Vroom. BMW Manufacturing and BMW of North America have selected Penske Logistics to transport automotive production parts from both Mexican and U.S. suppliers to BMW's assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C. The plant builds sports cars as well as BMW's X5 sports activity vehicles.
Ten-hut. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, which operates 3,100 facilities in 30 countries to supply goods for U.S. military personnel and their families, has contracted with APL Logistics as its lead logistics provider. Under the deal, APL will oversee consolidation and vendor management, air freight, ocean transport, customs brokerage, and in-transit visibility services.
Cementing a deal. Saddle Creek Corp. will be managing warehousing, distribution, and transportation for Nichiha USA's new $78 million manufacturing facility, which is currently under construction in Macon, Ga. The facility is the first in the United States for the Japanese-based company, which makes patterned fiber cement products used in commercial and residential construction.
The fruits of their efforts. Dole Packaged Foods has inked a multiyear distribution deal with Hanson Logistics. Hanson, which provides third-party temperature-controlled supply chain services, will use its facility in Decatur, Mich., to serve Dole.
A Kehe customer. Kehe Food Distributors is implementing the E3e Supply Chain Suite from RedPrairie. The suite includes warehouse, transportation, and labor management solutions. Kehe distributes natural, organic, ethnic, and other specialty foods to over 9,000 grocery stores in 47 states.
Raise a glass. DFV Wines, a California winery, has selected Accellos' warehouse management system for its Manteca, Calif., distribution center. The system will help DFV Wines move nearly 1.5 million cases of wine annually through the 126,000-square-foot facility.
Sparks must have flown. Rexel has selected the PathGuide Latitude warehouse management system from PathGuide Technologies for use in managing its distribution. Rexel is the world's largest distributor of electrical parts and supplies.
A Grand development. Legrand Group, a worldwide manufacturer of electrical parts, is extending its use of Catalyst software to include transportation planning and management, multichannel distribution, and synchronized network fulfillment. The company first deployed Catalyst's warehouse management solution in 2002.
Data deployment. Less-than-truckload carrier Old Dominion has now deployed 3,500 Motorola MC9060 mobile computers in its operations. The units are used to capture real-time information on each freight pickup and delivery. Old Dominion also uses Motorola's Mobility Services Platform, which provides remote management for its fleet of mobile computers.
Home grown. NCR Corp. is applying its own RFID tags to select cartons and pallets of retail technology products shipped from its Atlanta fulfillment center. The company is using NCR TransitionWorks Retail RFID Compliance, a turnkey product from NCR's Automatic Identification and Data Collection Solutions Group.
With German precision. DaimlerChrysler and Schenker Deutschland have partnered on the construction of a new supplier park in Bremen, Germany. The park is being used to receive, combine, and deliver parts in sequence from more than 20 sub-suppliers to a nearby manufacturing plant where the Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles are assembled.
Getting their daily fiber. Invista Performance Materials, a company that makes integrated fibers and polymers, has chosen the Zemeter Demand Planner and Inventory Planner software from Supply Chain Consultants. Invista, whose brands include Lycra, Stainmaster, Antron, and Cordura, supplies fibers for the apparel and other industries. The software will be used to oversee the overall financial health of its supply chain.
Our hat's off to them. Outdoor Cap, which sells hats and headgear for sports and hunting, is using the OptiLedge transport packaging solution from OptiLogistics to ship product display bins to Wal-Mart and Cabela's stores. The Lshaped OptiLedge unit load platforms replace the wooden pallets that had previously been used to ship the displays.