Industry Announcements

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  • I.D. Systems Inc., a provider of wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) asset management solutions, has received a series of follow-on purchase orders for its PowerFleet wireless industrial vehicle management system (VMS) from a global consumer packaged goods company. In aggregate, the orders are valued at approximately $900,000. After delivery of the orders, I.D. Systems will have provided more than 1,500 PowerFleet systems for this customer worldwide.

    More information here. (September 17, 2014) | permalink
  • Egemin Automation is going to build and automate a brand-new deepfreeze warehouse for frozen foods specialist Crop's in Belgium, on the production site of Ooigem. The investment in the expansion of the site must support Crop's growth plans in the next coming years. The new high-bay warehouse will be built next to the existing freezer warehouse and production plant.

    More information here. (September 17, 2014) | permalink
  • Industrial real estate fundamentals in the Greater Chicago market and nationwide have continued to see notable improvement during the past 18 months, according to the industrial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield.

    More information here. (September 17, 2014) | permalink
  • PAS has released its third generation in automated pallet retrieval and delivery systems with the introduction of the ROW BOT-S2 (RB-S2). RB-S2 has been enhanced to minimize maintenance and maximize efficiencies. The improvements increase reliability, reduce maintenance, and lower cost and energy consumption. It is equipped with four-wheel drive, absolute positioning, and lithium ion battery power. It does not contain any chains, sprockets, or gears.

    More information here. (September 17, 2014) | permalink
  • With the September call of the bulk carrier Sen Treasure, Port Manatee Scrap Metal Inc. is embarking upon exportation of scrap metal to Mexico from Port Manatee.

    The Sen Treasure departed Port Manatee bound for Veracruz on the evening of Sept. 10, after being loaded with more than 13,325 metric tons of material trucked from the Port Manatee Scrap Metal facility located less than 2 miles from the dock. The facility features a state-of-the-industry shredder system.

    More information here. (September 16, 2014) | permalink
  • CargoSphere, a cloud-based global rate management solution, has announced its first-ever global User Group Conference. The Conference will provide a forum for in-depth workshops covering specific CargoSphere functionality and features, as well as a way for users to influence CargoSphere's product roadmap and share best practices with peers. It will also give customers an opportunity to learn more about the value of rate networking over CargoSphere's Rate Mesh system.
    The inaugural User Conference takes place Sept. 16-17 in Chicago.

    More information here. (September 16, 2014) | permalink
  • viastore systems has been selected by Gordon Food Service (GFS) to install an automated storage and retrieval solution (AS/RS) for the company's new warehouse near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    viastore is providing a complete system for the new facility, with the focal point being three one-aisle mini-load automated storage and retrieval systems, which will operate independently in the grocery and frozen storage areas of the facility. The systems will allow GFS to integrate product storage and picking. Workers will pick orders from forward pick locations fed by the AS/RS, with the AS/RS automatically replenishing items. Slower moving products will also work through the AS/RS, using dynamic pick shelves.

    viastore will also supply the conveyor, equipment controls and systems integration.

    More information here. (September 16, 2014) | permalink
  • Cloverleaf Cold Storage has promoted David McCurry to plant manager at its Sumter, S.C., facility.
    A 21-year veteran of the warehouse industry, McCurry has worked for Cloverleaf at their Sanford, N.C., complex since the Iowa-based organization purchased Imperial Cold Storage in 2010. He was the operations manager for Imperial, a position he continued in after the Cloverleaf purchase.
    Cloverleaf Cold Storage is a family-owned and -operated company with 15 public refrigerated warehouses and four dry warehouses reaching from Iowa to South Carolina, managing over 63 million cubic feet of refrigerated space. (September 16, 2014) | permalink
  • Hyster Co. has joined the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) international trade association. As the "voice of the recycling industry," the ISRI provides safety, education, advocacy, and compliance training and promotes the vital role that recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development.

    "As a manufacturer of lift trucks for heavy duty industries, including metal and scrap handling applications, we look forward to the many benefits and insights our ISRI membership will provide, in addition to adding our voice to the industry's trade association," said Len Lawrence, industry manager of metals for Hyster Co.

    More information here. (September 11, 2014) | permalink
  • Yale Materials Handling Corp. was awarded a position in the 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 for its work with natural foods distributor Nature's Best to improve overall warehouse efficiency. Yale's MO25 multilevel order selector aided Nature's Best in implementing a new order-selecting methodology, increasing the number of unique SKUs per square foot. The award was given in recognition of the project's scope, unique application of technology, and business impact on Nature's Best.

