Friday, May 30, 2008


Overland Park, Kan., May 30, 2008 – Yellow Transportation, a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: YRCW), announces the launch of its enhanced Definite Delivery® Window service to better serve customers.

The Yellow Transportation Definite Delivery® Window will help both retailers and vendors work together more efficiently and provide greater accuracy within their supply chain.

“The Yellow Transportation Definite Delivery® Window will add precision to our service capabilities that are unique to the marketplace,” said Mike Smid, President and CEO of YRC North American Transportation. “Our goal is to create possibilities for our customers. We listen to them and then work to improve services that enhance the customer experience.”

The upgraded service will allow vendors the flexibility to define the level of delivery precision. The Yellow Transportation Definite Delivery® Window will help both the retailer and vendor achieve their goals, including reducing inventory costs, more predictable replenishment cycles, process simplification and time savings, and ultimately both sales and margin growth.

“Several leading retail vendors signed up in advance to take advantage of this new service capability,” said Rick Mathews, Vice President, Specialized Services for YRC North American Transportation. “We expect more will sign up as they become familiar with it, and understand the impact it can have on their business. It is a strong complement to the overall value we can provide customers through our other expedited and precision delivery services, Exact Express and Definite Delivery.”

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.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Global Link Logistics Names Hessel Verhage as President

Industry Veteran Takes the Helm of the Service Focused Logistics Provider, Leading Ocean Freight Forwarder

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – May 29, 2008 – Global Link Logistics, the leading ocean freight forwarder and third party logistics provider (3PL) from Asia to North America, has named Hessel Verhage the president of Global Link Logistics, effective immediately.

Hessel Verhage joined Global Link in 2006 as Vice President of Sales and was most recently the Vice President of Trade, responsible for all of Global Link’s carrier procurement activities. Prior to joining Global Link, Verhage was Director of AIT’s International Division. Before AIT, Hessel spent 10 years with Menlo Worldwide where he worked his way up from a local office dock to the Director of Ocean Services.

Verhage is a natural candidate to lead Global Link into the future. Verhage brings a strong operational background, coupled with excellent carrier and customer relationships and brings a wealth of knowledge of air and ocean freight forwarding to the position.

"I am deeply grateful for the trust that Global Link has placed in me," Verhage said. "I will dedicate 110 percent of my focus and energy in working with the excellent people of Global Link, to reward that trust.”

Verhage added, “It’s our people that make the difference. While I take this position with a focus on controlled growth and maintaining and improving an excellent customer service model, I will always work with our people to ensure that Global Link continues to provide the best solutions and service possible for our customers."

Hessel Verhage holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from East Carolina University and is a veteran of the United States Army.

Schenker AG extends rail services to Europe

(Berlin, May 29, 2008) To meet the rising demand for rail based logistics, DB Schenker is now rolling out a new range of services in Europe: DB Schenkerrailog stands for rail based logistics and becomes an established component of DB Schenker's European land transport operations. With the support of its subsidiary Railog as a specialist in rail logistics, as well as Fertrans AG, DB Schenker is already successfully engaged in this specialized market in a number of countries. Having been founded eight years ago as a Joint Venture with Deutsche Bahn, Railog will now be even more closely integrated along with Fertrans as part of the organization.

This means that customers throughout Europe will now be able to include rail transport in their planning and process control even more effectively than in the past, as well as taking advantage of the economic and ecological benefits of rail as a means of transport over medium to long distances. "This establishes rail as a fixed component of our European logistics. We offer our customers project-related and cross-carrier transport and logistics solutions – rail included. In this field we can rely on excellent customer relations and experienced teams. Right from the start, we are one of the market leaders for rail based logistics," says Hans-Jörg Hager, Member of the Board of Schenker AG with responsibility for European land transport.

Last year the company already handled the transport by rail of more than six million tons of goods, using over 200,000 freight cars for its operations. Customers can benefit from individually conceived routing plans and from efficient block train and direct train systems. With block trains crossing the entire European continent, DB Schenkerrailog takes on responsibility for all the processes that are involved – from the organization of the transport to the purchase of freight capacity and right through to final delivery to the recipient. The customer gets all services from a single source – right the way down the logistics chain, including pre-carriage and onward carriage to and from the originating and destination stations, as well as the scheduling of freight cars and containers and the handling of customs procedures. Rail related logistics concepts also stand for the ideal combination of all means of transport, including transport by truck, ship or inland waterway vessel. Transshipment services and warehousing facilities are available as well all the way along the transport chain.

Descartes Reports Fiscal Year 2009 First Quarter Results

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, May 29, 2008 -Descartes Systems Group (TSX: DSG) (NASDAQ: DSGX), a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 first quarter (Q1FY09) ended April 30, 2008. All financial results referenced are unaudited, in United States currency and, unless otherwise indicated, are determined in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Q1FY09 Financial Results
As described in more detail below, key financial highlights for Descartes in Q1FY09 included:
* Revenues of $16.3 million, up $3.0 million or 23% from $13.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 (Q1FY08) and up 2% from $16.0 million in the previous quarter (Q4FY08);
* Gross margin of 65% of revenues, unchanged from 65% in Q1FY08 and increased from 64% in Q4FY08;
* Income before income taxes of $1.6 million, up 45% from $1.1 million in Q1FY08 and compared to $2.0 million in Q4FY08;
* Net income of $1.1 million, compared to net income of $1.1 million in Q1FY08 and $17.9 million in Q4FY08. Net income in Q4FY08 included a non-cash, deferred income tax recovery of $16.0 million as Descartes recorded a deferred tax asset for prior period tax losses that were anticipated to be applied against taxable income earned in future periods. Descartes recorded a $0.5 million deferred income tax expense in Q1FY09 as such tax losses were applied to taxable income;
* Earnings per share on a diluted basis of $0.02, compared to $0.02 in Q1FY08 and $0.33 in Q4FY08. Income before income taxes per share on a diluted basis was $0.03 in Q1FY09, compared to $0.02 in Q1FY08 and $0.04 in Q4FY08;
* EBITDA of $3.8 million, up 27% from $3.0 million in Q1FY08 and compared to $3.8 million in Q4FY08. EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 23% this quarter, compared to 23% in Q1FY08 and 24% in Q4FY08.

EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure provided as a complement to financial results presented in accordance with GAAP that we calculate as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (for which we include amortization of intangible assets, contingent acquisition consideration, deferred compensation and stock-based compensation). These items are considered by management to be outside Descartes' ongoing operational results. A reconciliation of EBITDA to net income determined in accordance with GAAP is provided later in this release;
* Days sales outstanding (DSOs) of 57 days, compared to 54 days in Q1FY08 and 59 days in Q4FY08; and
* Cash provided by operating activities was $3.4 million in Q1FY09, up 162% from $1.3 million in Q1FY08 and up 55% from $2.2 million in Q4FY08.

The following table summarizes Descartes' results in the categories specified below over the past 5 fiscal quarters (unaudited, dollar amounts in millions, except per share amounts):

Services revenues
Income before income taxes
Net income
Diluted EPS
EBITDA % of revenues
* Net income and earnings per share on a diluted basis in Q4FY08 were positively impacted by the $16.0 million non-cash, deferred income tax recovery. Net income and earnings per share on a diluted basis in Q1FY09 were impacted by a $0.5 million non-cash deferred income tax expense as such tax losses were applied to taxable income.

