ARC Advisory Group ranks Manhattan Associates as leading supplier of warehouse management systems

Global supply chain optimisation provider Manhattan Associates has been ranked as the leading supplier of 'Total WMS Software and Services' in ARC Advisory Group's Warehouse Management Systems Worldwide Outlook, Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2016.

ARC Advisory Group's annual warehouse management market study follows more than 80 suppliers of WMS solutions and gives a detailed analysis and forecast for the marketplace through 2016.

According to Clint Reiser, Enterprise Software Analyst at ARC, Manhattan Associates was the worldwide WMS market share leader in 2011. He said that warehouse management systems are core to Manhattan's business and the company has been the largest provider of WMS for the past decade.

Eddie Capel, President and Chief Operating Officer, Manhattan Associates commented that the ranking was a validation of the company's commitment to developing solutions that give customers a short term path to success while delivering long term value.

Dematic Real Time Logistics awarded Vocollect Partner of the Year

Logistics automation and IT supplier Dematic recently received the Vocollect APAC Partner of the Year Award at the Vocollect Annual Asia Pacific Conference in Chengdu, China.

Dematic received the honour for significant business growth and innovation as well as the smooth transition to working with Intermec following Intermec's acquisition of Vocollect. Dematic is now an Intermec Platinum Partner.

The Vocollect APAC Partner of the Year Award was presented to Dematic's General Manager for Real Time Logistics, Nathan Taylor by Vance Lau, Vocollect's Managing Director and Vice President Asia Pacific. Dematic also collected awards for Most Significant Win in SEA, Outstanding Tech Support SEA and Outstanding Tech Support ANZ at the conference.

Accepting the Partner of the Year Award, Mr Taylor described how Dematic has been partnering with Vocollect since introducing this innovation in warehouse technology to the APAC supply chain industry over 15 years ago.

He added that Dematic offers the experience, track record and infrastructure to not only design and implement voice solutions but also support them with their comprehensive service and support infrastructure and in-country repair facilities in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

He stated that the recognition solidified Dematic's position as a clear partner of choice for voice solutions in Asia Pacific.

LOSCAM joins Australian Logistics Council

Pallet and container pooling solutions provider LOSCAM has announced that it has become an Associate Member of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC).

The Australian Logistics Council is the nation's peak representative body for the Australian freight transport and logistics supply chain sector.

Commenting on the announcement, Managing Director of the ALC, Michael Kigariff said "the Australian Logistics Council continues to maintain constructive dialogue with all freight transport and logistics organisations, and we welcome LOSCAM as a key integrator between trading partners."

The ALC advocates effective leadership within the supply chain sector in Australia, a notion LOSCAM fully supports. The company has stated that it believes national cohesive policy positions, as advocated by the ALC, will lead to sustainable, positive outcomes for the industry.

LOSCAM's Regional Director, Daniel Bunnett, confirmed this, stating that LOSCAM welcomes the ALC's commitment to promoting collaboration and improving transparency within the supply chain sector.

"In particular we are very supportive of any initiatives that help to drive standardisation within the sphere of pallet and related process management, and by joining we will be able to assist in improving standards for the logistics industry," he added.

CargoWise announces acquisition of domestic transport software vendor TransLogix

Global logistics technology supplier CargoWise has announced that it has extended its reach into domestic logistics with the acquisition of transport and logistics software company TransLogix.

The deal will provide CargoWise with comprehensive domestic transport knowledge to complement its existing international logistics software expertise.

It is anticipated that the move will enable CargoWise to dramatically increase its level of research and development investment, while accelerating the creation of new software capabilities and expanding into new geographies.

CargoWise CEO Richard White said that the acquisition was a critical and significant step in growth plans for the company.

"The addition of the TransLogix domestic transport software skills to our platform will not only boost our business, it will give customers all aspects of freight operations door to door, road, rail, air and sea and across borders from a single global vendor," he explained.

TransLogix’s founder and CEO Anselm Waterfield will be assisting in the integration and transition of the business.

CHEP joins Australian Logistics Council

CHEP Australia has announced that it has joined forces with the Australian Logistics Council, the peak representative body for the Australian freight transport and logistics supply chain sector.

According to President of CHEP Australia & New Zealand Phillip Austin, the company is delighted to be welcomed as a member to further the work and objectives of the Council.

Having a unique integrated position in so many of Australia's supply chains, CHEP is joining the ALC to help make a practical contribution to national discussions that impact the industry, its business and those of its valued customers.

Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council Michael Kilgariff said that CHEP adds a valuable new dimension to their membership profile and reinforces ALC's whole of supply chain focus.

As an equipment pooling company, CHEP offers managed, returnable and reusable packaging solutions and has operated in Australia’s growing logistics sector since 1956.

