to 200,000 cycles. Made of durable wear parts, high-cycle lift tables integrate with other materials handling systems, such as conveyors and sortation systems.
- Storopack introduced an air pillow film that is produced from 100% recycled material. The new AIRplus offers companies a sustainable protective packaging option.
- Elevating Worker Platform Lifts from Presto ECOA position workers at elevated heights, as well as provide a stable platform with room for multiple workers, tools, workstations, test equipment, and computers. Because platform height can be adjusted at the touch of a button, the platforms can be used for stock picking at high shelves as well as rack and horizontal storage carousels.
- DHL Express relocated its San Diego facility to a space that is more than double the size of the previous location. Improving first-stop delivery times for its delivery services by at least 40 minutes in the local market, the facility at 655 Gateway Center Way is located close to the San Diego International Airport. Able to process up to 6,000 pieces per hour, the facility handles U.S. domestic and time-definite international shipments to and from 220 countries and territories.
- Logistics startup MetroSpeedy now offers last-mile delivery via cargo bikes in Washington, D.C. First launched in New York City, MetroSpeedy provides both delivery and delivery management solutions with its AI-based last-mile delivery technology, offering businesses increased visibility and transparency into deliveries.
- Omni Logistics opened a warehouse and cross-dock facility near Los Angeles, California. Located near Los Angeles International Airport, the new facility offers 42 dock doors, 10,000+ pallet positions, and spans 251,606 square feet. Capabilities include support for imports, exports, drayage, linehaul, transloads, time-critical transportation, white-glove delivery, freight forwarding, and warehousing and distribution.
- Aeronet Worldwide upgraded its Chicago, Illinois, station to a larger facility, increasing warehouse capacity by 40% to a total of 48,000 square feet. Located within 14 miles of O’Hare International Airport and within 28 miles of Chicago Midway International Airport, the new facility allows more space for storage, transloading, e-commerce fulfillment, and distribution services.
- J.B. Hunt expanded its transloading footprint with the addition of Seattle and Laredo, Texas, operations, providing shippers with quick access to outbound rail and highway transport. The company’s transloading service footprint now encompasses four of the largest ocean ports and the largest land port of entry into the United States; the facilities offer access to J.B. Hunt’s 53-foot intermodal container fleet and highway services, including its drop-and-hook trailer program.
- Marine drayage company IMC Companies is improving port efficiency with its SmartStacks solution. With SmartStacks, the containers of multiple shippers are placed into the same peel pile. Using IMC’s SmartStacks app, drivers instantly see the container’s destination and can choose to deliver the container to its final destination or bring it to a nearby IMC depot. In a peel pile process, drivers pull up to the indicated pile and take the top container from the terminal to peel from the pile, versus waiting for a specific container that could be located anywhere in the pile.
- A2Z Drone Delivery’s new integrated cargo drone, the RDST, offers an off-the-shelf drone delivery system for last-mile deliveries, extending operations up to a 9-mile round trip from a main distribution center. The RDST cargo drone employs an octocopter configuration paired with the company’s second-generation Rapid Delivery System (RDS2) to offer a ready-to-fly delivery system.
- Synkrato incorporated cloud service enterprise label management into its logistics platform. The new label template management capabilities support product traceability, letting supply chain professionals make label template changes without IT assistance.
- Logility joined forces with retail/CPG consulting firm Parker Avery to fuel supply chain transformation and growth for global retail and consumer goods companies. The partnership lets organizations leverage the capabilities of the Logility Digital Supply Chain Platform along with Parker Avery’s retail and consumer goods industry knowledge and approach to business transformation.
- o9 Solutions, an enterprise AI software platform provider for planning and decision-making, launched Supply Sensing, a next-generation solution designed to help companies better predict supply disruptions. It monitors internal and external factors, including agricultural yields, weather patterns, and transportation disruptions, and then maps the potential impact of macro trends to a manufacturer’s Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 suppliers.
- Arrive Logistics, a transportation and technology company introduced ARRIVEnow, a suite of digital solutions created to increase productivity and drive efficiency for shippers and carriers. The cloud-based native technology platform uses both machine learning models and human expertise to solve complex transportation challenges.
- SiliconExpert, a provider of electronic component intelligence and supply chain solutions, launched its supply chain risk management (SCRM) module and insights within its new Open Market module. Designed to increase supply chain resilience, the new module is available as an add-on within the company’s P5 Platform suite of component management solutions.
- Motion2AI unveiled its new artificial intelligence-driven warehouse management tool, MotionInsight, which harnesses data captured by Motion2AI’s MotionKit and MotionAPI to provide visibility into warehouse operations and performance. The solution analyzes operations data and highlights specific actions to improve productivity and safety.
- Kaleris now offers a supply chain execution and visibility platform, a cloud-based logistics solution that lets organizations control and optimize the movement of goods across the supply chain. It connects operational insights and workflows across major nodes in the supply chain and modes of transportation.
- Sealand – A Maersk Company launched a rail service from Spain to the UK. Designed for temperature-sensitive cargo like fruits and vegetables, the new transport option has flexible capacity and will initially have three weekly departures from Valencia terminal to Barking terminal in East London. The trains will also carry non-refrigerated cargo on their southbound journey back to Spain.
- Lufthansa Cargo now offers additional capacities in its medium-haul intra-European network on specially converted Airbus A321 freighters. New destinations from Germany include Birmingham, London, and Madrid.
- Port Everglades gained a direct ocean shipping service to east Asia for the first time since 2011 via MSC’s new Zephyr service, which launched in summer 2022. The first ship in the service, MSC Rochelle, called on the port on Sept. 30, 2022. The new service offers direct weekly connections from northern China and South Korea to the Southeast United States—going from Shanghai to Ningbo, Busan, Cristobal, Houston, Port Everglades, Savannah, Lazaro Cardenas, and back to Shanghai.
- Air Belgium launched its first services to South Africa and partnered with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Under a three-year contract, WFS will provide cargo handling for the nearly 1,800 tons per annum forecast to be carried onboard its twice-weekly Airbus A330-Neo flights connecting the two South African cities with Brussels. Flights operate on a Brussels-Johannesburg-Cape Town-Johannesburg-Brussels routing, with high volumes of pharma traffic expected into South Africa.