Inside Logistics

Done deals: July 1, 2020

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


July 1, 2020
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Drone Delivery Canada Corp., with the assistance of its sales agent Air Canada, it has entered into a commercial agreement dated June 22, 2020 with DSV Air & Sea Inc. Canada, to deploy DDC’s drone delivery platform. DSV plans to deliver healthcare related cargo from DSV’s warehouse in Milton, Ontario, to local customers. The term of the agreement is three months. At the destination, the Sparrow drone will hover at a lowered altitude, drop untethered cargo in a designated area shared by multiple DSV transactional customers, then return to DSV’s DroneSpot. The route is approximately 3.5 km. Flights will be remotely monitored by DDC from its Operations Control Centre located Vaughan, Ontario. The project will begin in Q3 2020, with the potential of more additional routes being added in 2020.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded $79.47 million from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) program to Port Houston, which was the full amount requested for Port Houston’s total $198 million project to restore and improve wharf and yard space at its Barbours Cut Container Terminal.The rest of the funding is made up from a local cost share of 60 percent and a grant of 40 percent of the future construction costs. Barbours Cut Terminal, constructed in 1975, comprises 6,000 linear feet of wharf, and about 390 acres, including container yards and support areas. The project will restore and strengthen 2,667 linear feet of wharf and 83.5 acres of yard space. This project will allow for larger ships and densification of container space.

On July 1, 2020, Gebrüder Weiss, the globally active transport and logistics company, will be represented in the Southern hemisphere for the first time with the opening of national subsidiaries in Australia and New Zealand. The future air and sea locations are situated in the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand. This move is part of the company’s strategy to extend its existing network of locations in the Gebrüder Weiss region of East Asia/Oceania.

Rex Brown, a fast-growing U.K.-based e-commerce expert in sourcing, branding and distribution, has chosen GreyOrange‘s Ranger Mobile Sort. Rex Brown currently processes 2.5 million orders per year. With the implementation of Ranger Mobile Sort and GreyMatter, Rex Brown will have the capacity to process over 10 million orders each year for its customers.