Accenture | September 07, 2022
Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has agreed to acquire Inspirage, an integrated supply chain specialist firm focused on Oracle technology. The acquisition will further enhance Accenture’s Oracle Cloud capabilities, helping it accelerate innovation for clients through emerging technologies, such as touchless supply chain and digital twins. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Founded in 2007, Inspirage is headquartered in Bellevue, WA with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. Once the acquisition is completed, its 710 employees will join the Accenture Oracle Business Group, further bolstering its Oracle supply chain skills and expanding its capabilities to help product-centric clients create interconnected, intelligent and innovative supply chain networks.
“In a time of unprecedented disruption and supply constraints, companies need to reimagine, build, and operate supply chain networks that orchestrate change, simplify people’s lives and positively impact business, society and the planet, With the addition of Inspirage and its deep industry and systems experience, Accenture will be even better positioned to help our clients reinvent supply chain and manufacturing through Oracle technologies.”
-Renato Scaff, North America lead of Accenture Supply Chain & Operations
With a focus on digitally transforming product-based industries utilizing Oracle Cloud technologies, Inspirage helps to break down silos across innovation and product life cycle management, supply chain, logistics, enterprise finance, and analytics to achieve operational excellence. It serves clients in high-growth micro verticals within the high tech, life sciences, manufacturing, consumer goods, retail, and oil and gas industries. Inspirage is a Platinum level member of Oracle Partner Network.
Our goal is to drive value for our clients, empowering them to evolve their businesses by embracing the cloud continuum and digital technologies,” said Samia Tarraf, North America Oracle Business Group lead at Accenture. “We look forward to joining forces with Inspirage, a highly valued Oracle partner with top talent and an impressive track record. Together, we will help unleash the power of Oracle Cloud to drive impactful results.
"For 15 years, we have been highly focused on customer success and innovating to stay ahead of client and industry challenges. Our people take immense satisfaction in solving the most difficult supply chain problems and making a difference for our clients and Oracle partners. Together with Accenture, we can deliver these highly specialized capabilities at scale globally, while creating new growth opportunities for our people."
-Srini Subramanian, CEO and co-founder, Inspirage
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and Accenture Song — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 710,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at accenture.com.Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.
Expedite All | August 30, 2022
Expedite All announced the launch of a new, nationwide expedite transportation network that gives shippers on-demand access to more than 1,000 carriers offering over 5,000 expedite vehicles at rates up to 10% lower than traditional expedite. Expedite All is disrupting the expedite industry, leveraging proprietary Truck Map and Freight Rate Calculator technology and a network of trusted small vehicle carriers to offer shippers a new transportation option: short-, medium- and long-haul expedite services that can be utilized for routine shipping needs. Expedite All's fast-growing small vehicle network offers an effective transportation solution for virtually any shipper in any industry, from the first mile to the last mile.
"Due to the high cost, shippers use traditional expedite only when they have to, and mainly for relatively short distances The new Expedite All model makes it faster, easier and less costly to utilize expedite services for everything from short- to long-haul shipments, essentially providing shippers with a new transport mode that adds flexibility to their everyday transportation mix."
-Alex Winston, president of Expedite All
Exclusive transportation service often means placing a load as small as one pallet on a dedicated 53-foot semi trailer, which is inefficient and environmentally unfriendly, continued Winston. That pallet could be loaded onto a small vehicle, like a sprinter van, that is faster, costs less and offers a much more sustainable option for shippers. Sprinter vans are as much as two and a half times more fuel efficient than semi trucks, so they emit two and half times less CO2 into the atmosphere. By providing shippers with access to a large network of small vehicles, Expedite All is on the front lines of delivering greener, more efficient transportation solutions.
Expedite All offers immediate access to more than 5,000 expedite vehicles, including sprinter vans, cargo vans, straight trucks and box trucks across the continental U.S. On average, a standard sprinter van can carry up to three pallets, a box truck can carry up to seven and a straight truck can carry up to 14, representing an enormous amount of untapped capacity that Expedite All is making available to shippers. At launch, the size of the company's network rivals the available capacity of the largest existing expedite providers, with plans to grow.
Expedite All's map-based user interface provides shippers with real-time visibility to available vehicles, making finding and booking the right vehicle fast and easy. Expedite All's Freight Rate Calculator uses proprietary algorithms to allow shippers to quickly get an estimated rate quote without having to call and compare rates from multiple expedite providers. Shippers can track their shipments online from pickup to delivery and receive 24/7 dedicated phone support throughout their shipment's journey.
