Flying at high speeds. Kuehne + Nagel, a worldwide logistics provider, has signed an agreement to design and implement a lead logistics global supply chain solution with Connexion by Boeing (CBB). CBB is a high-speed information service provider to the commercial airline, maritime and business aviation industries, whose services include supplying Internet services to airline passengers. Lead Logistics Solutions, a Kuehne + Nagel business, will provide CBB with full supply chain management services, including warehousing and distribution, inventory management and global transportation management.
Load 'em up. Lakeside Logistics, a third-party logistics service provider headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, is implementing Prophesy's ShipperPLUS load-builder software. ShipperPLUS is an optimization tool that will take Lakeside's client data and determine the most effective transportation plan.
Building a relationship. Owens Corning has extended its business relationship with Ryder System. Ryder already provides the building materials manufacturer with full-service leasing. It will now add dedicated contract carriage services. These services include drivers for its vehicles, fleet management and vehicle maintenance.
Fit for print. Unisource Worldwide Inc., an independent marketer and distributor of paper, packaging systems and facility supplies, will outsource its inbound logistics management within the United States to Transplace. Transplace will supply a complete suite of logistics management technology and services, including shipment planning, carrier selection, carrier management and shipment status reporting, and freight bill audit and payment.
Peak support. Zebra Technologies has named Peak Technologies as an authorized XML Printer Specialist in support of SAP's Auto-ID Infrastructure and Oracle's RFID and Sensor-based Services. Peak, an RR Donnelley company, is a value-added reseller and provider of automatic identification and data collection solutions, and enterprise mobility solutions and services.
Portable medicine chests. Osco Drug Stores has purchased some 80,000 FlapNest 2115 totes from IPL. The new totes feature added reinforcement on corners, lids and other stress areas where weaker totes often break. The totes are designed to save money, reduce injuries and improve product security.
Letter-perfect sorting. Express and delivery company DHL has awarded a major contract to Siemens Logistics and Assembly Systems for conveying and sorting systems to be used in DHL's new letter and parcel sortation hubs located in Ohio, Pennsylvania and California. Also included is upper-level management software for the systems. The new DHL facilities are due to begin operations by September of next year.
Technology to go. Paxar Corp. and Psion Teklogix have teamed up to deliver mobile computing solutions to the retail supply chain market. Paxar has joined the Ascent Partner Program and will resell Psion Teklogix's line of rugged mobile computing devices integrated with Paxar's Monarch line of mobile and tabletop printers, supplies and RFID printing/encoding products.
Psion Teklogix also announced that 3663 First for Foodservice, a food-service supplier in the United Kingdom, is implementing its TekSpeech voice system in its distribution network.
Seeing Red. RedPrairie has inked several deals with new customers. Cabot Creamery, a farmer-owned dairy cooperative and cheese producer in Vermont, will use RedPrairie's warehouse management and Commander/QA Recall solutions, as well as its visibility, supplier management and report writing applications.
Longs Drug Stores has just purchased RedPrairie's workforce management solution to help schedule its workforce. Longs has 472 drug stores on the West Coast and Hawaii.
South of the border, Almacenadora Mercader, a Mexican grain distributor and third-party logistics provider, has implemented RedPrairie's warehouse management solution for improved inventory control.
A sure bet. Procter & Gamble has selected Exel to operate the co-packing and product customization site in its new Canadian Distribution Centre in Brantford, Ontario. The facility's customization area handles assembly of in-store displays and promotional packaging. Operations are due to begin there in October.
Flying high. Aviation electronics company Rockwell Collins has selected MCA Solutions' Service Planning and Optimization software suite. The software will be used to optimize Rockwell Collins's global service parts network. The company aims to optimize inventory at more than 60 service centers that support governments, aircraft manufacturers and 400 airlines around the globe.