January 2021 | News | In Brief

IN BRIEF: New Services & Solutions

Tags: Warehousing, Transportation, Technology


  • Designed for logistics, assembly, and other applications, the MATE-XT wearable exoskeleton from Comau replicates the user's shoulder movements to provide upper body support without batteries, motors, or other failure-prone devices. Featuring a lightweight carbon fiber structure, it offers 8 different levels of assistance that workers can set quickly without interrupting their tasks.
  • Hyster Company introduced a lift truck designed for high-density, high-throughput warehouses. Available in 3,000- to 4,500-pound load capacities and single- or double-reach capabilities, the Hyster N30-45ZR/ZDR narrow aisle reach truck delivers reduced energy consumption and faster cycle times.
  • DeltaTrak launched customized vaccine temperature monitoring solutions compatible with three temperature profiles required for transport, storage, and handling of COVID-19 vaccines. The solutions include certified alarm thermometers, digital data loggers, and real-time monitors for vaccines stored in refrigerators, freezers, ultra-low temperature freezers, and thermal shippers.
  • The FreightSnap dimensioning solution was integrated into Carrier Logistics' FACTS system to allow the freight management software provider to improve shipment data. Integrating the automated pallet and parcel dimensioning solution within its system allows LTL carrier customers to charge shippers accurately based on actual weight and dimensions of each shipment.
  • Zoneworks by Rite-Hite offers EZ Employee Separation Barriers for workers who cannot socially distance more than 6 feet. These customizable barriers are available as a floor unit model (pictured, left) or a table top unit. The floor unit measures 48 inches wide by 79 inches tall and encompasses a clear panel that is 44 inches wide and 72 inches tall.
  • The Ferrowave Flag from Confidex is a printable UHF RFID label designed for metallic parts. Suitable for automotive parts tracking as well as other industrial applications, the label can be easily attached to challenging metal surfaces to enable item-level tracking.
  • Qimarox's automatic stacker makes stacking loaded pallets faster and simpler. The Prorunner mk10-PS pallet stacker takes a loaded pallet off a pallet conveyor and lifts it up. When the next pallet is transported to the same position, the stacker lowers the first pallet again until it is on top of the second. In this way, the Prorunner mk10-PS can create more than 60 pallet stacks per hour.
  • The Blulog Inertia Gel Pack Logger, recently introduced to the U.S. market by BluLine Solutions, is designed to measure product temperatures, not just the air temperature surrounding items. Known as the "digital chicken," the Inertia Logger features packaging that is food safe and can be easily cleaned.
  • The new MCL80RCB LED Combination ID Light Bar & Utility Light from Optronics International can illuminate a wide area below and behind it with white LED light when mounted on trailers. Incorporating two 7-diode white LED utility lights, the lamp has a thin, streamlined body that measures 15.5 inches in length, 1.3 inches in width, and 0.75 inches in thickness, including its attached, closed-cell foam gasket.


