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Lucas Systems Announces New Warehouse Technology To Serve A Gen Z Workforce

Lucas Systems Announces New Warehouse Technology To Serve A Gen Z Workforce

Lucas Systems Announces New Warehouse Technology To Serve A Gen Z Workforce

Distribution center technology provider Lucas Systems announced today its rollout of new technologies promising productivity, comfort and ease of use to a Gen Z warehouse workforce of the future. 

The technologies – built to serve the new “iGeneration” of workers born between 1997 and 2012 – promise reduction of worker stress, a less physically-taxing work experience, and help for on-floor supervisors by providing the tools needed to be more agile. New technologies include:


  • An all-new supervisor management console which provides leadership with a high degree of flexibility and agility to customize data, dashboards, and analytics specific to their operation and needs. Supervisors and managers can get actionable information in a way that’s easy to understand and use through fully-customizable consoles.
  • Improvements in reducing worker travel. Lucas Systems new algorithms and machine learning smarts help workers take up to 50% less steps inside the warehouse by showing them the optimal path to navigate. This is relief to physically-stressed on-floor workers as they can often walk 5-10 miles in just one day.
  • Ability for on-floor workers to use the smallest wearables for scanning. Lucas Systems certified its voice-enabled optimization suite, Jennifer, to run on a Zebra WS50, the world’s smallest all-in-one Android enterprise-class wearable mobile computer. 

These solutions and other insights around technology training, warehouse environments and new methods for division of labor resulted from Lucas Systems in-depth interviews with warehouse workers as well as a commissioned study, polling 500 U.S. warehouse workers nationwide. The research examined workers’ relationships with technology as well as their fears, expectations, and perceptions about their daily jobs.

Additional insights were released today in Lucas Systems guide, Competing for The Warehouse Workforce of the Future, along with recommendations for attracting and retaining a future workforce with unique attitudes around loyalty, work-life balance and workplace satisfaction. One insight is that a majority of Gen Z workers (73%) say robots will help them achieve greater accuracy and speed in their jobs.

Ramoutar says Lucas Systems recent tech advancements and its research insights offer a warning shot to warehouse operators who aren’t willing to adapt and change.

About Lucas Systems 

Lucas Systems helps companies transform their distribution center by dramatically increasing worker productivity, operational agility, and customer and worker satisfaction using voice and AI optimization technologies. 







Closure of Roads at oPhongolo due to Heavy Freight Vehicles

According to media reports, the local community has blockaded roads and is preventing heavy freight vehicles from moving in the area of oPhongolo, KwaZulu-Natal. This follows on the heels of a meeting between the oPhongolo Mayor, during which the community demanded close monitoring of trucks by the municipality to prevent a recurrence of the terrible incident last year which cost the country many young lives.

Evidently the Mayor, Bheki Thwala, stated that after the horrific incident, authorities promised they would monitor trucks for speeding and roadworthiness. He said that was done and everything was running smoothly, but the monitoring suddenly stopped.

The first question that arises is: which authorities is he referring to (if not the local municipal traffic force itself), and the second is: why did the authority stop the activity? Additionally: whilst the authorities were monitoring, was there a change in the behavior of the targeted road freight operators, and when the authorities withdrew – did behavior revert back to what it was before the authorities were active?

The Road Freight Association (RFA) has repeatedly called on the authorities (at various levels in government) to address the issue of non-compliant operators (transporters), as well as to deal with any offences that are committed – especially where such offences may be repeatedly committed and are the root cause for incidents that occur.

It surely is logical that, given the huge increase in coal transport by road through the area to Richards Bay, that the Provincial traffic authority would allocate more resources to the routes that are now carrying far more vehicles.

Transporters are now faced with situations where routes are barred by communities (who in themselves are acting illegally / unlawfully) and those transporters who played no part in the recent tragedy. Some, even having contributed freely to the communities in their hour of devastation and sorrow, are now tarred with the same brush and are prevented from operating their compliant, legal and safe businesses.

This is neither fair, nor in any way legal.

There are very clear and focused legal requirements and parameters for operating road freight vehicles on public roads. The regulations contained in legislation need to be consistently and firmly applied, monitored and those operators (transporters) that ignore these requirements must be dealt with. Decisively. The law-abiding operators must be allowed to continue their operations without hindrance from parties and groupings who have no role in the control and monitoring of road freight traffic matters.

