January 2019 | News | In Brief

IN BRIEF | New Services & Solutions

Tags: Logistics I.T., Supply Chain Management, Transportation, Logistics, Technology , Supply Chain


  • Supply chain solutions provider J.B. Hunt Transport Services is integrating project44's visibility platform into its 360 online load management program. The integration gives users real-time access to shipment information on a single platform across carriers.
  • Hellmann Worldwide Logistics worked with Hanhaa Limited to launch Smart Visibility, a new live tracking service. Smart Visibility allows users to track the location, condition, and security of their shipments via an online dashboard and e-mail notifications.
  • Software developer Dynamic Systems launched Advanced SIMBA Mobile, an application that uses barcodes to manage inventory. The application records inventory from receiving through storage and shipping, and provides users an inventory count and a discrepancy report.
  • E-commerce listing and order management platform SureDone partnered with shipping and logistics API ShipEngine. The partnership allows SureDone to add in-app features such as integrated label creation, rate display, and existing carrier account connection.
  • The Ecomdash inventory management platform now integrates with Google Shopping Actions, allowing Ecomdash merchants to manage orders, inventory, and shipping across Google's shopping channels.
  • New software platform OpenDock allows freight brokers and carriers to book dock appointments with warehouses. Users can keep a list of favorite warehouses and quickly book them again.
  • Lufthansa Cargo expanded its digital offerings to include DGD.online, a cloud application to help shippers digitize dangerous goods processes and coordinate paperlessly with logistics providers. It's the first cargo airline to digitize dangerous goods transport documents. Shippers can use the platform for air, road, or ocean shipments.
  • Warehouse operators can access items in hard-to-reach locations with this new range of magnetic pickup and retrieval tools from Eclipse Magnetics. The line includes pickup tools such as sweepers, wands, and rakes for cleaning and picking up everyday items.
  • Worldwide shipping group CMA CGM is the first ocean carrier to join online comparison, booking, and management marketplace Freightos. The move adds online bookings, guaranteed pricing, and secured capacity on CMA CGM's United States-China shipping lanes, with more route additions planned for the future.
  • The Joey eStep Semi-Electric Access Vehicle from Big Joe Forklifts is designed to improve warehouse productivity. It can lift an operator up to 42 inches while remaining in a fully enclosed compartment. Two large steel load trays on the front allow the warehouse worker to access multiple items without having to raise and lower repeatedly, and a load platform on the chassis can carry additional materials.
  • 3PL BlueGrace Logistics released a new version of its BlueShip Transportation Management System (TMS) software designed to simplify supply chain management and optimization for mid-market companies. New functionality allows shippers to see real-time capacity and spot rates for volume shipments.
  • Tracking company Tive upgraded its sense and software supply chain visibility systems to include shipment data sharing, route geofences, and ocean vessel tracking. The features allow for greater collaboration between supply chain managers and logistics providers along with improved en-route inventory visibility.
  • SEKO Logistics partnered with web-based e-commerce shipping solutions company ShipStation. Merchants who use ShipStation can now connect to SEKO on the platform to improve international shipping capabilities.
  • Trimble and Intelligent Audit integrated their systems to combine real-time visibility with audit analytics tools in the transportation space. Trimble's supply chain solution will provide visibility and tracking, while Intelligent Audit offers audit and spend analytics.
  • Volga-Dnepr Group opened an operations base at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The new base expands the cargo airline's operations in North and South America, where it works with shippers in industries such as oil and gas, heavy machinery, energy, and aerospace.


  • Freight forwarding company Davies Turner restructured its Express China rail shipping between Wuhan, China, and the United Kingdom to minimize the number of connections and changes. The new system reduces the possibility of delays, increases security, and offers lower costs than air or sea routes.
  • CaroTrans and Nordicon, two neutral global non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) and ocean freight consolidators, launched an enhanced weekly LCL service between New York and Helsinki. The route bypasses European gateways that would require extra freight handling, and offers end-to-end inland services at origin and destination.
  • Hapag-Lloyd, Ocean Network Express, and Yang Ming (also collectively known as THE Alliance) revamped their service network for 2019, including a new pendulum service and wider range of links between the west coast of North America, Europe, and Asia. They plan to deploy more than 249 ships between 76 global ports.
  • NVOCC and freight consolidator Euroconsol S.A. conducted strategic improvements along its Silk Road LCL import rail service between Wuhan, China, and Hamburg, Germany, intended to minimize logistics delays.
  • Kerry Logistics expanded its freight capacity between China and South Asia seeking to reinforce its overland transportation network in the region. The company launched its first rail and road multimodal freight service between Lanzhou, China, and Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • LATAM Airlines Cargo flew its first direct route between Bogotá, Colombia, and Huntsville, Alabama. The new cargo route opened in December 2018, and runs once per week to reduce cargo travel time between South and North America.
  • Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) introduced two new service routes, one between the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent and one in West Africa. The company has also improved its existing Middle East routes.


