How Advanced Vehicle Technology is Changing the Transportation Industry

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Driven by technology advancements, computational power, and more digitally savvy people – customers and businesses – the requirements placed on a more connected world are greater than ever. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2017, there will be 8.4 billion connected devices in use worldwide. That is a 31 percent jump year over year. Connectivity is driving the transportation industry to deliver advanced vehicle technologies that include everything from in-cab systems to engine and trailer diagnostics to nextgeneration fuels and autonomy.

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Put Strategy First When Pondering Automation for Your DC

Article | April 20, 2021

The unsurprising investment eagerness of venture capital funds is manifesting in an automation tech glut in the distribution center space. Motivated by enabling trends like labor and land shortages, DCs are amid an automation transformation. Never has defining an automation strategy been more important. There’s no shortage of VC cash available to logistics tech startups With a brightly shining spotlight centered on supply chains for the past two years, it’s no surprise that total funding in logistics startups has seen a dramatic increase – growing at over 70% CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate). Logistics technology startups raked in over $25 billion in the first three quarters of 2021. That’s more than half of the total amount raised in the whole of 2020, and the incentives for continuing investment persist. The rise of the of the “micro” DC “Micro” is a relative term. The size of a micro fulfillment center (MFC) can range from 5,000 to 50,000 square feet. Those reduced square footages allow location in dense urban areas, typically within 40 miles of most of their intended customers. In addition, smaller footprints lead to reduced rents compared to a standard customer fulfillment center (CFC), and the proximity to consumers makes for lower final mile delivery costs. It’s no wonder that MFCs accounted for more than half of the logistics real estate leasing activity in the third quarter of 2021. The “urban logistics” trend is fueling demand for these highly automated, smaller locations. Vertical logistics integration grows ever more fashionable among retailers It’s a very “in” thing right now, these acquisitions and partnerships, and they won’t be going out of fashion soon. For example, American Eagle took in Airterra and its parcel optimization tech and third-party logistics (3PL) provider Quiet Logistics. Target started early. They bought Grand Junction, a software platform that helps retailers determine the best delivery method and track carrier performance, in 2017. Their 2020 acquisition of Deliv brought with it same-day delivery routing technology that they’re now applying to their 2021 purchase, on-demand delivery service Shipt. Target uses Delivs’ tech to generate more efficient routes for Shipt. Kroger has partnered with UK’s e-grocery specialist Ocado to build automated CFCs across the US and expand their retail footprint. The first CFC opened last spring in Ohio and their second in Florida later that year. They plan to open 20 CFCs over the next three years. “The proliferation of DC automation solutions and modalities, the rise of MFCs in high-density urban areas, the increasingly automated vertical integration of logistics, and the need to rapidly expand order fulfillment capacity have all, in combination, advanced the need for and application of clearly defined strategies concerning the implementation of automation technology. Do not operate without one.” Vikas Argod, Principal, Supply Chains Operations practice at Chainalytics Coping with shortages in warehouse space and labor availability Third quarter, 2021 US demand for industrial real estate exceeded supply by 41 million square feet. This pushed the national vacancy rate in the fourth quarter down to a record 3.7% in the Cushman & Wakefield US National Industrial MarketBeat report for Q4 2021. Who knows what the record might be when the Q1 2022 report breaks in a few weeks? On the labor side, the December 2021 US unemployment rate was 3.9%, lower than in December 2019 (3.6%) yet reflecting a tighter labor market. Labor force participation rates are at 61.9%, nearly 2% below February 2020 levels, because of lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rising wages and signing bonuses of the past year offer silent testimony to the ongoing constraints in today’s labor market. Both trends will remain with us for the near- and mid-term, making an automation strategy a necessary part of your DC operations as you attempt to mitigate the effects of both. In addition, warehouse labor shortages are most pronounced in markets with high distribution center densities – Greater Memphis, In-land Empire, Allentown, PA, et al.) Building the capability to rapidly open DCs at scale No other factor drives home the need for a coherent DC automation strategy like this one. Let’s explore it with an example. We’ll call this “A Tale of Two Companies.” One jumped on the automation bandwagon without hesitation – not a bad thing – but applied no strategic groundwork. The other is, well, Amazon. Company one responded to increasing demand by creating DCs in their usual, strategically located fashion. However, with automation, the lack of a logical strategy led to adopting “the best that money could buy.” So, while these DCs work fine on their own (most of the time), each employs unique implementations from a variety of vendors, with little to no overlap of methods, capabilities, and management procedures between DCs. It’s functional, but a needlessly complicated hodgepodge. On the other hand, it definitely looks like Amazon has a standardized automation strategy. One that can easily adapt to exploit the individual physical specifications of any space. This makes it simple to arrive and equip it with a standard package of automation solutions. That’s probably how Amazon blanketed the US with over 400 new DCs in just the last two years. They waste no time or money on repeating unnecessary decisions along the way. Now, we all can’t have the resources of an Amazon. However, the rise of on-demand warehousing companies like Stord and Flexe allow organizations to dramatically decrease the cycle time of standing up additional fulfillment capability. Developing an automation strategy will feel familiar. It begins with benchmarking, order profiling, current performance drivers, EBIT targets, and theoretical evaluations of newer technology options. All this leads to the creation of a decision framework for DC automation. The goal here is achieving alignment among the leadership on critical capabilities to focus on. These include rapid fulfillment, labor shortage, capacity constraints, safety challenges, or sustainability. Those that commit to this process will start slowly but finish with a strategy that will underpin thousands of decisions and enable sustained rapid growth. If, in the end, you decide that automation is not right for your operation, that’s a perfectly valid strategy as well. So long as you have a method to evaluate all of your options, and you base your decision on cost-service-sustainability trade-offs, the right strategy for your organization may be no automation at all. There’s no point in chasing shiny robotic objects if automation makes little sense‌. The rise of automation and the multitude of technologies to choose from require the development of a strategic decision framework. Contact us and see how Chainalytics – an NTT DATA company – can be your guide in developing this critical part of your foundation for growth. 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Digital innovation in logistics warehouses