“The closure of the road is a move by the community to call all relevant stakeholders to come and engage [with] them regarding the matter,” said Thwala. Hopefully this will include the Provincial traffic authority which needs to restore the control of road traffic matters back to the mandated authorities and to ensure that non-compliant road users are dealt with – including those who block the free flow of traffic.

Thwala said he met the community and also spoke with truck authorities about the road closure. It would be interesting to note to which truck authorities the Mayor had spoken in an effort to resolve this – unless he is referring to the operators that run coal vehicles through the oPhongolo area.


Descartes Acquires Supply Vision

Strengthens Shipment Management Capabilities on the Global Logistics Network

Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it has acquired Supply Vision, a provider of shipment management solutions for North American Logistics Services Providers (LSPs).

Supply Vision has a long history of helping LSPs digitize their operations and manage the lifecycle of shipments. Headquartered in the US, the company provides modular applications that help LSPs coordinate shipments, from quoting, routing and booking through to final delivery. The Supply Vision platform also integrates with real-time visibility solutions, such as Descartes MacroPoint™, to provide LSPs and their end customers with enhanced information about shipment status and location. 

Supply Vision is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Descartes acquired Supply Vision for up-front consideration of approximately $USD 12 million satisfied with cash on hand, plus potential performance-based consideration. The maximum amount payable under the all-cash performance-based earn-out is $USD 3 million, based on Supply Vision achieving revenue-based targets in each of the first two years post-acquisition. Any earn-out is expected to be paid in fiscal 2025 and fiscal 2026.

 About Descartes Systems Group

Descartes (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world’s largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at

California High-Speed Rail Authority Selects Atlas and Its JV Partners for $400 Million Program Management Contract

California High-Speed Rail Authority Selects Atlas and Its JV Partners for $400 Million Program Management Contract

As part of the AECOM-led joint venture, Atlas will provide quality management for the California High-Speed Rail Project. Atlas to book approximately $65 million to backlog in fourth quarter 2022

Atlas Technical Consultants, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATCX) (“Atlas” or the “Company”), a leading Infrastructure and Environmental solutions provider, announced today that it is a member of the joint venture team that was selected to provide program delivery support for the California High-Speed Rail project. The joint venture, led by AECOM, includes Atlas, other partners and 26 small businesses, disadvantaged business enterprises, and disabled veteran business enterprise firms. The $400 million contract awarded by the California High Speed Rail Authority has a term of four years, with two, one-year extension options. Atlas will book approximately $65 million in fourth quarter 2022 backlog with work expected to begin immediately.

As part of the joint venture team, Atlas will develop and implement a quality management system that assures plans, processes, and actions of this world-class transportation program are executed in an interconnected, unified, and mutually beneficial manner while ensuring compliance with internal and external requirements.

The California High-Speed Rail project is the first of its kind in the United States. It will transform how people commute and travel, spur economic growth, and promote a cleaner environment by connecting NorCal to SoCal via reliable rail. There are currently 119 miles of rail line under construction and 52 miles under advanced design in the Central Valley with service expected to begin by the end of the decade. Through disciplined environmental initiatives that outline land preservation measures, recycling programs, and renewable energy investment, the project will ensure the protection of natural resources at every step; per year, California High-Speed Rail operations are projected to generate greenhouse gas emissions savings of roughly two million metric tons in carbon dioxide equivalent.

About Atlas Technical Consultants

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Atlas is a leading provider of Infrastructure and Environmental Solutions. We partner with our clients to improve performance and extend the lifecycle of built and natural infrastructure assets stressed by climate, health, and economic impacts. With 3,500+ employees nationwide, Atlas brings deep technical expertise to public- and private-sector clients, integrating services across four primary disciplines: Environmental (ENV); Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC); Engineering & Design (E&D); and Program Management/Construction Management, and Quality Management (PCQM).

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MODE Global Announces Corporate Partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

MODE Global is excited to announce the establishment of a corporate partnership with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, an initiative under the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) program.

“Since its inception, MODE has recognized the value of giving back to its communities,” said MODE Chief Legal Officer and head of ESG, Sharon Johnson. “MODE amplifies its culture of caring through activities of social impact, including engaging with the United Way to further develop social programs within our communities. We have been actively working on the development of initiatives with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, including the buildout of a workplace campaign.”

The United Way campaign will cascade across MODE’s office locations. Programs like these underscore MODE’s dedication to ESG and the mission of the MODE ESG Committee to focus on serving the needs of MODE’s communities, ensuring social corporate responsibility and encouraging sustainable solutions for shippers and carriers.

