Girteka Logistics Selects Novigo for Digital Transformation of Transportation Operations

Girteka Logistics | June 19, 2020

Novigo has signed a contract with Girteka Logistics for the digital transformation of its transportation operations with SAP S/4HANA. Under the agreement, Novigo will help Girteka Logistics to raise its digitalization and innovations with moving their processes to a new level. The goal of the project is to further support and accelerate Girteka Logistics growth strategy with a new state-of-the art digital transportation management platform. “Novigo will help improve the company’s performance based on Girteka Logistics business principles. We are happy to have a partner with such a successful history in the SAP Supply Chain Execution area. We trust Novigo in this challenging global pandemic situation and start the Blue Printing phase entirely remote,” says Martynas Sarapinas CIO of Girteka Logistics. Novigo was selected for its ability to enable large and complex transformations, its global expertise and its proven track record for delivering digital transformation solutions to the largest brands in the market. Novigo will be the prime implementation partner of SAP Digital Supply Chain. The implementation will include the main features of a TMS: quotation management, order management, transportation planning, transportation execution, freight costing and settlement, analytics and reporting, enterprise asset management and vehicle management.

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Reliant Care Management Group | March 22, 2022

Medline announced it has been named the primary supply chain vendor for Missouri-based Reliant Care Management Group, LLC. The healthcare company is now the primary supplier of medical supplies and solutions across Reliant Care's 24 skilled nursing and independent residential homes in Missouri and Illinois. After utilizing a different distributor for 15 years, Medline will now coordinate with the company's supplies dealer, Reliant Supply Group, to provide a one-stop-shop for Reliant Care's medical supply needs. Reliant Care will convert several strategic categories in its product portfolio to the Medline brand to help ensure all products are clinically equivalent and drive clinical standardization to improve resident outcomes across the organization. "We are excited for the opportunity to work closely with Reliant Care and implement initiatives that can positively impact the organization's bottom line and help them run better, By listening closely to their obstacles and recommending customized solutions, we become an extension of their team." -John Cervino, corporate accounts director, Medline Post-Acute Care Reliant Care's facilities are dedicated to providing quality care in a dignified manner, predominantly to the frail elderly geriatric population and those eighteen years of age and older who are afflicted with mental illnesses in addition to a primary medical diagnosis. "We chose Medline because of their vision and flexibility that we see as ideal characteristics in a long-term partnership. We look forward to beginning this next chapter with Medline and growing together to drive cost savings within our organization," -Nick DeStefane, CEO and owner, Reliant Supply Group. Learn how Medline tailors solutions across the entire continuum of care as a manufacturer and distributor by visiting https://www.medline.com/supply-chain/. About Medline Medline is a healthcare company; a manufacturer, distributor, and solutions provider focused on improving the overall operating performance of healthcare. Partnering with healthcare systems and facilities across the continuum of care, Medline provides the clinical and supply chain resources required for long-term financial viability in delivering high-quality care. With the scale of one of the country's largest companies and the agility of a family-led business, Medline is able to invest in its customers for the future and rapidly respond to a dynamically changing market with customized solutions. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., Medline has 30,000+ employees worldwide and does business in more than 125 countries and territories. Learn more about Medline at www.medline.com.

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TRANSPORTATION

Semtech and WITRAC Transform Asset Tracking For Maritime Transport Utilizing LoRaWAN®

