Friday, August 29, 2008

Frithjof Schäfer appointed new CFO of Schenker Deutschland AG

(Berlin/Frankfurt) - Effective September 1,
2008, Frithjof Schäfer (48) has been appointed member of the Management
Board of Schenker Deutschland AG. With his appointment as Chief
Financial Officer (CFO) he is responsible for the company’s financial
activities of the German subsidiary as well as in the Europe Central
Region. Schäfer succeeds Hugo Ruhmann, who will leave the company on
August 31st.

After earning a degree in Business Administration (Diplom-Kaufmann),
Schäfer joined the previous Schenker & Co GmbH in Berlin in 1985.
Following assignments at Karpeles Schenker, and in the main office in
Frankfurt, he was appointed CFO of Schenker (Asia Pacific) Ltd.,
Singapore, in 1995 where he was responsible for the company’s financial
activities in the Asian-Pacific Region. In 2001 he was appointed CFO of
Schenker’s Dutch subsidiary company. He became Chief Financial Officer
of Schenker, Inc. in the USA in 2004, where he most recently coordinated
the integration of BAX Global.

Schenker Deutschland AG is a part of the DB Schenker Logistics business
unit and has about 12,900 employees working at over 100 locations. The
company generates annual revenues of € 3.2 billion and is one of the
leading providers of integrated logistical services in the German


Minneapolis, MN, - C.H. Robinson Worldwide (C.H. Robinson),
one of the world's largest third party logistics provider of transportation and
supply chain services, recently named Brian Harms director of global forwarding
business development. Harms will be based in Eden Prairie, Minn., C.H. Robinson's
global headquarters.

Jim Butts, senior vice president for C.H. Robinson, said, "We are excited to
have Brian in this role. Brian's leadership, supply chain knowledge, and global
forwarding expertise add a strategic resource within C.H. Robinson to
strengthen international forwarding opportunities within our North American
customer base."

Harms has over 11 years of experience in the international forwarding and sales
sector. He first joined C.H. Robinson as an outside sales representative in
1997. For the past three years, Harms has led the Corporate Sales team for C.H.

As the new director, Harms will work closely with C.H. Robinson?s Corporate
Sales and Global Forwarding teams to continue to develop, support, and lead the
sales efforts for international forwarding opportunities within C.H. Robinson's
North American market.

About C.H. Robinson Worldwide:
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 221 offices in
North America, Europe, Asia, and South America.

Purolator USA Offers Options to Help Businesses Manage Escalating Logistics Costs

JERICHO, NY – August 26, 2008 – A “perfect storm” of higher fuel costs, uncertainty in the U.S. economy and higher inventory carrying costs has resulted in sharp increases in logistics fees for most U.S. businesses. Purolator USA, an expert in cross border transportation logistics for shipments between the U.S. and Canada is working to help customers develop solutions to address these current adverse conditions.

“Purolator USA is very sensitive to the negative impact that higher transportation costs are having on our customers,” says John Costanzo, president of Purolator USA. “Most of our customers understand the nature of the beast -- that the cost of fuel is beyond our control -- but still appreciate our efforts to help them plan better and gain maximum efficiencies.”

Purolator USA is unique in the logistics industry because it offers individual attention and personalized planning to each customer. Purolator’s Trade Solutions team works with each customer to map out a logistics plan that is cost effective, and best meets the needs of each particular account.

“Our teams are taking a close look at each account, and trying to find efficiencies wherever possible,” Costanzo explains. “We’re evaluating how we can consolidate shipments, so trucks are as full as possible. We’re taking a harder look at service levels – does a particular shipment really need to travel at the “overnight air” level, or can it take a big longer to reach its destination, and travel instead through a less expensive alternative?

Costanzo notes that Purolator USA has access to extensive distribution networks throughout both the U.S. and Canada. “Our distribution network offers a high degree of flexibility in working with our customers,” he explains. “Because we have such extensive distribution channels, we can tailor a logistics plan that can avoid costly delays, stopovers and non-direct routes.”

This increased attention to customers’ bottom line comes at a time when transportation logistics are at an all-time high. A recent study by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals found that inventory carrying costs rose nine percent last year, and transportation costs were up almost six percent. Overall, the study found that American businesses spent $1.4 trillion on logistics last year.

“While there is no magic solution, we can make sure customers are operating as wisely and as efficiently as possible,” Costanzo said.

Purolator USA is the small-package and freight forwarding subsidiary of Canada’s largest integrated distribution services company. In the United States, Purolator USA has doubled the size of its 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, Buffalo and Newburgh, NY.

RedPrairie WMS brings better visibility through RFID

Milwaukee, WI - RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, has integrated radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology into its Yard management system – a module of its WMS – to provide customers with a new level of visibility and control over yard operations and asset management. By using the area-awareness properties of RFID to track trailers from gate check-in through check-out, customers will be able to reduce the time, cost and uncertainties of managing trailer movements within their campuses.

