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G-Log-, a leading provider of global logistics and transport software, has launched version 4.5 of its Global Command and Control CenterT (GC3T) software. Having collaborated with customers to evaluate which areas of new functionality would add the greatest benefit, the 4.5 release adds significant new features to the GC3 system, including expanded inventory management and international trade management functionality. The expanded capability of inventory management enables users to have network-wide visibility and status information of all inventory in the supply chain – whether in transit or at rest.

DHL’s Express Sameday Division has awarded Siemens Communications the contract to mobilise 700 of its Sameday couriers. The deal, involving equipping couriers with tailored GPRS-enabled PDAs, boosts DHL’s offering in the competitive same-day delivery market. Implementation will be complete in early 2005, with a pilot scheme already underway in DHL’s Heathrow and Preston depots for 40 couriers. Siemens’ mobile solution allows DHL Sameday couriers’ connectivity to back-end IT systems and automate the real-time delivery of information to the handheld devices. Benefits for DHL include more efficient job allocation and job management; real-time automated reporting, tracking and information capture; and reduced paperwork.

JJ Fast Food Distribution has bought Microsoft Business Solutions’ (MBS) Axapta from MBS UK partners eBECS, together with a call centre/telesales management solution to be developed by eBECS. JJ Fast Food will be able to more effectively deal with customer orders and support its strategy of opening more storage facilities nationwide. The whole project is costing £800,000, and the business solution will be rolled out to150 users. JJ Fast Food employs 500 people at one site in North London, incorporating a 5,000-pallet capacity frozen and ambient storage facility.

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