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SC Ports awards $252,500 to Community Organizations: Grants Supporting 90 Organizations Across South Carolina

South Carolina Ports awarded $252,500 in grants to 90 community organizations and nonprofits throughout South Carolina through its fiscal year 2023 Community Giving Program.

SC Ports dedicates a portion of its revenues each year to support charitable organizations around the state.

SC Ports increased giving levels to $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500 grants this year to help further organizations’ missions.

Many of this year’s grant recipients are dedicated to community outreach and entrepreneurial development, such as the Eastside Community Development Corp. and Increasing H.O.P.E. These organizations provide support, education and training to help spark opportunities for people within their communities.

SC Ports continues to support organizations focused on increasing food security and access to healthy foods, including The Green Heart Project, Fresh Future Farm and Sustaining Way.

Environmental efforts that help enhance and preserve South Carolina’s natural resources remain a consistent focus for SC Ports. Numerous environmental organizations received grants this year, including Audubon South Carolina, the Avian Conservation Center/Center for Birds of Prey, Charleston Parks Conservancy, Environmental Education Association of SC, Friends of Coastal South Carolina, Hampton Wildlife Fund Inc. and Wounded Nature – Working Veterans.

SC Ports also believes deeply in supporting educational initiatives, with a special focus this year on workforce development and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programs, including Beyond Our Walls, Communities in Schools of South Carolina, Future Entrepreneurs Foundation and Dillon County First Steps.

Programs must fit within one of the focus areas: maritime commerce, economic development, environmental awareness or community outreach. Programs with measurable, sustained impacts receive priority during the selection process.

Fiscal Year 2023 Community Giving Grant Recipients:

  • Eastside Community Development Corp.
  • The Green Heart Project
  • Beyond Our Walls, Inc. (BOWs)
  • Communities In Schools of South Carolina (CISSC)
  • Golden Achievers Community Development Center Inc.
  • Increasing H.O.P.E.
  • SC Future Makers
  • South Carolina Aquarium
  • Teachers’ Supply Closet
  • African American Settlement Historic Commission
  • Aiken Junior Golf Foundation, First Tee – Aiken
  • Amazing Grace Park, Clementa Pinckney Memorial Foundation
  • Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired SC
  • Audubon South Carolina
  • Avian Conservation Center/Center for Birds of Prey
  • Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence
  • BEGIN WITH BOOKS/Palmetto Project
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry
  • Boy Scouts of America – Coastal Carolina Council
  • Camp Happy Days
  • Camp Rise Above
  • Charleston Area Senior Citizens
  • Charleston Orphan House Inc., Carolina Youth D
  • Charleston Parks Conservancy
  • Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO)
  • Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas
  • Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
  • Coaches For Character
  • Creative Advancement Centers
  • Dillon County Chamber of Commerce / PLDCAA
  • Dillon County First Steps
  • Dillon County United Way
  • Dorchester Economic Development Corporation
  • Dorchester Two Educational Foundation
  • Early Learning Partnership of York County
  • Edisto Island youth Recreation (EIYR)
  • Environmental Education Association of SC
  • Every 1 Voice Matters
  • Fields to Families
  • First Tee – Greater Charleston
  • Fresh Future Farm
  • Friends of Coastal South Carolina
  • Future Entrepreneurs Foundation
  • Girls on the Run Coastal South Carolina
  • Greenville Drive
  • Greenville Tech Foundation
  • Greer Community Ministries Inc.
  • Greer Development Corporation
  • Greer Relief & Resources Agency Inc.
  • Hampton Wildlife Fund Inc.
  • Healing Farms
  • Heart Math Tutoring
  • Help 4 Kids Florence
  • Helping Hands of Goose Creek
  • House of Hope North Charleston
  • Humanities Foundation
  • Jasper County First Steps
  • Junior Achievement of Greater SC
  • Kids On Point
  • A Backpack journalist
  • Lions Vision Services
  • Lowcountry Autism Foundation
  • Lowcountry Chapter of Stand Up and Play Foundation
  • Lowcountry Legal Volunteers
  • Lowcountry Local First
  • Lowcountry Maritime School
  • Meals On Wheels Of Summerville SC
  • Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation
  • Motivate To Educate Organization
  • Multiplying Good
  • Orangeburg County Community of Character
  • Project Cool Breeze
  • Reading Partners
  • Rural Area Leadership Initiative-Dillon County
  • SC Operation Lifesaver – SC NSC
  • SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation
  • SHIELD Ministries Inc.
  • Sustaining Way
  • The Pink House Neighborhood Resource Center
  • The Village Group
  • Town of Ridgeville
  • Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative
  • Trident Literacy Association
  • Turn90
  • United Ministries
  • Wings for Kids
  • Winyah Rivers Alliance
  • Wounded Nature – Working Veterans
  • YouthBASE Inc.
  • YWCA Greater Charleston
About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority, established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion in annual economic activity. SC Ports is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet. SC Ports is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. Please visit to learn more about SC Ports.
SEKO Logistics Leverages GreyOrange Assisted Picking Solution to Scale Up Warehouse Operations 

