IN BRIEF: New Services & Solutions

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Tags: Trucking, Transportation, Technology

Transportation

  • Atlas Air, a subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, and Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, increased capacity on routes between China and the Americas by adding a Boeing 747-8 freighter under a long-term agreement. The new aircraft enters service for Cainiao in the second quarter of 2022, linking China with the United States, Brazil, and Chile.
  • Dimerco introduced an air and road solution via the United States for China-to-Mexico shipping. The door-to-door solution uses Dimerco’s direct freighter service from China into the United States and combines it with bonded trucking service that transports cargo directly to the international airport in Mexico that is closest to the consignee.

  • Sea Lead Shipping launched the Sino Australia Express service to connect ports in China directly to ports in Australia. The weekly service from Sea Lead marks its first entry into the Australian market and is served by six ships with an average capacity of 3,900 TEUs. The ships will be deployed in a vessel-sharing agreement partnership between Sea Lead, Pacific International Lines, T.S. Lines, and Yang Ming.
  • ZIM Integrated Shipping Services updated its Asia-Pacific Northwest and Asia-East Mediterranean services. The Asia-Pacific Northwest is served by a new loop called ZIM North Pacific which calls on Kaohsiung, Yantian, Ningbo, Shanghai, Pusan, and Vancouver. The Asia-East Mediterranean is served by a new loop called ZIM Med Premium Service, which calls on Pusan, Qingdao, Ningbo, Shanghai, Da Chan Bay, Port Kelang, Haifa, Ashdod, Istanbul, Yarimca, and Xiamen.

Services

  • DHL opened a facility in St. Petersburg, Florida, its second facility in the Greater Tampa Bay region, to enable faster shipment processing. The new facility addresses increasing B2C and B2B e-commerce shipment volumes by splitting volume with the company’s other facility in Tampa to boost service for customers across Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, and enable first deliveries to go out for delivery 30+ minutes earlier.
  • East Coast Warehouse & Distribution, a temperature-controlled logistics provider to the food and beverage industry, is building a new facility located near the Port of Baltimore in the Tradepoint Atlantic Logistics Center at Sparrows Point. Expected to be complete in June 2022, the temperature-controlled facility offers 175,000 square feet of warehousing space on nearly 18 acres of land.
  • DSV opened a 1-million-square-foot-plus warehouse near Copenhagen, Denmark. The new warehouse includes DSV’s largest AutoStore installation—an automated storage and picking solution utilizing robotics—as well as certified cooling and freezing facilities for products with stringent storage requirements.
  • Hellmann Worldwide Logistics introduced a new e-commerce service facilitating order fulfillment for international businesses seeking to enter the U.S. market without the need for a domestic fulfillment center or storefront presence. Utilizing the new informal Type 86 customs entry that enables importing of merchandise valued up to $800, the solution allows manufacturers of fashion apparel and fast-moving consumer goods to leverage the freight forwarder’s network.
  • Performance Team – A Maersk Company is opening a cold storage facility in Houston, Texas, to serve imports and exports. Scheduled to open in August 2022, the facility will feature a 90-foot loading dock that is temperature-controlled and protected from the elements—a design that was based on customer input and supports the handling of frozen and fresh commodities.
  • Trailer Bridge opened a logistics branch in Kansas City to expand its reach into the central parts of the United States. The new location offers end-to-end supply chain solutions for shippers and provides intermodal and drayage options.
  • Armstrong Commercial Services constructed a 116,000-square-foot warehouse facility on Gulf Bank Road in Houston, Texas. The new facility, which is a designated pick-and-pack location, allows the asset-based provider to minimize supply chain disruptions for clients across the West and Midwest.

Products

  • GMR Safety’s new Powerchock e-commerce vehicle restraint system secures different types of vehicles at the loading dock, including semi-trailers, straight trucks, and delivery vans. The new solution secures the rear wheel of the vehicle and helps prevent accidents in the dock area, including unexpected departures and trailer creep.
  • ORBCOMM, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, launched its CT 3500 IoT telematics device, which tracks refrigerated containers and their cargoes, enabling visibility into containerized assets and shipments. Users get remote, two-way control of reefers to monitor critical parameters and adjust settings.
  • TruckWings—TruckLabs’ flagship product, now on its third generation—is an aerodynamic system that fits class 8 tractors from Kenworth, Freightliner, International, Volvo, and Peterbilt. When a truck hits highway speeds, TruckWings automatically deploys panels from the back of the cab to cover the tractor-trailer gap. The panels automatically retract at slow speeds, allowing for trailer clearance in turns.
  • The new Wilgard XT Series Guard Rail Gate from Wildeck increases worker safety and improves warehouse traffic flow by providing entry and exit points along guardrail systems for forklifts and personnel. It can be configured with customizable swing gate components.

Technology

  • Freight carrier Estes launched the Pickup Visibility application to help shippers manage their freight. The solution provides detailed pickup data, with a visual progress bar that displays pickup milestones in real time, including exceptions.
  • FarEye, a delivery management platform, unveiled new capabilities to help companies boost delivery efficiency and gain visibility into outcomes of sustainability initiatives. For example, its vehicle route planning capability lets shippers design and plan last-mile delivery of products with a mix of green options such as cargo bikes and foot delivery.
  • Ryder System unveiled the latest version of its visibility and collaborative logistics technology RyderShare. Initially focused on the transport of goods, RyderShare now includes a warehouse management solution for end-to-end visibility as goods move inbound on trucks to warehouses and distribution centers and outbound to their final destinations.
  • The Infinity ASRS solution from OPEX is a goods-to-person warehouse automation technology designed for companies handling micro-fulfillment, omnichannel distribution, store replenishment, and e-commerce operations. The Infinity solution features an interlocking system to store totes and wireless Infinity iBOT robotic vehicles that access inventory and port stations.

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