July 2019 | News | In Brief

IN BRIEF: New Services & Solutions

Tags: Transportation, Technology , Supply Chain

Products

  • Rite-Hite's new wall-mount light/fan combines the Rite-Lite LED Dock Light with the CoolMan® 2800 Trailer Fan to provide loading dock workers with more visibility and heat relief inside trailers. The Rite-Lite dock light uses six high-intensity LEDs while the CoolMan 2800 trailer fan has a telescoping arm which can be raised, lowered, and extended.
  • Facility and maintenance managers can reduce energy costs and extend the life of their forklift batteries with the V-HFM3 Series, Crown Equipment's new line of modular battery chargers. The energy-efficient chargers support lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries and feature automatic voltage sensing technology that identifies the battery upon
    connection.
  • Caster Concepts unveiled TWERGO® MAXX, a heavy-duty industrialized caster designed to move up to 4,200 pounds. Ideal for carts, AGVs, and Tuggers, the casters alleviate the risk of injury by reducing the amount of force needed to push and pull materials handling equipment.
  • Hubtex, a manufacturer of customized industrial trucks, introduced the FluX 70, a heavy-duty forklift. Its all-wheel-drive system enables a small turning radius in any direction, letting it navigate tight spaces in warehouses
    and on uneven surfaces.

Services

  • 3PL Team Worldwide expanded supply chain operations with the opening of a new facility in McAllen, Texas. The 70,000-square-foot facility offers transborder service both northbound and southbound.
  • The Shippers Group opened a 560,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Dallas area. The facility has 89 dock doors and is served by the Union Pacific Railroad.
  • Dayton Freight Lines opened a service center in Topeka, Kansas, allowing the LTL provider to offer direct service to many points throughout the Midwest.
  • DHL Global Forwarding launched myDHLi Quote & Book, an online service for comparing quotations and making instant bookings for air and ocean freight and door-to-door shipments. The service guides shippers through the quotation process and lets them compare options, including DHL Ocean Connect LCL as well as two speeds of air freight, DHL Air Connect and DHL Air Economy.
  • Asendia Singapore opened a high-tech fulfillment center at Singapore Changi Airport. Based in the city state's Free Trade Zone , the new facility lets U.S.-based shippers manage their cross-border e-commerce fulfillment operations from Singapore.
  • Port of Savannah shippers can expect increased cargo capacity. The Georgia Ports Authority added rubber-tired gantry (RTG) cranes with efficient engines to automatically run at the lowest revolutions per minute needed to match the varying weight of containers. The RTGs have a lift capacity of 50 long tons, are tall enough to work containers stacked five high, and deep enough to cover six container bays and a truck lane.
  • CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM launched a new cross-border service for ocean freight containers in Thailand and Laos. The new combined ocean freight and cross-border trucking service provides solutions for both import and export customers and enables importers to drop off their empty containers at a newly expanded CMA CGM container depot, operated by CEVA, outside the Laos capital, Vientiane.
  • Averitt Express is offering more direct-to-consumer delivery options for retailers. Aside from standard doorstep delivery, Averitt's white-glove services include room of choice delivery, unpacking, and debris removal. The services also feature real-time shipment visibility.
  • Expedited LTL and FTL provider Sterling Transportation started operations in Houston, offering two-day express service to Florida. Hotline Delivery Systems acts as the handling agent in Dallas.
  • Shippers in Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati now have a more cost-competitive transportation option to eastern markets with Schneider's new intermodal services at the CSX Indianapolis ramp. Eastbound freight travels from Indianapolis to North Bergen, New Jersey, and Worcester, Massachusetts. Each lane operates six days per week and offers eastbound two- to three-day transit times, competitive with truckload transit time.

