PROCUREMENT AND SOURCING
Emergent Cold LatAm | July 07, 2022
Emergent Cold Latin America (Emergent Cold LatAm), the fastest-growing cold storage logistics operator in Latin America, announced today the acquisition of a modern distribution facility located in Recife, Brazil. This acquisition marks Emergent Cold LatAm’s expansion of its operations into the northeast region of Brazil.The new Emergent Cold LatAm site has a building area of almost 20,000 square meters, with 19,900 pallet positions of storage space. It is well-located within the city of Recife, which is one of Brazil’s largest cities and the most important commercial hub in the northeast region.
This acquisition represents Emergent Cold LatAm’s latest investment in Brazil. In November 2021, the company entered Brazil’s cold logistics market with its acquisition of Martini Meat. At the same time, Emergent Cold LatAm purchased DMX Logística, a leading transportation business supporting Brazil’s protein industry. With the new Recife location, Emergent Cold LatAm now has cold storage operations in four states across Brazil: Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, and Pernambuco.
“This latest acquisition allows us to provide customers will fully-integrated solutions across a greater area of Brazil, including transportation, storage and other value-added services, I’m pleased to add this high-quality facility to our growing Brazil network.”
-Evandro Calanca, Managing Director of Emergent Cold Brazil.
44 Capital Finanças Corporativas acted as financial advisor and Lefosse Advogados acted as legal advisor to Emergent Cold LatAm.
About Emergent Cold LatAm:
Emergent Cold LatAm (www.emergentcoldlatam.com) is building a cold storage network of the highest quality, to provide integrated and comprehensive temperature-controlled logistic solutions to customers all over Latin America. The company was founded to cover the need for modern cold chain solutions in the market, and to meet the increasing demand from domestic and global customers. With this acquisition Emergent Cold LatAm now operates in 18 cold storage facilities, with more than 500 trucks and 3 facilities now under construction, to complete a total of 9 countries across Latin America.
PROCUREMENT AND SOURCING
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.
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.
SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY,LOGISTICS
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.
SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY
Kinaxis Inc | June 14, 2022
Kinaxis® Inc., the authority in driving agility for fast, confident decision-making in an unpredictable world, and Blume Global, the only multimodal supply chain orchestration platform uniting end-to-end visibility, supplier management and logistics execution, today announced a partnership that will connect Blume Global's logistics visibility and transportation management system (TMS) with the Kinaxis RapidResponse® concurrent planning platform. The result will be better alignment between supply chain planning and execution, enabling companies to quickly remedy, or even avoid, freight transportation disruptions.
Freight transportation disruptions are now one of the most common, and most costly, forms of supply chain interruption. Organizations need new levels of supply chain agility across planning and execution to understand the business-wide impact of a shipment delay and be able to take action in time to mitigate the risks to cost and customer service. By combining Kinaxis' unique concurrent planning technique with Blume Global's TMS shipment data, companies will be able to dynamically generate new plans to quickly get shipments back on track and ultimately have improved supply chain resiliency.
"For nearly three years, the supply chain industry has been defined by uncertainty. That is likely to continue. While major disruptions used to occur every few years, we are now facing significant events annually – or even more frequently, Our partnership with Kinaxis will give customers around the world access to robust, innovative logistics planning and execution solutions so they can create agile processes that adapt quickly to even the most challenging circumstances."
-Pervinder Johar, CEO of Blume Global.
As part of the new combined offering, Blume Global will synchronize core TMS shipment data to RapidResponse, providing real-time exception-based alerts that ensure customers focus on business-critical shipments and updated ETAs for shipments that exceed defined tolerance levels. From there, customers will be able to generate and execute alternate shipment plans with a full understanding of how the alternate plan will impact key performance measures.
"The intersection point between supply chain planning and execution has never been more critical. When a disruption happens, it's not enough just to be able to create a new plan quickly. Companies must be able to execute quickly as well, Our new offering with Blume Global helps companies do just that by delivering concurrent planning and execution, providing a new level of supply chain agility."
-John Sicard, CEO of Kinaxis
Blume Global joins the growing Kinaxis ecosystem of Solution Extension partners. These partners increase the value customers gain from RapidResponse by delivering digital inputs and developing domain-specific applications that leverage the power of concurrent planning and extend the capabilities of the widely-trusted planning platform.
About Blume Global
Blume Global is a multimodal supply chain orchestration platform that unites end-to-end visibility, supplier management and logistics execution. As the single source of truth for logistics data, Blume provides visibility throughout the value chain, from sourcing to delivery. Shippers use Blume solutions to navigate disruptions and create agile plans amid supply chain uncertainty. Blume has the most extensive network among logistics technology providers. The company's direct connectivity to the ocean, air, rail, parcel, LTL and truckload carriers combines with Blume's solutions and 28 years of industry data to maximize transportation spend, improve customer service and reduce carbon emissions for users. These solutions are supported by a sizeable R&D organization that is continually adding new high-value features. By developing technology that streamlines the logistics world, Blume Global is leading the industry in creating supply chain sustainability solutions, fighting climate change by eliminating significant carbon emissions in a world where most freight is transported using fossil fuels.
About Kinaxis Inc.
Everyday volatility and uncertainty demand quick action. Kinaxis® delivers the agility to make fast, confident decisions across integrated business planning and the digital supply chain. People can plan better, live better and change the world. Trusted by innovative brands, we combine human intelligence with AI and concurrent planning to help companies plan for any future, monitor risks and opportunities and respond at the pace of change. Powered by an extensible, cloud-based platform, Kinaxis delivers industry-proven applications so everyone can know sooner, act faster and remove waste. For more Kinaxis news, visit Kinaxis.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.