More power to them. Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. and AeroVironment have teamed up to market AeroVironment's PosiCharge fast battery charging system to users of Toyota lift trucks. The PosiCharge systems are now available through 68 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers. The two companies are also marketing the fast-charge technology as a green alternative to internal combustion engines.
Car carrier. UECC, an automotive short-sea carrier in Europe, has chosen Quintiq and it implementation partner Ab Ovo to provide a planning, scheduling, and optimization solution for its European operations. The solution will help UECC deal with rising transportation costs, shifting car production locations, and the dynamics of short-sea operations.
Mobile maneuver. Wavelink Corp. and Datalogic Mobile have entered into a strategic alliance. Under the agreement, Wavelink will provide support for all Datalogic Mobile devices with its Terminal Emulation and Avalanche products.
Furnishing results. Levin Furniture, a retail furniture chain in Pennsylvania and Ohio, is implementing RedPrairie's Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) at its distribution center in Smithton, Pa. The new management software, which replaces a legacy system, will allow Levin to streamline its distribution operations and gain greater visibility across its supply chain.
Flying high. Delta Cargo has selected two applications from Descartes Systems, an on-demand software-as-aservice provider, to extend electronic cargo bookings to all of the freight forwarders it works with. The Descartes GF- X Exchange and Cargobooker solutions will allow the forwarders to make electronic bookings 24/7 using a simple Web browser.
Muy bueno. Correos, Spain's national postal service, has deployed TAP appliances from Reva Systems to enable RFID operations at 37 mail processing centers. Correos is tracking mail tagged with UHF RFID labels to manage and monitor mail delivery services across Spain.
Smart move. Jervis B. Webb Co. is providing six SmartCart AGCs (Automatic Guided Carts) to Solutia, a manufacturer of performance materials and specialty chemicals. The automated vehicles, which will be used at Solutia's plant in Pensacola, Fla., will be used to transport pallets holding bags or boxes of nylon pellets.
Checking how many? Siemens has been awarded a $7.2 million contract to design and build an in-line baggage screening system at the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport in Florida. The system will consist of 1,436 feet of conveyor, 11 high-speed divertors, and a screening matrix consisting of explosive detection systems and four vertical sort units.
Where there's smoke ... Big Ass Fans has teamed up with Xtralis, a specialist in fire detection and security products, to deliver large ceiling fans with integrated earlywarning smoke detection systems. The Xtralis VESDA (Very Early Warning Smoke Detection System) alerts occupants of imminent fire hazards and automatically shuts the fan down whenever smoke is detected.
From top to bottom. Diapers.com is converting its entire fulfillment network to Kiva Mobile Order Fulfillment Systems. Its three distribution facilities will deploy Kiva's CaseFetch automated pallet fulfillment system, which uses robots to facilitate high-speed order picking from mobile pallets and case shelving. The Kiva system will store, move, and sort a variety of baby products, including diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, and clothing.
A sweet deal. DSC Logistics has been awarded a threeyear contract to provide supply chain management and transportation management services to Merisant, the maker of Equal sweeteners. DSC will receive the Equal products from manufacturing facilities in Illinois and Mexico into its facilities in California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Georgia for distribution to leading grocery chains and other Merisant customers.
Their ship came in. Oracle and Kewill Systems have entered into a marketing agreement to integrate Kewill's Flagship multi-carrier shipping management solution into the Oracle Transportation Management system. The combined solution will provide existing and future Oracle customers with enhanced capabilities to quote, rate, and manifest small parcel shipments.
Dynamic dealing. AFL Telecommunications, a company that provides fiber-optic products and services to the telecom industry, has implemented Management Dynamics' Global Trade Management solution to centrally manage trade compliance across its import and export operations. Among the modules implemented are Import Compliance, Trade Agreement Management, and Export Compliance.