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Bettaway

Bettaway has evolved from a small Brooklyn New York based carbonated beverage manufacturer to become one of the premier supply chain services companies in the United States. Today, Bettaway is headquartered in central NJ and operates satellite locations on both the east and west coasts. As a logistics service provider and freight management partner, Bettaway offers clients a contracted national carrier network, a company-owned and operated fleet, warehousing, and customized logistics solutions.

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How does demurrage, detention, and port charges work.?

Article | April 26, 2023

Even though there are distinct differences between demurrage, detention and port charges, many are still oblivious to these differences and there have been several questions on this blog relating to these charges. This article is about how demurrage, detention, and port charges work. International Trade and CostsWhen it comes to international trade, majority of the buyers and sellers use Incoterms to decide what each other’s responsibilities and liabilities are in terms of the business, especially related to costs. Generally, there is very little room to manoeuvre in terms of additional and unbudgeted costs incurred on the shipment and therefore in their own interest it is important that the buyers and sellers take necessary precautions to ensure that all known costs relating to the business are discussed and finalised before the shipment commences. There are many entities involved in the process of shipping a container from Point A to Point B, each with their own cost component, all of which have to be covered either by the seller or the buyer. Demurrage, detention and port charges are just some of these costs that may be applicable in a shipment. While some of the port charges are valid and unavoidable, demurrage, detention and some of the port charges (like port storage, early arrival, late arrival, amendment, shifting etc) are entirely avoidable if everyone in the chain follows the process that they need to follow. What are port charges? Port charges, as the name suggests are a set of charges levied by the port or terminal which the container passes through.In terms of container shipments, port charges may include but not limited to below : Terminal Handling Charge (THC) Is quite simply the charge levied by the port for the loading and discharging of a container from the ship.. THC differs from port to port, terminal to terminal around the world and is charged both by the load port and discharge port.If the cargo is transhipped anywhere along the route, then the transhipment port also charges this THC but that is paid by the shipping line directly to the port and this quantum is usually included in the ocean freight charged by the line. Early Arrival Charge A charge levied by some of the ports/terminals for a container that arrives in the terminal BEFORE the stacks into which it is to be taken has been opened.. Early arrival can happen due to various reasons like a container missed the stacks for the previous vessel narrowly, but since the container is packed, it needs to be taken to the port, The acceptance of containers prior to the stacks/gate open is at the discretion of the Port/Terminal Operator and on the circumstances surrounding the operation of the vessels. Late Arrival Charge A late arrival charge is a charge levied by the port for a container that arrives in the terminal AFTER the stacks into which it is to be taken has been closed.. This could be due to delays in documentation, packing delays, inspection, trucking delays and many other situations.The acceptance of containers after the closing of stacks/gate is at the discretion of the Port/Terminal Operator and on the circumstances surrounding the operation of the vessels and if the containers can be accepted without disrupting the schedule of the vessel and ports. Stuffing/Destuffing of Containers Some ports/terminals allow the stuffing (packing)/de-stuffing (unpacking) of the containers within the port area and charge customers based on the port tariff.This activity may happen at ports that provide CFS services and allow containers to be packed or unpacked in the port or due to some mistakes when the cargo was originally packed – say incompatible hazardous cargoes packed together.Depending on the port/terminal/country, the port charges may be charged directly to the customer (importer or exporter) or to the shipping line, who in turn will charge this to the customer. Of course, this is not the full list of port charges but these charges have been mentioned as it relates to the subject under discussion,Demurrage and DetentionWhile some of these port charges may be unavoidable, demurrage and detention charges on the other hand are avoidable charges, but in a lot of cases due to mishandling, miscommunication, misunderstandings and not following the proper protocols, these charges occur..When they do occur, these charges may create quite a financial impact on the whole business and sometimes these costs could be so prohibitive that some customers abandon their cargoes at the destination due to these costs. Although the most common market practice is to combine demurrage and detention, there are several cases where these are charged separately, and therefore it is important to know the difference between demurrage and detention.

