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New rail freight service connects Italian enterprise with Central Asia and China business opportunities

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BEIJING, 16-Sep-2016 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — The biggest story coming out of China today is the launching of the Silk Road on Rails: China-Europe block trains that carry goods across the globe. The proposal to establish China-Europe railroads surprised even the most experienced of rail industry players, yet thousands of trains now traverse these tracks annually.

Telefriuli SpA, the Italian broadcaster, exclusively aired the video series across Italy’s northeastern regions of Friuli Venezia and Eastern Veneto during the first week of September 2016. Telefriuli SpA was set up in 1974 in the North East of Italy. With more than 40 years of history it is also the region’s longest-running broadcast channel.

Today, as certified by Auditel, Telefriuli is by far the most-watched broadcaster in Friuli Venezia Giulia and in Eastern Veneto, and offers its viewers a rich schedule ranging from information to entertainment.

Of the videos. Telefruili Director, Daniele Paroni, said “I think it is crucial for Europe and for China to have a “physical” link which allows more and more narrow and intense social and economic relations between these two global players. In the videos there was a brilliant comparison between the silk road and the rail which links China and Europe.”

The China-Europe rail route is the longest in the world covering almost 10,000 kilometres in total.

Referring to BON Cloud, the producer and distributor of the China-Europe block train video series, Ms Paroni continued, “Telefriuli wants to retrace Marco Polo’s steps, showing to our audience the brilliant productions [BON Cloud is] sending us which also helps to connect Central-Southern Europe with China. Now that we have established this important relationship – BON Cloud and Telefriuli – we really want to continue this journey together, to enable us to achieve mutual satisfaction and knowledge.”

The first block train left Zhengzhou for Hamburg on July 18th, 2013, connecting people along the Silk Road and shortening the distance between continents. The 12-day, six-country journey posed challenges: would European companies welcome the new trade route? Would the cargo be secure? Would the project even be practical?

The trans-Eurasia rail trip began as a once-a-month event but China soon realized it required partners to make it successful. With partners on board, Hamburg became the forerunner. The German port city now serves as both a departure and destination point for the China-Europe block trains.

This project has lowered the cost of transportation significantly and commerce is thriving. There is no doubt about the initiative’s acceptance. The service currently transports goods several times a week from China, the Republic of Korea and Japan, as well as European countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, France and Spain. With the growing success of the initiative, the development of additional European destinations is in the pipeline.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

PINC Solutions Announces Series D Funding And Additions To Its Leadership Team

PINC Solutions, the leader in supply chain asset visibility and yard management solutions, today announced a new round of financing and additions to its management team. PINC’s series D financing was led by the company’s previous investors Sutter Hill and Horizon Ventures to further accelerate its market leadership, growth, and customer success. The company’s board of directors also appointed Ken Colby as the new Chief Executive Officer. He assumes the role previously held by Aleks Gollu, co-founder of the company. Dr. Gollu has been appointed Chief Technology Officer, and will now focus his efforts on driving further innovation for the company’s best-in-class asset visibility solutions. The new executive appointments are effective immediately.

“PINC Solutions has redefined the asset visibility and management space for the Supply Chain Logistics industry with its innovative technology and value proposition,” said Tench Coxe, managing partner at Sutter Hill Ventures. “The company is poised for growth and success.”

Ken Colby has almost three decades of Software and Services Operations experience, including more than 5 years as a President or General Manager, driving long-term profitable growth and leading teams across the globe. Ken most recently served as SVP of Global Operations for Smart Drive Systems where he oversaw the deployment of an industry-leading solution for driver safety and fleet productivity. Through the end of 2007, Ken held the position of President and General Manager of @Road, the leading SaaS-based provider of mobile resource management solutions for commercial fleets in North America. Ken delivered over $100 million in revenue and led the company following its acquisition by Trimble Navigation, a worldwide provider of advanced GPS solutions with operations in more than 100 countries. Prior to @Road, Ken held executive level positions at Sybase, Oracle, Mincom and a number of enterprise software providers. He served twelve years in the U.S. Navy and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md where he holds a B.S. in Engineering.

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Supply Chain Consulting and Trainings Across Global Borders

Clear Vantage adds several trainings on “Logistics” to the existing package! Clear Vantage has now a global structure with Supply Chain Management experts located in Europe, United States, India and China.

With the engagement of its international partners, Clear Vantage has turned quite challenging tasks into real success stories demonstrating excellence on cost-reduction methodologies, process improvements, project management, technological innovations and communications.

CLEAR VANTAGE “The Essence of Purchasing” has been founded by Johan van Hamme (Master Science in Chemical Engineering) in order to meet the increasing demand for cost reductions, higher service levels and process improvements.