With 13 full and 30 associate members from the freight transport and logistics supply chain, service organisations and associations, the Australian Logistics Council works to ensure Australia has safe, secure, reliable, sustainable and internationally competitive supply chains.

Agility to provide logistics support for Australia’s largest single-resource project

Leading global logistics provider, Agility, has won a two-year Australian contract worth $238 million to provide logistics support for one of the world’s largest natural gas projects.

The Gorgon natural gas project will have Agility providing logistics, stevedoring, and related services in support of the Marine Loading Facility in Henderson, Perth.

Furthermore, Agility was granted a two-year extension of its existing contract to support supply base operations and transportation services, in which the stevedoring services have been added.  The extended contract has commenced and will run through to 28 April 2014.

"The renewal of the Gorgon contract underscores Agility's reputation for efficient, effective and highly dependable performance on complex logistics assignments,” said Mick Turnbull, CEO of Agility Australasia.

"The additional services and extension of our contract is a testimony to the hard work and commitment that our team has shown. We are committed to working safely even in the most challenging environments, and look forward to continuing our successful partnership for some time to come.”

Patrick Stevedoring was appointed by Agility as the prime subcontractor for the stevedoring services.

“We are pleased to be working with Agility on these additional services to offer support to the Marine Loading Facility in Perth and are confident that we can play an important part in this project,” said Philip Tonks, general manager of the Patrick Stevedoring Division.

Operated by Chevron, the Gorgon project is said to be the largest single-resource project in Australia’s history. It is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Osaka Gas, Tokyo Gas and Chubu Electric Power.

Pteris Global wins major airport baggage handling contract

Integrated airport logistics solutions provider, Pteris Global, has secured a contract for the construction of the baggage handling and screening systems for Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The contract is reportedly worth approximately SGD $30 million. The project is expected to be completed by 2014.

The announcement was made during a Charlotte City Council Meeting held on 25 June 2012.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport is ranked as the 6th busiest airport in the world by Airports Council International (ACI). The airport serves more than 39 million passengers annually.

Pteris Global designs and builds airport logistics systems, such as baggage handling, in-flight catering, air cargo handling and express courier handling. The company has completed more than 150 airport projects in over 40 countries.

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CargoWise software solution adopted by Hong Kong-based freight forwarder

Infinity Cargo Express (ICE), a Hong Kong-based freight forwarding company, has implemented the ediEnterprise software solution from CargoWise in order to assist with expanding its operations.

The company has a network of offices across China handling exports to the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and planned to expand its operations around value-added lines of business, such as the import and storage of wines.

ICE identified the need for an improved IT system to facilitate this expansion, and, after assessing several options, selected CargoWise's ediEnterprise solution as the best fit for its requirements.

ICE's Emily Lau explained that the company has enjoying success across its existing areas of business, but needed a more integrated business IT solution in order to facilitate greater expansion into value-added services.

Post-sales support was also important, Ms Lau added, stating that the staff at CargoWise were great to deal with through the implementation process.

"They provided training and support which helped us to optimize the system to our business needs while managing a smooth and swift pathway to the go-live point," she concluded.

Globe Express Services recognised with Platinum Award from Maersk Line

Globe Express Services (GES) has announced that it was recently honoured by Maersk Line Shipping with the Platinum Award, in recognition of the company's position as one of the best performing logistics providers in the UAE.

The award was presented to Mustapha Kawam, Managing Director, Gulf States of GES, and John C. George, Sales Manager of GES, by Lars Nielsen, Managing Director of Maersk Line and Joel Rodricks, General Manger of Maersk Line in the UAE, during a ceremony that was attended by senior officials from other freight forwarding and logistics companies.

Upon receiving the award, Mustapha Kawam commented: "Globe Express Services has maintained a mutually beneficial partnership with Maersk Line for more than 10 years. This award underlines the success of our relationship and our ongoing commitment to offer the highest quality of services and demonstrate excellence in the logistics field."

Logistics provider Agility opens new state of the art Malaysian facility

Global logistics provider Agility has relocated its Penang warehouse and office to better meet the growing demand for integrated logistics services in Malaysia.

The new state of the art facility, with approximately 60,000 square feet of warehouse space and 20,000 square feet of office space, was officially inaugurated today.

On hand for the unveiling were Agility customers, business partners and YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang.

Speaking during the ceremony, Agility Chief Executive Officer, South East Asia and Malaysia, Morten Damgaard, said that the commissioning of the new facility was a testament to the successful expansion of the company's business in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region.

Agility will offer a comprehensive portfolio of distribution, storage and supply chain services from the new location, which also features 4,100 standard pallet capacity, bonded and non-bonded storage areas, air conditioning, humidity control, CCTV and alarm surveillance.

The company's Shah Alam office will remain the headquarters for operations in Malaysia, and will continue to provide a wide range of logistics services.

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