America’s top 100 3PL company adopts RFID System

first_imgMontreal, QC- Ship2Save announced today that California-based Megatrux, Inc. has extended its logistics offering with a cutting-edge asset management and tracking system using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and Ship2Save’s Operation Management System. The multi-dock deployment has enabled Megatrux to automate operations and provide added value services to its clientele.”With this deployment, we have streamlined our aptitude to increase our supply chain visibility,” said K.C Pelle, Executive Vice-President at Megatrux, Inc. “Our RFID services allow us to display more informative and more accurate information to our customers in real time. It serves as an important tool in delivering key performance indicators [KPI] that enable us to proactively improve day-to-day operations and provide superior end-to-end logistical services. Moving forward, we continue to evaluate new areas of implementation for this technology such as RTLS (Real Time Location Systems) and we anticipate extending our RFID system from our warehousing and distribution to Trans-Pacific container, storage and cross-docking imports.”The RFID application also serves to provide needed Electronic Product Code (EPC) compliancy for Megatrux clientele with goods destined for Wal-Mart. As the Wal-Mart RFID mandate begins to broaden to 1000+ suppliers, many 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) providers are bridging this technology gap for their clientele by offering RFID services that adhere to Wal-Mart’s requirements.”The system we’ve provided to Megatrux will serve to provide supply chain compliancy services to their customers, achieve process improvement and data precision in their daily operations, as well as extend their service portfolio with worldwide tracking and asset control features,” added Sam Falsafi, Ship2Save’s Director of Business Development & RFID Strategy. “Megatrux will be able to automate inbound handling, inventory reconciliation, speed up trailer loading, improve order assembly and shipping accuracy, as well as provide many other benefits that are inherent within our application in the 3PL environment.”As an integration service provider, Ship2Save’s solution offering integrated software, hardware, services, and support, which included SATO’s reliable CL408e RFID printers and Generation 2, EPC-compliant RFID tags. “Partnering our best-of-breed RFID printers and tags with Ship2Save’s recognized integration expertise is sure to enhance the solutions Megatrux provides to its clientele,” said John Anderson, Strategic Alliance and RFID Solutions Manager at SATO America.No stranger to the 3PL market, Ship2Save has deployed RFID systems at several 3PL enterprises across the continent. The company foresees 3rd Party Logistics to be a growing and prosperous niche for RFID implementations and is continuing to see a growing demand from this market.About Megatrux, Inc.The award winning Megatrux Companies are a customer service/team oriented Global group of individual asset and non-asset based shipping and transportation corporations. All nine companies comprise what Megatrux calls their “longest link supply chain.” From international manufacturing, packaging, transportation and overseas air freight to ocean importing/exporting, land-bridge, warehousing, and of course domestic to store shelf U.S Distribution&.Megatrux is your one call “We Do it All” solution to the world. With Enterprise level OMS, TMS, & WMS application integrations, Megatrux offers unbelievable real-time customer resources, communication, tracking, KPI reporting, logistical analysis and so much more&. With over 25 years in the business as well as being certified as a TOP 100 3PL, The Megatrux Companies are recognized by the industry as a highly respected, ethical operation that always pays attention to detail.About Ship2SaveShip2Save is one of the industry leaders in cost effective RFID Solutions and is a founding member of the Canadian Microsoft RFID Council, a member of the Microsoft Global RFID Council, an EPCGlobal Canada Strategic Council Member, a CompTIA RFID+” Cornerstone Committee Member, and a member of Texas Instruments Tag-It” Team. Ship2Save’s unique product lines, flexible and proficient software, business development models, and distinctive deployment services, offer customers cost effective and high quality solutions for their logistic needs. For more information, visit www.Ship2Save.com(link is external).About SATOSATO is a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and the inventor of the world’s first electronic thermal transfer barcode printer. It revolutionized the barcoding industry by introducing the Data Collection System (DCS) & Labeling concept – a total barcode and labeling solution providing high quality barcode printers, scanners/hand-held terminals, label design software and consumables. SATO is one of the first in the industry to introduce a complete, multi-protocol EPC-compliant, UHF RFID solution.SATO is publicly listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan. It has worldwide offices in the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and China. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007, it reported revenues of US$705 million. More information about SATO Corporation can be found at www.sato.co.jp/english(link is external).More information about SATO America, Inc. can be found at http://www.satoamerica.com(link is external).last_img read more

