Category Archives: Logistics Solutions

TechTrans to provide transportation and logistics services for Tidel’s Cash Recycler Units

DALLAS, 2017-Oct-27 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ —  TechTrans, a leading provider of nationwide transportation and logistics solutions, is proud to announce a new partnership with Tidel, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automated cash management systems for the retail industry. TechTrans will be responsible for coordinating the transportation, delivery, and installation of Tidel’s Cash Recycler Units at customer locations nationwide.

Tidel’s cash recycling solutions enable high-cash volume businesses to automate the recycling and dispensing of coins and notes, to help drive more efficiencies and accountability for their cash operations.  TechTrans will offer a single-source solution for all logistics and installation activities required for Tidel’s recycler customer sites across the country.

“We have a strategy in place that will allow Tidel’s products to move more efficiently and effectively through the supply chain, and improve downstream fulfillment of their products post-sale,” said Len Batcha, President of TechTrans. “Our team of specialists — from our warehouse managers to our shippers to our technicians in the field – are uniquely positioned to offer the full scope of services required to operationalize Tidel’s recycling solutions.”

With TechTrans’ extensive background not only in retail, but also the medical, residential, and technology industries, Troy Richard, Executive Vice President of Operations for Tidel, says the logistics partner is well positioned to take on his company’s complex needs.

“The partnership between Tidel and TechTrans combines industry leading cash management solutions with best-in-class logistics execution of delivery and installation services,” said Richard. “We are excited to bring a seamless experience with minimal disruption to our customers and their business operations.”

SOURCE: EPR Retail News

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.

TouchStar’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution TS FleetWatch will be presented at AEGPL2017

Tulsa, USA, May-31-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — TS EMEA, a provider of logistics and mobility software solutions, announced that it will present its NextGen enterprise software at the AEGPL Congress on 21-22 June in Lisbon, Portugal. The AEGPL Congress 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 will set up in Stand #C18 in the Lisbon Congress Centre both days of the conference. While there, TS EMEA will highlight TouchStar’s propane and LP gas distribution Android application, TransPac, and the company’s integrated telematics and fleet tracking solution, TS FleetWatch.

“TS EMEA always looks forward to the AEGPL Congress,” said General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz. “The conference maintains a strong presence among LPG leaders in Europe, and it has always served as a very relevant resource for global LPG leaders facing the unique challenges and opportunities of the LPG industry today.”

The 2017 AEGPL Congress anticipates an audience of 1,500 industry stakeholders from Europe and abroad. TS EMEA intends to strengthen its relationships with stakeholders with whom it currently serves, as well as to establish itself as the leading LPG mobility solution provider with those who are newly in need of a NextGen mobility solution for their LPG fleets.

“TS EMEA is no stranger to Europe’s largest LPG conference and exhibition, and our robust experience at AEGPL in the past contributes significantly to our leadership in the European LPG community,” commented TouchStar CEO, Peter Gibbs. “As LPG’s role in the European market continues to grow and evolve, TS EMEA’s integrated fleet automation solutions evolve in similar fashion.”

Meetings may be arranged with TS EMEA General Manager, Robert Pabeschitz, by contacting TS EMEA online at http://www.touchstargroup.com/contact-emea/. Mr. Pabeschitz may also be contacted via email at sales.emea@touchstargroup.com.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Onboard Weighing Solutions For The Logistics Industry

Willetton WA, Australia, Apr-20-2017 — /EPR TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS NEWS/ — The logistics industry supports inbound and outbound logistics literally carries the weight of the world’s economy, with companies operating in the transport and logistics industry moving goods from place to place as quickly, efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible without compromising on safety.

That’s where onboard weighing solutions play an enormous role.

Transporting heavy loads

Overloaded vehicles not only cause damage to infrastructure, premature wear and tear on the vehicle and excess fuel consumption; they also pose a significant danger to the safety of other road users. To mitigate these risks, there are many strict laws and regulations in place aimed at ensuring the safe and responsible transport of heavy loads – and breaches can result in serious penalties. Legislation includes Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL), Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws and SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea).

Payload control

Cost management is a key element of the logistics industry. Operators not only want to keep their own costs down, there is also a knock-on effect on the whole transport chain right to the end user if costs aren’t carefully controlled.