Total revenues of $16.3 million in Q1FY09 were comprised of $14.9 million in services revenues and $1.4 million in license revenues. As a percentage of total revenues, services revenues were 91%, compared to 92% in Q1FY08 and 90% in Q4FY08, with the balance of the revenues in each period being license revenues.

Geographically, $9.4 million of revenues (58%) were generated in the Americas, excluding Canada, $4.2 million (26%) in Europe, Middle East and Africa ("EMEA"), $2.3 million (14%) in Canada, and $0.4 million (2%) in the Asia Pacific region.

"Our results this quarter are consistent with how our business is calibrated. With successful execution on revenue growth opportunities and prudent expense management as we integrate acquisitions, we have driven superior operating performance," said Stephanie Ratza, CFO at Descartes. "We believe that we have an excellent platform to continue to execute on our consolidation strategy. We have a solid balance sheet with a healthy cash position, and have consistently generated cash from operations."

"Factors such as increasing fuel prices, increased compliance regulations and global sourcing costs are making efficiency critical for the success of logistics-intensive organizations," said Arthur Mesher, CEO at Descartes. "Our on-demand, software-as-a-service, pay-for-performance business model for logistics technology presents an even more relevant and compelling solution in these market conditions."

Conference Call
Members of Descartes' executive management team will host a conference call to discuss the company's financial results and business outlook at 8:00 a.m. EDT on May 29. Designated numbers are (800) 950-1454 for North America or (212) 231-2900 for International.

The company simultaneously will conduct an audio webcast on the Descartes Web site at . Phone conference dial-in or webcast log-in is required approximately 10 minutes beforehand.

Replays of the conference call will be available in two formats and accessible for 24 hours after the call's completion by dialing (800) 558-5253 or +1 (416) 626-4100 and using passcode number 21382174. An archived replay of the webcast will be available at .

Annual Meeting of Shareholders
Descartes' annual meeting of shareholders will take place on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. EDT at the offices of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 199 Bay Street, Suite 2300, Commerce Court West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The agenda for the meeting includes the election of directors. The Company announced that Olivier Sermet, one of its current directors, will not be standing for re-election at the meeting. Mr. Sermet and his family will be re-locating to the Asia Pacific region next month, and accordingly he will not be in a position to continue to perform his duties as a director of the Company following the meeting. Descartes thanks Mr. Sermet for the contributions he has made to Descartes as a director, and wishes him the best in his future endeavours. The Company will now elect six directors at the meeting rather than seven.

In addition to the election of directors, shareholders will be asked to re-appoint auditors and to consider and, if thought advisable, approve the continuance, amendment and restatement of Descartes' shareholder rights plan. Details regarding these matters, as well as information for registered and non-registered shareholders on voting at the meeting, may be found in Descartes' management information circular, which has been mailed to Descartes' shareholders and a copy of which is available at the Canadian Securities Administrators' website at .

About Descartes
Descartes Systems Group (TSX: DSG) (NASDAQ: DSGX), a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions, is delivering results across the globe today for organizations that operate logistics-intensive businesses. Descartes' logistics management solutions combine a multi-modal network, the Descartes Global Logistics Network, with component-based 'nano' sized applications to provide messaging services between logistics trading partners, shipment management services to help manage third party carriers and private fleet management services for organizations of all sizes. These solutions and services help Descartes' customers reduce administrative costs, billing cycles, fleet size, contract carrier costs, and mileage driven and improve pick up and delivery reliability. Our hosted, transactional and packaged solutions deliver repeatable, measurable results and fast time-to-value. Descartes customers include an estimated 1,600 ground carriers and more than 90 airlines, 30 ocean carriers, 900 freight forwarders and third-party providers of logistics services, and hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, private fleet owners and regulatory agencies. The company has more than 300 employees and is based in Waterloo, Ontario, with operations in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Washington DC, Derby, London, Stockholm, Shanghai and Melbourne. For more information, visit
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Descartes Investor Contact:
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(519) 746-6114 x 2358

Pacer International Selects James Street Associates as its Media Relations Agency

CONCORD, California, May 29, 2008--Pacer International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PACR), a leading North American logistics and freight transportation provider, announced the selection of James Street Associates as its media relations agency of record. James Street will implement a unified messaging strategy to expand the awareness of Pacer's services among its broad group of current and prospective customers.

"This year we are updating and aligning messaging across the Pacer enterprise," said David Hoppens, vice president, marketing, Pacer International. "As part of this initiative, we selected a media relations agency that has intimate knowledge of the global supply chain market and a proven reputation for effective media messaging. James Street's team includes experts with more than two decades of successful media relations, advertising, and overall marketing communications results."

James Street will work closely with Pacer to communicate its key messages and important events to the market. "We are honored to have been selected by Pacer, which has long been recognized as an industry-leading innovator," said Bill Fahrenwald, executive director, James Street Associates. "Our relationship is based on a mutual respect for the value we each bring to our customers and the James Street team is proud to be stewards of Pacer's strategic message."

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.

James Street Associates is a privately-held media relations and marketing communications agency that helps cultivate relationships between its clients and the supply chain market. The firm employs a strategic process that pays close attention to client business objectives. As a logistics-focused media relations and marketing communications agency, James Street creates brand awareness and credibility that lay a foundation for solid leads and profitable customer relationships. Team members approach their goals creatively and achieve effective results. The tools used include strategic planning, the Internet, sales literature, the press, and direct marketing. James Street has won numerous industry awards.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


May 28, 2008 – Boca Raton, Fla. – Sunteck Transport Group, a non-asset based provider of transportation services, has announced two key appointments to its sales and marketing team. Russ Dixon has joined Sunteck as director of corporate marketing and communications and Debbie Carter has joined Sunteck as a corporate business development manager to help kick off its new corporate sales program.

In his new role, Dixon will manage the company’s sales and marketing efforts directed at agent recruiting and support, as well as furthering the Sunteck brand within the shipper and carrier communities. Dixon has an extensive background in logistics marketing, most recently serving as senior manager of marketing and communications for four years with CEVA Logistics. Prior to CEVA, he held sales and marketing communications positions with VEXURE/ Stonier Transportation Group, APL/GATX Logistics and P-I-E Nationwide. Dixon is a graduate of the University of North Florida. He will be based in Jacksonville, Fla.

In her new role, Carter will be responsible for the continued expansion of the company’s network of agents as well as leading corporate sales initiatives for strategic accounts. Prior to joining Sunteck, Carter spent four years in sales and marketing with Dart Advantage, a nationwide provider of truckload and intermodal transportation services. Carter will be based in Atlanta, Ga.

About Sunteck Transport Group
Sunteck Transport Group, the operating subsidiary for AutoInfo, Inc., is a non-asset based transportation services company, providing transportation capacity and related transportation services through its agent network to shippers throughout the United States, and to a lesser extent, Canada. Sunteck’s services include ground transportation coast-to-coast, local pick-up and delivery. Sunteck has strategic alliances with less-than-truckload, contract carriers, truckload common carriers and independent owner-operators to service its customers’ needs quickly and effectively. For more information, please visit


MIAMI, May 28, 2008 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a global leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced it has selected John H. Williford to serve in the newly created position of President of Global Supply Chain Solutions. Mr. Williford’s appointment concludes an internal and external search announced in November of 2007 as part of the Company’s strategic decision to implement a global management structure to fully integrate its support of Supply Chain Solutions and Dedicated Contract Carriage customers, wherever they may operate around the world.

