NOTED: Supply Chain Highlights
From recent acquisitions to service milestones and awards, here’s what new and notable in the supply chain.
• August 2023 marked the 20th anniversary of Lakeshore Logistics, based in Cleveland. The non-asset company uses a proprietary, data-driven approach to solve transportation supply chain challenges for its customers.
• Transervice Logistics, a provider of dedicated contract carriage and customized transportation solutions, awarded four $2,500 scholarships to children of its employees for the 2023 fall term at the college of their choice. The Transervice executive team chose the winners based on academic achievement, community involvement, and overall character.
Up the Chain
• Trax Technologies, a transportation spend management solutions company, appointed Blake Tablak as CEO. Tablak succeeds Hampton Wall, who will transition to the role of special advisor.
• Robert Stadnicki joins Worldwide Logistics Group as national air freight director, responsible for setting the company’s air freight strategy, managing import and export air services, and creating and implementing new strategies to drive revenue.
• DP World named Terry Donohoe as vice president of freight forwarding for the Americas. He is responsible for establishing and implementing the company’s Americas’ freight forwarding strategy and service offerings while working to integrate these capabilities into the broader DP World global supply chain network.
• IntelliTrans, a provider of global multimodal solutions for the bulk and break-bulk industries, named Chad Raube as president and CEO, replacing Ken Sherman, who has retired.
• DHL Supply Chain announces a change in its regional management as Terry Ryan, CEO DHL Supply Chain Asia Pacific, retires from the DHL Group after more than 40 years with the company. His successor, Javier Bilbao, was previously CEO DHL Supply Chain Latin America.
M & A
• Forward Air Corporation and Omni Logistics will combine in a cash-and-stock transaction. The merger creates a scaled LTL enterprise that provides multimodal solutions for shippers with complex, high-service, and high-value freight needs.
• CEVA Logistics signed an agreement to acquire 96% of Mumbai-based Stellar Value Chain Solutions, a contract logistics provider, encompassing approximately 7.7 million square feet of space across more than 70 facilities in 21 cities in India.
• Verst Logistics has acquired the managed transportation and freight brokerage business from Loth Logistics. This strategic transaction will roll up into the Verst Transportation Business Unit.
• The Containerization and Intermodal Institute (CII) honored Brenda Martin, former vice president of terminal services (retired) for Husky Terminal and Stevedoring at the Port of Tacoma, with the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award. CII presents the award to individuals or organizations who have played a long-standing, significant, supporting role in the industry.
• Tim Dean, a Werner professional driver, achieved the milestone of driving 5 million accident-free miles. Dean joins retired Werner professional driver, Charley Endorf, as the second driver in company history to reach this milestone.
• ToolsGroup, a provider of retail and supply chain planning and optimization software, was awarded Microsoft’s Best Independent Software Vendor Partner Award for the third year in a row. The award recognizes ToolsGroup’s expertise, data-driven approach, and cloud-based solutions for retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.
• Third-party logistics provider MODE Transportation was named the 2023 Univar Solutions Central Region Carrier of the Year. MODE provides over-the-road and LTL shipping solutions to Univar, a global specialty chemical and ingredient distributor, and its customers.
• UK-based online men’s and women’s clothing label HERA Clothing has selected Bleckmann as its third-party logistics partner. This new collaboration, which covers warehousing and fulfillment, will help HERA continue to meet customer service levels as it pursues a growth strategy.
• Souto Foods, a wholesale distributor of authentic Hispanic Foods, has chosen Made4net’s WarehouseExpert WMS to enhance inventory accuracy, productivity, throughput, and customer satisfaction. Souto Foods serves a customer base of more than 600 grocers and food service providers across the United States.
• Wawa is partnering with Penske to operate a Freightliner eCascadia battery-electric truck as part of a 6-month pilot program. This is the first electric truck used in Wawa’s history. From the pilot, Penske will test and learn more about this emerging new technology to consider future application or expansion to its delivery fleet.
• Global lighting brand and retailer Briloner has adopted TradeBeyond as its multi-enterprise supply chain platform. Briloner will use TradeBeyond to cover its end-to-end supply chain operations, from product development to sourcing and supply chain.
• CLARINS, a high-end skincare company, has selected the Goods to Man SCALLOG solution to automate its business-to-business and business-to-consumer retail order picking at its ecommerce logistics hub in Somme, France.