APICS: Supply chains and S&OP must work together

supplychaindive | October 24, 2017

Supply chain managers know that better inventory management, better customer service and shorter lead times are often the fruits of a well-run supply chain. But there isn't a lot of talk about how to do that but the APICS 2017 conference in San Antonio last week highlighted the well-run supply chain specifically. Supply chains aren’t really just an industry unto themselves; they’re part of an integrated whole. They service a specific function within the whirring machine that is a business. By looking at the supply chain in this holistic way, one can identify departments that overlap and find new ways to help them work better together, all the while while cutting costs and increasing revenue in the long run. A big theme at APICS involved exhorting supply chain managers to communicate with sales and operations (S&OP) teams and view the two departments collectively supply chain and S&OP as a coordinated unit, in order to make supply chains more efficient and intentional.

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Einride | May 21, 2022

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These build outs of the Saga UI experience via new apps and a new API (application programming interface) developer platform, in addition to presenting what is possible for the future of Einride’s hardware, further underline the company’s deepening offering of freight mobility solutions for customers. “By offering these latest product offerings with Saga and showcasing our latest designs for future electric freight hardware, we are able to tap into an even larger potential to help shippers transition towards electric and being able to cost competitively reach their sustainability goals, We’re looking at almost an entire sector that is still non-electric, and we want to speed up this transition by proactively seeking out what the future needs of the growing electric, autonomous shipping industry will be and creating the necessary solutions.” -Robert Falck, Founder and CEO of Einride. First of its kind electric semi-trailer: the Einride Trailer Hardware designs for an all-new Einride Trailer, an electric road semi-trailer powered by Saga were unveiled as a solution to optimize fleet utilization and the total cost of operations. Designed for seamless integration with Einride electric and autonomous vehicles for optimal performance, the trailer will also be compatible with conventional electric semi-trucks. Enabled by Saga, the Einride Trailer will provide AI based insights into the cargo being transported by providing real-time data across key touch points including loading route planning, fill rates, cargo monitoring and preventative maintenance. An extended range of up to 650 km on a single charge will be possible with all-new Einride 320 kwh batteries that will be incorporated with the Einride Trailer production. The designs will continue further iterations, with plans to have production for initial piloting complete in 2023. Einride Saga’s powering of electric fleets continues to expand Saga’s all-encompassing digital platform features a suite of powerful apps for end-to-end electric and autonomous freight and was originally launched in 2021 in conjunction with the official Einride U.S. expansion. Today marked the first time an expanded and revised UI of the first original apps, Evolve, Explore, Book and Orchestrate, were showcased. Existing and new customers will have access to these latest features starting in October of this year. Evolve: generates plans to electrification and automation by identifying electrification sweet spots and defining potential environmental impact Explore: visualizes data across cost insights, fill rates, CO2 emissions, and more Book: tracks shipments from creation to final delivery and can be integrated with shippers current order management system Orchestrate: bridges communications between automated transport planning and human interaction to ensure the entire network of electric trucks and chargers are displayed in real time. An API developer platform, Einride Extend, allowing access and scalable adoption of Einride’s software to a larger ecosystem of shippers was also unveiled, in addition to sneak peeks of three additional apps – Deliver, Dock, Own. Einride Extend: the API developer platform will make use of Saga's models, data and intelligence available across open-source software. An alpha version of the Book API will be the first available offering on the platform, opening up a scalable way to order transport via Einride Saga. The platform will be available at the end of 2022 to existing customers. Deliver, Dock and Own: further app features across driver instructions, connections between shipping terminals and profitability monitoring will be introduced in future platform updates. Apps will be officially released in 2023. Inaugural Einride Mesh celebrates collaboration across tech, sustainability and culture Einride Mesh 2022, hosted in Gothenburg, Sweden and streamed globally, was the first of a new annual event hosted by Einride celebrating the movers and shakers across tech, sustainability and culture. The day featured programming to encourage learning, networking and discussions, featuring keynotes from renowned entrepreneurs and innovators such as Olympian Nils van der Poel and leaders from other sustainable brands, X Shore, Heart Aerospace, Mimbly and CAKE, along with others. Full demos of the latest Einride products were also showcased by Einride leadership team members across Product and Tech. “Our goal with the inaugural Einride Mesh was simple: create a platform for thought leaders to come together and share how we can create a better future, regardless of what industry we sit in, To see leaders, students, investors and culture influencers gather together is a true testament to the impact that is possible for creating sustainable futures when wider audiences collaborate together.” -Linnéa Kornehed, co-founder and CMO of Einride. To learn more about Einride please visit https://www.einride.tech/. For shippers or developers working with road freight and interested in finding out more about Saga and applying for early access, visit www.einride.tech/saga. About Einride Einride is a leading freight technology company providing digital, electric, and autonomous shipping. It was founded in 2016 and became the world’s first company to operate an autonomous, electric freight vehicle on a public road in 2019. Einride´s award-winning technology and products enable users to execute on electrification and automation, order and track shipments, oversee routes and assignments, visualize data and gain insights. For more information, please visit einride.tech.