“We are very pleased to welcome John to Ryder’s management team,” said Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Swienton. “He brings a well-earned industry reputation and a track record of proven results in global logistics leadership. His experience will support our efforts to apply Ryder’s strengths in a consistent way for the company’s increasingly global Supply Chain Solutions customer base. John will add to the current outstanding leadership, expertise, capabilities, and customer relationships that exist within Ryder’s domestic and international Supply Chain Solutions operations. We also believe John’s extensive experience within this industry will enable him to achieve a smooth, efficient transition into this important global role.”

Mr. Williford will begin in his new role on June 23rd reporting directly to Mr. Swienton as a member of Ryder’s leadership team. He will be responsible for management, operations, sales and marketing, and financial performance of Ryder’s Supply Chain Solutions business segment, globally.

Mr. Williford comes to Ryder from Golden Gate Logistics LLC, a Palo Alto California-based logistics company, for which he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2006. Prior to that role, Mr. Williford spent 25 years as part of Consolidated Freightways – CNF, serving most recently in a senior executive position as President and CEO of the company’s supply chain business, Menlo Worldwide, Inc. Menlo was created in 1990, when Mr. Williford, then serving as CNF’s Director of Marketing, proposed the creation of a separate business unit within CNF to capitalize on opportunities in the growing field of outsourced logistics. During his tenure, Menlo Worldwide grew to become an integrated global forwarding and logistics provider with approximately 12,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries.

About Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Ryder Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) is the global logistics and warehouse management business segment of Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R). Its customized solutions involve management of the logistics pipeline as a synchronized, integrated process – from materials and components to finished goods distribution. By improving business processes and employing new technologies, the flow of goods and cash is made faster and consumes less capital. Ryder’s Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC) solution, which is managed within the SCS organization, provides customers with vehicles, drivers, routing and scheduling. With combined 2007 revenue of $2.8 billion, Ryder’s SCS business segment, including DCC, enables customers to improve shareholder value and their customers’ satisfaction by enhancing supply chain performance and reducing costs.
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 371st on the FORTUNE 500® and 1,631st on the Forbes Global 2000. For more information on Ryder System, Inc.,

Pacer Distribution Services Expands Southern California Warehouse Operations

CONCORD, California, May 27, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacer International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PACR), a leading North American logistics and freight transportation provider, announced the expansion of Southern California warehouse operations by its subsidiary company, Pacer Distribution Services, Inc. (PDS). By leasing and opening a 194,000 square foot high-velocity transload and warehouse facility in Carson, California, PDS has increased the capacity of its Southern California campus to more than 800,000 square feet.

Complete warehouse, transportation and added-value services are provided from the PDS Southern California Campus, which is an integral part of the Pacer International logistics services network. "We provide shippers with full Internet shipment visibility, including inventory, shipping documents, delivery status, and we work closely with our other business units to provide integrated logistics solutions." says Kent Prokop, president, PDS.

"We have expanded in response to the continued customer demand for fast service from Southern California ports to domestic destinations," Prokop says. In addition to serving the traditional import market, PDS handles growing levels of export traffic through its Southern California campus.

The Carson facility features tightly-scheduled drayage from/to port facilities, and high velocity transloading for moving retail and other valuable shipments through the facility and on to North American distribution locations.

"Key to the prompt service we provide is single-source drayage, provided by our PDS fleet of 130 owner-operator power units," Prokop says. "Plus, our customers rely on us to multiply their merchandising advantages with postponement strategies, delayed allocation, and shipment planning triggered by store-level demand." PDS facilities in Lynwood and South Gate, California coordinate with the new Carson facility as a full-service logistics campus.

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.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


MIAMI, May 27, 2008 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a global leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, today announced that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the largest daily newspaper in the southeast with a daily circulation of more than 325,000 and Sunday circulation of nearly 500,000, has renewed a three-year Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC) transportation contract with Ryder. Under the DCC contract, Ryder will manage delivery of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from its print facilities to its circulation distribution centers in the Atlanta metro area, providing a turnkey package that includes 50 vehicles, more than 80 drivers, fleet management, dock operations management and preventive and programmed maintenance for the equipment.
"Ryder has been a collaborative partner that continues to demonstrate superior service and leadership,” said Robert W. Eickhoff, Senior Vice President, Operations, for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ve concluded that with Ryder we can achieve a substantial improvement in transportation efficiencies.”
Ryder’s DCC service is a customized suite of transportation management services for the delivery of a customer’s products that optimizes its fleet operations and allows its management to be more focused on core business issues.
“The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is a publication that is recognized and respected nationwide,” said Rosario Rizzo, Ryder’s Senior Vice President and General Manager for Dedicated Contract Carriage Operations. “We are extremely pleased to be able to continue our partnership with AJC and use our supply chain management experience to help improve the efficiency of its transportation requirements.”

Ryder has business relationships with 75 newspapers nationally, including The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald and The Dallas Morning News.

About The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the leading source — both in print and online — of news, information and advertising for metropolitan Atlanta, reaching a total print and online audience of more than 2.2 million people each week. Every month, nearly 2.5 million unique visitors access the newspaper's Web sites, including and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is owned by Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services.

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 371st on the FORTUNE 500® and 1,631st on the Forbes Global 2000. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

Cross Border Sales Surge between US/Canada

DALLAS, TX – May 27, 2008 – US businesses are increasingly looking to Canada to expand their customer base, and generally finding a receptive audience. Sales between the US and Canada peaked during 2006 at almost $577 billion, with $23 billion between Texas and Canada alone, and this upward climb is expected to continue. While the economic outlook for the U.S. economy remains tenuous, the comparative strength of the Canadian dollar has provided unexpected opportunities for smart U.S. businesses that can reach Canadian customers.

John T. Costanzo, president of Purolator USA, a leading expert in cross border transportation logistics, says that his company has seen an increase in business as a result of the increased amount of goods moving between Canada and Texas. “It seems that every business in Texas has its eye to the north, and as a result, the demand for good cross border logistics has really surged.”

Texas’ success in reaching the Canadian market was the subject of a news interview that Costanzo gave recently to KRLD NewsRadio in Dallas. During that interview, Costanzo discussed the tremendous increase in Texas/Canada cross border trade.

Canadian consumers have taken advantage of the comparatively strong Canadian loonie by ordering a record amount of goods over the Internet. While consumer spending is certainly a part of the growth in cross border activity, Costanzo says that the bulk of the increase is fueled by “great Texas manufacturers,” who have found Canadian markets for their diverse products. “Unshaped plastics, chemicals, computers and motor vehicle parts alone account for almost $4.6 billion worth of goods sent from Texas to Canada.”

Purolator USA recently responded to the increased need for cross border expertise by opening a new full-service processing facility in Grapevine. That facility, with its close proximity to DFW airport ensures the timely processing of shipments traveling either by air or via ground. Purolator USA offers transportation and logistics solutions for businesses that ship regularly between Canada and the United States. In addition, Purolator USA offers delivery options for small package and express shipments traveling within the United States.

