Coregistics | June 27, 2022
Chicago-based private equity firm, Red Arts Capital, announced the acquisition of Coregistics, an award-winning, contract packaging services provider known for its flexibility and sophisticated systems. For Red Arts Capital, the deal comes on the heels of its most recent deal, the sale of the 104 year old trucking company MME to trucking industry titan Knight-Swift, for $150M. Coregistics is a leading national provider of packing-centric supply chain solutions including package and process design, materials sourcing and procurement, contract packaging, and distribution (3PL Services).
The company is based in Acworth, GA and operates out of 17 facilities across the United StatesFounded in 2011, Coregistics serves domestic customers consisting primarily of CPG, food & beverage, and service parts. The company’s top customers, many of which are household names in their respective sectors, lean on Coregistics for scalable solutions for introducing their unique products to retail. Coregistic’s services span warehousing, fulfillment, e-commerce and direct-to-DC to direct-to-retail, direct-to-consumer, parcel, freight management, and last parcel sectors. The company has eleven client-embedded locations and operates out of a footprint of nearly three million square feet across its seventeen locations.
Coregistics service offering fits squarely within Red Arts’ sector focus and investment approach in the supply chain space. Red Arts utilizes a thematic-driven process to investing, and has had a thesis in the contract logistics space for a number of years. The Red Arts team believes that past success and continued growth in e-commerce will positively impact packaging services demand, and Coregistics is well positioned to provide much needed third-party logistics services in the U.S. market.
Chad Strader, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Red Arts Capital, and a seasoned supply chain industry veteran, believes the addition of Coregistics to the Red Arts portfolio will be extremely beneficial for both parties.
“The Coregistics team has demonstrated an extraordinary track record of excellence in contract logistics and packaging, which we believe stems from a team and culture laser-focused on high-quality service, We believe that Coregistics’ culture uniquely positions them to benefit from the growing range of packaging needs spurred by continued e-commerce developments. We are excited to be in partnership with them.”
-Chad Strader, Red Art’s Co-founder and Managing Partner.
Our culture is central to everything we do and is the foundation for the best-in-class service our team provides to our customers every day,said Eric Wilhelm, Coregistics’ Chief Executive Officer. The team at Red Arts Capital shares our belief in the importance of culture, dedication to excellence and best-in-class service and we are excited to welcome them as our new partner as we continue to grow our Company.
Since the firm’s inception in 2015, Red Arts Capital has been a private equity leader in supply chain and logistics investing. The firm is led by Co-founders and Managing Partners, Chad Strader and Nicholas Antoine. Since founding the firm, Chad and Nick have overseen major investments in Sunset Pacific Transportation, Radius Logistics, and now Coregistics, as well as two exited deals in Midnight Express and Midwest Motors Express. Red Arts Capital is not only a historically successful PE firm, but one of the few firms that are black-founded and black-owned. Only 12 of the projected 4,500 PE firms in the U.S. are owned by African Americans.1
Brightwood Capital Advisors provided debt financing for the transaction and Greenberg Traurig, LLP served as legal counsel for Red Arts Capital. Republic Partners served as financial advisor to Coregistics in the transaction.
Red Arts Capital
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Red Arts Capital is a leading investment firm focused on supply chain-related, transportation and logistics businesses. Red Arts Capital seeks to partner with and invest in privately-owned, primarily family-owned, and multi-generational businesses with solid business fundamentals and a strong track record and reputation. With sector expertise and a commitment to stewardship and excellence, Red Arts Capital’s approach earns the firm a trusted seat at the table with portfolio companies, investors and partners. For more information about Red Arts Capital, please visit www.redartscapital.com.
