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Momenta Ventures invests in Akua – End-to-End, Secure, IoT supply chain logistics

We are happy to have Momenta Ventures on-board. Their deep industry knowledge about Digital Industry and their commitment to LPWAN is unique.

ZURICH and SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) January 16, 2020
Momenta Ventures is pleased to announce its recent investment in Akua. Akua provides supply chain logistics services through its Software-as-a-Service platform that transforms IoT sensor data into actionable logistics intelligence. The company has gained significant customer traction in US Government logistics, heavy machinery, high consequence merchandise and cold chain tracking spaces and in emerging use cases. Led by industry veteran CEO Neil Furukawa, Akua has offices in San Francisco and Baltimore.
Akua’s Secure Logistics Master (SLM) gateway device combines an electronic high security seal and multiple IoT protocols including Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN). The SLM gateway enables customers to track shipments and monitor all assets contained in that shipment such as temperature sensors in refrigerated containers. The SLM sends that data to the cloud, enabling operational efficiency and real-time valuable cargo status and location.
Marc  Pegulu,  Vice President, Wireless LoRa and IoT  at Semtech, commented: “Asset tracking is a key vertical in the IoT industry. LoRa with its long range, and flexible and scalable capabilities, is an ideal solution for this market to provide real-time asset tracking.”
According to  Ken Forster,  Momenta Ventures’ Managing Director:  “We see Akua as a critical provider of in-transit location and condition monitoring, one of the highest value use cases in mobile asset tracking. This is a sweet spot for LoRa-enabled sensor capabilities by providing long-range, low-power, real-time connectivity throughout the supply chain.  Akua  is the first of several investments we are driving to fully unleash the value of LoRa in the supply chain”.  
According to  Akua  CEO  Neil Furukawa:  “We are happy to have Momenta Ventures on-board. Their deep industry knowledge in Digital Industry and their commitment to LPWAN is unique. Momenta’s investment in  Akua  is  an exciting next step in our journey  to bring greater transparency to  shipping”.
About Akua AKUA is a subscription data service and IoT sensor platform providing persistent environmental monitoring, electronic security seal, and GPS tracking solutions for intermodal containers to enable end to end, first to last mile in-transit supply chain visibility for shipments across the globe. Through AKUA, beneficial cargo owners enhance operating effectiveness and efficiency, minimize loss from theft, damage, or other spoilage, and optimize the value of goods through predictive  analytics-based  decision-making. Learn more at http://www.akua-inc.com 
About Momenta Ventures  Momenta Ventures is the investment arm of Momenta Partners, the leading Digital Industry Growth Partner firm. Led by deep  industry  practitioners with strong entrepreneurial and corporate  pedigree, Momenta Ventures has made over 30 investments, with notable exits to SAP, PTC,  and Husqvarna Group. Momenta Ventures  operates  two Digital Industry funds, focused on seed and Series A investments in Digital Energy, Manufacturing, Smart Spaces,  and Supply Chain.  For more information, please visit ​https://momenta.vc​.

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Airkit and EZR Logistics Partnership

Press Release – updated: Jan 15, 2020 09:00 PST

PALO ALTO, Calif., January 15, 2020 (Newswire.com) – We’re announcing a partnership between EZR Logistics, a firm that manages returnable packaging throughout the supply chain, and Airkit, a tool for digitizing customer interactions in the contact center. 
The two companies came together with the goal of digitizing contact center operations and driving efficiency. 
The EZR team needed a way to scale customer service operations while optimizing spend. To manage its business, EZR relies on contact center agents. The agents communicate with retail and industrial partners to obtain the inventory level of returnable packaging and coordinate logistic pickups. To take advantage of new opportunities, EZR needed to increase call center headcount to continue to acquire inventory data. This cut into the bottom line.
Not wanting to sink months of development effort and invest heavily into a homegrown solution, the EZR Logistics team turned to Airkit. 
Jeff Chen, Senior Technology Manager at EZR, recommends Airkit because “It has been really easy to implement. Our account manager, Spencer, and the rest of the Airkit team have been able to take each requirement and turn it around quickly. If we were to build a solution ourselves, it would take at least six months and would not have the breadth of CX experience which Airkit provides to the solution.” 
The new solution reduced handle times by taking the tedious effort traditionally delegated to agents and allowing partners to self-serve, anytime, anywhere. Now, EZR can avoid increased employee headcount as well as boost partner satisfaction.
“We wanted to improve our data entry process which currently takes a lot of time and effort. With the Airkit tool, we are allowing retail partners to complete these tasks at their own leisure, and keeping the experience interactive. Also, our agents are more productive making calls instead of being on hold,” says Jeff.
With Airkit as their core platform for digital intake, EZR can quickly configure and launch new experiences themselves. They do not need extra agents or even extra developers to launch new self-service options, IVR deflection features, and more.
Jeff is looking forward to the possibilities: “I’m always searching for new tools in order to improve our partners’ experience. I’m excited to get the data we need without the long lead times of a normal software development cycle. Our team is able to customize CX interactions via Airkit and make different features unique to each individual customer.” 
Great things are in store for both companies. Stay tuned!
Source: Airkit