SEKO Logistics Leverages GreyOrange Assisted Picking Solution to Scale Up Warehouse Operations 

GreyOrange partners with SEKO to help provide efficient peak-time warehouse operations

SEKO Logistics (SEKO), a leading global logistics provider, is today announcing a strategic partnership with GreyOrange, a global leader in automated robotic fulfillment and inventory optimization software, to help scale-up its warehouse operations. 

The partnership, which will involve SEKO using a fleet of GreyOrange’s Ranger™ Assist Bots and GreyMatter™ fulfillment orchestration platform, will enable the company to both increase available capacity and throughput across its warehouse while also reducing operating costs. GreyOrange’s solution will empower SEKO to scale its warehouse operations to meet changing demand without having to source additional labor. 

GreyOrange’s GreyMatter™ fulfillment orchestration platform coordinates and assigns the work activities of warehouse robots such as Ranger™ Assist to maximize productivity, speed, accuracy and safety in distribution operations. GreyMatter™ matches robot agents according to work needs, including capacity and demand peaks, for seamless inventory orchestration.

GreyOrange will be working with Zebra Fetch Robotics, to provide the Ranger™ Assist bots. The Ranger™ Assist is an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) that supports a variety of e-commerce fulfillment and wholesale picking workflows, including each and batch picking, as well as interleaving replenishment and putaway. Industry-leading on-board robot safety software and sensors enable the AMR system to be ANSI/RIA R15.08 conforming and carry the CE mark.



GEODIS Announces Plans to Acquire trans-o-flex to further Develop its Integrated Freight Network in Germany

GEODIS has signed an agreement to acquire trans-o-flex, a leading company in the premium express sector in Germany specialized in temperature controlled transport for pharmaceutical products as well as in time definite delivery of products for cosmetics, automotive and high-tech industries. Since 2016 the company is owned by the families Schoeller and Amberger who have invested to scale it up to a leading specialized distribution player.

Founded in 1971, trans-o-flex operates Germany’s largest temperature-controlled distribution network specializing in healthcare, handling both parcels and pallets. Trans-o-flex is headquartered in Germany and has recently expanded its activity in Austria, which offers opportunities for further developments. Trans-o-flex employs around 2,000 people across 77 hubs and local agencies which enable the company to offer Express logistics solutions throughout Germany.

The closing of this deal will be effective after completion of the usual regulatory approvals.


GEODIS is a leading global logistics provider acknowledged for its expertise across all aspects of the supply chain. As a growth partner to its clients, GEODIS specializes in five lines of business: Supply Chain Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express, and Road Transport. With a global network spanning nearly 170 countries and more than 44,000 employees, GEODIS is ranked no. 7 in its sector across the world. In 2021, GEODIS generated €10.9 billion in revenue.

Saudia Cargo Expands Partnership with Following Thousands of New Digital Sales

Saudia Cargo Expands Partnership with Following Thousands of New Digital Sales

Saudia Cargo and today announced an expansion of their partnership to bring more of the airline’s capacity on board the leading marketplace for digital air cargo bookings. The growth builds upon a more than 1.5 year collaboration in which delivered Saudia Cargo’s first external digital sales channel and greatly enhanced both its market reach and quality of service to freight forwarders. and Saudia teams will double down on initiatives to derive maximum value from the airline’s digital distribution.

Based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Cargo offers impressive global reach and is working hard to support the kingdom to become a global hub for connections between Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. The airline is contributing to Saudi Arabia’s expansion of the air cargo sector to offer more than 4.5 million tonnes per year by the end of the decade.

Saudia Cargo is continuing to expand digital access to its air cargo capacity. Since Summer 2021, has delivered customer-centric strategic digital sales, and helped Saudia Cargo to expand its global footprint and strengthen its position in the market. To date, freight forwarders using have booked thousands of shipments across Saudia’s global network on its dedicated freighter and passenger fleets. Over 50% of bookings were to destinations outside Saudi Arabia, supporting the airline to grow in new markets and customer segments.

