BNSF to serve new Texas plastics export facility

BNSF Logistics | April 14, 2016

BNSF Railway is building off the success of its very first logistics park after attracting a major plastics shipper at the North Texas operation that will ship exports via California ports.Earlier this month, resin packaging company Packwell announced it would be investing in a new export packaging facility, in tandem with BNSF and industrial developer Hillwood Properties, at the 18,000-acre mixed-use AllianceTexas development outside of Fort Worth.

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For over 40 years, European manufacturers have been designing their supply chains to a trade regime requiring zero tariffs and minimal paperwork. Brexit has the potential to turn this system on its head and for UK manufacturers it poses many challenges. While acting too soon may not make much sense, waiting to see what the future brings is too risky. What manufacturers can do is limit the potential negative consequences by adopting a different approach to strategy; one that considers a number of future scenarios, and questions whether the right systems are in place to cope with any changes.


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SUPPLY CHAIN,TRANSPORTATION

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

Montway Auto | August 02, 2022

The transportation and logistics industry has lagged in the digitalization trend that has modernized other industries. Moving vehicles through the supply chain relies on manual tasks and multiple platforms, offering dealers little sense of where in-transit vehicles are until they arrive at the lot or are checked in at auction. Montway Auto Transport, one of the nation's leading third-party logistics brokerages, launched the Montway Automation Portal (M.A.P.), a digital platform that improves efficiency for both shippers and carriers, enables visibility of inbound and outbound vehicles for better inventory management and helps control or reduce transportation costs. "The challenges keep mounting for dealerships, auctions, rental car companies and other businesses that rely on vehicle movements and our business customers want innovations to help them gain a competitive advantage,The Montway Automation Portal provides the transparency they need to better manage inventories and increase speed to consumers." -Mike Trudeau, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Montway Auto Transport. M.A.P. is built on industry-leading, proprietary technology that leverages market-based pricing and a streamlined transportation management system. Users can enter a VIN or multiple VINs into the portal to receive pricing, book orders and track units in real-time to complete delivery via a user-friendly dashboard. Additionally, M.A.P. offers public tracking links users can share with end customers, on-demand pricing and a centralized location for storing digital records (proof of delivery documents, BOLs, gate passes and photos). "Digitization is a proven way to transform businesses and auto transport is no exception. M.A.P. was designed to modernize and optimize auto transport from creating orders to providing tracking of units through to delivery,Shippers now have real-time access to their transportation data, allowing them to manage inventory as well as understand and control transportation expenses." -Kaye Ceille, President, Business Solutions Group at Montway Auto Transport. For 15 years, Montway has been providing transparency and trust to our customers. This is one more way we deliver for our automotive partners and their customers. To learn more about Montway Auto Transport and M.A.P., please visit www.montway.com and www.montway.com/map. About Montway Auto Transport     Founded in 2007, Montway Auto Transport has grown to be the nation's leading automotive transport company supporting vehicle transport to all 50 states including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Europe – offering extended service hours, 365 days a year.   In addition to a retail division serving the privately-owned vehicle market, Montway has a business solutions sector focused on the automotive logistics needs of enterprises in sales, remarketing, manufacturing, moving and relocation, and finance. Montway Auto Transport sets the industry standard for innovative logistics technologies and customer service.

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SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY,LOGISTICS

AITX's Subsidiary Robotic Assistance Devices Receives Expansion Order of Multiple AVA and TOM Units from Leading Global Logistics Company

Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions, Inc., | July 16, 2022

Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions, Inc., (OTCPK:AITX), announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Robotic Assistance Devices, Inc. (RAD) has received an order for 5 security robots from a top ranked global logistics company. The order is valued in the low six figures, plus recurring revenue after a set period. Although not named due to confidentiality agreements, the Company indicated that the end-user, an existing client, is a global leader in supply chain management & third-party logistics. The order is part of a broad expansion of the client’s proven facility security solution. The 4 AVA autonomous access control security robots and 1 TOM visitor management device are expected to be deployed this summer at one of the client’s end-user’s distribution centers. “This is what scaling and expansion looks like,” said Steve Reinharz, CEO of AITX and RAD. “Four weeks ago, this client placed an identical order with us. This Fortune 500 company knows how well the RAD solutions work, and how much money they save the end-user, and now they’re going big. We expect to see similar roll out orders to continue for the foreseeable future,” Reinharz added. “Every major client of ours, and those in RAD’s sales funnel typically starts slowly, with a single device or two, As they experience the great results, value and savings RAD delivers, we anticipate scaling and broader deployments, just as we’re seeing with this and other clients.” -Mark Folmer, President of RAD The Company also confirmed that with this order for 5 RAD devices, the client’s total number of units deployed and/or on order is 44. The Company expects to receive permission from this client to share its name, RAD device use cases and applications in the coming weeks. According to a recent report by Allied Market Research, the global logistics automation industry was pegged at $49.70 billion in 2020, and is expected to reach $147.38 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 11.9% from 2021 to 2030. The report mentions that "several logistics companies have started to invest in industry 4.0 technologies in order to deal with labor shortages issue, and to fulfill rising demand from e-commerce sector. Companies are adopting autonomous robots." RAD’s parent company AITX has filed for uplisting to the OTCQB. Future announcements will be made regarding the status of the OTCQB application. AVA (Autonomous Verified Access) is a compact and stanchion mountable unit that provides an edge-to-edge 180° field of vision with advanced access control over gates and other controlled points of entry. AVA takes full advantage of the RAD Software Suite providing an ideal solution for logistics and distribution centers, storage yards, parking structures and lots, corporate campuses; anywhere that increased visibility is needed at a fraction of the cost. At ISC West in late March, AVA was named a winner of the 2022 SIA New Products and Solutions Awards in the category of Access Control Software, Hardware, Devices and Peripherals. Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD) is a high-tech start-up that delivers robotics and artificial intelligence-based solutions that empower organizations to gain new insight, solve complex security challenges, and fuel new business ideas at reduced costs. RAD developed its advanced security robot technology from the ground up including circuit board design, and base code development. This allows RAD to have complete control over all design elements, performance, quality, and the user’s experience of all security robots whether SCOT™, ROSA™, Wally™, Wally HSO™, AVA™, ROAMEO™, or RAD Light My Way™. Read about how RAD is reinventing the security services industry by downloading the Autonomous Remote Services Industry Manifesto, and request a copy of the recently published ‘Navigating the New Economy: Jobs & Automation, Challenges & Opportunities’. About Artificial Intelligence Technology Solutions (AITX) AITX is an innovator in the delivery of artificial intelligence-based solutions that empower organizations to gain new insight, solve complex challenges and fuel new business ideas. Through its next-generation robotic product offerings, AITX’s RAD, RAD-M and RAD-G companies help organizations streamline operations, increase ROI, and strengthen business. AITX technology improves the simplicity and economics of patrolling and guard services and allows experienced personnel to focus on more strategic tasks. Customers augment the capabilities of existing staffs and gain higher levels of situational awareness, all at drastically reduced cost. AITX solutions are well suited for use in multiple industries such as enterprises, government, transportation, critical infrastructure, education, and healthcare. To learn more, visit www.aitx.ai, stevereinharz.com, www.radsecurity.com and www.radlightmyway.com, or follow Steve Reinharz on Twitter @SteveReinharz.

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LOGISTICS

Q&L Industrial Services to Support Logistics Processes with Infor

Infor | July 06, 2022

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced that Q&L Industrial Services, a third-party logistics (3PL) provider headquartered in Slovakia, is migrating to the Infor WMS warehouse management cloud solution to improve performance of stock operations. Q&L expects the new system to provide additional benefits in speed and accuracy for its customers. With its current system, Q&L got to a vendor-lock situation with long lead times while needing to improve flexibility quickly with the current volatile and unpredictable markets. The Infor cloud solution will provide a complete, functional system with faster implementation and time to value. Q&L is planning the initial Infor WMS go-live at a pilot warehouse in mid-summer. The next big warehouse deployment will follow in the autumn. Infor WMS will cover all processes from receiving and put-away to picking, loading, and shipping. The company also is going to integrate Infor WMS with its AGV (automated guided vehicles) systems. "We were looking for an easily scalable and flexible system that can be customized by ourselves, Infor WMS provides the necessary scalability and implementation speed we need for adding new customers. We also appreciate its ability to smoothly integrate with existing logistics systems and operations." -Štefan Homza, CEO of Q&L Industrial Services About Q&L Industrial Services Q&L is a third-party logistics (3PL) provider with a fully integrated and personalized range of services. The group offers robust, stable and predictable customer solutions including preliminary analysis and guarantees 100% match during execution, when responsibility for daily operations is handed over to the team of experts. The group with more than €30 million annual revenues includes four companies and employs more than 800 qualified people. Visit https://www.qlis.eu/#home About Infor Infor is a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. We develop complete solutions for our focus industries, including industrial manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, food & beverage, automotive, aerospace & defense, and high tech. Infor's mission-critical enterprise applications and services are designed to deliver sustainable operational advantages with security and faster time to value. We are obsessed with delivering successful business outcomes for customers. Over 60,000 organizations in more than 175 countries rely on Infor's 17,000 employees to help achieve their business goals. As a Koch company, our financial strength, ownership structure, and long-term view empower us to foster enduring, mutually beneficial relationships with our customers. Visit www.infor.com.

