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» Richmond Cold Storage Co. Inc. (RCS), Richmond, VA, has selected Primus Builders as its 2008 Quality Critical Supplier of the Year. To be considered for the award, suppliers must demonstrate the ability to share cost savings ideas, demonstrate quality customer service and provide honest feedback for continual improvement. In addition, the quality critical supplier must be innovative, assist in the implementation of new products and services, and be willing to step up and make an impact.

» Musco Family Olive Co., Tracy, CA, has selected John Galt Solution’s Atlas Planning Suite for demand and inventory management as well as collaborative sales forecasting. With the Atlas planning portal, the entire Musco sales team can provide forecasting input regardless of their physical location.

» Raymon J. Land Watermelon Sales, Branford, FL, has signed a new long-term contract with CHEP. Land Watermelon will use CHEP pallets to transport cartoned, binned and bulk seeded and seedless watermelons from its seasonal shipping offices in Immokalee, Arcadia and Branford, FL; Cordele, GA; Blackville, SC; Clinton and Mt. Olive, NC; and Oaktown, IN.

» Nestlé Nespresso, Paris, has implemented Manhattan Associates’ WMS for Open Systems at its distribution center at Alfortville in France. This is the third site to have had the solution installed following previous deployments at distribution centers in Yvon and Chavornay in Switzerland.

» Akron, IA-based Heyl Truck Lines is installing XATA Navigation, powered by ALK CoPilot Truck, in its trucks enabled with TREQ color display units. XATA Navigation provides Heyl drivers with spoken, turn-by-turn directions, as well as with way points for fuel stops. Leveraging the TREQ CDU will also enable spoken messages to drivers, allowing them to keep their eyes on the road for increased safety. Additionally, if a driver misses a turn, XATA Navigation will immediately re-route them, without the need to download new instructions from a server.

» San Jose, CA-based InSync Software Inc. has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with IBM, Armonk, NY, that will allow the company to integrate IBM open technology into its own Radio Frequency Identification and sensor-driven food safety and asset management products. InSync will offer IBM’s InfoSphere Traceability Server software as part of its food safety solutions for customers worldwide.

» Old Dominion Freight Line Inc., Thomasville, NC, has selected PeopleNet to provide onboard communications and fleet management solutions for its fleet of more than 5,100 trucks. PeopleNet will be installed across the fleet in local pickup and delivery operations for line haul, the movement of trucks and trailers between service centers. Old Dominion will continue to use handheld computers for its pickup and delivery drivers and will relay this same information through the PeopleNet unit in the truck, providing more powerful transmission and improved coverage.

» Sunny Delight Beverages Co., Cincinnati, has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership. Sunny Delight will contribute to the Partnership’s goal to reduce 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012 by improving the performance of its freight operations.

» Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Emeryville, CA, has cut waste while still maintaining a high threshold of quality using RedPrairie Corp.’s Site Operations solution. The retailer has used the full range of capabilities featured in the application to reduce wasted product through improved forecasting, inventory management and auto-ordering.

» ProLogis, Harrisburg, PA, has leased 420,000 square feet of distribution space in Eastern Pennsylvania to B&G Foods Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of shelf-stable foods. B&G Foods will occupy the space at ProLogis Park 33 in Easton, PA. The company is consolidating logistics operations from two other states into this facility. This is the first lease agreement between the two companies.

» Goodyear Commercial Tire Systems, Akron, OH, is expanding its on-highway service network through a relationship with Bosselman’s Boss Truck Shops. Each Boss Truck Shop location will offer Goodyear tires, retreads, mechanical services and repairs, as well as emergency roadside service.

Headset Gives Truck Drivers Hands-Free Cell Phone Use

Each year more states and provinces enact restrictions on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving. That’s why more truck drivers are looking at hands-free options to answer calls on their cell phones while out on the road.

Renton, WA-based PACCAR Parts introduces the MIRREX Bluetooth-enabled headset designed specifically for the truck environment. The headset features noise cancellation technology that filters out background sound.

Its rechargeable lithium battery offers up to 14 hours of talk time and 20 days of standby time per charge. The kit includes two chargers, a 12-volt vehicle charger and a 110-volt home charger. Drivers can adjust the boom microphone to work for them whether they’re right-handed or left-handed. The cushioned earpiece and adjustable headband makes it easy for drivers, especially those who wear glasses, to wear the headset and talk for hours without fatigue.

Three multi-function buttons on the side of the headset offer drivers fingertip control of volume and a number of calling features, including last number redial, call transfer and voice dial with cell phones with voice recognition.

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