Hydron | June 13, 2022
Mo Chen, Co-Founder of San Diego-based autonomous driving company TuSimple (Nasdaq: TSP), has started a new company, Hydron, committed to developing, manufacturing, and selling hydrogen-powered trucks equipped with L4 autonomous driving technology. Chen is set on transforming long-haul freight transportation through hydrogen-powered autonomous trucks making trucking safer, cleaner, and more efficient, minimizing the carbon footprint of class 8 heavy-duty trucks globally.Chen, a Canadian entrepreneur, co-founded self-driving technology company TuSimple with business partner Xiaodi Hou in 2015. Tusimple quickly attracted the attention of global logistics giant UPS, who invested in the company back in 2019 before TuSimple went public through a traditional IPO raising $1.3 billion in total funding. In December of 2021, TuSimple cemented its status as the leader in the development of AI-powered autonomous driving software by becoming the first and only company to successfully operate long-haul heavy-duty trucks autonomously on open public roads without a human in the vehicle and without remote intervention.
"The path to commercializing autonomous vehicles requires the complex integration of both hardware and software, The biggest challenge in bringing autonomous driving to the market at scale is not software development, but access to reliable mass production hardware, and now with Hydron, we will be able to provide automotive-grade hardware specifically for autonomous networks."
-Mo Chen, Chief Executive Officer at Hydron.
Hydron plans to become a leading provider of hydrogen-powered autonomous trucks and refueling infrastructure through partnerships to become a complete solution provider for autonomous driving companies, commercial fleets, and leading carriers. Hydron also plans to collaborate with partners to build a manufacturing facility in North America to better meet the U.S. supply chain challenges. The first generation of Hydron trucks is expected to enter mass production in Q3 of 2024, with a complete set of sensors, computing units, and redundant actuators to meet L4 autonomous driving requirements.
Hydron is a privately held independent company and is not affiliated with TuSimple.
Hydron, Inc. is a Southern California-based company committed to the development, manufacturing, and sales of purpose-built autonomous ready trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Hydron aims to become the leading provider of hydrogen-powered autonomous trucks and refueling infrastructure and will focus on the North American, European, and Middle Eastern markets.
XPDEL | July 08, 2022
XPDEL, a high-tech third-party logistics (3PL) provider, added its latest fulfillment center in Seattle to support local eCommerce and ultra-fast delivery. With fulfillment centers in twelve US cities and three in APAC, XPDEL is emerging as one of the leading solutions for enabling profitable fast delivery.
Like all XPDEL locations, Seattle will operate using industry-leading software technology for fulfillment and logistics. In addition to its private fleet of delivery drivers, XPDEL is fully integrated with multiple national and regional shipping and delivery partners.
XPDEL has been instrumental in supporting the growth of the ultra-fast delivery market, quickly standing-up new fulfillment centers and logistics solutions to meet the demands of its growing customer base of merchants and eCommerce companies.
"We are fortunate to be in a position where we can quickly adapt and grow our network to meet the needs of our customers and their consumers. We are currently the only 3PL provider making deep commitments to the faster than the same day or ultra-fast delivery model, with specialized services that include temperature control for food products. Our ability to add locations quickly and seamlessly, just as we have done in Seattle, allows us to enable growth for our customers."
-Nikki Boone, President of XPDEL
XPDEL fulfills and delivers both direct-to-consumer eCommerce orders as well as retail and other business-to-business orders. Its network supports 2-Day shipping nationwide and same-day delivery in eleven metro areas. XPDEL uses the latest technology that allows live visibility into inventory, order tracking, analytics, and smart shipping.
"I am so proud of our team and its relentless efforts to provide the best possible service for our customers across our network. We are on a mission to help our customers grow. Expanding XPDEL services to Seattle will allow our customers to grow in that market. We have a similar expansion planned for other cities in the US and abroad."
-XPDEL's Founder and CEO, Manish Kapoor
Unlike traditional 3PL service providers, XPDEL's primary focus is to help merchants and product companies grow their businesses. XPDEL enables companies to sell on multiple platforms in multiple marketplaces around the world, and plans to expand its services in the US, Canada, Latin America, APAC, and Europe.
