Wednesday, March 26, 2008

CEVA Logistics appoints new directors in IT, quality and operations

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – CEVA Logistics, one of the leading supply chain companies in the world, has appointed three new directors in information technology, quality assurance and rail service operations: Rick Fields, Melissa Alwood and Todd Pye.
Rick Fields has been promoted to director of technology. In his new role, Fields will be responsible for the continued development of CEVA’s Matrix™ supply chain application suite, including both transportation and distribution modules, for deployment across contract logistics operations. He has been instrumental in developing Matrix™ into a best-in-class system, which is now used by CEVA across its entire global network. Fields began with CEVA in 2002 as a project manager and was appointed information technology manager in 2004 and senior information technology manager in 2007.
Melissa Alwood has been promoted to director of quality assurance. In her new role, Alwood will be responsible for the continued development of CEVA’s quality development and continuous improvement initiatives for contract logistics operations in North America. She began with CEVA in 1999 as a quality analyst. Alwood was promoted to manager of quality assurance in 2002 and senior manager of quality assurance in 2005.
Todd Pye has rejoined CEVA as director of operations for the company’s rail services group, a role he held prior to taking a year off to pursue his Master of Business Administration degree. Pye was previously with CEVA from 1998 to 2007, where he held various positions in operations and business development before being promoted to director of operations. During his time with CEVA, he has largely focused on CEVA’s rail services offering, which includes providing intermodal, automotive, remote rail refueling services for locomotives, and truck-to-rail distribution services.

CEVA Logistics is a leading global supply chain management company. We provide end-to-end design, implementation and operational solutions in contract logistics and freight forwarding to large and medium-sized national and multinational companies. CEVA employs 54,000 people and runs an extensive global network with facilities in over 100 countries. Following the merger with EGL in August 2007, the new combined company had pro forma sales of € 6.3 billion. For more information, please visit

C.H. Robinson has been recognized by Fortune magazine

Minneapolis, MN, March 26, 2008 - For the eighth year, C.H. Robinson Worldwide ("C.H. Robinson") has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of "America's Most Admired Companies".

John Wiehoff, C.H. Robinson chief executive officer, said, "This great recognition is thanks to the dedication of our employees, who work hard every day to provide the highest quality service to our customers and our carriers. Their commitment to building strong relationships is at the core of our success."

Hay Group and Fortune conducted the list, asking executives, directors and securities analysts to rate companies with the largest revenues in 64 industries. They then asked executives, directors and analysts to rate the selected companies in their own industry based on innovation, financial soundness, people management, use of corporate assets, long-term investment value, social responsibility, quality of management, and quality of products and services. The scores for these 8 criteria were averaged for the company's total score.

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is one of the world's largest third party providers of multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions, serving over 29,000 customers through a network of 218 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. For more information about our company, visit our Web site at


MIAMI, March 26, 2008 Ryder Supply Chain Solutions, a supplier of transportation and logistics services, received a Superior Award in the area of Value Improvement from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) at the company’s Annual Supplier Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony held in Covington, Kentucky on March 4.
The awards recognize those suppliers who exceeded the company’s expectations in the following areas: Launch Performance, Technology, Supplier Diversity, Value Improvement and Quality. Toyota’s annual event brings together approximately 500 North American suppliers to communicate objectives for the current year, recognize top supplier performance for the prior year and enhance relationships.

"TEMA works closely with our North American suppliers in order to build our top quality vehicles; therefore, we take this opportunity to recognize outstanding performance of our top suppliers," stated Atsushi "Art" Kume, Senior Vice President of TEMA. “Suppliers' commitment to continuous improvement is key to achieving Toyota's long term focus on quality and value.”
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and currently operates 13 manufacturing plants. In addition, new plants are under construction in Ontario, Canada and Mississippi. There are more than 1,700 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold more than 2.9 million vehicles in 2007.

Toyota directly employs over 43,000 in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $21 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals more than $30 billion per year.
Toyota currently produces 11 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Matrix, Sienna, Solara, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra and the Lexus RX 350. When production begins in Ontario and Mississippi, Toyota will have 15 manufacturing plants with the annual capacity to build approximately 2.2 million cars and trucks, 1.49 million engines and 425,000 automatic transmissions. For more information about Toyota, visit

About Ryder

Ryder provides leading-edge transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions worldwide. Ryder’s stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Ryder ranks 362nd on the FORTUNE 500® and 1,458th on the Forbes Global 2000. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

Yellow Transportation Launches Expedited Ocean Service

Overland Park, Kan., March 26, 2008 – Yellow Transportation, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: YRCW), in cooperation with YRC Logistics Global is offering expedited ocean service for guaranteed, on-time delivery of less-than-container-load shipments moving from China to the United States.

