Vital signs. Cardinal Health Pharmaceutical Distribution has announced plans to install the Multistage Inventory Planning & Optimization software from SmartOps Corp. The software, which will function as an add-on to Cardinal's current purchasing and replenishment system, will be used to optimize inventory targets for over 32,000 health-care items at 25 different distribution locations.
Teaming up. SI Systems has entered into a cooperative RFID initiative with CheckPoint Systems to provide end-user customers with complete EPC-compliant RFID solutions. The agreement provides SI with access to CheckPoint's state-of-the-art RFID testing facility in New Jersey, where SI and its customers can evaluate hardware and design solutions for RFID programs.
Home run. Under a new three-year sponsorship agreement with Major League Baseball, DHL is now the Official Express Delivery and Logistics Provider to Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. The agreement includes exclusive shipping arrangements, including deliveries for MLB.com Shop and a baseball-themed advertising campaign.
They auto see big improvements. Reliable Logistics Services, a distributor of wholesale automotive parts based in Salt Lake City, has implemented Trans-Soft's TS2000 Plus and TS2000Net freight forwarding software to improve communications with its customers and enhance its freight tracking system. The TS2000Net module gives clients instantaneous shipment status information via the Internet, while the TS2000 Plus software offers internal productivity enhancements.
Bon Voyager. Associated Grocers of Florida, which supplies food and beverages to independent grocers in the Southeast, has selected Logility's Voyager Solutions to cut inventory costs and improve forecasting. Together, the demand planning, inventory planning and replenishment planning modules will help Associated Grocers optimize its inventory investments.
Air apparent. Jettainer GmbH has selected TrenStar software for monitoring its unit load devices (ULDs), the very large containers used in the global aircargo industry. Jettainer, headquartered in Raunheim, Germany, will use TrenStar's Web-based management system to monitor the ULDs' movement history, flight information and inventory positions.
A brighter future. Kichler Lighting, which manufactures decorative lighting fixtures, has chosen Kewill's Javalin shipping management solution to streamline its shipping processes. Kichler is also in the process of replacing its existing warehouse management system with the HighJump Warehouse Advantage solution.
Something's brewing down under. Carlton & United Beverages, a division of the Australian brewing company Foster's Group, has implemented Marc Global's warehouse management system at its new warehouse near Brisbane, Australia. The software provides paperless processing, real-time visibility and warehouse optimized operations. The facility provides about one-quarter of all the beer consumed in Australia.
Far East mover. Exel in Japan has been selected by Seiyu, one of Japan's top retailers, to provide transportation services at Seiyu's Misato distribution center. When it opens next year, the facility will initially service 60 stores in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Identifying a good deal. Omniplanar, a subsidiary of Metrologic Instruments, has inked a licensing agreement with SyGade Solutions, a maker of auto identification products. SyGade will use Omniplanar's SwiftDecoder software in its iDL mobile computer.
New outlet. Printronix has entered into a distribution agreement with ScanSource, an international value-added distributor of specialty technology products. Under the agreement, ScanSource will serve as a distributor of Printronix's radio-frequency identification Smart solutions, including the RFID Smartline printer family, and thermal transfer and direct thermal printers.
Toll's road to growth. Toll, one of Australia's top integrated transportation and logistics providers, has expanded its license with G-Log for optimizing its shipments. Toll experienced a four-fold increase in freight under G-Log's GC3 software management during 2004.
Bop around the clock. Shopbop.com, an online retailer of women's clothing and accessories, has chosen Intek Integration Technologies' Warehouse Librarian warehouse management and control system for installation at the company's DC in Madison, Wis. The software system will help Shopbop.com track inventory, improve order picking accuracy, attain visibility and enhance warehouse space utilization.