Expert Weighs In on Indiana’s Deer Dilemma

first_imgIndiana’s deer population is growing, and with it come concerns about overgrazing forests and increased risk of car-deer collisions on the roadways.(Image: Matt Miller, The Nature Conservancy.)Many Hoosiers consider deer to be majestic creatures in nature, but some conservationists are voicing concerns about the dangers of deer overpopulation. At the turn of the 20th century, there were actually no deer in Indiana, but by the 1980s, expansion efforts had been successful and deer sightings today are common.According to the Southern Indiana program director for the Nature Conservancy, Allen Pursell, the issue now is that feeding all those deer is affecting the ecosystem, and their browsing can be destructive.“They are a natural part of the ecosystem and they belong out in our forests, and it was a great thing to see them return,” he declared. “But like a lot of things, having too much is a bad thing, and we’re getting to the place where there are so many deer now that they exceed the carrying capacity of our forests.”Pursell said people have very strong feelings on the subject: they either want more game animals to hunt, or consider it cruel to kill deer. He added that, in many areas of the country, deer have changed the composition and structure of forests by overgrazing them.There is no easy answer, but Pursell said all sides in the deer population debate will have to compromise to find the best solution.He pointed out that the overpopulation is also affecting suburbia, where the interaction between deer and people becomes much closer and personal, and can affect public safety when the animals get onto the roads.“One estimate is that in Indiana there were about 30,000 of these deer-car accidents every year, and each one of those accidents will cost, to repair, somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000. And that’s big money.”With the loss of wolves and mountain lions in the region, the deer lack natural predators, which Pursell said leaves it up to humans to control the population. And while there are more humane options, he said, the hard reality is that hunting is the most effective.“Many people have looked for other solutions, birth control and other means of doing things, but either they’re not biologically effective or they’re not economically effective,” he said. “And so, hunting is really to be at this point in time the key to managing the deer population.”Indiana is among states that have changed policies to stabilize or reduce the number of deer, and enacted the first modern firearms season targeting female deer in the state’s history.last_img read more

McGrath fate “out of our hands”

first_img Press Association Leinster forward McGrath could face a citing and disciplinary hearing for his crude challenge during Ireland’s 22-21 defeat to the Barbarians at Thomond Park. The 25-year-old’s World Cup place would be in doubt with a ban, as any suspension would start from Ireland’s warm-up matches in August. “We don’t probably need to know too much more about Jack. “You don’t get too many free throws of the dice at Test match rugby, so this was a chance to get a look at some players, and that’s the reason why we left some guys out altogether.” Alex Cuthbert’s brace and another score from Zane Kirchner proved enough for the effervescent Barbarians to edge Ireland out at Munster’s famous Thomond Park ground. Ireland hit back through Craig Gilroy, Chris Henry and a late try for Paddy Jackson, but could not quite complete their attempted comeback. Ulster flanker Henry made an impressive return on his first Ireland outing since a mini-stroke in November. The 30-year-old proved his heart procedure in recovering from his autumn illness has no effect on his World Cup chances. Schmidt hailed Henry’s impact, confirming he can still fight for World Cup selection. “I think he’s really good in the group,” said Schmidt. “I think he has an infectious positivity about him. “He’s worked very hard and showed a lot of character to get back into the frame. “I thought it was great for him to finish that try. “I think he’s still working his way back to the top of his game, and this was another step forward. “He’s certainly still in our thinking. “Part of Chris being there with Jamie was to help Robbie (Diack) who hadn’t had a lot of time with us. “So he was just keeping guys organised there, and evidently he becomes the link with the backline quite often. “Chris has brought a real discipline to his game, he lives on the edge without going over the edge too often.” Barbarians captain Shane Jennings brought the curtain down on a stellar career for both Leinster and Ireland, victorious in his final game before retirement. The 33-year-old led a hungry and focused Barbarians outfit, dripping with finesse thanks to the likes of former All Blacks star Joe Rokocoko. The Barbarians move on to face England at Twickenham on Sunday, with Jennings predicting another strong performance. “Fellers fronted up, the subs came on and fronted up and that’s pretty infectious,” said Jennings. “It was really, really enjoyable. “I was so fortunate to play against a lot of my friends from my career, and to win this game was pretty special. “You have to represent the badge properly, and we did it tonight. “Hopefully the Barbarians can go out and do the same again in London on Sunday. “I’m pretty happy. I’m like a Cheshire cat to be honest.” Ireland head coach Schmidt said he will review the incident in detail, but conceded that McGrath has left his World Cup spot in jeopardy. “I saw the long-distance replay and it was pretty hard to see,” said Schmidt. “I thought they were looking at Madigan so I was looking at that. “I haven’t had a good look at it. “It obviously warranted a yellow card and I guess it’s a situation where whatever happens is out of our hands. “I will try to get a look at it when I get back to the team room tonight.” Schmidt confirmed McGrath’s actions contributed to his refusal to send the front-rower back into the fray at the end of his sin-bin. “It was partially that, and partially because we wanted to give Michael Bent a decent run,” said Schmidt. Joe Schmidt admits Ireland have lost control of Jack McGrath’s World Cup participation after the prop’s yellow card for kneeing Barbarians lock Konstantin Mikautadze in the back.last_img read more