Tom Kozenski, RedPrairie vice president product strategy, comments, “Customers with hundreds of trailers in their yards found that even with previous generation yard management systems and RF technology, tracking and locating individual trailers for yard movements and audits was challenging, especially when you consider the impact of the weather elements. Those without system support were even worse off. But the ability of RFID technology to read all of the tags in a given area makes finding trailers and verifying movements a natural by-product of proximity to fixed or mobile readers. This makes yard management more accurate and efficient.”

With the new WMS Yard management release, RFID readers at gates read passive RFID tags on trailers as they enter or leave the yard to verify and record their presence on-site. Fixed zone readers or mobile readers can be used to locate trailers within the yard, confirm trailer movements, and support yard audits. Built-in Event Management capabilities in the WMS can alert managers and initiate resolution to exceptions uncovered by the RFID reads.

The RFID-enablement of Yard management is contained in RedPrairie’s latest release of its industry-leading Warehouse Management solution (WMS). RedPrairie was a pioneer in integrating RFID technology into warehouse management operations and its WMS five years ago and continues to find new ways to leverage this technology to streamline distribution and provide efficient asset management.

About RedPrairie Corporation

RedPrairie is a world leading consumer driven optimization company. Built on an advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) developed over the past 15 years, the RedPrairie integrated suite of solutions offers on-demand capabilities to over 32,000 sites worldwide for many of the world’s largest companies.

RedPrairie’s E2e™ solutions synchronize people and products throughout the customer buying cycle to ensure goods reach the right place at the right time. At the point of sale, this means consumers have access to desired products and that the store is staffed with the right people to help them make their purchases. In the production cycle, it means suppliers and manufacturers time and synchronize shipments and production based on demand signals from the retailer. And in the back room of the store, it means having the least amount of inventory, solving the “last yard” problem of the retail supply chain.

Friday, August 22, 2008


SAN MATEO, Calif. — Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) announced today the following changes for its corporate finance and accounting organization.

Kevin C. Schick has been named to the new position of Vice President, Operational Accounting. In his new role, Mr. Schick becomes responsible for directing corporate financial reporting, business unit accounting and regulatory financial compliance activities. He had been the company's senior vice president and chief financial officer.

"Kevin Schick's contributions over more than 25 years as an executive have been instrumental to the success and financial integrity of the Con-way organization,” said Douglas W. Stotlar, Con-way's President and CEO. "His insights and continued leadership in this new role will strengthen our corporate governance and compliance practices, and our management of the increasingly complex financial reporting responsibilities we face in today's regulatory environment.”

Joining Con-way as its new senior vice president and chief financial officer is Stephen L. Bruffett. A 16-year veteran of the freight transportation industry, Mr. Bruffett comes from YRC Worldwide, a national trucking concern, where he was chief financial officer since late 2007.

"Stephen Bruffett is a seasoned transportation executive whose business career has spanned leadership roles in finance, treasury, tax, mergers and acquisitions, field operations, sales and marketing and financial planning and analysis,” said Stotlar. "He is highly respected in the financial community and holds a well-earned reputation as a skilled manager with broad knowledge and expertise in our industry.”

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Mr. Bruffett earned his bachelor's degree in finance and banking in 1986. After working as a stock broker in Dallas, he returned to school, earning his MBA from the University of Texas in 1990. He started his trucking industry career in 1992 as director of Finance for American Freightways in his hometown of Harrison, Arkansas. Six years later Mr. Bruffett was recruited into the YRC organization as director of financial planning and analysis for the then-Yellow Freight unit. Over the next 10 years he subsequently advanced through a series of increasingly responsible positions at Yellow, its sister companies and the parent company before being named YRC Worldwide's CFO last year.

Mr. Schick joined Con-way in 1983 as controller and a member of the start-up team for the former Con-way Central Express, one of Con-way's original regional less-than-truckload carriers. He was named vice president and controller of Con-way Transportation Services, Inc. (CTS), now known as Con-way Freight, in 1989, and became Con-way Inc.'s chief financial officer in 2005. He has more than 30 years of financial experience and is a certified public accountant. Prior to joining Con-way, Mr. Schick spent five years with Wabash National Corporation, a trailer manufacturing concern, as its assistant controller. He previously worked in financial planning and analysis positions for Motorola Corporation. A native of Chicago, Ill., Mr. Schick holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW) is a $4.7 billion freight transportation and logistics services company headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. A diversified transportation company, Con-way delivers industry-leading services through three primary operating companies: Con-way Freight, Con-way Truckload and Menlo Worldwide Logistics. These operating units provide high-performance, day-definite less-than-truckload and full truckload and multimodal freight transportation, as well as logistics, warehousing and supply chain management services, and trailer manufacturing. Con-way Inc. and its subsidiaries operate from more than 500 locations across North America and in 20 countries. For more information about Con-way, visit us on the Web at

