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Optimising Logistics With Weighbridge Truck Scales

Perth, Australia, Jun-29-2017 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — Before we investigate the role of weighbridge truck scales in optimising an organisation’s logistics, let’s look at what logistics involves.

According to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), logistics can be defined as ‘that part of supply chain management that plans, implements and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements.’

Another way of understanding logistics is that it is about ‘getting the right product, to the right customer, in the right quantity, in the right condition, at the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost.’ The seven Rs of Logistics – from Supply Chain Management: A Logistics Perspective By John J. Coyle et al.

Regardless of the size of a business or operation, optimised logistics will streamline the supply chain and make it more efficient by reducing costs when and where appropriate and avoiding unnecessary waste of time and materials.

In light of all of the above, it’s evident that accurate, reliable and user-friendly weighing equipment plays a valuable role in optimising logistics operations.

Truck scales can either take the form of a weighbridge (fixed or portable) or on-board truck scales with both types delivering a range of benefits including improved efficiencies, safer operations and regulatory compliance. Add in the advantages that flow from having an automated weighing system that can be seamlessly integrated with the rest of the operation and the role of modern weighing equipment as a critical control point in logistics operations becomes even more evident.

Weighbridge truck scales are used across the spectrum of industry from agriculture and construction to mining and transport and they come in many different forms to suit different applications. Take a company that handles shipping containers for despatch around the world for example. Port operations are generally very busy, often operating 24/7. Therefore, the company needs to have user-friendly weighing equipment to process outbound containers quickly and accurately. What’s more, given the new SOLAS laws, organisations in the shipping business need their equipment to be certified to ensure that the declared weight of containers meet legislative requirements.

Over the years, huge advances have been made in the digitisation of weighbridge truck scales which has led to even greater opportunities for optimising logistics. Many elements of the equipment including the sensors, processors and output displays have been transformed by the advent of digital communications, with resulting benefits in terms of greater accuracy, automation, repeatability and speed.

The right weighbridge software also enables vastly improved controls, data handling and information management, as well as streamlined accounting functions. What’s more, the system can be fully integrated into the business’s own internal software systems and customised to deliver important value-added information for customers and other relevant parties.

Weighbridge truck scales are a valuable asset and deliver a range of benefits, not least of which is a streamlined logistics process. However, there are numerous types of weighbridge truck scales and accompanying software, and in order to reap the full gamut of benefits, including a substantial return on investment, it is important to partner with an experienced weighbridge supplier who will ensure that the equipment you select matches your requirements (both short and long-term).

If you’re interested in reducing costs, improving productivity, safety and efficiencies and optimising your organisation’s logistics, have a chat with one of the highly experienced team at AccuWeigh. They’ll help you make the right decisions according to your unique operational needs. AccuWeigh is Australia’s largest supplier of weighbridges, weighing equipment and product inspection equipment with branches across Australia and you can take advantage of their extensive experience by calling 08 9259 5535 or by visiting their website, www.accuweigh.com.au.

TS EMEA to showcase its integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution at the 29th World LPG Forum & AEGPL Congress

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TULSA, OK, 03-Nov-2016 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — TS EMEA, a provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced that it will present its NextGen enterprise software at the 29th World LPG Forum & AEGPL Congress on 15-17 November in Florence, Italy. The World LPG Forum serves as both a platform to discuss issues relevant to the LPG industry and as an arena for companies to showcase their latest innovations for a global audience.

TS EMEA, who will be situated in Stand #K8, will be one of roughly 150 propane and LPG vendors exhibiting at the World LPG Forum, a show that will welcome more than 2,000 attendees from 60+ countries. TS EMEA will highlight TouchStar’s propane and LP gas distribution Android application, TransPac LPG, and the company’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution, TS FleetWatch.

“TS EMEA is proud to be a part of the World LPG Forum,” said TS EMEA’s General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz, about attending the event. “LPG plays a very significant role as a clean energy source in Europe. TS EMEA is happy to support that role with solutions that are keyed directly to its safe and reliable transport.”

TS EMEA’s goal at the show is to deepen its relationships with the members of the global propane and LP gas distribution industry and to provide increased insight into its propane and LP gas enterprise solutions at the event. At press time, TouchStar’s integrations fleet software is utilized by over 500 companies internationally.

