Descartes | January 24, 2023
On January 23, 2023, Descartes Systems Group, which provides solutions for logistics-intensive businesses, announced that Topps Tiles, a UK-based tile retailer, is using Descartes' cloud-based route optimization and planning solution to boost fleet delivery capabilities. Topps Tiles is reducing the average kilometers driven per delivery route by 2% through its collaboration with Descartes. The solution also helps Topps Tiles identify the potential impact of delivery strategy changes.
Descartes' route planning and optimization solution is an aspect of its Routing, Mobile, and Telematics suite. It assists in lowering costs with more efficient and agile routing, enhancing fleet resource management by generating increased delivery capacity, and growing sustainability by reducing their CO2 footprint and paper use across the route network.
Companies can use strategic route modeling to understand and refine their customer service and delivery strategies before implementing them. Descartes' mobile application aids drivers in completing their daily routes, keeps managers informed of progress, and provides an accurate estimated time of arrival (ETA) to alert customers of their deliveries. In addition, real-time mobile communication allows proof of delivery (POD) functionality support that facilitates excellent customer service and order accuracy.
Pól Sweeney, VP of Fleet Sales in Europe at Descartes, said, "Topps Tiles' long-term success is based upon its ability to continually provide customers with a superior shopping experience while offering cost competitive pricing." He added, "We're delighted to help Topps Tiles minimize its operational costs today through our route planning and optimisation solution and in the future with our strategic route modelling capabilities."
(Source – GlobeNewswire)
About Descartes Systems Group
Based in Waterloo (Ontario), Descartes offers software-as-a-service solutions that improve the productivity, security, and performance of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers work with one of the world's largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community to carry out various tasks, including routing, scheduling, tracking, and measuring delivery resources; planning, allocating, and executing shipments; rating, auditing, and paying transportation invoices; and completing many other logistics processes. As a result, the company helps safely and securely get assets, information, inventory, and people where and when needed.
PROCUREMENT AND SOURCING, LOGISTICS
Wagner Logistics | January 27, 2023
On January 26, 2023, Wagner Logistics, a warehousing and logistics management provider, announced that it is expanding its distribution space into Portland, Oregon, bringing its total distribution space in the United States to over 7 million square feet across 24 markets. The most recent warehouse has 82,556 sq. ft. of dedicated distribution space and can be converted into a multi-customer facility.
Wagner Logistics collaborated with Newmark Zimmer, one of the Midwest's leading commercial real estate firms, to obtain the warehouse lease for the Portland space. This distribution space serves as a vital distribution point for the customer Bridge Industrial/Modlo to manage the supply chain overflow of finished household products.
As global economic uncertainty persists, the need for efficient distribution is increasing. As a result, Wagner is taking warehouse cost optimization to a new level by sharing facilities, equipment, and personnel to address the distribution and storage needs of multiple shippers and manufacturers.
Brian Smith, President and CEO of Wagner Logistics, said, "From handling lightbulbs to ten-thousand pound roles of paper, Wagner's warehouse and management expansion into more U.S. cities is evidence that our trained and experienced team is safely handling a variety of products successfully at lower costs and at faster work rates." He added, "Finding and securing the one available warehouse space in the market to serve as an overflow facility for our client is testament that our team consistently has a finger on the pulse of the industry and is committed to solving distribution challenges using a lean manufacturing team, the accompanying innovative equipment and automation."
(Source – GlobeNewswire)
More than 550 team members work for the supply chain management company in major cities such as Kansas City, Indianapolis, Dallas, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Detroit, and others. The company's top priorities remain exceptional customer service and employee morale, and the latest warehouse is close to several employees' homes and includes bike storage.
About Wagner Logistics
Based in North Kansas City (Missouri), Wagner Logistics operates an extensive network of warehousing facilities in the U.S. It is recognized as a leading provider of third-party logistics services, including warehousing, distribution, contract packaging, and transportation. The company's clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as small and medium-sized businesses. Wagner uses exceptional technology, offering visibility and execution, and a team of highly skilled associates provides clients with unrivaled service.
SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY, SUPPLY CHAIN
Relay Payments | January 19, 2023
Fintech firm, Relay Payments, primarily providing payment solutions to the supply chain, logistics and trucking sectors, recently announced the testing of its lumper payment solution by Schneider. The pilot testing program undertaken by Schneider, a multimodal transportation, intermodal and logistics provider, earlier this year resulted in immediate advantages including billing accuracy, fraud detection and driver benefits. As a result, Schneider will now implement Relay’s payment solution for its entire fleet of 12,000+ drivers and 10,000+ power units.
Relay’s solution has already shown improvements for Schneider’s customer service and operations teams. Drivers started paying directly from their cabs the warehouse fees, reducing time authorizing cash payments or fleet checks from their phones. This contactless, digital payment process saved significant time for every delivery, while the finance team received instant e-receipts resulting in improved customer billing and guaranteed reimbursements.
Ryan Droege, Co-founder and CEO at Relay, said, "Relay Payments is rapidly growing, but we remain laser focused on developing products that solve real problems our customers face every day.” He further added, "Schneider is a known innovator that sets the tone for best practices, so working with them is a huge step toward digitally transforming the logistics industry. We couldn't be more excited to partner with them."
Relay’s payment solutions are used by more than 300,000 carriers and drivers today, including businesses throughout logistics, transportation supply chain. From large carriers like Schneider to truck stops, warehouses and freight brokers use Relay for easier over-the-road expense payments.
About Relay Payments
Founded in 2019,Relay Payments, a venture-backed fintech firm, provides instant digital payments through Relay to replace the extended payment authorization process, which frequently caused delays in cargo unloading and other issues including missing receipts and fraudToday, the company collaborates with the biggest carriers, freight brokers, and 3PLs in North America as well as smaller fleets and independent owner operators to automate over-the-road payments and guarantee that goods reach store shelves as soon as possible.