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Management

For our deep Sustainability commitment and world leading contributions

Article | June 21, 2023

We track our commitments and goals quarterly through the Schneider Sustainability Impact 2018 – 2020 (formerly called the Planet & Society barometer). The 2018 – 2020 Schneider Sustainability Impact ?shows our commitments by 2020, as well as our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by governments, companies, and civil society by 2030. For nearly 15 years we have been following a clear action plan with a dashboard called Schneider Sustainability Impact. It is based on our 2050 vision with tangible deliverables updated every three years. Our CEO and CFO announce our results on a quarterly basis, together with the company’s financial results.

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Supply Chain

Top 15 Supply Chain Events to Attend in 2023

Article | August 17, 2023

Enhance professional skills and knowledge in supply chain management by attending top industry events. Gain insights from thought leaders, connect with peers, and stay ahead of the competition. Supply chain and logistics professionals face various challenges in improving supply chain efficiency and overcoming obstacles. The industry is complex and highly competitive, with external forces making it more challenging. Supply chain and logistics conferences help to address these challenges and promote a healthy international supply chain. In addition, the events will offer a comprehensive platform for professionals to understand the latest innovations & technologies and learn about digital transformation within the supply chain. Discover the latest insights, innovations, trends and more at the top 15 supply chain events to be held between May and December in 2023. 1. Swiss Supply Chain & Logistics Conference 2023 May 31- June 1, 2023 | Zurich (Switzerland) The Swiss Supply Chain & Logistics Conference is a comprehensive platform uniting global stakeholders within the industry. The event focuses on presenting cutting-edge innovations and technologies, addressing industry challenges, and promoting environmentally friendly solutions. By fostering networking opportunities, the conference aims to facilitate business collaborations among participants. Attendees representing various stakeholders in the value network can expect to gain insights into creating agile, resilient, and sustainable supply chains while optimizing logistics operations. Esteemed speakers will discuss critical topics such as supply chain digitization, demand forecasting, and sustainable transportation practices, which directly impact businesses' bottom lines. 2. ASCM Connect 2023: Europe June 27-28, 2023 | Belgium (Europe) ASCM is set to host ASCM CONNECT 2023: Europe, a highly anticipated conference in Brussels. The event promises an extensive range of educational sessions covering the latest trends and developments in the supply chain field. Supply chain professionals attending the conference will allow them to connect with peers, gain insights from industry leaders, and explore advancements in the area. In addition, keynote speakers will share their corporate transformation journey, sustainability in the supply chain, resilience while disruptions, and their views on topics related to the digital supply chain. This event offers a platform for networking and knowledge sharing that can positively impact the growth and success of supply chain businesses. 3. Annual European Supply Chain Management Strategies Summit November 7-8, 2023 | Munich (Germany) The European Supply Chain Management Strategies Summit is a premier event that provides a unique platform for senior leadership to explore case studies and solutions in the supply chain industry in Europe and globally. This conference focuses on essential methods to enhance supply chain management. Attendees will gain insights into improving logistics and inventory management, implementing and optimizing IoT and new technologies, fostering collaboration and transparency with suppliers, and mitigating key and emerging risks. In addition, the summit offers an opportunity for supply chain businesses to contribute to the conversation and improve management practices. 4. Empack: The Future of Packaging Technology November 29-30, 2023 | Madrid (Spain) The upcoming 15th edition of Empack Madrid, scheduled at IFEMA, is focused on the future of packaging technology and promises to offer a transformative experience for professionals in the logistics and packaging sector. This innovation-driven event is a hub for networking, knowledge sharing, and business opportunities. Attendees will learn the latest advancements and updates that will optimize their supply chain operations within a few hours. Empack caters explicitly to designers, packaging managers, marketing professionals, product developers, sustainability advocates, and industrial packaging, labelling, printing, weighing, palletizing, and robotics experts. Additionally, the event features a key session with Jose Luis Gallego, a prominent naturalist, environmental disseminator, and writer, who will share valuable insights. 5. Future Supply Chain November 28 - 29, 2023 | Torrey Pines (California) The Logistics & Supply Chain Summit is designed to bring together supply chain and logistics professionals and key industry solution providers. The event provides a platform for engaging in one-to-one business meetings, participating in interactive seminars, and building valuable professional networks with the range of industry experts, including keynote speakers such as Clare Bottle (Chief Executive of UKWA), Richard Lim (Chief Executive Officer of Retail Economics), Jon Brewin (Business Development Manager of AutoStore System), and Jonathan Ogg (Senior Solution Architect of sofco Limited). The seminars and discussions at the summit cover a range of topics, including emerging technologies, innovative logistics solutions, and sustainable supply chain practices. 6. Deutsche Bank's 2023 Transportation Conference August 15-16, 2023 | New York City (United States) Deutsche Bank presents the highly anticipated 2023 Transportation Conference, an event that offers market-leading insights into the global transportation industry. The conference caters to logistics industry professionals with a comprehensive program, including one-on-one and group meetings, engaging fireside chats, and intimate small company dinners for networking. Renowned industry experts, including esteemed key speakers, will share their extensive knowledge and expertise on various logistics and transportation topics. Discussions will cover market dynamics, emerging trends, regulatory developments, and lucrative investment opportunities. The conference provides an invaluable platform for supply chain businesses to gain critical market intelligence, establish strategic partnerships, and capitalize on vast opportunities in the industry. 