For more information about Purolator USA, please visit

Friday, May 23, 2008


SANTA FE SPRINGS, California – May 23, 2008 – Weber Distribution, a
leading West Coast provider of dedicated warehousing and
transportation logistics for more than 84 years, announced today that
it has been awarded a three-year contract with Buxton, a manufacturer
of high-quality personal leather goods for more than 100 years, to
handle the storage, pick & pack and distribution of their product line
to retailers throughout the United States, including Staples and
Office Max.

Under the new contract, Weber performs a wide variety of 3PL-related
services for Buxton, including storage, distribution, order
processing, label generation, inventory control, and routing guide
compliance, as well as value-added services such as order fulfillment,
pick & pack, and re-work with ticketing and sub-styling.
Buxton’s products line includes a variety of brands including Buxton,
Dopp, Wenger, and several private label programs for major retailers.
Their wallets, travel kits, belts, business accessories, computer
cases, totes, and other personal accessories are all manufactured in
China and are stored and distributed at two of Weber’s Southern
California-based warehouses.

According to Joanne Berwald Vice President, Operations for Buxton, the
company decided its East Coast-based pick & pack distribution no
longer fit their business model. “We requested five 3PL's to quote on
the pick & pack piece of the business. Though we had much success with
Weber shipping our case pack business over the last two years, we felt
it was important that we did our due diligence in evaluating other
3PL's to ensure that we selected the provider that would not only be
able to do the job efficiently and correctly according to retailer
requirements, but also have the right business ethic, culture, and fit
with our company.”

“After evaluating all of the candidates, we were convinced that Weber
had the technology, expertise, and more importantly, the culture we
were looking for,” said Berwald. “Weber management assured us that the
transition would be seamless to the retailer, and that they would
provide us with the efficiencies and improved delivery to market that
we required.”

From Weber’s 180,000 square foot facility La Mirada, California
facility, Buxton’s products are stored and orders are routed and
picked by case or pallet for big box retailers including Staples and
Office Max. This location also transloads consolidated containers to
Weber’s 212,000 square foot facility in Rancho Cucamonga, California
for Buxton’s value-added service requirements, including routing of
orders, and picking & packing, in addition to packaging changes,
retail ticket changes, and building of assorted packs. A variety of
Buxton’s customers are serviced from this facility including Samsonite
stores, Gottschalks, Mervyns, Sears, JCPenney, Fred Meyer, and
Nordstrom, to name a few. Buxton maintains approximately 4,600 unique
SKU's and through Weber’s facilities they ship roughly 1250 orders per
week containing 2,500 cases or 87,500 units.

Both of Weber’s Southern California-based facilities provide inventory
control through regular cycle counts, order processing, label
creation, and ensuring retail compliance associated with each order
that is shipped. Weber’s comprehensive Retail Compliance program
manages all of the major retailers’ specific routing, shipping and
labeling requirements. At the heart of the compliance program is a
custom-designed internal web site that allows all of Weber’s
warehouses to quickly reference every major retailers’ most recent
routing and shipping requirements, without having to individually
review and interpret routing and vendor guides.

About Buxton
For more than 100 years, Buxton has manufactured innovative and
high-quality personal leather goods. Despite its long tradition of
innovation, much has changed since 1898 when Dana Buxton and his wife,
Julia, began selling their handmade leather fits and novelties to
tourist and bicyclist traveling on the scenic Mohawk Trail in Western
Massachusetts. In 1998, Buxton celebrated its centennial and began
offering a full line of personal leather goods to department and
specialty store chains throughout the United States. Buxton is still
located in Springfield, Massachusetts where it began and it is now a
global entity with foreign manufacturing operations and licensees in
Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, New Zealand,
Singapore, and South Africa.

About Weber Distribution, LLC
Los Angeles-based Weber Distribution has been in business for more
than 84 years and is a leading West Coast provider of dedicated
warehousing and logistics, including nationwide transportation,
distribution, storage (ambient and temperature-controlled), cross
docking/pool distribution, transloading, order fulfillment, material
handling, supply chain management, real estate development, and
personnel staffing.

As an asset-based provider, Weber Distribution supplies both West
Coast and nationwide coverage through its dedicated fleet of more than
350 refrigerated and dry trailers, which are outfitted with “SkyBitz”
tracking technology. Weber operates 20 facilities with over 4.5
million square feet of warehousing space in the Western United States.
Each of its warehouses are strategically located adjacent to major
transportation, port, rail and hub points, including Los Angeles, Long
Beach, Oakland, and San Diego, as well as greater Las Vegas, Phoenix,
Portland and Seattle.

Weber specializes in serving four vertical markets: Retail and Import,
Food & Beverage (temperature-controlled and ambient), Chemical and
Paper and maintains strategic partnerships with many well-known and
respected companies such as PPG, Valspar, Chevron Phillips, Proctor
and Gamble, Kraft, General Mills, Cadbury Schweppes, Scholastic Books,
Hershey, Nestle, Coors, Ocean Spray, Welch's, Wal-Mart and Safeway.

To ensure accurate and timely information is available to its
customers, Weber has invested extensively in state-of-the-art WMS and
TMS technology, including web-based access for viewing critical data
such as real-time inventory, order status, delivery schedules, and
business analysis reports.

Mercy Corps relies on DHL to ship emergency supplies worth $1 million from Portland to Myanmar and China

May 23, 2008 –Portland OR— Mercy Corps has shipped 18 pallets (over nine tons) of emergency supplies to help survivors in disaster-affected Myanmar and China where the agency is operating on-the-ground relief efforts. Leaving from Portland by truck, the shipment will be routed through Seattle where it will be air lifted to Bangkok with the help of DHL.

In addition, Mercy Corps announced a new partnership in Myanmar/Burma with the UK–based medical aid agency Merlin to deliver direct aid to survivors. Mercy Corps will be working with Merlin in the Laputta District where up to 80,000 of the pre-cyclone population of 350,000 died in the storm.

“We’ve learned from past experience what types of supplies people need following a major disaster and that’s what we’re sending to China and Myanmar,” said Matthew Schwartzberg, senior material aid officer for Mercy Corps. “The materials we’ve chosen have critical value in emergencies but are not typically provided by governments and other aid groups. The needs remain great and DHL and the other companies involved are helping Mercy Corps reach those who need help most.”

“DHL takes great pride in contributing our expertise to deliver critical logistics solutions in disaster situations,” said Dan McHugh, CEO of DHL Express – Asia Pacific. “Our employees across the world have responded swiftly to the unfortunate events in Myanmar and China, and with the support of our group-wide colleagues in the U.S. and Asia, we are pleased to be partnering Mercy Corps to deliver relief to the communities that need it most.”

DHL will store the entire shipment at its Bangkok warehouse and Mercy Corps staff, including a Portland-based aid worker, will manage distribution of the supplies to China and Myanmar. DHL’s donation of international freight services and warehouse storage is valued at around $750,000.

With an estimated 2.4 million people affected in Myanmar and at least 4.8 million homeless in China, today’s air lift brings critical supplies to survivors of recent disasters. The combined value of materials, shipping and storage tops $1 million in humanitarian assistance.