Onboard weighing solutions ensure that trucks are within legal limits and they help logistics companies to be legally compliant and as safe and efficient as possible. These heavy duty yet precise instruments are fitted onto the vehicle and employ a range of weight measurement technologies u to provide accurate and reliable information about gross weight and weight distribution and/or alert either alert operators that they are overloaded.

A big advantage of these onboard weighing solutions is that because they’re fitted to the truck, there’s no need for the vehicle to go to an external weighing station, such as a weighbridge- which may slow down the transportation process. Trucks can be loaded to their optimum weight, with instant information at the driver’s fingertips. What’s more, these instruments provide highly accurate information about axle group weights, total combination weights and payload. This enables operators to have confidence that they’re loading their vehicles properly the first time, maximising their payloads, reducing downtime and optimising their productivity.

Technological advances have further extended the capabilities of these instruments. The advent of wireless digital communications has made the weighing, tracking and billing of freight a much faster, more accurate and traceable process. The units can be fully integrated with smart software which can be customised to a customer’s requirements – and this seamless connection and versatile data management functionality saves time, improves productivity and has positive knock-on effects right along the logistics chain.

Onboard truck scales can be fitted to just about any type of truck, and there are several different systems available which have been developed specifically to suit certain types of vehicle including air-suspension vehicles, bulk tippers, air and spring-suspension vehicles, waste collection vehicles, light commercial vehicles and rigid vehicles.

It’s important that the the correct onboard weighing system is selected for a specific application. For example, if your operation is involved in bulk off-road operations such as quarrying or feed delivery, you would need a system that is specifically engineered for high accuracy in rugged extreme environments.

The logistics, transport and freight industries undoubtedly play a vital role in moving a country’s economy forward. However, it is crucial that operators manage their freight safely and effectively, and to do this, they need to measure it and quantify it appropriately. That’s where onboard weighing solutions come in.

If you’d like to learn more about the advantages of onboard weighing, talk to the experts at AccuOnboard, Australia’s most experienced and professional weighing company. They can provide world-class equipment that covers all vehicle weighing needs from end-to-end, including overloading prevention. To get in touch, please call 1300 367 861 to find out which of their eight branches is closest to you or visit www.accuonboard.com.au to see their full range of high quality onboard weighing solutions.

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

H.O. Wolding driver wins national trucking award

Julie Matulle, a truck driver for H.O. Wolding of Amherst, Wis., has been named the winner of the fourth annual Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie Award.

Matulle, who was chosen from a field of 10 finalists, received the award in ceremonies on Aug. 22 at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

In an interview with Eric Harley of Red Eye Radio after receiving the award, Matulle said she could not believe it when she learned she was nominated and that hearing that she was actually the winner “took her breath away.”

“I really, really love my job and the chance to make myself happy and others happy as well,” she said in reflecting on her first year as a professional driver.

Matulle adds that she still has a hard time believing she won the award. “The other finalists were such amazing individuals and for me to win this award is just incredible. It is just a great honor.”

The award contest, which includes $10,000 and a variety of prizes, was launched by Randall-Reilly Recruiting Media three years ago to increase pride and professionalism among new drivers and to promote truck driving as a career choice during a severe driver shortage.

The 10 finalists were selected by an expert panel of judges representing motor carriers, training schools (public and private), suppliers and trade associations. There were 55 rookie drivers who were submitted by their employers for this year’s contest.

The criteria used to determine the winner were availability for loads, on-time delivery, highway safety performance, customer relations, work record and non-job related activities.

Under the contest’s selection criteria, any commercial driver’s license holder who has graduated from a Professional Truck Driving Institute-certified school, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving school or Commercial Vehicle Training Association school within the past year and has been employed by a trucking company for less than one year is eligible for the award.
The Mike O’Connell Memorial Trucking’s Top Rookie contest operates as a partnership among Randall-Reilly, Truckload Carriers Association, Commercial Vehicle Training Association, Rand McNally, Shell ROTELLA, Pilot Flying J, Progressive Commercial Insurance, National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools, American Trucking Associations and the Red Eye Radio Network.

Matulle is the third H.O. Wolding driver in the last two years to be chosen as a finalist. Last year, Nathan Reardon and Sandra Sherill were among the 10 finalists.

Truck driving is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Matulle, who previously managed the fuel desk for several years at the Planeview Travel Plaza in Oshkosh, Wis., and then worked for 19 years in the shipping department at the Quad Graphics plant in Lomira, Wis.