Clear Vantage, is also focused on company specific and group specific Supply Chain and Purchasing Trainings. These trainings can cover elements such as supplier selection, operational and sourcing key performance indicators, cost reduction methodologies, contract development, low cost country sourcing, reverse auctions, supplier development, etc.

As founder and owner of the companies Clear Vantage and Cu-Factor, Mr. Johan van Hamme’s goal is to provide you clear recommendations and support on how to reduce your costs, optimize your organization and streamline your material flows with a strong emphasis on quality.

Mr. Johan’s 20+ years experience as Supply Chain Management Executive with key global industrial players could be of great contribution to your business.

Particularly, his in-depth knowledge of the automotive industry (car manufacturers, tier suppliers and aftermarket) and other highly complicated domains can help you to construct or strengthen your “bridge” to the Western world.

Johan’s ability to master six European languages in conjunction with a strong sense of (European) business culture is a further significant differentiator that provides a strong value.

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Leading Lean Logistics Service Provider Benefits From Real-Time-Location-System (RTLS) Enhanced Visibility Added To Yard Management Solution

PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective real-time asset visibility technology, announced today that Transfreight has implemented PINC Solutions’ Yard Hound at its Toyota-dedicated crossdocking facility and the adjacent manufacturing plant located in Woodstock, Ontario. Yard Hound added automated real-time visibility for asset tracking to an existing yard management and shunt control solution.

PINC’s innovative real-time location system utilizes passive RFID and other wireless and sensor technologies to locate and track the positions of assets in the yard in real time, ensuring the visibility information for the yard is always up-to-date.

“We are pleased to enable Transfreight to monitor and track their yard assets in real-time utilizing our patented RTLS technology,” said Aleks Gollu, CEO of PINC Solutions. “As a well-recognized expert in the Toyota Production System (TPS), Erlanger, Kentucky-based Transfreight engineers lean supply chains for top manufacturers across North America. Our system helps further streamline the yard operation by providing real-time, accurate information about all activities associated with the assets while in the yard.”

With PINC’s Yard Hound, users have access to the yard information remotely anytime through secure web portals. Electronic records, automated alerts and notifications, and customized reports about our customer’s assets are also available. PINC’s customers realize many benefits from the system such as:

• Increased yard operation efficiency
• Improved yard truck and driver productivity and retention
• Reduced manual yard checks
• Increased yard velocity and throughput
• Improved equipment utilization
• Reduced late, demurrage and detention fees
• Enhanced customer and vendor services

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PINC Solutions, The Leader In Cost-Effective Yard Management Solutions, Named 2009 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Top-100

PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective yard management solutions based on real-time asset visibility technology, has been named by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine among its 2009 top-100 providers of supply chain services and solutions. This year the magazine focused the criteria for its “100” feature on economic recovery.

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The 2009 list of Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 identifies leading providers of supply chain services and technologies who are helping their customers and clients both respond to the downturn and, more importantly, position themselves for growth ahead. Explained Andrew K. Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, “the corporate executives and line-of-business leaders who rely on the magazine want to know what the different supply chain solution and service providers are doing to help them meet these critical, corporate ‘life-or-death’ challenges.”

“Achieving faster return on investment has become increasingly important to our customers in the face of the current economy,” said Michelle Kiang, Vice President of Marketing of PINC Solutions. “Our yard management solution is built on a modular architecture that is scalable with the needs of businesses and facilities of varying sizes. This way, PINC’s customers can choose and install our systems that address their most pressing requirements first, and then seamlessly expand the capabilities by adding additional modules at a later time. Our web-based application enables all corporate users to access the same visibility information regardless of their physical locations, thus ensuring single version of the truth is being shared within the organizations as well as with their supply chain partners.”

Final recipients are featured in the cover story of the June/July 2009 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, as well as online at www.SDCExec.com/SDCE100.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. On the Web at www.SDCExec.com.

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a leading provider of real-time visibility enabled yard management solutions headquartered in Berkeley, California. Its clients include Fortune-1000 businesses in manufacturing, retail and transportation including Kraft Foods and Kimberly-Clark. PINC has pioneered the development of real-time-location-system (RTLS) using an innovative combination of passive RFID, GPS, MEMS and other wireless sensors to determine the item position in real time, eliminating the need for capital investment in the infrastructure. PINC provides turnkey yard management solutions delivered over the web on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. For more information please visit www.pincsolutions.com

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Leading Innovator Provides Real-Time-Visibility Enabled Supply Chain Management Solution To The CPG Giant For The Annual Award Honoring Best Practices In Logistics

PINC Solutions, the leading innovator in real-time visibility enabled supply chain management solutions, today announces that its customer, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, has been awarded the 2009 Logistics Best Practices Gold Award for the company’s yard management project using a system provided by PINC.