transcosmos expands “E-Commerce One-Stop Center Kita-Kashiwa,” its logistics base dedicated for e-commerce business by 130%

E-Commerce One-Stop Center Kita-Kashiwa

transcosmos will expand the E-Commerce One-Stop Center Kita-Kashiwa to meet increasing client demands, which the center is equipped with automated material handling machines with a processing capacity of packing and labeling 720 items per hour.

TOKYO (PRWEB) January 09, 2020
transcosmos inc. will expand “E-Commerce One-Stop Center Kita-Kashiwa,” its logistics center specifically designed for e-commerce business in January 2020 to meet the growing demand for its logistics services. transcosmos will further enhance its logistics services by April 2020 when the extended area will begin full-scale operations.
Launched in April 2014, transcosmos E-Commerce One-Stop Center Kita-Kashiwa is a logistics center designed specifically for e-commerce business. By consolidating all required functions for e-commerce business, the center delivers seamless communication across all operational functions. The center offers one-stop end-to-end services that include contact center functions such as customer support desk, order processing and after-sales services, e-commerce website development and operations, internet promotions and performance analysis, and fulfillment and logistics services. The center optimizes available information comprehensively such as product inventory data, customer data (CRM) and website access logs, thereby assisting clients in expanding their sales and streamlining operations.
By utilizing both its proprietary warehouse management system (WMC) designed for e-commerce and its excellent operations performed by well-trained warehouse staff, transcosmos logistics services offer clients “services that increase the level of satisfaction of customers who receive their products.” In addition to its high-quality services that are proven by a shipping error rate as low as 0.00056% (*), the center is equipped with automated material handling machines with a processing capacity of packing and labeling 720 items per hour. With the aim of meeting client demands that continue to grow year after year, transcosmos will expand the E-Commerce One-Stop Center Kita-Kashiwa to 4,110 tsubo from the current 3,155 tsubo.
(*) Average shipping error rate: 0.0094% (source: Japan Institute of Logistics Systems)
■ E-Commerce One-Stop Center Kita-Kashiwa basic informationLocation: LOGIPORT Kita Kashiwa, 13-1 Matsugasaki Nitta, Kashiwa-shi, Chiba, JapanAccess: By train: 6 minutes’ walk from JR Jyoban line “Kita Kashiwa Station”             By car: Near National Route 16 / along National Route 6, approximately 6 km from Kashiwa interchange on the Joban ExpresswayUsable area (after extension): 4,110 tsuboSecurity: ISO27001 certification (information security managers stationed, indoor security cameras, 24/7 security guards)Facilities / equipment: Warehouse Management System (WMS), handy terminals, automated material handling systems, shrink wrap machines, air cushion machines, etc.
■ About transcosmos e-commerce servicesAlong with the growth of the e-commerce market, transcosmos has been providing global e-commerce one-stop services to deliver our clients’ superior products and services to consumers in 48 countries/regions around the world. We help clients in various ways that best match each client’s needs by offering operational services including e-commerce website development and operations, fulfillment (receipt of goods, picking, packaging, shipping), customer service, web marketing, analysis and more for clients to sell their products and services globally. With our services, clients can either launch their e-commerce business by themselves, operate cross-border e-commerce business to sell products and services from Japan to the global market, or sell their products via our e-commerce sales channels. transcosmos provides strong support for clients to sell their products globally by leveraging global sales channels that we have developed including the prominent e-commerce shopping malls, leading e-commerce websites, major retailers worldwide as well as our partnerships with prominent local e-commerce outsourcing businesses in each country. transcosmos will continue to deliver our clients’ products and services into the hands of consumers in Japan, Europe, China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, Central and South America and more.
transcosmos is a trademark or registered trademark of transcosmos inc. In Japan and other countries.
Other company names and product or services names used here are trademarks or registered trademarks of respective companies.
About transcosmos inc.transcosmos launched its operations in 1966. Since then, we have combined superior “people” with up-to-date “technology” to enhance the competitive strength of our clients by providing them with superior and valuable services. transcosmos currently offers services that support clients’ business processes focusing on both sales expansion and cost optimization through our 168 bases across 30 countries/regions with a focus on Asia, while continuously pursuing Operational Excellence. Furthermore, following the expansion of e-commerce market on the global scale, transcosmos provides a comprehensive One-Stop Global E-Commerce services to deliver our clients’ excellent products and services in 48 countries/regions around the globe. transcosmos aims to be the “Global Digital Transformation Partner” of our clients, supporting the clients’ transformation by leveraging digital technology, responding to the ever-changing business environment.https://www.trans-cosmos.co.jp/english/

