Gatik | February 19, 2021
Gatik, an autonomous technology company specializing in B2B short-haul logistics, announced its electrification strategy with the introduction of the industry’s first electric box trucks equipped with autonomous technology, the company said on Feb. 17.
The first of these new trucks are on Ford Transit 350 HD chassis with an electric powertrain from Via Motors Inc. The initial three will deploy for Walmart in New Orleans in February. Gatik will proceed with autonomous routes with internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles too.
Gatik, established in 2017, makes autonomous deliveries with 11-to 26-foot vehicles that can hold ambient, cold, and frozen goods. The organization has been making autonomous deliveries for Walmart since 2019.
“With the new U.S. administration, emissions targets are front and center and EVs are starting to play a more prominent role,” said Richard Steiner, head of policy and communications at Gatik. “With the electrification of our fleet, we’re helping our customers meet their corporate sustainability and emissions reductions goals.”
The new trucks have a 120-mile most maximum range and can be completely charged in less than 1.5 hours. Gatik has introduced a DC Fast Charger at Walmart's Walmart’s hub and at Gatik's garage.
Gatik was founded in 2017 by veterans of the autonomous technology industry and has established offices in Palo Alto and Toronto. The company’s mission is to deliver goods safely and efficiently using autonomous vehicles. With its fleet of light to medium duty trucks, Gatik is leading the way in autonomous middle mile delivery. The company focuses on short-haul, B2B logistics for Fortune 500 retailers such as Walmart and Loblaw. Gatik enables its customers to optimize their hub-and-spoke supply chain operations, enhance inventory pooling across multiple locations, reduce costs and meet an unprecedented demand for contactless delivery.
Blume Global | April 23, 2021
Blume Global, a leading supplier of logistics and supply chain solutions fuelled by the world's first internationally connected multi-modal network, has announced that it will shortly become carbon neutral. South Pole, a leading climate solutions provider, and project developer has worked with the organization to create a cleaner supply chain by drastically reducing its own emissions (Scope 1, 2, and 3). Blume is now reducing waste in the supply chain sector by using its domestic reload and the street turns solutions, among other services.
Blume and South Pole are working to improve sustainability practices through greenhouse gas accounting and have built an emissions-reduction strategy that will be reviewed and renewed on an annual basis. The proposal addresses both direct and indirect emissions from sources owned or regulated by Blume, as well as emissions from business practices such as travel, commuting, and waste disposal. Blume is engaging in carbon-offset projects to reduce its existing carbon footprint.
The sustainability of supply chains is a pervasive concern. According to the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' State of Supply Chain Sustainability 2020 study, more than 80% of the 1,100 stakeholders surveyed reported sustainability as a target or something that was fast becoming a major corporate objective. More than half of those surveyed said they were under pressure to implement supply chain sustainability practices. Despite these statistics, less than half of those surveyed could recognize actionable sustainability goals.
Blume anticipates the inevitable restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions and offers the required expertise, technology, and data to stakeholders to minimize excessive carbon emissions in the supply chain. Blume creates, maintains, and promotes a purposeful supply chain ecosystem, with the responsibility of making any movement of goods count.
About Blume Global
Blume Global, a supply chain technology supplier, is eliminating $1 trillion in waste from the global supply chain by using innovative execution and visibility solutions to make logistics operations more agile, dependable, and sustainable. Shippers, 3PLs, and other stakeholders once thought of digitization as a luxury; today, using machine learning and AI solutions to digitalize and simplify processes is a must to stay competitive. Blume's digital platform enables users to predict the effects of disruptions and react in real-time before minor issues become major issues.
Among logistics technology providers, Blume has the most extensive network. Blume's direct access to the ocean, air, rail, parcel, LTL, and truckload carriers, combined with Blume's solutions and 26 years of industry data, allows customers to increase transportation spend, enhance customer service, and reduce carbon emissions. These solutions are backed by a sizable R&D team that is constantly adding new high-value features. Blume Global is leading the industry in building supply chain sustainability solutions, combating climate change by eliminating massive carbon emissions in a world where the majority of freight is delivered using fossil fuels.
