Inside Logistics

Done deals: August 27, 2020

Contracts, mergers, acquisitions and big deals in the supply chain sector this week


August 27, 2020
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Drone Delivery Canada Corp. has launched a second cargo drone route with DSV Air & Sea Inc. Canada. DSV will deliver various types of cargo, including healthcare related cargo, from a DroneSpot at DSV’s warehouse in Milton, Ontario to a DropSpot at RB (Reckitt Benckiser) in Milton, approximately four kilometres away.  RB is a global producer of health, hygiene and home products.

Cryoport, Inc., which supplies temperature-controlled supply chain services for the life sciences industry, is buying MVE Biological Solutions, which manufactures vacuum-insulated products and cryogenic freezer systems for the life sciences industry, from Chart Industries, Inc. With the recent acquisitions of MVE, CryoPDP and Cryogene, Cryoport will provide fully integrated, end-to-end supply chain solutions to cell and gene therapy clients as well as the broader life sciences industry.

Cityfreighter Inc. and AB-JOOST are working together to build Cityfreighter’s Beta Version of the CF1 at bodybuilder AB Joost’s production facility in Belgium. The CF1 is a modular electric class 3 truck for last mile logistics. The Beta Version is anticipated to be finished in March 2021, followed by homologation proceedings for a targeted SOP (start of production) in the beginning of 2022. Cityfreighter is a start-up from California, developing fully electric low-floor class 3 trucks for the last mile delivery industry.

C.H. Robinson has integrated 19 transportation management systems (TMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems into the company’s global multimodal transportation management system, Navisphere. It offers access to real-time pricing and capacity assurance and reduces the time required to get market quotes and book loads. The integrated platforms include Blue Yonder, Oracle Transportation Management, Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Amazon has announced that 11 new sites across the Phoenix, Arizona, metro area are expected to be open by the end of 2020. The sites include seven delivery stations and two additional facilities that support fulfillment operations in nearby communities. Amazon’s first cross-dock facility in the state is also slated to open by year’s end in Phoenix. The 600,000 square-foot building will support customer fulfillment by receiving large orders of inventory and redistributing products to fulfillment centres across the company’s operations network.