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Brumleve Industries Releases a Guide to Common Logistics Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

“Common logistics mistakes include having the wrong address labeled. . . (or) not having the right shipping equipment,” according to Brumleve. “To best serve your company, take time to learn about the most common mistakes.”

TEUTOPOLIS, Ill. (PRWEB) January 06, 2020
Brumleve Industries has announced the release of their newest infographic guide: Common Logistics Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. Business-to-business logistics is the backbone of our consumer-goods driven society. Logically, that means businesses should place great emphasis on their supply chain to avoid severe missteps that can hinder the efficiency of this process.
“Common logistics mistakes include having the wrong address labeled. . . (or) not having the right shipping equipment,” according to Brumleve. “To best serve your company, take time to learn about the most common mistakes.”
Not only does the infographic walk through 10 of the most common mistakes, they also come with appropriate solutions such as providing tracking tools or spending a little more money for processing and handling.
To view all of the Common Logistics Mistakes, view the infographic here.
About Brumleve Industries:
Since 1904, Brumleve Industries has only used the finest materials and equipment to continue the tradition of quality service through three generations of family ownership. Our custom fabricating is the product of skilled craftsmanship that can shear, bend, punch, mig welding of aluminum, steel, or stainless steel.

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FTNI Named to Food Logistics’ FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers List for Fifth Straight Year

Strong Continued Customer Growth Lands FTNI on Food Logistics’ Annual List of Top Software and Technology Providers to the Food and Beverage Industries for the Fifth Consecutive Year.(PRWeb December 17, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/ftni_named_to_food_logistics_fl100_top_software_and_technology_providers_list_for_fifth_straight_year/prweb16792945.htm

Esker Named in Food Logistics’ 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers

The annual FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers serves as a resource guide of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.(PRWeb December 17, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/esker_named_in_food_logistics_2019_fl100_top_software_and_technology_providers/prweb16795645.htm

TEKLYNX Named to Food Logistics 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers

“Five years of being named to the FL100+ showcases TEKLYNX commitment to provide the food and beverage industry with efficient, scalable barcode labeling and RFID software solutions and unparalleled customer support to help our users barcode better,” states TEKLYNX General Manager, Doug Niemeyer.