The expedited ocean service from Yellow Transportation provides customers with flexibility on shipment dates, allows them to track shipments from foreign port to final U.S. destination, and cuts days in transit. The service is designed to help customers more effectively meet their clients’ global supply chain needs.

“Expedited ocean is the inventive solution for customers who need delivery faster than standard ocean service, but don’t require the speed of air transit,” says Maynard Skarka, President of Yellow Transportation. “By building on our proven expertise in expedited deliveries, Yellow Transportation helps customers realize faster inventory turns, and a reduced cash-to-cash cycle. In today’s global marketplace, that’s a tremendous competitive advantage.”

* The Yellow Transportation expedited ocean service is part of the company’s comprehensive solutions portfolio, and is provided in conjunction with YRC Logistics Global, an NVOCC-licensed affiliate.

About Yellow Transportation

Yellow Transportation offers a full range of national, regional and international services for the movement of industrial, commercial and retail goods. Through a broad array of innovative customer solutions including Exact Express, Definite Delivery and Standard Ground, Yellow provides customers with best-in-class service. Global solutions are provided in cooperation with YRC Logistics Global. Both Yellow Transportation and YRC Logistics Global are affiliates of YRC Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: YRCW). The companies work together to improve transportation networks and supply chain efficiencies for customers around the world. YRC Worldwide Inc. is a FORTUNE 500 company and one of the largest transportation services providers in the world. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, YRC Worldwide employs approximately 60,000 people.

Agility Acquires Stake in US-based Global Supply Chain Company, Industriaplex Inc.

SANTA ANA, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Agility, a leading global logistics provider, and Industriaplex Inc., a next generation B2B service provider, have formed a strategic alliance with Agility's acquisition of a 10.82 percent equity stake in the company.

Industriaplex, based in Atlanta, Ga., is a global sourcing, equipment distribution, and facility services company that provides integrated supply, installation and maintenance solutions. Its customer base is largely in the US, Canada, Kuwait, and China and includes industry leaders in the retail, foodservice, grocery, and manufacturing markets. In the last year, Industriaplex sales were US$94.4 million. The company has over 100 employees and offices in Atlanta, Ga., Carson, Calif., Hong Kong and Shanghai, China.

The alliance is designed to provide various logistics services to Industriaplex customers while Agility can offer Industriaplex's sourcing services to its existing global customer base.

"Industriaplex has a unique business model and set of services that complements Agility's global network," said Essa Al Saleh, President and CEO - Global Integrated Logistics for Agility. "Through this partnership, we continue to focus our strategy of differentiating Agility's capabilities and solution offering to its customers by adding sourcing and related value adding services in key emerging markets," added Al Saleh.

Industriaplex's business model integrates sourcing, supply chain, installation and maintenance solutions that reduce the total lifecycle costs of its customers' facilities, equipment, and systems. This is achieved through volume aggregation, variable, unlimited global manufacturing capacity, and by optimizing the design and deployment of the products material sourcing and Lean Sigma continuous improvement processes, according to Jason Gries, Chairman and CEO, Industriaplex.

"Following the alliance with Agility, Industriaplex now has a top quality logistics partner to reliably service the requirements of our customers," said Brian Robbins, President and COO. "We will now also have access to growth capital, as well as Agility's increasing customer base."

About Agility

Agility is a leading global logistics provider with more than 32,000 employees, and over 550 offices in 100 countries around the world. A publicly traded company, with $6.2 billion in annual revenue, we have three key operating units -- Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), Defense & Government Services (DGS) and Investments. Through GIL, we focus on offering customers truly personalized service and flexible supply chain solutions tailored to meet their individual business needs, supported by a comprehensive network of warehousing facilities, transportation and freight management services. Our customers span a range of industries from technology and retail to defense and government and oil and gas.

