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Bonafont decides to implement Transplace’s advanced transport management system, SaaS version, to streamline its supply chain



Bonafont decides to implement Transplace’s advanced transport management system, SaaS version, to streamline its supply chain. Image: Pixabay
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 Transplace , the leading provider of technology and logistics services, today announced a new contract with Bonafont , a brand of healthy water bottles in Danone’s global food and beverage portfolio, for its management system. Transport (TMS) last generation. 

The Transplace TMS will allow real-time visibility of the entire transportation network of the leading Mexican water brand. The TMS presents comprehensive data, such as tracking and tracing shipments across Mexico, transportation service metrics, and critical business intelligence to accelerate decision-making, improve supply chain strategies, and address Bonafont’s role in engagement. Danone’s unwavering with sustainable business practices.

“We chose to partner with Transplace because of its great success with other large companies here in Mexico,” said Pedro Urow, Vice President of Operations for Mexico at Bonafont. “We have seen impressive examples where Transplace has reduced logistics costs and increased fleet utilization by maximizing transportation capacity and eliminating empty kilometers. Transplace will automate our manual data entry and processes to save time and labor costs, while increasing efficiency across our transportation network. ”

Transplace offers an award-winning multi-user TMS as a SaaS product or as part of a managed transportation solution. The Transplace TMS offers a combination of power, scalability, integration, and accessibility, allowing carriers to quickly deploy the platform to reduce transportation costs, improve service levels, automate processes, streamline execution, and reduce operational risks. Dynamic reporting provides key performance indicators, along with a 360-degree graphical view of all shipments at all times. With the Transplace TMS, Bonafont will improve the collection on time, along with the levels of delivery and acceptance of bids. The comprehensive, cloud-based TMS encompasses core planning functionality,

“We have more than 700 team members at our operations in Mexico who understand the nuances of each region and local market to drive successful logistics strategies,” said Frank McGuigan, CEO of Transplace. “As part of Danone, we know that Bonafont is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and we look forward to supporting its sustainability efforts. Our TMS will optimize Bonafont’s dedicated fleets, increase the performance of the transportation network and streamline supply chain management. ”

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Serum Institute to deliver 100 million doses of covid-19 vaccines for India and LMIC

The arrangement gives an option to secure additional doses if the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator sees a necessity for it.




Serum Institute of India to produce surplus 100 million doses for India and LMIC. Image: Pexels
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The Serum Institute of India (SII), Gavi and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will accelerate the manufacture and delivery of up to 100 million doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for India and low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) as part of the Gavi COVAX AMC, a mechanism within the COVAX Facility.

This brings the whole range of vaccine doses to be covered by the partnership between SII, Gavi, and the Gates Foundation to an collection up to 200 million doses, following the initial agreement for up to 100 million doses announced in August.The arrangement once more gives an option to secure additional doses if the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator sees a necessity for it.

The collaboration can provide direct capital to SII to assist in increased manufacturing capacity so that once once a vaccine, or vaccines, gains regulative approval and WHO Prequalification, doses will be distributed at scale to LMICs as a part of the Gavi COVAX AMC mechanism as early because the half of 2021.

“The collaboration further bolsters up our fight against COVID-19! Through the avid support of Gavi and therefore the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are going to currently manufacture and deliver up to a further a hundred million doses of immunogenic and safe-proven future COVID-19 vaccines to India and low-and middle-income countries in 2021,” said Adar Poonawalla, chief operating officer of humour Institute of India 

“At this stage, it’s vital for governments, international health and money establishments within the public and personal sector to come together in guaranteeing that nobody is left behind in the road to recovery. This association is In line with our efforts to check that the long run vaccines reach the remotest part of the globe providing full protection coverage in a very bid to contain the unfold of the pandemic.”

The funding will facilitate the manufacturing by SII for candidate vaccines licensed from AstraZeneca and Novavax, which can be out there for procural if they’re productive and achieve full licensure and WHO Prequalification. The vaccines will have a ceiling value of US$3 per dose, a price enabled by investments made by partners corresponding to the Coalition for Epidemic preparation Innovations (CEPI), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and SII.

