Talking Point: Retail end of supply chain raking in profit

Mercury | August 02, 2016

FOR years, Australian supermarkets have been among the most profitable in the world. However, their willingness to gouge consumers for wider margins and extra profits is starting to come home to roost.

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Cincinnati teams gathered at Ivy Pointe headquarters for the first TQL Summer games. Teams competed in volleyball, the dunk tank, adult big-wheel, archery and the hurdles. Congrats to team MVH who brought home the gold with a time of 1 minute 26 seconds, followed by team Manuel for the silver with a time of 1 minute 27 seconds, and team Bailey who brought home the bronze with a time of 1 minute 32 seconds.

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Cincinnati teams gathered at Ivy Pointe headquarters for the first TQL Summer games. Teams competed in volleyball, the dunk tank, adult big-wheel, archery and the hurdles. Congrats to team MVH who brought home the gold with a time of 1 minute 26 seconds, followed by team Manuel for the silver with a time of 1 minute 27 seconds, and team Bailey who brought home the bronze with a time of 1 minute 32 seconds.

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Körber acquires enVista's omnichannel Enspire Commerce™ platform and global Freight Audit and Payment service

Körber | July 25, 2022

Körber has signed a definitive agreement to purchase enVista's Enspire Commerce™ platform and its Freight Audit and Payment (FAP) service. enVista's capabilities expand Körber's portfolio to enable businesses to deliver upon ever-increasing consumer expectations in today's highly competitive omnichannel landscape. Meeting today's consumer expectations requires digitization and integrated processes from order capture through to final delivery. With this acquisition, Kӧrber becomes a single, global provider of omnichannel commerce, fulfillment and transportation software. By combining Kӧrber's unique depth of software with enVista, organizations have a simple, compelling means of aligning and digitizing commerce and supply chain operations end-to-end. "Körber is the trusted fulfillment and distribution technology partner for thousands of organizations worldwide, Acquiring enVista's commerce platform enables our customers to manage the life cycle of the order from multiple demand sources and network-wide inventory. The freight audit and payment service provides a single source of transportation visibility and tracking typically not available in ERP or TMS solutions. This, with the addition of enVista CEO Jim Barnes and 400 commerce and transportation experts, furthers our ambition to be a global supply chain software champion through an integrated solution suite." -Chad Collins CEO Software, Körber Business Area Supply Chain. enVista's Order Management System (OMS), part of the Enspire Commerce platform, enables order visibility across channels and actionable data. These capabilities are heightened when used in tandem with Kӧrber's fulfillment solutions. As a result, customer demands are met in real time. Furthermore, the microservices-based, API-first, headless architecture enables rapid integration and scale – once again bolstered when integrated with Kӧrber's cloud-based solutions. The full functionality of enVista's Enspire Commerce platform goes beyond OMS. It spans order orchestration, enterprise inventory availability, store fulfillment, customer care, dropship, marketplaces, subscriptions, product information management (PIM), point of sale/mobile point of sale (POS/mPOS), mobile fulfillment and shipment experience management. enVista's FAP service will complement the business' OMS and WMS capabilities to provide unparalleled new levels of last-mile profitability, control, intelligence and customer experience. By providing a single source of transportation visibility while simultaneously optimizing and governing transportation spend, enVista and Körber empower tomorrow's supply chains to fully unlock the value of their transportation activities. "Leading retailers, distributors and brands realize commerce and supply chain solutions must integrate and digitize, Our next-generation omnichannel commerce and FAP solutions, combined with Körber's order fulfillment capabilities, deliver the seamless omnichannel brand experiences consumers expect. Körber's global sales, implementation and support capabilities will strengthen enVista offerings, providing new levels of value, competitive advantage and market momentum. I look forward to bringing my 30 years of experience in supply chain and commerce to the team." -Jim Barnes, CEO at enVista. enVista is one of "Seven Providers That Matter Most" in the Forrester 2021 OMS Wave Report. They are consistently named in the Gartner Market Guides for FAP Providers and DOM Solutions. Kӧrber's WMS has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems a 4th consecutive year. Körber's global reach will increase with enVista's significant presence in North America, the UK, India and APAC. This announcement follows KKR's acquisition of a significant minority stake in Körber's supply chain software business in March 2022. Learn more here. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. About Körber Business Area Supply Chain Supply chains are growing more complex by the day. Körber uniquely provides a broad range of proven, end-to-end supply chain solutions fitting any business size, strategy or appetite for growth. Our customers conquer the complexity of the supply chain thanks to our portfolio that includes software, automation, mail and parcel solutions, voice solutions, robotics and material handling – plus the expertise to tie it all together. Körber helps to manage the supply chain as a competitive advantage. Conquer supply chain complexity – with Körber. The Business Area Supply Chain is part of the global technology group Körber, an international technology group with about 12,000 employees and more than 100 locations worldwide. Find out more on www.koerber-supplychain.com About enVista enVista is a global software, consulting, managed services and automation firm, optimizing and transforming physical and digital commerce for the world's leading manufacturers, distributors, 3PLs/LSPs, and omnichannel retailers. enVista uniquely optimizes and transforms physical and digital commerce – optimizing supply chain efficiencies to drive cost savings, and unifying commerce to drive customer engagement and revenue. These comprehensive capabilities, combined with enVista's market-leading Unified Commerce Platform, Enspire Commerce and the firm's ability to consult, implement and operate across supply chain, transportation, IT, enterprise business solutions and omnichannel commerce, allows mid-market and Fortune 100/5000 companies to leverage enVista as a trusted advisor across their enterprises. Consulting and solutions delivery are in our DNA. Let's have a conversation™. www.envistacorp.com

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FedEx and Aurora Expand Autonomous Commercial Linehaul Trucking Pilot in Texas Ahead of Schedule

