Avnet Electronics launches Android supply chain app
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, announced this week the instant availability to check order status and supply chain activity through its new application developed for Android phone users. Avnet Electronics Marketing's Supply Chain Central (SCC) application is currently available for free download from the Android Market.
“Our SCC Android application, like our iPhone application, provides our customers with the ability to manage their supply chain on the fly; making sure that wherever they are, Avnet is there to support them,” Chuck Delph, senior vice president of sales at Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas said.
Avnet customers with supply chain engagements can now view their orders with just the touch of a fingertip. Following the announcement of the iPhone-compatible application, the Android application is the second application for SCC developed by Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas.
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Design engineers and purchasing professionals can wirelessly access their account to manage their supply chain on the go. Avnet's Supply Chain Central mobile application allows users the ability to view order status by purchase order number, sales control number, manufacturer name or part number, ship date, invoice number and more. Users also have access to order details and can track shipments from FedEx and UPS.
“Avnet's ability to manage our customer's supply chain engagements is second to none,” Delph said. “Our SCC Android application, like our iPhone application, provides our customers with the ability to manage their supply chain on the fly; making sure that wherever they are, Avnet is there to support them.”
Edited by Kevin Scarpati
Uber Freight to Acquire Transplace in $2.2bn Deal
Uber Freight is to acquire logistics technology and solutions provider Transplace in a deal worth $2.25bn.
The company will pay up to $750m in common stock and the remainder in cash to TPG Capital, Transplace’s private equity owner, pending regulatory approval and closing conditions.
“This is a significant step forward, not just for Uber Freight but for the entire logistics ecosystem,” said Lior Ron, Head of Uber Freight, and former founder of the Uber-owned trucking start-up Otto.
Uber’s Big Play for Supply Chain
Transplace is one of the world's largest managed transportation and logistics networks, with 62,000 unique users on its platform and $11bn in freight under management. It offers truck brokerage and other capacity solutions, end-to-end visibility on cross border shipments, and a suite of digital solutions and consultancy services.
The purchase is the latest move by parent company Uber, which launched as a San Francisco cab-hailing app in 2011, to diversify its offering and create new revenue streams in all transport segments.
Transplace said the takeover comes amid a period of “accelerated transformation in logistics”, where globalisation, shipping and transport disruption, and widespread volatility are colliding.
Uber Freight plans to integrate the Transplace network into its own platform, which connects shippers and carriers in a dashboard that mirroring the intuitive experience found in its consumer vehicle booking and food ordering services.
“This is an opportunity to bring together complementary best-in-class technology solutions and operational excellence from two premier companies to create an industry-first shipper-to-carrier platform that will transform shippers’ entire supply chains, delivering operational resilience and reducing costs at a time when it matters most,” said Ron.
Frank McGuigan, CEO of Transplace, said the resulting merger will offer enhanced efficiency and transparency for shippers, and benefits of scale for carriers. “All in all, we expect to significantly reduce shipper and carrier empty miles to the benefit of highway and road infrastructures and the environment,” he added.
History of Uber Freight
Uber Freight was established in 2017 and separated into its own business unit the following year. In 2019 the company had expanded across the entire continental US, established a headquarters in Chicago. Later that year it launched its first international division in Europe, initially from a regional foothold in the Nertherlands, and later moving into Germany.
The logistics spinoff attracted a $500m investment from New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group in October 2020, and launched a new shipping platform for companies of all sizes in May, partly in response to a driver shortage in Canada.