Lineage Logistics | August 13, 2020
Over the past 18 months, Lineage Logistics has finalized 10 acquisitions spanning 24 locations in the U.S. according to an announcement Tuesday. Some of the assets have already been integrated into Lineage Logistics' network, while the remainder will be integrated by the end of the year. The acquisitions, which encompass 5.5 million square feet and 153 million cubic feet of capacity, focus on adding "capacity and services in key markets," Greg Lehmkuhl, president and CEO of Lineage Logistics, said in a statement. They include Southern Cold Storage facilities in Gadsen, Alabama, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Allied Frozen Storage locations in upstate New York; Western Distribution Services locations in Washington State and a location at the Port of Seattle, among others. Lineage’s recent acquisition spree "is in response to growing demand for cold storage, which is supported by strong population growth, changing consumer food preferences and increasing demand for the services of third-party logistics providers as the food supply chain becomes increasingly complex," according to the release.
FreightWaves | August 04, 2020
EKA Solutions, Inc., provider of a cloud-based integrated freight management ecosystem platform, dFEMX™, and cloud-based end-to-end supply chain Omni-TMS™ platform for carriers, brokers and shippers announced today a strategic channel partner collaboration with FreightWaves. The strategic collaboration will offer SONAR data visualization tools for brokers, carriers, and shippers with forward-looking analytics on freight movements including rates, volumes, and market dynamics."EKA is excited to work with FreightWaves, the global leader for freight market analytics and forecasts. We are seeking to offer a seamless user experience where EKA users can simultaneously access SONAR products through EKA Omni-TMS™ platform and use it seamlessly to make pricing decisions. The goal is to increase EKA customer productivity and improve profitable decision making," said JJ Singh, Founder, Investor and CEO of EKA Solutions, Inc.
inVia Robotics | March 25, 2021
Cargo Cove has selected inVia's AI-driven optimization platform to facilitate digital transformation in its Jacksonville, Florida plant, according to inVia Robotics, the developer of the next generation of warehouse automation systems for e-commerce. Cargo Cove will use inVia's phased automation approach, first implementing the inVia PickMate application to guide staff along the most reliable route through the warehouse to take items from inventory to pack out. Later this year, they will introduce inVia Picker autonomous mobile robots to support current labor and improve efficiency and accuracy rates even more.
Cargo Cove is a full-service logistics provider that offers everything from same-day shipping to reverse logistics. The exponential growth of e-commerce, which was increasing at a rate of 12 percent per year before COVID and is now estimated to add about $100 billion more than previous projections per year through 2023, has generated unparalleled demand for third-party logistics. It has intensified Cargo Cove's initiative to incorporate advanced technology such as inVia into its operations, enabling it to provide detailed insights and optimize efficiency to its e-commerce customers.
The initial implementation of inVia Logic Cargo Cove would benefit instantly from proprietary algorithms that evaluate optimum product positioning and dynamic labor assignments. AI is used to map a customer's warehouse to determine the most optimal routes for transporting items through the fulfillment process, as well as the best worker for each job. Workers can use inVia PickMate's intuitive interface on current handhelds to be guided step-by-step across these paths to pick correct items for order bins. This means that all resources are used to their maximum potential and are expected to double productivity over manual processes.
"inVia's system will double Cargo Cove's warehouse workers' productivity with the introduction of inVia PickMate and then quadruple productivity with the addition of inVia Picker robots," said Lior Elazary, chief executive officer and co-founder of inVia Robotics. "Our phased approach is ideal for 3PLs, letting them adopt new technology at their own pace across their brands and incrementally increase efficiencies over time."
Cargo Cove will be able to pay only for the resources they use in each process due to inVia's robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) model, which will keep investment targeted and provide a faster ROI. Adding new modules, such as inVia Picker robot automation, would be seamless and eliminate the need for further integration with their warehouse management system.
"It's critical that we continually incorporate the latest warehouse innovation into our operation. It gives us a competitive edge because it gives our customers one," said Robert McFaul, chief executive officer of Cargo Cove. "We wanted smart technology that could optimize our buildings and our people so we can keep our pledge to simplify and automate for our customers. inVia was an easy choice. They simplify and automate for us."
About inVia Robotics
inVia Robotics is a Southern California robotics company founded in 2015 that provides the next generation of warehouse automation solutions. inVia is the developer of the first economical goods-to-person solution offered as "Robotics-as-a-Service". inVia is powering the future of warehouse productivity without disrupting the ecosystem of a business's operations.