7. International Conference on Transportation and Development (ICTD 2023) June 14, 2023 | Austin (Texas) ASCE's Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) has organized the co-located ICTD 2023 and Pavements 2023 conferences in partnership with TxDOT. The collaboration brings together global leaders in transportation, development, and pavements, offering an exceptional networking and knowledge-sharing platform for supply chain businesses. Professionals and researchers worldwide will convene to explore topics such as transportation strategies, cutting-edge technologies, infrastructure solutions, and pavement best practices. In addition, the influential key speakers, including Marc D. Williams, Carlos Braceras, Marie Dominguez, Butch Eley, Roger M. Millar Jr., Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Lorie Tudor, and Eileen M. Velez Vega, will share industry-related insights and experiences. 8. Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Forum 2023 May 30 - June 1, 2023 | Berlin (Germany) The Resilient Supply Chain Summit brings together 35+ experts to discuss new strategies and approaches to manage supply chain risks and build resilience in future crises. The conference provides deep-dive assessments of categories, supplier portfolios, and processes to surface potential issues, better understand risk exposure and vulnerabilities across the supply chain, and identify winning strategies for current and future challenges. Join the summit to gain insights from industry experts and improve your supply chain ecosystem. 9. Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo June 5-7, 2023 | Barcelona (Spain) In today's changing world, supply chains have become more crucial than ever, given their ability to navigate disruptions and manage risk while maximizing returns. Supply chain leaders can deliver profitably in times of uncertainty by leveraging their credibility, confidence, and commitment. Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo 2023 will explore big ideas and provide actionable insights to help supply chain leaders develop agile and resilient strategies, mitigate risk, respond to disruptions, pursue digital initiatives that drive growth, develop talent for the future, and prioritize technology investments. 10. Supply Chain USA 2023 June 13-14, 2023 | Chicago (United States) Supply chain professionals, mark your calendars for the upcoming event in Chicago, where 900 executives from the supply chain ecosystem will convene to address the pressing need for resilient, customer-centric, ESG-compliant, cost-effective, and data-driven supply chains. The event is an opportunity to exchange insights, innovative solutions and best practices with industry heavyweights, leading technology providers, forward-thinking logistics organizations, Fortune 500 retailers and manufacturers, and government officials. In addition, the event will help the participants understand how to overcome the glaring weaknesses prevalent in fragmented, siloed, inflexible, and inefficient supply chains and emerge with the right strategies for a successful future. 11. 6th Edition Supply Chain Innovation Summit June 15-16, 2023 | Amsterdam (Netherlands) Supply chain management is undergoing a digital revolution that renders old fundamentals obsolete. As a result, companies must rethink and redesign their strategies to stay ahead of the new trends. The Supply Chain Digitalization Summit 2023 will provide an in-depth exploration of the latest advances and techniques in supply chain technology and innovation. Experts will cover every modern supply chain management aspect, from planning and strategy to risk management and customer focus. Gain insights from industry leaders that will help in transforming supply chain operations. 12. The Future of Supply Chain 2023 June 21-22, 2023 | Cleveland (Ohio) The Future of Supply Chain will bring together executives, academics, and experts to share their knowledge, experience, and vision for the future of supply chain management. The event will feature captivating discussions and fast-paced demonstrations of emerging technologies that will shape the industry's future. In addition, attendees will have a chance to explore interactive sponsor kiosks and network with like-minded professionals. This year's conference will feature special topics such as the circular economy, blockchain, and last-mile delivery. 13. Digital Supply Chain Transformation 2023 October 3-4, 2023 | Biltmore (Miami) The Digital Supply Chain Transformation Assembly is an exclusive gathering of industry experts, thought leaders, and visionaries at the forefront of digital transformation in the supply chain industry. The event provides an opportunity to learn from what the field's experienced and innovative minds share about the experiences for navigating the challenges of the digital era. Through interactive discussions, hands-on workshops, and insightful keynote speeches, attendees will gain practical insights and strategies for transforming their supply chains, improving operational efficiency, and enhancing customer experience. 14. Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit 2023 November 29-30, 2023 | Phoenix (Arizona) The Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit 2023 is the right platform for supply chain planning leaders to learn about new strategies, insights and frameworks to tackle the challenges of network complexity, demand volatility, and supply disruptions. The event allows heads of Supply Chain Planning, S&OP, integrated business planning, demand planning and supply/inventory planning to connect and share their future vision. At the summit, attendees will gain actionable insights and drive resiliency to achieve sustainable business outcomes. Join now and shape the future of supply chain planning. 15. Supply Chain & Logistics Transformation Summit 2023 November 29- December 1, 2023 | Phoenix (Arizona) The Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chain Summit will bring supply chain and logistics leaders to address the topics and learn from peers and industry experts how to accelerate digital adoption, transform the supply chain with new technologies, and build the leadership, team skills, and capabilities needed for long-term success. This summit will help professionals to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-changing supply chain management landscape. In addition, it will gain valuable insights into the latest trends, strategies and best practices for building resilient and sustainable supply chains that can withstand disruptions and meet the demands of a rapidly-changing world. Conclusion Professionals in the supply chain and logistics industry face challenges in improving efficiency and overcoming obstacles due to high competition, making it crucial to stay informed about the latest industry developments and best practices to succeed. Attending the top supply chain conferences can provide an opportunity to address challenges, learn about the latest innovations & technologies, and maintain adequate supply chain operations. In addition, attending the events and conferences for supply chain opens up better possibilities for supply chain and logistics professionals to network, gain valuable insights, engage in peer-to-peer discussions and access resources.

