They'll take Manhattan. Manhattan Associates and Printronix have agreed to expand their printing solutions alliance to include support for Printronix's Smart Label Printer Applicator 7000e. This model of print and encode applicator is now offered as an optional component for Manhattan Associates' "RFID In A Box" solution. Manhattan has also teamed up with eBusiness Solution Pros Inc., the developer of Stay-Linked wireless terminal emulation solutions. Stay-Linked will provide wireless application access support for the radiofrequency functions of Manhattan Associates' solutions for iSeries and Open Systems.
Lone prairie no more. RedPrairie is integrating its RFID compliance applications into Lowry Computer Products' EPC Encode & Apply system. In the application, RedPrairie's RFID Igniter compliance product integrates with the Lowry Paragon PLS- 430 Encode and Apply system to provide users with a turnkey RFID slap and ship solution. RedPrairie also has integrated its DLx labor productivity management software into Manhattan Associates' PkMS warehouse management system at three customer sites.
Measurable returns. GENCO, a Pittsburgh-based third-party provider of distribution and return services, is deploying Manhattan Associates' Labor Management solution across its network. It will enable GENCO to measure various activities at more than 85 facilities located throughout North America.
Catching a Wav. WAV Inc., a distributor of wireless technology and portable datacollection devices, has entered into an agreement with Alien Technology to provide EPC Class 1 RFID readers and labels to the North American market. The two companies will develop RFID implementation strategies for Alien's tags, readers and services.
New deal cemented. Mexico-based CEMEX Corp., which produces and markets cement and concrete products, has chosen transportation and logistics company GeoLogistics Corp. as its sole global logistics provider. Under the three-year agreement, GeoLogistics will provide purchase order and freight management services from CEMEX suppliers in some 70 countries and will also handle shipping to CEMEX plants located in 30 countries worldwide.
Win by a Miles. Intermec Technologies Corp. has named Illinois-based Miles Technologies Inc. as an Intermec RFID Authorized Partner. The two companies will help customers develop comprehensive plans for adding RFID capabilities to their supply chain operations. Miles Technologies has more than 20 years of experience in integrating bar-code and RFID solutions for government agencies and businesses.
Carry on. Manhattan Associates has signed several deals for its Carrier Management solutions, which provide management and decision support for truckload, less-than-truckload and rail carriers trying to improve network balance and increase resource utilization. Manhattan's new clients include JDC Logistics and CalArk International. In addition, Averitt Express, Celadon Trucking, Covenant Transport, Interstate Distributor Co., Roehl Transport and Transport America have all expanded their existing Carrier Management licenses to deploy additional functionality.
Start your engines. Precision Software, an Irelandbased provider of international trade and freight management solutions, is supplying the software platform and engine for multi-carrier and multi-country deployments for Menlo Worldwide Logistics' parcel shipping needs. Menlo will be using Precision's TRA/X global parcel manifesting software and will be integrating it with Menlo's 3PL warehouse management system.
Oh, Canada. Tennessee-based Averitt Express has aligned with CF Managing Movement, the parent company of Canadian regional carriers Canadian Freightways and Epic Express, to provide less-than-truckload service to and from all points in Canada. Up until now, Averitt served only the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The partnership will also link the partners' billing and tracking systems to provide real-time visibility via the companies' Web sites.
Tag team. Videojet Technologies Inc. and Accu-Sort Systems Inc. have joined their research and development teams to develop RFID tag applications to help retail suppliers comply with RFID mandates. Products currently offered by the collaboration include a combined desktop encoder and label printer, a label applicator that creates an easy-to-use tag application system for batches, and an inbound automated tag application that identifies a product and then creates and tests a tag for it.
Help is on the way. Home Depot has chosen Kuehne + Nagel Logistics to manage a temporary 530,000-square-foot distribution center in Orlando, Fla., to provide building materials and other supplies to Florida residents hit hard by this season's devastating hurricanes. The facility is expected to operate at least through the early part of the year and feeds 145 Home Depot stores in the affected areas.
Eastward ho! With 64 percent of its customers east of the Mississippi, Salt Lake City-based Overstock.com has chosen Ozburn-Hessey Logistics to provide distribution to Eastern states. Ozburn-Hessey will complete fulfillment from its Plainfield, Ind., campus.
Never out of reach. Symbol Technologies and Zebra Technologies have created a global strategic partnering agreement to provide customers with integrated business solutions that incorporate mobile and wireless products from both companies. The two companies will jointly develop, market and sell industry-specific solutions.
Running hot and cold. MicroFridge, a maker of combination refrigerator/freezer and microwave appliances used in hotel chains and university dormitories, has selected Ryder System Inc. to provide integrated supply chain services. Under the multi-year agreement, Ryder will manage inbound transportation of MicroFridge products from ports of entry in California to distribution centers in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
Road to China. Lucent has signed Vastera Inc. to manage its trade processes in China. Under the deal, Vastera will use its international resources to assure trade compliance and expedite the import and export of Lucent's communications equipment into and out of China. Vastera has been managing Lucent's trade operations in the United States since 2001.