    More information here. (September 11, 2014) | permalink
  • Conveyor Handling Co. has launched a new website. (September 11, 2014) | permalink
  • Southeastern Freight Lines, a provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has promoted Melvin Hawkins to fleet services manager in Houston, Texas.

    Since joining Southeastern in 2005, Hawkins has served as an acting lead technician on each of the three work shifts. Hawkins also holds a degree in diesel technology from Lincoln Technical Institute. (September 11, 2014) | permalink
  • In celebration of its 40-year anniversary, Conveyor Handling Co. has launched a new website. This new site has a fresh look and is easy to use and informative. A blogging feature highlighting current industry news has also been added to the site.

    The primary goal in redesigning the website was to provide visitors and customers with an easier way to learn how Conveyor Handling Co. can assist them in finding solutions to their material handling challenges. (September 11, 2014) | permalink
  • Bastian Solutions has opened a Chicago regional office to serve a growing number of clients in the area.

    To date, the company has hired two material handling industry veterans for the new office. Tom Rurik, who previously spent more than 22 years with Intelligrated, Mathews, and Alvey, will serve in a senior applications engineering role. Jeremy Mink comes to Bastian Solutions after spending seven years with Interlake-Mecalux where he specialized in design engineering. Mink will serve as a project engineer with Bastian Solutions.

    The new office is receiving requests for proposals and has a list of suppliers ready to serve customers throughout greater Chicago, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Northwest Indiana.

    More information here. (September 11, 2014) | permalink
  • Clean Energy Fuels Corp. will fuel the first heavy-duty natural gas trucks deployed by Bimbo Bakeries USA, the largest baker in the United States. Trucking fleets across the nation continue to expand or begin natural gas fueling operations. Clean Energy and approximately 40 competitors have opened nearly 100 public heavy-duty truck-friendly stations so far in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, Alternative Fuels Data Center. This translates into an annual infrastructure growth rate of over 20 percent with certain markets like Texas experiencing significant natural gas fueling station growth. Grant awards affecting Clean Energy and its growing portfolio of natural gas fueling customers were also announced.

    More information, click here. (September 11, 2014) | permalink
  • John Allen, chief operating officer of International Asset Systems, a provider of cloud-based solutions for intermodal transportation, will be speaking at the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) Expo in Long Beach, Calif., on "How Much Does a Chassis Cost? The Math of Chassis Economics."

    Debate exists on whether the new chassis-provisioning model has simply shifted the cost of chassis usage to different industry players or if it has increased costs for most participants in the different pools as a result of new process implications. Attendees at this presentation will be provided a compelling look at the true costs of chassis operations in the new chassis market and learn how this can be a new revenue source for many intermodal operators.

    More information here. (September 10, 2014) | permalink
  • Amber Road, a provider of global trade management (GTM) solutions, announced its proprietary Global Knowledge Update Process achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. The ISO 9001:2008 is an internationally recognized set of standards for quality management systems developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

    More information here. (September 10, 2014) | permalink
  • FTR's Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) increased to a reading of 8.49 for July, one of the highest points this year. The high values reflect rising prices and service lapses caused by the current capacity crisis. The TCI could go even higher this fall if the economy accelerates as expected. Truck utilization remains within 100 basis points of record levels meaning that any additional growth in the economy and associated freight will strain capacity even further, pushing shipping costs higher.

    More information here. (September 10, 2014) | permalink
  • C.H. Robinson continues to expand its European footprint by opening a seventh location in Germany, a road transportation office in Hamburg. In addition, the company named new general managers in their Basel, Switzerland, and Düsseldorf, Germany offices. (September 10, 2014) | permalink
  • NFI, a supply chain company headquartered in Cherry Hill, N. J., has broken ground on a new build-to-suit distribution center in Oldmans Township, N.J. The facility will support the future growth and expansion of Five Below, the leading retailer of trend-right, high-quality, extreme-value merchandise for preteens, teens, and beyond.

    Five Below will initially occupy approximately 715,000 square feet of the 1,015,000-square-foot distribution center, which will replace the existing Five Below 421,000-square-foot facility in New Castle, Del.

    More information here. (September 10, 2014) | permalink

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