Semtech | May 27, 2022

Semtech Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading global supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, announced that Boluda Corporación Marítima, a leading global maritime services provider, will leverage an asset tracking solution from WITRAC, a Valencia-based company offering innovative technology solutions that connect and provide visibility to the value chain. Integrated with Semtech’s LoRa® devices and the LoRaWAN® standard, WITRAC’s Total Track & Trace Intelligent Platform transports cold chain assets in Boluda’s supply chain, providing citizens of the Canary Islands with the first daily transportation of cargo from the peninsula with over 350 successful voyages. “Semtech’s LoRa devices offered a cost-effective solution for WITRAC’s Total Track & Trace Intelligent Platform. With ships transporting thousands of containers, installing a satellite modem in each container would make this type of solution economically non-viable, Employing a network using LoRaWAN as well as leveraging the LoRa 2.4GHz band allowed us to place a WITRAC device in every single container to share real-time offshore and onshore visibility to thousands of containers — an unmatched value for our customers.” -Jose Pons Ballester, co-founder and CTO of WITRAC Using a combination of LoRaWAN, Wi-Fi, BLE, and cellular connectivity options in the same hardware device, WITRAC’s Total Track & Trace Intelligent Platform provides real-time visibility and control of offshore operations. In addition to temperature monitoring, the platform’s “Perfect Route System” is able to geolocate a fleet’s vessels, allowing alerts to be set for deviations in fuel consumption, speed, routes, or miles traveled, which also permits shippers to take corrective measures en route. The success of the platform led Boluda to implement WITRAC’s platform to monitor the location and temperature status of the fresh food and medicine on its seven container vessels traveling 700 miles from the Spanish mainland on the maritime corridor linking the Port of Cádiz to the island ports of Las Palmas and Tenerife. “Remotely monitoring the location and temperature of assets during an entire cold chain was once viewed as a challenge. Through implementing LoRa devices and LoRaWAN, asset tracking has never been more simple and cost effective, WITRAC’s tracking solution is a valuable example of how LoRa and LoRaWAN networks can transform smart logistics to prevent loss or damage of assets no matter the distance.” -Marc Pégulu, vice president of IoT product marketing and strategy for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group WITRAC Co-Founder and CTO José Pons Ballester will be discussing the benefits of the Boluda “Daily Canarias” solution at the LoRaWAN World Expo taking place July 6-7, 2022, in Paris, France. Register for the conference here. To learn more about WITRAC’s Total Track & Trace Intelligent Platform, please visit here. About Semtech’s LoRa® Platform Semtech’s LoRa device-to-Cloud platform is a globally adopted long range, low power solution for IoT applications, enabling the rapid development and deployment of ultra-low power, cost efficient and long range IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. Semtech’s LoRa technology provides the communication layer for the LoRaWAN® standard, which is maintained by the LoRa Alliance®, an open IoT alliance for Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) applications that has been used to deploy IoT networks in over 170 countries. With the proliferation of LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN standard, the LoRa Developer Portal is a place to learn, connect, collaborate, and find resources to help accelerate your LoRa development process. Semtech is a founding member of the LoRa Alliance. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site. About WITRAC WITRAC helps companies be more efficient and competitive thanks to innovative technological solutions that connect and give visibility to the value chain of its clients. Able to identify, locate, measure, and control wirelessly and in real time, any asset, anywhere, WITRAC fabricates its own hardware and software based on the IoT and AI technology, in order to satisfy the industry's tracing needs. Its digitalization and automatization solutions combine multiple connectivity devices and protocols with a management platform, in order to generate data and transform it into useful information and valuable insights. Please visit www.witrac.es. About Boluda Corporación Marítima Boluda Corporación Marítima is the leading Spanish maritime group with more than 185 years of experience. It has a global presence, operating in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Cabo Verde, the Indian Ocean and Europe. This love of hard work and affinity with the sea has been passed down between generations in the Boluda family and developed over time into a sector leading corporation. The company is organized into two strategic divisions: Boluda Towage and Boluda Shipping. And two smaller divisions: Boluda Port Services and VB Comisarios de Averías. Boluda Towage’s main focus is tugboat services, the core business and essential for facilitating traffic flow in the port area and provides port, coastal and offshore towing and sea salvage. This division has a fleet of 400 vessels present in the main ports of Europe, Africa, the Indian Ocean and Latin America. Boluda Shipping is the division providing maritime services in comprehensive transportation, logistics and international freight management. Its wide network of company offices in the main Spanish ports as well as a variety of international ports provide a single point of contact for all stopovers and port operations, with customer service and information provided 24/7 365 days a year. Find more information at www.boluda.com.es. About Semtech Semtech Corporation is a leading global supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for infrastructure, high-end consumer and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit www.semtech.com.

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Becker Logistics Acquires Trek Freight Services