“This is vaccine manufacturing for the Global South, by the Global South, helping us to ensure no country is left behind when it comes to access to a COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi , the Vaccine Alliance. “The momentum behind our effort to ensure global, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines is really building. Last week we were able to announce the historic number of countries that are now signed up to the COVAX Facility, today we can announce further doses of safe, effective vaccines that will be reserved specifically for low-and middle-income countries. No country, rich or poor, should be left at the back of the queue when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines; this collaboration brings us another step closer to achieving this goal.”

The Gavi COVAX AMC, which is presently seeking a minimum of US$2 billion in initial seed funding, will meet at least a part of the cost of procurement for the vaccine doses. The Gavi Board has agreed upon the ultimate list of 92 countries that may be supported by the Gavi COVAX AMC. Under the new collaboration, AstraZeneca’s candidate vaccine, if successful, are out there to sixty one Gavi-eligible countries. Novavax’s candidate, if successful, will be available to all or any 92 countries supported by the Gavi COVAX AMC. These countries align with SII’s licensing agreements with the 2 partners.

The collaboration between Gavi, SII, and therefore the Gates Foundation supports the efforts of the ACT Accelerator’s vaccines pillar, also known as COVAX, co-led by Gavi, CEPI and the World Health Organization (WHO), to accelerate the development of COVID-19 vaccines and ensure rapid, global access to them. Decisions around investment in manufacturing are taken in close collaboration between these three lead organisations of the COVAX pillar.

So far 73 higher-income economies have formally committed to join the Facility, in addition to the 92 low-and middle-income economies that are eligible for support from the Gavi COVAX AMC.

Under the COVAX umbrella, Gavi is coordinating the COVAX Facility, which provides governments with the opportunity to benefit from a large portfolio of COVID-19 candidate vaccines using a range of technology platforms, made by more manufacturers across the globe, with a much bigger market to supply security of demand.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, via its Strategic Investment Fund, will provide at-risk funding of an additional US$150 million to Gavi, with a total funding provided through this collaboration to US$300 million. This will be used to support the Serum Institute of India to manufacture potential vaccine candidates, and for future procurement of vaccines for India and low-and middle-income countries via Gavi’s COVAX AMC.

The deal is additional to a memo of Understanding between AstraZeneca and Gavi, announced in June, which can commit a further three hundred million doses of AstraZeneca’s candidate vaccine to the broader COVAX Facility, to be equipped upon licensure or prequalification. These 2 deals can assure access to early doses for the foremost vulnerable on an international scale.

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Coyote Logistics latest study to evaluate sustainable SCM



Coyote Logistics says sustainable supply chain management the key for sustainable future. Image: Unsplash
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As more industries and businesses prioritize sustainable practices in order to build a greener future, Coyote Logistics, a leading global third-party logistics (3PL) provider, released the results of its latest proprietary research study titled “Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Driving a Smarter, More Sustainable Future.” The study revealed that 81% of companies are more focused on sustainability today than they were three years ago, and to be successful their supply chains must play an integral role in owning sustainable initiatives across their networks.

Conducted in partnership with third-party market research firm Martec, the survey analyzed where global shippers stand today on sustainability to garner a better understanding of how supply chain leaders are approaching it and where they see the greatest opportunities for growth. 250 global shippers across various industries, company sizes, verticals and seniority levels were surveyed to explore buying habits and perceptions about the evolution toward a more sustainable supply chain.
“At Coyote, we understand the industry is prioritizing sustainability today more than ever before, and that this trend will only continue. As a leader and innovator within the supply chain, Coyote is committed to delivering insights and innovative solutions that support sustainable practices, which are being driven by our Coyote Collective industry forum,” said Mike Sinkovitz, SVP of Coyote Transportation Management. “With our advanced technology, proprietary research and over a decade of industry experience, we’re uniquely positioned to support the advancement of sustainable processes across a wide range of logistics services. The first step is understanding where the industry stands today, which is why we are eager to share the results of this study.”
Notably, the study found the trend towards sustainability within the supply chain is dominant among companies of all sizes, and the same is true across different verticals. This common commitment reinforces that, regardless of company size or industry, sustainability is here to stay. As organizations look to implement change in their own networks, they need the collective support of all business areas, often with supply chain at the forefront of these initiatives.
“Sustainable practices and operations are now the expectation among customers and key stakeholders. As a result, supply chain professionals need to prioritize these initiatives across their entire networks to achieve continued success,” said Sinkovitz.
Consumers impact supply chain sustainability efforts
To better understand how important sustainability is to the consumers that drive supply and demand, the survey investigated their perspectives about purchasing products or services from brands that operate in a way more favorable for the environment, including in their approaches to supply chain management. 84% of respondents were more likely to base a purchase decision on a brand’s sustainability practices. In response to this trend, 77% of companies with revenues between $1M–$199M have increased their focus on sustainability within the last three years. This reinforces the importance of green practices for consumers and the acknowledgment of this trend among shippers.

