IN BRIEF: New Services & Solutions-May 2021


  • The Gantry Robotic Intelligent Piece Picker, also known as GRIPP, from Inther, can pick from, as well as put pieces into, compartmentalized totes. Equipped with a customizable gripper, the machine can process up to 1,200 pieces per hour.
  • Avetta, a provider of supply chain risk management software, added an intelligent supplier classification tool to the Avetta Connect platform to better pair different supplier types to safety and certification requirements. The solution streamlines supplier onboarding and adds more service levels.
  • Blume Global, a provider of digital supply chain solutions, introduced Blume Maps, a digital twin of the world’s supply chain. Blume collected data on more than 1.5 million global locations and put that data together with dynamic scheduling and routing information to give shippers a map view of the supply chain world.
  • Woodland Group launched rail freight services at iPort Rail in Doncaster, UK, near its recently opened 195,000-square-foot fulfillment and distribution facility. The service moves containers between the ports of Felixstowe and Southampton with further services to London Gateway and Immingham to follow.

  • NEXT Trucking launched an online portal to streamline and expedite communications between the company and its shipper customers. The NEXT Shipper Portal lets shippers monitor, gather data, download reports, and take action on every phase of their shipments.
  • Omnichannel retailers and online sellers can better manage the complexities of e-commerce delivery, exchange, and returns with a joint offering from Inmar Intelligence and Convey. The solution combines Inmar’s returns management platform with Convey’s delivery experience management technology to provide end-to-end visibility.
  • Loadsmart introduced a mode optimization capability to offer multiple rates for a single full truckload (FTL) shipment. The update lets shippers select the most cost effective and environmentally sustainable modes for FTL shipments.
  • Logistics technology platform Web Integrated Network (WIN) established itself as a standalone entity from Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation with the appointment of its own executive team. WIN provides shippers with neutral technology solutions to execute and monitor shipments and to streamline workflows.


  • MSC introduced an intermodal solution between Asia and Europe. The new offering combines both sea and rail service departing from China, Korea, and Japan to Europe, via Vladivostok and Vostochniy with further feeder connections from St. Petersburg.
  • OOCL made a change to its Atlantic Mediterranean Express service, replacing La Spezia with Livorno, Italy, as a port call starting in May 2021.


  • Lite Foam, a new dunnage material offering from ORBIS, protects lightweight parts during transit, assembly, and storage. Composed of extruded polypropylene, Lite Foam’s uniform strength eliminates the ribbing effect seen in some lightweight dunnage materials.
  • OneCharge launched two series of lithium industrial batteries: American Standard and 4500 Pallet Jack. The American Standard battery supports a wide range of materials handling applications while the 4500 Pallet Jack series powers electric pallet jacks.


  • SEKO Logistics opened regional distribution hubs on the U.S. East Coast to support growth in Baltimore and Charlotte. Its new Baltimore operation offers more than 160,000 square feet of warehouse space.
  • CEVA Logistics introduced two air cargo services: its new SKYCAPACITY program, which provides global air cargo capacity, and its new premium Time Critical Solution, which provides custom, guaranteed transport for time-critical, no-failure shipments.
  • 3PL Circle Logistics now provides expedited air transport. Through its network of commercial and charter air carriers, Circle Logistics offers air service for small parcel cargo of up to 200 pounds, forwarded from any origin to any destination in the domestic United States.
  • DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo started regular carbon-dioxide-neutral cargo flights between Frankfurt and Shanghai. The weekly flights run on sustainable aviation fuel, which is produced mainly from biomass waste, such as used vegetable and cooking oils. When burned in the engine, the same amount of carbon dioxide is released which was previously removed from the atmosphere during the original growth of the plants.