  • Rhenus Group expanded its air and ocean division for the Americas to include Mexico City. The new branch offers cross-border services to facilitate trade between the United States and Mexico. End-to-end services include air and ocean freight, trucking, cross-boarding, and customs clearance.
  • Avetta, a provider of supply chain risk management solutions, partnered with Mulligan Funding to provide U.S. supply chain companies with options to secure loans for their businesses. Avetta clients and suppliers can now take advantage of Mulligan Funding's services through the Avetta Marketplace.
  • Dachser Americas introduced its alternative solutions response team, which serves as an extension of its recently launched customer solutions desk. Created in response to the recent ocean carrier space shortage and route suspensions in and out of South Asia, the team addresses shippers' critical capacity challenges.
  • J.B. Hunt Transport Services added temperature-controlled services to its digital freight matching platform, used by more than 10,000 carriers. Shippers are able to select from a variety of temperature ranges when using Shipper 360 to create a shipment, which can be booked in the platform in as little as three minutes.
  • DSV, a global logistics firm, is building a new facility in Lancaster, Texas. The distribution and office complex will include more than one million square feet of warehouse space. This site represents the first location in the United States where DSV has its three divisions—air and sea, road, and solutions—under one roof.
  • RLS Logistics, a provider of cold chain solutions, is developing an 83,000-square-foot temperature-controlled facility in central Massachusetts. This site will be the newest addition to the RLS Partnering Regional Operator network of family-operated cold chain experts and is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2021. The facility will provide food distributors, processors, and importers in the New England region with cold storage capacity and access to RLS' temperature-controlled LTL consolidation programs throughout the region.
  • ODW Logistics acquired a 193,000-square-foot distribution center in the Chicago area with temperature-controlled facilities for frozen foods and other cold-chain products. ODW will provide supply chain services to Great Kitchens Food Company, a maker of private label take-and-bake pizzas. ODW signed a long-term lease and agreement to operate the distribution facility, where there is capacity to handle additional cold-chain customers.
  • Small- and mid-sized businesses can meet customers' high shipping expectations with the new Pitney Bowes Same-Day Delivery service through its cloud-based SendPro Online sending platform. Pitney Bowes Same-Day Delivery provides access to a curated network of Pitney Bowes service providers through a single shipping platform.
  • Port Logistics Group partnered with Locus Robotics to deploy more than 150 autonomous mobile robots in its fulfillment process at its Chino, California, facility. The robot-driven warehouse automation system will increase warehouse productivity and order pick accuracy, and improve workplace ergonomics and safety.
  • Crane Worldwide Logistics extended its contract logistics services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, the company opened new warehouse facilities in the Midlands, United Kingdom; Dublin, Ireland; and Johannesburg, South Africa, and additional space in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The company also opened its doors in Qatar, with a new Doha location.
  • SeaCube Containers acquired 200 Carrier Pods monitored by Sensitech to help address the increase in demand for refrigerated storage capacity and cargo visibility in support of COVID-19 vaccine distribution. The systems offer reliable deep-frozen container refrigeration performance with telematics, data analytics, and cargo monitoring capabilities.
  • Honor Foods, a Burris Logistics company, moved its Philadelphia operation to a new warehouse at 5505 Tacony Street. The facility provides the foodservice redistribution company with the capacity to broaden its product portfolio to better serve its nearly 800 customers in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states.


  • InMotion Global embedded DAT's RateView pricing tools within AscendTMS, its free transportation management system software. Users of AscendTMS can now use RateView's predictive and historical pricing tools directly within AscendTMS to optimize profits and minimize costs on any individual load or lane, using near real-time pricing data.
  • Brand owners and retailers can now document the chain of custody from component origin to importer of record with a digital traceability solution from Logility and New Generation Computing. This solution ensures companies can trace chain-of-custody through all tiers in the supply chain while storing and managing all supporting documents related to every transaction between all supply chain trading partners at every level.
  • 3PL Evans Transportation launched its Evans 2.0 logistics management platform, which includes the Evans Integration Hub, the Evans Rating Engine, and its Freight Pay & Audit Platform. These tools aim to streamline processes, increase speed and accuracy, and provide real-time visibility and transparency on costs for shippers.
  • Shippers can now receive the latest information on rates for ocean and air freight as well as market insights with the newly connected data between the TenderEasy procurement platform and Xeneta's databases. TenderEasy, Alpega's cloud-based freight procurement solution, is partnering with Xeneta, a freight rate benchmarking and market analytics platform for real-time and on-demand ocean and air freight rates.
  • MPO and ALKIMIUS GROUP are teaming up to help shippers in Latin America digitally transform their supply chains. MPO-ALKIMIUS offers end-to-end supply chain transformation solutions on a single orchestration and execution platform to help companies drive efficiency, streamline network processes, and boost multi-party data quality.
  • The Conqueror Freight Network implemented Shipco LCL rates in its TMS, FreightViewer. Conqueror's partnership with freight consolidator Shipco enables FreightViewer users to directly access LCL rates in more than 30 countries.
  • Shippers can access key transportation performance indicators via dashboards, scorecards, reports, and maps to support continuous improvement through Transportation Insight's enhanced Insight Fusion, an interactive business intelligence engine. The platform helps shippers derive actionable insights from their parcel, LTL, and truckload shipping data.
  • BluJay Solutions released version 21.0 of its transportation, distribution, and compliance software applications to enable shippers to continue to build resilient supply chains. The latest release provides new software and partner integrations, improved user experiences, the most current compliance updates, and other expanded capabilities like contactless operations.
  • Trelleborg Sealing Solutions unveiled an automated inventory management system that enables OEMs to better manage their C-class inventory for seals, O-Rings, and other smaller components needed for the manufacturing process. Trelleborg's IntelliStok program takes care of automatically ordering these smaller components, helping manufacturing human resources managers with labor costs and safety protocols.
  • Penske Logistics added new end-to-end mobile automation tools to its freight brokerage solutions for increased shipment visibility. With the addition of the Trucker Tools load tracking solution, Penske customers are provided with intelligent smartphone and ELD solutions. Geofencing technology provides near real-time visibility of shipment arrivals and departures and gives electronic proof-of-delivery documentation on a smartphone.
  • Vantiq created an innovation accelerator with Infosys, a provider of next-generation digital services and consulting, to help customers quickly build real-time applications for managing digital supply chains. Using pre-built digital domain and development frameworks, the accelerator enables customers to rapidly develop real-time applications in logistics and distribution optimization, connected maintenance, , real-time compliance, and safety management.
  • Kenco Logistics launched an e-commerce platform to support online brands. This technology stack was designed to seamlessly connect Kenco's e-commerce customers to sales channels and supply chain partners that support accelerated growth in a cost-effective and resource-light environment.
  • GEODIS launched a visibility platform that brings together data from multiple systems to create a connected supply chain. GEODIS Visibility provides a control tower view integrating multiple operational systems—warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, labor management systems, and yard management systems—to create a streamlined view of shipments across all modes of the supply chain.
  • ThinkIQ added functionality to its SaaS Manufacturing platform, including user interface components that let shippers build custom dashboards to gain a better understanding of their manufacturing data. The platform integrates into existing IoT infrastructure to help manage supply chains as well as manufacturing processes.
  • Vecna Robotics' new autonomous counterbalanced fork truck is an intelligent and integrated pallet-handling solution. The first in the company's Silverback Series of counterbalanced fork trucks, this autonomous mobile robot offers vertical lift of up to 72 inches to help distribution, warehousing, and manufacturing organizations move a wider range of payloads and pallet types.
  • The Intelli-Guide allows materials handling operators to automatically send a load to different pre-programmed areas in a facility with the push of a button. Introduced by Columbus McKinnon, a designer and manufacturer of motion control products and technologies, the Intelli-Guide Auto-Dispatch System uses automation programming integrated with motors and brakes.


