Industry Announcements

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  • Apptricity, a provider of mobile enterprise software, has launched a new project with the international ice cream division of Nestlé. By implementing Apptricity's asset tracking software, Nestlé will ensure each of Nestlé's freezers is deployed to the proper location. The company will also now be able to initiate a company-wide freezer inventory check at least once per year. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • CEVA has won a major contract to operate a new national distribution center in the United Kingdom on behalf of the Caterpillar dealership Finning. The service partnership replaces an earlier Finning in-house operation based at five separate locations.

    The new Finning National Distribution Centre houses all of the dealership's engines stock, plus 60,000 separate product lines, all of which are required for next-day delivery to the company's 800 field engineers and 28 U.K. and Ireland branches. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Eighty-nine Crowley Maritime Corp.-owned and operated vessels were honored with Certificates of Environmental Achievement for years of safe operations during the 11th annual Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) awards ceremony. Crowley received an award for each vessel that worked at least two consecutive years without an environmental incident.

    (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Linde Material Handling North America Corp. will change its corporate name to KION North America Corp., effective on or about Jan. 1, 2015. This change will allow the company to better align itself with its European parent company, The KION Group, and serve as a platform for the company's KION 2020 North American growth strategy.
    (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Clark Material Handling Co. has named Buffalo Lift Trucks Inc. an authorized distributor of Clark products in the Buffalo, N.Y., area. Buffalo Lift Trucks is a full-service Clark dealer, featuring full sales and service departments, a rental fleet, and an aftermarket parts department as well as a full offering of allied products. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Artex, a manufacturer and distributor of construction materials to home improvement trade and retail outlets, has improved its warehouse picking accuracy to 99.6 percent using Voxware's Voice Management Suite.

    After deploying voice, Artex achieved and sustained accuracy gains more than 12 percentage points above its previous paper-based picking system. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Clark Material Handing Co. has promoted Dale Guckian to the position of product support manager, reporting to Chuck Mix, vice president of operations. In this new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the following departments: service engineering, warranty, product service, training, and customer service.

    Guckian joined Clark in 2012 as sales manager for North America. He has successfully managed to grow sales while implementing processes to sustain future growth. He has over 27 years of experience in the material handling industry and has worked in several leadership positions at both the OEM and dealership level. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • CEVA Logistics has been awarded a long-term contract to provide freight management services to SuperGroup, owner of several United Kingdom-based fashion brands including SuperDry.

    Under the new contract, CEVA will manage collections from the company's many suppliers by air, sea, and road. It will then provide air freight and ocean freight on forwarding services from around the world and the main sourcing areas of China, Asia Pacific, and India to all SuperGroup locations, particularly into the U.K. and the Benelux. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Plug Power Inc., a provider of clean, reliable energy products, has installed its first GenFuel hydrogen infrastructure for the ground support equipment market at the Memphis, Tenn., Airport. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Intelligrated has launched a Southwest regional operation in Dallas-Fort Worth. The new location offers responsive, localized service and dedicated support for a key logistics hub. The new location addresses critical growth in the Southwest and ensures companies interested in automated material handling solutions have access to highly-specialized engineering, project management, and sales support.

    More information here. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Crowley Maritime Corp. recently awarded Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships to two University of North Florida (UNF) students who are also currently part-time employees with the company. UNF seniors Olivia Musselwhite and Matthew Petrone each received $2,500 towards their continued education. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Jerry Traynham was promoted to chief information officer (CIO) at Railinc Corp. Traynham will be responsible for Railinc's data, product development, and information systems platforms. He will report to Allen West, president and CEO, and will serve on Railinc's executive team.

    Traynham joined Railinc in 2005 as a project manager. He has led a number of technology projects for Railinc, including the technical reengineering of the Umler system, which is critical to the daily operations of the North American freight rail industry.

    More information here. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Advance Lifts has introduced the new 3400 series of dock lifts. These lifts will replace the company's old 4100 series.

    More information here. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • DMLogic LLC, experts in warehouse management systems (WMS) software and implementation, has expanded its operations into the European marketplace. The European operation will be located in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and will service the existing and growing customer base in the region as well as all current JDA customers utilizing the MARC WMS product.

    Coinciding with the opening of the new DMLogic office, the company entered into an agreement with JDA to provide all customer support for the MARC product in Europe. With this agreement, DMLogic will provide users with targeted experience by the original MARC architecture team.

    More information here. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Battery Handling Systems Inc. (BHS) has recently built additional offices at its headquarters in St. Louis. The offices were built to accommodate recent and future growth in the global division and the North American sales, marketing, and business development departments. BHS's Marketing Manager, Katy Cortinovis, says the expansion is necessary "to enable BHS to provide the most responsive and personalized service in the industry."

    More information here. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Battery Handling Systems, Inc. (BHS) has launched a series of operational videos for seven major equipment lines. The videos are available to stream in high definition on the BHS website, and they detail operational instructions that are applicable across many of their top sellers.

    Videos are available for operator aboard battery extractors (BEs), automatic transfer carriages (ATCs), battery transfer carriages (BTCs), walkie transfer carriages (WTCs), mobile battery extractors (MBEs), portable gantry cranes (PGCs), and battery wash cabinets (BWCs). Though each product line offers several models and options, each video was created with overall functionality in mind.

    More information here. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • The staff of Battery Handling Systems Inc. (BHS) took National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to heart. As a team, they raised over $1,000 for the St. Louis Breast Cancer Coalition this October in a company-wide donation drive. Personnel were encouraged to donate $1 per work day and each dollar was matched by BHS.


    The St. Louis Breast Cancer Coalition is a chapter of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, based in Washington D.C.

    More information here. (November 26, 2014) | permalink
  • Pacline Overhead Conveyors has developed its complete garment handling conveyor system. This storage and retrieval system utilizes the company's enclosed tube track conveyor along with the Retriever control system.

    More information here. (November 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI) has a ready-made supply chain that allows a manufacturer to instantly plug in a sourcing solution.

    Services include:

    • Initial supplier quality survey
    • Purchase order management
    • Quality planning
    • Sampling
    • Process evaluation and control
    • Final inspections
    • Logistics management

    • These activities are supported by a proprietary systems application, which was developed specifically for the integration of a global supply chain. More information here. (November 24, 2014) | permalink
    • The International Warehouse Logistics Association recently launched an upgraded website, www.IWLA.com. The website is another milestone in the branding refresh the association adopted last month. New features and functionality enhance navigation, provide real-time industry news/information, promote membership, and increase participation by new and existing members.

      One new tool, Find a Warehouse, allows site visitors to locate warehousing services that meet their needs. The search is based on key words, warehouse capabilities, and geography.
      (November 24, 2014) | permalink

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