Industry Announcements

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  • Automation and software supplier Intelligrated has opened an expanded Minnesota district office. The Minnesota-based team provides turnkey system design, including concepting, estimating, engineering, and project management services. The expansion supports increased demand for efficient automated solutions from the state's growing warehousing and manufacturing operations.

    More information here. (July 29, 2014) | permalink
  • Dachser has acquired the remaining 50 percent of MGI & Dachser to create Dachser Korea Inc. The global logistics provider has maintained a presence in South Korea since 2006 and became the sole shareholder of the joint venture in December 2013. In addition to renaming the company on July 1, Dachser Korea Inc. also moved into new offices in Seoul.

    More information here. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Five engineers from intelligent commerce network provider Inmar and their middle school coach took first place in the Robot Fun Run, held at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C. The team was proud to claim its LEGO trophy during the awards ceremony. This is the second year that Inmar participated in the event, which is part of the Winston-Salem robotics program to fuel middle-school students' interest in science and technology in addition to teaching them employment and life skills.

    (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Inther Logistics Technology has provided a put-to-wall sorting system and the programmable logic controller for the mechanization system for professional logistics distributor CNSS, located at Danyang Logistics Industry Park in Zhenjiang, China.

    More information here. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Myers Industries Inc. announced that Todd Smith will step out of his role as vice president, general manager of the distribution segment, to assume the role of vice president, general manager of Akro-Mils, a core material handling business for the company.
    (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • The Kennedy Group, a provider of labeling, packaging, and identification solutions, was recognized by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) for exceeding voluntary guidelines under APR's Critical Guidance Recognition Program.

    The Recognition Program supports companies that create innovative packaging technologies and successfully design products that avoid disrupting and contaminating plastic recycling streams. Pressure-sensitive labels used on packaging are problematic for recycling when the adhesive on the label does not wash off or does not float in water. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Lineage Logistics, a warehousing and logistics company, has acquired two cold storage facilities in Santa Cruz county, Calif., from Dreisbach Enterprises. With the addition of these two operations, Lineage now operates four warehouses in the Watsonville, Calif., region. Lineage's national footprint now comprises more than 550 million cubic feet across 104 facilities in 21 states, which represents the second largest refrigerated warehouse network globally based on data from the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses. Financial terms of the transactions were not disclosed. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Swing Transport Inc. has selected ORBCOMM to deliver a comprehensive trailer tracking solution for its fleet of more than 1,000 dry van trailers. ORBCOMM's solution will provide wireless connectivity through ORBCOMM's state-of-the-art hardware and a robust, web-based analytics platform for fleet management.

    ORBCOMM's solution will enable Swing Transport, a privately owned logistics company specializing in the transportation of time-sensitive freight in the southeastern United States, to monitor its assets in real time. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Purolator International has appointed Paul Jasko as district manager–Western United States, responsible for overall execution of the company's strategy within the district. Jasko comes to Purolator International with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He will be based in Purolator International's Inglewood, Calif., office, reporting to Sean Kelly, vice president, Field Sales & Services. Purolator International is a subsidiary of Purolator Inc., Canada's largest integrated parcel and freight delivery services provider. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Costume retailer Smiffy's is implementing Voxware's Cloud Voice Management Suite (VMS). The implementation and August launch aligns with Smiffy's busiest time of year in October. The adoption of Voxware's voice technology will help improve warehouse picking accuracy, productivity, and safety, as well as to more quickly onboard new hires during seasonal peaks and optimize the customer experience. The U.K.-based supplier of costumes, wigs, and accessories employs over 50 warehouse pickers and ships 2-2.5 million products every month to 5,000 stock lists in over 40 countries around the world. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Exel, a North American provider of contract logistics and a Deutsche Post DHL company, has appointed Gordon Gruszka as president, Power Packaging. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Satellite Logistics Group (SLG), a supply chain solution provider for the beverage industry, has opened a new deconsolidation warehouse in Felixstowe, England.

