Bean there. Fortna has completed a project for L.L.Bean that included an analysis of the company's multi-channel fulfillment operations. Using its proprietary FortnaDCModeler tool, the consultant analyzed data on 200,000 SKUs and over 40 million order lines, representing a year's worth of sales through online, retail store, and business-to-business transactions. Fortna used the results of the analysis to make improvements that benefited the retailer's distribution operations during the recent holiday season.
Sky eye. Aerologistics, a Nigeria-based logistics company serving the aviation industry, has just signed on as a premier partner and value-added reseller for Sky-Trax. Sky-Trax provides automatic data collection technology and location tracking products for vehicles and other warehouse assets.
Paperless paper company. Xpedx, an International Paper subsidiary that distributes paper, packaging, and supplies to commercial printers, has begun upgrading its U.S. distribution network with an RF-enabled warehouse management system from RedPrairie. The new solution will help the Cincinnati-based Xpedx improve its supply chain productivity, track its inventories of more than 100,000 SKUs in real time, and achieve faster order turnaround times.
In the Navy. Allyn International Services, a supply chain management consulting firm based in Fort Myers, Fla., has been awarded a task order/contract from the Department of Defense. Under the contract, Allyn will provide receiving, inspection, and delivery support to the Naval Support Activity base in Panama City, Fla.
Good cHemiätry. Arizona Chemical Co., the world's largest producer of naturally derived specialty resins and pine-based chemicals, has chosen ChemLogix's On-Demand TMS to automate its transportation management operations. The solution will provide Arizona with online carrier contracting, tracking, and rate management capabilities.
Adding to the collection. LXE and MCL Technologies have entered into a marketing alliance that will give customers greater access to MCL software tools on LXE data collection equipment. Specifically, the two companies have unveiled MCL-Collection and MCL-Voice applications for LXE's handheld and wearable rugged mobile computers.
When in Rohm. Rohm and Haas, a specialty materials manufacturer, has implemented the Elemica Terminal and Warehouse Solution. The software will give Rohm and Haas better visibility into inventory, orders, and shipments.
Military coup. Genco Infrastructure Solutions (GIS) has been awarded government contracts to manage warehouse operations in Norfolk, Va., and Stockton, Calif., for the Defense Logistics Agency. GIS has also received a 33-month contract from the U.S. Air Force for support services at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. GIS will handle munitions management, material acquisition, air terminal services, and more for the 45th Space Wing at the base.
Plan for success. Three units of Hexion Specialty Chemicals have implemented the Zemeter Supply Planner solution from Supply Chain Consultants. Zemeter is a sophisticated software tool for evaluating planned changes to markets, including sourcing patterns, capacity, transportation, and distribution.
Racing ahead. Fox Racing, a company that markets motocross apparel and other racing-inspired products, has implemented the Highjump warehouse management system in conjunction with its design and integration partner, Fortna. The software, installed in Fox Racing's DC in Morgan Hill, Calif., has already helped the company cut labor costs.
Precisely. Precise Engineering, a Lowell, Mich.-based supplier of custom-machined components and tooling for the automotive industry, has signed a two-year agreement with DHL. The deal makes DHL the exclusive provider of international shipping services for Precise.
Teaming up. CTW Transportation, a company that provides container drayage services at rail ramps in the Kansas City area, has become part of the Evans Network. The Evans Network consists of a fleet of 1,350 tractors at 80 service centers nationwide that provide intermodal container and trailer drayage, van truckload, and flatbed service.
Dock around the clock. Spartan Stores, one of the nation's largest grocery distributors, has deployed the Retalix Dock Scheduling application at two Michigan distribution centers. The software application uses appointment-scheduling functions to streamline the flow of goods through Spartan's Plymouth and Grand Rapids DCs.
Route and about. Wolseley PLC, a global distributor of plumbing and heating products, has expanded its use of Descartes' routing solution to North America. Wolseley's North America division is using the Descartes Route Planner to reduce costs and help manage its 5,000-vehicle fleet in the United States and Canada. Descartes Systems provide logistics solutions on a software-as-a-service basis.