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Smart Logistics Newsletter Archives: April 2016


Orbcomm acquires Skygistics to extend African footprint
Orbcomm is to acquire Skygistics and its South African and Australian subsidiaries. Based outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, Skygistics provides satellite and cellular connectivity options as well as telematics products centred around the management of remote and mobile assets to more than 250 telematics and enterprise customers.
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DSI buys Ensync to merge supply chain software offering
DSI, a Kansas City-based provider of mobile-first and cloud supply chain services to help businesses transform and succeed in the digital economy, is acquiring Ensync Solutions, based in Overland Park, Kansas. Ensync has been providing certified supply chain software and services to Microsoft Dynamics and IFS customers for more than 16 years.
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Orange helps start-up deliver fleet management to SMEs
Orange Business Services has partnered with UK-based start-up Konetik to launch an aftermarket plug-and-play fleet management system that allows small and medium sized enterprises to manage fleets of vehicles, numbering two to hundreds, which traditionally can be time consuming, expensive and difficult.
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Bell Mobility launches asset management tracking across Canada
Canadian wireless provider Bell Mobility is offering beacons and asset management enhanced tracking to businesses across the country following a tie-up with Toronto-based BeWhere.
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Online logistics company Fleet lands $4m seed funding
Fleet, a Portland, Oregon, based online marketplace for international logistics, has closed a $4m seed funding round led by Hunt Technology Ventures.
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Cryoport forms consulting division to tackle biological cold chains
Cryogenic logistics company Cryoport has launched a temperature controlled logistics consulting division to help life sciences companies develop strategies for global cold chain logistics management and contingency options to protect their valuable, and often irreplaceable, biological commodities.
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Datex adds Android and iOS access to warehouse management software
Android and iOS access has been added to the Footprint warehouse management software from Florida-based supply chain software vendor Datex. The Microsoft-based software can be accessed using iOS and Android smartphones, tablets and other devices as well as from ruggedised mobile computing devices using Windows CE.
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BlackBerry launches asset tracking system for the trucking industry
BlackBerry has launched BlackBerry Radar, a secure end-to-end tracking system designed to help trucking companies and private fleet operators optimise asset utilisation, reduce theft, and cut operational costs
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Fairchild Freight, Brown Logistics select ORBCOMM
Consumer food transporter Fairchild Freight has chosen ORBCOMM to provide dual-mode cold chain telematics to track and monitor its refrigerated trailers. ORBCOMM is also providing Brown with its solar-powered asset tracking solution for their dry van trailers.
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Autonomous, connected Mercedes-Benz trucks drive in convoy across Europe
Three connected and autonomous Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks have made a cross-border convoy drive across Europe from Stuttgart in southern Germany to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
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Kepware improves automotive parts supply chain visibility for Faurecia
Automotive parts supplier Faurecia has implemented Portland based Kepware Technologies IoT Gateway for KEPServerEX to improve parts traceability throughout its entire supply chain
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Rolls-Royce reveals shore control centre for unmanned cargo ships
Rolls-Royce has unveiled its vision of land-based control centres to monitor and control future unmanned cargo ships.
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Deloitte finds third of firms suffer supply chain fraud
The research also shows that just only 29.3% of respondents’ companies use supply chain analytics to detect fraud, with two thirds of companies relying on employees to detect and report supply chain fraud
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