Article | October 16, 2020

Business Chief takes a look at three leading logistics companies and how they are digitalising their warehouses. With technology evolving at an exponential rate, and the logistics industry needing flexible solutions for its complex operation, we take a closer look at some of the successful deployments of digitalisation within the warehouses of leading logistic companies around the world.

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How to Test Major Changes in Your Supply Chain Process

Article | March 21, 2022

Did you know that the return of your supply chain process depends on how your software technology works as well as the efficiency of the people involved in the entire process? However, changes keep taking place, and you might feel clueless as to where your initiative is going. Supply chain testing is done in order to know and mark the various aspects where the supply chain is the weakest. Since data handling is a crucial aspect, managing it becomes even more necessary.

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Trends in Shipping by Vertical: Retail, Wholesale & OEM Shipping for 2020

Article | February 10, 2020

Global trends in shipping continue to evolve in the wake of uncertainty and risk. The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus threatens to undermine use of shipping options that would involve air freight between the U.S. and China, explains Wired. New hazmat regulations are taking effect in 2020. Retailers are trying to stay evergreen and compete with Amazon. The list of risks is endless, and the only way to really succeed will lie in understanding the trends in shipping by vertical and a few key sectors that require vigilance in the coming year.

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Accenture Completes Acquisition of Capabilities from Trancom ITS

Accenture | July 04, 2022

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has completed its acquisition of digital engineering and operational technology capabilities from Trancom ITS, a Japanese logistics technology services provider. Terms of the transaction, which Accenture announced on March 28, 2022, were not disclosed. Approximately 190 Transcom ITS engineers have joined Accenture Industry X in Japan as part of the transaction. They specialize in cloud-based logistics systems and optimizing warehouse operations with IoT and sensor technology. The acquisition strengthens Accenture’s digital engineering, manufacturing and logistics capabilities to offer hyper-automation solutions at scale, which manufacturing and logistics companies in Japan are increasingly demanding. About Accenture Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and Accenture Song — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 710,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at accenture.com.