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The winning case study of the trailer tracking project was featured as the cover story for the June issue of Logistics Management Magazine. “K-C transformed managing semi-trailers and yard jockey services at a 1,200-acre site with manual processes from a labor intensive, inefficient and costly process using paper logs, old data, unknown asset locations and lack of actionable information into a modern, Web-based management process to achieve real-time asset visibility and significant cost savings,” noted the judges of the award.

“We are very excited to see Kimberly-Clark being honored for its achievement in using technology to improve operational efficiencies,” said Michelle Kiang, Vice President of Marketing of PINC Solutions. “By working in partnership with our customers, we have developed a unique technology platform that has proven to help the users improve their supply chain visibility and optimize their yard and transportation operations. Our customers see immediate returns on their investment by reducing costs and improving productivity.”

This award followed other recognitions won by PINC and its customers in the supply chain and logistics industry. Most recently, PINC was named among the 2009 top 100 technology solution and service providers by both Inbound Logistics and Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazines.

More details about Kimberly-Clark’s award-winning case study can be found online at http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/CA6663594.html

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a leading provider of real-time visibility enabled yard management solutions headquartered in Berkeley, California. Its clients include Fortune-1000 businesses in manufacturing, retail and transportation including Kraft Foods and Kimberly-Clark. PINC has pioneered the development of real-time-location-system (RTLS) using an innovative combination of passive RFID, GPS, MEMS and other wireless sensors to determine the item position in real time, eliminating the need for capital investment in the infrastructure. PINC provides turnkey yard management solutions delivered over the web on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. For more information please visit www.pincsolutions.com.

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PINC Solutions Named Inbound Logistics Top-100 Logistics IT Company for 2009

PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective, real-time asset visibility technology, has been named by Inbound Logistics Magazine among its 2009 Top 100 Logistics IT Providers.

Every April, Inbound Logistics editors recognize 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence. Drawn from a pool of more than 500 companies, using questionnaires, personal interviews, and other research, Inbound Logistics selects the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers for leading the way in 2009.

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“2009 continues to be a year where every opportunity and efficiency must be seized, and PINC Solutions consistently provides the kinds of technology solutions business logistics managers need to successfully manage their global enterprises,” commented Felecia Stratton, Editor of Inbound Logistics. “Solutions providers such as PINC Solutions reflect leadership by offering innovative and practical solutions to empower logistics and supply chain management. As shippers, carriers, and 3PLs increase their use of logistics IT, PINC Solutions’ system is scalable, flexible and responsive to customers’ evolving needs. That’s why Inbound Logistics editors have recognized PINC Solutions as one of 2009’s Top 100 Logistics IT Providers.”

“We are pleased to be honored again as a top-100 IT solution provider by Inbound Logistics,” said Michelle Kiang, Vice President of Marketing of PINC Solutions. “As our customers’ supply chain becomes an increasingly complex and dynamic network of participants, PINC continues to focus on leveraging real-time visibility as the key enabler for management and practitioners to make informed decisions. We strive to provide solutions that not only meet our customers’ needs for quick ROI, but also become the catalyst for business process improvement and redesign in order for our users to achieve sustaining logistics excellence.”

About Inbound Logistics
Inbound Logistics is the pioneering publication of demand-driven logistics practices, also known as supply chain management. IL’s educational mission is to guide businesses to efficiently manage logistics, reduce and speed inventory, and neutralize transportation cost increases by aligning supply to demand and adjusting enterprise functions to support that paradigm shift. More information about demand-driven logistics practices is available at www.inboundlogistics.com.

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a privately held company headquartered in Berkeley, California. Its real time asset visibility and management solution, Yard Hound™, is deployed at industry-leading customers in manufacturing, retail and transportation sectors throughout North America. PINC’s clients include Fortune-500 businesses as well as leaders in the SMB segment. PINC has pioneered the development of a unique RTLS platform using innovative combinations of passive RFID and wireless technologies to determine the item position in real time, eliminating the need for heavy capital investment in the infrastructure. The Yard Hound systems are turnkey solutions delivered over the web on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. These systems have already proven their value through immediate efficiency improvements in customers’ daily operations, with the overall improvements in economics typically generating a positive ROI in less than a year. For more information about PINC Solutions and the Yard Hound products, please visit www.pincsolutions.com.

