Pain reliever. Witron Integrated Logistics will build and design a 300,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution center in Ennis, Texas, for Rhode Island-based drug-store chain CVS. The new facility, slated to open in 2004, will feature Witron's Dynamic Picking System (DPS), which uses extensive automatic storage and retrieval system technology to present items to the picker as requested. CVS expects to save on labor and real estate costs- not to mention reducing strain on the pickers themselves— by commissioning the new facility, which will be about half the size of a conventional DC built to service a comparable volume.
Office help. Trizec Properties Inc., one of North America's largest owners of commercial office properties, has reached an agreement with Airborne Express to be its preferred shipping supplier. In addition to serving all of Trizec's own shipping needs, Airborne will provide preferred shipping services to tenants in the 69 properties Trizec owns or manages nationwide. Through the Trizec/Airborne partnership, Trizec and its tenants will have access to the full portfolio of Airborne services, including air express, ground and international services.
Meet the beetles. Exel has been selected by Volkswagen to manage the car manufacturer's national collection service, or "milk run," in Mexico. The Exel team is responsible for collecting automotive parts from all of Volkswagen's 164 suppliers in Mexico and delivering them to the VW plant in Puebla, Mexico, where Volkswagen manufactures the New Beetle, New Beetle Convertible, Classic Beetle and the A4 Jetta. With the assistance of a local software supplier, Exel's IT/IS team in Puebla developed the Transportation Network Manager (TNM) system. This system will manage interface with Volkswagen's IT system for daily parts requirements, routing, route following, in-transit inventory control, satellite tracking and Web inquiries.