Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Smart Logistic Newsletter Archives: April 2015

 

IoT to deliver $1.9 trillion boost for logistics industry, says DHL and Cisco

The IoT will deliver a US$1.9tn boost to supply chain and logistics operations, according to a report by DHL and Cisco. And it estimates that $8tn will be generated through new connections over next decade.
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XPO to buy Norbert Dentressangle and become a top ten logistics company
XPO Logistics has agreed to buy France's Norbert Dentressangle for $3.53bn, including debt, in a deal it says will make it one of the top ten logistics company in the world. It will also see XPO’s Freight Optimizer track-and-trace technology deployed more widely in Europe.
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DB Schenker unveils online platform at Multimodal
Visitors to this week’s Multimodal freight transport and logistics exhibition in Birmingham, UK, are trying out DB Schenker Rail’s online platform that lets customers track goods on any device with a browser.
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Omni-ID RFID tags enhance supply chain enablement
New York based Omni-ID has unveiled the next generation of its View three and four RFID tags, enhancing its Proview intelligent supply chain and IoT enablement products.
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NXP RFID tag combines long-range reading with cryptographic authentication
Dutch company NXP Semiconductors has introduced its latest Ucode product, Ucode DNA, claimed to be the world's first UHF (ultra-high frequency) Rain RFID tag IC to combine long-range read performance with cryptographic authentication.
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Bulb lights up asset management software
London-based Bulb Software, a developer of smart asset management software, has launched its BulbThings suite, a cloud-based management product designed to help companies manage their assets from handheld devices and vehicles to diverse equipment used by customers.
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E-commerce boom spurs record demand for India's VRL Logistics IPO
A $75m market debut for Indian parcel delivery firm VRL Logistics has encountered record demand, drawing bids for more than 70 times the number of shares on offer this month, as investors bet on an e-commerce boom.
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FEDEX AGREES TO BUY TNT EXPRESS FOR $8.4BN

FedEx has agreed to buy Dutch company TNT Express for €4.4bm ($4.8bn) in an all-cash public offer as it tries to capitalise on the growth of e-commerce in Europe.
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LLAMASOFT ACQUIRES IBM SUPPLY CHAIN BUSINESS UNIT

Michigan-based supply chain design software company Llamasoft has acquired IBM’s LogicTools supply chain applications business unit. This acquisition will include the LogicNet Plus,the inventory and product flow analyst and the transportation analyst products as well as the related technology and support team.
Read full article>>CHINESE RFID TAG AND IOT PLATFORM TACKLES IRON AND STEEL LOGISTICS

Chinese company Tianjin General Shengyuan IoT Technology has launched a UHF RFID tag for iron and steel, and a cloud-based internet-of-things platform for steel logistics and bulk commodity management.
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SIEMENS INTRODUCES LARGE-MEMORY TRANSPONDERS AND HANDHELD READER

Siemens is expanding its Simatic RF600 RFID product range with transponders that have more memory capacities and a compact mobile read-write device. They are for use in distributed configurations for example in production control, asset management and intra-logistics.
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SUPPLY CHAIN RFID TAG COMBINES UHF AND NFC TECHNOLOGIES

The first tag to combine seamlessly the benefits of UHF's global supply chain acceptance with the consumer engagement capabilities of NFC into a single design is available from Michigan-based EAgile.
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RAISE A GLASS TO SLG’S ACQUISITION OF ARA TO IMPROVE BREWERY SUPPLY CHAIN TECHNOLOGY

Satellite Logistics Group (SLG), a supply-chain provider for the beverage industry, has acquired integrated cloud-based, mobile software company AnotherRound Apps (ARA).
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GPS ADDED TO YALE’S WIRELESS ASSET MANAGER

North Carolina-based Yale Materials Handling has added a GPS feature to its Yale Vision wireless asset management system.
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OCEASOFT TOOL TRACKS TEMPERATURE THROUGH CONTAINER WALLS
Paris-based Oceasoft has introduced a single-use temperature-tracking tool, the measurements of which can be read through isotherm wrapping or container walls via smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth technology.
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ASSET AND FLEET TRACKING TO BOOST REAL-TIME LOCATION MARKET

