Done Deals

by Sandy MacIsaac


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded a contract to BSI Group’s Supply Chain Solutions business unit to create a protocol to help screen cargo at US ports. BSI will work with DHS S&T-sponsored engineers to integrate data from new detection systems, along with BSI’s proprietary intelligence on cargo disruption and anti-Western terrorism, to better identify high-risk containers.

Clarks Companies North America has selected Knapp Logistics Automation Inc to provide all material handling systems for Clarks’s new logistics centre in Hanover, Pennsylvania. The 451,000-sqf facility is slated to be ready by the end of 2012 and will approach 80ft high. Knapp will install its OSR Shuttle system, used for goods-to-person picking, buffering, storage and sequencing.

Horizon Beverage has selected the HighJump warehouse management system (WMS) to manage its new 500,000-sqf DC in Norton, Massachusetts. Horizon Beverage distributes wine, spirits and beer in the New England states. The company expects the WMS to boost accuracy and efficiency of Horizon’s operations while improving service to customers. The HighJump WMS will also integrate with a new material handling system.

RMT Robotics, a Cimcorp Oy Company and the manufacturer and integrator of ADAM intelligent mobile robots, has made its first sale through its new German sales partner, eepos Nord. The German company recently sold a fleet of seven ADAM Autonomous Mobile Robots to InSystems Automation GmbH, a German automation systems integrator. The end user of the ADAM system is a global manufacturer of personal care products and the equipment will be installed at its Berlin manufacturing facility.

CEVA Logistics is renewing its contract with Tech Data Corporation, a distributor of technology products. CEVA has expanded the relationship to become the wholesale technology distributor’s primary less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier in the US. Through the agreement, CEVA will provide LTL services for all of Tech Data’s US retail distribution of electronic devices. CEVA will also offer onsite operational support at Tech Data’s largest logistics centres.

CN and Agri-Food Central Ltd have an agreement to improve the service delivery performance and consistency of the supply chain for specialty grains moving from Western Canada to Mexico via rail and to other markets including those in Latin America through Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coast ports served by CN. Agri-Food Central loads bags of lentils, canary seed, flax and peas into 53-foot containers at CN’s Winnipeg Intermodal Terminal. CN hauls the containers by rail to Montreal, Vancouver and New Orleans for export, as well as to Mexico in cooperation with Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS). Containers are interchanged with KCS at Jackson, Mississippi, and return from Mexico loaded with consumer goods.