For more information about Agility, visit

Monday, March 24, 2008

Agility DGS Awarded Theater Wide Trucking Contract

Alexandria, VA, USA – March 24, 2008 – Agility Defense & Government Services (DGS) today announced that it has been chosen as one of five awardees of the Theater Wide Trucking (TWT) contract by the Joint Contracting Command – Iraq. The tenure of the contract for the five winners will be one base year with two option years with a potential total value of up to $450 million among the five awardees. Under the terms of the contract, Agility will provide all resources necessary to ensure secure distribution of reconstruction assets and equipment from Forward Operating Bases (FOB) and distribution sites located within Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Turkey to locations throughout the country of Iraq.

Toby Switzer, CEO & President – International, Agility DGS said: “This contract further expands on the scale of work that we do for the US Military. With our experienced teams, advanced logistics infrastructure and extensive global network, we will seamlessly integrate into the TWT division’s current Supply Chain Management System.”

Agility will utilize its strong transportation capabilities to provide all the freight trucking and shipping services required by the Joint Contracting Command – Iraq and its TWT division. Retrograde to origination points are also included in the contract.

The TWT contract win follows Agility’s expansion in the Kurdish region of Iraq with a joint venture to establish Agility Kurdistan Limited.

About Agility

Agility is a leading global logistics provider with more than 32,000 employees, and over 550 offices in 100 countries around the world. A publicly traded company, with $6.2 billion in annual revenue, we have three key operating units - Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), Defense & Government Services (DGS) and Investments. We focus on offering customers truly personalized service and flexible supply chain solutions tailored to meet their individual business needs, supported by a comprehensive network of warehousing facilities, transportation and freight management services. Our customers span a range of industries from technology and retail to defense and government and oil and gas.

About Agility – Defense & Government Services

Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, Agility - Defense & Government Services (DGS) is Agility’s public sector arm, providing complete end-to-end supply chain solutions to meet defense and government customers’ need to quickly move supplies worldwide to remote locations. With access to over 550 offices in 100 countries, Agility - DGS combines a vast network of warehousing facilities with proven risk-tolerant global land, sea and air transportation capabilities.

Agility - DGS offers defense and government customers, including the US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), US Navy, US Amy Air Force Exchange Service, and the United Nations, the convenience of one-stop supply chain solutions and a commitment to quality services.

For more information about Agility, please visit


OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 24, 2008- YRC Logistics, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW), announced today that it will start offering global forwarding services in Mexico to better serve their clients worldwide.

YRC Logistics will expand it’s global logistics services into Mexico by providing international air and ocean freight forwarding services to their clients. The new services are in addition to the transportation, distribution and cross border services that are already offered in Mexico.

“We are looking forward to the expansion our services in Mexico,” said Jim Ritchie, President and CEO of YRC Logistics. “Upgrading our freight forwarding services is the most effective way for our clients to benefit from YRC Logistics.”

Starting immediately, the team in Mexico will handle the global shipment traveling to and from Mexico managed from the YRC Logistics Mexico City office.
About YRC Logistics:

YRC Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc., is a global logistics company. Based in Overland Park, Kansas, and with offices in North America, Asia, Europe and South America, YRC Logistics enables companies to improve their transportation network and overall supply chain efficiency by offering flexible logistics solutions supported by web-hosted technology and global logistics management capabilities.

About YRC Worldwide Inc.:

YRC Worldwide Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company and one of the largest transportation service providers in the world, is the holding company for a portfolio of successful brands including Yellow Transportation, Roadway, Reimer Express, YRC Logistics, New Penn, USF Holland, USF Reddaway, and USF Glen Moore. The enterprise provides global transportation services, transportation management solutions and logistics management. The portfolio of brands represents a comprehensive array of services for the shipment of industrial, commercial and retail goods domestically and internationally. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, YRC Worldwide employs approximately 60,000 people.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New WERC Publication Helps Managers Develop Employee Benefit Programs

Oak Brook, IL--The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) has released Warehousing Benefits Programs (2007 Data), its biennial survey of industry practices on employee benefits. The book is a resource that assists managers to evaluate and develop competitive benefit plans for warehouse employees. Data was gathered in a survey of WERC members.

The report analyzes 20 individual benefits ranging from Vacation to Sign-on Bonuses. Union vs. non-union figures are shown where there are statistically significant differences.

Data was compiled on benefits policies for three types of employees:

Warehousing nonexempt employees
Office nonexempt employees
Exempt employees (professional, outside sales, supervisory or management).
This year the study was expanded to include, for the first time, information on total cost of each benefit to the facility, total cost of each benefit as a percentage of salary, and percentage of workforce that use each benefit.

