Two peas in a pod. Online grocer Peapod has selected Inther Integrated Systems to upgrade its DC in Gaithersburg, Md. The project includes the installation of automated conveyors and a high-speed sortation system. Inther's LC control software will also be used in the project, which is due to be completed within the next month. The facility serves customers in metro Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia. Peapod also provides delivery services for the Giant Food and Stop & Shop supermarket chains.
Knock on, well ... Steel City Tool Works, a company that manufactures woodworking machinery, is now using 35,000 square feet of Ozburn-Hessey Logistics' La Vergne, Tenn., DC for distributing its products. Steel City provides a line of 32 machines for professional and high-end amateur woodworkers.
In this case, having a lot of baggage is a good thing. FKI Logistex has just inked a five-year renewal of its contract to provide ongoing services for the baggage handling systems at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2. The contract covers the complete operation and maintenance of equipment from a number of suppliers, including systems for baggage check-in, transport, security control, identification and sortation. Some 24 million passengers fly through the terminal each year.
Building a better TMS. Pittsburgh Logistics Services (PLS), a third-party transportation service provider to the metals, lumber and building materials industries, has chosen RedPrairie's DLx Transportation Management Solution for order and shipping optimization. PLS will use the software's optimization, workflow and event management tools to enhance its current transportation management system, eflatbed.com.
Switching channels. DIRECTV Inc. has selected Kuehne + Nagel to provide logistics services. The deal includes optimizing and managing the satellite television company's U.S. distribution operations and segments of its inbound international transportation. Distribution will be consolidated into 600,000 square feet of distribution space in three DCs located in California, Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Is there a doctor in the house? Ozburn-Hessey Logistics (OH Logistics) will distribute medical items for Illinois-based Cypress Medical Products starting this month. OH Logistics will place 400 Cypress SKUs in about 25,000 square feet of flex space at its DC near Ontario, Calif.
Critical care. Royal Philips Electronics has contracted with UPS to redesign and operate the global service parts logistics network for its Medical Systems division. UPS will deliver parts to customers in 50 countries, including same-day delivery for critical components. Under the deal, UPS will also handle material storage, inventory management, order fulfillment, and inbound and outbound transportation.
Floored by the possibilities. The Flooring Business Unit of Uniboard Canada, one of North America's largest suppliers of laminate flooring products, has joined the CHEP pallet-pooling program. Uniboard Canada, which previously used oneway pallets to move its cartons of flooring materials, expects to save money and provide better customer service using the CHEP pallets.
This one's Golden. Golden State Overnight, a priority overnight delivery service based in California, has deployed more than 800 Symbol mobile computers to manage and track the pickup and delivery of the 8 million packages it processes each year. The company uses the Symbol MC9060 mobile computers for real-time communication and continuous access to data across its service region.
It's got the Blues. Siemens Energy & Automation's Airport Logistics Division has been awarded a $28 million contract to design and build a baggage handling and inline security system for JetBlue Airways' new Terminal 5 at New York's JFK Airport. Siemens will provide more than 15,000 feet of conveyor, including four ticket counter takeaways, two curbside check-in systems, two oversize conveyor lines, cross-over conveyor equipment and six slope plate carousels. The in-line security system will incorporate 10 Explosive Detection Systems.
Blood/suckers. DHL has landed two new clients: America's Blood Centers and vacuum cleaner maker Electrolux. Under the first deal, DHL will provide same-day transport service for time-sensitive blood and blood components for America's Blood Centers, the nation's largest network of community-based blood programs. The three-year agreement covers more than 600 blood collection sites in 45 states and Canada.
As for the second deal, DHL has inked a two-year contract to provide global air express services for Electrolux, which makes vacuum cleaners as well as washers and dryers, commercial laundry systems, and food preservation and storage systems. DHL will be the exclusive provider of next-day, second-day, Import Express and Worldwide Priority Express shipping services for Electrolux.