“TS EMEA affirms the Forum theme, ‘A Bridge to the Future,’ said TouchStar CEO, Peter Gibbs. “It serves as the ideal platform for TouchStar’s NextGen mobility solutions.”

TS EMEA will be located at the Firenze Fiera Congress and Exhibition Centre in Stand #K8, Tuesday-Thursday, 15-17 November. Meetings may be arranged with Robert Pabeschitz by contacting TS EMEA online at http://www.touchstargroup.com/contact-page-ts-emea/. Mr. Pabeschitz may also be contacted via email at sales.emea@touchstargroup.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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

How Viapost Makes Your European Supply Chain Easy, Effective and Affordable

Paris, France, February 13, 2015 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — The complexity of your deliveries to Europe and product distribution once products arrive is a problem that Viapost can advise you about through its Consultancy Service. While your European shipping solutions and delivery strategies may seem overwhelming to a business just beginning exports to Europe, it is likely that what vexes you, Viapost has already dealt with a similar if not identical situation. With more than 200 clients facing similar challenges, Viapost, a company in the La Poste family of businesses, can help:

  • Smooth the way for your upstream supply chain;
  • Assist in implementing your procurement programs and help with suppliers;
  • Find ways to aid you in managing your supply chain costs;
  • Find the ultimate balance of insourcing and outsourcing
  • Manage and improve forecasts
  • Advising on personnel transfers

What Makes Viapost The Right Choice?

Viapost has locations for fulfillment, shipping and contact centers that parallel major many European markets. These sites have warehouses too. Some locations include; London, Paris, Milan, and Stuttgart. Combining the experience of Morin Logistic and Orium, France’s two leading ecommerce fulfillment experts, it brings a new approach to the market under one single brand. The company leverages their experience with several sectors of the European markets, and their relationships with major national and international carriers to consult with you to best plan and manage your European supply chain projects.

Contact Viapost
Viapost brings new solutions to old and new logistics problems. It is a European leader in value-added fulfillment, shipping, contact center and consultancy services for online and offline retailers and those adopting a fully omni-channel strategy. You can reach Viapost at +33 (1) 153 46 16 00

About Viapost
Viapost offers total freight services in Europe with supported fulfillment, shipping and contact centers spread across all major markets in Europe. As the logistics branch of the La Poste Group, the company enjoys combining the experience of Morin Logistic and Orium, France’s two leading e-commerce fulfillment experts, it brings a new approach to the market under one single brand. Viapost provides a comprehensive range of end to end services aimed at online and offline retailers for store, distribution or home delivery. Viapost is compatible with a number of well-known carts, allowing a smooth transition from website to distribution center.

Contact-Details: Company Type : logistic
URL : http://www.viapost.eu/
E-mail : contact.communication@viapost.fr
Contact Person : Judith Arkle
Adress 1 : 65 rue de Bercy
Zip Code : 75012 Paris
Phone number : +33 (0)1 53 46 16 00

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Baltimore Expands CDL Owner Operator Driver Jobs With New Terminal Immediate Hiring

GHI is one of the largest flatbed transportation services in the Northeast, and they are holding an open house for immediate hiring at their new Baltimore, MD Terminal. Positions are open for CDL Class A Company Drivers, Owner Operators, Yard Jockeys, and Tarpers.

Company Drivers: Great pay and benefit packages. Must be a minimum of 23 years of age, and have a CDL Class A License.

Owner Operators: Offers excellent earning potentials and a pay structure designed to maximize your profit. Must have two or more years’ experience driving tractor-trailers and no more than three moving violations on your current MVR.

Yard Jockeys and Tarpers: Work close to home for one of the best companies in the industry with steady work year round.

There is a large influx of job opportunities in the transportation industry, and Baltimore has become one of the highest volume transportation hubs in the region. The new terminal is located at 2301 S. Newkirk St. Baltimore, MD 21124 and is staffing for their terminal expansion and it is best to call for an appointment to assure you get the job position of your choice. If you are interested in local steady work year round with great pay and benefits, call to schedule an appointment at their open house job fair at 1-800-342-5115 Ext. 376.

Job Fair Details:
o July 14th
o Time: 8:00 am until 12:00 pm
o Bestwestern Plus Hotel and Conference Center
o 5625 O’Donnel Street
o Baltimore, MD 21224

If you meet the qualifications, call to schedule your appointment today! 1-800-342-5115 ext. 376.

