The Conti Group, a U.S.-based global developer has won a tender for the building of a deep-sea port

Supply Chain Solutions, Inc | March 22, 2016

The project also involves modernizing the rail network of Georgia and Azerbaijan, as well as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, located on the other side of the Caspian Sea. These upgrades will be sorely needed if the new port is to handle the huge cargo volumes that the project backers expect.The government is currently in negotiations with Chinese corporations for these modernization efforts, according to a government spokesperson.

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CalAmp’s Tracker Brings Secure Supply Chain Visibility Solution to Pan-European Transportation and Logistics Operators

CalAmp | May 16, 2022

CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP), a connected intelligence company helping people and organizations improve operational performance with a data-driven solutions ecosystem, announced its subsidiary, Tracker Network (U.K.) Ltd., is offering its Supply Chain Visibility solution to pan-European transportation and logistics operators to deliver reliable, cost-effective, end-to-end cargo tracking of shipments. The solution will particularly benefit multinational businesses in the pharmaceutical, electronics, biotech, food and consumer goods industries looking to secure high-value, high-risk shipments in transit, while also improving supply chain efficiency and offering essential documentation for regulatory compliance purposes. CalAmp’s Supply Chain Visibility solution is enabled by a portfolio of wireless sensors and other reusable and single-use devices that can be affixed to assets to track and collect critical data, such as temperature, light, shock, vibration and location. The solution enables operators to monitor cargo throughout the shipment journey from a manufacturer through land, sea and air touchpoints to the final destination. Upon arrival, the sensors automatically synchronize with CalAmp’s fixed and mobile hubs to support chain of custody documentation and environmental reporting. Sensor data sent through the CalAmp Telematics Cloud can be directly integrated into warehouse, fleet and logistics management systems via Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). “The pandemic brought to light many challenges within the global supply chain, from port and border closures to product shortages and COVID-19 vaccine shipments. Manually tracking goods in transit exposes cargo to human error and theft, and limits visibility into environmental damage,” explained Mark Rose, managing director for Tracker. “Sensor- and API-enabled smarter logistics systems like CalAmp’s Supply Chain Visibility solution prove invaluable in reducing freight spoilage, optimizing supply chain performance, documenting chain of custody and protecting brand integrity.” The CalAmp Supply Chain Visibility solution provides: Reporting and data analytics: Logging of data to help document chain of custody in compliance with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) requirements Critical alerts and notifications: Immediate web-based and mobile alerts when a shipment exceeds a predetermined temperature range or goes out of the authorized shipping zone, enabling supply chain operators to take corrective action to minimize spoilage and loss Near real-time location tracking: CalAmp’s smart sensors and disposable devices utilize GPS tracking to provide near real-time delivery estimates, current location and progress reports even when cargo is in the hands of a third-party provider Geofencing and route fencing: Alerts notify users if the cargo deviates from the planned route or strays from authorized waypoints Stationary and movement detection: Detection of when a shipment is moving or stalled, which is especially important when navigating high risk areas in route between waypoints API integration: CalAmp integrates with Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to facilitate information sharing, collaboration and transparency along the entire supply chain External sharing of critical sensor readings and history: A device’s sensory reading, location and historical data can be shared with other stakeholders including third-party logistics providers (3PLs), private fleet operators, warehouses and distribution centers. “The need for real-time, end-to-end cargo visibility has never been greater than in today’s complex, just-in-time global supply chain. Manufacturers, logistics operators, consumers and regulators all want to ensure their shipments in transit adhere to strict safety and compliance requirements and will arrive quickly and as expected, We’re excited to provide this level of visibility and intelligence to the European market through our Supply Chain Visibility solution. For our customers shipping goods across pan-European regions, these location and environmental insights will strengthen the reliability, security and efficiency of their operations to benefit all stakeholders in the supply chain.” -Jeff Clark, chief product officer, CalAmp. About Tracker Network (UK) Limited Tracker Network (UK) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CalAmp, has been leading the way in the field of stolen vehicle recovery and insurance and fleet telematics since 1993. With over a million market-leading security and telematics systems fitted to vehicles including passenger cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and plant and construction equipment, Tracker’s connected intelligence solutions help people and businesses work smarter. Together with the police, Tracker has to date recovered over £571 million worth of stolen vehicles and continues to recover on average £1 million worth of stolen vehicles each month. Tracker’s award-winning products ensure its customers have complete peace of mind. For more information, visit www.tracker.co.uk or LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tracker Insights.      About CalAmp CalAmp (Nasdaq: CAMP) is a connected intelligence company that leverages a data-driven solutions ecosystem to help people and organizations improve operational performance. We solve complex problems in transportation and logistics, commercial and government fleet, industrial equipment and consumer vehicle marketplaces by providing solutions that track, monitor and recover vital assets. The insights enabled by our cloud platform, applications and edge computing devices drive operational visibility, safety, efficiency, maintenance and sustainability. Headquartered in Irvine, California, CalAmp has over one million software and services subscribers and 10 million edge devices deployed worldwide. For more information, visit calamp.com, or LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or CalAmp Blog. CalAmp, LoJack, TRACKER, Here Comes The Bus, Bus Guardian, iOn Vision, CrashBoxx and associated logos are among the trademarks of CalAmp and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Spireon acquired the LoJack® U.S. Stolen Vehicle Recovery (SVR) business from CalAmp and holds an exclusive license to the LoJack mark in the United States and Canada. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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GXO Partners with Sente Foundry to Accelerate Logistics Innovation

