Industry Announcements

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  • InMotion Global announces industry's first "same minute TMS" with AscendTMS. AscendTMS is the first transportation management system (TMS) in the world to provide a complete enterprise level logistics system in less than 60 seconds, according to InMotion Global.

    More information here. (October 9, 2015) | permalink
  • Navis, a part of Cargotec Corp. and provider of operational technologies and services for the world's leading terminal operators, announces that N4 release 3.1 is generally available.

    More information here. (October 9, 2015) | permalink
  • David Hawking has been named regional sales manager for the Akro-Mils' Midwest Sales Territory. Based in the Chicago area, Hawking will report to Doug Trasatt, Akro-Mils' director of sales and marketing.

    Hawking comes to Akro-Mils as an experienced and successful sales management professional with a background in providing security-related products to the transportation, logistics and electric utility markets.

    More information here. (October 9, 2015) | permalink
  • Raymond Handling Concepts Corp.'s second annual online auction, The Pink Pallet Jack Project, is currently live on eBay and will be open until noon on Oct. 14. This year's auction will benefit two charities, including the Tina Turner Memorial Foundation and Northwest Hope and Healing. The Raymond 8210 Walkie Pallet Truck is good for navigating tight spaces, and this special edition version will be an eye catcher in any warehouse, painted pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. Those interested in supporting the cause can bid on the Pink Pallet Jack Project here.

    More information here. (October 9, 2015) | permalink
  • Crown Equipment Corp., one of the world's largest material handling companies, is providing relief to the heartburn associated with managing a forklift fleet powered by lead-acid batteries. Battery Health Monitor redefines battery management by combining with Crown's InfoLink wireless fleet and operator management system to create an integrated system that ties forklift, operator, and battery data all under one program.

    Installed on the battery, the Battery Health Monitor connects battery, forklift, and operator by monitoring real-time data on battery activity. It captures battery performance during operation for each battery individually, which enables operators and managers to make timely and more proactive decisions as opposed to reactive decisions when the battery begins to fail. It positions forklift owners to manage batteries as assets, while driving operator accountability and improved battery troubleshooting that will enable better battery management practices.

    More information here. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • SEKO Logistics' European MedTec control tower has been awarded ISO 13485 certification, the foundation for manufacturers to address medical device directives, regulations, and responsibilities.

    In the U.S., SEKO has also achieved ISO 13485 certification at its U.S. MedTec control tower located in State College, Pa., as well as for its MedTec warehouses and hubs in Costa Mesa, Calif., Pittsburgh, and Baltimore.

    ISO 13485 is the known and trusted quality standard in the medical device industry and is adopted by authorities, suppliers and manufacturers around the world to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the safety and integrity of medical devices.

    More information here. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • CLARK Material Handling announced it has appointed Modern Group, Ltd. as an authorized distributor of CLARK products in the metropolitan Philadelphia and York, Pa., areas. Modern is the Mid-Atlantic's leading sales and service company for forklifts.

    More information here. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • A shipment of sustainable locomotives built in the United States by Railserve set sail last weekend on a 6,000-mile ocean voyage to Africa where they will soon be in operation as freight locomotives in Gabon.

    The Intermarine MV Ocean Grand departed from Houston with six 220,000-pound Railserve DUAL LEAF Gen-Set locomotives—each individually shrink-wrapped—on board. The Ocean Grand is destined for Libreville, Gabon.

    The LEAF locomotives were purchased by Société d'Exploitation du Transgabonais (SETRAG), the state railway of Gabon, as part of a long-term modernization of the country's freight rail operations.

    More information here. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. (ODFL) is entering into a strategic alliance with Mallory Alexander International Logistics LLC. The alliance is designed to enhance OFL's ocean forwarding offering.

    "We are very excited about our alliance with Mallory Alexander," said Wayne Bersch, VP-OD Global. "Their global brand is recognized for quality in the international freight forwarding community.Their reputation, culture of excellence and first-rate technology align very well with OD's brand of "Helping the World Keep Promises," Bersch said. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • International Business Systems (IBS), a global integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP), warehouse management system (WMS), and supply chain provider, announced a new ROI calculator that helps distributors evaluate the performance of their current WMS platforms. The ROI calculator is available on the company's new corporate website,

    Through a three-step process, the IBS WMS ROI calculator, available at determines the investments a distributor should consider for the greatest return in the shortest amount of time. Those steps include a self-examination, external audit, and upgrade implementation plan.

