Inside Logistics

Done Deals: May 11, 2021

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

May 11, 2021

Pinnacle Logistics Solutions

Pinnacle Logistics Solutions is expanding into Western Canada with the opening of an office in Edmonton, Alberta. The office is intended to position the company as a coast-to-coast enterprise with a foothold in Western Canada. Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, Pinnacle was founded in 2017 and focuses on over-dimensional and multi-modal freight. With this latest development, Pinnacle now boasts a workforce of more than a dozen employees.

Wills Transfer

Wills Transfer Limited of Smiths Falls, Ontario, has acquired Orange Logistics Centers, a third-party logistics business located in Carp, Ontario. Orange Logistics drivers, material handlers and warehouses have now become part of the Wills Transfer team. Orange Logistics clients will continue to be primarily served by the same personnel familiar with the current operations. Wills Transfer now operates over 800,000 square feet of warehousing in Ottawa, Perth, Smiths Falls, Brockville, Cornwall, and now Carp. It provides order fulfillment, pick and pack services, kitting, asset tagging, container de-stuffing, cross docking, inventory management, rail car siding, refrigerated storage and outsourcing solutions.


Descartes Systems Group has acquired Portrix Logistics Software, a provider of multimodal rate management solutions for logistics services providers (LSPs). Headquartered in Germany, Portrix has been in business for more than 10 years. The company’s core product, Global Price Management (GPM), enables global shipment routing, pricing, rating and capacity allocation management. Portrix’s solutions integrate with systems including CRM, transportation management, and customer-facing online booking platforms, such as Descartes Kontainers.

Amazon plans to open its first robotic fulfillment centre in the state of Louisiana. In the new 650,000 square-foot facility, located in Shreveport, approximately 1,000 employees will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items such as books, toys, electronics and other household items.

RoadOne IntermodaLogistics

RoadOne IntermodaLogistics has acquired the JZ Expedited Companies headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. JZ’s full scope of services include: drayage, transload, oversized transportation, domestic LTL services, import and export logistics and container depot and Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) capabilities. The JZ companies will be represented by two RoadOne branded business units: JZI IntermodaLogistics, which will include the former JZ Expedited Trucking, and North Florida Warehouse FTZ, and JZI LogisticsSolutions which will comprise JZ Expedited Logistics and JZI Global Supply Chain Management.