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Montway Auto Transport Announces Enhanced Visibility of the Automotive Supply Chain with New Digital Platform

Montway Auto | August 02, 2022

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GXO Partners with Sente Foundry to Accelerate Logistics Innovation

GXO Logistics | May 17, 2022

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Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. Announces Preliminary Results of its Self-Tender Offer

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc | June 20, 2022

Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULH) announced the preliminary results of its modified "Dutch auction" tender offer to repurchase up to 100,000 shares of its outstanding common stock, which expired at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Based on the preliminary count by Computershare Trust Company, N.A. ("Computershare"), the depositary for the tender offer, approximately 164,189 shares were properly tendered and not properly withdrawn at or below the expected final purchase price of $28.00 per share, including shares that were tendered through notices of guaranteed delivery. In accordance with the terms and conditions of the tender offer, the Company expects to acquire 164,189 shares at a final purchase price of $28.00 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $4.6 million. These shares represent approximately 0.62% of the Company's issued and outstanding shares as of May 12, 2022. The total amount of shares expected to be purchased in the tender offer includes the Company's right to increase the tender offer by up to two percent of the Company's outstanding shares and also includes a total of 5,000 shares tendered by Mr. H.E. "Scott" Wolfe, a director of the Company. The determination of the final number of shares to be purchased and the final price per share is subject to confirmation by Computershare of the proper delivery of the shares validly tendered and not withdrawn. The number of shares to be purchased and the price per share are preliminary and are subject to verification by Computershare and subject to change for a number of reasons, including if some or all of the shares tendered through notices of guaranteed delivery are not delivered within the applicable two trading day settlement period. The actual number of shares to be purchased and the final price per share will be announced following the expiration of the guaranteed delivery period and completion of the confirmation process by Computershare. The final results are not expected to be announced until at least June 21, 2022. Promptly after the announcement, Computershare will issue payment for the shares validly tendered and accepted for payment under the tender offer and will return shares tendered and not purchased in the tender offer. The Company may purchase additional shares in the future in the open market subject to market conditions and through private transactions, tender offers or otherwise. Under applicable securities laws, however, the Company may not repurchase any shares until June 30, 2022. Whether the Company makes additional repurchases in the future will depend on many factors, including the number of shares purchased in this tender offer, its business and financial performance and situation, the business and market conditions at the time, including the price of the shares, and other factors the Company considers relevant. The Company has retained Georgeson LLC as the information agent for the tender offer. All questions regarding the tender offer should be directed to the information agent at 866-695-6074 (toll free). About Universal Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. is a holding company that, through its consolidated subsidiaries, is a leading asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions throughout the United States, and in Mexico, Canada, and Colombia. The Company's operating subsidiaries offer customers a broad array of services across their entire supply chain, including truckload, brokerage, intermodal, dedicated, and value-added services.

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