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The Supply Chain in Brief
> GREEN SEEDS
> M & A
• Maersk will add 300 electric trucks to its North America network— the largest heavy-duty electric
n Veho, a technology company that enables next- day package delivery, acquired reverse logistics startup QuikReturn . Veho plans to accelerate the Veho Returns product and expand into 50 U.S. markets by the end of 2022. n Deutsche Post DHL Group closed the acquisition of J.F. Hillebrand Group AG (Hillebrand) and its subsidiaries. Hillebrand is now part of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight. n AFS Logistics acquired DTA Services, a freight bill audit, cost allocation, and analytics firm located in Toronto. DTA will continue serving clients under its established brand as an AFS operating company and will maintain its current team, service offering, and location. n Dayton Freight Lines, a provider of regional less- than-truckload transportation services, purchased the cartage division of Valley Companies. Dayton Freight acquired Valley assets including service centers, trucks, and miscellaneous equipment; Valley Logistics and Warehousing is not part of the purchase. n Zebra Technologies plans to acquire Matrox Imaging, a developer of advanced machine vision components and systems, to expand its offerings in the automation and vision technology solution space. n Lineage Logistics acquired MTC Logistics, a cold chain provider with four locations on or near the ports of Baltimore, Maryland; Wilmington, Delaware; and Mobile, Alabama. Through the acquisition of these facilities, Lineage adds nearly 38 million cubic feet of capacity and more than 113,000 pallet positions in the United States.
truck deployment to date. The trucks will be delivered between 2023 and 2025 for use by Performance Team, Maersk’s North American warehousing, distribution, and transportation business. The trucks will be operated using technology company Einride’s digital road freight operating system and charging solutions. • The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) aims to reduce carbon emissions across all facilities and become net zero by 2031, coinciding with its 75th anniversary. Its agenda focuses on 100% of the greenhouse gas emissions directly controlled by Massport-owned facilities, equipment, and purchased electricity.
• To increase traceability and transparency in its global palm oil supply chain, Unilever launched a pilot program of the GreenToken by SAP solution. Aiming to achieve sustainability benchmarks, Unilever applied GreenToken to source more
than 188,000 tons of palm oil fruit through a pilot program conducted in Indonesia. The solution helps Unilever track, verify, and report the palm oil supply chain in near real time.
> UP THE CHAIN
• General Motors named Jeffrey Morrison vice president, global purchasing and supply chain. In this role, he will develop supplier relationships and help the company accelerate electric vehicle (EV) launches, building a scalable and sustainable EV supply chain. • Outdoor specialty retailer Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings appointed Tom Clement as vice president, supply chain/ omnichannel operations. In this newly created role, he leads the company’s distribution, transportation, planning/allocation, and omnichannel operations.
18 Inbound Logistics • April 2022
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