EY | May 23, 2022
The EY organization announces the beta availability and use of EY OpsChain Supply Chain Manager on blockchain.ey.com, which is a new solution specifically focused on combining product traceability with inventory management across an extended supply chain. While traceability has long been a widely used application by enterprises on public blockchains, the lack of privacy for transactions has limited the adoption of some of the applications by enterprises.
Using Polygon Nightfall's zero-knowledge proof-based privacy technology, which is currently a mainnet beta launch, EY OpsChain Supply Chain Manager can help move and track tokens at scale, with low costs, and the privacy required for enterprise applications such as inventory management. This ultimately allows organizations to create fungible or non-fungible tokens representing assets and inventory, and then transfer those across the extended supply chain network.
By using a combination of Polygon Nightfall's zero-knowledge proof-based privacy technology and off-chain information management, assets can now be moved across the network with privacy, so that only selected parties can see the full history of those assets. Unlike most enterprise systems, information such as inventory status and location is now retained, even as raw materials and products move across the supply chain and between organizations.
"Managing complex operations across enterprise boundaries is a big step forward. EY OpsChain Supply Chain Manager significantly widens the breadth of use cases available for clients to consider."
-James Canterbury, Principal and Blockchain Leader, Ernst and Young LLP.
Antoni Martin, Polygon Enterprise Lead for Polygon, says This is exactly the kind of commercial use case we envisioned when we set out to build and deploy the Polygon Nightfall network. Enterprise use cases outside of financial services are still not widely developed. Privacy tools open a whole new world for us.
Further information about beta access to the EY OpsChain Supply Chain Manager solution is available at blockchain.ey.com. Users initially receive testnet access upon registration for development purposes, followed by production mainnet access, subject to EY client acceptance protocols.
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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).
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.
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.
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.
ISG | June 24, 2022
Consumer-facing businesses need to invest in technology and new operating models aimed at creating hyper-personalized, friction-free customer experiences, say experts with Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, appearing at the upcoming ISG TechXchange: Consumer Services event.The full-day event, July 13 at etc.Venues in New York, will examine the shifts in technology, data analysis, operating models, security and sustainability companies in the consumer products and services, retail, logistics, and travel and hospitality industries must accomplish to deliver the experiences their customers expect – and that will define success for years to come.
“The customer experience is front and center and will stay that way for the foreseeable future,” said John Westfield, partner and practice lead, ISG Consumer Services, and host of the event. “Consumers have high expectations for a hyper-personalized, meaningful, friction-free journey for in-store, online and mobile shopping, and enterprises are working to modernize decades-old legacy platforms to deliver instantaneous, relevant experiences.”
The multi-dimensional impact of creating meaningful, hyper-personalized customer experiences in the face of legacy enterprise IT landscapes will be addressed by Clare Megathlin, managing director of software engineering for Alaska Airlines, in a panel discussion, “Shedding Legacy and Modernizing with Innovative Technologies,” Pratibha Salwan, director and leader, ISG Travel, Transportation, Hospitality, Leisure and Logistics.
In a separate panel discussion, “Leveraging Data for Smarter Insights,” Gaurav Bhatia, chief marketing officer for credit union PenFed, and Sunder Pillai, director and lead, ISG Retail and CPG, will discuss how brands are leveraging data from consumers, suppliers and retailers to design better products and services and create stronger brand loyalty.
The featured presentation, “Becoming an Elite Performer: How to Supercharge Your Development Teams in a Cloud-Native World,” delivered by Jennifer Galvin, head of technology alliances for OutSystems, a platform provider of omnichannel applications, will explore a high-performance, low-code development approach to creating software for a continuously evolving world.
As enterprises increasingly look for business value from data monetization, Sahil Sabharwal, vice president of enterprise data platforms for American Express, and Ranjan Roy, vice president of strategy for clothing manufacturer Adore Me, will discuss the data science, artificial intelligence and digital automation innovations – and cultural changes – that are fueling such initiatives, as part of a panel discussion, “Innovations@Scale.”
A successful customer journey is dependent on an enterprise’s ability to produce and analyze data at scale,” Westfield said. “Relevant, contextual data must flow through the entire business ecosystem. This can only be achieved by investing in analytics technology, coupled with continuous training and investment in people to develop analytical, technical, functional and even behavioral skills.
During the event, ISG experts will present insights on topics ranging from the 360-degree customer view, to personalization, the metaverse, virtual innovations, and building sustainability, technology and innovation into the customer experience.
The ISG TechXchange: Consumer Services event is sponsored by Cognizant, Mindtree, OutSystems, Tata Consultancy Services, Zensar, Allganize, Tiger Analytics and UiPath. CIOInsights, CIOReview, Retail Tech Insights, RetailWire, The Technology Business Management (TBM) Council and The AI Journal are media sponsors.
Additional information and event registration are available on the event website.
ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data. For more information, visit www.isg-one.com.