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Smart Logistics Newsletter Archives: January 2017



DHL connects transport companies through digital freight platform



DHL is connecting shippers and transport providers on demand through a digital freight platform called Cillox
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Ford implements Infor warehouse management in Europe
Ford is implementing Infor’s SCE flagship warehouse management system in seven European countries. The cloud-based software will automate the process of transferring goods at Ford's ten cross-docking centres.
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Digi acquires Smart Temps to extend cold-chain offering
Digi has acquired Smart Temps, a provider of real-time foodservice temperature management for restaurant, grocery, education and hospital settings as well as real-time temperature management for pharmacy, blood bank and laboratory environments.
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CalAmp’s LoJack acquisition lets it enter supply chain market
Wireless products and services provider CalAmp intends to leverage its acquisition of LoJack to enter the cold chain and supply chain visibility markets with Supply Chain Integrity (SCI), an enterprise visibility product.
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Dicom uses Apple TV and smart watch to improve shipping experience



Canada’s Dicom Transportation Group has launched a shipping system that uses smart watches and Apple TV to enable efficient domestic and cross border shipments.
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BellHawk cloud tracks barcoded inventory
BellHawk Systems has developed a low-cost, easy-to-use cloud-based barcode inventory and asset tracking service.
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Beauty company first with India’s automated parcel delivery terminals



International beauty products company Oriflame has become the first company to use Smartbox, India's network of automated parcel delivery terminals.
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Sino-Global joint venture to provide short-haul logistics in New York and New Jersey
Sino-Global Shipping America has entered into a joint venture agreement with Jetta Global Logistics so short haul transportation services can be provided for all shipping requests received via the company's new full service logistic platform.
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Honeywell, Intel partner to develop IoT solutions for retail logistics
Honeywell is collaborating with Intel to develop new Internet of Things solutions for the retail industry to enhance logistics, improve inventory visibility and drive supply chain efficiencies.
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Accenture building digital logistics for Syngenta
Swiss agribusiness firm Syngenta has worked with Chicago based Accenture to build a new digital logistics operating model across all transportation modes, including sea and air freight globally and road freight in North America and Europe
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SAP customer jump-start programme for IoT Portfolio
Enterprise software company SAP SE has launched a jump-start enablement programme for its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio. The programme is intended to help customers connect intelligent devices with people and processes to achieve tangible business outcomes.
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China moves to embed Blockchain in logistics
China's main logistics industry body has set up a group to promote the use of blockchain technologies in Chinese logistics and provide education about its benefits and applications
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Nippon Express establishes Singapore global logistics innovation centre
Nippon Express has established a new team in Singapore to collaborate with non-Japanese global customers and develop new logistics technologies and solutions to meet their evolving needs
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Roambee partners T-Systems on logistics, asset monitoring
Santa Clara based industrial and logistics IoT specialist Roambee is partnering Deutsche Telekom corporate subsidiary T-Systems to provide global supply chain and logistic IoT based services. The partnership will offer a real-time visibility solution for goods and assets in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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Luxer One, Position Imaging partner on Smart Package Room
New Hampshire based package tracking tech specialist Position Imaging is partnering with San Francisco-based package management platform provider Luxer One to offer Position Imaging's Smart Package Room® solution.
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Thinfilm, Prime Vision developing NFC smart-packaging solutions
The two companies are collaborating to deliver new smart-packaging solutions across the broader mail and parcel industry. Dutch postal operator PostNL is a majority shareholder in Prime Vision.
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Tangoe expands logistics for MMS
Tangoe plans to increase its logistics transactions from 10,000 to 50,000 per month, providing clients with scale and a faster time to market when deploying and repairing mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, IoT devices and other IT assets.
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DHL launches life sciences app
DHL Global Forwarding has launched a mobile app aimed at pharma, life science and health care logistics and shipping operations. The new LifeTrack mobile app grants users on-the-go access to DHL’s proprietary online cold chain tracking and management platform LifeTrack
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Covenant picks ORBCOMM for Cold Chain Telematics
ovenant Transportation Group (CTG) has selected M2M and IoT specialist ORBCOMM to provide a cold chain telematics solution to track, monitor and control its fleet of refrigerated trailers at Covenant Transport and Southern Refrigerated Transport
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Amazon patents 'Death Star' warehouse
Amazon has filed a patent for a flying warehouse that would be equipped with fleets of drones to deliver parcels from 45,000 feet to customers' doors.
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UPS invests in Reverse Logistics firm Optoro
UPS has taken a stake in reverse logistics specialist Washington DC based start-up Optoro. The company has developed algorithms that analyses returned goods, routing them to online marketplaces where its software determines that retailers will get the best return. UPS is planning to develop new solutions and services together with Optero based on the firm's software.
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SBB Cargo digitises Freight Operations
Finnish RFID specialist Vilant has equipped Swiss rail company SBB with RFID automated tracking for its freight rail operations. The Swiss freight operator plans to have all its freight cars equipped with RFID by the end of 2017.
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BlackBerry looks to maximise fleet advertising
Blackberry is partnering with fleet services graphics provider and branding specialist Modagrafics in a move that could generate extra revenue for fleet operators. Linking Blackberry's real time cargo monitoring system Radar with Modagrafics fleet branding services, fleet operators can turn their trucks into smart, connected advertising platforms that provide location based analytics
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Descartes acquires trade data specialist Datamyne
Canadian logistics network operator Descartes has acquired Miami based trade data intelligence firm Datamyne. The acquisition deepens Descartes' logistics and trading offering, complementing Descartes' cloud based logistics operations with trade and market research data and intelligence.
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Solvoyo, ENAVATE partner to enhance supply chain planning
Solvoyo and Denver based Microsoft Dynamics provider ENAVATE are partnering to develop integrated end to end supply chain planning for wholesalers and distributors. The new technology is aimed at developing technology that can cut back distributor inventory, and provide better planning to deal with often rapidly changing market demand.
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Micronet reveals major order from leading Fleet Management Solutions Provider
New Jersey based mobile resource management firm Micronet has revealed that it has received a continuous purchase order valued at approximately $1,060,000 for its recently released TREQr5 product from an disclosed leading fleet management solutions provider.
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