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IMS Health and Quintiles to Merge


Holdings, Inc. and Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc. announced that their respective boards of directors approved a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which the companies will be combined in an all-stock merger of equals transaction. The merged company will be named Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc. For more information, please click here.


Record financial results for KNAPP 


KNAPP AG looks back once again on a record year. In the past business year 2015/16, the Austrian intralogistics expert increased its net revenue by 25 percent to 581.97 million euros and made a profit of 30.52 million euros. This tremendous result marks an alltimehigh in the company history and is part of a longterm strategy for growth. In comparison to the previous year, the company not only increased net sales revenue by 25 percent, but also the relative EBIT margin to 5 percent. The export quota remains consistently high at 97 percent. Europe is the strongest sales region with a turnover share of 75 percent. With 20 percent of the net sales revenue, North America is a steadily growing market. The Managing Board, Gerald Hofer, Franz Mathi and Christian Grabner are pleased with the success of the past business year. In 2016, KNAPP plans to strengthen and expand the global subsidiary network with moderate growth and a record level of consolidation. More information in German available here.

Pharma Wholesaler HUNGAROPHARMA relies on SAP® EWM by KNAPP 


The specialist in pharma wholesale, HUNGAROPHARMA, has opted for KNAPP as SAP® EWM (Extended Warehouse Management) implementation partner for their central fully automated warehouse and four regional warehouses. KNAPP equipment will be directly controlled by EWM built-in MFS (Material Flow System) ensuring an optimal logistics solution based on KNAPP best practice as well as best possible SAP IT Strategy compliance. Visit the website here.

New design for e-insight service platform and app


Under the management of KNAPP Customer Service, the web platform e-insight was brought to life in 2011: a customer information portal for service information and topics for your logistics system. The platform has been available in its updated its look and feel since April – with the first areas as iOS and Android apps. “The new user interface as well as the native apps underline the changes made in e-insight as it becomes a more intuitive and transparent service portal,” enthused Michael Höbling, Head of IT Service Delivery of the KNAPP group, and contact person for e-insight, and then added, “We are excited about the feedback from our customers.”

KiSoft Vision Cube


Vision Cube is the smart solution to capture stamped printing. The newest member of the KiSoft Vision series captures reliably, securely and easily the data stamped on carton packaging. Vision Cube thereby ensures high quality at high performance and allows a savings in resources.
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Bundled Innovation of SSI Schaefer 


Fragile products, thorough documentation and complex environments place high demands on the intralogistics for pharmaceutical wholesalers. Increasing efficiency, expanding your product portfolio or breaking into new markets can create big challenges. Due to our extensive experience and success in the industry, we have gained comprehensive knowhow and are capable of ensuring that our concepts for pharmaceutical logistics will meet our customer ‘s future needs. SSI Schaefer is presenting the latest innovations to help pharmaceutical wholesalers cover requirements for lot and serial number tracking: 2D code recording for fast movers is achieved through extending the AFrame with single product reading. SSI Schaefer provides a solution with high throughput and a reading rate higher than 99.5%. Single product reading can be applied to existing AFrames as well. The proven Batch Pick’n Scan Sorter system for efficient medium mover handling and serial number recording can be combined with the latest addition to the SSI Schaefer shuttle family, the Cuby. This singlelevel shuttle handles bins and cartons with high speed and provides excellent storage density. The patentpending and clever usage of the support beam as a guide for the shuttle's load handling device is one of a kind. SSI Schaefer was able to tap into their indepth knowledge of machine and rack technology. All from one source  SSI Schaefer bundles the whole range of solutions under one umbrella. Be ready for today. And prepared for the future.

SSI Schaefer invests in robots 


SSI Schaefer, manufacturer of warehouse logistics systems, has invested in robots by acquired a majority shareholding of gantry robotics company ROBER. SSI takes majority stake in robotics company. It said this move will ‘increase the level of expertise at SSI Schaefer in an important future technology.’ The partnership has already finished big international projects using robot technology – including at a drinks warehouse in Germany, where they have implemented a gantry robotassisted fast mover picking system. The company said gantry robots “allow specific and totally new solutions to be developed with regard to sorting, buffering and linking functions”. The partnership hopes to open up opportunity to develop “highly innovative automation solutions”. “Highperformance robotic applications are now a key factor in integrated automation solutions in intralogistics,” said Elmar Issing, vice president robotics & innovations at SSI Schaefer. More information available here.


New VIP isothermal container

June 2017

For the specific needs of pharmaceutical wholesalers, CAPPI has designed a large-sized isothermal container meeting strict mechanical and thermal requirements. The result of extensive research and testing by the experts at CAPPI, this VIP isothermal container was developed to provide wholesalers with a solution for the transport of controlled-temperature products that exceed the “usual” sizes. This large container offers considerable advantages in terms of solidity and performance. More information available here.


Pharmaceutical cargo theft in Europe


Cargo theft is the #1 security risk for pharma companies. FreightWatch International, Sensitech’s logistics security division, looks at the risk this threat poses in Europe. For more information click here.

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