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Delivery and Return Logistics Platform Veho Expands Last-Mile Package Solution to Five Midwest Markets

Veho | June 30, 2022

Veho, the customer-first logistics platform that powers next-day delivery for e-commerce brands, is expanding its premium last-mile delivery and returns solution further into the Midwest, with newly opened facilities in Cincinnati and St. Louis, joining previously opened facilities in Chicago, Indianapolis and Milwaukee. In the fall, Veho will also begin serving Cleveland-based customers and partners, bringing Veho to a total of six Midwest markets by end of year. The Midwest expansion enables Veho e-commerce partners to provide consistent and reliable next-day package delivery and doorstep returns to their customers, including real-time customer support, 99.9% on-time delivery rates, and an average 4.9 star customer rating. In addition to several dozen operations staff already in market, Veho will be adding over a hundred new full-time employees in the Midwest by the end of 2023 for the continued expansion and operation of the newly opened facilities. Moreover, thousands of independent driver-partners are already using the Veho app to earn. "As we continue to scale our premium customer experience across the U.S., doubling down on our growing Midwest customers and partners was a natural next step. We continue to focus on expanding our footprint in areas where our clients see the most value and are looking forward to bringing a new, customer-first delivery experience to the Midwest," -Itamar Zur, co-founder and CEO of Veho. With its company-operated facilities in-market, including sort centers and depots, Veho facilitates next-day delivery from a brand's distribution center all the way to customers' doors via its technology platform and a network of independent crowdsourced drivers. Veho's Midwest market will have over 300,000 sq ft of warehousing space after the opening of the Cleveland hub. Veho provides a transparent and predictable earnings opportunity for driver-partners, with the ability to independently select routes. Veho's proprietary technology powers a platform that seamlessly matches demand for deliveries with driver-partners, enabling them to collect packages from Veho hubs and deliver them to consumers on dense last-mile routes—including offering convenient doorstep pick-ups at a customer's request. "We couldn't be more excited about our Midwest expansion. In addition to bringing Veho's best-in-class customer experience to the region, our Midwest facilities will provide excellent full-time jobs, as well as convenient and flexible work opportunities for driver-partners," -Matt Neururer, General Manager for Veho Midwest. With the new openings in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and soon Cleveland, Veho will be serving 22 cities in five major U.S. regions to rapidly expand its platform that powers premium, next-day package delivery and doorstep pickups across the country. About Veho Veho is a technology company that is revolutionizing logistics to enable fast, transparent, and personalized deliveries that increase customer satisfaction and drive customer lifetime value. For e-commerce brands, Veho's platform facilitates personalized delivery and returns that protects brands' premium experience from their warehouse to their customers' doorstep. By leveraging live customer communication, in-market warehouse locations and a dynamic marketplace to seamlessly match demand for deliveries with last-mile driver-partners, Veho provides e-commerce brands with a complete solution to make delivery a new competitive edge. For more information, please visit https://shipveho.com.

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Red Arts Capital, Top Supply Chain and Logistics PE Firm, Acquires First-in-Class Contract Packaging Business