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Busiest Christmas for Deliveries Offers Challenge to Couriers Says Shiply

An unprecedented number of online sales this holiday season could provide a considerable logistical challenge according to online transport marketplace Shiply. Making sure that everyone gets their gifts on time will demand a substantial effort on the part of couriers and delivery services.

The week ending December 9 saw a 15% rise on the same period last year with similar increases reported of the first 39 days of the holiday season according to comScore. Sales on “Cyber Monday” and “Black Friday” rose more than 20% compared to 2010.

The coming week tends to be the busiest for online shopping, “Green Monday” coined by eBay often ranks among the top spending days. However new trends such as free shipping days (the last day before Christmas where free delivery can be guaranteed to reach before the 25th) may be challenging for the highest spend.

An unparalleled number of parcels have caused Royal Mail to hire thousands of temporary staff to cope with increased demand over December and potentially January, to deal with the sales. But with the postal service operating at a loss and facing job cuts, online retailers often rely on independent couriers and man and van services to provide affordable delivery, but some delivery companies are already struggling to keep up with demands of four million parcels to be delivered every day.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (www.shiply.com) the online transport marketplace with a network of more than 40,000 transport and removal companies, gives his opinion on the current trends in online shopping and the challenges faced by delivery services.

“Last year’s inclement weather caused a lot of high street closures which led people to turn to online shopping, but because of the snow many deliveries were delayed causing a lot of frustration.

Online shopping is easier and more accessible now and with the growth of mobile transactions and improved security, many people who wouldn’t have shopped online before are now doing so. I doubt we’ll see anything but growth in the future.

November/December is always a busy period for deliveries and I hope that couriers have learned from past experiences that there’s a huge surge in demand at this time of year and made contingencies to cope with it. The government has promised to better cope with any snow this year and have more salt and new gritters to treat roads. So I would say that people can have more confidence in their deliveries or moving goods this year, but I would also advise that customers don’t leave it to the last minute”

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Going Green Can Save Courier Companies Money In The Long Run, Says Shiply

A day doesn’t pass without emission reductions reaching the international agenda. The recent environment talks in Durban have underlined the increasing importance placed on reducing climate change. Emissions reduction policies inevitably filter down to industry and the public in the form of regulation and taxes sparking a heightened need for innovations to curb greenhouse gas output. Couriers and haulage companies are among those consistently urged to increase their environmentally friendly commitments.

Transport and logistics services are undoubtedly a major contributor to CO2 emissions, despite providing a vital service to private and public interests there are still more steps to be taken to up the carbon efficiency of the sector. A recent survey conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed 31% of the UK’s 3.5 million vans failed to meet Euro-3 emission standards. Road freight especially is under pressure, in the UK new emission regulations and taxations could see an average man and van firm’s operating costs increase dramatically.

Emissions of CO2 rose by 5.9% in 2010, attributed to an economic turnaround. Increases continue to escalate despite strong pushes for more efficient transport. Saving money and saving the environment aren’t often seen as going hand in hand, however the inflated price of petrol and diesel coupled with increasingly harsh regulations on the highest emitting vehicles means that going green could be better for the bottom line as well as environmental welfare.

Many automobile marques are stepping up to the emissions challenge, developing better and more affordable eco-friendly LCVs. Brands such as Citroen are even offering subsidies to London-based hauliers on new vans. Additionally schemes are being implemented to make owning electric and hybrid vehicles more viable and attractive.

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (http://www.shiply.com/) the online transport marketplace with more than 40,000 transport companies as members, speaks about how couriers need to adapt and the benefits of running a greener service.

“Emissions are on everyone’s mind, they’re one of the key indicators of a business’ efficiency nowadays. Reductions need to come to the delivery sector in order for it to remain competitive, most vans run on diesel now, but that alone is not going to cut it. Grants and subsidies are available to help when buying greener vehicles, and even small changes like retrofitting vehicles for emission reduction or making sure a courier doesn’t travel with an empty van can help save money and carbon.

Changing vehicle is expensive but running an inefficient one could be more so. An electric van driver in London for example wouldn’t pay road tax or congestion charges and would avoid the future £100+/day LEZ charges. Given the new commitments being made to supporting electric, I expect some substantial changes ahead for the logistics sector. If fuel costs continue to rise the way they are I expect to see a lot more electric vehicles on the road.”

