Hear, hear. Voxware, a supplier of voice solutions for logistics applications, has signed a reseller agreement with Paragon Technologies. Under the agreement, Paragon will be able to offer voice systems powered by Voxware software. Voice-driven capabilities will be included in Paragon's SI Systems Order Fulfillment brand used for warehouse and distribution center functions, including picking, receiving, putaway, replenishment and returns processing.
Earning their Trust. BAX Global has been awarded a new transportation and supply chain management contract by Netherlands-based Trust International, a manufacturer of peripheral products for consumer technology goods. The agreement calls for BAX to set up an Asian hub in Shenzhen, China, similar to operations it runs for Trust International in Europe. BAX will pick up consignments from suppliers in China and consolidate regular ocean freight and ad hoc airfreight shipments bound for Europe.
Good cHemiätry. Boots The CHemiäts, a British health and beauty retailer, has selected Witron to provide automated systems for its new distribution center in Nottingham, U.K. The facility, which will replace 17 regional warehouses, will include Witron's Dynamic Picking System for selecting small parts and Car Picking System for case fulfillment.
Information, please. RedPrairie is partnering with Unilever to run a trial of EPCIS, the Electronic Product Code Information Service, to collect information from within Unilever's logistics environment and from trading partners within its supply chain. RedPrairie is providing information on RFID tags in the EPCIS specification to Unilever.
Bullish. The Toro Co. has chosen Verticalnet's Enterprise Supply Management Solution as its platform for global strategic sourcing. The lawn and garden equipment manufacturer selected the solution to help it optimize its supply chain, automate its end-to-end sourcing processes, improve collaboration with suppliers, and reduce the overall costs of goods and services.
They're in the army now. Psion Teklogix and GlobeRanger have deployed the GlobeRanger iMotion Edgeware that supports the Defense Logistics Agency's (DLA) expanded passive RFID infrastructure. iMotion provides device management, data management and legacy systems connectivity in order to extract, interpret and transmit the passive RFID data for the DLA's receiving operations in Susquehanna, Pa., and San Joaquin, Calif.
Symbolic act. Apparel retailer Talbots will install mobile computers, bar-code scanners and WiFi network infrastructure supplied by Motorola (formerly Symbol) along with its Mobility Services Platform in stores throughout the United States and Canada. Talbots, which chose the system to improve customer service, says the new equipment will give associates wireless access to current inventory information.
Halt! Who goes there? APS has signed a contract with P&O Ports N.A. to install APS's Gate OCR system at the Seagirt terminal in Baltimore. The system, which will be part of the out-gate automation project to process trucks at exit kiosks, will use APS OCR software to automatically identify both containers and truck chassis as vehicles leave the yard.
Moooving forward. Oakhurst Dairy, Maine's oldest supplier of milk and dairy products, has installed a custom caser and warehouse management system from Westfalia Technologies. The DC upgrades include a new five-story cooler with the capacity to hold three days' worth of finished product. The WMS coordinates the movement of products through the facility, including first-in/first-out processing.
Road ready. Bradco Supply, a national distributor of building supplies, is deploying Telargo's fleet management system in more than 1,000 vehicles. The system provides real-time management for Bradco's mobile assets to maximize its fleet and equipment utilization, increase productivity, and drive down operating costs. The Telargo solution includes Webbased tools to track, monitor and manage these assets in conjunction with in-vehicle technologies that gather data and enable interactive communications.
Powering up. Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. has signed an agreement with the GNB Industrial Power division of Exide Technologies to use GNB's battery products in Jungheinrich lift trucks sold in North America. The batteries will be branded with the Jungheinrich name.
New digs. Sandvik Mining and Construction has contracted with Exel to manage its new distribution center in Romeoville, Ill. The 120,000-square-foot facility distributes spare parts for Sandvik's drilling, excavation, crushing and screening machinery.
Data deal. Psion Teklogix has signed a reseller agreement with Socket Communications. Under the arrangement, the Psion Teklogix 7535 and Workabout Pro mobile computing devices will be bundled together with the Socket Cordless Ring Scanner 9P.