Technology

  • Organizations can more easily drive efficiencies and cost savings across their supply chain with the new SuiteApp, which TMS provider Kuebix built using the Oracle NetSuite SuiteCloud Computing Platform. With NetSuite and Kuebix TMS, companies can streamline shipping processes, automate order information entry, and access more data, such as the cost of goods and SKU level.
  • With FourKites' new Network Visibility product, shippers can see location updates on their vendor-managed inbound and customer-pickup outbound freight, in addition to their managed freight. The product offers visibility across supply chains, reducing yard congestion and improving carrier and driver productivity.
  • cargo-partner introduced a container tracking service for full container transports by ocean freight. The service gathers data from a variety of sources, the time and place a vessel enters a certain zone, the expected dates for upcoming milestones, and further ports/stops along a container's journey, as well as pinpoints deviations with high risk potential.
  • Companies can now map warehouses and yards in 3D with a warehouse design and simulation solution from inconso. With inconsoCLASS, users can access object libraries with basic elements, such as building envelopes, truck docks, floors, and storage systems. Heatmaps provide information about hot spots in the warehouse, enabling inconsoCLASS to analyze and verify process efficiency.
  • Organizations faced with the cost and complexity of adopting warehouse automation solutions have a new program to turn to for help. Manhattan Associates launched the Manhattan Automation Network, a program designed to speed the development and implementation of modern distribution center automation and robotics in partnership with leading warehouse automation solution providers.
  • Panorays now offers two tools to automatically discover third- to nth-party suppliers and to locate digital assets globally. This tool allows companies to adjust digital assets to follow regulations and ensure compliance, as well as provides in-depth insight into security issues within the supply chain.
  • Lufthansa Cargo now provides digital cargo acceptance and delivery services as part of its eFreight initiative. Self-service terminals, mobile device apps, and the digital transfer of shipment data and status updates between airlines and customers promote time efficiency and boosts data quality.
  • The SAP® Integrated Business Planning application is now available for demand-driven replenishment. The application, co-developed with Camelot ITLab and certified by the Demand Driven Institute, helps management with supply chain variability, compresses lead times, reduces inventories, and helps customers make more-informed supply chain decisions.
  • The Savi Locate™ sensor for global multimodal shipments by Savi operates on all cellular networks, ensuring shippers have visibility to goods in-transit worldwide. The sensor removes supply chain uncertainty by delivering in-transit visibility data from locations around the world and offers broad coverage to help improve customer delivery performance while reducing carrying costs.
  • Collaborative transportation network Lanehub launched Backhaul Assist Benefit Sharing, which gives shippers the ability to earn a benefit sharing credit when they help their contract carriers connect with other shippers in the network that have return freight to fill backhaul lanes. This capability in turn helps the carriers provide more reliable service to the headhaul shippers by getting the trucks back to them.
  • GTM provider Amber Road unveiled a cargo screening solution to help identify shipments that may contain prohibited, hazardous, or dual-use goods based on limited information provided on a transportation manifest or air waybill. The solution screens product descriptions and other parameters, where an algorithm applies data points to calculate a risk score.
  • Shippers can explore shipment options, as well as control risks and costs even months before a shipment, with Panalpina's new customer portal. Available later in 2019, the new portal offers collaborative shipment management, automated instant quotation, lane risk assessment, and shipment visibility.
  • AirBridgeCargo and CargoLogicAir joined air cargo booking platform cargo.one to offer their global capacities digitally, becoming the first all-cargo airlines to make their spot capacities available for digital booking with instant confirmation. The move enables AirBridgeCargo and CargoLogicAir to reach new groups of customers and improve short-term capacity sales and load factors.
  • These customizable shipping racks from materials handling systems maker Steel King Industries reduce damage and loss when shipping vehicle parts for final vehicle assembly. The racks help shippers "cube out" a trailer, maximizing the number of parts that can be handled in each truckload and reducing freight costs.
  • With Magazino's "Pay-per-Pick" model, customers pay only for the work the robot performs instead of an annual software license, reducing the cost-per-pick up to 40%. The robot TORU specializes in autonomous picking, stowing, and transporting individual items in warehouses of online retailers or fulfillment providers.

Transportation

  • Yang Ming introduced its Intra-Asia, China-Thailand service, which will cover the ports of Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Laem Chabang, Bangkok, and Hong Kong. A round trip takes 21 days.
  • Sealand - A Maersk Company, the Intra-Americas regional ocean carrier of the Maersk Group, launched a direct, all-water service that connects South Florida's Port Everglades with the Dominican Republic (Rio Haina) and Haiti (Port-au-Prince). The Hispaniola service serves customers within Southern Florida and the Caribbean region with special focus on time-sensitive commodities.
  • American Airlines is expanding its international cargo network with additional widebody service to Germany. New routes include Dallas/Fort Worth to Munich, Germany on a Boeing 787-800. The second new route from the United States to Germany is Philadelphia to Berlin, Germany on the Boeing 767-300.
  • To provide ocean shippers with fast transit times from the Middle East, Pakistan, and India, OOCL introduced the Middle East / Indian Subcontinent—North Europe Services (IP1 and IP2). The IP1 and IP2 provide direct linkage between the Middle East, Pakistan, India, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany, offering competitive alternatives to transshipment options.
  • ZIM started two direct services between the U.S. Gulf and Asia, further expanding its strategic operational cooperation with 2M Alliance members Maersk and MSC. The new services launch in August 2019 and offer two weekly cutoffs in Houston and Mobile to better serve U.S. exports.