Karachi’s first ODI in 10 years washed out

first_imgKARACHI’S first ODI in over 10 years didn’t even get as far as the toss. Heavy rain in the days leading up to this match was already proving a challenge, with doubts arising over whether the outfield would dry in time.Then, on yesterday, more rain was delivered by towering dark clouds, forming large puddles on the outfield, and making even umpire inspections a challenge, once the rain did eventually relent. The severity of the downpour has prompted changes in the tour as well with the second game being postponed by a day to September 30. The final ODI will take place as originally scheduled on October 2.The National Stadium was heavily waterlogged with the covers never moving through the course of a gloomy Friday afternoon, and just before 16:30hrs local time the officials had little choice but to abandon this game.Karachi will need bright sunshine over the weekend in order to assist the drying of the outfield, but unfortunately, more rain is forecast for tomorrow.Sri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan consists of three ODIs and three T20Is. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

2,000 EXPECTED FOR NORTH WEST 10K – ENTER ONLINE HERE!

first_imgWith up to 2,000 people expected to take part in this Sunday’s North West 10k, the Chairperson of the organising committiee Grace Boyle is asking all those wishing to take park to enter on-line.You can do so now by clicking this link: www.northwest10k.com.Said Grace: “It’s important that as people as possible pre-enter to facilitate the smooth running of the event which gets underway at 2 p.m. on Sunday.” The 10k committee has also announced some of the details of their traffic management for this year’s event which takes place on Sunday in Letterkenny.There will be traffic restrictions on the Pearse Road and Loop Road on the day of the race and walk. No parking will be allowed at the Community Centre. Parking will be available at McGinley Motors with access from the Justice Walsh Road only.The two charities which will benefit from the race are the ‘Save our Sight group’ who are based at Letterkenny Hospital’s Ophthalmic Department and the Donegal Acute Mental Health Services.2,000 EXPECTED FOR NORTH WEST 10K – ENTER ONLINE HERE! was last modified: April 25th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldailyenter onlineNorth West 10klast_img read more

QPR round-up: R’s unable to land winger, Barnsley want Kpekawa, Lumley set for loan move

first_imgQPR have missed out on the signing of Swansea City winger Modou Barrow.The 23-year-old Gambian was among Rangers’ top summer targets and the club were initially optimistic they would be able to take him on loan.However, Swansea stalled over a potential deal when he impressed during pre-season, forcing his way into their first team for the start of the new campaign.And with Barrow having also impressed in the Welsh club’s opening couple of Premier League matches, Rangers now accept he will not be joining them.Meanwhile, Barnsley have made an offer for QPR defender Cole Kpekawa.And Rangers have signed goalkeeper Seny Dieng after development squad keeper Conor Hudnott was ruled out for around six months with a shoulder injury.The Swiss 21-year-old was a free agent, having left German club MSV Duisburg at the end of last season.The signing means QPR can send goalkeeper Joe Lumley out on loan in the coming days.Lumley, 21, had been lined up for a loan move to Gillingham but that deal now appears unlikely to go through.Rangers are now looking at other options as they are keen for Lumley to pick up more first-team experience.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders vs. 49ers: Interesting concept, but too often a rivalry in repose

first_imgBay Area football fans salivated from one end of the 1970 NFL season to the other in anticipation of the first Oakland Raiders-San Francisco 49ers game that would rise to the level of bloodlust.The teams — the 49ers of the established NFL, and the Raiders of the upstart AFL — had met in exhibition games. But those glorified practices in no way reflected the searing animosity between the two leagues.The showdown on Dec. 20, at the end of the first season following the NFL-AFL merger, figured …last_img read more