After raising her two children as a single parent, she decided to pursue her goal of driving for a living. She completed the trucking driving program at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis., in 2013 and soon afterward was hired at H.O. Wolding, a short, regional and long haul trucking firm.

Matulle says that trucking has affected every part of her life since she was a child. “My father started driving milk trucks at the age of 13 for his father and eventually purchased the business. I grew up on a farm with three trucks. I was the youngest so I was responsible for the farm end, but I was always the silly little girl who wanted to drive a truck.”

According to Marc Wolding, director of operations for H.O. Wolding, Matulle has quickly became known around the company as a hard worker and for always having a positive attitude, even when faced with adverse situations.

“Two of Julie’s strengths are her positive attitude and her ability to make the best of challenges,” says Wolding. “She understands the industry and knows that if she puts her best foot forward that she will be successful. Her dedication to doing her job as well as possible made us proud to nominate her for this award.”

Wolding notes that Matulle is consistently available for loads and is often running ahead of schedule. Since joining the company, Matulle has averaged 2,550 miles per week and has accumulated more than 100,000 miles.

Rob Behnke, who was Matulle’s instructor at Fox Valley Technical College, says she quickly grew into a leader while she was a student at FVTC. “Julie was not intimidated by the industry, and she was one of the most energetic and respected students we have had in quite some time.”

In looking forward to building a career in trucking, Matulle’s energy and enthusiasm are evident and she readily admits to “truly living a dream and loving my life.” Her career goals include becoming an on-road trainer for Wolding’s female drivers.

In addition to being a proud driving professional and trucking advocate, Matulle has served as a volunteer on numerous occasions. She has contributed many hours to projects for the U.S. military including Wounded Warrior and has prepared and sent care packages to the deployed. She has also served as a district manager for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge for Kwik-Trip employees for 10 years.

About H.O. Wolding
H.O. Wolding has been in business for more than 75 years and employs more than 400 workers. The company serves customers over the 48 contiguous states and maintains a growing fleet of more than 350 tractors and 1100 trailers.

PR contact:

Marc Wolding
Director of Operations
H.O. Wolding, Inc.
9642 Western Way
Amherst, WI 54406

800-723-4017

MWolding@wolding.com

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Worldwide Parcel Services – There When You Need Them

Most of the time sending parcels is an easy business, and Worldwide Parcel Services are there for both when things are going well and when they are not. Firstly they are not just your average parcel courier, because they operate an online parcel courier service. Now many people may wish to speak to a human being to place a parcel collection, but would you really miss the five minutes wasted whilst being on hold to place a booking? And would it not be great if you knew that they had taken the delivery address down correctly every time? To top it all would it not be great to get a confirmation email of the collection and delivery time, as well as an email when the parcel has reached its destination?

Well Worldwide Parcel Services offers this and more with its online parcel courier service. Firstly they never sleep, or least their website does not, so you can book a parcel collection online at any time of day or night, so no more worrying about whether the call centre is still open or not. This means you can place a booking 24/7 – 365 days a year.

The great thing about booking a parcel collection online is that you are the one typing in the addresses, so you know that the addresses you are inputting are the correct ones and have not been misspelled as a result of someone not hearing you correctly, as can happen when booking a parcel collection by telephone.

Also, unlike a normal parcel courier Worldwide Parcel Services operate mainly with an online booking system, this means that immediately after you place your order you then get a confirmation e-mail detailing the booking time, and the collection and delivery addresses. Most parcel couriers operating a telephone booking service do not do this, yet Worldwide Parcel Services believe that this is vital so that you can quickly and easily check your booking, and ensure that it is correct. By sending this email they enable you to spot any mistakes you may have made, and amend them before they ever become a problem.

One of the best bits about Worldwide Parcel Services is the tracking service that they offer. After all whilst it is great to get an e-mail telling you that your parcel has arrived at its final destination, it is even better to be able to find out where it is at any one time, is it not?

Well Worldwide Parcel Services – http://www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk – gives you a free tracking service with every parcel that you send with them, you simply go on to their website and input the parcel tracking number from your order and you can find out exactly where your parcel currently is. This is ideal for giving your customers peace of mind updates.

