Project Verte Deploys 6 River Systems Solutions in Atlanta Distribution Center

6 River Systems | September 25, 2020

6 River Systems (6RS) announced its deployment with Project Verte, a full circle e-commerce solution provider that helps brands grow and directly engage with customers. 6RS will support fulfillment activities at Project Verte’s distribution center (DC) in Atlanta, which fulfills orders for numerous retailers and brands. The Atlanta DC will also serve as 6 River Systems’ southeast hub for site tours, allowing fulfillment professionals in the Atlanta area to tour an active, high-volume warehouse powered by flexible automation solutions. Project Verte enables sellers to connect to every sales channel and seamlessly manage all aspects of a customer journey through a single seller platform. Their offering includes the Verte Seller Platform and the nationwide Verte Fulfillment Network that provides 2-day delivery. With Project Verte, brands can “sell anywhere and fulfill in every way while managing everything” with one platform that powers every element of a unified commerce customer journey. "Our deployment of 6 River Systems reflects our desire to collaborate with companies that share our vision of changing the world of fulfillment, logistics and e-commerce,” said Bob Klunk, COO, Project Verte. “Project Verte exists to enable brands to serve their own customers with an advanced and easy to use digital platform, and with the addition of 6 River Systems' collaborative robots in our warehouse, we are also able to guarantee SLA performance and a best in class experience." To better support Project Verte and its other 3PL, retailer and distributor partners, 6 River Systems recently expanded the software capabilities of its wall-to-wall fulfillment solution. The new capabilities have been designed to help senior-level warehouse operators further improve site management, gain more concrete business transparency across singular or multiple sites and accelerate their return on investment.

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Breakthrough Unveils CleanMile, the First End-To-End Transportation Emissions Management Solution

Breakthrough | April 23, 2022

Breakthrough, a leading transportation technology solutions provider, launched CleanMile, the first end-to-end scope 3 transportation emissions management solution for shippers across all industries.Accessible through FELIX, Breakthrough’s premier transportation intelligence platform, CleanMile is the first solution to track, analyze, and report carbon emissions, create an emissions reduction roadmap, and execute actionable scope 1 and 3 transportation emissions reduction initiatives. Many companies have set corporate sustainability goals to decrease emissions, but, until now, it has been difficult to reduce transportation-related emissions – a significant portion of overall emissions. Constituting roughly 90% of a company’s total emissions, scope 3 emissions are both the largest category of emissions and the most difficult to measure and improve. They are the result of activities from assets not owned or controlled by the organization, including transportation, which is typically a top contributor to a company’s total emissions. “Organizations wanting to reduce scope 3 emissions historically had no way to inform, track or manage these initiatives, CleanMile enables shippers to gain control of transportation emissions by analyzing shipment-level data to inform reduction initiatives and working with our team to build and execute a reduction roadmap.” -Heather Mueller, Chief Marketing and Product Officer of Breakthrough. CleanMile provides actionable and data-driven recommendations for emissions reduction based on a shipper’s transportation network and specific sustainability goals. The service provides a detailed picture of a transportation network’s lifecycle emissions, serving as a guide for future expansion. Informed by more than $22B in annual freight spend in the FELIX platform, CleanMile is the most comprehensive transportation emissions management solution on the market today, helping shippers drive real progress toward corporate sustainability goals. An extension of Breakthrough’s core offerings, CleanMile brings transportation fuel management and network strategy together. This builds on Breakthrough’s unparalleled legacy of helping shippers increase transportation network efficiency and reduce spend via its suite of solutions, including Fuel Recovery, Network Intelligence, and Capac-ID. “For nearly two decades, we’ve partnered with our clients to build and execute effective strategies in transportation energy and network management,” said Mueller. “As we look toward the future, we are proud to provide the solutions our clients need to truly take control of their transportation emissions and make their corporate sustainability goals a reality.” On an annual basis, Breakthrough supports and processes more than 21 million shipments and more than 12 billion transportation miles across several industries including retail, automotive, food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, durable goods and pharmaceuticals. In 2021, Breakthrough Fuel Recovery clients reduced truckload and intermodal fuel spend by 20% and 58%, respectively. To learn more about CleanMile, please visit breakthroughfuel.com/cleanmile. About Breakthrough Breakthrough is a leading innovator in transportation management, dedicated to creating transparent strategies for the world’s leading shippers. By leveraging a robust dataset of over $22 billion in annual freight spend, Breakthrough uncovers freight optimizations and removes distortion from traditional transportation practices. Together with its shipper clients, Breakthrough is transforming the transportation industry by building a more effective freight ecosystem. The company was named to Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Logistics in 2021, is a recipient of the prestigious “Winning Through Innovation” award from Unilever, and is a five-time recipient of Procter & Gamble’s “External Business Partner Excellence Award.”