    The new facility is SLG's third-largest distribution center (DC) in Europe. Together with SLG's existing DCs in Antwerp, Belgium, and Munich, Germany, the new location enhances brewers' access to the company's Kegspediter keg management service across Europe. It is a strategic location, particularly for U.K. brands in the Kegspediter system. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Plug Power Inc., a provider of clean, reliable energy products, has participated in the recent grand opening of Ace Hardware's first all hydrogen material handling fleet at the company's newly constructed Wilmer, Texas, warehouse. In addition, Ace has ordered further GenDrive units for another distribution center being built in West Jefferson, Ohio.

    The grand opening event celebrated the launch of the new Ace Hardware Retail Support Center in Wilmer, Texas, where Plug Power has deployed GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell units for the facility's fleet of class-2 and class-3 lift and reach trucks. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • The GT Nexus Shipper Council, a community group of supply chain executives representing multiple large global enterprises, has recognized CEVA Logistics for its work in delivering consistent and high quality data for air shipments across multiple companies on the GT Nexus supply chain platform. CEVA, one of the world's leading logistics providers, received the award during the annual GT Nexus Bridges user conference.

    The GT Nexus Shipper Council is a group of executives from large importers and exporters who collaborate to improve partner relations, technology performance and business processes. Companies on the Shipper Council, which have combined annual revenues of over $1.7 trillion. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Patrick Atagi will join the National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA) as its vice president, advocacy and external affairs. Atagi possesses a distinguished career in advocacy that spans more than 20 years in Washington, DC, including working in the Senate for Senator Mark O. Hatfield, (OR), serving as a presidential appointee working for USDA Secretaries Johannes and Veneman, and as a lobbyist or in chief policy positions for several other associations.

    NWPCA is the largest association of wood packaging professionals in the world, representing an $11.5 billion manufacturing sector that is a critical component for all U.S. and global trade.

    More information here. (July 24, 2014) | permalink
  • Wynright Corp. named Tom Sullivan as the new director of sales for light directed technologies. Sullivan brings 25 years of material handling sales experience to Wynright's team. Sullivan has developed a successful track record in business development and sales management for a variety of automation companies. His areas of expertise include order fulfillment, e-commerce order selection, pick/pack/ship operations, pick-to-light, pick-to-voice, and put-to-light. Most recently, Sullivan was national sales manager for order fulfillment at Intelligrated. (July 23, 2014) | permalink
  • Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened a pair of container drayage facilities to serve the company's growing drayage operations.

    With the new facilities in Front Royal, Va., and Portland, Ore., Old Dominion now offers its direct container drayage service from 20 ports as part of its OD-Global service. The company's National Container Drayage Division can move full container load (FCL) imports or exports and domestic rail shipments directly from any point of origin in the continental United States to and from ports and rail heads at one of its 20 container drayage ports. (July 23, 2014) | permalink
  • AmeraMex International Inc., a provider of heavy equipment for logistics companies, infrastructure construction, commercial farming and mining companies, was awarded accumulative bids of $500,000 to provide refurbished container handlers to Central American customers. The "empty" container handlers, capable of stacking containers five high in a storage yard, have shipped to the customers. (July 23, 2014) | permalink
  • John F. Fay has joined INTTRA, a multicarrier e-commerce network for ocean shipping, as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Fay brings with him vast experience in transforming and growing global technology and information services businesses, most recently as senior managing director and global head of commodities and currencies for Newedge Group, a provider of multiasset brokerage and clearing services, where he also served as a member of its executive committee.

    More information here. (July 23, 2014) | permalink
  • Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI), which specializes in supplying manufactured to print assemblies and components to original equipment manufacturers, has added supply chain management to its list of service offerings. The new supply chain management system from MMI is based on the company's many years of experience. MMI will provide local management of a customer's pre-existing supply base. Services include:

    • initial supplier quality survey
    • purchase order management
    • quality planning
    • sampling
    • process evaluation and control
    • final inspections, and
    • logistics management

    More information here. (July 23, 2014) | permalink

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