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Shiply Supports Government Boosts To UK Logistics Sector

The past few months have brought unsettling news for the delivery and logistics sectors as well as other road users; proposed increases in taxes and fuel duty were met with swift objections from MP’s and Motoring Associations.

In a move that will benefit large haulage firms and man and van companies alike, George Osborne has scrapped the 3 pence fuel duty rise that was due to hit road users in January, as outlined is his Autumn Statement; as well as reducing future increases planned for August from 5 pence to 3. The turnaround, a result of increasing pressure from those opposed is no doubt a boost for transportation and delivery companies as the now abandoned fuel duty hike would have seen a haulier operating 10 lorries fuel costs soar by £65,000.

Further, the Department for Transport released its November review “The Logistics Growth Review – Connecting People with Goods” detailing proposed plans and investments for the sector for the future. The review outlined a number of favourable changes for the delivery and logistics sectors including:

– £1bn investment in “growth critical roads”
– Securing commercial funding for logistics developments projects
– £4m investment in skills for logistics schemes and improving the image of the sector
– £8m commitment to lower emissions technologies
The investments are expected to “Improve longer term capacity, performance and resilience of congested road and rail networks”

Robert Matthams, Managing Director of Shiply (http://www.shiply.com/) the online transport marketplace with more than 40,000 transport and removal companies as members, commended the government’s turnaround on fuel duty as well as its increased support of the sector.

“These plans are great news. The logistics business makes up 7% of employment in the UK and with small profit margins (1-3%) it is important that the sector receives support, it’s a huge driver of the economy and I believe it’s significant that the government is trying to create greater confidence for investment. I also think the plans to better the image of the industry is vital, delivery services are enormously important to businesses and customers, so ensuring we invest in apprenticeships, qualifications and encouraging the next generation is key to its continued success.”

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Small Couriers Amongst The Hardest Hit By Fuel Duty Increase, Warns Shiply

With fuel prices still within 3pence of the record high set in May this year and duty increases planned for 2012, the cost of transporting goods is set to skyrocket. The public are outraged at the increase in their cost of travelling, but to delivery and courier service companies, the hikes may hit even harder.

Despite scrapping the fuel duty escalator proposed last year, the government are still planning a fuel duty increase of 3 pence per litre (which was postponed in April) in January, expanding on the charge that already accounts for 43% of the cost of fuel. These increases will push the overall price of petrol up by nearly 3%; the average cost of refuelling a car will increase by £1.50 whilst filling up an average van will increase from £80.46 to £82.26. MP’s debated the issue described by some as a “tax on hard working Britons” on 15th November after the Fair Fuel UK e-petition reached 100,000 signatures; though Vince Cable has warned drivers that, given state of the treasury they shouldn’t expect “freebies”.

These increases impact heavily on consumers no doubt, but an even larger blow will be felt by small, independent couriers and man and van operators who spend their whole day on the road, covering thousands of miles per week transporting important personal and commercial packages.

The future also holds some steep charges to be levelled at van drivers in the capital. The London Emission Zone has proposed new fines from 3rd January the typical man with a van can expect to pay charges of £250-500 per day in a wide area around the capital, not to mention parking rates and congestion charges; these charges will drastically impact the cost of deliveries in London.

Daryll Middleton, Business Development Manager of Shiply.com, an online transport marketplace with more than 40,000 delivery and removal companies as members said: “This may be the final blow that will put many businesses across the logistics industry into closure, especially among the small/medium firms that have already struggled their way through what has been an extremely tough year.”

Founded in 2008, Shiply.com matches people needing to move goods with transport companies going there anyway. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and over 50% run only part-full. By enabling consumers and businesses to make use of this spare capacity, Shiply.com dramatically cuts down on CO2 emissions, increases the profitability of transport companies and saves the consumer up to 75%.

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Moving Scams in Los Angeles on the Rise

Not everyone moving to Los Angeles is very excited about it, because many people moving to LA have been victimized by the fraudulent LA moving companies. In the recent months, there have been several reports of cases related to moving scams in Los Angeles, which is cause of serious concern for people moving to the City of Angels.

The low cost of entry into the moving business and lack of proper regulation to control the activity of movers are the reasons behind the rise in moving scams in Los Angeles. Since 1995, the industry is operating in the absence of any proper regulation, which has provided scammers almost a free rein. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is responsible for the interstate movers, but it is severely understaffed which has left them with no resources to focus on individual cases. This has led to tripling of moving scam cases in the last one decade.

