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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Microsimulation Traffic Modelling Specialists Announce United States Expansion

Braidwood Associates, the specialist microsimulation trafficmodelling consultancy, has announced it is to open a second office in the United States to enable it to expand its existing portfolio of clients.

Braidwood Associates was set up in 2005 by Scottish entrepreneur Richard Braidwood, and is expected to report a fourth year of income growth by the end of March. The company now generates up to 90% of its business from its US operations and the 34-year-old expects further gains with the announcement of Barack Obama’s new $787 billion economic stimulus package.

Mr Braidwood is flying to America later this month to finalise plans for his second US office, in New Jersey, to compliment his existing American base in California. In the last 12 months Braidwood Associates has provided traffic management advice through its modelling expertise to a number of major American 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 Braidwood said, “We are in the fortunate position of having now established a specialist business which allows us to provide a high value service with maximum flexibility to some of the largest road authorities and private corporations in the world.

“I believe that we will open a further office in the United States this year and this will position us well for the expected progress of some key American infrastructure projects. The recent announcement of the multi-billion dollar stimulus package for the US economy by President Obama should deliver future gains for our American business and we fully intend to play our part in supporting the recovery through our specialist skills.”

He concluded, “While the majority of our business is US based we remain vigilant for opportunities closer to home and we still believe that the UK government has a real opportunity – particularly so now given the economic challenges the country faces – to generate its own stimulus by driving through infrastructure plans that will keep the country moving.”

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 within the last three years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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