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Smart Logistics Newsletter Archives: August 2016



JDA says no to Honeywell takeover thanks to Blackstone investment

Blackstone and New Mountain Capital are pumping $570m equity into supply chain software company JDA Software, which it hopes will see off a takeover bid by Honeywell.
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Samsung and ALS form joint logistics venture in Vietnam

Samsung is setting up a joint venture with Vietnam’s air freight terminal operator Aviation Logistics Service (ALS). This is the second joint venture in south-east Asia for Samsung following a joint venture with Thailand’s customs clearance company Acutech last month.
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Orbcomm brings cold-chain telematics to Northern Refrigerated

California-based Northern Refrigerated Transportation is installing telematics from Orbcomm into its fleet of refrigerated trailers as part of its less-than-truckload service.
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DB Schenker uses Inttra SaaS to meet container weight requirements

German logistics company DB Schenker is using a software-as-a-service platform from electronic shipping marketplace Inttra to help its customers comply with the new container weight requirements.
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Ingram Micro and RocketSpace partner to accelerate logistics technology

Ingram Micro is partnering the RocketSpace technology campus in San Francisco to help start-ups and corporations come together to build the future of logistics.
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Start-up turns to crowd-funding for asset tracker




Start-up Indagem Tech has started a crowd-funding campaign for its big data, cloud-based analytical system that uses various IoT sensors to collect real-time data and provide asset monitoring, tracking and logistics management
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Plex acquires DemandCaster to improve supply chain planning

Cloud ERP for manufacturing firm Plex Systems has acquired Illinois-based DemandCaster, a cloud-based supply chain planning company.
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FloPath opts for TMS to support logistics customers

FloPath Automatic Logistics has installed a transportation management system to provide transport and logistics customers with support for the complete order-to-settlement lifecycle.
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Robotics-as-a-service model improves warehouse management




InVia Robotics has made its goods-to-box robotics system available across the USA. It was created to transform the fulfilment and material handling operations of ecommerce providers and warehouses.
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Fleet Complete and BeWhere partner on asset tracking

Toronto-based logistics and workforce IoT software developer Fleet Complete is partnering with industrial IoT hardware and software developer BeWhere to develop a real-time asset tracking system.
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U-Blox module helps with covert asset tracking




A miniature GNSS receiver from Swiss company U-Blox has been optimised for covert asset tracking. It delivers acquisition and tracking sensitivity for applications needing small antennas.
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DHL to invest $137m in US e-commerce market

Deutsche Post DHL Group plans to invest $137m in the US domestic and cross-border e-commerce market. The group's objective is to exploit the global B2C e-commerce market for shipments crossing borders, which is expected to grow from $400bn today to a total global volume of $1tn in 2020.
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LuxSpace and Orbcomm land European ship tracking contract




LuxSpace and Orbcomm have won a four-year contract from the European Maritime Safety Agency for a satellite-based automatic identification system data service framework.
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Samsung turns to Kinaxis for supply chain planning

South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics has selected Canadian company Kinaxis’ RapidResponse software-as-a-service for supply chain planning.
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Hong Kong terminal adopts RFID to streamline air freight




Hong Kong’s Asia Airfreight Terminals claims to be the first in the region to introduce RFID ULD (unit load device) tags for pre-packed cargo.
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Verizon acquires Fleetmatics for $2.4bn

Verizon Communications is continuing its acquisition trail by announcing its plan to buy fleet and mobile workforce management company Fleetmatics for $2.4bn just a week after announcing its acquisition of Yahoo.
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Amazon takes wraps of first branded cargo plane




Amazon last week unveiled its first ever branded air cargo plane during Seafair's Air Show, an annual community celebration taking place in the company's hometown of Seattle. The Boeing 767-300, operated by Amazon's air cargo provider Atlas Air, flew in the Seafair Air Show to thousands of Seattle residents and Amazon employees.
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Gorilla beats chest over GPS tracking device

Texas-based fleet and safety management company Gorilla Safety has improved its mobile app to combat inherent limitations of tracking capabilities in smartphones that only track users’ locations. Called Gorilla Trax, it can also track the lorries and trailers themselves.
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