  • CMA CGM ramped up its capacity assigned to ocean lines between Asia and Europe. The capacity boost will be provided by a new class of nine 23,000-TEU LNG-powered vessels assigned to Asia-Europe trade, three of which are already in service; two extra loaders operating on routes between Asia and Europe, providing more than 9,000 TEUs in total capacity; and no blank sailing departures on the French Asia Line 1, which connects Asia to Europe in an 84-day rotation, and French Asia Line 3, which makes a weekly export call in Le Havre.
  • Specializing in parcel transports between China and Europe, the new joint venture Gebrüder Weiss Express China serves European and Asian e-commerce companies. Gebrüder Weiss and Chinese logistics company Global Freight System set up the joint venture to pool their expertise in Europe and Asia. Additionally, it allows Gebrüder Weiss to boost its activities on the New Silk Road.
  • Ocean shippers can expect increased capacity from members of THE Alliance, which is enhancing its service setup in April 2021 with better frequency, more competitive transit times, and improved port coverage. For example, they will launch the East Coast Loop 6, the first service within THE Alliance network to directly connect the U.S. Gulf with major ports in Asia. Another change is the deployment of larger ships for the most frequented services.
  • Schneider expanded its Bulk Express Intermodal service into Canada. Shippers with inbound and outbound Canadian freight can rely on Schneider Bulk Express Intermodal to deliver truck-like service (with standard transit times plus one or two days). Bulk intermodal ships bulk loads by rail, with local and regional drivers handling the final dray. The containers have the ability to haul up to 45,600 pounds of specialty chemical and liquid payloads.
  • Cathay Pacific Cargo launched a freighter service between Hong Kong and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in January 2021. The new scheduled flights address the strong demand for e-commerce shipments and other general cargo such as garments. Flights operate once per week every Tuesday with a stopover in Dubai on the return flight to Hong Kong.
  • APL Logistics expanded its OceanGuaranteed service in the trans-Atlantic trade lane, offering its expedited, day-definite LCL service from Europe to North America. The service will initially be from Bremerhaven, Germany, to Norfolk, Virginia, with door delivery to virtually any ZIP code in the continental United States.
  • Sweden's newest major port is now fully operational, opening on time and on budget. Stockholm Norvik Port makes it possible for goods to be transported more sustainably by sea, directly to and from the growing Stockholm region, Sweden's largest consumer area.

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