Aurora Innovation, Inc. | May 19, 2022

Aurora Innovation, Inc. (NASDAQ: AUR) and FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) announced the expansion of their pilot program to autonomously move FedEx shipments on an additional commercial lane in Texas. In March 2022, Aurora's next-generation autonomous trucks – based on the new Peterbilt 579 – began to transport FedEx shipments between Aurora’s new terminals in Fort Worth and El Paso. Aurora is making the 600-mile trip on a weekly basis with safety drivers on board and expects to increase the frequency of trips in the coming months. Aurora continues to move shipments for FedEx between Aurora’s South Dallas terminal and its new Houston terminal on a daily basis. Progress and momentum: FedEx and Aurora pilot snapshot Since the commercial pilot began in September 2021, Aurora’s deliveries of FedEx shipments between Dallas and Houston have been 100% on time. With each trip, the Aurora Driver (Aurora’s self-driving technology product) is providing thousands of FedEx customers with packages that were autonomously transported. Aurora moves trailers for FedEx during various weather conditions and all hours of the day and night, optimizing fleet utilization. Aurora completed daily hauls during the 2021 peak Holiday season, the busiest time of year for FedEx. To date, the companies have completed 60,000 miles with zero safety incidents. Aurora’s performance throughout this pilot demonstrates the value proposition autonomous trucking offers for transportation and logistics providers as the company works toward the commercial launch of its autonomous trucks. In light of the headwinds facing the logistics industry – ranging from increasing demand for the quick transportation of shipments to a challenging labor market – the Aurora Driver, when integrated into existing linehaul operations, has potential to provide a reliable, efficient linehaul solution to help address such industry concerns. Innovation is in our DNA – our culture drives us to think radically and differently, finding new ways to use technology to enhance safety, improve our operations, empower our team members and help our customers succeed,” said Rebecca Yeung, Corporate Vice President, Operations Science & Advanced Technology, FedEx Corporation. Aurora has been a like-minded collaborator, helping us learn from and grow our autonomous trucking solutions. We look forward to our continued work together as we test further integration of autonomous technology into our operations to build a collaborative, robust network of solutions to respond to growing customer demand. “Some time ago, I was asked why the general public should care about autonomous trucking. This is why. In six months of working with FedEx, we’ve safely, reliably, and efficiently transported packages for tens of thousands of FedEx customers, This lane expansion came ahead of schedule and we’re delighted to continue building the future of trucking with one of the country’s biggest and most important transportation companies.” -Sterling Anderson, Aurora Co-founder and Chief Product Officer. FedEx Corporation’s Rebecca Yeung and Aurora’s Sterling Anderson will also be speaking about how autonomous trucks can transform logistics and the movement of goods later today at TechCrunch Mobility Summit. About Aurora Aurora (Nasdaq: AUR) is delivering the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly to make transportation safer, increasingly accessible, and more reliable and efficient than ever before. The Aurora Driver is a self-driving system designed to operate multiple vehicle types, from freight-hauling semi-trucks to ride-hailing passenger vehicles, and underpins Aurora Horizon and Aurora Connect, its driver-as-a-service products for trucking and ride-hailing. Aurora is partnered with industry leaders across the transportation ecosystem, including Toyota, FedEx, Volvo Trucks, PACCAR, Uber, Uber Freight, U.S. Xpress, Werner, and Covenant. To learn more, visit www.aurora.tech. About FedEx FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenue of $92 billion, the company offers integrated business solutions through operating companies competing collectively, operating collaboratively and innovating digitally under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its nearly 600,000 team members to remain focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. FedEx is committed to connecting people and possibilities around the world responsibly and resourcefully, with a goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2040. To learn more, please visit about.fedex.com.

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GLS US Launches New Website to Enhance Customer Experience

GLS US | July 13, 2022

GLS US, a full-service logistics provider specializing in parcel and freight delivery services to states across the Western US, announced that it launched a redesigned version of its website. Featuring an entirely new layout and new site feature with improved technology that offers a range of benefits for users. Furthermore, its refreshed look and feel will help GLS US maintain its position as a leader in the logistics industry across the Western United States.Of the company's announcement, "Website technology improves every year across dozens of industries, and it was simply a no-brainer for GLS US to harness these innovations to enhance the company's existing services—and prove to customers that we are the best option for them to choose from. We've implemented a series of improvements with this redesign that allow us to better serve them, including better communication resources that will improve our ability to resolve customer and technical support requests. Moving forward, GLS US aims to implement upgrades like these to increase our brand recognition and become a household name in the shipping industry." -GLS US Chief Technology Officer Matt Giarratani. The company's updated website offers various state-of-the-art features for a secure, reliable customer experience. Shipping page: In this section, visitors can do everything they need to enjoy a seamless shipping experience without ever talking to a sales person. Options include a shipping rate and time calculator, label creation, a drop box locator, time-in-transit maps, pickup scheduling, and more. Tracking page: Customers who've already sent a package or are expecting a delivery can review its location with this simple tool. By providing their tracking number, visitors can trace progress for both parcel and freight shipments. Solutions page: Companies interested in partnering with GLS US can examine its various shipping solutions here, from government to law firm integrations to specialized wine shipping solutions. Support page: GLS US customers can log into their account at any time to track their packages, schedule pickups, calculate rates/transit times, and more. Additionally, they may reach out to the company via its chat support feature to resolve issues. We couldn't be prouder to present this digital transformation to our clients," said company President Steven Bergan. For any shipping need, there truly isn't a better resource on the market than GLS US. About GLS US: GLS US is a shipping company that provides parcel and freight delivery throughout nine states in the West. Its services include Priority, Ground, and Freight delivery.

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