Making contact. Phoenix Contact, a company that provides industrial connection technologies, has chosen an automated storage and retrieval system from viastore systems. The system consists of four storage/retrieval machines, a free-standing rack structure, and 44,000 storage locations.
On Target. Swisslog has been awarded a material handling contract from Target Corp. that includes the installation of a new picking and storage system.
Quick Quality. Advanced Quality Logistics, a third-party logistics company that serves the retail industry, has implemented Motek's Priya Warehouse Management System at its San Pedro, Calif., facility. Motek reports that implementation of the Windows-based software system was completed in a record 30 days.
North of the border. Shopper Drug Mart, Canada's largest retail drug store group, has deployed Stay-Linked software. The solution enables wireless real-time data collection and provides access to Stay-Linked's host-based applications that support and manage wireless terminal users throughout its nationwide network.
On the fly. FKI Logistex will be providing a turnkey, fully integrated, automated material handling system for Internet electronics retailer ZipZoomfly.com. The systems will be placed in ZipZoomfly's 250,000-square-foot distribution center in Newark, Calif.
Going yard. PINC and C3 solutions are teaming up to integrate PINC's Yard Hound real-time visibility system with C3's Yard Smart yard management solution. The combined systems will be part of a new yard management program being piloted this summer.
Good pick, eh? Canada's second-largest grocer, Sobeys, is building a new DC in Vaughan, Ontario, and has selected Witron to design and implement warehouse and picking technologies for the building. The plan calls for automated storage and retrieval systems as well as Witron's automated order picking machinery.
For convenience' sake. RedPrairie's BlueCube Enterprise software has been selected for Chevron's convenience stores throughout North America. The software will help Chevron manage inventory and operations at companyowned stores and franchises.
Overseas calling. Somerfield Stores, a leading supermarket chain in the United Kingdom, has selected Voxware voice software to streamline its operations. Voxware 3.0 will operate on 380 wireless devices supplied by LXE.
RFID in S.A. Savi Networks, along with its Colombian partner Emprevi, has launched the first RFID-based network operating in South America. The network will be used to track the location and security status of cargo shipments from inland factories to Colombia's seaports.
Charging ahead. Battery retailer Batteries Plus and its warehouse distribution subsidiary, Ascent Battery Supply, will be implementing Smart Software's SmartForecasts Enterprise software. Batteries Plus will use SmartForecasts' demand forecasting capabilities to optimize inventories at its distribution center and to help it set in-store stocking levels.
Raise a glass. InBev, brewer of Stella Artois, Beck's, Leffe, and Brahma beers, has chosen the Supply Chain Advantage suite from HighJump Software for its worldwide warehouse operations.
Prophetic choice. Vaxa, a distributor of homeopathic medicine, has selected Activant Prophet 21 as its enterprise software solution. Vaxa, which also operates manufacturing and retail divisions, says it chose Prophet 21 because it can handle multiple businesses through a single database.
Collision coverage. Sky-Trax and Danaher Motion have teamed up to develop and market an indoor collisionavoidance system for industrial vehicles. The plan calls for automatic guided vehicles, lift trucks, and other vehicles to be equipped with Sky-Trax's Indoor Positioning System, coupled with Danaher Motion's motion-control technology.
Idle thoughts. Marten Transport is buying 2,000 TriPac Hybrid Auxiliary Idle Reduction and Temperature Management Systems from Thermo King. The TriPac system will provide heat, engine pre-heat, air conditioning, accessory power, and battery charging, while reducing idling and conserving fuel.
A cut above. Numina Group, a warehouse control systems supplier and material handling systems integrator, will be providing software and automation for World Kitchen's sorting and shipping operations. World Kitchen makes goods sold under the CorningWare, Pyrex, Corelle, Revere, Ekco, and Chicago Cutlery brands.