As the bulk of their service is carried out online, queries are very quickly dealt with byadvisors who are on hand to answer any e-mails. Or you can simply pick up the phone and call Worldwide Parcel Services if you miss that element of human interaction, and they will be only too happy to handle your call.

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Worldwide Parcel Services Show Great Flexibility

Worldwide Parcel Services have developed a parcel delivery system which matches the best available both in terms of delivery speed, quality and price. The company has worked hard over the years to be as flexible as possible in order to offer its customers something special both in terms of quality and reliability. The parcel market has changed massively over the past decade and the business has grown throughout the world. Worldwide Parcel Services have developed with the introduction of the Internet, as this has been the single most important change in trade in a lifetime. Through the Internet rose the Internet trader and this now goes from the massive online unit like E bay and Amazon down to small individual users. There is another side of the business that the Internet has changed, in that communications between countries is now the same as communicating with the company next door. The communications can be face to face or by instant text. The result is that it is possible to see something a thousand miles away and purchase it immediately or to send present desperately required in the other direction.

Worldwide Parcel Services – http://www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk – recognise the vast changes that have occurred and will occur in the future and their flexibility of approach is aimed at moving with the times wherever that may take them. Worldwide Parcel Services will supply a delivery service to and from just about everywhere in the world, parcels can be quoted for delivery on line and all arrangements made instantly. The company has an excellent system of working with other companies so that they achieve the best and cheapest delivery system. Worldwide Parcel Services realised a long time ago that in the modern world it is not possible for even the largest company to be number one supplier in every country by delivering everything themselves as the world is just too big and too diverse but that the best results are by joining with the best couriers in a specific area. This applies even down to the small local companies who have the advantage of knowing their patch to the smallest detail.

In this case Worldwide Parcel Services are proud to promote their delivery services as they have forged some of the best delivery routes possible with some of the best and most reliable couriers in their parts of the world. The result has been that it is difficult to beat some of the prices that Worldwide Parcel Services now charges.

Flexibility applies across the board and Worldwide Parcel Services put virtually no barriers into their parcel delivery service and they have developed a great system for the delivery of odd shaped parcels or goods that weigh up to 500 kg. The delivery of awkward shaped and heavy parcels is one that most delivery companies shied away from but Worldwide Parcel Services realised that this is a most important market and that the customer does not want a courier who will pick and choose his parcels and so Worldwide Parcel Services have used their flexibility to develop one of the most complete delivery services going.

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Worldwide Parcel Services Are Also Great Locally

Worldwide Parcel Services sound like a company that should be great Internationally but may be not so good locally but Worldwide Parcel Services are also very proud of the fact that they are also very good in the UK and Ireland. The company have become an extremely competent company in the UK and their delivery patterns are good on time considerations and excellent on price. It is very difficult to find an instance where they are beaten on price or on the delivery pattern in this country. Worldwide Parcel Services have worked very hard in securing couriers who offer the best price for the best service. The company sees no point in employing couriers who are good at looks but are unable to meet the customer’s requirements or expectations. The ability to choose couriers has been a great success for the company as they have been able to use the best couriers in their best fields of operation. It is this last position that has enabled the best service to be obtained for the best area.

Worldwide Parcel Services are as prompt with local deliveries as they are with international orders. One of the great things of the local delivery is that it is almost impossible for the system to go wrong as the parcel is tagged and followed throughout its whole journey. It is logged onto the first computer or slave as it is registered in to the plant and follows the same pattern throughout. Therefore the parcel is tracked and registered throughout its journey and it is virtually impossible to lose it unless by wilful means. The track a parcel function of the website is totally now in sync with the parcel recorded at every stage of its operation. It is now possible to log in to the internet and log on to the Worldwide Parcel Services web site and find out exactly where your parcel is at any particular moment, this will help with arranging men on site for when the parcel has arrived or may be just alerting the site that the parcel will be with them at a set time and hour. Worldwide Parcel Services has worked hard to get a local set up which enhances the total package and the present system is very good indeed.

Worldwide Parcel Services is pleased to offer a simple quotation service which allows the customer to book the parcel in to the system and the wait for the quotation, it all can be carried out using the internet web site, any queries should be instantly resolved by ringing the customer service desk where there is a full complement of highly determined customers service agents. This quotation will cover will cover the whole of the delivery operation and this will include any oddities but which may be required for, say, heavy parcels or special deliver requirements. Worldwide Parcel Services have been very careful to provide a system that will deal with all size of parcels up to 500 Kg in weight which only precludes large loads which would go by container ship. Worldwide Parcel Services are one of the biggest movers of parcels within the UK and they are pleased to work with the best couriers.