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Purchasing vs. Supply Chain Management software

Article | June 29, 2022

Purchasing software and supply chain management software are often mistaken for one another, but both have distinct functionalities. While purchasing software automates the procurement process, supply chain management software executes logistical transactions and manages supplier relationships. This report identifies the similarities and differences between the two software categories to help you understand which one is better suited to your needs. What is purchasing software? Purchasing software is an online tool that allows businesses to automate the process of procuring goods and services. It includes security compliance and reporting features. Purchasing solutions offer integrated tools for invoice approval, inventory control, asset management, customer service, and work order management. They help manage contracts, analyze spending, track sales deliveries, and monitor inventory levels. They also assist in identifying bottlenecks in the purchase process, such as functions that have high expenditure. Purchasing software offers invoice processing capabilities as well. Procurement professionals and accounting teams can use the tool to generate invoices, track invoice status, and monitor expenses via detailed reports. What is supply chain management software? Supply chain management software is a software platform that allows supply chain managers to automate the entire supply chain process—from acquiring raw materials to delivering the finished goods to consumers. The software provides tools for monitoring stock levels, including raw materials, and predicting future requirements based on the current inflow and outflow of inventory. Supply chain management tools manage material handling, order fulfillment, and information tracking for stakeholders such as manufacturers, suppliers, and transport and logistics providers. They also track the returns of damaged goods, process refunds and insurance claims, and provide planning and forecasting tools for supply chain professionals. What do they have in common? Purchasing is a crucial component of supply chain management. Together, these processes significantly contribute to an organization’s procurement cycle. Despite the functionality differences, both the software categories have a few features in common, including supplier management, order management, and forecasting. Which tool is right for you? The answer to this question depends on your use case. If you’re looking for a tool that majorly focuses on acquiring supplies, opt for a purchasing software solution, as it will help you streamline the procurement cycle, maintain purchase order accuracy, and monitor supplier activities. However, if you wish to manage your entire supply chain operations, including supplier, transportation, warehouse, and inventory management, then investing in a supply chain software solution would be the right choice.