Mercy Corps’ material aid team facilitated the shipment of over $300,000 worth of supplies that includes safety, health, shelter, and communications materials. Specific materials include thousands of pairs of work gloves and wind-up radios and flashlights, tarps, and hundreds of multi-tools. Oregon-based companies donating materials include Leatherman Tool Group Inc., Nike Inc. and LaCrosse footwear.

Mercy Corps will add school kits to the shipment, which include color pencils, paper, erasers and more – to be used in the agency’s “Comfort for Kids” activities in China. This program helps children regain a sense of normalcy and process the trauma of the large-scale natural disaster. Nike has contributed soccer balls for sports-related youth programs to help children cope with stress through play.

In Myanmar, Mercy Corps’ global emergency operations (GEO) team members are on the ground working to address medical, health, water and sanitation needs. Mercy Corps’ longer-term plans in Myanmar include Cash-for-Work programs that pay residents to clear debris, repair infrastructure and address other immediate needs, similar to programs Mercy Corps successfully ran in countries affected by the 2004 tsunami.

In China, Mercy Corps continues to work through local partners All China Youth Federation (ACYF) and the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) on relief and long-term programming that will best meet the needs of earthquake survivors. The agency will focus on psychosocial programming as a longer-term recovery program for children.

Mercy Corps is currently accepting donations for humanitarian assistance to both cyclone and earthquake survivors. Mercy Corps and reputable local partner organizations will monitor distribution of donations.

Mercy Corps Myanmar Cyclone Fund – or – China Earthquake Fund
Dept NR, PO Box 2669 Portland, OR 97208 – or – 1-800-852-2100

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 220 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers' expectations. DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 bn euros in 2007.

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against nearly impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.5 billion in assistance to people in 106 nations. Supported by headquarters offices in North America and Europe, the agency's unified global programs employ 3,500 staff worldwide and reach nearly 16.4 million people in more than 35 countries.

Contact: Caitlin Carlson, 503.548.8497 or Susan Laarman,

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Port of Tacoma sets May 29 meeting to discuss environmental analysis of Tideflats redevelopment

TACOMA, Wash. – The Port of Tacoma has scheduled a public meeting May 29 to gather input as it begins considering potential environmental impacts of redeveloping terminals, roads and rail on a Tacoma Tideflats peninsula.

The meeting is part of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) public review process for the redevelopment project. Redevelopment plans on the Blair-Hylebos Peninsula include:

- Relocating the Totem Ocean Trailer Express marine terminal
- Building a new container terminal for NYK Line
- Widening a section of the Blair Waterway
- Lengthening a wharf at Washington United Terminal
- Improving road and rail infrastructure

The May 29 meeting is set for 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road in Tacoma. Staff from the Port’s Sustainable Development department will be available in an open house format to discuss various aspects of the project. Project managers are scheduled to deliver a short presentation at 6 p.m.

The environmental review process provides several opportunities for the public to comment on the proposed project. Each review step will be advertised in local newspapers and on the Port’s website, with links to draft documents:

- May 2008: Scope of environmental analysis
- September 2008: Draft Environmental Impact Statement
- February 2009: Final Environmental Impact Statement

Scoping documents are available for review on the Port’s website at Comments on the scope of the environmental analysis, to be prepared later this summer, must be received by 5 p.m. June 6 to be considered in drafting the Environmental Impact Statement. Comments may be sent by mail to: ATTN: Matoya Scott, Port of Tacoma, PO Box 1837, Tacoma, WA 98401-1837, or by e-mail to

About the Port of Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state connected to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America, handling an estimated more than $36 billion in annual trade and almost 2 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent container units). The P

AutoInfo, Inc. Announces Quarterly Results; Net Revenues Increase 39%

Boca Raton, FL – May 14, 2008 - AutoInfo, Inc. (OTC BB:AUTO), a non-asset based transportation services company, today announced results of its operations for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. The Company reported gross revenues of $36.6 million as compared with $22.1 million for the prior year period. Net revenues (gross revenues less the direct cost of transportation) were $6.7 million for the current period as compared with $4.9 million for the prior year period, an increase of 39%. Net income and basic earnings per share were $490,000 and $.02 per share, respectively, as compared with $326,000 and $ .01 per share for the prior year period.

Harry Wachtel, President, stated, “We are pleased to report significant year over year revenue growth for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. This is a result of our 2007 investments in people and technology and the continued strength of our agent network. We will continue to leverage our business model and expand our broker and contract carrier agent networks during 2008 and will continue to explore expansion and growth opportunities.”

AutoInfo, Inc., operating through its Sunteck subsidiary, is a non-asset based transportation services company, providing transportation capacity and related transportation services to shippers throughout the United States, and to a lesser extent, Canada. Our non-asset based services include ground transportation coast to coast, local pick up and delivery. We have strategic alliances with less than truckload, contract carrier, common carriers and independent owner-operators to service our customers’ needs quickly and effectively.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


MIAMI, May 19, 2008 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a global leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, today announced that the Honorable Tom Ridge, first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, met with the company’s leadership team at its Miami headquarters to discuss issues of customs and cross-border security, highway safety, and disaster planning and response.

“Ryder has demonstrated remarkable leadership within the transportation industry by proactively bringing higher levels of safety and security to its operations, and those of the customers it serves,” said Mr. Ridge. “This was an opportunity both to thank Ryder for its commitment to safety, security and post-disaster recovery, and to speak about best practices, emerging issues and opportunities for increased collaboration between government agencies and business leaders.”

Commenting on Mr. Ridge’s visit, Ryder Chairman and CEO Greg Swienton said, “We know the reality we face today requires robust security and disaster planning, and we continually work to build on the wealth of knowledge our workforce brings to the company and the customers we serve. We are a global company with an extended reach and must consider the safety of our employees, the needs of our customers for the secure delivery of their goods, and our safe interaction with the public. We welcome Secretary Ridge and extend our thanks to him for sharing with us his considerable experience in security matters.”

Secretary Ridge is the president and CEO of Ridge Global LLC, a company that assists businesses and governments in the areas of security, economic development, strategic business generation, change management, technology integration, and global engagement, among other issues. Following the September 11 attacks, Secretary Ridge became the first assistant to the President on homeland security and the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he worked with more than 180,000 employees from a combined 22 agencies to create a department that would facilitate the flow of people and goods, institute layered security in the air, land, and seaports, develop a unified response and recovery plan, protect critical infrastructure, and integrate new technology. He served in this role from January 2003 to February 2005.

Before heading Homeland Security, Secretary Ridge served twice as governor of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2001. He was also as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for six terms, beginning in 1982. Secretary Ridge is a decorated Vietnam veteran. He earned a law degree from Dickinson School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

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 371st on the FORTUNE 500® and 1,631st on the Forbes Global 2000. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

New appointments to Schenker AG Board of Management

Lieb now Chairman • Nutzinger now responsible for Land Transport

(Berlin, May 19, 2008) With the selection of a new member responsible for the Land Transport business unit, the Board of Management of Schenker AG, Essen has now been newly appointed.

Dr. Thomas C. Lieb (49) will assume the chairmanship of the Board of Management of Schenker AG on July 1, 2008. He will remain responsible for the Air/Ocean Freight division as well as for the Asia-Pacific and America regions.

