Calling all cars. The Carphone Warehouse, a mobile phone and services retailer with 2,400 stores in the United Kingdom and Europe, is implementing RedPrairie's Execution Management application. This will allow the company to gain a single, chain-wide view of all aspects of store operations, including marketing, merchandising, and promotions. The RedPrairie solution will also help the company gain visibility into store-level compliance, streamline communications with stores, and gain additional financial benefits.
Better brokering. Aljex Software has integrated ALK's PC- Miler software into its full-service truckload brokerage services. This enables Aljex customers to access ALK's routing, mapping, and mileage functionality. Aljex Software, which is based in Middlesex, N.J., offers management software for freight brokers, logistics companies, and other non-assetbased transportation service providers.
Freight fjording. Agility Project Logistics has signed a multi-year logistics agreement with Norwegian company Aker Kvaerner ASA. Agility will handle the freight forwarding and project shipping needs of all of the Oslo-based company's operating units.
Port of call. The Port of Tacoma, Wash., has entered into an agreement with the Puyallup Indian tribe, Marine View Ventures, and SSA Marine for the construction of a new terminal on the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula. Under the arrangement, SSA Marine will have use of a 1,200-foot berth and about 20 acres of backup land. The port and the Puyallup Tribe will also exchange land to improve the terminal's footprint. In addition, the Blair Waterway at the planned terminal site will be widened to improve navigation.
Sounds good. Sony DADC has installed an automated material handling system from HK Systems at its Indiana manufacturing facility. The system consists of an automated storage and retrieval system, unit load conveyors, and controls. The Sony facility manufactures, packages, and distributes more than 1.8 billion discs per year and is the world's largest distributor of content media.
Coke picks it. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the second largest bottler of Coca-Cola in the United States, has upgraded its supply chain management software with JDA Version 7.4. The solution includes JDA Demand, JDA Fulfillment, and JDA Transportation Planning. The JDA software helps Coca-Cola Consolidated improve forecast accuracy, customer-service levels, order fill rates, and on-time deliveries.
Jump start. Richmond Cold Storage has chosen HighJump's warehouse management solution for implementation in 12 of its facilities in Virginia, North Carolina, and Alabama. The software will integrate with Richmond Cold Storage's customer Web pOréal to give clients easy access to real-time inventory and shipping data.
Paint powered. Catalyst has completed a successful installation of the SAP Warehouse Management and SAP Console applications at Dunn-Edwards' new regional support center in San Diego. Dunn-Edwards is a manufacturer of paint products. The solution has already improved shipment and picking accuracy and has boosted efficiency and speed throughout the supply chain operation.
Wheeling and dealing. RT Systems is installing its warehouse management system, RT LOCATOR, at CJ's Tire and Automotive Services. CJ's, located in Birdsboro, Pa., operates a chain of tire retail and service centers in eastern Pennsylvania. The software will be installed in a new distribution center that will feature a narrow-aisle material handling system.
Go fetch. Wesley International and FastFetch Corp. have formed a marketing alliance for solutions aimed at increasing efficiency and accuracy in order fulfillment operations. Wesley is now the exclusive partner representing FastFetch's multimodal, batch, and order-picking systems, which combine voice, bar-code scanning, and light-directed technologies. Under the new arrangement, FastFetch will function as a division of Wesley. Wesley produces the Pallet Mule, Pack Mule, and Power Mule line of forklift-free handling systems.
Method acting. Method Products, a San Francisco-based distributor of home care products, has chosen Ozburn- Hessey Logistics (OH Logistics) as its supply chain management partner at Method's new distribution center in Dayton, N.J. OH Logistics also provides these services for Method at its DCs in Georgia and California. The new facility will allow Method to optimize its distribution network and reduce its transportation routes.
Van go. Blick Art Materials, a company that sells art supplies to professional artists, art students, and teachers through retail stores and catalogs, has selected Kewill Flagship for its distribution operations. Kewill Flagship is an enterprise shipping management software solution that will help Blick reduce costs and streamline its fulfillment operations. The Kewill software will integrate with Blick's recently implemented RedPrairie systems. Blick has two distribution centers and ships about 5,000 packages each day.