NOTED: The Supply Chain In Brief-Aug 2021

Good Works

  • Global logistics services provider DHL Express delivered the U.S. government’s donation of 1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in collaboration with the COVAX global vaccine-sharing program. DHL arranged pickup of the vaccines from U.S. facilities before they were airlifted from its Cincinnati hub to the DHL Express Subang Gateway in Malaysia, where the vaccines were distributed to designated locations in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Transportation and logistics services provider Schneider donated funds to the American Red Cross to support India’s fight against COVID-19. The donation helps the thousands of Red Cross workers and volunteers currently in India provide oxygen for critical patients and vaccines, transportation to medical facilities, and other efforts.
  • Maritime and supply chain services provider Crowley Maritime established a $2.5-million endowment at the University of North Florida to create the Crowley Center for Transportation and Logistics. The center is designed to help students become leaders in transportation, logistics, and related data analytics.

Green Seeds

  • As part of its goal to reach climate neutrality by 2030, Gebruder Weiss is employing an additional electric truck to transport HP’s computers and printers in Central and Eastern Europe, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 55 tons per year. Capable of traveling more than 90 miles without recharging, the truck runs daily services to electronics wholesalers.
  • Electric vehicle manufacturer Arrival and Microsoft are developing cloud-based data management capabilities for zero-emission vehicles and fleets to optimize journeys and charging cycles. Arrival will develop models with Microsoft that simplify data-sharing within a mobility or freight network, which will help manufacturers and logistics companies gain insights that improve operational efficiency.


  • MGN Logistics, a provider of freight and transportation management technology solutions, acquired Republic Logistic Services, a California-based freight brokerage.
  • Logistics platform Uber Freight entered into a definitive agreement to acquire third-party logistics provider Transplace.
  • Container logistics company A.P. Moller-Maersk acquired Visible SCM, an e-commerce fulfillment and parcel delivery company.
  • Global logistics provider Hellmann Worldwide Logistics acquired overnight express provider Innight Express, based in Hungary and Romania.
  • Logistics technology solutions provider Descartes Systems Group acquired GreenMile, a provider of cloud-based mobile route execution solutions based in Florida.
  • Avetta, a provider of risk management software, acquired Pegasus, a worker competency management software provider.
  • Supply Chain Services, which provides automated data collection solutions, acquired ISG Technologies, a global managed mobility services provider.


  • Logistics services provider GEODIS has been recognized by Lenovo, a global manufacturer of connected devices, with the Logistics Excellence Award for its innovative air freight solutions connecting China to North America.
  • State departments of transportation in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina earned regional recognition in the America’s Transportation Awards for completing innovative projects that provided transit options in rural communities, improved road safety, and boosted efficiency.
  • Heartland Express received the FedEx Express Platinum Award and the Core Carrier of the Year award from FedEx Express. Heartland Express reached near-perfect service levels—99.99% on time—for more than 20,000 shipments in 2021.
  • Global logistics management provider TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson, was named a Partner-Level Supplier by John Deere, the company’s highest supplier rating. This honor recognizes TMC’s dedication to providing outstanding solutions and its commitment to continuous improvement.

Sealed Deals

  • Makeup brand Glossier chose Vuealta’s Software-as-a-Service applications to streamline its demand- and inventory-planning processes, manage promotions, better respond to disruptions, and secure ongoing support.
  • Wholesale greenhouse grower Bonnie Plants selected an AI-powered transportation management system from PCS Software to achieve timely, accurate scheduling for delivering its live plants to large retail stores. The platform also manages its private fleet and drivers to optimize rate rationalization, consolidation, and routing.
  • Bed Bath & Beyond selected Ryder System to modernize its supply chain and improve merchandise replenishment. Ryder will develop and operate two distribution centers, reducing replenishment times to retail stores to less than 10 days from the current 35 days.
  • Sports brand Overtime selected Ruby Has Fulfillment to provide logistics and fulfillment services for its new apparel division. Ruby Has will help fuel Overtime’s fast-growing e-commerce business as it scales to reach young consumers.

Shovel Ready

  • Farming retailer Tractor Supply broke ground on a new distribution center in Navarre, Ohio. The 895,000-square-foot facility will serve more than 250 stores at full capacity. It plans to add three more distribution centers in the next five years.
  • Creative Packaging Company, a refrigerant gel pack manufacturer, is constructing a manufacturing facility in Chicago to meet the high demand for its products. The 30,000-square-foot facility has the latest technology to meet customers’ packaging needs.

Up the Chain

  • Warehouse technology company SnapFulfil appointed Rich Pirrotta as its new CEO. Pirrotta brings more than 30 years of experience in executive and management roles for companies such as Procter & Gamble, Deloitte, and Logicalis.
  • Hub Group promoted Vince Paperiello to president of intermodal and chief solutions officer. Paperiello is responsible for the performance of the intermodal business as well as leading customer solutions. Paperiello joined Hub Group in 1993 as a customer service representative and has served in a variety of leadership positions since then.

In Memoriam

  • Robert (Bob) Downie, former CEO of Holman Logistics, died on June 9, 2021, after a three-month battle with cancer. Downie led Holman for more than 40 years, transforming the Pacific Northwest transport company into a national provider of warehousing, distribution, and omnichannel fulfillment services.