Saudia Cargo will continue to add new capacity to from additional countries to new products and destinations. The airline’s teams will continue working with to develop and apply digital best practices to enhance customer experiences and maximize operational efficiencies. enables the delivery of superior, data-driven buying journeys while reducing the administrative burden on airlines.

Saudia Cargo is intensifying efforts at an opportune time in the trajectory of digitalization in the air cargo industry.’s recent Digital Sales Trajectory Report revealed that across airlines surveyed, on average the share of bookings via digital channels is expected to rise from 20% in 2021 to almost 60% by 2025.

Airlines like Saudia Cargo that prioritize customer needs and digital transformation continue to build a competitive advantage in the eyes of the customer . With innovations like cargo.one360, its real-time data insights tool, helps airlines to accelerate learning cycles and build the organizational capability necessary for digital sales success.

About Saudia Cargo

Saudia Cargo is contributing to the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia’s Vision 2030 by developing a leading logistic hub and leveraging the country’s strategic location. For more than seven decades, Saudia Cargo has been one of the world’s most dynamic cargo carriers, connecting 900 destinations in 175 countries through its alliance with Sky Team Cargo, the world’s largest group of air cargo airlines. The company’s fleet of modern Boeing freighters and state-of-the-art facilities facilitate the transport of all types of cargo, from high-value shipments, dangerous goods, and perishables to pharmaceuticals and sensitive vaccines. For more information, please visit


Founded in 2017, (Cargo One GmbH) is a platform for booking and marketing air freight capacity. Used in 3800+ freight forwarding branches, focuses on offering instantly bookable quotes across dozens of airlines, and was the first booking platform of its kind. Accredited freight forwarders can search, compare and book in real-time and receive an immediate booking confirmation. Operating as a virtual-first company, the team combines international business experience, expertise in B2B technology transformations, and air cargo market knowledge. has partnered with dozens of global airlines such as Lufthansa, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines Cargo, Air Canada, LATAM, TAP Air Portugal, Finnair, Etihad, All Nippon Airways, JALCARGO, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo, Turkish Cargo and Qatar Airways Cargo, while serving a fast-growing user base of thousands of freight forwarding companies, including leading players such as Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Agility Logistics, DACHSER and Flexport. The company won the award for ‘Information Technology for the air cargo industry’ in World Air Cargo Awards 2022 and 2021, the ‘Innovative Logistics Solutions in Air Cargo’ Award 2022, at the International Awards for Excellence in Air Cargo, ‘Air Business of the Year’ at the UK Logistics Awards 2022, and an Air Cargo News award in 2020. has raised over $65M in funding to date from internationally prominent investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Index Ventures, Creandum, Next 47, Point Nine Capital and Lufthansa Cargo

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Circle Logistics Leads Industry by Tracking Over 90% of its Loads

Circle Logistics (Circle), a leading asset-based full-service logistics company, today announced that its integration with transportation management software (TMS) Transport Pro has resulted in the live-tracking of more than 90% of all loads booked.

Circle’s use of auto-arrive and auto-depart dispatch geofence notifications and other technology is proving to be a game changer for the growing company that is currently leading the industry in enhanced visibility. Most competitors track 40-60% of loads, with very few tracking up to 80% of loads.

“Partnership with Transport Pro to provide enhanced visibility for 90% of our freight is so beneficial to our customers because everyone involved in the shipping process saves time without calling or emailing to get delivery statuses,” said Eric Fortmeyer, president and CEO, Circle Logistics. “Because we pride ourselves on being an extension of our customers’ teams, our ability to provide real-time live-tracking is another example of our dedication to providing a stellar customer experience that includes safeguarding freight from theft and other risks.”

The ability for customers to track shipments from origin through the final delivery using more automation creates more efficient carrier management processes, including more accurate on-time pickup and delivery performance tracking.

Confirmed as one of the fastest-growing private third-party logistics (3PLs) companies in the U.S. as a 2022 Armstrong & Associates’ Top 100 Domestic Transportation Management 3PL honoree, a great portion of Circle’s more than 300% growth over the past two years is attributed to the company’s increase in the ability to provide end-to-end visibility through live-tracking.

“It is Circle’s goal to track every load for their customers and we look forward to empowering their team to meet that goal, which will further enhance the customer experience,” said Kenneth Kloeppel, director of technology, Transport Pro.