IN BRIEF: New Services and Solutions
The MULTILIFT Ultima 28Z from Hiab, part of Cargotec, is a heavy-duty hooklift designed to help companies complete demanding materials handling tasks with fewer hauls. The hooklift provides a low loading angle for handling fragile goods and navigating height-limited environments.
• HID released three new models in its LinTRAK RAIN RFID ultra-high frequency tag family to provide companies with more options to identify, track, and manage textile items. The new LinTRAK tags are robust and discreet, blending into apparel seams.
• The JWL150-DO Lightgistics Series light from Smart Vision Lights can perform high-speed barcode reading and optical character recognition with packages in reflective plastic wraps or shipping bags. The units have hidden strobe technology that allows LEDs to internally self-trigger thousands of times per second, pulsing faster than the human eye can perceive and creating the illusion of continuous light to maximize machine vision systems.
• Southco introduced a new cable accessory for its surface-mounted AC-15 rotary latch actuators, a multi-point rotary latch pull system. The accessory is ideal for applications on trucks and other vehicles.
• To serve the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, GEODIS opened a new temperature-controlled facility in Schiphol in the Netherlands next to an existing site. TAPA-A rated for air freight, the new facility is part of GEODIS’ worldwide cross-docking network for ambient and cold chain products.
• To help companies move their goods more sustainably with reusable packaging, ORBIS Corporation expanded its manufacturing facility in Urbana, Ohio. The expansion adds 30% more space for the production of ORBIS totes and pallets, and allows ORBIS to add more presses and tools, increase capacity, and shorten lead times. Reusable packaging products produced at the plant are used in industries such as automotive, food, beverage, and consumer packaged goods.
• DACHSER Sweden is moving into a new location in Jönköping, which is located between Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmö. With more than 17,000 square feet of office space, approximately 108,000-square-foot warehouse, and a cross-dock terminal with 70 gates, the new branch is DACHSER’s largest in the Nordic countries. The new premises offer an expansion from 5,800 to 11,000 pallet spaces for warehouse operations.
• Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of SATS Group, will increase cargo capacity at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) by 20% in early 2025 with the opening of a new 346,000-square-foot terminal. The new facility gives JFK its first dedicated on-airport handling facility for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products and perishable cargo.
• UPS introduced the UPS Supply Chain Symphony™ platform, a new tool that integrates shipping, warehousing, and inventory management functions into a single platform. This unified approach helps UPS customers operate more efficiently, gain supply chain visibility, and address challenges. The cloud-based Software-as-a-Service solution integrates previously stand-alone UPS tools so companies can view and orchestrate outcomes.
• ToolsGroup released the latest version of its JustEnough Retail Planning and Execution suite, offering advancements in its assortment planning and allocation capabilities. The newest version offers enhanced target creation in assortment planning that supports user-defined update periods and returns recommendations.
• DDC FPO unveiled its new auto-extraction and structuring solution, the latest addition to its platform of supply chain products. The new solution engages automated machine learning technology to cleanse and structure raw data from freight documents, applies client business rules, and transmits information via APIs to the client’s system.
• John Galt Solutions and FourKites teamed up to deliver end-to-end supply chain visibility. Integrating John Galt Solutions’ AI-powered Atlas Planning Platform with FourKites’ real-time supply chain insights, companies can detect and mitigate risks, receive shipment tracking data, align warehouse plans with transportation schedules, and attain visibility across the supply chain ecosystem.
• CargoAi, a provider of airfreight technology solutions, introduced CargoCoPilot, a feature integrated into its flagship platform, CargoMART. Leveraging large language models, CargoCoPilot offers real-time intelligent assistance, enabling users to enhance their efficiency, productivity, and skills in the airfreight procurement process.
• Qatar Airways Cargo started a dedicated freighter service to Warsaw, Poland. The addition of the freighter service, in combination with passenger flights, increases the weekly cargo capacity to more than 220 tons from Warsaw to Qatar.
• Etihad Cargo launched flights connecting Abu Dhabi and Denmark. The airline commenced four Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights a week to Copenhagen, Denmark, appointing WFS as its cargo handling partner in Copenhagen.
• Lufthansa Cargo now offers its fastest-speed service—td.Zoom—for urgent shipments. The service includes top speed, priority, and capacity access with no weight or size limitations. The handling processes at Lufthansa Cargo’s hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, and Vienna provide ramp supervision during aircraft loading and unloading, as well as dedicated ramp transfer from the warehouse to the aircraft and vice versa.