MILWAUKEE (PRWEB) December 17, 2019
TEKLYNX International, the world’s leading barcode and RFID labeling software developer and solutions provider today announced that it has been named to Food Logistics 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list for a fifth consecutive year. The coveted annual list serves as a resource guide of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.
“We’re proud to be selected for Food Logistics’ prestigious FL100+ list for the fifth year in a row. This is an honor to our company, as it showcases TEKLYNX continued commitment to provide the food and beverage industry with efficient and scalable barcode labeling and RFID software solutions while also providing unparalleled customer support to help our users barcode better,” states TEKLYNX General Manager, Doug Niemeyer.
For decades, TEKLYNX has helped food and beverage companies streamline their labeling operations while staying ahead of current food and beverage labeling regulations such as the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Food Information for Consumers (FIC), and California’s Proposition 65. TEKLYNX barcode labeling software can also programmatically highlight allergens when they appear in the ingredients list as well as emphasize nutrition facts and other key label components with TEKLYNX WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) dynamic styling feature. To learn more, view the TEKLYNX Navigating Food Labeling Requirements eBook.
“Whether you’re using sensors to monitor critical temperatures for perishables or a WMS to manage inventory flows in your warehouse, software and technology are playing a vital role in the food and beverage industry,” remarks John R. Yuva, editor for Food Logistics and its sister publication, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The transparency and safety of the digital global food supply chain would not exist without innovations in software and technology. Our FL100+ recipients help drive supply chain compliance and regulatory changes that benefit everyone from the farmer to the food processor to the consumer.”    
Today, TEKLYNX is the only barcode labeling solution provider to offer subscription licensing as well as the ability to print to unlimited printers with no additional fees for label design applications. Food and beverage companies can take advantage of cost-effective multi-user network licensing options and tiered software solutions that support their growth over time.
Companies on this year’s 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list will be profiled in the December 2019 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at http://www.foodlogistics.com and http://www.teklynx.com
About TEKLYNX INTERNATONALTEKLYNX International helps supply chains work better. Today, more than 750,000 companies in over 170 countries trust TEKLYNX integrated barcode and RFID label design products and the people behind its solutions to make barcode labeling operations efficient, accurate, secure and industry compliant. With over 30 years of experience, TEKLYNX is the global leader because of its reliable software and superior customer support. To learn more about how the TEKLYNX community helps companies across industries worldwide, visit teklynx.com or call TEKLYNX in your region. Barcode Better™ with TEKLYNX.

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International Transport and Logistics Business Gebrüder Weiss on Steady Growth Path With Seven US Locations and 60% More Employees at Close of 2019

Press Release – updated: Dec 17, 2019 08:00 EST

CHICAGO, December 17, 2019 (Newswire.com) – Gebrüder Weiss, an international transport and logistics company that established new key market locations in the United States in 2017, closes out 2019 with an impressive 60 percent increase in employment growth at its U.S. locations. Strong consumer spending, solid job growth and wage increases in the U.S. economy are drivers that leadership acknowledges for boosting exponential U.S. market company growth.
Despite cooling economic growth predicted for 2020, Gebrüder Weiss expects to continue its rapid development in the United States with gains in the retail, e-commerce, automotive and high-tech industries.  With U.S. headquarters planted at the center of the country, in Chicago, Gebrüder Weiss is also positioned in key U.S. transport locations including New York, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Additional U.S. locations in the southeast and southwest regions are being considered for continued U.S. expansion. 
“It is an exciting time to be expanding the world’s oldest transport company,” said Mark McCullough, CEO of Gebrüder Weiss USA. “Our work is no longer just about transporting goods from point ‘A’ to point ‘B.’ We provide custom solutions along the entire supply chain for a business, and every business is different. In addition to warehousing, procurement, and distribution logistics, our dedicated Competence Clusters perform industry-specific demands,” he added.
In the high-tech and automotive industries, traditional freight forwarding services are now integrated with security concepts and technical distribution, including the installation of large electronic equipment and just-in-time deliveries directly to the plant. This service differentiator offered by Gebrüder Weiss is led by a single point of contact for each client, making communication seamless and efficient. 
Globally, Gebrüder Weiss is expected to continue its impressive growth patterns.  With industry changes and new technology developing to help businesses meet the demands of customers across the globe, the history, insight, and ability to adapt is what has kept Gebrüder Weiss an international leader in the logistics industry for more than 500 years. 
 