Consumer loyalty based on sustainable efforts was also clearly demonstrated. 61% of respondents noted their willingness to wait longer for the delivery of their purchases if they know it’s better for the environment. Despite this, same-day and next-day delivery options are commonplace.

“The study’s data clearly outlined this juxtaposition between consumers’ desire for quick deliveries and sustainable shipping practices. Delivering on both requires a holistic, collaborative effort from all members of the supply chain,” said Sinkovitz.

Due to increased demand for more environmentally friendly products and services, a focus on supply chain sustainability is critical: 98% of global shippers now have at least one team member dedicated to green initiatives. However, only 25% take it a step further and require information on sustainability within their RFPs, showing a lack of consensus on how to plan for and measure performance.

What this means for the supply chain

With more global shippers having dedicated team members focused on sustainability initiatives and 81% being more focused on these efforts than they were three years ago, it is apparent the need is being recognized. Supply chain professionals are building long-term sustainability goals that they expect to meet within the next four to five years.

The supply chain has “woken up” to the fact that sustainability should be prioritized if lasting success is to be achieved. Companies reported sustainability practices generated a return on investment (ROI) based on key performance indicators, which included cost savings (67%), benefits to company reputation (59%) and reflection of industry leadership (52%), among others.

Whether members of the supply chain have already implemented environmentally friendly practices or they’re just getting started, prioritizing sustainability is going to be critical to achieve continued success. The data uncovered in the survey serves as a guide to support these efforts and represents a starting point in the pursuit of a more sustainable future within the supply chain.

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FourPL has announce its strategic partnership with FarEye




Australian logistics IT firm FourPL partners with FarEye a logistics SaaS platform. Image: Unsplash
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FourPL, an Australian IT consulting company specialising in supply chain and procurement, has announced a partnership with FarEye, a leading logistics
SaaS platform that enables brands to orchestrate, track, and optimize their logistics

In the current climate where the Covid-19 crisis has accelerated offline and online
convergence, the partnership brings predictive capability to help brands orchestrate, track, optimize and deliver goods faster.

“FourPL are excited to announce our strategic partnership with FarEye. Our customers are demanding real-time visibility in their logistics operations and expect to know exactly when, where and how their goods will be delivered.” says Brett Findlay, CEO for FourPL.

FarEye helps businesses to orchestrate logistics processes in a multi-enterprise & multistakeholder environment to ensure seamless & efficient movement of goods. FarEye’s platform is easy-to-use, and easy-to-implement supported by its business process management engine and built-in extensive repository of industry best practices. The leading machine-learning based platform is empowering global enterprises to shrink delivery time by up to 27%, increase courier productivity by up to 15%, eliminate risks by up to 57%, and achieve operational excellence.

“Today’s increasingly customer-centric economy requires integrated and value-added
capabilities to achieve competitive advantage. FarEye helps organizations to maximize
productivity & minimize risk while continuously making logistics operations efficient. We are passionate about making movement of goods a positive experience through innovation, deployment of industry best processes and constant improvement. We make organizations future-ready by differentiating their offerings & making them best in class. This enables them to drive expected behavior and underpin broader business objectives. “says Kushal Nahata, CEO & Co-founder, FarEye

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