Done deals: April 10, 2020

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Dematic‘s parent company Kion Group AG has completed the acquisition of Digital Applications International Limited (DAI), a UK-based software company specializing in logistics automation solutions. Valued at around €120 million, the transaction is KION’s largest investment since acquiring Dematic in 2016. DAI’s core product is a warehouse management system (WMS) that broadens the capabilities of Dematic iQ automation by allowing a wider range of applications – from primarily manual operations to fully automated supply chain ecosystems. In the 2019 financial year, DAI’s preliminary revenue was equivalent to approximately €40 million. With offices in London, Manchester, Aberdeen, Basel, Switzerland, and Shanghai,China, DAI has customer installations around the globe, many of which have been close collaborative efforts with Dematic.

E-commerce fulfillment specialist Ruby Has has acquired EasyPost Fulfillment Services. This acquisition gives Ruby Has a national footprint in the U.S. covering both coasts as well as the Midwest and expands the company’s capacity by 25 percent in addition to their existing capabilities in Canada. The acquisition is effective immediately, with EasyPost Fulfillment Services becoming fully integrated into Ruby Has, and the transition for EasyPost customers will be seamless.

Air New Zealand is using the Descartes Core Unit Load Device (ULD) Tracking solution to automatically monitor the real-time location of international mail, parcel and cargo shipments while they are in the air and on the ground. Using mobile technology, carriers scan Bluetooth tags affixed to ULDs prior to loading. Whether on the ground or in the air, real-time connectivity to ULDs via the Descartes Core Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) network, part of the Descartes Global Logistics Network, allows carriers to access accurate ULD location information and other data, such as precise temperature, movement (e.g., shock, acceleration and orientation), humidity, light and fire. Tags can also be added to any ground service equipment for full control over a carrier’s equipment.