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Christmas Comes But Once A Year For Worldwide Parcel Services

Tracking Santa Claus can be quite a problem, many a child has looked hard and the internet has sites for seeing where he is going but the practical difficulties of tracking a sleigh full of presents get in the way. Worldwide Parcel Services has worked hard to do its best to rise to the occasion and put Santa’s problems at the head of the queue so that whilst Santa Claus may not be visible the results of his work can be easily seen. The Christmas parcel trade is immense and gets bigger every year with the rise of Internet shopping and this is an occasion where the problem of deliveries will cause untold heartache to the children who believe that they are going to be sent the latest toy or gadget from that mysterious black hole somewhere in the frozen North. Worldwide Parcel Services has worked extremely hard to remove any such problems and parcels delivered right up to the 25th December will be treated with the respect they deserve and every effort will be made to deliver them on time.

The advantages of using Worldwide Parcel Services is that any parcel can be tracked throughout the UK so that if there are any worries or concerns about the arrival of that special parcel on that special day the progress of the parcel delivery the frozen wastes of the UK can be tracked and reassurance will be at hand. Tracking services have developed so much in the last few years and the technology of the industry is ever changing but these days a parcel is not a nondescript item that is thrown in the back of van but each is labelled and identified by its own particular code. Worldwide Parcel Services –http://www.worldwide-parcelservices.co.uk – uses that code so that its position in the country is always known. This ensures that the parcel takes the shortest route and that any hold ups or questions can be dealt with immediately to ensure that Santa Clauses problems are but temporary and that the parcel reaches its destination on time.

The Christmas period is a busy time but that is what Worldwide Parcel Services considers to be its job in life and has worked hard not only to ensure speedy and safe delivery but by choosing local hauliers with good reputations has been able to get a pricing system that rivals any in the business. It is easy to arrange for Santa Claus to take the parcel by logging onto Worldwide Parcel Services and booking the parcel through the internet and waiting for the collection for delivery to that special little person who is so reliant on getting it on time. In 24 hours it will be possible to track a parcel and with the safe delivery assured the job is complete. Santa Claus my only work one day a year but Worldwide Parcel Services work every day and will deliver that special parcel for any major event.

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Fretbay Online Transport Marketplace – Making UK Routes Green And More Environment-Friendly

FretBay (https://fretbay.com) the first FREE European Online transport marketplace, providing reliable cheap transport and logistic solution to individual users and companies declared 2012 as a year that will make United Kingdom routes more environment friendly and clean.

While talking to media FretBay elaborates it’s expansion plans of offering UK transporters with a new online system that will provide real time enhanced route planning facilities helping in optimizing truck capacities.

The system will help transport service providers and couriers in optimizing the partial filled vehicles on a given route. Over 25% of lorries run completely empty of cargo and over 50% run only part-full.

Answering how this will happen, FretBay spokesperson explained that the site offers it’s users to post FREE transport demands as listings.

The transport demand can be for anything to anywhere at anytime .The most common listings are the requests for transport for motorbikes, cars, boats, furniture and house hold stuff, pianos, electrical and machinery equipments, agricultural and industrial machinery, horses and full home or office removals . These transport listings are immediately visible to member transporters and they can offer their transport quotes in real time.

The users are free to accept any transport offer at any time. Users can consult profiles of transporters before accepting thier offers. The profile contains rating and feed back of transporters left my users who did business with them in the past thus helping users to identify reliable transporters. FretBay encourages professional and declared transport service providers on site.

This helps not only in finding cheap shipping solution but helps in reducing deadly gases that are major cause of pollution.

A recent survey conducted by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed 31% of the UK ‘s 3.5 million lorries 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 transport service company’s operating costs increase dramatically.
The recent environment talks in Durban have underlined the increasing importance placed on reducing climate change. This build up further pressure on road haulage companies to meet environment friendly commitments.

Though it is difficult in the time of crisis for a shift to environment friendly vehicles for most of the transport firms, however, it is still possible to make full use of trucks capacities to avoid unnecessary trips on roads.