TransForce Group | December 24, 2020
TransForce Group, a leader in the transportation and logistics industry, has purchased the United States Truck Driving School (USTDS) in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado. The sale was finalized October 18, 2021. TransForce Group is majority owned by an affiliate of Palladium Equity Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, and this purchase marks the eleventh acquisition of the TransForce Group under Palladium's ownership.
The recent acquisition of United States Truck Driving School demonstrates our ongoing commitment to solving the driver shortage and to provide meaningful career opportunities for qualified CDL candidates across the country,"
Dennis Cooke, President and CEO of TransForce Group.
The nationally recognized school is a leader in CDL driver training and CDL testing in Colorado. The addition of USTDS, a full-service commercial truck driving school, helps expand TransForce Groups' national footprint, further strengthening the company's commitment to providing innovative solutions to motor carriers.
USTDS will retain its name and become a part of The CDL School, a TransForce Group Company, and will aid in expanding its veteran work placement program, providing CDL training solutions for service members to now include: the Northeast to the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, Pacific Coast, Alaska and Hawaii. Military veterans can use their Post-9/11 GI Bill® for CDL training and access the company's military apprenticeship program while earning a substantial paycheck in their new career as professional truck drivers.
"We are honored and excited to welcome USTDS to the TransForce Group family, said Al Hanley III, Division President at The CDL School, a TransForce Group Company. "USTDS has been a leader in Colorado for more than five decades, and we look forward to combining and leveraging the great strides both companies have made in educating and training the next generation of professional truck drivers."
"Al and his team embody the philosophy that has driven USTDS through the years; they put the student and the driver first. We are pleased that through this partnership, we will continue the great work started by the late Johnny Mauro, founder of USTDS," added Richard Lammers, Owner, and CEO of the United Truck Driving School.
About TransForce Group
TransForce Group is a recognized leader in the transportation and logistics industry offering innovative and integrated, technology-enabled solutions to third-party logistics, private fleets, and trucking companies to accelerate their growth, improve efficiencies and solve organizational demands. From increased driver application flow through digital marketing to full and partial outsourced recruiting capabilities, TransForce Group continues to actively expand and diversify their portfolio ahead of industry trends. The company continues to lead the industry in innovative driver shortage solutions by enrolling new CDL students (many of them veterans) and guiding them from the classroom through their career as a professional driver, boasting an above-industry-average, diverse driver workforce. The company recently and successfully launched TransForce One, a digital network of prequalified, ready-to-work, CDL-licensed drivers matched in real-time with carrier jobs. TransForce Group operates throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additional information about TransForce Group can be found at transforcegroup.com.
About Palladium Equity Partners, LLC
Palladium is a middle market private equity firm with nearly $3 billion in assets under management. The firm seeks to acquire and grow companies in partnership with founders and experienced management teams by providing capital, strategic guidance and operational oversight. Since its founding in 1997, Palladium has made  platform investments and over  [IR to confirm] add-on acquisitions. For more information on Palladium, please visit palladiumequity.com.
About The CDL Schools
The CDL Schools is a full-service Truck Driving School. Founded in 1963, and based in Miami, Florida, The CDL Schools specializes in providing training for individuals to obtain their commercial driver's license. The school also provides vocational training and employment training for individuals who are seeking employment within the ground transportation industry. The CDL Schools is a market leader in its innovative and educational approach. They provide programs that range in length from a few hours to pass an exam (CDL License Training course or 'CLT') to several weeks to obtain employment (certificate/diploma programs). In 2012, the school launched its military hiring program, Troops Into Transportation (T2T). T2T focuses on helping service members and veterans find employment in transportation.
United States Truck Driving School (USTDS)
USTDS was founded in 1958 by John Mauro, a former Indy 500 racecar driver, who founded the truck driving school in response to the rising demand for professional truck drivers. Today, USTDS operates two separate driver training centers in Colorado (Denver and Colorado Springs), utilizes a fleet of 40 modern tractor-trailer rigs, and employs approximately 40 full-time employees.