Warehousing Benefits Programs retails for $70. The report can be purchased at

WERC members receive a free copy and may buy additional copies at a 50% discount.

Contact: Susan Levand, or 630.990.0001

About WERC
Warehousing Education and Research Council is the only professional association focused exclusively on warehouse management and its role in the supply chain. Members are experts from all facets of the distribution industry who come together to share practical knowledge and professional expertise to improve individual and industry performance. Learn more at

Friday, March 14, 2008

CSX Transportation Applauds New EPA

Jacksonville, Fla. – March 14, 2008 – CSX Transportation (CSXT) today commended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new emissions regulations that will require railroads to reduce NOx and particulate matter emissions by approximately 90 percent compared to pre-regulation levels.

“CSXT applauds the EPA for its careful deliberations in developing this rule and was proud to work with other stakeholders in developing this new standard,” said Tony Ingram, executive vice president and chief operating officer of CSX Transportation. “At CSXT, we are committed to reducing emissions and improving fuel efficiency, hand-in-hand with the EPA.”

On average, trains can move one ton of freight 423 miles on a single gallon of fuel, making railroads the most fuel efficient mode of land transportation. The EPA’s new Tier 4 regulations, along with proactive emission reduction initiatives throughout the railroad industry, will serve to further reduce emissions.

Since 2000, CSXT has invested more than $1 billion to upgrade its fleet with more efficient, clean air locomotives. By 2009, more than 1,200 CSXT locomotives will be upgraded to further reduce emissions and lower fuel consumption by nearly 10 million gallons.

As part of CSXT’s commitment to developing long-term sustainable clean air and climate change strategies, CSXT was the first railroad to join the EPA’s Climate Leaders Program. CSXT works closely with the EPA to annually inventory and publicly report the company’s greenhouse gas emissions and set goals for reducing them. CSXT is a Charter Member of the EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership, which promotes voluntary reductions in fuel consumption and emissions.

CSX Transportation Inc. is a principal operating company of CSX Corporation. CSX Corporation, based in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the leading transportation companies, providing rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services. The company's transportation network spans 21,000 miles with service to 23 eastern states and the District of Columbia, and connects to more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at the company's web site,

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tompkins Associates (Tompkins) has named Wolfgang Partsch, Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain

RALEIGH, NC, March 11, 2008 — Tompkins Associates (Tompkins) has named Wolfgang Partsch, a pioneer in modern Supply Chain Management, as Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Services, Europe. In his new position, Partsch will use his 25-plus years of experience and innovative business methods to help create and implement supply chain strategies worldwide for Tompkins’ clients.

Jim Tompkins, President and CEO, describes Wolfgang as a very strong addition to the global team. “Wolfgang has played a key role in developing many innovative supply chain concepts in Europe and has spearheaded improvements for more than 100 major companies in 20 different countries,” Tompkins says. “He is a driving force in our expansion of global supply chain services.”

Partsch shares Jim Tompkins’ leadership vision. “Tompkins Associates is growing in all the right areas,” he says. “When leadership sees an opportunity, they are not afraid to do their homework, make necessary changes, and seize the opportunity. I am pleased to join this outstanding team and look forward to sharing my expertise.”

A former founding partner of Supply Chain Executive Advisors (SCEA), Partsch has held leading positions in global firms including Chairman of the Global Supply Chain Network at Ernst and Young Management Consulting Group and partner of Ernst and Young in Europe. In the early 1980s, Partsch assisted in the development of the world’s first Supply Chain Diagnostic System that later become a worldwide standard in industry measurements and
diagnostics. Most recently, Partsch developed advanced solutions for client companies in the growing field of Supply Chain Security and Risk Management.

Partsch has written dozens of thought leadership papers on topics ranging from systems integration to global logistics strategies and co-authored the book Super Charging Supply Chains with colleague Gene Tyndall. He is also a past president of the German Association of Material Management.

DHL Express Validated for C-TPAT Program

Plantation, Fla. – March 11, 2008 – DHL, the world’s leading express delivery company, announced today that DHL Express has been validated for C-TPAT, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, after a thorough review of its air express and ground shipment processing facilities and operations. C-TPAT is a joint government-business initiative designed to protect the security of the U.S. supply chain. Companies that are certified contribute to the security of our U.S. borders and to the continued facilitation of legitimate international trade.

