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Netherlands food retailer Albert Heijn, has deployed Voxware's voice picking software in its four regional distribution centers, with plans to expand its use across its two national DC's.

Philadelphia-based convenience store chain Wawa Inc. has deployed Descartes' AVL (Automated Vehicle Locator) service for its direct distribution operations. Wawa is leveraging Descartes' AVL service to efficiently reallocate drivers.

Marsh Supermarkets Inc., Indianapolis, IN, has licensed the Lawson S3 Enterprise Performance Management, Human Capital Management, Enterprise Financial Management and Supply Chain Management Suites. The solutions will be used to support Marsh's growth plans.

Wal-Mart, Kroger, Food Lion, Wegmans Food Markets, Sysco and Tanimura & Antle have joined The United Fresh Produce Association, The Produce Marketing Association and The Canadian Produce Marketing Association in a joint Produce Traceability Initiative to drive consistent traceability best practices throughout the produce supply chain.

SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Co. have announced they will combine their U.S. and Puerto Rico operations to create a stronger U.S. brewer.

The American Meat Institute has recognized 63 Smithfield Foods Inc. facilities in 26 states with its Environmental Recognition Award, which honors companies that assess their environmental challenges and develop solutions that encourage continuous improvement.

Saddle Creek Transportation Inc., Lakeland, FL, has installed wireless communications in its fleet of trucks nationwide. The company says this will improve on-time performance, enhance visibility and reduce operational costs for its customers.

Ryder System Inc., Miami, has launched its RydeGreen line of tractors and trailers, which is designed to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. RydeGreen offers customers the latest technology to help them reduce idling and improve fuel efficiency.

Blue Bell Creameries, in conjunction with Westfalia Technologies, has just streamlined its deep freeze storage area at its Sylacauga, AL facility. Westfalia installed an Automated Storage and Retrieval System consisting of two Storage Retrieval Machines and a Savanna.NET Warehouse Management System.

The J.M. Smucker Co. has implemented Terra Technology's demand sensing software to improve short-term weekly forecast accuracy within its supply chain.

JBS Swift & Co., North America, has adopted the PakSense TXi Label to monitor time and temperature of product during distribution. PakSense Labels are currently in use on truckloads of fresh beef and pork from JBS Swift & Co., North America processing plants to customer locations throughout the United States.

United Natural Foods, Dayville, CT, has merged with Millbrook Distribution Services, Leicester, MA. Millbrook's robust customer base will enhance United Natural Food's conventional supermarket business channel.