Karl Nutzinger has been appointed to the Board of Management of
Schenker AG in Essen with effect from January 1, 2009. He will assume responsibility for the European Land Transport business unit as well as the management of this region. Hans-Jörg Hager, who has held responsibility for this area to date, has resigned with effect from June 30, 2008. Until Nutzinger assumes his duties, Dr. Detlef Trefzger will head up the business unit. Decisions to be taken will still be subject to the relevant bodies.

Nutzinger (50) was the Chairman of the Management Board at Wincanton Deutschland. Previously he was the CEO of GeoLogistics Ltd. in London from 2003 until 2006 and prior to that he worked at Schenker AG in Essen as the Regional Director Europe Central from 2000 to 2003.

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, member of the Board of Management responsible for contract logistics and supply chain management, will also assume responsibility for the Middle East/Africa region as of July 1, 2008.

As member of the Board of Management responsible for Finance, Dr. Lutz Freytag has been responsible for the areas Accounting/Finance, Controlling, Risk Management and Procurement since April 1, 2008.

Peter Schumann (CIO) and Steffen W. Wurst (Human Resources) are to continue in their current positions on the Board of Management at Schenker AG.

Hager’s successor as Chairman of the Board of Management at Schenker Deutschland AG, the largest national subsidiary of Schenker AG, has not yet been appointed. To be announced shortly, his successor will be selected in consultation with Karl Nutzinger in order to ensure close cooperation.

“I am pleased that we once again have an effective team at the helm of Schenker AG. With their combined experience, Mr Lieb and his colleagues will make a significant contribution to our growth,” said Bensel, member of the Board of Management for Transportation and Logistics at Deutschen Bahn AG.

The new logistics powerhouse: Schenker and BAX Global. Together we are

- No. 1 in European land transport
- No. 2 in worldwide airfreight
- No. 3 in worldwide ocean freight
- No. 6 in global contract logistics
- No. 1 in European rail freight transport
- No. 3 in integrated heavyweight freight in North America

For more information, please visit


Minneapolis, MN, May 19, 2008 - The National Private Truck Council ("NPTC"), in collaboration with C.H. Robinson Worldwide, has created a "Fleet Optimization Center" (FOC), exclusively for NPTC fleet members.

The FOC is designed to assist private fleet members in maximizing asset utilization. NPTC President and CEO, Gary Petty, said, "We are very excited about this partnership and opportunity for our fleet members. The goal of the Fleet Optimization Center is to help private fleet members discover and incorporate the right strategic plan of fleet optimization."

According to the 2007 Benchmarking Survey conducted by the National Private Truck Council, private fleets are loaded, on average, 72 percent of the time. The FOC anticipates improving this number by creating opportunities for private fleets to reload their equipment on the backhaul. Members that take advantage of the FOC program will have access to a team of specialists, provided by C.H. Robinson. The specialists will analyze NPTC Fleet Member's backhaul programs and provide opportunities to improve fleet optimization. The program will also aid in the industry's sustainability efforts by alleviating empty trucks on the road and burning less unnecessary fuel.

Mark Walker, C.H. Robinson vice president, said, "With our access to approximately 25,000 shipments a day, the combination of our expert people and technology and the NPTC's commitment to assisting its Fleet Members has paved an innovative path that is symbolic of both organizations' leadership and desire to improve fleet optimization."

For more information about the FOC or becoming a member of the NPTC, please visit

About NPTC

Founded in l939 as the National Council of Private Motor Truck Owners, the National Private Truck Council is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of the private truck industry and corporate/business truck fleet management. NPTC is the premier marketplace of information, networking and skill building for private fleet professionals as it leads in shaping the future of corporate transportation. For more information about the Council's activities and programs, visit

Purolator USA Addresses Cross Border Issues for U.S. and Canadian Businesses

JERICHO, NY – May 19, 2008 – Current economic conditions between the United States and Canada have created a “perfect storm” of sorts, with circumstances ripe for cross border trade between the two countries. The combination of a favorable regulatory environment, shaky U.S. economy and comparatively strong Canadian dollar has resulted in a surge in demand for U.S. goods and services north of the border. The U.S. Department of State reports that more than $1.5 billion in goods cross the border on a daily basis.

Understanding the cross border process is the subject of a new white paper from Purolator USA, the small-package and freight forwarding subsidiary of Canada’s largest freight services provider. “Five Issues that Challenge Your Competitive Edge in the Lucrative Canadian Marketplace” discusses a range of subjects including regulatory requirements, clearance processes and distribution networks.

“As close as the United States and Canada are both geographically and culturally, we need to keep in mind that these are two different countries, governed by different laws and standards, and with unique consumer preferences,” said Purolator USA President John Costanzo. “Potential exporters need to understand how things are done on either side of the border, and to make sure the necessary arrangements are in place to navigate the cross border process.”

Purolator USA provides cross border expertise to both U.S. and Canadian businesses, and maintains operations in each country. In addition, Purolator USA’s Trade Solutions service ensures that dedicated trade professionals are available to develop transportation solutions that meet the unique needs of each customer.

Purolator USA has highlighted five key issues that are of particular importance for U.S. businesses seeking to export to Canada, including:

*Know the rules. Cross border sales can be a highly profitable and relatively painless experience, or they can be confusing and highly expensive blunders. The 1994 NAFTA agreement eliminated many trade barriers and reduced tariffs between the U.S. and Canada, but several regulations, several regulations, security procedures and duty clearance processes remain.

*Avoid hidden fees. Recent media reports have highlighted the alarming number of instances in which Canadian consumers have received goods ordered from the U.S. – only to be presented with a separate invoice detailing all sorts of unexpected brokerage fees and duty charges. In some instances, these hidden charges have resulted in litigation.

*Consolidate, consolidate, consolidate. Businesses with sufficient volume may benefit by combining several smaller shipments into one larger delivery prior to reaching the border. Streamlining the supply chain by consolidation can save valuable time by turning several per-piece border clearances into one single clearance. Consolidation can also help reduce customs clearance charges.

*Use cross border logistics experts. When it comes to navigating another country’s border clearance process, doesn’t it make sense to use a trade expert who is physically located in that country? Local experts will likely have extensive knowledge about entry procedures, and should also have valuable contacts within the U.S. and Canadian border services.

*Know how to reach your Canadian customers. While just about half of all Canadians live in urban areas within easy reach of the U.S. border, approximately 16 million Canadians live elsewhere, many in rural areas with limited access to established distribution routes. Reaching these rural Canadians can be problematic without a logistics provider who can transport goods to the far reaches of Canada.

“It is so important for a business to trust its transportation needs to a logistics provider with cross border expertise,” Costanzo said. “Proven providers, including Purolator USA, know how to get the job done, and can usually get it done quicker and more efficiently. I can’t imagine why a business would want to risk its reputation on a logistics provider without cross border experience.”

For more information about Purolator USA and cross border logistics, please visit, or call 1-800-511-4811.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cardinal Health Transitions Carriage Services to Penske Logistics

READING, Pa., May 12, 2008 – Today, Penske Logistics announced it has begun a transition to manage the dedicated fleet for Cardinal Health’s medical supply chain business.

As a part of the agreement, Cardinal Health will outsource the management of its dedicated truck fleet to Penske Logistics. This involves transitioning approximately 700 of Cardinal Health’s truck drivers and related transportation support staff across North America to become direct employees of Penske Logistics.

