NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights
• Trailer Bridge and ATS International held a charity golf tournament that raised more than $104,500 for Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico, supporting the organization’s efforts to create and preserve home ownership opportunities for low-income individuals and families on the island.
• Technology-driven logistics company TransLoop partnered with Luke Grimes of Yellowstone, Hydroviv, and the Jeff Ruby family to deliver and donate filtration systems to East Palestine, Ohio, in the wake of a train derailment.
• Nexterus, a supply chain management and third-party logistics provider, announced the Nexterus Charity of the Year for 2023. This year’s charity is Building Bridges for Brianna, a York County, Pennsylvania, charity that helps members of the community deal with and prevent suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury.
• Founded in 1983 as an airfreight specialist in Vienna, cargo-partner is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Today, the company offers air, sea, rail, road transport and warehousing services from 160+ offices globally.
• Southeastern Freight Lines is celebrating 70 years of service at its Florence, South Carolina, service center, which opened for business in June 1953 with a handful of dock doors and one associate. Since then, the facility has grown to 67 dock doors and 60 associates.
• Less-than-truckload carrier ABF Freight won the 2022 Excellence in Cargo Claims & Loss Prevention Award (LTL Division) from the American Trucking Associations. ABF is the first LTL carrier to receive this award 10 times and the only carrier to win for three consecutive years.
• AFS Logistics announced the winners of its inaugural LTL Carrier of the Year Award, which acknowledges the national, super regional, and regional LTL carriers that best exemplified outstanding performance and service during the previous year: National-Old Dominion Freight Line, Super regional-Southeastern Freight Lines, Regional- Ward Transport & Logistics.
• J.B. Hunt Transport Services recently celebrated 84 company drivers for achieving two-plus million safe driving miles. The company awarded the elite group of drivers a total of more than $1.2 million in safe driving bonuses for their career-defining achievements.
• CN launched a new self-service, sustainability tool, My Carbon Emissions, that gives shippers a detailed report of their estimated greenhouse gas emissions based on their shipments moved on CN, as well as the emissions avoided by choosing rail over truck.
• Schneider completed its first-ever battery electric vehicle delivery with Frito-Lay North America, the first company to contract transport on Schneider’s fleet of electric Freightliner eCascadia trucks.
M & A
• Global materials handling specialist Alstef Group acquired warehouse automation solutions provider Solution Net Systems (SNS).
• The Allen Lund Company, a transportation and logistics provider, has completed its acquisition of United World Transportation, a freight brokerage based in Canada.
• EFL Global, a logistics and supply chain solutions provider, purchased Locher Evers International, a family-owned Canadian logistics company offering a full suite of logistics services.
• Descartes Systems Group acquired the assets of Localz, a technology platform to help engage with customers on the day they’re having goods or services delivered.
• Everstream Analytics purchased BlueNode, which automates the enrichment of intermodal logistics data with an AI-powered cleansing and integration engine. The solution helps streamline logistics and facilitates carbon emission measurement and reporting for the maritime corridor.
• NFI acquired SDR Distribution Services, a multichannel provider of custom warehousing and distribution solutions in Canada and the United States.
• Papé Material Handling acquired Globe-Bay Area Forklift. Former Globe-Bay Area Forklift customers will gain access to Papé’s extensive selection of forklifts and other material handling equipment.
• Retail and supply chain planning and optimization software company ToolsGroup has been selected by RISI, a leading Spanish snack brand, to help transform its supply chain operations, strengthen retail partner relationships, accelerate business growth, and maximize customer satisfaction.
• Nissan Motor Company has partnered with project44 to enhance its resilient global logistics network. The automotive company will use the Movement by project44 platform to gain end-to-end supply chain visibility and improve operational efficiency by quickly mitigating disruptions.
• Canada-based home and commercial services and energy solutions company Enercare has selected IFS Cloud for Service Management, together with the IFS Planning and Scheduling Optimization software, to streamline service operations and field productivity.
Up the Chain
• GreyOrange named co-founder Akash Gupta as chief executive officer. Gupta leads GreyOrange’s senior executive team to advance growth of the company’s automation solutions platform.
• MODE Global promoted Gene Welsh to chief transportation officer. He previously served as senior vice president of international. As CTO, Welsh will have oversight and accountability for all transport modes.
• Old Dominion Freight Line’s Board of Directors elected Christopher J. Kelley, who currently serves as the company’s vice president of the Central States Region, to serve as the company’s senior vice president of operations.
• Graham Connor of iGPS Logistics, a preeminent veteran of the pallet industry, has passed away. He was in the industry for 40 years, including 20 years at CHEP and nearly one decade as the president and chief operating officer of PECO before joining iGPS.