ISG | June 24, 2022
Consumer-facing businesses need to invest in technology and new operating models aimed at creating hyper-personalized, friction-free customer experiences, say experts with Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, appearing at the upcoming ISG TechXchange: Consumer Services event.The full-day event, July 13 at etc.Venues in New York, will examine the shifts in technology, data analysis, operating models, security and sustainability companies in the consumer products and services, retail, logistics, and travel and hospitality industries must accomplish to deliver the experiences their customers expect – and that will define success for years to come.
“The customer experience is front and center and will stay that way for the foreseeable future,” said John Westfield, partner and practice lead, ISG Consumer Services, and host of the event. “Consumers have high expectations for a hyper-personalized, meaningful, friction-free journey for in-store, online and mobile shopping, and enterprises are working to modernize decades-old legacy platforms to deliver instantaneous, relevant experiences.”
The multi-dimensional impact of creating meaningful, hyper-personalized customer experiences in the face of legacy enterprise IT landscapes will be addressed by Clare Megathlin, managing director of software engineering for Alaska Airlines, in a panel discussion, “Shedding Legacy and Modernizing with Innovative Technologies,” Pratibha Salwan, director and leader, ISG Travel, Transportation, Hospitality, Leisure and Logistics.
In a separate panel discussion, “Leveraging Data for Smarter Insights,” Gaurav Bhatia, chief marketing officer for credit union PenFed, and Sunder Pillai, director and lead, ISG Retail and CPG, will discuss how brands are leveraging data from consumers, suppliers and retailers to design better products and services and create stronger brand loyalty.
The featured presentation, “Becoming an Elite Performer: How to Supercharge Your Development Teams in a Cloud-Native World,” delivered by Jennifer Galvin, head of technology alliances for OutSystems, a platform provider of omnichannel applications, will explore a high-performance, low-code development approach to creating software for a continuously evolving world.
As enterprises increasingly look for business value from data monetization, Sahil Sabharwal, vice president of enterprise data platforms for American Express, and Ranjan Roy, vice president of strategy for clothing manufacturer Adore Me, will discuss the data science, artificial intelligence and digital automation innovations – and cultural changes – that are fueling such initiatives, as part of a panel discussion, “Innovations@Scale.”
A successful customer journey is dependent on an enterprise’s ability to produce and analyze data at scale,” Westfield said. “Relevant, contextual data must flow through the entire business ecosystem. This can only be achieved by investing in analytics technology, coupled with continuous training and investment in people to develop analytical, technical, functional and even behavioral skills.
During the event, ISG experts will present insights on topics ranging from the 360-degree customer view, to personalization, the metaverse, virtual innovations, and building sustainability, technology and innovation into the customer experience.
The ISG TechXchange: Consumer Services event is sponsored by Cognizant, Mindtree, OutSystems, Tata Consultancy Services, Zensar, Allganize, Tiger Analytics and UiPath. CIOInsights, CIOReview, Retail Tech Insights, RetailWire, The Technology Business Management (TBM) Council and The AI Journal are media sponsors.
Additional information and event registration are available on the event website.
ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 800 clients, including more than 75 of the world’s top 100 enterprises, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry’s most comprehensive marketplace data. For more information, visit www.isg-one.com.
Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc | June 20, 2022
Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ULH) announced the preliminary results of its modified "Dutch auction" tender offer to repurchase up to 100,000 shares of its outstanding common stock, which expired at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.
Based on the preliminary count by Computershare Trust Company, N.A. ("Computershare"), the depositary for the tender offer, approximately 164,189 shares were properly tendered and not properly withdrawn at or below the expected final purchase price of $28.00 per share, including shares that were tendered through notices of guaranteed delivery.
In accordance with the terms and conditions of the tender offer, the Company expects to acquire 164,189 shares at a final purchase price of $28.00 per share, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $4.6 million. These shares represent approximately 0.62% of the Company's issued and outstanding shares as of May 12, 2022. The total amount of shares expected to be purchased in the tender offer includes the Company's right to increase the tender offer by up to two percent of the Company's outstanding shares and also includes a total of 5,000 shares tendered by Mr. H.E. "Scott" Wolfe, a director of the Company. The determination of the final number of shares to be purchased and the final price per share is subject to confirmation by Computershare of the proper delivery of the shares validly tendered and not withdrawn.
