Seeing red. Third-party service provider Wagner Industries has selected RedPrairie's DLx Warehouse for Distribution Management and DLx Labor for Workforce Performance Management software for its facility in Kansas City. The solutions will help Wagner provide sophisticated distribution, visibility and systems integration services. In another deal, Almacenadora Mercader (Almer), a leading Mexican grain distributor and third-party service provider, has chosen DLx Warehouse software for installation in a DC in Mexico City. Almer is already using the software in a facility in Guadalajara.
Parcel partnering. DHL, the U.S. Postal Service and Pitney Bowes have partnered up to sponsor the fourth annual Parcel Shipping and Distribution Forum. Scheduled to take place Sept. 11-13, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency in Rosemont, Ill., the conference and exhibition will focus on the small-shipment supply chain.
A deal with some teeth. Colgate-Palmolive has selected IBM to manage its procurement and accounts payable processes globally. Under the seven-year contract, IBM will manage Colgate's procurement of designated materials and services worldwide with the goal of saving more $250 million after taxes. This is the third such deal for IBM, which has signed similar agreements with Unilever and Solectron.
On target. Design Storage & Handling Inc. of Fredericksburg, Va., has become the exclusive U.S. distributor of the Omega 4D Multiloader forklift truck. The 4D Multiloader line, which will be marketed under the brand name "Bullseye," features vehicles with capacities ranging from 6,000 to 22,000 pounds.
Going mobile. Psion Teklogix, a company that supplies
mobile computing hardware and solutions, has aligned itself with Celergy Networks Inc., a specialist in IT infrastructure and support, to develop solutions for warehouses, ports, rails and airports. Both organizations expect their alliance to make it easier for customers to implement and manage wireless infrastructure and applications.
Now where'd I park that car? In what will be the world's largest RFID/RTLS (Real Time Locating System) installation to date, the Broekman Group is deploying WhereNet technology at a 750,000-square-foot automotive logistics terminal at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The WhereNet wireless tracking system will be able to locate any of the 40,000 vehicles parked in the facility at all times.
Show stopper. GFI Software has selected ICAT Expo, a division of ICAT Logistics, as its preferred carrier. ICAT, which provides global transportation and expedited freight service, will handle GFI's trade-show shipments.
Electric slide. Jabil Circuit Inc., a global electronic products company, has signed a deal with third-party service provider Menlo Worldwide. Under the deal, Menlo will establish a warehouse facility for Jabil's assembly operations in Memphis and handle the management and fulfillment of parts, components and semi-finished goods for delivery to Jabil's customers.
Ryder's wanted. Lear Corp., a company that provides automotive interior systems and components, has selected Ryder System Inc. as its North American third-party service provider. Under the agreement, Ryder will provide logistics engineering and network design services for Lear.
Quick reference. FKI Logistex has formed an alliance with 3M to offer a full range of automated check-in and sorting systems to libraries in North America. These solutions, which rely on FKI Logistex's automated sorting and conveying systems and 3M's library management systems, make it possible for libraries to create a complete collection management system customized to their individual needs.
Carolina on their minds. The North Carolina State Ports Authority has awarded a contract for new terminal operating systems to transportation technology specialist Embarcadero Systems Corp. Container terminal operating systems will be installed at port-run facilities in Wilmington, Charlotte and Greensboro, while Morehead City and Wilmington will have new breakbulk systems installed.
Dynamite deal. TNT Logistics North America has established three logistics facilities to support production of commercial vans for the Ford Motor Co. in Lorain County, Ohio. TNT has leased buildings in the towns of Elmira, Avon Lake and Westlake, where it will consolidate parts for the assembly of Econoline vans and deliver them as needed to Ford's assembly plant in Avon Lake.
Crane to fame. APM Terminals has selected APS Technology Group to install Crane OCR tracking systems for its Pier 400 facility at the Port of Los Angeles. Once deployed, the system will automatically confirm the container load/discharge movements on each of the 14 ship-to-shore cranes in operation and will record and relay each container's ID as it moves.