DHL white paper makes the case for “plug and play” supply chains

DHL Supply Chain | November 23, 2016

A third of companies are operating more than 10 supply chains – leading to “high costs, waste and reduced agility – according to a new white paper from DHL Supply Chain.“The Plug-and-Play supply chain: Beyond efficiency to growth” is a white paper by Lisa Harrington, President of the lharrington group LLC, that was commissioned by DHL to identify a path forward for businesses that want to streamline supply chain operations and deliver growth.The white paper argues that the solution lies in the “Plug and Play” approach that standardizes 70-80% of supply chain operations at the core of a business. The balance then consists of tailored solutions to meet a segments’ specific market needs.

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J.B. Hunt, Waymo Add Wayfair to Autonomous Trucking Pilot in Texas

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc | June 29, 2022

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT), one of the largest supply chain solutions providers in North America, and Waymo, the leading autonomous driving technology developer, announced the latest development in their collaboration on autonomous trucking technology will include a pilot delivering goods for J.B. Hunt customer Wayfair, one of the world’s largest destinations for the home. The latest pilot will span six-plus weeks during July and August and take place along the I-45 corridor between Houston and Dallas, the location of J.B. Hunt and Waymo’s original pilot nearly one year ago. It will be the first in-depth transportation of home furnishings retail freight between J.B. Hunt and Waymo Via (the company’s autonomous Class 8 trucking unit powered by the Waymo Driver™ technology). “Real-time testing with customers like Wayfair is critical to making autonomous freight movement a viable solution in the future, Every supply chain is unique, so it’s important that customers can work alongside J.B. Hunt and Waymo to ensure that advanced autonomous technology will create capacity that meets their needs. Through shared experiences, technology integration and innovative thinking, autonomous technology can help us advance J.B. Hunt’s mission to create the most efficient transportation network in North America.” -Craig Harper, chief sustainability officer and executive vice president at J.B. Hunt Throughout the multi-week pilot, J.B. Hunt, Waymo and Wayfair will monitor and evaluate data relating to delivery logistics, loading and unloading freight, autonomous performance, and factors influencing the overall driving and non-driving experience. The pilot will use J.B. Hunt 360°® technology to automate several processes such as check calls and transactions to improve driving efficiency. Autonomous specialists - a commercially licensed driver and a software technician – will be in the cab for the duration of each trip to monitor the Waymo Driver’s operations. Expanding our alliance with J.B. Hunt and beginning to move freight together for Wayfair is an exciting next step toward applying the Waymo Driver technology to commercial goods delivery,” said John Verdon, trucking lead, business development and partnerships at Waymo. “We couldn’t be more delighted to work alongside companies who share our innovative spirit and excitement for what autonomous driving technology can mean for the trucking industry. Following a successful pilot in 2021, J.B. Hunt and Waymo extended their collaboration earlier this year with a long-term vision to complete the first fully autonomous commercial freight transport. During the pilot, more than 862,000 pounds of freight were moved, with no accidents and 100% on-time pick-up and delivery. This will be Wayfair’s first large-scale, hands-on experience using Level 4 autonomous vehicle technology to transport freight. Wayfair is the destination for all things home: helping everyone, anywhere create their feeling of home. Offering a wide selection of over 33 million products from more than 23,000 suppliers, expert customer service and a seamless, omnichannel shopping experience, Wayfair makes it quick and easy for customers to shop for their homes. “At Wayfair, innovation is at the core of everything we do, and this pilot with J.B. Hunt and Waymo is a great example of this, We’re excited to continue our work with J.B. Hunt and their willingness to collaborate with us on this autonomous commercial vehicle test as a part of our overall strategy to evolve our logistics strategies and end-to-end supply chain solutions.” -Sean Halligan, Wayfair’s chief global supply chain officer. As part of their long-term collaboration, J.B. Hunt and Waymo are exploring technology integration opportunities with J.B. Hunt 360. For example, the J.B. Hunt 360box® drop-and-hook freight program that includes more than 12,000 available trailers has the potential to provide a near-term, efficient solution for shippers that would make autonomous driving technology available in the digital freight marketplace for the first time. Waymo’s impressive experience building autonomous driving technology spans more than a decade, having driven over 20 million miles on public roads and 20 billion miles in simulation. J.B. Hunt operates one of the largest company-owned fleets in the U.S. complemented by an industry-leading multimodal freight marketplace in J.B. Hunt 360. Driven by its talented workforce, industry-leading technology and capacity-driven solutions, J.B. Hunt continues to advance its mission to create the most efficient transportation network in North America. About J.B. Hunt J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc., an S&P 500 company, provides innovative supply chain solutions for a variety of customers throughout North America. Utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach, the company applies technology-driven methods to create the best solution for each customer, adding efficiency, flexibility, and value to their operations. J.B. Hunt services include intermodal, dedicated, refrigerated, truckload, less-than-truckload, flatbed, single source, final mile, and more. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. stock trades on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol JBHT and is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average. J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of JBHT. For more information, visit www.jbhunt.com. About Waymo Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Since our start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on building, deploying, and commercializing The World’s Most Experienced Driver™ technology to improve the world's access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. The Waymo Driver powers Waymo One™, the world's first fully autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as Waymo Via™, our trucking and local delivery service. To date, Waymo has autonomously driven tens of millions of miles on public roads and tens of billions of miles in simulation, across 13+ U.S. states. For more: www.waymo.com.