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TRANSPORTATION

ButcherJoseph Advised Smith Transport, Inc. on Its Sale to Heartland Express Inc.

ButcherJoseph & Co. | June 09, 2022

ButcherJoseph & Co. (“ButcherJoseph”) advised Smith Transport, Inc. (“Smith” or the “Company”), an asset-based truckload carrier headquartered in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, on its sale to Heartland Express, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTLD) (“Heartland”). The transaction closed in June of 2022. Heartland acquired 100% of the equity of Smith and related companies for a cash-free, debt-free enterprise value of approximately $170 million. Smith was an S corporation for tax purposes, and the transaction included an election under Section 338(h)(10) of the Internal Revenue Code, resulting in tax deduction benefits over periods of one to fifteen years. The purchase agreement contains customary terms and conditions. The Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania property was acquired from its owners in a separate transaction for $14 million in cash and includes both the trucking terminal and 375,000 square feet of warehouse space that is leased to tenants. Barry Smith, Smith’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus, added, Building Smith Transport has been my life’s work, and I could not have found a better home than Heartland for the Smith family. They offer us long-term stability and the opportunity to grow as part of an industry leader, while retaining our own culture and identity. I look forward to being part of the team to ensure a smooth transition. “As an employee-owned company, our goal was to find the best value and the best home for our people for years to come. We had long thought Heartland was a great fit because of their regional presence, respect for professional drivers, and unsurpassed customer service that mirrors our own philosophies. With the ability to pay cash and invest in our headquarters, and the desire for Smith to remain an independent brand operated by the same people, the choice was clear. I’m excited to work with Mike Gerdin and the Heartland team to make this a success for everyone.” -Todd Smith, Smith’s President ButcherJoseph Managing Partner Joe Strycharz commented, “We’re delighted to have been able to advise Smith Transport in a transaction that met the Company’s strategic objective to remain an independent brand operated by the same people who helped build the company and its culture. The team conducted a thorough process to identify the right buyer and negotiate terms that met the needs of the employee stakeholders involved. Like Heartland, Smith is a dynamic company driven by a commitment to excellence. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and look forward to the continued growth and future success of both Smith and Heartland.” About Smith Transport Founded in 1982, Smith Transport, Inc. is an asset-based truckload carrier headquartered in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, with terminal locations in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Indiana. Smith primarily provides dry van transportation and other specialized services in the eastern United States. Smith’s customer base includes many Fortune 500 companies including expedited transportation integrators, retailers, beverage manufacturers, and home supply companies, several of whom have been customers for over 20 years. Smith operates a fleet of approximately 850 company tractors, with an average age of less than three years, and approximately 2,000 dry van trailers. The modern fleet is not expected to require any out of cycle investment. About Heartland Express Heartland Express, Inc. is an irregular route truckload carrier based in North Liberty, Iowa, serving customers with shipping lanes throughout the United States. Heartland focuses on medium to short haul regional freight, offering shippers industry-leading on-time service so they can achieve their strategic goals for their customers. Since its initial public offering in 1986, Heartland has grown from approximately $20 million in revenue to one of North America’s largest, most profitable, and best capitalized truckload carriers. Heartland has been recognized 18 times by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 200 Best Small Companies in America, 17 times as one of the Best Truckload Carriers in America by Logistics Management Magazine, and as one of America’s Most Trusted Companies by Newsweek Magazine in 2022. About ButcherJoseph & Co. ButcherJoseph & Co. is a boutique investment banking firm specializing in ESOPs, mergers and acquisitions, private debt & capital sourcing and valuation advisory services for middle market companies. Its industry recognized team of professionals has executed 200+ transactions exceeding $15 billion in total value. ButcherJoseph is headquartered in St. Louis with a presence in Washington, DC and offices in Chicago, Charlotte, Scottsdale, and Nashville. Advisors Scudder Law Firm, P.C., L.L.O. served as merger and acquisition transaction and legal advisor to Heartland, while Utz & Lattan, LLC served as Heartland’s special ESOP counsel. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP served as transaction counsel and McGuireWoods served as special counsel to Smith. Moore & Van Allen PLLC served as counsel to the ESOP trustee.

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For over 40 years, European manufacturers have been designing their supply chains to a trade regime requiring zero tariffs and minimal paperwork. Brexit has the potential to turn this system on its head and for UK manufacturers it poses many challenges. While acting too soon may not make much sense, waiting to see what the future brings is too risky. What manufacturers can do is limit the potential negative consequences by adopting a different approach to strategy; one that considers a number of future scenarios, and questions whether the right systems are in place to cope with any changes.

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