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Smart Logistic Newsletter Archives: December 2015



DHL app tracks cold-chain shipments

DHL Global Forwarding has introduced a cold chain tracking mobile application for the life sciences and healthcare industry. The free app is available for iOS and Android.
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Panasonic tuna fish saviour set to help western cold-chain companies

Technology that has been keeping tuna fish fresh on Japanese tables is set to transform the cold-chain market in Europe and the USA. The Grid-Eye infra-red sensor from Panasonic was released to markets outside of Japan earlier this year and the company has now brought out an evaluation kit that is being tried by western cold-chain logistics companies.
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Orbcomm plans launch of OG2 satellites this week

SpaceX is planning to conduct the static fire of its Falcon 9 rocket this week (December 16, 2015), which will launch eleven next generation OG2 satellite as part of Orbcomm's second and final OG2 Mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
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SAP improves supply chain execution software

German software company SAP has launched improved supply chain execution software for faster logistics planning. The company has announced the general availability of the 9.3 versions of the SAP TM transportation management and EWM extended warehouse management applications.
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Pinc supply chain drone cleared for US airspace

By granting California-based Pinc Solutions’ a section 333 exemption, the FAA has cleared the company’s supply chain drone to initiate commercial operations in US airspace.
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Telenor and Chinese CIMC sign global agreement

Telenor Connexion and Chinese CIMC MIoT have agreed to work closely together digitalising CIMC’s logistics and tracking services under a global agreement.
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3PL Central receives $17.5m to advance warehouse management software

California-based 3PL Central has received $17.5m investment from Mainsail Partners to power warehouse management software in the cloud. The money will provide capital to accelerate innovation and drive expansion.
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Belgian clothing retailer JBC adopts RFID technology across supply chain

JBC, Belgium’s largest clothing retailer, has rolled out RFID technology throughout its entire supply chain, from point of production through its distribution centre to its 144 stores in the region.
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SAP says don’t blame us for DHL software problems
German software supplier SAP has denied recent media reports that suggest there is a connection between SAP and problems with the implementation of a new logistics system at DHL.
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Sharjah Airport updates cargo handling to enable real-time shipment information
Sharjah Airport in the UAE is deploying a next-generation cargo handling system that will provide real-time shipment information and improve the cargo operations, as well as enable transparency in the full range of services.
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OEMs need to rethink supply chain for electronics, STM chief tells conference
OEMs need to re-think the way they manage their demand for electronics components if they are to handle the risks inherent in an increasingly complex supply chain, Alberto Della Chiesa from ST Microelectronics, told last month’s Future Electronics Supply Chain Innovation conference in Germany
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ABF Logistics acquires Bear Transportation for $26m
ABF Logistics, an ArcBest company, has acquired Bear Transportation Services, a private, non-asset truckload brokerage firm headquartered in Texas for $26m cash. This will give Arkansas-based ABF access to Bear’s proprietary transportation management system.
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UTi to deploy Cquential warehouse management in Asia
Supply chain management company UTi has chosen to implement the Cquential Rapid Deployment warehouse management system at several of its own distribution centres, as well those of its customers, in South Africa, the Philippines, Thailand and India.
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Thermo Fisher opens clinical supply facility in Singapore
An overall building monitoring system is a key feature of Thermo Fisher Scientific’s just opened clinical supply facility in Singapore.
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Deutsche Post adopts RFID tags for tracking international merchandise
Deutsche Post is offering to track international merchandise items using RFID tags.The aim of the Ländernachweis (advice of country) service is to make cross-border transport more transparent.
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Dematic acquires Reddwerks to boost warehouse software offering
Dematic, a supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, is to acquire Reddwerks, an innovator of warehouse execution software.
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Fleet management key for logistics success, says report
Fleet management systems are key to success in the logistics sector, according to a report from Research & Markets.
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