About Expedite All
Expedite All is an emerging industry disruptor, leveraging proprietary Truck Map and Freight Rate Calculator technology and a network of more than 1,000 trusted small vehicle carriers to offer shippers a new transportation option: short- to long-haul expedite services at rates up to 10% lower than traditional expedite. Expedite All is a faster, less costly and more sustainable transportation solution. To learn more, visit www.expediteall.com.
Cummins Inc | September 23, 2022
Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is showcasing its platform of zero-emissions technologies this week at the IAA Transportation show, the world's largest mobility show, in Hannover, Germany. A range of new Cummins technologies and the recently acquired Meritor ePowertrain technologies are available publicly together for the first time. With over a century of experience as a global power leader, Cummins is solidifying its commitment to providing comprehensive zero-emissions technology on a global scale."Cummins has deep application expertise, and we are uniquely positioned to deliver solutions that truly fit the needs of commercial applications," said Amy Davis, Vice President and President of New Power at Cummins. "Realizing a net-zero future will require a range of technologies. Our extensive zero-emissions portfolio is how we will meet varied customer demands across the hardest-to-abate industries and make the energy transition possible."
One key zero-emissions product Cummins revealed at IAA is its fourth-generation hydrogen fuel cell engine. Designed to meet the duty-cycle, performance and packaging requirements of medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, the fuel cell technology is available in 135 kW single and 270 kW dual modules.
Scania in Europe and Daimler Trucks North America have each announced collaborations with Cummins to develop and integrate these next-generation fuel cell engines into demonstrator vehicles. The systems use fourth-generation variable pressure technology to provide higher power density, power nodes and operating temperatures for easier system integration into vehicles. They also have strong operating cycle efficiency and durability for a lower total cost of ownership.
“We know our customers have diverse needs and complicated duty cycles to support, which is why we focus on continued innovation and improvement, We’re developing hydrogen fuel cell technology that demonstrates the capacity and flexibility required to meet or exceed the power needs for on-highway commercial vehicles – proving hydrogen as a viable solution to decarbonize the economy.”
-Amy Adams, Vice President of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins.
Attendees at IAA will also get the first glimpse of a drivetrain assembled with a newly introduced Cummins lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack, Meritor’s 17xe ePowertrain and Meritor’s Power Control and Accessory System (PCAS). Cummins recently added the ePowertain and PCAS solutions to its portfolio through its acquisition of Meritor. The ePowertrain leverages market-leading technologies in the axle, motor and inverter, delivering performance, efficiency and packaging advantages at a competitive cost. Additionally, the PCAS provides power where needed and control of necessary sub-systems while reducing packaging size and simplifying integration.
Cummins is adding an LFP battery to its line of lithium-ion battery products to expand support of electrified commercial vehicle applications. The LFP solution gives customers access to faster charging and longer-life batteries, targeting the medium-duty truck and school bus markets. By using a multi-chemistry strategy, Cummins is positioned to expand its manufacturing capacity further and diversify its supply chain, providing customers with more cost-effective electrification solutions.
We are giving customers options to enable them to adapt to a zero-emissions future faster, said Brian Wilson, General Manager of Electrified Components at Cummins. With the recent acquisition of Meritor and our new multi-chemistry approach, we will be able to tailor our solutions and offer a one-stop-shop for customers' powertrain needs.
Cummins' portfolio includes four batteries, each of which targets a different duty cycle and use case and complement each other. In addition to the LFP option, this includes three nickel manganese cobalt (NMC) batteries – the BP95E, BP74E and BP30E. The BP95E is Cummins’ next-generation solution that prioritizes greater energy density in applications for customers who need more weight-sensitive solutions or have longer ranges. The BP30E is ideal for meeting limited-space applications and rugged demands, and the BP74E is the foundation for Cummins’ BEV innovation and progress.
About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid powertrains, and powertrain-related components including filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, controls systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, electric power generation systems, batteries, electrified power systems, hydrogen generation and fuel cell products. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 59,900 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment, and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves its customers online, through a network of company-owned and independent distributor locations, and through thousands of dealer locations worldwide and earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $24.0 billion in 2021. See how Cummins is powering a world that is always on by accessing news releases and more information at https://www.cummins.com/always-on.
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.