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O’Neill Logistics has leased an 82,250-square-foot ware-house/distribution property in Avenel, N.J., adjacent to the
third-party logistics firm’s headquarters. … Materialogic, a
fulfillment and logistics service provider,
recently moved to a new 163,000-square-
foot distribution facility in Bridgeton,
Mo. … NorthPoint Development will
be constructing Inland Port XIV, an
822,104-square-foot speculative building at Logistics Park Kansas City. In addition to being the
largest industrial building constructed on a speculative basis
in the Kansas City market, the facility will be the first spec
building to feature a 36-foot clear height.
team co-drivers, according to the report.
Clowdis said he was never asked to conduct a
ATA declined comment on the suit. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
(OOIDA) said it couldn’t provide any insight
since it represents independent contractors and
most women drivers are part of teams.
Women account for about 5 percent of the
country’s driver work force. With midsized
to large fleets scrambling for qualified driver
talent amid a looming multiyear shortage, advocates are touting women as a valuable labor
resource. However, it seems unlikely their cause
will be helped by the new allegations swirling
“Carriers are doing everything possible to
avoid any kind of harassment against their drivers, as no one would want their employees to
have a negative experience within their company
environment,” said Ellen Voie, president and
CEO of the Women in Trucking Association
Inc., in an e-mail. “Putting two unrelated individuals together in a truck is something that
shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially when the
individuals are of [the] opposite gender.” CRST
is one of the group’s members.
Desiree Wood, founder and president of Real
Women in Trucking, another advocacy group,
said in a post on DC VELOCITY’s website that
the group has been fielding complaints about
CRST’s policies since 2009 and that the calls
“have not ceased.” In the post, Wood urged Voie
to drop CRST and “other meat grinder carriers”
from Women in Trucking’s corporate sponsor
It is anybody’s guess as to the prevalence of
sexual harassment in trucking. Truck driving is
a tough, gritty business long dominated by men.
Objectification of women would hardly be a
news flash. To Friedman, the plaintiffs’ attorney,
the issue is not whether the alleged incidents of
harassment and assault occurred, but what policies, if any, CRST had in place to stop them or if,
by its pattern of behavior, the company effectively encouraged harassment.
Friedman hinted that the story does not end
with CRST. “I’m aware of other trucking companies where women drivers have made similar
allegations,” he said. He would not identify the
carriers, nor would he comment on whether they
would be used in a jury trial if one comes to pass.
—Mark B. Solomon
Warehouse management system (WMS) developer HighJump
Software Inc. has acquired cloud-based technology provider
Nexternal Solutions in a move the companies said would create the first unified e-commerce platform and WMS.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. HighJump is
based in Minneapolis, while Nexternal is in Carlsbad, Calif.
The combination would create a unique hybrid software
solution for customers struggling to adapt to omnichannel
distribution, the companies claim. Though HighJump had pre-
viously rolled out some smaller “microcosms” of e-commerce
software, the Nexternal acquisition greatly expands its capa-
bilities by instantly upgrading to a full-featured cloud-based
package, said HighJump chief marketing officer Bill Ashburn.
“Even if we have something, we like to expand on it,”
Ashburn said in an interview. “We look for gaps we have in
our solution set, and we like to fill those gaps.”
Nexternal’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) approach will allow
HighJump to expand its offerings for customers who need
omnichannel distribution services by connecting manufac-
turers, distributors, and retailers with an order management
system that captures business-to-business and business-to-con-
sumer orders, according to the companies.
The Nexternal software platform allows small businesses to
scale up to full e-commerce operations by acting as a single
hub for all transactions related to pricing, promotions, order
status, and customer care throughout the order management
lifecycle, Nexternal said. Companies can use its platform to
run call centers, generate and manage subscription orders,
retrieve Amazon.com Marketplace orders, create club orders,
and receive orders from other systems.
About 30 percent of Nexternal’s customers are small winer-ies located near the firm’s Carlsbad offices, Ashburn said.
HighJump Software acquires Nexternal
for e-commerce tools