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Bettaway

Bettaway has evolved from a small Brooklyn New York based carbonated beverage manufacturer to become one of the premier supply chain services companies in the United States. Today, Bettaway is headquartered in central NJ and operates satellite locations on both the east and west coasts. As a logistics service provider and freight management partner, Bettaway offers clients a contracted national carrier network, a company-owned and operated fleet, warehousing, and customized logistics solutions.

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Kuehne+Nagel pioneers carbon insetting for electric trucks to accelerate fleet electrification

Kuehne+Nagel | January 08, 2024

The new year starts with electrifying news as Kuehne+Nagel announces its Book & Claim insetting solution for electric vehicles. This makes Kuehne+Nagel the first logistics service provider to launch this solution, which previously was limited to low-emission fuels. Implementing decarbonisation solutions and helping customers achieve their sustainability goals is a key component of Kuehne+Nagel’s Roadmap 2026 Living ESG cornerstone. Developing Book & Claim insetting solutions for road freight was a strategic priority for Kuehne+Nagel. Last October, it launched an insetting solution for HVO—now followed by electric vehicles. The first-of-its-kind solution has been tested and validated in cooperation with leading external stakeholders. Customers who use Kuehne+Nagel’s road transport services can now ‘claim’ the carbon reductions of electric trucks when it is not possible to physically move their goods on these vehicles. Reasons for that could be insufficient charging infrastructure or a limited driving range and payload. The solution helps to bridge those challenges which today still limit the deployment of electric trucks. “We see battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs) as the future to reduce emissions in road freight. Carbon insetting supports the scale-up of low-emission solutions like BEVs and helps to reduce the premium that customers pay for these solutions, thereby supporting the decarbonisation of road transport,” says Hansjörg Rodi, Member of the Management Board at Kuehne+Nagel International AG, responsible for Road Logistics. For now, only Kuehne+Nagel’s owned BEVs are part of the Book & Claim offer to keep full control and transparency over the accuracy of the data that is used in the calculations. However, the team aims to expand the solution to BEVs operated by its partners so that it can support them in their fleet electrification journeys too. “Purchasing electric trucks can be a heavy financial burden, especially for smaller carriers. Including carriers in our solution requires further complex developments in the accounting methodology, but it would help them to finance their transition. This is our next priority,” concludes Rodi.

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Ferguson and Trimble Team Up to Digitalize Construction Supply Chain

Trimble Inc | November 08, 2023

Ferguson joins Trimble Supplier Xchange, streamlining the construction supply chain. Trimble's Supplier Xchange handles 10,000+ digital connections, 18B in monthly quotes. This integration automates pricing info to purchase orders, reducing errors and streamlining workflows. Trimble, a leading technology, software, and services solutions provider for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, and Ferguson have recently announced a significant development in the construction supply chain. Ferguson locations nationwide have officially joined the Trimble Supplier Xchange digital pricing and procurement network. This development marks a pivotal step and further digitalizes and streamlines construction supply chain operations, benefiting both mechanical and commercial customers. Furthermore, it enhances efficiency between construction teams and their most crucial business partners. Trimble's Supplier Xchange network currently facilitates over 10,000 digital connections between specialty subcontractors and their preferred suppliers. It handles an impressive average of 130,000 quote requests every month, with an average total value of USD 18 billion per month. The integration between Ferguson and Supplier Xchange enables contractors to access up-to-date, contracted pricing information and seamlessly convert it into a purchase order (PO). This PO flows directly into the contractor's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, ensuring that the order is placed and financially accounted for in the ERP system without delay. This streamlined process significantly reduces the time required and minimizes errors typically associated with manual data entry, thanks to the automatic synchronization of the purchase order. By becoming a part of the Supplier Xchange network, Ferguson, a prominent commercial mechanical distributor in the United States, is proactively addressing the common pain points faced by contractors in their day-to-day workflows. Tom Sullivan, Commercial Construction Services and Technology Director at Ferguson highlighted that prioritizing digital connections with their customers was of utmost importance. He explained that as their customers are increasingly looking for ways to cut costs and enhance efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness, Supplier Xchange would empower them to offer real-time customer-specific information. This would effectively reduce the manual processes and time needed in the workflows related to estimating, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), purchasing, project management, and accounting. The official announcement took place at Trimble Dimensions 2023, where both Ferguson and Trimble are showcasing the Supplier Xchange network. Trimble Construction Management Solutions' Vice President and General Manager Lawrence Smith emphasized that it had never been more crucial to integrate technology solutions to enhance the speed, accuracy, and seamlessness of information sharing across the construction supply chain. He stated that the data collaboration between Ferguson and Trimble was delivering increased efficiency, precision, and swiftness in their customers' workflows, encompassing estimating, procurement, purchasing, accounting, and project management.