Penske intends to hire all the employees and is collaborating with Cardinal Health to ensure the transition for the employees is as smooth as possible. The agreement was announced to employees at Cardinal Health March 1 and employees were transitioned to Penske Logistics effective May 1.

“We are very pleased to be working with Cardinal Health and we welcome these new associates to our organization as highly valued members of the Penske team,” said Vincent Hartnett, President – Penske Logistics. “We are working to ensure the transition is seamless for Cardinal Health’s customers, as these drivers will continue to serve their normal routes with the same dedication to service.”

Through its focus and expertise in managing transportation and logistics, people, processes, and technologies, Penske Logistics will also assist in the continuous optimization of service levels and overall supply chain performance.

Penske Logistics
Headquartered in Reading, Pa., Penske Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing. With operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Penske Logistics provides supply chain management and logistics services to major industrial and consumer companies throughout the world. Penske delivers value through design, planning and execution in transportation, warehousing, and international freight forwarding and carrier management. Visit to learn more.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


MIAMI, May 12, 2008 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a global leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of substantially all the assets of Gator Leasing, Inc., a privately owned full service truck leasing, commercial truck rental and fleet services company headquartered in Miami, Florida.

The acquisition is expected to add approximately $35 million in annualized operating revenue to Ryder’s Fleet Management Solutions business unit and be slightly accretive to earnings in 2008. Ryder anticipates additional earnings improvement in future years due to synergies and operational improvements within the combined companies.

In the transaction, Ryder acquired Gator’s fleet of approximately 1,475 full service lease, 650 commercial rental, and 150 held-for-sale units, serving 300 contract customers. Ryder acquired four of Gator’s nine Florida operating locations, two of which are in Miami, as well as Riviera Beach and Orlando. Customers previously served by Gator in the remaining five overlapping facilities will be consolidated into and served by Ryder’s nearest existing locations. The combined network will operate under the Ryder name.

“For more than three decades, Gator has been a well-regarded company with sound management, a talented workforce, and a reputation for serving its customers,” said Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Swienton. “We are fortunate, due to our strong financial position, to acquire a company of the caliber of Gator Leasing. We look forward to strengthening our network and bringing new approaches, innovation, and additional service offerings to the combined Ryder organization and our customers.”

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 371st on the FORTUNE 500® and 1,631st on the Forbes Global 2000. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

Monday, May 12, 2008


OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 12, 2008- YRC Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW), announced the establishment of seven new Cross Border kiosks to better meet YRC Logistics clients’ needs for expedited clearance of shipments crossing between U.S. and Canada.

To enable faster processing of shipments and increased communication with carriers, the kiosks will be strategically located in seven YRC Logistics U.S./Canada border crossing locations including:

· Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY
· Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in Niagara Falls NY
· Ambassador Bridge in Detroit MI
· Blue Water Bridge is Port Huron MI
· Champlain NY,
· Pembina ND,
· Blaine WA.

“We are pleased to announce the placement of the innovative kiosks in these key locations,” commented Jim Ritchie, President and CEO, YRC Logistics. “It will allow our clients and employees to have a central communication point when shipping goods across the U.S. and Canadian border.”

The Kiosks will be centrally managed by brokerage experts in Buffalo, NY office, YRC Logistics Cross Borders main headquarters.

There are some major advantages of implementing the kiosks. The first is the ability to service carriers in a more efficient and timely manner allowing drivers to have access to YRC Logistics Cross Border brokerage services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most importantly, the central processing location will allow for more consistency and efficiency among filings, leading to increased compliance with government regulations and faster processing.

The following illustrates how the Kiosks will operate: There is a camera and a telephone with each kiosk which allows communication with the drivers as they present any paperwork needed for customs clearance. Once the driver arrives at the kiosk, communication connects them to the Buffalo office. The driver scans any required documents based upon the client and the type of goods being shipped. The Buffalo, NY office reviews the documents and returns the required information back to the driver for immediate Customs processing and border crossing.

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.

WERC Announces 2008-2009 Board of Directors

Oak Brook, IL — The Warehousing Education and Research Council named the following distribution professionals to its 2008-2009 Board of Directors at the 31st Annual WERC Conference in Chicago, IL.

Mark B. Cleveland
Business Service Management Governance Leader, Technology Solutions Organization, Allstate Insurance Company
Wheeling, IL

Vice President/President Elect
Timothy S. Feemster
Senior Vice President, Director of Global Logistics, Transaction Services, Grubb & Ellis Company
Dallas, TX

Catherine L. Cooper
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ozburn-Hessey Logistics
Brentwood, TN

Immediate Past President
Kenneth D. Miesemer
Senior Consultant, St. Onge Company
York, PA

Director, 2010 Annual Conference
Connie Anderson
Owner and President, Aspen Distribution, Inc.
Carlsbad, CA

Director, 2009 Conference
Lawrence Corrigan II
Director of Distribution, Tractor Supply Company
Brentwood, TN

Director At-Large
Chip E. Edgington
Executive Vice President of Operations, Redcats USA
Indianapolis, IN

Director of Marketing
Patti M. Satterfield
Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Fortna, Inc.
Akron, OH

Director of Web Services
Lawrence Dean Shemesh
President and CEO, OPSdesign Consulting™
Marlton, NJ

Director of WERCouncils
Andrea Velasquez
Vice President of Business Development, A. Epstein and Sons International, Inc.
Chicago, IL

Director of Education
Joseph Walden
Executive Director, Supply Chain Leadership Institute and Assistant Professor of Logistics, Webster University
Kansas City, MO

Executive Director
Robert L. Shaunnessey
Executive Director, Warehousing Education and Research Council
Oak Brook, IL

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Nation’s Largest Truckload Carrier Becomes Most Energy-Efficient Fleet

GREEN BAY, Wis., and WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 8, 2008 – Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services and the nation’s largest truckload carrier, announced today its plans to operate the most energy-efficient fleet in the industry. The effort, which builds upon the company’s 30-year track record of environmental stewardship, was announced at a news conference today in Washington, D.C., as the American Trucking Associations unveiled its strategies for minimizing the carbon footprint of the trucking industry.

“Operating an energy-efficient fleet, conserving fuel and minimizing our environmental impact have always been a part of how we conduct business,” says Chris Lofgren, president and CEO of Schneider National. “Since 1978, we’ve been improving our equipment and training our drivers to be responsible stewards. Today, we’re announcing our plans to take our efforts to an even higher level by committing to run the most energy-efficient fleet in the industry.”

According to Lofgren, Schneider will expand its fuel conservation efforts starting immediately when it voluntarily slows down its fleet to 60 mph.

“This slowdown is made possible by a group of more than 10,600 highly committed and professional drivers who are willing to do the right things to serve the customer and the environment,” continued Lofgren.

The environmental impact of just a three-mile-per-hour reduction is significant: The effort will reduce the fleet’s consumption of diesel fuel by more than 3.75 million gallons per year and reduce truck CO2 emissions by 83.25 million pounds per year – the equivalent of taking 7,259 cars off the nation’s highways.

Schneider’s announcement came in conjunction with the release of the industry’s overall plan for addressing sustainability. The company served on the ATA’s Sustainability Task Force, which was charged with developing the industry plan.

“Schneider National supports the ATA’s strategies for reducing the trucking industry’s carbon footprint. As an industry leader, we are proud to already meet - and in many cases exceed – what the ATA is calling on the industry to do to reduce our environmental impact,” Lofgren added.