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Transfix Appoints First-Ever Chief Product Officer Tony Tzeng to Continue Digital Transformation of the Supply Chain

Transfix, Inc | August 12, 2022

Transfix, Inc. ("Transfix"), the Intelligent Freight Platform™, today announced Tony Tzeng has joined as the company's first-ever Chief Product Officer. He will lead product strategy, execution, and innovation serving shippers and carriers across the Transfix portfolio. Tzeng's expertise is in enterprise AI, and he joins Transfix from UiPath, a leading enterprise automation software vendor, where he served as VP of Product Management for AI products. Prior to that he served as Principal Lead Product Manager at Microsoft. "When your goal is to revolutionize the supply chain, you need big thinkers, innovators and operators who make it a reality for your customers. Tony is one of those executives who has it all, His experience driving product and platform strategies, coupled with his AI and ML expertise, will help to accelerate our vision of delivering an Intelligent Freight Platform that powers modern, reliable, and resilient supply chain performance at scale" -Lily Shen, CEO and President of Transfix. Tzeng brings 20 years of product and strategy development experience. Most recently, at UiPath, he oversaw the full product life cycle from assessing product/market fit to incubation, product vision, roadmap, launch, and acceleration. While leading the product division for AI-driven automations and a Machine Learning operations platform, he launched new products and grew the portfolio to multi-million dollar businesses that are now growth engines and differentiators for UiPath. At Microsoft, he led the product team developing cloud and AI solutions for next-gen virtual customer service, giving AI bots groundbreaking levels of accessibility. He also incubated enterprise AI solutions as part of AI+ Research, leading product teams that contributed useful features to well-known software like Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Office. Tzeng also held senior-level positions at McKinsey & Company and Deloitte Consulting. Transfix has all the pieces for an iconic success story– talented and passionate people, outstanding engineering practices, a data-driven product suite, and a winning corporate culture,said Tzeng.I'm proud to be a part of that story, and I look forward to creating a smarter, more sustainable future for freight. Tzeng earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Stanford University and his Masters of Business Administration with Honors at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. As announced on September 21, 2021, Transfix has entered into a definitive business combination agreement, as subsequently amended, with G Squared Ascend I Inc. ("G Squared Ascend I") (NYSE: GSQD), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by affiliates of G Squared, that is expected to result in Transfix becoming a publicly listed company. Completion of the business combination is subject to customary closing conditions. About Transfix Transfix drives modern supply chain impact at scale with its Intelligent Freight Platform™. By combining enterprise-grade, machine-learning technology with intuitive software and dedicated supply chain experts, Transfix is enabling organizations to deliver with high performance and high reliability, drive long-term strategy and capacity planning, take empty miles off the road, and optimize their networks, at scale. Today, Transfix connects shippers to nearly 30,000 carriers with real-time, many-to-many freight matching and the visibility they need to make their supply chains more efficient and environmentally responsible. Learn more at Transfix.io. About G Squared G Squared is a global venture capital firm that partners with dynamic companies throughout their life cycles as a complete capital solutions provider, working to create value for companies, investors, employees, and other stakeholders. The firm focuses on investments in growth-stage technology companies and has invested in over 100 portfolio companies since it was founded in 2011. The firm's affiliate, G Squared Ascend I Inc. ("G Squared Ascend I"), offers transformative private companies a path to public markets via SPAC. For more information on G Squared and its portfolio, visit: www.gsquared.com. For more information on G Squared Ascend I, visit: www.gsquaredascend.com.

