Majestic Steel USA | July 15, 2022
Majestic Steel USA, Inc. ("Majestic"), a leading provider of supply chain solutions and prime flat-rolled steel products across North America, has completed two strategic acquisitions in manufacturing and logistics.
Quicken Steel LLC, a manufacturer of steel buildings and components based in Claxton, Georgia, and Mercury Transport Inc., a transportation company based in Pittsburg, California, will become wholly owned divisions of Majestic Steel USA, Inc.
Quicken Steel will continue to operate independently while using Majestic resources to create synergies. With a niche in providing short lead-times and the quick installation of steel buildings, it's a downstream opportunity that aligns with Majestic's approach to growth and innovation.
The acquisition of Mercury Transport is a follow-on investment to Majestic's 2021 acquisition of Merit Steel USA, a West Coast based steel service center with locations in Pittsburg, CA, Fontana, CA, and Longview, WA.
"These strategic investments further Majestic's commitment to customer service, supply chain reliability, and innovation in steel. Quicken Steel is an opportunity for us to provide our existing solutions downstream where we believe steel is critical to the future of building. We were attracted to their growth-oriented business model, focus on short customer lead-times, and commitment to sustainability. These acquisitions build on our 2021 investments as we continue to expand our footprint across North America."
-Todd Leebow, President & CEO of Majestic Steel USA
About Majestic Steel USA
Majestic Steel USA, founded in 1979 and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, is a privately held and family owned provider of supply chain solutions and prime flat-rolled steel products. Majestic serves its customers in manufacturing, construction and distribution from its network of locations throughout North America. Majestic is a leader in the domestic steel industry with a vision of innovation. Majestic believes steel is critical to American industry and the economy, and continues to supply quality products and the best customer experience
project44 | September 29, 2022
project44, the connective tissue of the global supply chain announced the launch of Movement by project44TM, a game-changing platform that gives all supply chain partners — including shippers, carriers, logistics professionals and more — the transparency and collaboration they need to make supply chains work. For the first time, Movement by project44 combines the power of the entire project44 product suite, including its internally developed products and acquired capabilities, into one cohesive platform.
People, organizations and economies depend on the efficient movement of goods around the world, but the past few years have shown how volatile demand capacity is, how difficult it can be for carriers to find the right loads and how unpredictable delivery times are, said Jett McCandless, founder and CEO, project44. "Movement enables visibility, agility and workflow automation, but most importantly, it fosters collaboration. That is the key. Because together, we can make supply chains work, improve lives and ensure access to the goods the world needs.
Movement empowers teams to manage exceptions, streamline shipment operations, automate manual processes and collaborate to resolve customer issues, all from a single platform. It delivers value by providing complete order-level visibility across all modes globally, including multimodal estimates, from raw material to consumer door. It provides insights and workflow capabilities end to end — before, during and after transit. Everyone in the supply chain can use it, regardless of role, and it can deliver data to any person or system. The intuitive interface and unified APIs simplify issue resolution, and Movement enables seamless, data-driven operations.
As the largest brewer in the world, it is up to us to pave the way for the food and beverage space by investing in technologies that will bring the most value to our customers while navigating unpredictable supply chain challenges," said Andreea Calin, Logistics Operations Transformation Manager, Anheuser-Busch InBev Europe. "With Movement, we hope to easily manage logistics operations in one user-friendly place and exceed customers' rising expectations in an efficient, reliable and sustainable way.
Movement has the largest network of connected carriers, logistics service providers, shippers, technology providers and consumers in the industry and can create connections for those who are not already part of the network faster than any competitor. project44 also has the most robust dataset and the most sophisticated data science technology in the sector and provides the greatest breadth, depth and quality of visibility available anywhere.
We owe it to our customers to provide specialized cargo solutions based on their individual requirements and schedules," said Paul Foster, Vice President of Development and Integrations, JAS Worldwide. "Global supply chains can be unpredictable, and to address customers' needs, we need innovative technology that is user-friendly, reliable and informative. Movement will give us the end-to-end visibility we need to manage high-level logistics to meet and exceed customer expectations.