FretBay system will play key role in optimising these vehicles by providing real-time grouping opportunities and by providing loads for empty returns. Transport and haulage companies can consult transport demands and loads in real time and can optimize their trips in last minutes.

FretBay is inviting all UK and European transport service providers to take part in this environmental program and. No subscription fee or long term engagement is demanded.

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VAT Ruling Now Makes Halfords Cycle2work Scheme An Even Better Option

Cycle to work is the UK’s fastest growing staff benefit, helping employees to get fitter and healthier by encouraging them to cycle with great tax free savings off bikes and safety equipment, whilst enabling employers to save on National Insurance Contributions and reduce their carbon footprint.

Today’s announcement from HMRC about treatment of VAT for salary sacrifice schemes has removed the final element of uncertainty about exactly how schemes should operate in future.

In response to a recent European Court of Justice judgement, HMRC has confirmed that provision of a benefit via salary sacrifice to employees constitutes a supply of services for consideration and is therefore subject to VAT. This ruling means that from 1st January 2012, employers must charge employees VAT on supply of bikes made available to them under such cycle to work schemes.

At first glance, this suggests that savings available to employees will be materially reduced – but this need not be the case with Halfords cycle2work scheme.

Charles Ashwell, Halfords Cycle2work Corporate Sales Manager said: “The new ruling removes the final element of uncertainty about exactly how cycle schemes should operate going forward, and in so doing, strengthens it further.

“Halfords is the leading authority on the scheme, and we continue to invest in its development and future. We are uniquely placed to maximise savings by working with clients to design schemes which provide superior savings for employees and employers than those available from other scheme providers.”

Halfords cycle2work offers employees the UK’s best C2W savings, and employers the continued peace of mind of offering the UK’s most compliant scheme.

Employers wishing to find out how they can take advantage of the UK’s best Cycle To Work savings should contact Charles on 07720 699950 or charles.ashwell@halfords.co.uk.

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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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Pilot Freight Services, a worldwide provider of transportation and logistics services, has signed a multi-year contract with Catapult International for its international ocean rate management system called Catapult QMS

Catapult will consolidate all of Pilot’s ocean contracts into an easy-to-use website where employees and customers will be able to sort rates by an origin/destination combination. Rates and surcharges are managed by Catapult’s maritime analysts.

“Catapult’s technology will drastically reduce our quoting time by providing an instant rate web interface for our offices” notes Irina Friedel, Ocean Transportation Manager at Pilot. “Our customers will benefit in getting accurate quotes quicker because of Catapult QMS™.”

Bryan Luttrell, COO of Catapult International said: “We are extremely excited to have Pilot Freight Services as a customer. It is a perfect fit for both sides.”

About Pilot:

Pilot Freight Services is a full service transportation and logistics company with 65 offices throughout the US and Canada as well as a worldwide network delivering shipments by air, land, or sea anywhere in the world.

About Catapult:

As one of the fastest growing logistics software companies, Catapult provides rate and quote management systems for global corporations as well as customized applications for air, ocean, and ground freight shipping networks worldwide.

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PINC Solutions Has Been Named By Food Logistics Magazine Among Its 2008 Top-100 Providers Of Technology Solution And Service To The Food Industry

PINC Solutions, the leader in cost-effective yard management solutions based on real-time asset visibility technology, has been named by Food Logistics Magazine among its 2008 top-100 providers of technology solution and service to the food industry.

The FL100 is an annual listing of top software, hardware and IT service providers that are helping grocery and foodservice manufacturers and distributors gain a competitive logistical advantage. The selection is based on the providers’ proven track record and expertise in providing food companies with technology and services to help them meet their business objectives regardless of their sizes.

“For the second year in a row, we are honored to be included in the FL100 listing,” said Aleks Gollu, CEO of PINC Solutions“To address the common need for better supply chain visibility, we have developed a suite of real-time asset visibility and management products based on a revolutionary RTLS (real-time location system) platform. Building on our core yard management products, we offer additional systems targeting unique challenges such as cold-chain management for the food industry. As a result, our food customers can take advantage of a rich set of features available to all our clients, while enjoying a total yard management solution dedicated to their specific requirements.”

The 100 recipients of the recognition are featured in the cover story of the November/December 2008 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.