The slowdown-stricken online deal hunters are the prime target for the moving scammers. The scammers begin in a very friendly manner and offer the most affordable and even unrealistic price. They do everything in their capacity to convince a customer about the quality of their services and responsiveness of their support teams, and once the customer’s goods are loaded on to the truck this façade melts down showing the real behind-the-scene story. By then, it is too late for the customer.

“Every day we get calls from people in panic because the moving services they hired literally dropped them, as customers, just days before their planned move date”, said Richard Brooks, Director of LA Pro Movers. “Quite often, we also hear the horror stories of bait and switch pricing where the moving service refuses to unload their customer’s belongings from the moving truck until a hiked up additional fee is paid to the moving company. This practice is all too common.”

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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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DGL Wow’s Client with IES Technology

When Linda Snyder, President of freight forwarder Diversified Global Logistics (DGL), purchased the Memphis branch of Forward Logistics Group in 2007, she quickly realized the challenges presented by a name change, “All our customers knew us by another name, and everyone was a little skittish at first. We knew we had a few hurdles ahead.”

DGL Wow’s Client with IES Technology

“We knew we were up for a challenge,” adds Bernie Snyder, Vice President at DGL, “One particular shipment comes to mind. In this case, I think it might be best to explain this as a narrative, just as we experienced it. Our German agent had an MD10 aircraft grounded at Frankfurt needing major repairs to one of its Rolls Royce engines,” narrates Bernie Snyder, “Aircraft on Ground (AOG) shipments are always ‘hot’, but this shipment was ‘on fire’. The engines could only be repaired at the Rolls Royce RR-Tay facility outside of Dallas.”

“However, there was more at stake here than just the potential for short-term loss. Our customer was building a relationship with a new account and was concerned about the potential loss of goodwill and trust.”

“We orchestrate everything to ensure the process goes smoothly,” Customs Broker Ron Davis explains, “If you think about it, AOG by its nature is a ‘hiccup’ in the system where something is broken. The trick is how to create order out of a situation which is inherently chaotic. We’re not the ones fixing the aircraft, but we’re the ones who ensure that everything is on-hand and on-time. In a sense, we’re like a surgical team ensuring that the surgeon has all the tools on hand. There are a lot of details that have to mesh perfectly to ensure that the process runs smoothly.”

“In this case, right at wheels-up, we already had all the AMS information on hand. IES products www.iesltd.com allowed the freight to be pre-cleared well before arrival. We were already speaking to the flatbed dispatcher before the flight landed, and the engine was soon on its way to the RR-Tay repair facility.”

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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.

Cost-Effective Yard Management Solutions

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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Quadstone Paramics Now Provides Integrated Support For Google’s Popular 3D Modelling Tool, SketchUp

Quadstone Paramics now provides integrated support for Google’s popular 3D modelling tool, SketchUp, bridging the gap between transport engineer and 3D modeller. Google’s 3D Warehouse contains thousands of both in house and third party developed SketchUp models which transport engineers can now utilise to create detailed visualisations of a given road network.

Quadstone Paramics’ focus on 3D graphics in traffic and pedestrian microsimulation means a further increase in model detail, aiding model building and helping to effectively communicate model results to non technical audiences.

Ewan Speirs, Technical Director at Quadstone Paramics, “Google SketchUp Integration is a fantastic addition to the Paramics tools bringing powerful 3D visualisation to the everyday user, no specialist skills are required. For over 10 years Paramics has been at the forefront of 3D visualisation for urban planning and traffic engineering, integrating with Google SketchUp allows our users to drive more value from the complex simulation models they build”.

Since launching the UAF (Pedestrian Simulation Software) in 2008 the team at Paramics have seen extensive market pull as government agencies of all sizes look to promote pedestrians as a more attractive means of transportation with many high-profile authorities around the world showing an interest in the software and many new projects underway.

The crowd modelling capabilities of UAF make it an ideal tool for evaluating both existing areas and new proposed developments, such as retail space, sports stadiums and public transport terminals, it is also especially useful for evacuation studies.