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Transportation

ACERTUS Unveils New Transportation Management System for Auto Shippers

ACERTUS | November 07, 2023

ACERTUS, a leading automotive logistics-as-a-service platform, has unveiled its new Transportation Management System (TMS). This cutting-edge system grants vehicle shippers unparalleled visibility into their operations, featuring real-time GPS tracking, advanced digital inspection data, automated reporting, and customized data visualization. By harnessing the power of machine learning and seamless connectivity with ACERTUS' digitally-enabled transport network, this platform successfully addresses a long-standing challenge within the vehicle shipping process—namely, the lack of transparency regarding asset location as it traverses the supply chain. Trent Broberg, the Chief Executive Officer at ACERTUS, remarked that modern-day technology has made it extremely easy to track products ordered online during the delivery process. However, there still existed substantial blind spots when it came to shipping cars. In this context, he explained that their new Transportation Management System is driving the industry forward by providing shippers with real-time vehicle visibility, modernizing the process, and eliminating guesswork. The TMS connects shippers with the largest multimodal transport network of carriers and drive-away drivers in North America. It simplifies and streamlines auto shipping, offering instant quotes, single and multi-VIN ordering, standard and expedited shipping rates, and API connectivity for seamless integration with existing operating systems. This release represents ACERTUS' ongoing commitment to delivering advanced, proprietary products that enhance automotive supply chain management. About ACERTUS ACERTUS is a leading omnichannel automotive logistics as a service platform that provides integrated end-to-end solutions for vehicle lifecycle management. By placing a strong emphasis on technology and innovation, ACERTUS offers a comprehensive suite of services, including vehicle storage, transport, maintenance, registration, title, care & maintenance, repossession, freight transport and compliance services, among others. The company consolidates these services under one roof, thereby significantly enhancing efficiency and reliability for its customers throughout the entire vehicle journey.

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Kuehne+Nagel pioneers carbon insetting for electric trucks to accelerate fleet electrification

Kuehne+Nagel | January 08, 2024

The new year starts with electrifying news as Kuehne+Nagel announces its Book & Claim insetting solution for electric vehicles. This makes Kuehne+Nagel the first logistics service provider to launch this solution, which previously was limited to low-emission fuels. Implementing decarbonisation solutions and helping customers achieve their sustainability goals is a key component of Kuehne+Nagel’s Roadmap 2026 Living ESG cornerstone. Developing Book & Claim insetting solutions for road freight was a strategic priority for Kuehne+Nagel. Last October, it launched an insetting solution for HVO—now followed by electric vehicles. The first-of-its-kind solution has been tested and validated in cooperation with leading external stakeholders. Customers who use Kuehne+Nagel’s road transport services can now ‘claim’ the carbon reductions of electric trucks when it is not possible to physically move their goods on these vehicles. Reasons for that could be insufficient charging infrastructure or a limited driving range and payload. The solution helps to bridge those challenges which today still limit the deployment of electric trucks. “We see battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs) as the future to reduce emissions in road freight. Carbon insetting supports the scale-up of low-emission solutions like BEVs and helps to reduce the premium that customers pay for these solutions, thereby supporting the decarbonisation of road transport,” says Hansjörg Rodi, Member of the Management Board at Kuehne+Nagel International AG, responsible for Road Logistics. For now, only Kuehne+Nagel’s owned BEVs are part of the Book & Claim offer to keep full control and transparency over the accuracy of the data that is used in the calculations. However, the team aims to expand the solution to BEVs operated by its partners so that it can support them in their fleet electrification journeys too. “Purchasing electric trucks can be a heavy financial burden, especially for smaller carriers. Including carriers in our solution requires further complex developments in the accounting methodology, but it would help them to finance their transition. This is our next priority,” concludes Rodi.

