Inside Logistics

Done deals: July 30, 2020

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


July 30, 2020
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Kuecker Logistics Group (KLG), a material handling systems integrator, will now be offering Geek+ robotics solutions across North America through a newly signed distribution agreement.

Locus Robotics has partnered with Balloon One, a London, UK-based provider of software and supply chain applications for distribution, manufacturing and e-commerce companies. Through the partnership, Balloon One will offer Locus Robotics’s multi-bot solution for warehouse fulfillment alongside Körber/HighJump WMS.

Amazon plans to open a fulfillment centre in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. The facility will be the company’s second fulfillment center in Tennessee to use robotics technology and the company’s seventh fulfillment centre in the state. The 1,000 employees at the more than 855,000-square-foot centre will pick, pack and ship smaller items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods. The company currently has fulfillment and sortation centres in Charleston, Chattanooga, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Memphis and Nashville.

Transplace will provide over-the-road capacity, with intermodal and truck brokerage capability, including cross-border customs and logistics services to school bus manufacturer Blue Bird. Data analytics from Transplace will offer metrics to eliminate waste and reinforce Blue Bird’s sustainability programs.

TGW Logistics Group is the key partner developing a robotized fulfillment centre for Picnic in the Netherlands. The online supermarket will use a FlashPick system, with three temperature zones and a shuttle system at the core of the solution. The new distribution centre has 40,000 m² of floor space and uses state-of-the-art technology to deliver groceries to more than 150,000 families per week.

The logistics and transport experts at Gebrüder Weiss will assist in transporting equipment and 16 international scientific experiments for the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) as it carries out its 13th simulation of a crewed Mars mission from October 15 to November 15. Numerous international research institutions are involved in the “Amadee-20” mission and four of Gebrüder Weiss’s apprentices will also prepare all the logistics and handle the customs formalities for this move of sensitive materials from Austria to the testing site in Israel’s Negev desert.