XPDEL is a leading hi-tech 3PL on a mission to enable growth for eCommerce companies. XPDEL operates in North America and India and plans to continue expanding internationally. The company offers a wide range of fulfillment and logistics solutions for eCommerce businesses, including ultra-fast delivery models powered by industry-leading technology platforms. XPDEL clients benefit from live dashboards that provide real-time analytics and actionable data.
Shipwell | May 18, 2022
Shipwell, an industry leader in cloud-based shipping and logistics, announced the release of a load optimization feature built directly into the company’s transportation management system (TMS). This feature helps customers significantly reduce the time it takes to plan and route shipments, the costs associated with moving them and the carbon emissions produced by the carriers hauling them.Combining orders into shipments is often a manual process done by an individual or team within the logistics department, who utilize third-party software or spreadsheets outside of their TMS.
“Shippers finding ways to optimally consolidate orders into shipments and route those shipments with the fewest number of trucks required is critical, With the ever-increasing capacity constraints since the start of COVID-19, exacerbated by crunches such as produce season, load optimization is one of the biggest areas of need. Even with rates for truckload dry van and reefer dropping from historic highs, packing multiple customer orders into the most ideal mode allows a greater quantity to be dispatched at once, greatly reducing both the costs for the shipper and the number of miles those shipments need to travel before reaching their destination.”
-Shipwell co-founder and CEO Greg Price
How load optimization works to help shippers
Shipwell’s load optimization feature leverages a proprietary algorithm to assess each individual order’s details, including size, weight, locations, pickup and delivery times. In a matter of seconds, the orders are consolidated into the most cost-efficient routes and modes. By utilizing Shipwell’s integrated pricing intelligence tool, the feature forecasts individual load rates and compares them to optimized routes to provide a clear picture of the potential savings.
The feature eliminates customers’ need to manually import and export data from third-party planning tools while providing shippers with the ability to customize load plans. Whenever an order is manually added or removed from a shipment plan, the algorithm automatically recalculates the cost and most efficient route for the shipment. The tool helps planners save time and money.
We used to spend four to five hours per week manually planning our shipments and looking for multi-stop truckload opportunities that would lower our shipping costs, said Debbie Lombardo, shipping manager at Tarrier Foods, a Columbus-based supplier of candy and nuts. “Shipwell’s load optimization feature has changed how we operate, and has helped us uncover routes we wouldn’t have considered, or realized were an option.
Beta customers who partnered with Shipwell in developing the load optimization tool have realized savings ranging from 20% to 40% through consolidating their orders into full truckload or less-than-truckload shipments, and routing the trucks in the most efficient routes possible — all while ensuring delivery windows are met.
Load optimization makes it easy for me to find consolidation opportunities that save us money and minimize our shipping costs,” said Angela Steele, head of inventory and planning at Crowd Cow, a Seattle-based supplier of sustainably sourced meat and seafood. I had never scheduled freight before, and Shipwell made the process so easy to learn and stay on top of all the moving pieces. After only a month of running freight, I now feel confident in my ability to work with carriers and know that I am getting the best rates.
Efficient routing using the tool also ensures the shippers may reduce the carbon footprint of their shipments. One beta customer was able to reduce more than 10,000 pounds of carbon emissions by slashing the distance driven by more than 2,700 miles for just one shipment batch.
To learn more about the ways that Shipwell enables shippers to efficiently plan and route shipments, request a demo today.
In a world where shipping expectations and complexity are greater than ever, Shipwell is on a mission to empower supply chain efficiency at scale across every company size, stage, and industry. Supply chain solutions today are highly disconnected, rigid, and difficult to use, but Shipwell is disrupting the status quo. Our solution combines everything our customers need in a comprehensive platform that adapts as the market and business demands change, so they can effectively manage the entire process in one place and never have to rip and replace. Shipwell is proud to be recognized by industry experts as a leader in shipping and logistics, including Gartner Magic Quadrant for TMS, Forbes 2020 Next Billion-Dollar Startup, and was named fourth fastest-growing company in North America on the 2021 Deloitte Technology Fast 500. To learn more, visit www.shipwell.com.