As part of the validation process, domestic and international DHL facilities underwent a detailed security review of operations by customs authorities, including procedures and guidelines followed by DHL personnel and contractors, and the use of technology and physical assets. The US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) review also included Express’ customs brokerage and international clearance operations.

“This validation acknowledges our commitment to security procedures followed by our personnel, our air service providers, as well as those in place to protect our customers’ shipments,” said T. James Min II, Vice President, International Trade Affairs & Compliance, DHL Express USA. “DHL's commitment to stringent security measures plays a key role in helping the U.S. Customs and Border Protection maintain the security of U.S. borders and curb potential terrorist activities in the global supply chain."

To qualify for membership in C-TPAT, companies must conduct a detailed self-assessment of supply chain security using the C-TPAT guidelines outlined by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the trade community. Companies must also submit a supply chain security profile questionnaire to Customs, and implement a program to enhance security throughout the supply chain in accordance with the C-TPAT guidelines.

DHL Express was initially certified for C-TPAT by Customs and Border Protection in 2003 with validations taking place in 2006 and 2007.

About DHL
DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source.

DHL offers expertise in express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL's international network links more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations.

Founded in San Francisco in 1969, DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 billion euros (more than $93 billion) in 2007.

Lowe’s Lauds Schneider National with Three Awards for Superior Service

GREEN BAY, Wis. – March 11, 2008 – Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, was recently honored by Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) with three awards for exceptional customer service. Most notably, the home improvement retailer bestowed Schneider National with its prestigious Outstanding Customer Service Team Award, which recognizes the top-performing truckload and intermodal carrier from its pool of more than 200. All awards were presented during Lowe’s annual Carrier Conference in Wilkesboro, N.C.

Lowe’s selected Schneider National as its Outstanding Customer Service Team based on firsthand feedback from their transportation team members (load planners, analysts and transportation managers) and an evaluation of key metrics: service performance, electronic data interface (EDI) compliance, load acceptance and ease of doing business. Schneider’s other accolades include Lowe’s first-ever EDI Award, which was presented to just five partner carriers for superior performance of their EDI system. Lowe’s also recognized Schneider’s on-time delivery record of 99.3 percent with a Silver Service award.

“In order for Lowe’s to be able to provide excellent service to our stores and our valued customers, it’s critical that our products are always in the right place at the right time,” said Kevin Perry, director, truckload, rail and intermodal transportation for Lowe’s Companies. “Schneider National helps us do that. Not only do they deliver consistent, responsive service, but they also go the extra mile to align with—and understand—our needs. And I’m always impressed by their commitment to developing improved processes that better support our business.”

“We are excited that Lowe’s honored us with three awards at their Carrier Conference, and we were especially proud to be named their 2007 Outstanding Customer Service Team,” said Steve Matheys, Schneider National executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. “Our associates do a tremendous job working together and responding to meet Lowe’s needs any time of day. We understand their supply chain inside and out and our role in making it work as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Schneider National has won numerous customer service awards from Lowe’s, including the 2004 Outstanding Customer Service Team award.

About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services. Serving more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 500 companies, Schneider National offers the broadest portfolio of services in the industry. The company’s transportation and logistics solutions include One-Way, Intermodal, Transportation Management, Dedicated, Bulk, Supply Chain Management, Warehousing and International Logistics services.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for more than 70 years. A $3.4 billion company, Schneider National conducts business in more than 28 countries in North America, Europe and Asia and continues to grow its international service offerings. For more information about Schneider National, visit or call (800) 558-6767.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Pacer to Present at the JPMorgan Aviation and Transportation Conference on March 19

CONCORD, California--March 7, 2008--Top executives of Pacer International, Inc. (Nasdaq: PACR), a leading North American logistics and freight transportation provider, will present a business overview of Pacer and comment on Pacer's latest financial results at an upcoming investor conference.

JPMorgan Aviation and Transportation Conference
Wednesday, March 19, at 11:45 a.m. ET
Waldorf Astoria in New York City, NY
Mike Uremovich, Chairman & CEO
Larry Yarberry, EVP & CFO

The audio presentation of the investor conference can be accessed live on the Investors Page at and can also be accessed for 90 days following the conference.