Coregistics | June 27, 2022

Chicago-based private equity firm, Red Arts Capital, announced the acquisition of Coregistics, an award-winning, contract packaging services provider known for its flexibility and sophisticated systems. For Red Arts Capital, the deal comes on the heels of its most recent deal, the sale of the 104 year old trucking company MME to trucking industry titan Knight-Swift, for $150M. Coregistics is a leading national provider of packing-centric supply chain solutions including package and process design, materials sourcing and procurement, contract packaging, and distribution (3PL Services). The company is based in Acworth, GA and operates out of 17 facilities across the United StatesFounded in 2011, Coregistics serves domestic customers consisting primarily of CPG, food & beverage, and service parts. The company’s top customers, many of which are household names in their respective sectors, lean on Coregistics for scalable solutions for introducing their unique products to retail. Coregistic’s services span warehousing, fulfillment, e-commerce and direct-to-DC to direct-to-retail, direct-to-consumer, parcel, freight management, and last parcel sectors. The company has eleven client-embedded locations and operates out of a footprint of nearly three million square feet across its seventeen locations. Coregistics service offering fits squarely within Red Arts’ sector focus and investment approach in the supply chain space. Red Arts utilizes a thematic-driven process to investing, and has had a thesis in the contract logistics space for a number of years. The Red Arts team believes that past success and continued growth in e-commerce will positively impact packaging services demand, and Coregistics is well positioned to provide much needed third-party logistics services in the U.S. market. Chad Strader, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Red Arts Capital, and a seasoned supply chain industry veteran, believes the addition of Coregistics to the Red Arts portfolio will be extremely beneficial for both parties. “The Coregistics team has demonstrated an extraordinary track record of excellence in contract logistics and packaging, which we believe stems from a team and culture laser-focused on high-quality service, We believe that Coregistics’ culture uniquely positions them to benefit from the growing range of packaging needs spurred by continued e-commerce developments. We are excited to be in partnership with them.” -Chad Strader, Red Art’s Co-founder and Managing Partner. Our culture is central to everything we do and is the foundation for the best-in-class service our team provides to our customers every day,said Eric Wilhelm, Coregistics’ Chief Executive Officer. The team at Red Arts Capital shares our belief in the importance of culture, dedication to excellence and best-in-class service and we are excited to welcome them as our new partner as we continue to grow our Company. Since the firm’s inception in 2015, Red Arts Capital has been a private equity leader in supply chain and logistics investing. The firm is led by Co-founders and Managing Partners, Chad Strader and Nicholas Antoine. Since founding the firm, Chad and Nick have overseen major investments in Sunset Pacific Transportation, Radius Logistics, and now Coregistics, as well as two exited deals in Midnight Express and Midwest Motors Express. Red Arts Capital is not only a historically successful PE firm, but one of the few firms that are black-founded and black-owned. Only 12 of the projected 4,500 PE firms in the U.S. are owned by African Americans.1 Brightwood Capital Advisors provided debt financing for the transaction and Greenberg Traurig, LLP served as legal counsel for Red Arts Capital. Republic Partners served as financial advisor to Coregistics in the transaction. Red Arts Capital Based in Chicago, Illinois, Red Arts Capital is a leading investment firm focused on supply chain-related, transportation and logistics businesses. Red Arts Capital seeks to partner with and invest in privately-owned, primarily family-owned, and multi-generational businesses with solid business fundamentals and a strong track record and reputation. With sector expertise and a commitment to stewardship and excellence, Red Arts Capital’s approach earns the firm a trusted seat at the table with portfolio companies, investors and partners. For more information about Red Arts Capital, please visit ​​www.redartscapital.com.

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Accenture Completes Acquisition of Capabilities from Trancom ITS

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Delivery and Return Logistics Platform Veho Expands Last-Mile Package Solution to Five Midwest Markets

Veho | June 30, 2022

Veho, the customer-first logistics platform that powers next-day delivery for e-commerce brands, is expanding its premium last-mile delivery and returns solution further into the Midwest, with newly opened facilities in Cincinnati and St. Louis, joining previously opened facilities in Chicago, Indianapolis and Milwaukee. In the fall, Veho will also begin serving Cleveland-based customers and partners, bringing Veho to a total of six Midwest markets by end of year. The Midwest expansion enables Veho e-commerce partners to provide consistent and reliable next-day package delivery and doorstep returns to their customers, including real-time customer support, 99.9% on-time delivery rates, and an average 4.9 star customer rating. In addition to several dozen operations staff already in market, Veho will be adding over a hundred new full-time employees in the Midwest by the end of 2023 for the continued expansion and operation of the newly opened facilities. Moreover, thousands of independent driver-partners are already using the Veho app to earn. "As we continue to scale our premium customer experience across the U.S., doubling down on our growing Midwest customers and partners was a natural next step. We continue to focus on expanding our footprint in areas where our clients see the most value and are looking forward to bringing a new, customer-first delivery experience to the Midwest," -Itamar Zur, co-founder and CEO of Veho. With its company-operated facilities in-market, including sort centers and depots, Veho facilitates next-day delivery from a brand's distribution center all the way to customers' doors via its technology platform and a network of independent crowdsourced drivers. Veho's Midwest market will have over 300,000 sq ft of warehousing space after the opening of the Cleveland hub. Veho provides a transparent and predictable earnings opportunity for driver-partners, with the ability to independently select routes. Veho's proprietary technology powers a platform that seamlessly matches demand for deliveries with driver-partners, enabling them to collect packages from Veho hubs and deliver them to consumers on dense last-mile routes—including offering convenient doorstep pick-ups at a customer's request. "We couldn't be more excited about our Midwest expansion. In addition to bringing Veho's best-in-class customer experience to the region, our Midwest facilities will provide excellent full-time jobs, as well as convenient and flexible work opportunities for driver-partners," -Matt Neururer, General Manager for Veho Midwest. With the new openings in Cincinnati, St. Louis, and soon Cleveland, Veho will be serving 22 cities in five major U.S. regions to rapidly expand its platform that powers premium, next-day package delivery and doorstep pickups across the country. About Veho Veho is a technology company that is revolutionizing logistics to enable fast, transparent, and personalized deliveries that increase customer satisfaction and drive customer lifetime value. For e-commerce brands, Veho's platform facilitates personalized delivery and returns that protects brands' premium experience from their warehouse to their customers' doorstep. By leveraging live customer communication, in-market warehouse locations and a dynamic marketplace to seamlessly match demand for deliveries with last-mile driver-partners, Veho provides e-commerce brands with a complete solution to make delivery a new competitive edge. For more information, please visit https://shipveho.com.