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PINC Solutions Announces New Extension of Yard Hound™ Products for Real-Time Monitoring of Temperature Controlled Trailers

PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective yard management solutions based on real-time asset visibility technologies, announces the latest addition to its growing portfolio of RTLS-enabled yard visibility and management products for cold chain management applications. Yard Hound Reefer enables automated, remote monitoring of the current temperature inside refrigerated trailers and their fuel levels. With Yard Hound Reefer installed, the yard personnel can effectively supervise refrigerated trailers without conducting repeated, time-consuming manual checks.

Design with the same principle of scalable architecture and minimal infrastructure requirements as the core Yard Hound systems, Yard Hound Reefer leverages passive RFID and IEEE 802.15.4-standard based mesh networking technology for transmitting monitored information from the trailers back to the database in real-time. Available with permanent or temporary mounting options, the PINC Reefer Tag is a PINC Tag enhanced with a low-power circuitry to monitor temperature, fuel level, and the status of the attached trailer refrigeration unit. Customer configurable, automatic alarms and notifications can be set to alert of events such as temperature exceeding alarm set point or fuel-level decreasing below predefined threshold. Trailer temperature history and preventive maintenance information of the monitored units are also available through the system.

Key benefits of Yard Hound Reefer include

• Save labor costs for frequent yard checks for visual inspections
• Prevent costly product shrinkage due to spoilage and the resultant insurance claim
• Lower fuel consumption and associated greenhouse gas emission
• Optimize yard zoning by eliminating the constraint of proximity to the guard
• Reduce maintenance and repair costs

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a privately held company headquartered in Berkeley, California. Its real time asset visibility and management solution, Yard Hound™, is deployed at industry-leading customers in manufacturing, retail and transportation sectors throughout North America. PINC’s clients include Fortune-500 businesses as well as leaders in the SMB segment. PINC has pioneered the development a unique RTLS platform using passive RFID, MEMS and other wireless sensors to determine the item position in real time, eliminating the need for heavy capital investment in the infrastructure. The Yard Hound systems are turnkey solutions delivered over the web on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. These systems have already proven their value through immediate efficiency improvements in customers’ daily operations, with the overall improvements in economics typically generating a positive ROI in less than a year. For more information about PINC Solutions and the Yard Hound products, please visit www.pincsolutions.com

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PINC Solutions, Leading Innovator in Real-Time-Visibility, Awarded Red Herring Top 100 Global Company

PINC Solutions, the leading innovator in real-time visibility enabled supply chain management solutions, today announce that it has been awarded as one of the Red Herring Top 100 Global Companies.

Chosen from a pool of 1,800 successful and highly eligible companies, the Red Herring editorial team deployed a detailed process to drill-down the best companies to the top 100 winners of this global award. Evaluations were made on criteria such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy, and ecosystem integration. The announcement of the winners was made on January 16 at the Red Herring 100 Global Conference which took place in San Diego, California.

“PINC has proven to be a company excelling in their industry and its ripples have turned into waves,” commented Red Herring publisher Alex Vieux. “We look forward to the changes it makes to its industry in the future.”

“In the current economic environment, corporations around the world are looking for solutions to improve their use of resources in more efficient and sustainable ways,” said Aleks Gollu, CEO of PINC Solutions. “By taking an innovative approach to using technologies to address a traditionally underserved market segment, we have developed a unique platform that has proven to help the users improve their supply chain visibility and optimize their yard and transportation operations. Our customers see immediate returns on their investment by reducing costs and improving productivity.”

This award follows other recognitions won by PINC in the supply chain and logistics industry. Most recently, PINC was named among the top 100 technology solution and service providers for its 2008 annual listing by Food Logistics Magazine.

More details about the Red Herring Global 100 award can be found online at http://www.herringevents.com/global08/redherring100.html.

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a leading provider of real-time asset visibility enabled supply chain management solutions and services. Its yard management solution, Yard Hound™, is deployed at customer facilities serving manufacturing, retail, wholesale/distribution and transportation sectors. PINC’s clients include Fortune-500 businesses as well as leaders in the SMB segment. By leveraging RFID, MEMS and other wireless sensors and sensor networks technologies, PINC has pioneered the development a unique RTLS platform that requires no capital investment in the infrastructure. The Yard Hound products are designed with a scalable architecture for businesses of any size, and is expandable with modular components as customers’ needs grow. For more information about PINC Solutions and the Yard Hound products, please visit www.pincsolutions.com.

About Red Herring
Red Herring is a global media company, which unites the world’s best high technology innovators, venture investors and business decision makers in a variety of forums: a leading innovation magazine, an online daily technology news service, technology newsletters and major events for technology leaders around the globe. Red Herring provides an insider’s access to the global innovation economy, featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy. More information about Red Herring is available at www.redherring.com.

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