Pacer International, a leading asset-light North American third-party logistics and freight transportation provider, through its Intermodal and Logistics operating segments, offers a broad array of services to facilitate the movement of freight from origin to destination. The Intermodal segment offers wholesale services provided by Pacer Stacktrain (cost-efficient, two-tiered rail transportation for containerized shipments) and Pacer Cartage (local trucking), as well as retail services through its Rail Brokerage group (intermodal marketing). The Logistics segment provides retail truck brokerage, trucking, warehousing and distribution, international freight forwarding, and supply-chain management services. Pacer International is headquartered in Concord, California. Its Intermodal and Logistics operating segments are headquartered in Concord, California, and in Dublin, Ohio, respectively.

Larry Yarberry, EVP & CFO
Pacer International
(925) 887-1577 phone

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Purolator USA Opens Full-Service Freight Processing Facility in Raleigh-Durham

RALEIGH, NC – March 6, 2008 -- Purolator USA, the small-package and freight forwarding subsidiary of Canada’s largest integrated distribution services company, has announced the opening of its southeastern processing facility. The new facility is located in Morrisville, NC and services businesses that ship regularly to Canada and within the U.S. from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

The new Morrisville facility includes almost 8,000 square feet, and is in close proximity to Raleigh-Durham airport. The fully functional distribution center offers on-the-spot consolidation services, which often means reduced delivery times. This is a key advantage over many competitors, who divert goods to locations hundreds of miles away for consolidation.

“Purolator USA offers businesses unmatched experience and expertise in delivering their goods to Canada and within the United States,” says Tammy Fairbanks, manager of the new facility. “And given that North Carolina businesses exported more than $4.4 billion in goods and services to Canada during 2006, easy access to the Canadian market is critical.”

Because Purolator USA is the subsidiary of Canada’s largest freight services provider, the company has access to an established distribution network in Canada. Purolator USA’s direct link to Canada also means that it can offer expertise in navigating U.S./Canadian customs regulations and procedures.

“Our well-established distribution network means that we can usually deliver customers’ goods faster than our competitors can,” says Fairbanks. “Going forward, we will also be able to offer transportation solutions that avoid costly distribution center stopovers.”

In addition to its expertise transporting goods into Canada, Purolator USA also offers small package and express delivery services within the United States. “We recently added the domestic service option, and it has already proven to be superior to services offered by our competitors,” says Fairbanks.

Another competitive advantage is Purolator USA’s commitment to customer service, which includes a high level of flexibility in developing customized transportation solutions. Every Purolator USA customer is assigned a client relations representative (CRR) who is dedicated to their account, understands their business, and ensures that any problems or unexpected glitches are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner. “I think people are tired of dealing with businesses whose idea of customer service is a faceless 800 number and automated prompts,” says Fairbanks. “Our customers know their customer service reps by name, and they know that they are just a phone call away.”

Purolator USA doubled the size of its U.S. office network during the past 12 months, with branches or gateways now operating in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham and Newburgh, NY.

For more information please visit

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


MIAMI, March 5, 2008 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a global leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, today announced it was honored with the “Golden Service Enterprise Award” for outstanding performance and leadership in logistics by Wuhan International Logistics Committee in China. The award was presented to Ryder during the China International Logistics Fair in Wuhan.
“Ryder has shown strong performance providing quality logistics solutions in China, with special leadership in supply chain integration management and serving the automotive industry,” said Xiao Gongqiao of Wuhan International Logistics Committee. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Ryder to develop best practices and improve efficiency and customer service through logistics.”
The Wuhan International Logistics Fair is a major logistics and supply chain management conference held annually in China by China Modern Logistics News, the trade publication of the China Federation of Logistics and Procurement, which is the exclusive Central Government-level logistics association in China. The event provides an open platform for Chinese and foreign companies to present their technologies and services to effectively collaborate and innovate in logistics, procurement and supply chain management.
“Wuhan is represented by a diverse blend of industries and is a strategic, central hub for logistics in China,” said Chris Woodward, Vice President and Managing Director of China for Ryder. “Ryder is honored to be a part of Wuhan’s tradition as a city of modern industry and to continue making positive contributions to China’s logistics industry.”