During the news conference, Lofgren pointed to several examples of how his company is already living out the ATA’s sustainability strategies:
• Schneider National was the first truckload carrier to sign on to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWaySM Transport Partnership. The fleet’s EPA scores for fuel efficiency and emissions are among the best in the industry.
• The company’s aggressive stance on idling dates back to 1978 when the carrier pioneered driver incentives for idle reduction and fuel management. Schneider trucks currently idle half the industry average.
• Schneider National’s fuel management program is industry-leading. The 60 mph speed limit clearly meets what the ATA is calling on carriers to do. This change makes Schneider National the most energy-efficient fleet in the industry.

“We applaud Schneider National for their pioneering efforts toward improved energy efficiency in the trucking industry," said Jim Sweetnam, chief executive officer of Eaton Corporation’s Truck Group. "They are constantly challenging us to help them improve tractor efficiencies and to develop emission reduction initiatives. Sustainability for Eaton Corporation is as important to us as it is to Schneider National – both in our operations and in the sustainable offerings we provide to our customers.”

Lofgren challenged carriers large and small, drivers and the motoring public to do their parts to conserve and protect the nation’s valuable natural resources. “We encourage others in our industry to do more. Examine your operations closely. What more can you do? What more can the industry do? Let’s roll up our sleeves, carriers and drivers together, and set an example that other companies, drivers and the motoring public will be inspired to follow. I encourage everyone to look into their operations and meet the voluntary environmental challenges by committing to the EPA’s SmartWaySM program.”

Following the news conference, Lofgren and a contingency of ATA officials presented the industry’s plan to President Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors at the White House.

About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of transportation and logistics services enhancing the standard of living worldwide. The nation's largest truckload carrier, Schneider serves more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 500 companies and offers the broadest portfolio of services to small, medium and global shippers across the globe. The company’s transportation and logistics solutions include one-way, dedicated, expedited, bulk, western regional, intermodal, transportation management, freight brokerage, air/ocean freight forwarding, customs house brokerage, transloading and distribution, supply chain management, supply chain advisory services, and freight audit and payment (Europe).

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 employs 21,400 transportation and logistics experts worldwide, including operations in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

Monday, May 5, 2008


MIAMI, May 5, 2008 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a global leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract to manage distribution centers for Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK), the world’s foremost imaging innovator.

Under the contract, Ryder will assume five of Kodak’s U.S. distribution centers to manage the inbound and outbound flow of the company’s line of photo processing chemicals and single use cameras, digital imaging equipment, photographic film, commercial printing consumables, printing plates, and paper. Services provided by Ryder include inventory management, warehousing, environmental management, assembly and kitting, and a customized warehouse management system (WMS).

“This effort is part of a larger initiative to optimize supply chain processes,” said Linda Valimahomed, Kodak’s manager of Americas Logistics. “We have selected Ryder as our partner based on its expertise and consistency implementing logistics operations of the highest standards.”

“Ryder is honored to work with Kodak and looks forward to extending their industry leadership by enhancing the company’s demand-driven supply chain mode,” said Tom Jones, Senior Vice President and General Manager of U.S. Supply Chain Solutions for Ryder.

About Kodak
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Port of Tacoma Principal Sponsor for Northwest Intermodal Conference

TACOMA (May 5, 2008) – The Port of Tacoma will host and be principal sponsor of the second annual Northwest Intermodal Conference, to be held May 19-20 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center.

"With our robust rail network – served by BNSF Railway, Union Pacific and our region's own short-line service, Tacoma Rail – we are at the epicenter of rail activity in the Pacific Northwest," said Port of Tacoma Commission President Dick Marzano, noting that more than more than 70 percent of the Port's containerized import cargo is handled by rail.

The conference will bring industry experts from across North America in the fields of trade, research, economics, academia and transportation logistics to discuss intermodal business in the Pacific Northwest. Attendees will learn how shippers and service providers view the port system and the inter-connected distribution networks that move their cargo.

And with the expectation that cargo volumes will continue to grow through Pacific Northwest ports, interactive sessions will discuss how rail service providers, ports and government are addressing the infrastructure challenge of moving greater cargo volumes more efficiently and productively.

For more information about the Northwest Intermodal Conference or to register, visit or call 206-324-5644 ext. 222.

Top Industry Executives Headline Conference

Following opening remarks by Port of Tacoma Executive Director Timothy J. Farrell, the conference will feature the following keynote speakers:

* Walter Kemmsies, Chief Economist, Moffatt & Nichol

* David Hoppens, Vice President, Marketing, Pacer

* Peter Keller, President, NYK Line North America Inc.

* Bradley K. Gordon, North American Infrastructure Fund, RREEF Alternative Investments

Sessions include the following:

* "More than Ship-to-Shore: Ocean Carriers and MTOs on Intermodal," with panelists from Evergreen Marine Corp., Marine Terminals Corp., Port of Portland and SSA Containers, Inc.

* "A Clear Pathway: Road and Rail Corridor Improvements in the PNW," with panelists from Port of Seattle, Transport Canada, Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington Trucking Association.

* "Land is at a Premium: Industrial Property and Distribution in the PNW," with panelists from First Industrial Realty-Trust, Port of Tacoma, Port of Vancouver USA and Transystems.

* "PNW Rail Carrier Forum," with panelists from BNSF Railway, Canadian National Railway, Port of Tacoma, Tacoma Rail and Union Pacific Railroad.

* "Alaska Intermodal," with panelists from Alaska Railroad, Carlile Transportation Systems, Lynden Transport, Port of Anchorage and Totem Ocean Trailer Express.

About the Port of Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state related to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America, handling an estimated more than $36 billion in annual trade and about 2 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent container units). The Port is also a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks. Find out more online at:

Salzburg to have most modern DB Schenker terminal for land transport and logistics

(Essen/Salzburg, 5 May 2008) In Bergheim, near Salzburg, Austria, the biggest and most modern freight forwarding terminal in DB Schenker's European land transport network is to be created. An investment volume of around 21 million euros is being put into a complex that will serve as a transport hub for the flow of goods in Europe. The first cut of the spade was made on 24 April.

On an overall area of some 80,000 square meters, a transshipment hall is being set up with an area of 10,000 square meters and 115 docking gates, together with a logistics hall measuring more than 4,000 square meters and a 3,400 square meter office building. The new complex will replace old sites in Salzburg, which had reached the limits of their capacity in view of the growth of volume in recent years. The new location has excellent transport connections by road and by rail, with a link to the local Salzburg railroad nearby and the possibility of a dedicated siding linked to the Salzburg-Oberndorf connection.

The new site is equipped with the most up to date infrastructure. So as to keep the noise level low, just 40 electrically operated floor conveyors will be used. The hall has an underground conveyor belt system with a capacity of on average 400 tons per hour, corresponding to around 680 pallets. This technology will improve standards of safety, while at the same time it is economical to operate. The system will incorporate the most modern safety facilities, including the electronically supported recording of pedestrians or vehicles entering or leaving the building.

The new location of Schenker & CO AG in Salzburg offers the complete product range – national and international land transport, air and ocean freight, warehousing and logistics and the handling of customs procedures. The range of services also includes the development and organization of alternative transport concepts. Rail transport plays an essential part here.