  • Mezzanine SafetiGates, which makes industrial safety gates that provide fall protection in warehouses, introduced power operation and technology options to its safety gate product line to add efficiencies in applications where lift trucks are transferring material to and from upper levels.
  • Spurred by the growth of e-commerce trade between the United States and Canada, DHL Express launched a new direct flight between Vancouver International Airport (pictured) and the DHL Express Americas hub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The daily route increases shipment capacity and improves transit time by one hour for inbound and outbound shipments.
  • Caster Concepts introduced the Drive Caster industrial motorized caster. It integrates an electric motor with an industrial caster into a single unit that can be attached to anything that rolls on casters, making heavy loads significantly easier to move.
  • Adam Equipment released a new range of Cruiser bench checkweighing scales for production, warehouse, and field use. It includes standard, high-resolution, and ultra-high-resolution readabilities from 0.0002 lb to 0.001 lb and capacities from 8 lb to 100 lb.
  • The Barrier Glider Cold Storage Door by Rite-Hite is a high-speed, bi-parting door that is ideal for refrigerated warehouses, food manufacturing/processing plants, grocery distribution centers, and other facilities that require strict environmental control. Rite-Hite's ThermalFlex Sealing System provides a heated perimeter sealing design. As a safety feature, the panels automatically reverse when they encounter an obstruction.
  • Supply chain solutions company Crane Worldwide Logistics opened a new facility in Savannah, Georgia, in order to expand its East Coast operations. The facility offers FTL and LTL services, oversized/permitted loads, airfreight, ocean freight, cold chain management, and transborder services between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


  • New materials handling firm Bold provides customized inspection services for distributors and manufacturers. The company offers site, safety, and conformity inspections as well as custom training programs and ongoing integration of new regulations.
  • Logistics software and supply chain solutions company ProShip partnered with last-mile delivery solution company Deliv. The move makes Deliv's same-day delivery services available to ProShip customers, along with the ability to schedule custom same-day delivery windows up to 30 days in advance.
  • Customs brokerage and logistics company Willson International expanded into Alberta with offices in Edmonton and Calgary.
  • This multi-scale solution from Mettler Toledo lets distribution centers and sorting hubs maintain high speeds, increasing throughput—processing up to 18,000 parcels per hour. The Mettler Toledo XS100 DualScale's sturdy frame and stiff conveyor body make the system less sensitive to environmental disturbances, which allows it to provide continued high accuracy at speeds up to 10 feet per second.
  • UPS now lets its U.S. customers sell products globally with the same delivery speed as domestic shipments. Businesses that schedule a Saturday pick-up from the United States to 57 key international markets will have their shipments processed and shipped on Saturday and delivered as soon as Monday, one day faster than previous UPS time-in-transit.
  • PRISM Logistics opened a third warehouse logistics facility in Stockton, California, bringing the Northern California 3PL's total square footage to 1.4 million square feet in seven facilities.
  • Temperature-controlled third-party logistics provider RLS Logistics started providing national refrigerated LTL service in January 2019. The move enhances RLS's capabilities to offer both frozen and refrigerated LTL and TL services within the continental United States on a regular weekly schedule.
  • The new Fairbanks Scales AxleSurance Weigh System is designed for shippers in search of a simpler scale solution. The slow-speed system arrives pre-cast and installation-ready for shorter installation and operation times. The scale is not legal for trade, but offers a smaller and more cost-effective option for those needing to check-weigh loads, manage inventory, and reduce overload risks, providing axle and gross truck weights.
  • Marine transportation company Alaska Marine Lines expanded its Western Alaska service to Arctic ports, which includes two annual sealifts and routes serviced by Bowhead Transport. The new stops join Alaska Marine Lines' ports of call,including the major hubs of Naknek, Dillingham, Nome, Bethel, and Kotzebue and more than 65 villages along the coast of Western Alaska.

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