Going forward. Air, Land & Sea Express, a full-service logistics company based in St. Louis, has implemented Trans-Soft's TS2000 Plus and TS2000Net freight forwarding software. The TS2000Net software provides Air, Land & Sea's customers with instantaneous shipment status using the Internet, while the TS2000 Plus freight forwarding software helps the company manage its growth.
Bound for Britain. Tesco, UK, one of Europe's largest retailers, has signed a multi-year deal with ADT, a division of Tyco Fire & Security, to provide it with electronic product code (EPC) RFID readers and antennae. The first phase of the new agreement includes 4,000 readers and 16,000 antennae to be installed by this autumn at Tesco's 35 distribution facilities and at the receipt points in 1,300 Tesco stores throughout the UK.
The deal's in the can. Del Monte Foods has selected Saddle Creek Corp. to provide distribution services from two facilities located in Atlanta and Fort Worth. These facilities will consolidate distribution for Del Monte's diverse business units under one roof and allow its customers to receive orders from one location. Prior to the consolidation, Del Monte operated 18 distribution sites.
Global leap. HighJump Software and Deloitte Consulting have formed a strategic alliance to offer comprehensive supply chain execution solutions to the global marketplace. Deloitte Consulting will provide experience in delivering tailored solutions to a number of vertical markets, while HighJump will offer its RFID-enabled supply chain execution product suite. The suite includes warehouse, yard and transportation management, manufacturing, data collection and collaboration products.
Clean sweep. Acquity brands, a provider of industrial cleaners, deodorizers, disinfectants and other chemicals, has selected DHL to provide all small-package deliveries nationwide. DHL will also handle all hazardous material requirements associated with the transportation and delivery services.
Bleach baby. The Clorox Co. of Canada has selected Metro Canada Logistics (MCL) to provide warehousing and distribution services. MCL will manage Clorox's new Brampton, Ontario, warehouse facility, which consolidates four previous logistics centers and a secondary pack operation. MCL also designed the facility layout and storage systems for the new 300,000-square-foot building.
All charged up. Ford Motor Co. has chosen AeroVironment's PosiCharge fast-charging technology for use throughout its manufacturing operations. The PosiCharge technology fast-charges lift-truck batteries in the vehicle during short breaks, lunches and shift changes. This eliminates the need for charging rooms while reducing costs and potential injuries resulting from traditional battery handling. PosiCharge has also partnered with I.D. Systems to provide Ford with a custom RFID-based data management system that provides real-time information on vehicle, charger and battery status.
Smooth transfer. Kardex Systems and J&D Associates have formed a collaboration called J-Dex Systems to develop and produce a new accumulating and transfer system for warehousing and manufacturing applications. That system, the SAT-2000, can be used as a buffering system in production lines or as an inter-cell transfer system between multiple floors.
Lone Prairie no longer. RedPrairie has announced a new partnership and two new deals. The company will team up with Printronix to provide RFID solutions to European companies. The combined offering integrates RedPrairie's warehouse management system and Printronix's EPC-compatible printers to create an end-toend RFID solution.
In the meantime, two retailers have announced that they will be installing RedPrairie systems. The Container Store will use RedPrairie's Labor Management Solution to optimize labor productivity among the more than 230 employees in its distribution operations. The software allows each individual's performance to be measured against goal times that are specific to the nature of the work he or she performs.
El Palacio de Hierro, one of Mexico's top upscale retailers, has also selected a suite of RedPrairie products to support its business expansion and manage its inventory. They include warehouse management, report writing, Web-based supplier management and network-wide visibility to support a new distribution center.
Available by the yard. Jo-Ann Stores Inc., a retailer of fabric and craft supplies, has implemented the Navis DC Flow software package to optimize inbound and outbound shipments at its DCs and fabric processing operations nationwide. The Navis software also provides real-time visibility and optimizes yard operations for increased throughput and reduced operational costs.