February 2021 | News | In Brief

IN BRIEF: New Services & Solutions

Tags: Transportation, Technology , Supply Chain

Technology

  • The 4SIGHT Connect Digital Gate from 4SIGHT Logistics Solution can help improve driver scheduling and communications for warehouse and distribution center dock operations. It lets facilities proactively schedule docks for loading/unloading and send drivers to the right location, based on availability, and upon arrival.
  • Fetch Robotics unveiled the PalletTransport1500, an autonomous mobile robot that supports cross-docking, returns, and case picking workflows for contactless pallet transport in distribution centers. The PalletTransport1500 utilizes Honeywell Intelligrated's Momentum warehouse execution system software to safely move pallets and other large payloads up to 2,504 pounds.
  • To help organizations increase the efficiency of their global supply chains, Oracle added logistics capabilities to Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing. New capabilities include the rules of origin qualification, which helps customers comply with rules of origin criteria across hundreds of trade agreements, and machine learning, which helps shippers predict transit times, reduce costs associated with unplanned delays, and improve customer experience.
  • Dispatch software Elite EXTRA and operating system Datatrac launched Beacon, a combined last-mile delivery solution. Beacon integrates data from order flow and delivery to provide rate-charge, invoicing, and settlement information, as well as automated dispatching, optimized routing, real-time visibility, and contact-free deliveries.
  • Transfix launched TrueView TMS, a flexible transportation management system for small and mid-sized shippers. The solution can reduce time to tender by up to 92%.
  • Kenco Logistics released its proprietary materials handling equipment (MHE) telematics solution, Kenco FleetCloud. By providing real-time visibility into a range of metrics that impact MHE operations, Kenco FleetCloud lets managers make data-driven business decisions to boost efficiency, safety, and compliance.

Products

  • Digital Matter, a supplier of GPS and IoT hardware and device management software, utilized Semtech's LoRa Edge asset management platform to develop the Yabby Edge, a battery-powered tracking device for indoor/outdoor asset management. The Yabby Edge features cloud-based location calculations, significantly reducing power consumption and extending battery life for up to 12 years.
  • For organizations looking to increase picking speeds, Kardex Remstar now offers the Display LED-Navigator to improve order picking performance on its high-density storage systems. The Kardex Remstar Shuttle XP Vertical Lift Module now comes equipped with the LED panel featuring a status bar and countdown, which indicates when it's time to pick. A color navigator delivers guidance to the exact location of the stored part to pick.

Services

  • Bridgestone opened a warehouse in Ancaster, Ontario, to better serve Canadian tire distributors and customers. With a maximum storage capacity of 570,000 tires and a strategic location, the new distribution center enables the company to reduce transportation costs and shorten time-to-market of its products to meet customer demands in Eastern Canada.
  • To better serve cargo customers, New Orleans Terminal developed a warehouse management system (WMS) internally on a cloud-based platform. The WMS offers online quote requests, quick invoice turnaround times, transparency, ease of communication, and better internal reporting capabilities. Because it's housed in a cloud-based platform, multiple users can directly update the WMS in real time.
  • Online retailers looking to build an international customer base can now turn to a new global e-commerce delivery service launched by Asendia, the joint venture between La Poste and Swiss Post. The new service called e-PAQ enables international retailers to reach customers in more than 200 countries.

Transportation

  • GEODIS extended its AirDirect service by adding a weekly flight from Shanghai to Guadalajara. The service is a permanent addition to GEODIS' network linking China with Europe and North America and provides direct access to Mexico from North and Central China.
  • To offer seafreight shippers a faster alternative, cargo-partner introduced its Adria Express service, which connects Asia to Europe via Koper, Slovenia; Rijeka, Croatia; and Trieste, Italy. Transit times from Asian ports to Koper, Rijeka, and Trieste are on average 5-8 days shorter than to North Sea ports such as Hamburg or Bremerhaven.
  • CMA CGM is boosting capacities throughout its network to better serve ocean shippers. With the signing of Ocean Alliance Day 5 Product, the CMA CGM Group will provide additional port calls and more direct links with 39 services and a 4.1-million-TEU capacity. This includes 20 services covering Transpacific trade, 7 services between Asia and Europe, and 4 services between Asia and the Mediterranean.
  • ZIM Integrated Shipping Services signed an agreement for the long-term charter of ten 15,000-TEU liquefied natural gas dual-fuel container vessels to serve its Asia - U.S. East Coast trade.
  • In partnership with the North Carolina State Ports Authority, Scoular, which provides supply chain solutions for end users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients, is developing a transload operation at the Port of Wilmington's General Cargo Terminal (pictured). The facility, which is expected to be completed in summer 2021, will be used to transfer bulk agricultural products to containers for export on ocean vessels.
  • Designed for heavy-duty materials handling applications, the Raymond Courier 3220 Automated Tow Tractor can tow up to 15,000 pounds. Featuring vision-guided technology, this model comes with a low-clearance arch as a standard design, making it easy to maneuver through areas with low overhanging structures.
  • Samskip ramped up its shortsea container connections between Ireland and North Continental Europe by introducing a dedicated service link into Amsterdam. The fixed-day service departs from the TMA Terminal Amsterdam on Monday evenings for arrival in Dublin on Wednesday and a weekend return to Amsterdam.





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