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PROCUREMENT AND SOURCING

Taylor Announces New Service That Reduces Freight Costs and Footprint

Taylor | July 05, 2022

Taylor Corporation has introduced a new shipping and fulfillment service that reduces freight costs for customers while conserving natural resources.Taylor’s innovative PrintMerge process merges orders for print-on-demand (POD) items with orders for pre-existing warehoused items to create a single outgoing shipment. By combining orders in this fashion, Taylor is able to reduce the number of labels and cartons needed to ship customer orders. It also results in significantly lower freight costs for customers. “Until now, POD and warehoused items always shipped independently and as quickly as possible. This is ideal for speed but is not always very efficient from a shipping cost and raw materials standpoint, The PrintMerge process gives our customers the option to combine those two types of orders. Customers can reduce their freight costs and shrink their environmental footprint in a meaningful way.” -Tim Dunford, president of warehouse and distribution services for Taylor. PrintMerge is now available at Taylor’s co-located POD/distribution centers in Cranbury, N.J., Jeffersonville, Ind., and Ontario, Calif. “Of course, PrintMerge doesn’t apply to everything we do, adds Dunford. The POD and warehoused items must come out of the same facility, be going to the same destination and fit in the same shipping cartons. However, for many customers, this new service will make a real difference on the bottom line and to their sustainability initiatives. About Taylor Taylor is among the top five graphic communications companies in North America. Headquartered in North Mankato, Minn., we are a team of more than 8,000 client-driven experts with operations spanning 32 states and eight countries. We use deep industry knowledge to strengthen your customer’s brand experience, enhance business efficiency and improve bottom-line profitability.

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SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY

Epicor Acquires EDI Provider Data Interchange, Expanding Global Reach in Helping Customers Drive Value in the Supply Chain

Epicor | June 08, 2022

Epicor, a global leader of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, announced it has acquired Data Interchange, a UK-based provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) cloud technologies and managed services. The Data Interchange acquisition expands the reach of Epicor in European markets and adds to the company’s portfolio of B2B integration technologies, empowering customers to connect businesses and trading partners, increase efficiency, and drive value in the supply chain. Financial terms were not disclosed “The future of EDI is about creating more flexible and transparent supply chains that can seamlessly accommodate a wide range of inputs while ensuring automated and controllable outcomes,The Data Interchange acquisition gives Epicor customers an even more powerful set of cloud-based EDI solutions to streamline supply chain collaboration, simplify processes, and make data-driven decisions to identify trends and opportunities.” -Epicor CEO Steve Murphy As companies, particularly across European markets, manage increasing requirements for data integration across B2B supply chains, they are challenged in navigating the complexities of trading partner compliance, communications protocols, and local language support. Data Interchange’s B2B integration solutions – including the company’s DiNet global EDI Network, Odex B2B communications platform, Darwin order processing solution, and XE EDI mapping tool – will help Epicor customers streamline their supply chain strategies, providing a single-source of truth to more closely manage supplier relationships, automate business processes, and plan for changing business needs. That includes support for European market protocols and standards such as OFTP2, EDIFACT, VDA, TRADACOMS and PEPPOL. “Our goal at Data Interchange has always been to streamline the way EDI is delivered and presented to our customers and partners, By joining with Epicor, we’re extending our mission to help companies drive positive business outcomes by simplifying every stage of their EDI journey.” -Data Interchange CEO Andrew Filby Backed by more than 30 years of experience, Data Interchange pioneers the technology underpinning the world's most complex supply chains with fast, accurate data exchange. A deep and experienced team and partner channel with specialists across Europe help customers in automotive, manufacturing, retail and logistics sectors optimize supply chains and trading processes, with an innovative product and services portfolio that helps customers improve their business operations. About Epicor Epicor equips hard-working businesses with enterprise solutions that keep the world turning. For 50 years, Epicor customers in the automotive, building supply, distribution, manufacturing, and retail industries have trusted Epicor to help them do business better. Innovative Epicor solution sets are carefully curated to fit customer needs and built to respond flexibly to their fast-changing reality. With deep industry knowledge and experience, Epicor accelerates its customers’ ambitions, whether to grow and transform, or simply become more productive and effective. Visit www.epicor.com for more information. Epicor and the Epicor logo are trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation. Results are not guaranteed, and each user’s experience will vary.

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