Noted: The Supply Chain in Brief-June 2018


  • Sports nutrition bar maker Active Nutrition International GmbH launched e-commerce channels in Germany and Austria using SaaS solutions provider Descartes Systems Group’s pixi* WMS to support order fulfillment for its PowerBar and Dymatize sports nutrition brands.
  • Mitsubishi Electric, manufacturer and marketer of electric and electronic equipment, renewed its agreement with Yusen Logistics UK as its warehouse provider to continue to develop a bespoke logistics service. Yusen’s solution now includes all inbound logistics, from palletized and handball containers to picking product for dispatch, as well as reverse logistics.
  • CASK Industries, a full-service manufacturer and wholesale supplier of wall tile, ceiling fans, vinyl flooring, window coverings, door hardware, and countertops, selected and deployed the Cloud Logistics TMS to manage transportation. CASK Industries shipped with the system within days of implementation.
  • Dormify, an online retailer for small-space furnishings, selected Dotcom Distribution as its e-commerce fulfillment and logistics provider. Dotcom will provide fulfillment logistics services for the brand’s suite of products, including bedding, décor pillows, accessories, and storage cubes.
  • Computer monitor and display maker iiyama entered into a long-term partnership with logistics service provider GEODIS. GEODIS takes care of all customs handling, the transport of products from Rotterdam to Venlo, The Netherlands, storage and sales order processing at the GEODIS Campus in Venlo, and daily outbound transport to final customers.


  • Transervice Logistics helped The Book Fairies, a Long Island, New York-based non-profit organization, battle illiteracy by collecting and donating more than 750 books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines to be distributed to libraries, schools, and teachers in need throughout metropolitan New York. Transervice Logistics employees filled 20 banker’s boxes full of donations to help the organization.


  • John Leach was named chief executive officer by 3PL FLS Transportation Services Limited. Leach joins FLS from Coyote Logistics, where he was chief commercial officer.


  • ROAR Logistics, a domestic intermodal marketing company, transportation brokerage, NVOCC, and U.S. licensed customs broker, acquired Integra Logistics Services. With this acquisition, ROAR extends its reach across North America with offices in eight major markets and more than 120 associates.
  • AFF Global Logistics, a domestic ocean freight forwarder specializing in less-than-containerload freight shipments, acquired freight forwarder Alaskan Express. The deal furthers AFF’s goal to strengthen its resources and deliver best-in-class capabilities, technology, and services to the Alaska market.
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  • Dermody Properties, a logistics real estate developer and manager, broke ground on a new industrial park in Woodinville, Washington, east of Seattle. Known as LogistiCenter at Woodinville, the park will consist of two buildings totaling 409,500 square feet. LogistiCenter at Woodinville will feature a total of 92 dock doors, eight grade-level doors, and a 32-foot clear height. Construction is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2018. The facility’s location and truck maneuverability will complement distribution operations.


  • Anheuser-Busch ordered 800 hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks from Nikola Motor Company, a pioneer in hydrogen-electric renewable technology. The brewer will integrate the zero-emission trucks, designed to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles and be refilled within 20 minutes, into its dedicated fleet beginning in 2020.
  • CHEP’s 40- x 24-inch pooled (shared and reused) half pallets have achieved carbon neutral status. CarbonNeutral certification is based on the CarbonNeutral Protocol, a sustainability program. Further enhancing the solution’s sustainability, CHEP, a Brambles company, calculates the carbon footprint of the platform, and then purchases carbon offset credits from offset retailer Natural Capital Partners. The credits benefit the Mississippi Alluvial Valley Reforestation Project, an effort supporting a key North American ecosystem.


  • Supply chain solutions provider NFI received Lowe’s’ 2017 Transportation Partnership Award and was named its North Dedicated Carrier of the Year. Providing dedicated fleet solutions to the home improvement and appliance retailer, NFI was recognized for its commitment and support.
  • Werner Enterprises, a transportation and logistics provider, received the Partner of the Year Award for 2017 from Dollar General. The retailer selected the carrier based on utilization, highest on-time service rates, and the best partnership.
  • Retail chain Sam’s Club gave logistics partner LEGACY Supply Chain Services its 2017 Third Party Provider of the Year Award for excellent service within its warehousing and transportation network. LEGACY was recognized for best-in-network productivity, reducing operating cost per unit, and operating four facilities ranked in the top six of the chain’s overall network operating index.
  • Shannon Vaillancourt, president and founder of logistics software provider RateLinx, was invited into the Forbes Technology Council, an exclusive community for chief information officers, chief technology officers, and other technology executives.
  • Dayton Freight Lines was named LTL Carrier of the Year by HNI Corporation, a manufacturer of office furniture and hearth products, in its inaugural LTL awards presentation (pictured). Criteria for this honor include on-time delivery and low claims.
  • Span Alaska Transportation garnered three awards from the Alaska Trucking Association (ATA), recognizing its commitment to safety. In addition to the ATA/ConocoPhillips Safe Truck Fleet of the Year Award, Span Alaska was recognized for most improved truck fleet safety and most improved industrial safety.