The Friday Report Blog: August 25th, 2023

Quick wrap up of a few hot topic newsworthy stories in the supply chain logistics industry

Big Brands Rally for Hawai’i’s Recovery

In response to the devastating wildfire in Lāhainā, Maui, several major carriers and companies are stepping up to provide essential relief aid. FedEx, through its Delivering for Good program, is actively supporting organizations like the American Red Cross and World Central Kitchen.

They’ve efficiently transported a range of supplies including medicine, food, and hygiene kits. Amazon has generously donated over 3,400 essential items, and in partnership with Operation BBQ Relief, supplied 20,000 utensil kits. United Airlines swiftly transported 24,000 pounds of crucial supplies, including baby care items, from Chicago to Maui.

Additionally, the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation is boosting humanitarian efforts by waiving certain charges at the Kahului Harbor until September 11. These collective efforts bring hope and tangible support to the Lāhainā community as they recover and rebuild.

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Panamax’s Wind Power Pioneering Trip

Mitsubishi Corp’s Pyxis Ocean, chartered by Cargill, has embarked on its first journey equipped with WindWings—a groundbreaking wind power technology designed to significantly reduce energy consumption and emissions.

These impressive sails, crafted from wind turbine materials, offer ships the potential to slash fuel costs by up to 30%. BAR Technologies, a key player in WindWings’ development, highlighted that each WindWing could save around 1.5 tons of fuel daily.

Jan Dieleman, head of Cargill’s Ocean Transportation, emphasized the maritime sector’s commitment to sustainability, noting Cargill’s dedication to pioneering eco-friendly solutions. Thanks to collaborative efforts from BAR Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies, there are plans to produce hundreds more WindWings in the upcoming four years.

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UNFI Expands its Reach to Florida with New Distribution Center

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) has excitingly commenced work on its state-of-the-art distribution center near Sarasota, Florida. Designed to be a marvel of efficiency, the 1-million-square-foot facility will boast advanced features like air conditioning, adaptable lighting, and a comprehensive water filtration system.

Furthermore, it will harness cutting-edge automation equipment, including re-pack technology by logistics specialist Knapp, to optimize customer service and reduce operational costs. “Our aim with every new distribution center is to blend automation and technology, enhancing our service quality while reducing expenses,” shared Erin Horvath, UNFI’s COO.

Strategically positioned at the SRQ Logistics Center, close to Sarasota’s international airport, this initiative forms part of UNFI’s recent moves to innovate and improve its operations, following collaborations with Relex Solutions and retail data provider Crisp earlier this year.

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