IN BRIEF: New Services & Solutions-May 2020


  • Southworth Products’ Model GTU-500 Gaylord filter moves parcels from gaylords and large containers onto conveyors and automated sortation systems. The filter tilts loads to provide controlled emptying, and its pan-style platform sits flush with the floor when lowered, allowing hand pallet trucks to place and retrieve gaylords.
  • Materials handling products manufacturer Steel King Industries released the SK Scrap Hopper, an industrial steel container with a 4,000-pound capacity and corrugated steel sides. Its heavy-duty swivel casters and push handle make it easy to maneuver and position.
  • Atlas Molded Products released the DuraTherm Fold Flat, a 100% recyclable foam cooler that folds flat for transportation, storage, and reuse. Its interlocking hinge allows a complete thermal seal without tape or film in a box, and reduces the space needed to store empty coolers.


  • The Port of Savannah added container slots totaling nearly 5,000 TEUs of space, allowing greater scheduling flexibility for the 36 containership services that call on the port. Its Garden City Terminal also provides on-terminal rail service from CSX and Norfolk Southern, three major truck gates, and 50 truck lanes.
  • APM Terminals made storage space available for importers facing unexpected demand. Storage is available at its five North American terminals: Los Angeles, California; Elizabeth, New Jersey; Mobile, Alabama; Miami, Florida; and Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico.
  • Kerry Logistics Network moved its airfreight division to a new facility near London Heathrow Airport. The facility provides a temperature-controlled bonded warehouse, including deep frozen storage, pick-and-pack machinery, and vacuum cooling, to meet delivery schedules and shelf-life requirements.
  • Averitt Express opened an international distribution center to service the Port of Houston. Located less than five miles from the Barbours Cut and Bayport Container Terminals, the facility features 250,000 square feet of enclosed space.
  • DHL Global Forwarding launched a 100-ton weekly airfreight service for organizations and governments shipping goods from China to Africa and the Middle East. DHL will consolidate cargo from across China into Guangzhou and transport it via Dubai to destinations across Africa and the Middle East in two to three days.


  • Sewio, a real-time location technology solution, is providing free consulting and software licenses to help manufacturers implement its employee safety technology. The system tracks employees’ locations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by monitoring those who come into contact with an infected person.
  • Elemica, a cloud-based digital supply network, added new features to its suites to enhance product safety and customer experiences. The features include improved shipment visibility, track and trace, electronic proof of delivery, visual route progress, and self-service data enrichments.
  • Responding to demand spikes caused by COVID-19, final-mile platform OneRail introduced QuickStart, a service that helps retailers launch and scale deliveries nationwide at no cost. When consumers place an order, the platform automatically dispatches it to a courier and provides tracking and data to clients and consumers.
  • Roadrunner Freight released a technology that digitizes the paper bill-of-lading process, helping less-than-truckload shippers electronically submit shipping documents. The technology enables digital rate requests, bill-of-lading creation, document sharing, shipping label creation, and pickup requests.
  • Beumer Group developed the BG Sorter Compact Cross-Belt, suitable for small, light shipments as well as parcels weighing up to 26 pounds. The gentle sorter can handle fragile goods and packaging that are difficult for conventional equipment to handle, such as smooth plastic film.
  • Presto Lifts created the P3 Operator Controlled Load Leveler to increase productivity and improve worker safety during manual pallet loading. The unit can be raised or lowered to position the top layer of boxes at the most accessible height. The platform has an integrated turntable that allows users to work from one spot.


  • Dachser Americas expanded its less-than-containerload (LCL) service to provide more reliable schedules, expedited transit times, and improved visibility to meet increased demand.
  • cargo-partner expanded its LCL rail transport as COVID-19 causes capacity shortages. The logistics provider started two weekly flights between Duisburg, Germany, and Hefei, China, as well as between Linz, Austria, and Xi’an, China.
  • Delta Cargo initiated international charters to help shippers transport cargo during the COVID-19 outbreak. A total of 13 U.S. airports and more than 70 airports globally participate in the program.
  • Logistics Plus offers a FAST-BOAT shipping service to help importers transport critical shipments from China, providing expedited customs clearance, transloading, and delivery to any U.S. location.
  • Virgin Atlantic Cargo now operates weekly flights from Heathrow Airport to Shanghai, China. The U.K. Department of Health and Social Care will use cargo capacity on two flights to deliver personal protective equipment and medical supplies.