About Gebrüder WeissGebrüder Weiss, a global freight forwarder with a core business of overland transport, air and sea freight and logistics, is the world’s oldest transport company with a history that dates back more than 500 years. The family-owned company employs more than 7,100 people worldwide and boasts 150 company-owned locations. The business established a presence in the United States in Chicago in 2017 and has since expanded its North American locations to include Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Developing and changing with the needs of its customers during its long history, Gebrüder Weiss is also a pioneer in sustainable business practices having implemented myriad ecological, economic and social initiatives.  The company’s voyage into North America, along with its continuous growth, illustrates the need for highly experienced providers of global solutions through an international network of supply chain experts. Customized solutions with a single point of contact, provide customers with an exceptional service experience focused on responsible and economical solutions.
Media Contact:
Karolyn Raphael
Winger Marketing
karolyn@wingermarketing.com
T  312-494-0422
Gebrüder Weiss
251 Wille Road, Suite CIL 60018 Des Plaines
T 847.795.4300
usa@gw-world.com
www.gw-world.com 
Source: Gebrüder Weiss

Open Sky Group Named to Food Logistics' FL100+ for Fifth Time

Open Sky Group named to FL100+ list for their work with clients such as SmithFoods.

“Open Sky Group has a top-notch team and a reputation for helping companies standardize processes with its methodology of disciplined agility and no modifications approach to WMS implementations,“ said Scott Heldreth, VP, Supply Chain for SmithFoods.

RALEIGH, N.C. (PRWEB) December 17, 2019
Open Sky Group is excited to announce its inclusion in Food Logistics’ “FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers” 2019 Listing. It’s the fifth year for Open Sky Group to be named to this listing of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain. Tracking and agility are vital to the food and beverage supply chain because of the complexities related to food safety regulations, perishability, collaboration and transparency amongst partners in the supply chain.
SmithFoods, a manufacturer of dairy products under the brands of SMITH’S, Ruggles, Artisa and Ajoyo, began working with Open Sky Group on implementation of JDA Warehouse Management for multiple sites in 2019. “Our supply chain goals include upgrading older systems and standardizing processes across three facilities. Open Sky Group has a top-notch team and a reputation for helping companies standardize processes with its methodology of disciplined agility and no modifications approach to WMS implementations,“ said Scott Heldreth, VP, Supply Chain for SmithFoods. The facilities will all be live in 2020 and we’re looking forward to the growth-fueling efficiencies and increased inventory accuracy we’ll gain.”
“A secure and accurate WMS is critical to the success of companies in the food and beverage industry. Our rapid implementation methodology gives clients like SmithFoods a faster return on investment as well as standardization of processes across multiple facilities,” said Jason Yantiss, VP, Client Services for Open Sky Group. “It’s an honor to be included for the fifth time among the industry leaders named to the FL100+.”
“Whether you’re using sensors to monitor critical temperatures for perishables or a WMS to manage inventory flows in your warehouse, software and technology are playing a vital role in the food and beverage industry,” remarks John R. Yuva, editor for Food Logistics and its sister publication, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The transparency and safety of the digital global food supply chain would not exist without innovations in software and technology. Our FL100+ recipients help drive supply chain compliance and regulatory changes that benefit everyone from the farmer to the food processor to the consumer.”
Companies on this year’s 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list will be profiled in the November/December 2019 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at http://www.foodlogistics.com.
ABOUT SMITHFOODSSmithFoods is the company that brings the popular brands to market like SMITH’S, Ruggles, Artisa and Ajoyo. An industry leader in quality and innovation, SmithFoods is dedicated to providing customers and consumers with the best products available and manufactured by facilities in Orrville, Ohio, Richmond, Indiana and Pacific, Missouri. This attention extends to food service, private label and contract packaging opportunities.
ABOUT FOOD LOGISTICSFood Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media.
ABOUT OPEN SKY GROUPOpen Sky Group is a global specialist offering services for WMS, Labor and TMS software upgrades and implementations. A gold implementation partner and reseller of the JDA supply chain platform, Open Sky Group strives every day to be the best consulting partner on the planet for supply chain solutions.
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Contact: Open Sky GroupDarcy ReevesVP, of Marketing919.800.8250http://www.openskygroup.com

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Call for Nominations: 2020 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award

The Women In Trucking Association (WIT), Truckstop.com, and Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) are seeking nominations for the 2020 Distinguished Woman in Logistics Award (DWLA). The award recognizes the achievements and leadership of outstanding individuals involved in logistics in North America.(PRWeb December 10, 2019)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/call_for_nominations_2020_distinguished_woman_in_logistics_award/prweb16774831.htm