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Supply Chain

Ferguson and Trimble Team Up to Digitalize Construction Supply Chain

Trimble Inc | November 08, 2023

Ferguson joins Trimble Supplier Xchange, streamlining the construction supply chain. Trimble's Supplier Xchange handles 10,000+ digital connections, 18B in monthly quotes. This integration automates pricing info to purchase orders, reducing errors and streamlining workflows. Trimble, a leading technology, software, and services solutions provider for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, and Ferguson have recently announced a significant development in the construction supply chain. Ferguson locations nationwide have officially joined the Trimble Supplier Xchange digital pricing and procurement network. This development marks a pivotal step and further digitalizes and streamlines construction supply chain operations, benefiting both mechanical and commercial customers. Furthermore, it enhances efficiency between construction teams and their most crucial business partners. Trimble's Supplier Xchange network currently facilitates over 10,000 digital connections between specialty subcontractors and their preferred suppliers. It handles an impressive average of 130,000 quote requests every month, with an average total value of USD 18 billion per month. The integration between Ferguson and Supplier Xchange enables contractors to access up-to-date, contracted pricing information and seamlessly convert it into a purchase order (PO). This PO flows directly into the contractor's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, ensuring that the order is placed and financially accounted for in the ERP system without delay. This streamlined process significantly reduces the time required and minimizes errors typically associated with manual data entry, thanks to the automatic synchronization of the purchase order. By becoming a part of the Supplier Xchange network, Ferguson, a prominent commercial mechanical distributor in the United States, is proactively addressing the common pain points faced by contractors in their day-to-day workflows. Tom Sullivan, Commercial Construction Services and Technology Director at Ferguson highlighted that prioritizing digital connections with their customers was of utmost importance. He explained that as their customers are increasingly looking for ways to cut costs and enhance efficiency, accuracy, and timeliness, Supplier Xchange would empower them to offer real-time customer-specific information. This would effectively reduce the manual processes and time needed in the workflows related to estimating, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), purchasing, project management, and accounting. The official announcement took place at Trimble Dimensions 2023, where both Ferguson and Trimble are showcasing the Supplier Xchange network. Trimble Construction Management Solutions' Vice President and General Manager Lawrence Smith emphasized that it had never been more crucial to integrate technology solutions to enhance the speed, accuracy, and seamlessness of information sharing across the construction supply chain. He stated that the data collaboration between Ferguson and Trimble was delivering increased efficiency, precision, and swiftness in their customers' workflows, encompassing estimating, procurement, purchasing, accounting, and project management.

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ACERTUS Unveils New Transportation Management System for Auto Shippers

ACERTUS | November 07, 2023

ACERTUS, a leading automotive logistics-as-a-service platform, has unveiled its new Transportation Management System (TMS). This cutting-edge system grants vehicle shippers unparalleled visibility into their operations, featuring real-time GPS tracking, advanced digital inspection data, automated reporting, and customized data visualization. By harnessing the power of machine learning and seamless connectivity with ACERTUS' digitally-enabled transport network, this platform successfully addresses a long-standing challenge within the vehicle shipping process—namely, the lack of transparency regarding asset location as it traverses the supply chain. Trent Broberg, the Chief Executive Officer at ACERTUS, remarked that modern-day technology has made it extremely easy to track products ordered online during the delivery process. However, there still existed substantial blind spots when it came to shipping cars. In this context, he explained that their new Transportation Management System is driving the industry forward by providing shippers with real-time vehicle visibility, modernizing the process, and eliminating guesswork. The TMS connects shippers with the largest multimodal transport network of carriers and drive-away drivers in North America. It simplifies and streamlines auto shipping, offering instant quotes, single and multi-VIN ordering, standard and expedited shipping rates, and API connectivity for seamless integration with existing operating systems. This release represents ACERTUS' ongoing commitment to delivering advanced, proprietary products that enhance automotive supply chain management. About ACERTUS ACERTUS is a leading omnichannel automotive logistics as a service platform that provides integrated end-to-end solutions for vehicle lifecycle management. By placing a strong emphasis on technology and innovation, ACERTUS offers a comprehensive suite of services, including vehicle storage, transport, maintenance, registration, title, care & maintenance, repossession, freight transport and compliance services, among others. The company consolidates these services under one roof, thereby significantly enhancing efficiency and reliability for its customers throughout the entire vehicle journey.

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