More information can be found on their Pedestrian Simulation website at www.pedestrian-simulation.com

About Quadstone Paramics
Quadstone Paramics has driven the innovation agenda for traffic microsimulation modelling software since the early 1990’s. With over 2000 users in 45 countries, their pedestrian simulation software tools have been deployed on some of the World’s highest profile projects, by a broad mix of Federal, State and Local Government Agencies along with consulting engineering firms of all sizes. Operating autonomously as part of a London Stock Market listed company, Quadstone Paramics continues to address the changing demands of the Global Market through offices in the UK and the United States, along with resellers in Australia, Europe and Asia. The culmination of over 6 man years of development, the launch of the Urban Analytics Framework (UAF) Software from Quadstone Paramics brings vastly improved levels of software capability pedestrian modelling the world over.

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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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Braidwood Associates Has Announced That Matthew Juckes Has Been Appointed To Lead The Company’s Second And Newest American Office In New Jersey

Juckes joins the Scottish headquartered specialist microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy having previously worked on projects for some of America’s largest departments of transportation including New York City, New York State, Wisconsin, California and New Jersey.

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Braidwood Associates, which was established in 2005 by Scottish entrepreneur Richard Braidwood, opened its first US office in California two years ago and the New Jersey office opening is in direct response to the company’s recent success in winning contracts in the United States.

Braidwood is currently providing traffic management advice through its modelling expertise to a number of major traffic infrastructure projects including New York City’s Bronx redevelopment and some of the world’s busiest highways such as Interstates 880 and 450 in California.

Mr Juckes said: “I am joining Braidwood Associates at an exciting time for the business. Our intention is to continue offering cutting-edge traffic modelling and consultancy services to public authorities and private corporations in the United States. There are a number of opportunities to extend our work with state departments on infrastructure projects and President Obama’s recent announcement of a $787 billion economic stimulus package should be beneficial to the sector.”

Richard Braidwood, managing director, Braidwood Associates said: “Matthew has a wealth of experience in microsimulation traffic modelling and he is very well respected in the industry. His expertise is based on providing modelling services for some of the biggest infrastructure projects in the United States and he will be an excellent addition to the Braidwood team. His appointment ensures that Braidwood Associates is well placed to develop the American side of our business.”

In the four years since its foundation, Braidwood Associates has become one of the world’s leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancies. Richard Braidwood has built a business that provides specialist services to 20 clients across the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. The company is advising on traffic modelling for some of the busiest highways and most populated cities in the world. Additionally Braidwood Associates also works with partners on infrastructure development projects at hubs such as airports and stations.

About Braidwood Associates
Braidwood Associates is a leading independent microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy focused within the transport sector. Through carefully managed growth and by providing high quality deliverables to clients, Braidwood Associates has become established as market leaders in providing microsimulation traffic modelling consultancy services in the global market place.

With a wide range of traffic simulation software knowledge, traffic modelling experience, dedicated professional resources and proven project experience in varying sizes of traffic studies, Braidwood Associates brings together over 20 years experience in the microsimulation traffic modelling industry.

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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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Staveley Head One Of The Country’s Leading HGV Insurance Providers Has Said That It’s Possible The Haulage Industry May Be The New Barometer To Assess Fluctuations In The Economy

A Staveley Head spokesman said “Traditionally it was always the motor manufacturing industry that was recognised as the barometer for any economic recession or recovery, but of course we no longer have sufficient motor manufacturing capacity in the UK on which to base an opinion. More recently it has been suggested that the building industry is the new barometer but the agricultural and general manufacturing industries combined contribute a far bigger percentage of the Gross Domestic Product than the building trade. It would seem logical that any function dependent on agriculture and manufacturing would be a more accurate indicator of deepening economic recession or recovery.”

“Hauliers would seem to be the obvious choice. Haulage facilities are needed by both agriculture and manufacturing to transport their produce. In a buoyant market the call for hauliers will increase and conversely in a declining market the need will diminish. Either way, hauliers will be among the first to feel the affect.”

“Due to our substantial involvement in truck insurance we areaware that hauliers are experiencing hard times, like so many other industries, and few are anticipating any upturn in the immediate future; but at least they have the comfort of knowing that when the ‘green shoots of recovery’ do finally arrive they should be among the first to benefit.”

If you want further information about this subject, want to compare HGV insurance or simply want a truck insurance quote Staveley Head will be pleased to assist.

Staveley Head is one of the country’s leading lorry insurance providers and will give you all the advice and assistance you need, including a very competitive truck insurance quote, if you log on to their website.

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