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The American Truck Dealers (ATD) named the Kenworth T880 Vocational Truck with PACCAR MX-13 Engine as the 2015 Truck of the Year. The award was announced at the ATD Convention & Expo in San Francisco CA. Other finalists included the International WorkStar 7600 and the Peterbilt Model 567. This year’s competition focused on the vocational and heavy haul/severe duty truck category. During the competition, a panel of judges conducted test drives and evaluated each truck entry in key categories, which included innovation, design, safety, driver ergonomics, and comfort. “The Kenworth T880 establishes a new standard of excellence and builds upon Kenworth’s heritage of quality, innovation and technology to produce industry-leading, rugged and reliable vocational trucks,” said Preston Feight, Kenworth general manager. “This 2015 ATD Truck of the Year award reflects the many positive comments we have received from our customers about the T880’s outstanding performance, driver comfort and quiet cab.”


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PeopleNet Acquires Cadec Global 

PeopleNet, a Trimble Company, has acquired the assets of privately held Cadec Global Inc of Manchester NH. Cadec’s pioneering driver- and truck-based platforms coupled with its unique back office analytic tools enable companies to maximize the value of their foodservice and private fleets and improve customer service. The addition of Cadec will further extend the fleet mobility technology and transportation solutions of PeopleNet in the foodservice and private fleet industries to enable greater levels of safety, compliance, cost reduction, and customer service, according Trimble officials. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Heniff Transportation Acquires Horizon Tank Lines

Heniff Transportation Systems LLC, headquartered in Oak Brook IL, has acquired Horizon Tank Lines, a leading Southeastern bulk chemical hauler. Horizon Tank Lines is headquartered in Durham NC with terminals located in Wilmington NC and Hamlet NC.  Privately held Horizon Tank Lines was formed in 1994 due to the demand for a quality carrier in Wilmington. The owner, Charles Collie, has been involved in the transportation of chemicals for more than 30 years, and the management team has over 100 years of combined experience. The current management and driver teams will transition to Heniff Transportation Systems.


Owens & Minor Names P. Cody Phipps President & CEO

Owens & Minor, Inc. (OMI), a leading healthcare logistics company, today announced that its board of directors has named P. Cody Phipps, 53, President & Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2015, at which time he will also join the company’s board of directors. Phipps most recently served as President & Chief Executive Officer of United Stationers Inc., where he was also a member of the board of directors. Current President & Chief Executive Officer James L. Bierman, 62, will retire as President & Chief Executive Officer and resign from the board, effective July 1, but will continue with the company in an advisory capacity through the end of 2015. Craig R. Smith, 63, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Owens & Minor.


Perceptive Software Gets A New Leader 

As Lexmark International Inc. wrapped up its $1 billion acquisition of Kofax Ltd., the unit formerly known as Perceptive Software discovered it would get a new leader as well as a big new component. Scott Coons, who founded Perceptive Software Inc., has announced his retirement from the company. Kofax CEO Reynolds Bish will immediately take over Coons’ role as president of Lexmark Enterprise Software — the new business segment that combined the Lenexa-based company with the California tech firm.


Something You Didn’t Know About Memorial Day

It was originally called Decoration Day: To honor the deceased, soldiers would decorate graves of their fallen comrades with flowers, flags and wreaths. Hence Decoration Day. Although Memorial Day became its official title in the 1880s, the holiday wouldn’t legally become Memorial Day until 1967.


Integrated Distribution Services Expands

Integrated Distribution Services Inc., a provider of supply chain solutions for e-commerce and direct to consumer retailers, plans to expand its operations in Plainfield, Indiana. The expansion will create 71 new jobs by 2020.
The company will invest $2.725 million to lease and equip a larger, 450,738-square-foot facility in AllPoints Midwest, a bulk industrial park in Hendricks County. The facility, which will allow IDS to consolidate its three Plainfield facilities and transportation services division under one roof, will improve efficiencies and better meet the needs of the company’s expanding customer base and workforce. The company plans to begin renovations in the next few weeks and begin hiring for warehousing, transportation, sales and back office positions late this year.


Rock Hill Logistics Company Adds 40 Employees 

Elite Logistics of Rock Hill is merging with a Mobile, Ala., business in a move that will bring about 1.5 million square feet of warehouse space to the local company. Elite is combining with a segment of Baldwin Transfer Co. Inc. that together will have 85 employees and almost 2 million square feet of distribution space, says Matt Matthews, the Elite Logistics owner who becomes president and chief operating officer of the merged company.


Intelligrated Appoints Russ Mellott as VP, Software Sales

Intelligrated®, a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces the appointment of Russ Mellott to the position of vice president, software sales. He is responsible for directing software sales, sales support, strategy and operational teams to increase market share for the Intelligrated software portfolio.


Logistics Company to Expand its Global Operations Center 

 A South Carolina-based supplier of logistics services for other companies is expanding its Global Operations Center in downtown Greensboro.  M33 Integrated will open a 16,000-square-foot location in the former SunTrust branch building at 333 North Greene Street. The company should be ready to occupy the space within the next few months. M33 already operates an 8,000-square-foot office nearby, according to a company news release.  The Greenville-based company, which has already added 50 new jobs in downtown Greensboro in the past year, said the new space will allow it to expand and hire more people. 