The number of shares to be purchased and the price per share are preliminary and are subject to verification by Computershare and subject to change for a number of reasons, including if some or all of the shares tendered through notices of guaranteed delivery are not delivered within the applicable two trading day settlement period. The actual number of shares to be purchased and the final price per share will be announced following the expiration of the guaranteed delivery period and completion of the confirmation process by Computershare. The final results are not expected to be announced until at least June 21, 2022. Promptly after the announcement, Computershare will issue payment for the shares validly tendered and accepted for payment under the tender offer and will return shares tendered and not purchased in the tender offer.
The Company may purchase additional shares in the future in the open market subject to market conditions and through private transactions, tender offers or otherwise. Under applicable securities laws, however, the Company may not repurchase any shares until June 30, 2022. Whether the Company makes additional repurchases in the future will depend on many factors, including the number of shares purchased in this tender offer, its business and financial performance and situation, the business and market conditions at the time, including the price of the shares, and other factors the Company considers relevant.
The Company has retained Georgeson LLC as the information agent for the tender offer. All questions regarding the tender offer should be directed to the information agent at 866-695-6074 (toll free).
Universal Logistics Holdings, Inc. is a holding company that, through its consolidated subsidiaries, is a leading asset-light provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions throughout the United States, and in Mexico, Canada, and Colombia. The Company's operating subsidiaries offer customers a broad array of services across their entire supply chain, including truckload, brokerage, intermodal, dedicated, and value-added services.
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.
Oatly Group AB | June 10, 2022
Oatly Group AB (Nasdaq: “OTLY”) (“Oatly” or the “Company”), the world’s original and largest oat drink company, announced today the introduction of electric powered, heavy-duty trucks to the Company’s ground transportation in North America. Finding initial success with utilizing electric trucks as part of the Company’s transportation operations in Europe beginning in 2020, Oatly now expands the initiative to include an initial fleet of five electric trucks in the U.S. As part of its ambition to set an example as a future company, Oatly aims to shift to 100% sustainable ground transport for its products and materials by 2029. The introduction of electric trucks within U.S. operations helps build toward this ambition.
“Oatly is on a mission to transform the global food system into one that is healthier for people and the planet. A critical part of that system includes the transportation we and the broader food and beverage industry utilize across the supply chain,” said . Any improvements we can make across our business to have less of an impact on the environment, including within our transportation logistics, is a step in the right direction and something we constantly strive for at Oatly. We’re thrilled to get these electric trucks on the road in North America and continue our global transition to sustainable ground transportation.”
-Chi Mbachu, VP of Logistics at Oatly, North America
Einride, a leader in providing electric and autonomous shipping solutions and Oatly’s existing electric shipping partner in Europe, now serves as the Company’s freight mobility partner in North America. For Oatly, Einride provides electric freight solutions including connected electric trucks, charging infrastructure and connectivity services, all powered by Einride Saga, which manages a proprietary operating system that ensures optimized and efficient shipping.
Based on estimates from Einride, utilizing this fleet of five trucks in the U.S. will save Oatly an estimated 400,000 kg of CO2 over the next year, as compared to using diesel trucks on the same routes. That’s a carbon footprint reduction of 87% on selected routes, as compared to using diesel trucks. Oatly is utilizing its fleet of five electric trucks from its two currently operating factories in the U.S., located in Ogden, UT and Millville, NJ. Multi-purpose routes are scheduled routinely from Oatly plants to nearby recycling and packaging partners.
As one of the first companies in Europe to implement a fleet of heavy-duty electric trucks beginning in October 2020, Oatly operates four electric trucks across various routes in the region, specifically in Sweden, which operate 24/7 live transports between Oatly production facilities and warehouse partners. In Europe, Oatly sees an 87% reduction in CO2 utilizing the fleet of four electric trucks, compared to diesel equivalents on the same routes and expects to save 2,000 tons of CO2 in the European region by the fifth year of the initiative’s operations. Eighteen months since launch, this projection remains on track.
We are the world’s original and largest oat drink company. For over 25 years, we have exclusively focused on developing expertise around oats: a global power crop with inherent properties suited for sustainability and human health. Our commitment to oats has resulted in core technical advancements that enabled us to unlock the breadth of the dairy portfolio, including alternatives to milks, ice cream, yogurt, cooking creams, spreads and on-the-go drinks. Headquartered in Malmö, Sweden, the Oatly brand is available in more than 25 countries globally.