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Red Arts Capital, Top Supply Chain and Logistics PE Firm, Acquires First-in-Class Contract Packaging Business

Coregistics | June 27, 2022

Chicago-based private equity firm, Red Arts Capital, announced the acquisition of Coregistics, an award-winning, contract packaging services provider known for its flexibility and sophisticated systems. For Red Arts Capital, the deal comes on the heels of its most recent deal, the sale of the 104 year old trucking company MME to trucking industry titan Knight-Swift, for $150M. Coregistics is a leading national provider of packing-centric supply chain solutions including package and process design, materials sourcing and procurement, contract packaging, and distribution (3PL Services). The company is based in Acworth, GA and operates out of 17 facilities across the United StatesFounded in 2011, Coregistics serves domestic customers consisting primarily of CPG, food & beverage, and service parts. The company’s top customers, many of which are household names in their respective sectors, lean on Coregistics for scalable solutions for introducing their unique products to retail. Coregistic’s services span warehousing, fulfillment, e-commerce and direct-to-DC to direct-to-retail, direct-to-consumer, parcel, freight management, and last parcel sectors. The company has eleven client-embedded locations and operates out of a footprint of nearly three million square feet across its seventeen locations. Coregistics service offering fits squarely within Red Arts’ sector focus and investment approach in the supply chain space. Red Arts utilizes a thematic-driven process to investing, and has had a thesis in the contract logistics space for a number of years. The Red Arts team believes that past success and continued growth in e-commerce will positively impact packaging services demand, and Coregistics is well positioned to provide much needed third-party logistics services in the U.S. market. Chad Strader, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Red Arts Capital, and a seasoned supply chain industry veteran, believes the addition of Coregistics to the Red Arts portfolio will be extremely beneficial for both parties. “The Coregistics team has demonstrated an extraordinary track record of excellence in contract logistics and packaging, which we believe stems from a team and culture laser-focused on high-quality service, We believe that Coregistics’ culture uniquely positions them to benefit from the growing range of packaging needs spurred by continued e-commerce developments. We are excited to be in partnership with them.” -Chad Strader, Red Art’s Co-founder and Managing Partner. Our culture is central to everything we do and is the foundation for the best-in-class service our team provides to our customers every day,said Eric Wilhelm, Coregistics’ Chief Executive Officer. The team at Red Arts Capital shares our belief in the importance of culture, dedication to excellence and best-in-class service and we are excited to welcome them as our new partner as we continue to grow our Company. Since the firm’s inception in 2015, Red Arts Capital has been a private equity leader in supply chain and logistics investing. The firm is led by Co-founders and Managing Partners, Chad Strader and Nicholas Antoine. Since founding the firm, Chad and Nick have overseen major investments in Sunset Pacific Transportation, Radius Logistics, and now Coregistics, as well as two exited deals in Midnight Express and Midwest Motors Express. Red Arts Capital is not only a historically successful PE firm, but one of the few firms that are black-founded and black-owned. Only 12 of the projected 4,500 PE firms in the U.S. are owned by African Americans.1 Brightwood Capital Advisors provided debt financing for the transaction and Greenberg Traurig, LLP served as legal counsel for Red Arts Capital. Republic Partners served as financial advisor to Coregistics in the transaction. Red Arts Capital Based in Chicago, Illinois, Red Arts Capital is a leading investment firm focused on supply chain-related, transportation and logistics businesses. Red Arts Capital seeks to partner with and invest in privately-owned, primarily family-owned, and multi-generational businesses with solid business fundamentals and a strong track record and reputation. With sector expertise and a commitment to stewardship and excellence, Red Arts Capital’s approach earns the firm a trusted seat at the table with portfolio companies, investors and partners. For more information about Red Arts Capital, please visit ​​www.redartscapital.com.

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