Music to their ears. Automotion Systems Group has completed the design and implementation of materials handling systems for Musician's Friend at its new 700,000square-foot facility in Kansas City, Mo. Musician's Friend is a direct marketer of equipment and gear to musicians around the world. The new installation included four Automotion high-speed sliding-shoe sorters and extensive conveyor systems.
Righting the ship. Software solutions supplier Kewill has entered into a reseller partnership with Advanced Solutions. Under the arrangement, Advanced Solutions, which provides management and technology consulting services as well as SAP integration, will focus on the development and implementation of a standard SAP/Kewill Flagship integration package for enterprise shipping management. Advanced Solutions will also offer its customers Kewill's Clippership multicarrier parcel shipping solution.
In another deal, Kewill has announced that online specialty retailer NetShops has selected Kewill Flagship to streamline its operations. The solution will allow NetShops to monitor the status of its shipments and guarantee that goods are shipped as efficiently and economically as possible. NetShops owns and operates over 200 specialty stores.
Lots in store. Westfalia Technologies is installing automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) for two very different clients. The Free-Lance-Star newspaper is placing a system in its printing facility in Fredericksburg, Va. The AS/RS will be used to store rolls of newsprint and to house free-standing inserts, such as advertising supplements. The installation also includes air chain conveyors and Westfalia's Savanna.NET warehouse management system (WMS).
The other client is FAGE USA Dairy. The company is installing an AS/RS system in a 40-degree warehouse in Johnstown, N.Y., which handles the company's line of premium yogurts and other dairy products. The Savanna.NET WMS is also being installed in that facility.
Make a trade. Global trade management solutions specialist Management Dynamics and ExportAmerica.com, which is part of the ExportTrading Network global trading platform, have created a strategic partnership to deliver online decision-support tools. ExportTrading Network will market Management Dynamics' Trade Wizards suite of Web-based research tools, which help companies find answers to trade questions. The collaboration is aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises navigate the complex global trade regulatory landscape.
Growth support. Kenco Logistic Services, a third-party logistics service provider, has selected RedPrairie's Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) to support its growing business. Kenco, which operates more than 90 facilities, will use the software to manage and expand service offerings to select customers.
Insightful design. Ocean Spray has chosen Insight Inc. to provide supply chain design optimization software. Ocean Spray is an agricultural cooperative of cranberry and grapefruit growers that is known for its fruit drinks.
The cold facts. CMV Cold Storage, a third-party distribution company specializing in produce, has installed Motek's Priya warehouse management system (WMS). The Windows-based software has enabled CMV to achieve 100 percent visibility into its resources and inventory, which has helped it manage its seasonal surges. The solution has also increased speed and efficiency.
Networked. Korea-based PNL Networks, the technology arm of global logistics company PNL Group, has contracted with Savi Networks to offer customers advanced logistics services based on wireless monitoring technology. Savi will supply PNL with the SaviTrak information service to monitor container shipments in real time. The solution will also provide more timely security information for PNL customers, customs officials, and other government authorities.
Ideal inventory. Wyeth, the global pharmaceutical and consumer products company, has selected the Enterprise Inventory Optimization software solution from SmartOps Corp. The software will enable Wyeth to optimize its inventory while meeting product availability and customer service goals.
Plowing ahead. Third-party logistics service provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. has landed a five-year contract with equipment maker John Deere. The deal calls for C.H. Robinson's Transportation Management Center (TMC) division to manage John Deere's North American inbound and outbound freight.
A strong foundation. Hilti North American, a company that supplies the worldwide construction industry with high-tech tools and fastening systems, has selected Ozburn-Hessey Logistics as its third-party logistics service partner. OH Logistics will manage the new Hilti West Coast Re-Supply Center in Riverside, Calif.