April 2020 | News | In Brief

IN BRIEF: New Services & Solutions

Tags: Logistics, Technology , Supply Chain


  • APS Resource launched an aluminum Tactical LED Dock Light, which features a compact design and a dimmable, automatic on/off function. Its built-in secondary warning alert technology protects dock operations by alerting workers when a change in dock status occurs.
  • Hyster released the J60XNL counterbalanced lift truck, the first to have a fully integrated lithium-ion battery pack. The lift truck weighs approximately 700 pounds less than lead-acid battery models, and provides more free space for operators.
  • Toshiba America Business Solutions unveiled its FP2 barcode printer, a portable, high-speed device that produces two-inch receipts, tickets, and labels. Its color display enables visibility of battery levels, printer status, and internet connectivity.


  • Fleet management solutions provider Coretex introduced CoreTemp, a real-time temperature-monitoring solution that provides early temperature warnings and alerts, and detects compartment mismatches and automatic routes.
  • RLS Logistics created a temperature-controlled less-than-truckload service for grocery warehouses. The service requires no upcharges, helping manufacturers deliver within narrow time frames and avoid penalties.
  • Third-party logistics provider Weber Logistics added a 353,361-square-foot distribution center in Jurupa Valley, California, to its warehousing and distribution network. Its footprint in Southern California now spans about 1,6 million square feet.
  • Germany-based logistics company Rhenus Logistics opened its first regional headquarters in America in Miami, Florida, with a new 160,000-square-foot warehouse designated as a Foreign Trade Zone.


  • Sewio, a real-time location technology solution, provided free consulting and software licenses to help manufacturers implement its technology before operations resume after COVID-19. The system tracks employees' locations to help prevent the spread of infection.
  • In response to demand spikes caused by COVID-19, final-mile delivery platform OneRail introduced QuickStart, a service that enables retailers to launch and scale their delivery services nationwide with no integration or cost.
  • Voxware, a cloud-based voice and analytics solutions provider, released an augmented reality solution that combines voice, scanning, image capture, and vision to improve worker performance and optimize warehouse processes.
  • Software solutions firm enVista offers virtual assessments to help warehouses manage peaks in operations resulting from COVID-19. enVista provides clients with GoPros and iPads to virtually walk through their operations. Certified consultants then diagnose the assessments and discuss recommendations.
  • To aid businesses facing increased demand during the COVID-19 outbreak, Bringg initiated an early release of BringgNow, a free last-mile delivery solution that helps retailers launch and scale delivery operations.
  • Technology company Ware launched a drone-based warehouse inventory automation system designed to help users increase the frequency and accuracy of inventory tracking. The system delivers full counts monthly, using drones to capture images of each bin location and provide a visual audit history of inventory status.


  • Etihad Cargo introduced a fleet of Boeing 787-10 aircrafts that operate 34 flights per week to help the United Arab Emirates import and export goods while passenger services are suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak. Each aircraft contains 12 lower-deck pallets and four containers.
  • Southwest Airlines offered cargo-only charter services on its Boeing 737 aircrafts to help transport essential products for nonprofits working to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Cargo is shipped in the belly of the aircrafts, with only pilots and other essential crew members onboard during
    the flights.
  • Virgin Atlantic now operates cargo-only charter flights to ease operational challenges brought by COVID-19. The first, flight VS698, traveled from London to New York City with two pilots, one cabin crew member, and a hold filled with pharmaceutical and medical supplies.

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