PINC will be exhibiting its award-winning yard management solution at ProMat 2009, booth #4757, January 12-15 at McCormick Place South in Chicago, IL. www.promatshow.com.

About Food Logistics
Food Logistics is a publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product throughout all channels of the food supply chain. Food Logistics serves the information needs of food, beverage and consumer packaged goods executives involved in warehousing, transportation and information technology, as well as third-party and refrigerated service providers. On the web at www.foodlogistics.com.

About PINC Solutions
PINC is a leading provider of real-time asset visibility enabled technology solution and service. 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.

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Freight*Bus The Bus That Delivers!

‘On-Route’ is a radical new urban transportation system concept which would see a Freight*BUS™ optimise the carrying of passengers and freight, thereby tackling the problems of both congestion and pollution.

• The Freight*BUS has been designed with a zero-emission propulsion system able to accommodate either a battery fuel-cell system or small bio gas generator to maintain fully charged batteries. It also features other state-of-the art technologies such as distributed wheel motors and completely new inventions, like ceiling-suspended seating and a patent-protected pallet-less lifting and handling device. The ability to turn in its own length & ‘crab steer’ is great for tight fit bus stops & bus station manoeuvres.

• This avant-garde concept requires a whole new way of thinking about urban transportation systems; stakeholders are invited to help take this model to the next level.

A multi disciplined design specialist has come up with a radical urban transport proposal, called On-Route, which he believes tackles the two biggest problems caused by city-centre transport today; congestion and pollution. Hugh Frost’s Freight*BUS™ www.freight-bus.co.uk is an innovative new design that combines a passenger-carrying bus with that of freight haulage with the minimum of disruption to either service. It can be reconfigured in seconds by the conductor or driver to carry freight and passengers. Furthermore, passenger space & freight space can be easily adjusted to match demand.

Frost’s proposal was submitted to Transport for London (TfL)’s ‘A New Bus for London’ competition,’ which Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched earlier this year. Although the Freight*BUS was not the final winner of the competition, Hugh Frost, designer and concept originator of the On-Route system www.onroutebus.co.uk and the Freight*BUS still wishes to take his idea to the next level and is now looking for stakeholders to help him do this. These could be in the form of bus or commercial vehicle manufacturers who are interested in developing the Freight*BUS from conceptual state into a full-blown prototype; a municipality which would consider trialling the On-Route system, or stakeholder investors, such as venture capitalists that specialise in environmental transportation solutions.

“Taking London as an example, the most optimistic proposals put the average occupancy of its buses at 25%. However, our calculations show that for around four hours a day, their utilisation drops to as low as 20%,” Frost says. “Despite this, city authorities are tasked with increasing the numbers of vehicles, routes and service frequency to supposedly reduce congestion and improve services. My idea is to put our cities’ buses to good use by using them to provide an alternative city freight system at times of low passenger capacity utilisation. This could reduce the numbers of freight vehicles on city roads by as much as 30%. By using the buses to carry freight in the evening and overnight, the utilisation of these vehicles would be maximised, offering maximum return on investment (ROI) and substantially increased revenue from the vehicles. However, in order to fulfil this dual role, the entire concept of buses, as we know them today, needs to be revisualised.”

With this in the mind, the Freight*Bus has been designed to allow varying combinations of passenger & freight space to match demand. In full passenger configuration, it provides seating for up to 90 passengers – that’s 43 more than the bendy-bus and standing room for a further 40 passengers. With standing room only on the lower deck, it could accommodate 150 people with 52 seated. Meanwhile, in its full freight configuration the Freight*BUS is designed to accommodate 35 freight pods (equivalent to 35 europallets).

Loaded with other State-of-the-Art Technology

The Freight*BUS combines a number of completely new ideas, patents for which have already been applied, combined with leading-edge technology that is already proven in automotive applications or is undergoing extensive on-road trials.

The design of Freight*BUS will readily accommodate battery or fuel cell technology. The 200mm deep space in the main floor of the bus will house batteries or fuel cells and the accompanying hydrogen storage tanks (if required). Indeed, it is envisaged that when fuel cell technology is affordable, that the fleet could be easily switched to this propulsion system, while keeping the drive motors and control systems in place. Similarly, its re-configurable interior design could even be broadly applied to existing vehicles built with combustion engines. However, it is the designer’s view that the latest and emerging advances in battery technology will make the re-fit and the use of hydrogen and fuel cells unnecessary. Freight*BUS would also feature the very latest in other emission-saving technology , such as distributed wheel motors which can be as much as 50% more efficient that central motors.