Denny’s Corporation Selects HAVI 

HAVI Global Solutions, LLC (HGS) is pleased to announce that Denny’s Corporation (Nasdaq:DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, has chosen HGS as its lead supplier of supply chain and packaging solutions. An expert partner in managed services and consulting solutions across global business supply chains, HGS will provide Sourcing & Spend Management, Network Optimization and Packaging Category Management solutions to Denny’s for six years.


Adaptive Insights Makes Leadership Change With New CEO 

Business intelligence software company Adaptive Insights Inc. named Thomas Bogan as chief executive, completing a leadership transition that began last July when former CEO John Herr stepped back to become a senior adviser


E-Commerce Giant Flipkart Makes Senior Level Appointments


NEW DELHI: Online marketplace Flipkart announced a slew of appointments to its senior leadership team.
The firm appointed Hari Vasudev as Senior Vice President (Engineering, IT & Analytics) for Supply Chain vertical.
Vasudev will spearhead the charter to build innovative supply chain products and services enabled by technology, focusing on key areas such as robotics, mobile, IOT and data sciences, the firm said in a statement.
Prior to Flipkart, he worked with Yahoo! as VP & Center Head and played a key role on a range of end-to-end consumer products and various platform products in the consumer and advertising domains.
 Flipkart appointed Anand KV as the Senior Vice President Customer Experience - (Commerce Platform) and will work on driving the customer experience charter for the marketplace.




Con-way Freight Expands in Joliet

Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) trucking company and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (CNW), today announced the grand opening of its newest, state-of-the art service center in Joliet, Illinois. The facility will serve as the local hub from which the company will provide daily commercial freight pickup and delivery services throughout the greater Joliet region, connecting local businesses with their customers throughout the Chicagoland area, Illinois and North America.


300 New Jobs Coming To Chattanooga

A German company that handles and manages the auto parts used in Volkswagen’s Chattanooga assembly plant plans to hire 300 more employees by the end of next year.

Schnellecke Logistics USA, the company’s American subsidiary which already employs about 350 workers in the city, is ramping up for the sport utility vehicle VW plans to produce in late 2016, said Jens Kappei, the company’s chief executive in Chattanooga.


Systech International Names Jim Lee VP, Product Management

Systech International, a global leader in brand protection technologies, has appointed Jim Lee vice president of product management. Lee will focus on the development and rapid deployment of Systech’s new and existing supply chain technologies.

“Jim has an exceptional background in Product Management with over 25 years of broad industry experience”

“Jim has an exceptional background in Product Management with over 25 years of broad industry experience,” said Lou Arace, Systech’s Chief Operating Officer. “His ability to drive creative, innovative solutions that address customer business problems aligns directly to our market driven strategic vision. He is a unique and valued addition to the growing Systech team.” 


Brooks Automation Announces Agreement With Chart Industries 

Brooks Automation, Inc. BRKS, +2.06% a leading worldwide provider of automated bio-sample storage solutions, and Chart Industries, Inc. GTLS, +1.04% a leading global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment used in the production, storage and end-use of cryogenic gases, announced they have entered into a strategic collaboration agreement to develop and distribute automated cryogenic storage solutions. The collaboration combines Brooks’ innovative automation solutions with Chart’s proven MVE® Series product line of cryogenic bio-sample storage systems.     


Adaptive Insights Makes Leadership Change With New CEO 

Business intelligence software company Adaptive Insights Inc. named Thomas Bogan as chief executive, completing a leadership transition that began last July when former CEO John Herr stepped back to become a senior adviser.

Mr. Bogan is the chairman of Citrix Systems Inc.CTXS +0.36% and Black Duck Software Inc. and sits on the boards of several other companies. He said he will be scaling back his commitments and working at Adaptive full time. Mr. Herr, who was named CEO in 2011, couldn’t be reached for comment.


Stibo Systems To Optimise Omni-Channel Strategy

UK department store John Lewis has selected Stibo Systems’ award-winning product information management (PIM) solution as a key part of its omni-channel retail strategy.

By delivering highly accurate and specific product information, consistently across all of the retailer’s channels, Stibo Systems’ STEP solution will improve the shopping experience for John Lewis’ customers, the company claims. In addition, John Lewis expects to reduce the time it takes to bring products to market and drive operational improvements in handling customer queries and processing product returns.

John Lewis is a chain of 43 department stores in the UK, owned by the John Lewis Partnership. The first store was opened in London’s Oxford Street in 1864, and its policy of “Never Knowingly Undersold” has been in use since 1925. The chain employs 38,000 staff and recorded a turnover of £4.06 billion in 2013.


Total Quality Logistics Names New President

Total Quality Logistics has promoted Kerry Byrne to president.

Ken Oaks, who founded the 17-year-old truckload logistics firm, was previously president and CEO of the company. Oaks will remain CEO of the firm.

Byrne joined TQL in 2005 and has served as executive vice president for the past decade.


Ciena Hires Former MicroStrategy Marketing Chief

Telecom networking equipment maker Ciena Corp. has named Marcus Starke as senior vice president and chief marketing officer, overseeing the company’s global marketing and communications.

Starke was most recently chief marketing officer at Vienna-based MicroStrategy (NASDAQ: MSTR), serving in that role for less than a year. Prior to MicroStrategy, Starke was a marketing and communications executive at SAP.