About Ryder

Ryder provides leading-edge transportation, logistics, and supply chain management solutions worldwide. Ryder’s stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Ryder ranks 362nd on the Fortune 500 and 1,458th on the Forbes Global 2000. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

Monday, March 3, 2008


MIAMI, March 3, 2008 Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a global leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, today announced it has been honored with the “Top Ambiental” award by ADBV, the Brazilian Association of Sales and Marketing Directors, for its commitment to developing and implementing environmentally sustainable practices in its logistics operations. The annual ADBV awards ceremony held in Sao Paulo is Brazil’s largest and most prestigious for environmental issues.
"We are honored to receive this recognition. Ryder has been adopting environmentally sustainable technologies and processes as enablers to providing efficient, cost-effective logistics solutions for our customers,” said Antonio Wrobleski Filho, Managing Director for Ryder in Brazil. "This award reinforces our ongoing commitment to improve the way we conduct our operations toward environmental responsibility.”
Award recipients are selected based on several areas of competency including proven commitment to environmental preservation, utilization of clean and innovative technologies, optimization of available and/or renewable resources, recycling and rationing the use of energy and raw materials, and practices that promote sustainability.
Some environmental initiatives of Ryder in Brazil include ISO 14001 certification, a truck fleet that is compliant with the Euro5 norm, and a carbon credit exchange program.

About Ryder

Ryder provides leading-edge transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions worldwide. Ryder’s stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Ryder ranks 362nd on the Fortune 500 and 1,458th on the Forbes Global 2000. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

Hub Group, Inc. to Participate in JPMorgan Aviation and Transportation Conference

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hub Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HUBG) announced today it will participate in the JPMorgan Aviation and Transportation Conference on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

David P. Yeager, Hub Group Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer will present a business overview and highlights of 2007 results. Hub's presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, March 19, 2008. The presentation will be webcast live over the internet at the following URL: . You can also access the webcast through the Investors link on the Company's website at .

ABOUT HUB GROUP: Hub Group, Inc. is a leading asset light freight transportation management company providing comprehensive intermodal, truck brokerage and logistics services. The Company operates through a network of over 30 offices throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

CERTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: Statements in this press release that are not historical, including statements about Hub Group's or management's intentions, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and subject to risks. Such statements should be viewed with caution. Actual results or experience could differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the factors listed from time to time in Hub Group's SEC reports including, but not limited to, the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007. Hub Group assumes no liability to update any such forward-looking statements.

SOURCE Hub Group, Inc.
CONTACT: Amy Lisek of Hub Group, Inc., +1-630-795-2214/

Royal Haskoning Purchases First Marine International

3 March 2008 - We are delighted to announce the recent acquisition of First Marine International. With this purchase Royal Haskoning wants to develop and expand its services towards the upper end of the supply chain and strengthens the leading position within the maritime sector.

A successful business in its own right, First Marine International has worked alongside Royal Haskoning on numerous projects over the past ten years and is very pleased to be joining the Royal Haskoning Group. First Marine International is an independent specialist consultancy providing high level expert advice within the shipbuilding and ship repair sectors. The company currently has a team of twelve highly qualified and experienced consultants working on projects around the world including Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Royal Haskoning is one of the world’s leading consultants within the maritime sector and is active in delivering design, procurement and construction supervision services for shipyard infrastructure. The acquisition of First Marine International will bring new expertise to Royal Haskoning’s already comprehensive service portfolio and will allow Royal Haskoning to provide high level expert advice within the shipbuilding and ship repair sectors. This advice includes marine industry studies, market studies, shipyard concept layout development and master planning, technology and performance benchmarking, and development, implementation and management of shipyard performance improvement programmes.

Royal Haskoning
Founded in 1881, Royal Haskoning has 3600 employees in 72 offices in 26 different countries. Royal Haskoning is a multidisciplinary firm that operates internationally. Consultants, architects and engineers advise on spatial development, infrastructure & transport, architecture & building, building services, industrial installations, project management, water & water management, environment, coast & rivers, harbours and maritime projects. Public and private sectors throughout the world value our organization among others for its focus on the sustainable interaction between people and their environment.

First Marine International Limited
First Marine International Limited (FMI) was formed in 1991 and has built up an experienced team of qualified consultants and engineers including shipping, shipbuilding, ship repair and marine equipment industry specialists. Our particular strength is our expertise in all aspects of both shipbuilding and ship repair. We also have a comprehensive knowledge of industry best practice and can benchmark individual yards against these standards. (Source: Press Release to LQ)