Asset tracking and fleet tracking applications are providing significant growth impetus that will help the global real-time location systems (RTLS) market reach $7bn by 2020, according to a report by Industry Arc.
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FedEx agrees to buy TNT Express for $8.4bn

FedEx has agreed to buy Dutch company TNT Express for €4.4bm ($4.8bn) in an all-cash public offer as it tries to capitalise on the growth of e-commerce in Europe.
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Llamasoft acquires IBM supply chain business unit

Michigan-based supply chain design software company Llamasoft has acquired IBM’s LogicTools supply chain applications business unit. This acquisition will include the LogicNet Plus,the inventory and product flow analyst and the transportation analyst products as well as the related technology and support team.
Read full article>>
 

Chinese RFID tag and IoT platform tackles iron and steel logistics

Chinese company Tianjin General Shengyuan IoT Technology has launched a UHF RFID tag for iron and steel, and a cloud-based internet-of-things platform for steel logistics and bulk commodity management.
Read full article>>
 

Siemens introduces large-memory transponders and handheld reader

Siemens is expanding its Simatic RF600 RFID product range with transponders that have more memory capacities and a compact mobile read-write device. They are for use in distributed configurations for example in production control, asset management and intra-logistics.
Read full article>>
 

Supply chain RFID tag combines UHF and NFC technologies

The first tag to combine seamlessly the benefits of UHF's global supply chain acceptance with the consumer engagement capabilities of NFC into a single design is available from Michigan-based EAgile.
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Raise a glass to SLG’s acquisition of ARA to improve brewery supply chain technology

Satellite Logistics Group (SLG), a supply-chain provider for the beverage industry, has acquired integrated cloud-based, mobile software company AnotherRound Apps (ARA).
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GPS added to Yale’s wireless asset manager

North Carolina-based Yale Materials Handling has added a GPS feature to its Yale Vision wireless asset management system.
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Oceasoft tool tracks temperature through container walls

Paris-based Oceasoft has introduced a single-use temperature-tracking tool, the measurements of which can be read through isotherm wrapping or container walls via smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth technology.
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Asset and fleet tracking to boost real-time location market

Asset tracking and fleet tracking applications are providing significant growth impetus that will help the global real-time location systems (RTLS) market reach $7bn by 2020, according to a report by Industry Arc.
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Ukraine and Thailand slump but Taiwan gains in supply chain resilience index

Ukraine, roiled by conflict with neighbouring Russia, poses significant challenges for supply chain expansion. So does Thailand despite the years that have passed since the devastating floods. These vulnerabilities, as well as those in other countries, are quantified in the 2015 FM Global Resilience Index.
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Penske Logistics buys Transfreight North America

Penske Logistics has reached an agreement to acquire Transfreight North America, a provider of third-party logistics and supply chain services, from Tokyo-based Mitsui.
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FusionOps raises $12m in series B funding

California-based FusionOps, a ten-year-old provider of cloud applications for supply chain analytics, has raised $12m in series B financing led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from its series A investors.
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Numerex satellite system tracks high-value assets

Atlanta-based M2M provider Numerex has unveiled an unlimited satellite-based method for tracking critical and high-value assets, dispersed to virtually any location worldwide, with a reporting frequency of as little as every five minutes.
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Monsanto rolls out asset tracking across enterprise

Agricultural biotech company Monsanto is implementing mobile enterprise asset management (EAM) technology to deliver a consistent, reliable and a seamless asset tracking and inventory system across its enterprise.
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Savi app brings asset tracking to smartphones

A mobile app that takes advantage of the sensor-based features of iOS and Android smartphones to deepen visibility into the location, status and risk profile of high-consequence goods is available from Alexandria, Virginia-based Savi.
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Connected trailer technology scoops Frost & Sullivan award

French company Novacom has won the 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership based on the market watcher’s recent analysis of the connected trailer market.
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