Becker Logistics | March 29, 2022

Effective December 31, 2021, Becker Logistics LLC, a 3PL Company has acquired Trek Freight Services, LLC located in Lincolnwood, IL. Trek Freight has been in business for 21 years and Becker Logistics will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this coming May, combining these two entities for a total of 46 years of transportation experience. Trek adds an additional 125 customers, 25,000+ carriers, 35 employees and their proprietary TMS which will be synergies for Becker Logistics moving forward. Trek provides third-party logistics services across the U.S. These services will now be provided under the Becker Logistics name. Becker Logistics has experienced extraordinary growth in the last 10 years. In 2020 revenue was at $73 million. In 2021 they grew overall, both organically and non-organically by 130% year over year. Their total top-line revenue for 2021 was $167.2 million. They were able to add an additional $94.2 million to their top-line and with plans to do the same in 2022. With this acquisition, Becker Logistics continues to grow and hold its place as one of the largest third-party logistics providers in the United States. “Since 2009 when Becker Logistics had top-line revenue of only $3.5 million, to 2021, it has experienced a growth of 48 times. We have excelled at organic growth, culture, strategy and having a dual approach of not only growing organically, but non-organic growth is part of the game plan for the next eight years. This is our second acquisition with our first being Savage Logistics, LLC in 2017. We now have a total of 160 talented employees with plans of adding an additional 100 more by the end of the year. We have a BHAG to hit $1.8 billion in top-line revenue by or before 2030. Along this journey we can service our customers more by merging with other entities that have a wealth of knowledge, education and awareness in the industry already,” -Jim Becker, CEO of Becker Logistics. John Andreotti, former COO and principle of Trek Freight said, Looking back, we knew we had to grow our company, but with the resources we had, our age and stage in life, we knew it was going to take far too long. We wanted to merge with a company that would not only keep our employees, but would offer an opportunity to catapult their careers. They needed more opportunities to grow. We have a great team and we didn’t want to lose any of them. We needed to merge with a company that had a vision and a larger engine in place to accelerate that growth. I’ve seen the overall vision and it’s going to provide for everyone that wants to grow individually and as a team. The merger has created a bigger and stronger team. There are so many more resources available to everyone which will aide them to reaching their personal goals and servicing their customers better than ever was possible before. About Becker Logistics Becker Logistics is a leading provider in the non-asset-based, third-party logistics (3PL) space, specializing in supply chain solutions that create transformational success for manufacturers, suppliers and retailers. Since inception in 1997, Becker has grown organically and non-organically with Trek Freight being its second acquisition. Savage Logistics, being the first, was acquired November 1, 2017. Becker works within this highly competitive area and has become the intermediary for over 580 customers. Becker offers an array of transportation services for customers ranging from mid-sized manufacturers to Fortune 100 corporations. Becker leverages supply chain experts, proprietary technology and operational expertise to make shipping freight more efficient for customers, giving them a competitive advantage in their industries. Becker’s competitive advantages include their intellectual properties: 3PL 360 | Freight Management Software, 3PL AIT | Artificial Intelligence Technology and 3PL LMS | Learning Management Software. Learn more at www.BeckerLogistics.com. About Trek Freight Services Trek Freight Services has been providing third-party logistics services in the United States since 2001, offering non-asset-based services in the areas of van, flat bed, reefer, intermodal, LTL, team service and expedited. They move various commodities, which includes packaging, building products, food and beverage, automotive chemicals, scrap virgin plastics, scrap and virgin metals, printed matter, scrap paper, consumer products, and industrial and commercial chemicals. Trek Freight is highly service oriented with the highest customer and carrier retention rate in the industry.

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Collaborative warehouse bots are critical to e-commerce success, Shopify exec says

6 River Systems | September 16, 2020

A spike in e-commerce volumes driven by coronavirus travel restrictions may slow down after a safe vaccine is eventually found, but its impact on fulfillment automation processes is here to stay, according to a top executive at Shopify, an e-commerce platform for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). As the pandemic prevented consumers from congregating in brick and mortar stores, so many of them turned to e-commerce shopping that the online retail sector experienced five years’ worth of growth in the past three months alone, Shopify’s chief technology officer, Jean-Michel Lemieux, said today. From less than 1% in 2000, the share of e-commerce retail sales as a percent of total retail sales rose to 5% in 2011 and 10% in 2018 before leaping above 16% during the second quarter of 2020, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. That curve may soon begin to flatten a bit, but the post-Covid “new normal” will feature e-commerce levels in the range of 20%, 30%, or even 40% of all retail, Lemieux said in remarks at Flow 2020, the annual user conference held by autonomous mobile robot (AMR) vendor 6 River Systems. Ottawa, Ontario-based Shopify acquired Waltham, Massachusetts-based 6 River in 2019 for $450 million in a bid to use its collaborative "Chuck" robots to boost fulfillment efficiency for warehouse staffers managing inventory for distribution. That deal looked at first like amazon.com's move to buy Kiva Systems Inc. in 2012 for $775 million, and then take the product off the market, keeping its robots for the sole use of Amazon’s own DCs. But Shopify was quick to say that it will continue selling 6 River’s Chuck bots to the entire logistics market, and Lemieux reiterated that stance today.

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