With Movement, shippers can increase lead time reliability and improve on-time delivery to cut costs and improve customer satisfaction. Logistics professionals can use Movement to improve data accuracy and increase productivity to grow revenue. Movement enables carriers to drive digital adoption, increase data accuracy and improve efficiency through automation to become more competitive. Drivers can reduce check calls and dwell times, providing real-time visibility and securing more profitable loads while gaining advantages as a preferred carrier.
"As Girteka, the largest asset-based transportation company in Europe, we have a clear aim to be the obvious first choice for clients, colleagues, partners, the community, and shareholders, As a company, we have developed a solid foundation towards shaping the future intelligent enterprise and strategically investing into technologies that support our vision to become the market shaping, Top 10 European logistics leader. We have a strong long-term partnership with project44, and already leverage their market-recognized RTV solution. The next step is to leverage the Movement platform which will allow us to better manage data from carriers and customers enabling greater collaboration, access to real-time insights and streamlined workflows across the supply chain."
-Edvardas Liachovičius, CEO of Girteka Holding
Movement's user interface is highly adaptive and more intuitive and useful to a broad audience, and project44's ecosystem partnerships and API-first architecture makes Movement compatible with any third-party or system. Both the back-end architecture of the product and UX have been redesigned to optimize customer experience.
The partner of choice for more top global supply chains than any other technology, project44 is a market leader, as recognized by independent analysts and in user and customer reviews. This gives project44 the insight, scale, skills and partnerships necessary to build a single platform capable of making supply chains work for everyone: Movement by project44™.
Most visibility vendors offer a single mode or narrow set of capabilities, McCandless added. They talk about a 'single pane of glass,' but without the ability to adapt to a user's preferences, these solutions are one dimensional, which is a thing of the past. Movement is the future. It's multidimensional, where each facet presents a unique perspective tailored to the user's requirements. This level of configurability, value and collaboration is necessary to tackle the world's biggest supply chain challenges. The name 'Movement' represents the part we all play in solving them, inside or outside the industry.
project44 is on a mission to make supply chains work. As the supply chain connective tissue, project44 operates the world's most trusted end-to-end visibility platform that tracks more than 1 billion unique shipments annually for over 1,200 of the world's leading brands, including top companies in manufacturing, automotive, retail, life sciences, food & beverage, and oil, chemical & gas. Using project44, shippers and carriers across the globe drive greater predictability, resiliency and sustainability. The undisputed leader in the market, project44 was named the Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, #1 in FreightWaves FreightTech 2022, a five-time leader in customer satisfaction on G2's Supply Chain Visibility Grid, one of SupplyChainBrain's 100 Great Supply Chain Partners of 2022, and the Customer's Choice in Gartner Peer Insights Voice of the Customer report. project44 is headquartered in Chicago with a diverse team spanning 23 global offices including Austin, Amsterdam, Kraków, Paris, São Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo. Learn more at project44.com.
Harbinger | September 15, 2022
Harbinger, a revolutionary vehicle and technology manufacturer poised to transform the medium-duty commercial electric vehicle (EV) industry, announced a new collaboration with Wabash, North America's leading manufacturer of trailers and truck bodies, that aims to leverage Wabash's industry-leading expertise in composite materials in the last mile delivery space.
The persistent driver shortages that logistics providers now face are driving new demands for vehicles that are comfortable to operate in all climates. At the same time, stubbornly elevated fuel prices, widespread emissions reduction targets, and an increased public awareness of the impacts of climate change are raising the pressure on manufacturers to reduce vehicle weight, leading to competing engineering demands that cannot be satisfied using yesterday's technology.
"Electrifying the medium-duty trucking industry will only happen with the commitment of manufacturers, distributors, and technology companies who are actively seeking innovative solutions to define the next frontier of the industry We are working closely with industry leading partners like Wabash to bring the commercial electric vehicles to market that are so desperately needed today to improve supply chain efficiency and reduce environmental impacts."
-John Harris, CEO of Harbinger
With 13 primary manufacturing locations, over 6,000 employees, and over $1.8B in revenue in 2021, Wabash is attacking the challenges of electrification with scale and experience. The company has a comprehensive network of dealers, parts, services, and upfit capabilities to streamline the ownership experience for end users.
As the first company to develop an entirely new, vertically integrated electric platform for the medium duty segment, Harbinger's vehicles offer improvements in safety, driver experience, and productivity, tuned to the needs of commercial fleet operators and specialty vehicle customers.
