Sandvik Mining signs contract with JDA Software to digitalise supply chain
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has selected JDA Software Group, Inc. to redefine its logistics processes and ultimately provide better and more reliable customer service.
Sandvik’s areas of expertise include rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunneling, quarrying and breaking and demolition.
As part of the deal, Sandvik will leverage the JDA Cloud with several solutions from JDA Intelligent FulfillmentTM, including Transportation Management, Warehouse Management and Warehouse Labour Management.
It will also use JDA Consulting Services and be deployed in the JDA Cloud.
“Parts logistics is a highly critical aspect of our business in getting spare parts to mining and constructions sites quickly,” said Juha Virtanen, logistics transformation manager, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.
“Beyond needing to streamline and gain visibility into logistics flow, we needed to ensure we could deliver parts at the right time. We chose JDA to give us seamless integration of TMS and WMS, so we could manage our processes from end-to-end.”
As the digitalisation of the supply chain continues, Sandvik realised it needed to upgrade and in some cases, revamp its processes to stay competitive.
In a release, it said that with an integrated set of transportation, warehousing and labour management solutions from JDA, Sandvik will be able to “dynamically and profitability dynamically select the most cost-efficient carrier to deliver products to their customers as efficiently as possible”.
In addition, Sandvik is to utilise automated carrier service optimisation, last-mile delivery visibility and the ability to anticipate route bottlenecks and delivery delays before they occur.
“Sandvik’s customers are often in far-flung locations that are not easy to get to, such as mines and rock excavation sites,” said Franck Lheureux, regional vice president, sales, EMEA, JDA.
“With JDA, Sandvik will gain increased cost efficiency and cost control as they redefine their logistics and transportations processes, ultimately becoming a more flexible and competitive organization.
“We’ll create a complete platform for Sandvik that will not only optimize their business, but yield increased visibility and traceability as well as drive down losses in warehousing.”
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.