March 2021 | News | In Brief

IN BRIEF: New Services & Solutions

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  • Computer vision company Fizyr introduced a plug-and-play modular software product that integrates with warehousing equipment, including industrial robots, to pick products in various applications, including single item picking, parcel handling, depalletizing, and truck unloading. Fizyr features Ensenso 3D cameras and high-performance GigE uEye cameras from IDS, which provide optimal object information.
  • Logistics managers can improve the timeliness of bookings, accuracy of shipments, and collaboration with vendors through Flexport Order Management (OM). Within the Flexport Platform, Flexport OM boosts collaboration between consignees and suppliers through order-level messaging, automatic reminders, and built-in approval flows. SKU and unit cost data associated with a purchase order are automatically linked with any bookings and shipments.
  • To better serve shippers of all sizes, transportation solutions provider Transfix entered into new TMS integration partnerships with logistics software providers FreightPOP, project44, Recon Logistics, SwanLeap, and UROUTE. Through the API integrations, shippers can accelerate complex, time-consuming workflows and gain visibility and access to fair market rates and capacity in real time.
  • Companies can now search and find loads from Uber Freight’s network directly in the AscendTMS software platform from InMotion Global. The integration between Uber Freight and AscendTMS provides access to Uber Freight loads, optimized for reduced deadhead and minimal wait times.
  • 3PL Kenco Logistics launched Kenco STARR, a transportation management system for small to mid-sized shippers. With Kenco STARR, shippers can automate tendering, tracking, and invoice settlement. In addition, users can leverage pre-qualified carriers to reduce freight costs.
  • Retailers now have a fully automated order fulfillment solution with the integration between Kindred’s SORT robot technology and S&H Systems’ materials handling and software product portfolio. The integrated solution allows enterprises to scale operations, optimizing throughput and fulfillment accuracy .
  • Logistics Plus embedded a new business intelligence tool called MyFreightTrends in its cloud-based eShipPlus transportation management system. The tool provides detailed dashboards and analytics on users’ North American freight shipping, including a lane analysis report with network velocity metrics and a summary report with total LTL and FTL spend by mode and by carrier.
  • APL Logistics launched a visibility and reporting platform called Logistics SuperSuite Plus (LSS+). The order management solution provides end-to-end supply chain integration with tools to connect supply chain stakeholders. LSS+ offers vendor collaboration, shipment planning, visibility and reporting, and analytics.
  • Combilift’s new Aisle Master-Order Picker is a stand-on electric-powered unit that combines the features of an articulated forklift and an order picker for warehousing applications, including narrow-aisle operation, truck-to-rack handling, bulk picking, and item order picking. A main feature is the step-through operator compartment; its low floor height of 11 inches enables single-step access from both sides of the truck.


  • CMA CGM launched the Flamingo Express weekly service between Fort Lauderdale, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, St. Martin, and Haiti with links to Asia and Europe. Selecting Port Everglades and its marine terminal partner Florida International Terminal, the new CMA CGM service made its first call in Fort Lauderdale in February 2020.
  • Transfesa Logistics added an international rail connection in Dourges, south of Lille, in France. Unloading containers originating from Spain, the service operates mixed, multi-product trains, with its first stop in France, as well as transports merchandise that continues later on to other routes to various European countries.
  • To boost airfreight transport options out of Europe, Dachser USA, a subsidiary of Dachser, expanded its dedicated Frankfurt-Chicago air cargo service by adding a weekday flight to complement its weekend schedule. The new route is operated by American Airlines with B777/PAX freighters and runs every Wednesday from Frankfurt to Chicago.
  • Yang Ming Marine Transport established a subsidiary with NAXCO Group in France to support Yang Ming’s presence in the French market with more extensive transport service. With its cooperation with THE Alliance, Yang Ming deployed several weekly service routes on Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, Intra Europe, and Trans-Atlantic trades, with regular services to and from Port of Le Havre and Port of Fos-sur-Mer.
  • GEODIS expanded its specialist project logistics service. Renamed from GEODIS Industrial Projects to GEODIS Project Logistics, the service now extends beyond the industrial segment, integrating the company’s aid and relief business as well as its marine logistics teams.
  • The updated TOUGHBOOK 33 fromPanasonic System Solutions provides enhanced connectivity for warehouse workers, with the ability to connect to private LTE CBRS networks, up to 2.8x faster Wi-Fi 6, and 2x faster Bluetooth 5.1. The latest TOUGHBOOK 33 also provides upgraded security with Intel Hardware Shield (part of Intel vPro) and meets Microsoft’s Secured-core PC requirements.


