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Global supply-chain group Exel has entered into a one-year, multimillion-dollar contract with Texas Instruments. The contract, for one of TI's business units, names Exel as a preferred carrier for international transportation lanes into the United States. The agreement expands upon the current contract for warehousing, light manufacturing and shipping.

NewRoads will provide fulfillment and customer care services for beverage company Keurig. The Keurig single-cup brewing system provides product and services to thousands of offices and food services locations in North America. Late this summer, the company will be launching its At-Home program, bringing the single-cup brewing system to consumers.

Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, the 100 percent employee-owned company and U.S. importer and distributor of Birkenstock footwear from Germany, has implemented a distribution program developed by Atlanta-based UPS Supply Chain Solutions. According to the 3PL, the program will shorten special-order handling time by weeks and increase the importer's product offering in U.S. retail stores. Through the program UPS will manage special orders to the United States fulfilled by Birkenstock manufacturing centers in Germany. Special orders that once took months to ship to the United States now will take days, said UPS.

Metals third-party logistics provider, Pittsburgh Logistics System, is enhancing carrier safety by conducting quality and safety reviews at clients' sites. Reviews include monitoring carrier procedures, safety, maintenance, loading methods and driver training.