With the latest battery technology, an 80% recharge is possible in around 1 minute. This could be done at bus stations or other major stops, with a recharge point built into key bus stops. These 1 minute recharges do not seriously affect battery life and can be performed within the duration of a standard stop. Alternatively, in the short term, the electric drive & battery storage system could be ‘hybridised’ with a small, efficient, clean burning LPG fuelled, 2 litre generator to top up batteries on the move. Adopting the all battery concept will enable off peak green energy to be stored in the vast reservoir of battery energy that would be created by large fleets of the Freight*Bus.

In respect of carriage versatility, seating is suspended from the ceiling and can be configured for almost any combination of passenger & freight space between these limits. This is achieved by designing the seating to be folded away. In fact, each 2 person seat (on both decks) can be folded into the ceiling in seconds. Seats are fixed to the ceiling through special anti-vibration mounts to improve ride quality. In terms of the vehicle’s freight-carrying capabilities, a pallet-less lifting & handling device is key to easy loading/unloading. Indeed, a crucial part of the interior design is a compact, low cost pod handling system, which has patent protection.

Route Consolidation

When looking at the idea of consolidation in relation to bus routes and passenger transport, Frost quickly realised that not only were there opportunities to improve bus routing & linking with other transport services and types using consolidation principals, but that there is an even bigger opportunity to use the buses for freight as well as passenger movement that would reduce the numbers of goods vehicles on city roads (especially light goods vans which are responsible for 15% of all UK carbon emissions from all forms of transportation) by as much as 50%. He remarks: “We looked at passenger & freight systems end to end and concluded that there is sufficient overlap to be able to build on and integrate existing infrastructure of both passenger & freight systems. However, it will be necessary to develop consolidation centres and cross-docks for freight movement, and hubs for passenger and freight delivery and collection. Many of these elements already exist and can be linked into existing infrastructure such as bus/rail stations & depots; haulage/sorting depots etc. Hubs would also be located at major bus stops, and concentrations of retail, commercial & light industrial units.

Frost points to studies which have already been carried out in London showing that the implementation of alternative freight systems, including the use of ‘Consolidation Centres’ in city areas can give exceptional results. One such study found a 68% reduction in construction vehicles entering the City of London for the project, an average journey time reduction of 2 hours, a circa 75% reduction of CO2 emissions, and a 10% reduction in local distribution journey times. The On-Route Bus supports the existing aims of the London Freight Plan as set out of in the Mayor of London’s existing Transport Strategy.

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Aeris Deploys Applications Of Vehicle Telematics

Aeris® Communications, the leading wireless communications service provider dedicated exclusively to the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and telematics marketplace across North America, today announced the company has added an article exploring commercial vehicle telematics to its website.

The article provides an overview of commercial vehicle telematics, a system that utilizes wireless communication to manage remote assets such as vehicles, equipment and personnel. The full article is available for download at http://www.aeris.net/articles/commercial-vehicle-telematics.html

When implemented, commercial vehicle telematics can monitor automotive navigation systems, driver behavior, engine statistics, traffic and road conditions, and provide safety and security measures.

The article also includes an overview of practical applications of commercial vehicle telematics such as:

• Computerized Maintenance & Remote Vehicle Diagnostics
• Vehicle Tracking and other location-based services
• Remote Fleet and Asset Management
• Loss Prevention
• Hands-Free Feature Functionality
• Cold-Store Freight Monitoring

Commercial vehicle telematics provide an extremely useful, cost-saving, and liability limiting, logistics management tool for commercial fleets that transport goods or people.


About Aeris Communications, Inc.
Aeris® is the leading wireless communications service provider dedicated exclusively to the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Telematics marketplace across North America. Aeris has assembled and seamlessly integrated its top tier carrier partner networks through
AerFrame™ to provide customers with simplified, unified, reliable, and even customized network services for M2M and Telematics applications. Since 1992, Aeris has provided value to vehicle telematics customers by lowering the costs associated with development, manufacturing, distribution and operations, all with higher quality of service throughout the vehicle lifecycle. For more information, please visit aeris.net or call 1-888-GO-AERIS.

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