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Direct Connect Logistix Accelerates Growth with its Acquisition of Hoosier Logistics

Direct Connect Logistix | April 06, 2022

Direct Connect Logistix ("DCL"), a leading third-party logistics services company, and Tipton Holding Group ("Tipton"), the parent company of Hoosier Logistics ("Hoosier"), today announced that the two companies are joining forces to build the combined business into a national leader in third-party transportation and logistics services. Hoosier, founded in 2015 by Rob Likens and Nick Likens in Indianapolis, is a freight brokerage company with specialization in asset-light, temperature-controlled transportation solutions for the food, beverage, and related industries. By joining together, Hoosier and DCL will significantly expand its ability to serve customers across North America. "We will immediately gain scale and resources from this transaction and will benefit from Hoosier's roster of blue-chip food and beverage customers, We look forward to integrating Hoosier's experienced management team into our operations and expect the combination will strengthen our service offerings, broaden our customer base and set the stage for our continuing North American expansion." -DCL CEO Richard Piontek Both Hoosier Logistics CEO Rob Likens and COO Nick Likens will join the combined company to help lead an expansion plan for DCL's brokerage operations. Nick Likens will join DCL's executive management team and Rob Likens will lead the asset-based truckload services division. As we talked extensively with Rich at DCL about this powerful business combination, we became convinced that DCL shares our corporate values and has a growth plan that will benefit our employees and our customers as we build this platform together," Rob and Nick Likens said. "We have worked hard over the past seven years to build Hoosier into what it is today and believe that joining with DCL will help all of us achieve our goals. The transaction comes just a few weeks after DCL's acquisition of Performance Logistics, a cold food chain focused freight brokerage in Salt Lake City, Utah. With operations in the Midwest and Mountain West, as well as Texas, the addition of Hoosier provides the combined company with a larger regional and national presence, along with a customer base that will drive additional organic growth. Detroit-based private equity firm Huron Capital acquired DCL in 2018 to build the company into a premier third-party logistics business. The freight brokerage industry continues to evolve and thrive in a volatile market with tight capacity and resulting rate pressure. Our acquisition of Hoosier Logistics further supports our strategy to develop a top North American transportation management platform and expand our capabilities with a deliberate and strategic focus on the cold chain segment, Piontek said. Republic Partners served as the exclusive financial advisor to Hoosier Logistics, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. For more information about DCL, please visit: www.dclogistix.com. About Direct Connect Logistix Direct Connect Logistix ("DCL") is a leading, non-asset based, multi-modal third-party logistics company providing transportation solutions for customers of all sizes. Since its founding in 2009, DCL has continued to develop its knowledge in the temperature-controlled, time and condition critical truckload segment serving the Food, Grocery, Beverage, and related industries.DCL's unique HUSTLE culture has fueled its growth by defining how the company serves its customers, carriers, investors, employees, and the community at large by providing high performance logistics management solutions that enable sustainable, responsive, and efficient customer supply chains. For more information, please visit: www.dclogistix.com. About Hoosier Logistics Founded in 2015, Indianapolis based Hoosier Logistics' mission has been to be an industry-leading logistics and supply chain provider that provides customers, carriers, and employees with the opportunity to overcome obstacles by using strength, hard work, and cutting-edge technology.For the past seven years, Hoosier has carried out that mission by delivering premium logistics solutions that meet and exceed customer requirements. For more information, please visit: https://hoosierlogistics.net/

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LocoNav Joins Forces with Locus as a Strategic Partner to enable digital transformation in the Global Logistics Industry

LocoNav | April 08, 2022

LocoNav, world's fastest-growing AI-driven full-stack fleet tech company, announced a strategic partnership with Locus. Through this partnership, LocoNav and Locus will enable digital transformation in the logistics industry by automating supply chain operations.Co-Founders - Shridhar Gupta and Vidit Jain, said, "Collaboration is the first step to growth and we couldn't have asked for a better partner than Locus to solve for complex supply chain challenges. This partnership will help us unlock great value for the entire ecosystem, supporting us in our mission to democratize fleet tech. "We are extremely excited about our collaboration with LocoNav and are looking forward to adding more value for enterprise customers with our last-mile optimization platform. This collaboration will help us empower our enterprise clients with a world-class fleet visibility tool." -Pranjal Swarup, Director Partnerships, Locus Locus uses machine learning, deep tech and proprietary algorithms to solve complex last-mile problems. Inefficiencies like delays caused by congestion, suboptimal routes, accidents or cargo thefts, and excessive fuel consumption - caused by speeding, idling or harsh acceleration, can negatively impact a delivery business. Loconav's fleet management solutions (FMS) that include offerings such as track & trace, fuel monitoring, onboard diagnostics with real-time alerts, rich analytics, customized reports, and more will help locus optimize multiple vehicle operations. End-to-end visibility gives Locus's clients the opportunity to enhance operational efficiency, reduce costs and streamline customer experience. Pranjal Swarup, Director Partnerships, Locus Founded in 2016, LocoNav is a full-stack fleet software company focused on democratizing access to fleet technology across global emerging and high-growth markets. Powered by AI and IoT LocoNav solutions empower fleet owners and operators to achieve operational efficiencies, cost savings along with driver and vehicle safety. Operating in over 50 countries LocoNav has raised $37M in a Series B round from Quiet Capital, Anthemis Group, Sequoia Capital India, Fundamental, RIT Capital Partners, Uncorrelated Ventures, Village Global, among others. LocoNav was awarded the Best Software Solutions Provider of the Year: SaaS in Startup 2022 by Entrepreneur India. https://loconav.com/

