Cold Storage Co. opened its newest cold
storage operation in Kent, Wash., a suburb of Seattle. The Kent facility
offers both frozen and refrigerated storage space and service for
customers. The fully racked facility has 14 truck doors with a refrigerated
DDS Technologies USA Inc. in
Boca Raton, Fla., was issued an U.S. patent for its dry disaggregation
system (Micrometric Separator Technology) as of Feb. 1. In August, DDS
announced it had acquired the patent ownership of its dry disaggregation
system on a worldwide basis. Prior to the patent acquisition, DDS USA was
the licensee with marketing rights in North and South America and Africa.
Switzerland-based, Sokymat, a world supplier of RFID transponders that recently acquired Cubit Electronics GmbH, will change that
company’s name to Sokymat GmbH. The company hopes by combining the
German organization under the Sokymat name that marketing of Cubit’s
high-frequency products will become easier.
Ryder System Inc., Miami,
a transportation and supply chain management solutions company, has
expanded its relationship with Owens Corning, a building materials
manufacturer, to now include Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC) services. In
addition to the existing full-service lease relationship, Ryder will
provide Owens Corning with DCC services that include drivers for its
vehicles, fleet management and vehicle maintenance services.
FKI Logistex, Louisville,
signed a $24.7-million contract with the U.S. Postal Service last year,
making it one of the largest material handling contracts awarded by the
USPS in 2004. The agreement covers the design and implementation of a bulk-
and tray-mail sorting and distribution system and an airline-receiving
concourse at the JFK International Service Center in New York.
The Raymond Corp., Greene,
N.Y., is supplying trucks for a working RFID warehouse, or “living
lab,” in Alberta, Canada. The joint venture with three other North
American companies is helping assess the value, productivity and return on
investment of RFID in the materials handling world. RFID requires no
physical contact between the pallet or case and the scanning device. That
means lift truck operators do not have to dismount or otherwise expend
effort and time to record the receipt, movement or placements of loads.
Florence, Ky.-based Blue
Star brought together the leading RFID vendors
and the channel’s top resellers and integrators for the first RFID
Summit in January. At the three-day Summit, BlueStar’s partner SATO America offered full
RFID certification training on SATO RFID products to qualified VAR
attendees. The RFID Today Summit and SATO’s certification classes
marked the first RFID training certification of its kind, making training
and RFID products available to value-added resellers on a wide-scale basis.