    The calculator explores both tangible and intangible benefits for improved ROI.

    More information here. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • Sheila Weatherly has been promoted to director of pricing for Knichel Logistics. In this role, Weatherly will continue to oversee the pricing group in conjunction with new executive responsibilities that encompass corporate strategy, customer and vendor engagement, contract management, and streamlining rating practices.

    More information here. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • Carrier Transicold has set its sights on natural refrigerant technology that surpasses current alternatives in terms of reducing environmental impact, voluntarily aligning with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's latest and more stringent refrigerant change listing for other commercial, nontransport refrigeration systems.

    Carrier is pursuing the natural refrigerant CO2.

    More information here. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. (OD) announced it is entering into a strategic alliance with Mallory Alexander International Logistics LLC, designed to enhance its ocean-forwarding offering.

    Under the new alliance, Mallory Alexander—a duly licensed ocean transportation intermediary (OTI)—will perform all ocean freight forwarding back-office and operational services, and Old Dominion will serve as sales agent for Mallory Alexander.

    More information here. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • SCA Technologies, a provider of category sourcing and margin management solutions, will be a primary sponsor for the National Restaurant Association's Supply Chain Management (SCM) Executive Study Group fall meeting October 27–28, 2015. This event will be held in Orlando, Fla., bringing together experienced restaurant industry professionals and cutting-edge ideas. Participation in the event remains open, and registration can be secured by visiting the website of the National Restaurant Association, which is the largest food service trade association in the world, supporting nearly 500,000 restaurant businesses.

    More information here. (October 8, 2015) | permalink
  • Jeremy Steger, a Wisconsin-based driver for Con-way Freight, was named the Straight Truck Class Champion at the 78th National Truck Driving Championships. five Wisconsin drivers take home State Team Championship award

    One driver from each state competed in the Straight Truck Class division, and Steger outperformed the field of some 50 professionals to capture the class' top honors for 2015. A Con-way Freight professional Driver Sales Representative for 10 years, this is the first time the Wisconsin resident has won a division championship at the annual national competiton, known as the "Super Bowl of Safety."

    More information here. (October 7, 2015) | permalink
  • Storopack, a specialist in protective packaging with international headquarters in Metzingen, Germany, is introducing an improved version of its FOAMplus Bagpacker packaging system to the market: the FOAMplus Bagpacker². It is an on-demand foam-in-bag system designed to protect sensitive goods during shipping, regardless of size or weight. (October 7, 2015) | permalink
  • Hyundai Forklift has expanded its geographic footprint and dealer base on the Eastern seaboard with the addition of Modern Group Ltd., headquartered in Bristol, Pa., as its newest authorized forklift dealer.

    More information here. (October 7, 2015) | permalink
  • The distribution consulting and engineering firm Fortna has released FortnaDCoptimizers, a set of multi­dimensional models of key distribution design decisions. These models quickly identify the best alternative among a continuum of design choices.

    Designing the optimal distribution centers requires answering hundreds of interconnected and cascading questions. The FortnaDCoptimizers are models that accelerate and automate the work of analyzing and designing these custom operations so that they maximize the return on investment.

    More information here. (October 6, 2015) | permalink
  • Fortna, a distribution consulting and engineering firm, has hired Gary C. McKinney as vice president of human resources. The company also announced it will implement SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite to drive alignment and productivity. (October 6, 2015) | permalink
  • Hyster Co. has been selected as the successful bidder by Pacific National for a 31-unit big truck deal. Pacific National, one of Australia's largest rail companies, has ordered 21 Hyster ReachStackers, five masted container handlers, and five heavy-duty forklifts. Two of those forklifts have a lifting capacity of 105,000 pounds, and three have a lifting capacity of 45,000 pounds. (October 6, 2015) | permalink

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