  • Link Mfg., a manufacturer of lightweight folding aluminum ramps, unveiled the LB20-42-108SA spring-assist ramp for last-mile delivery. The new 42-inch-wide ramp gives users more ramp width without blocking door access when mounted to one side and folded to its upright, storage position.
  • The Magliner Powered Lifting Hand Truck allows operators to easily lift and lower heavy loads, up to 200 pounds, minimizing awkward movements and reducing injury risk. The lithium battery powered unit lifts up to 40 inches high, making it ideal for handling heavy merchandise and loading vehicles.
  • The M3 UL20 Mobile Computer from iDTRONIC Mobile Solutions is equipped with a 2D barcode reader to support data collection for inventory management. Featuring a 5-inch touchscreen and long-range scanning capabilities, the handheld reader can capture information from labels or tags up to a range of 70 feet.
  • Sensor manufacturer Leuze introduced the stationary barcode reader BCL 200i, which supports guided container and tray identification in tight installation spaces on the conveyor line. The new BCL 200i detects 1D codes, regardless of whether the barcode is printed vertically or horizontally on the label.
  • Timestrip, a developer of smart indicator technology, unveiled two electronic temperature indicators, which monitor breaches of temperature outside the designated range for a wide range of goods including pharmaceuticals, produce, adhesives, and inks.
  • Hubtex unveiled an automated electric multidirectional sideloader for handling long, heavy, and bulky goods. The new PhoeniX sideloader offers full electric steering, enabling longer operating times due to its lower energy consumption.
  • The PitMaster II Under-leveler Seal fromRite-Hite helps facilities save energy and keep contaminants out by providing a seal at the loading dock opening. Utilizing a main sealing curtain, side seals, and filler panels, the PitMaster II seal helps maintain facility cleanliness and improve energy efficiency at the loading dock.


  • DSV launched a customs classification service for international businesses. Called DSV Customs Classification, the new service ensures the information about the goods DSV classifies complies with local customs regulations and aims to ease customers’ administrative burden.
  • Two affiliated services of CFI, CFI Logistics and CFI Mexico, are expanding into a new, dedicated facility in Laredo, Texas, providing expedited cross-border as well as in-country Mexico logistics and transportation services.
  • The Columbus Regional Airport Authority is set to develop a new air cargo pharmaceutical handling facility at Rickenbacker International Airport, with the help of a $600,000 grant from JobsOhio as part of the Ohio Site Inventory Program. The 9,600-square-foot warehouse will be the first dedicated handling facility for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical air cargo shipments in Ohio.
  • The Chicago Rockford International Airport is adding a new international cargo center. The project includes a 90,000-square-foot facility, a 100,000-square-foot building, a new ramp to accommodate six 747 aircraft, and a new road for tractor/trailer traffic to and from the facility.
  • Old Dominion Freight Line boosted its network by adding or expanding nine service centers. The LTL carrier’s new or upgraded facilities include Brooklyn, New York; Edinburgh, Indiana; Grand Island, Nebraska; Louisville, Kentucky; Mansfield, Ohio; McDonough, Georgia; Mesa, Arizona; Milton, Pennsylvania; and Olympia, Washington.
  • PITT OHIO launched a warehousing service across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. With its new solution, PITT OHIO offers project work, surging inventory, and forward inventory solutions.
  • Real estate services firm JLL and consulting firm Miebach Consulting entered into a business alliance to help enterprises with site selection choices to support customer-oriented supply chains. With a focus on retail clients, the combined offering includes digital support to enable data-driven decisions; and support to modernize warehouses. via automation and network optimisation. The goal is to support an industry through a period of unprecedented transformation – driven by the Covid-19-induced ecommerce boom.
  • Blackline Cold Storage is set to develop, construct, and operate a 298,000-square-foot cold storage facility to be owned in partnership with Artemis Real Estate Partners at the Port of Houston, Texas, on a 36-acre site in the TGS Cedar Port Industrial Park. The rail-connected site is located within the heavy-haul corridor, close to the Barbours Cut and Bayport container terminals and with access to the regional interstate highway system.

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