Snappy dresser. Gildan, a manufacturer of premium branded apparel, has implemented RedPrairie's DLx warehouse management solution at its new distribution center in Eden, N.C., and announced plans to implement the software at additional distribution sites. Gildan, based in Montreal, is also implementing RedPrairie's DLx Labor software to optimize its workforce.
Making sort work of it. FKI Logistex has won a $20 million contract to provide Norway Post with seven of its Multi-Sorter systems. The sorters will be used in postal operations in Vestfold, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Oslo, Norway. The system allows for the simultaneous sorting of flats, letters, packages and irregular mail fed from a number of different induction sources.
Honey of a deal. Honeywell Specialty Materials, which produces high-performance specialty chemicals and materials, has selected Schneider Logistics to manage its logistics within North America. Under the contract, Honeywell Specialty Materials will use Schneider's transportation management solutions and supply chain management technology. And in another deal, Schneider has announced it will manage the logistics for moving bottled water in the United Kingdom for Danone Waters, makers of Evian.
Blood work. Daifuku America has just completed a Quick Study program to determine how to optimize Gambro BCT's workflow processes and storage. Based in Lakewood, Colo., Gambro manufactures equipment and disposable products used for the collection and separation of blood into platelets, plasma and red cells for blood transfusions and therapies for patients.
South of the border. Exel has reached agreement with Cereal Partners Worldwide to provide dedicated warehousing and distribution services in Mexico. Cereal Partners Worldwide is a joint venture between General Mills and Nestle. Exel will operate a DC in Leon, Mexico, that will distribute more than 13 million products annually within Mexico and elsewhere.
Nobody doesn't like ... CHEP? Sara Lee, owner of such brands as Sara Lee, Ball Park, Jimmy Dean and Hillshire Farm, will now be transporting all of its products on CHEP pallets. All items shipped from Sara Lee's 22 processing and distribution locations will move on CHEP's signature blue pallets to grocers, food-service operators, club stores and convenience stores nationwide.
High impact. TNT Logistics has just opened a new parts distribution center for BMW in Stockton, Calif. The 250,000square-foot facility receives after-sale automotive replacement parts and accessories from more than 100 domestic and international suppliers and then ships them to some 40 BMW dealers in northern California, the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rocky Mountain region. TNT is providing the labor, management and material handling equipment at the facility.
Planting new roots. The Scotts Co. has hired Ozburn-Hessey Logistics to provide warehousing and transportation services for its lawn care and garden products in Southern California. Ozburn-Hessey will operate a 600,000-square-foot facility in Fontana that features 144 dock doors and 180 trailer spots. The company will also help Scotts with its scheduling, carrier management and pool distribution.
Clearing their pipes. Anvil International, the world's largest manufacturer of pipe fittings and pipe hangers, has purchased 75 GX-1200 industrial computers from Glacier Computer. The units will be mounted onto lift trucks at Anvil's distribution centers. The purchase coincides with Anvil's deployment of a new warehouse management system.
Asset essentials. I.D. Systems will be deploying its Wireless Asset Net industrial vehicle management system at a Wal-Mart DC in Texas. The deployment will serve as a pilot for Wal-Mart to evaluate the system's benefits for material handling vehicle operations, productivity, safety and maintenance. The Wireless Asset Net system provides utilization analysis, real-time location tracking and a communications infrastructure.
Off at sea. International Asset Systems (IAS), which provides global asset management and information services, has teamed up with Motorola to identify opportunities for developing RF-based technologies and applications to improve container visibility for ocean carriers. The two companies estimate that such technologies could save ocean carriers some $5 billion to $7 billion annually.
Seeing the light. North American Lighting, a manufacturer of headlights and taillights for the automotive industry, has selected HighJump Software's Manufacturing Advantage Solution. The manufacturing execution software will support just-in-time production and replenishment, as well as continuous improvement initiatives.