Air-tight freight market leads Flexport to charter first cargo flight

supplychaindive | November 21, 2017

New product launches, flight cancellations and peak shipping season e-commerce growth have inspired freight forwarder Flexport to charter independent cargo flights from Hong Kong to Los Angeles, according to a company blog post. The first flight departed Hong Kong on November 19, carrying 375 pallets of cargo. A 747 400 plane was chosen for the maiden voyage. The company expects to continue with this offering beyond the 2017 holiday season. The service will become permanent come 2018, providing fresh revenue for Flexport, which opened for business in 2014.

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Successful family planning services rely on a steady supply of family planning commodities. To ensure products are available, decisionmakers at the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) need to know the stock levels at health facilities and the flow of products between them. However, sharing this information through traditional paper reports can be difficult and often results in decisionmaking that is based on incomplete data, which in turn contributes to insufficient supply of essential medicines and stock outs.

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Successful family planning services rely on a steady supply of family planning commodities. To ensure products are available, decisionmakers at the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) need to know the stock levels at health facilities and the flow of products between them. However, sharing this information through traditional paper reports can be difficult and often results in decisionmaking that is based on incomplete data, which in turn contributes to insufficient supply of essential medicines and stock outs.

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Unique Logistics International, Inc. | June 17, 2022

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Moov Announces Real-Time Logistics Tracking and Virtual Equipment Inspections via Moov Portal

Moov | May 11, 2022

Moov, a data-fueled marketplace for used semiconductor manufacturing equipment, announced its marketplace now serves as a one-stop shop for the second-hand buying experience, offering customers an ecosystem of aftermarket services including logistics and tracking, digital inspections, refurbishing and insurance all within one customer portal.Moov customers now may opt in or out of services including real-time logistics tracking, insurance, the company’s purchase guarantee, refurbishment, spare parts, contracts and payment options. Customers utilizing the Moov platform include Applied Materials, Western Digital, Maxim Integrated, KLA and Microchip. To assist with end-to-end visibility, the newly launched Moov Portal empowers clients with real-time tracking of their equipment purchases in cargo categories such as location, temperature, humidity and light exposure. “Whether your cargo is on the back of a truck or in the middle of the Pacific, Moov provides our customers with purchased-equipment visibility during these times of supply-chain uncertainty,” said Raymond Mahon, Moov’s director of customer success and head of the company’s Austin office. “Our system provides transparency where there was none. Knowing exactly where and how your cargo is being transported is vital given the high-dollar value of the equipment we trade.” Insurance to Cover the Value of Equipment throughout the Supply Chain Moov has partnered with a network of best-in-class service providers to enable an ecosystem of aftermarket services. For example, Switzerland-headquartered global transport and logistics company Kuehne + Nagel International AG, the world’s largest freight forwarder, now offers Moov customers insurance through The Nacora Group, a Kuehne + Nagel subsidiary. The insurance covers 100% of the value of all equipment as it moves through the supply chain. “Unless equipment is already warehoused, used semiconductor equipment changes many hands in a single transaction,” Mahon said. “You need an engineer to de-install it, a rigger to remove it, a crater to package it and a freight forwarder to ship it. The insurance we are rolling out would cover the entire supply chain for our buyers regardless of whether they hire the vendor or if Moov subcontracts them.” Another example of a value added service Moov will now provide is remote digital inspection, via photographic verification. Moov customers can use digital-inspection to reduce equipment inspection time to a matter of hours instead of weeks anywhere in the world. This service conducts a 15-point fraud check on photograph metadata to ensure image authenticity. “In many areas, facilities simply aren’t letting outside vendors onsite due to COVID,” Mahon said. “In one instance, it took us three weeks to get somebody onsite in Malaysia to verify tools. With the digital-inspection app, we have now cut that time period down to an hour. And, we’ve taken the burden off of suppliers of hosting inspectors.” “We are trying to change the way used semiconductor equipment is transacted,” Mahon said. “We have an extremely inefficient marketplace with a lot of bad faith actors in it. We are making it safer, quicker, and easier to buy and sell used semiconductor equipment.” About Moov Technologies Inc. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, and Austin, Texas, Moov is a technology-driven marketplace and asset management platform that matches buyers and sellers of pre-owned semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Built by a team with more than 50 years of experience in the manufacturing equipment brokerage industry, Moov’s platform ensures accurate listings and faster transactions. CEO Steven Zhou and Managing Director Maxam Yeung co-founded the company in 2017. Moov employs about 50 people, and also boasts a presence in San Francisco; Shanghai, China; and Taipei, Taiwan. To learn more, please visit Moov.co.

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Pony.ai | July 28, 2022

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The ADC is built on the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin system-on-chip and will fully enable the trucks produced by the joint venture. “The establishment of this new venture between Pony.ai and SANY is a significant milestone for the trucking industry, Powered by NVIDIA DRIVE, this next-generation of new-energy autonomous trucks will enable the delivery of goods to address ever-growing e-commerce demands without compromising safety and reliability — while reducing the transportation industry’s dependence on fossil fuels.” -Rishi Dhall, vice president of Automotive, NVIDIA. Today’s partnership announcement follows on the heels of the recently formed Cyantron joint venture between Pony.ai and Sinotrans, which commenced operations in April and aims to enhance the digitalization and intelligence of the transportation process. Creating partnerships with the top companies in both trucking and logistics is key to Pony.ai’s robotruck “golden triangle” strategy. 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