Website and App Downtime Tuesday, September 11

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Site Upgrade Tuesday – Site and Mobile Apps DownDecember 1, 2010In “News”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2011April 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching.com and Geocaching App Downtime on Tuesday, April 8April 6, 2014In “Maker Madness” On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Geocaching.com, Waymarking.com, Wherigo.com and all related mobile applications, including 3rd party applications will be going down for several hours as we perform site maintenance. Geocaching HQ products will go offline around 1:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time (convert to your local time). Downtime is expected to last four hours.During this scheduled maintenance window, we are upgrading the infrastructure of our products to provide geocachers with increased site performance, security and room to expand. Follow us on Twitter during this downtime for the latest updates.Start followingShare with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Real-Time Search Startups on Google/Bing/Twitter News: Who Will Prevail, Who Will Profit?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Is today’s news of major search engines’ integration of Twitter posts in search results the herald of a mass extinction or a mass acquisition?According to tonight’s conversations with key players in the space, the day’s events and announcements could spell either or both. Every real-time search engine we spoke to has expressed every intention of weathering the storm on their current strategies, all of which center on providing an excellent UX though excellent product development. And all see the day’s events as a validation of years of concentrated effort. But who will prevail, and who will profit?We spoke tonight with Tobias Peggs of OneRiot, Gerry Campbell of Collecta, and Bill York of Wowd. We’ve had in-depth conversations with each of these real-time search engines in the past, and we’re indebted to them for their insight.Gut ReactionsUniversally, these startups said that hearing today’s Google/Microsoft/Twitter news was a welcome validation of their years of perseverance in real-time search.“It’s super exciting,” siad Peggs. “There’s been one way to search the web for 10 years, and we’re looking at a total revolution in the way that people find information. It’s a huge change in the industry. To see that feeling validated is awesome.”According to York, “I don’t think we could ask for anything better than an endorsement from the major players. This is nothing but good for us. Back when I started, the marketplace was not very receptive to a new strategy.” York continued to say that he supported mainstream exploration of the real-time space, with the telltale caveat, “even if it means licensing someone else’s information and community.”Campbell said this new information is something Collecta has built into their corporate strategy. “This is something we heard rumors on and had anticipated. It was fully expected. Having been involved with one of the giants [AltaVista] at one time, it’s quite obvious. It’s something we’ve anticipated and part of how we structured our company.”Thoughts on Product DevelopmentAll the startups in real-time search have taken various approaches to the monumental task of indexing the real-time web. Collecta has employed the XMPP technology that powers IM clients in order to push streams of information. OneRiot has a fascinating algorithm that indexes tweet content, links in tweets, and the content of the linked-to pages to serve relevant results. And Wowd has developed a [email protected] distributed computing model to effectively harness and parse the dataset created by users of real-time technologies.Each company is proud of its hard-won advances and speculated on how Google and Microsoft will handle the data.Campbell told us, “I can’t say Google will bring to real-time search. But it makes sense that any dataset will be part of their approach. This is the largest corpus of real-time data that has not been accessible. As a search practitioner, I think they’re going to keep on with their ranking approach.”York added that nothing unforeseen has yet been announced. “The Twitter thing, that’s the kind of thing people have been expecting.”But he also talked about the challenges of parsing real-time user-generated content. “I think the data stream is broader and shorter. There’s more and more real time, and you need different architecture to keep up with it. It’s important to have real filtering applied to a noisy, low-value data stream. We believe people are the key to finding the good stuff.”“Knowing what goes into the product is quite eye-opening,” said Peggs. “There’s a tremendous lot of work to do once you’ve got tweets containing links, to process that information in real time and index the content on the page and render results based on content rather than just tweets. It’s relatively easy for someone to spam Twitter with irrelevant links; but you’ve got to follow the links and index the pages and search against the content of the pages, not just the 140-character tweets. You also have to link to results based on relevancy, not just based on retweets.”Follow the MoneyThe opportunities for monetizing a new and powerful stream of Google- and Bing-driven traffic are both exciting and confounding for these startups, some of which have not yet put into play their own ideas for generating revenue.As York noted, Google’s and Microsoft’s entry into real-time search represents a shift in the marketplace from these startups and their technology being a geek’s plaything to being a new way to direct user attention and serve powerfully relevant advertising.“Google is in the enviable position of having a high profit margin in the search business itself,” he said. “It does fit their strategy to have as many eyeballs as possible, to get more people doing more stuff. We’re interested more in matching personal interest profiles.”Also, as Peggs noted, “OneRiot has an API that allows anyone to incorporate our results. We also have a real-time ad model.”Collecta also has rolled out two APIs, one for general search results from the real-time web and one for XMPP-powered streaming data. Campbell has also hinted that their monetization plans are innovative, but his team has not yet released specifics.“Having been involved in this growth of paid search several times over,” said Campbell, “the creation of new technology creates new business opportunity. The monetization of search was a redefinition of online business models: You can advertise to users without being slimy. There’s now an opportunity to make users even happier without distracting them from the page.”Strategy: Beyond “Get Acquired Or Die”The startups in the real-time search space also universally expressed a commitment to current business strategies. Some seemed to have clearer exit goals than others, but all believe that their unique focuses on tech and product will allow them to survive the intrusion of Microsoft and Google into their arena.Campbell, like many of his cohorts at other startups, noted that Twitter is a small segment of the available content sources for real-time web information. He also said, “Engines that are based solely on Twitter are probably more dead-on in terms of competition [with Google]. The less-funded companies are in a position where they have to do something more clever and unique.”Collecta, he said, is still figuring out their role in the story. “We are a push search engine,” he told us. ‘That is increasingly our defining characteristic. The perception of speed is critical, but it’s not our most unique characteristic. Because we’re based on XMPP, the chat protocol, we’re pushing results as soon as possible.”Said Peggs, “Our strategy doesn’t change. We’re focused on producing the most relevant web results based on not just Twitter, but also Digg and other services – a much wider pulse of the real-time web on the back end. And we continue to distribute those through our API.”What’s to Come for Real-Time Search StartupsEvery single startup we spoke to tonight expressed some trepidation about things to come.“What happens to the bubble of startups in this space?” asked Campbell. “I hope they’ve had the foresight to see this through.”“It doesn’t really change our strategy,” said a confident Peggs. “Two years ago, when you explained how this would change search, they looked at you like you were crazy.”York’s assessment of Wowd’s place as an open-sourced approach to a problem now being tackled by major corporations was also optimistic. “When you’re a startup company competing with established players, there are always reasons to be cautious. We believe the approach we’re taking is a great way to go. It’s different, even than what you’ve heard today. We think this approach isn’t a gimmick; it is a fundamentally different approach.”The bottom line, as in all verticals, is that once the major leagues take interest, some startups will sink and some will swim. Some will be acquired, and some will fail. Some may survive long enough to pose a legitimate challenge to the dominant players, but this circumstance is less likely.Let us know your prognoses in the comments, and stay tuned for developing coverage of this space and these startups from ReadWriteWeb.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts last_img read more