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UWL Launches Express Service from Vietnam to Seattle

UWL | May 02, 2022

UWL, a top 10 American-owned NVOCC and leading provider of global 3PL services, has contracted with Swire Shipping, a multi-purpose liner service, to launch a new, exclusive express service, departing from Ho Chi Minh City and arriving at the Port of Seattle in 18 days. Providing speed and predictability, the bi-weekly service offers the fastest trip from Vietnam to the US. This revolutionary agreement is the first dedicated ocean service by an NVOCC in the trade.“Customers have been asking for creative solutions during this extremely challenging market, and this first-of-its-kind service is part of our response. Congestion and rate spikes will come and go, but the root issues remain. US importers are pushing for more creativity and controlled reliable solutions to manage supply chain risk,” UWL President Duncan Wright said. The service offers priority berthing at both origin and destination, and a dedicated equipment pool for suppliers in Ho Chi Minh City. This includes 6,000 brand-new ocean containers, with 40-foot-high cube and 20-foot containers already in the rotation. Predictability is assured, as schedules are published six months in advance, with two sailings per month. Upon arrival in Seattle, those needing warehousing or distribution space can take advantage of UWL’s sister company, World Distribution Services (WDS), and its brand-new 300,000 sq. ft. facility near Tacoma, WA, just a short drive away from the Port of Seattle. “In joining forces with UWL, an innovative and integrated logistics provider to American BCOs, we are confident that our ocean express solution will be compelling to importers and exporters who need a direct port-to-port, fast, and reliable service between Vietnam and the Pacific Northwest, which facilitates trade in more than 90 countries and across 400 ports. Our partnership is built on a joint vision of responding to customers’ desire for reliable, safe, and innovative shipping solutions.” -Rufus Frere-Smith, Regional Head, Americas, Swire Shipping Mr. Wright noted: We have seen incredibly strong demand for this service already, which tells us that fast and reliable niche services are here to stay. Our relationship with Swire Shipping is critical to making all this work. Their remarkable 150-year history and robust knowledge of ocean shipping and strong Asia legacy, combined with UWL’s culture of innovation, brings this dedicated service to life. Mr. Frere-Smith commented: “We have deployed new state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient vessels that will sail at high speed, safely and sustainably. We are confident customers and BCOs will find this direct, express service to be extremely effective in shipping their high value products and getting to market quickly.” About UWL UWL is a top 10 American-owned NVOCC and leading provider of global 3PL services. They take pride in delivering seamless supply chain solutions backed by a team of creative problem-solvers. Specializing in ocean transportation, air freight, road and rail, warehousing and distribution, project cargo, and customs house brokerage, their proof is in owned assets: a national network of distribution centers, dependable trucking capacity, and WorldScope, a user-friendly data management platform that delivers transparency and visibility customers can count on. Wherever your freight needs to go, they can help get it there. To find out more, visit their website at www.shipuwl.com About Swire Shipping Swire Shipping is a privately owned organization that was founded in 1872 and now comprises over 600 employees in 20 countries and owns and deploys over 30 vessels in the intra-Asia, Australasia, and Polynesia trades. It is part of the Swire Group which is a Hong Kong- and London-based British conglomerate. Many of its core businesses can be found within the Asia Pacific region, where traditionally Swire’s operations have centered on Hong Kong and mainland China. Its subsidiaries include Cathay Pacific Airlines, Swire Properties, China Navigation Company, Swire Hotels and Swire Resources. About World Group World Group was founded over 60 years ago as a pioneer in vessel agency services on the Great Lakes. Today, they are home to a portfolio of globally trusted brands that deliver customers end-to-end supply chain and logistics solutions, including ContainerPort Group, UWL, World Distribution Services, and World Shipping, Inc. With industry-leading products in ocean drayage and domestic trucking, freight forwarding and air freight, customs house brokerage, vessel husbandry, and warehousing and distribution, customers around the globe use their services to simplify supply chains and reliably move freight. Offering career opportunities across the country for innovators in the transportation industry, their award-winning culture is anchored in people who live and breathe the company’s core values daily. Learn how to join the World Group family by visiting their careers page.

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