We're excited to continue our collaborations with electric vehicle manufacturers like Harbinger to deliver sustainable solutions in the last mile and home delivery market," said Dustin Smith, chief strategy officer at Wabash. Wabash intends to be at the forefront of the commercial EV market, leveraging our proprietary DuraPlate® and EcoNex™ material technologies to reduce weight without sacrificing structural integrity of the vehicle. By combining Harbinger's electric chassis with our lightweight and long-lasting truck bodies, together we are building solutions that are responsive to today's dynamic market conditions.
Harbinger is a commercial electric vehicle (EV) company on a mission to transform an industry starving for innovation. Harbinger's best-in-class team of EV, battery, and drivetrain experts have pooled their deep experience to support the growing demand for medium-duty EVs. Leveraging a foundation of proprietary, in-house developed vehicle technologies designed specifically for commercial vehicles, Harbinger is bringing a first-of-its-kind EV platform to market, priced for zero acquisition premium. Harbinger: familiar form, revolutionary foundation. To learn more about Harbinger, please visit www.harbingermotors.com.
As the innovation leader of connected solutions for the transportation, logistics, and distribution industries, Wabash ( NYSE: WNC) is Changing How the World Reaches You®. Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, the company's mission is to enable customers to succeed with breakthrough ideas and solutions that help them move everything from first to final mile. Wabash designs and manufactures a diverse range of products, including: dry freight and refrigerated trailers, platform trailers, tank trailers, dry and refrigerated truck bodies, structural composite panels and products, trailer aerodynamic solutions, and specialty food grade processing equipment.
DHL SUPPLY CHAIN | September 28, 2022
Locus Robotics, the leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMR) for fulfillment warehouses, announces the expansion of their partnership with DHL Supply Chain, the contract logistics leader within Deutsche Post DHL Group. The extended partnership includes the deployment Locus autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) at DHL Supply Chain's Canal Winchester and Lockbourne, Ohio fulfillment centers to support high-volume order fulfillment for global clothing retailer customer, Carhartt.
Locus's growing relationship with DHL Supply Chain further emphasizes the increasing demand for warehouse automation to support fast-growing retail brands such as Carhartt, said Rick Faulk, CEO, Locus Robotics. "Locus's flexibility, seamless scalability, and fast ROI has been a proven approach that enables DHL to consistently meet and exceed their customers' expectations, especially as we head into the peak season.
DHL Supply Chain's ongoing implementation of Locus's innovative AMR technology ensures that DHL fulfillment center operations are optimized to meet rapidly increasing volumes and seasonal peakswhile also helping to control operating and labor costs. LocusBots optimize worker productivity in the order fulfillment process by decreasing walking time and improving worker ergonomics and workplace quality.
"Implementing Locus has quickly proven to be an ideal choice to deliver high productivity, letting us fulfill orders at a record pace, Locus's ease of use and fast training has also helped us with recruiting and retaining employees and seasonal workers. So, all the way around, there are some real competitive advantages."
-Tony Gariety, Vice President Distribution Operations, Carhartt.
Since 2017, DHL Supply Chain North America and Locus Robotics have partnered to support piece picking order fulfillment in warehouses for a range of retail and healthcare brands. LocusBots navigate autonomously through the warehouse and collaborate closely and safely with associates to improve order picking productivity and throughput efficiency. They can be flexibly and seamlessly deployed as demand changes, supporting a diverse range of picking strategies and workflows. `
As the supply chain and logistics industry has rapidly transformed, we have developed an accelerated digitization program, which aims to identify, nurture and deploy innovative technology solutions at scale," said Tim Dolcich, Director of Engineering, DHL Supply Chain. Locus has been a trusted partner in providing solutions that challenge how we do business and improve customer outcomes.
About Locus Robotics
Locus Robotics' revolutionary, multi–bot solution incorporates powerful and intelligent autonomous mobile robots that operate collaboratively with human workers to dramatically improve piece–handling productivity 2–3x, with less labor compared to traditional piece handling systems. Locus helps retailers, 3PLs and specialty warehouses efficiently meet – and exceed – the increasingly complex and demanding requirements of fulfillment environments. Easily integrating into existing warehouse infrastructures without disrupting workflows, Locus transforms productivity without transforming the warehouse. For more information, visit www.locusrobotics.com.
DHL – The logistics company for the world
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".