Department of Energy Proposes Changes in Efficiency Rulemaking

first_imgFederal rules for setting energy efficiency standards will be revised under a plan announced by the Department of Energy, prompting complaints that the changes would make it harder to update standards in the future and ultimately cost consumers more money. The proposed rules, which were published in the Federal Register last week, are intended to make the process consistent with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, according to a post at Utility Dive. But advocates for efficiency standards for products such as appliances and light bulbs said the changes were unnecessary and unhelpful.RELATED ARTICLESEfficiency Is Still the Best Energy DealEnergy EfficiencyNo Reason to Delay Efficiency StandardsThe Fine Print on Energy EfficiencyU.S. Lags in Energy Efficiency Changing the definition of “significant energy savings” Lauren Urbanek, a senior energy policy advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a post at the NRDC website that the department wants to change how a “significant” energy savings is defined. The new test, which updated standards would have to meet before they could be implemented, would require savings equal 0.5 quads or a 10% improvement in efficiency over 30 years (0.5 quads amounts to 2.5% of total annual household energy use in the U.S.). The new threshold, Urbanek wrote, will make it harder to update existing efficiency standards and mean fewer savings for consumers. Other changes would make the process of setting new efficiency standards slower and more complicated, she added. Efficiency standards now cover 60 categories of appliances and equipment that have collectively saved consumers $2 trillion, Urbanek said. Improvements to standards that are due to be reviewed in the next few years could increase savings by another $43 billion by 2035. “But these savings are in peril, both from DOE inaction and from changes to the Process Rule that will make it significantly more difficult to set and update meaningful, impactful standards,” she said. Andrew deLaski, the executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, told Utility Dive that the new rules would make it difficult for rule writers to use anything other than industry test procedures, giving manufacturers “carte blanche to write the rules for how efficiency is measured.” At least one industry group is behind the changes. The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers, a trade group representing more than 550 companies, said the proposed changes represented “substantial improvements” to the rule making process. The department has scheduled a public meeting March 21 and will accept comments until April 15.last_img read more