GXO Logistics | May 17, 2022

GXO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: GXO), the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider, announced a new partnership with Sente Foundry (“Sente”), a global startup investment and innovation platform that brings corporations, public institutions and investors together to discover high-potential technology startups with inventive ideas and scalable solutions that can help solve today’s greatest supply chain challenges. “Our partnership with Sente reflects our ongoing commitment to providing our customers with cutting-edge automated solutions that increase safety, productivity, accuracy and scalability, We look forward to working with Sente to identify innovators around the world that are using emerging technologies to develop game-changing solutions to make logistics a competitive advantage.” -Sandeep Sakharkar, Chief Information Officer, GXO During the year-long collaboration, Sente will conduct a global search for and evaluation of the world’s most promising technology-focused startups. The start-ups will be selected specifically for their potential to help GXO meet its strategic priorities, including accelerating warehouse innovation for customers that are increasingly looking to automate their logistics operations. Sente COO Gerod Carfantan, leader of Sente’s Supply Chain and Transportation domain, said, “We’re excited by this opportunity to connect GXO with startups with scalable groundbreaking ideas. Today’s logistics challenges are increasingly complex, and GXO has led the way globally with creative solutions, innovation and collaboration. We’re inspired by GXO’s mission to realize logistics at full potential and we look forward to helping the company achieve even greater success.” About GXO Logistics GXO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: GXO) is the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider and is benefiting from the rapid growth of ecommerce, automation and outsourcing. GXO is committed to providing a diverse, world-class workplace for approximately 120,000 team members across more than 900 facilities totaling approximately 200 million square feet. The company partners with the world’s leading blue-chip companies to solve complex logistics challenges with technologically advanced supply chain and ecommerce solutions, at scale and with speed. GXO corporate headquarters is in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. Visit GXO.com for more information and connect with GXO on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. About Sente Foundry Sente Foundry, LLC (“Sente”) is a Chicago-based early-stage startup investment program that works with corporations, family offices, and institutional investors to connect startups with innovative and scalable opportunities using its unique “CVC-as-a-Service” platform. Sente searches the world for the most high-potential startups and helps them scale through partnerships with its partners. With Sente, startups can scale faster and do so internationally; investors get line-of-sight and a new way to invest in the world’s most promising startups; and corporations accelerate innovation like never before. Since its founding in 2013, Sente has supported early-stage companies that operate in over 40 countries, have received over $35 million in funding, and have generated revenues exceeding $80 million. Find Sente online at sente.link, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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TRANSPORTATION

Shipwell Introduces Load Optimization as Part of Its Transportation Management System

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. About Shipwell 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.

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Kinaxis and Blume Global to Empower Better Responses to Supply Chain Transportation Disruptions

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.

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