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Siemens Healthcare new time:matters customer for the time-critical spare parts logistics segment

Siemens Healthcare new time:matters customer for the time-critical spare parts logistics segment

* The special service provider for courier, sameday and emergency logistics takes on the spare parts supply for Siemens Healthcare in the Scandinavian countries and Italy
* Following Fujitsu Siemens Computers, time:matters was therefore also able to gain a corporate customer from the Siemens Group within a short time
* Reduction in storage and competition surrounding high quality after-sales service increase the demand for quick and reliable spare parts logistics solutions

Neu-Isenburg/Munich/Erlangen - time:matters, the special service provider for courier, sameday and emergency logistics which is part of the Lufthansa Group, has gained Siemens Healthcare (Erlangen, Germany), a business unit of Siemens AG, as a customer for the time-critical spare parts logistics segment and entered into an according cooperation agreement with retroactive effect from April 1, 2008. time:matters has therefore taken on the spare parts supply in the Scandinavian countries as well as Italy for Siemens Healthcare, one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry. Siemens Healthcare manufactures and distributes a wide range of live-saving and vital high-tech equipment for clinics and doctors' offices - such as diagnostic systems and therapy equipment, but also complete IT solutions.

Following Fujitsu Siemens Computers, time:matters has within a short time, been able to gain another corporate customer from the Siemens Group for its logistics services. For instance, time:matters maintains a special "innight network" for Siemens Healthcare, which ensures that spare parts for sensitive medical equipment can be transported overnight from the spare parts warehouse to the place that they are needed - within twelve to 14 hours. Therefore, it is for example possible to ensure that a component, which is urgently needed for the repair of a defective magnetic resonance tomograph, is picked up at the spare parts warehouse at 18:30 and is already at the respective clinic's disposal at 8:00 the next morning. In addition to the "innight service", other services can also be implemented and are selected according to the individual needs of each specific case of application. This includes services such as Courier Solutions or "Onboard Couriers." Less time-critical deliver!
ies are also covered in the transport portfolio for Siemens Healthcare by means of "overnight service" or thanks to an "end of business day"-concept.

Since time:matters especially foresees growth with regards to time-critical spare parts logistics, the logistics service provider established its own unit - time:matters Spare Parts Logistics, which combines special expertise in this area. The contract partner of time:matters Spare Parts Logistics on the Siemens side is the central department Global Shared Services (GSS), Logistics Management, which externally represents the Siemens sector Healthcare and whose job it is, among other things, to negotiate new potential in terms of cargo bundling between the Siemens sectors and external companies. "The agreed cooperation with time:matters represents a great opportunity for the Siemens sectors to reach a high service level with favorable cargo rates," says Jürgen Kindereit, Director Logistics Management at GSS, explaining the prospects of Siemens' transport network.

According to time:matters CEO Franz-Joseph Miller, the increasing need for customized flexible, but at the same time quick and reliable solutions for spare part logistics mainly arises from the fact that an increasing amount of branches of industry are, due to cost reasons, abandoning decentralized means of storage in favor of centralized storage. Therefore, Siemens Healthcare has concentrated the approx. 40,000 stored stock items, which must remain available as spare parts for the company's high-quality products, to just three distribution centers worldwide and a few regional warehouses. Up until a few years ago, the company stored these items in several decentralized warehouses located throughout the world. "It is obvious that over the course of this development, the challenges facing spare parts logistics have significantly increased and will indeed continue to do so," says the time:matters CEO.

The ever-increasing importance of after-sales service also contributes to the continual rise in the demand for reliable spare parts logistics solutions. For instance, Siemens Healthcare sends off around 650,000 spare parts and delivers in over 160 countries per year. "The quality of the after-sales service plays a decisive role for us - especially since the delayed delivery of spare parts for many of our products would lead to incredibly high costs associated with downtimes and our customers' dissatisfaction," explains Heiko Ansorge, Head of Strategic Transport Management at Siemens Healthcare, Material Logistics. Dr. Frank Debus, Vice President Material Logistics, adds: "Centralized storage in the respective time zones constitutes the basis of our global spare parts supply. With the commissioning of time:matters we are essentially pursuing one goal: to continue to offer our customers an uncompromising and highly-flexible quality of service in the future - in the form of del!
iveries that are both fast and reliable."

time:matters GmbH (Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main) is the expert in courier, sameday and emergency logistics as well as in international time-critical spare parts logistics, offering each of its clients customized logistics solutions for particularly urgent or complex special logistics assignments. The Special Speed Solutions provided by time:matters both throughout Germany and worldwide are based on the high-speed and reliable transportation of highly urgent and particularly important consignments by air, rail and road. For this purpose, time:matters can access Lufthansa's entire network of scheduled flights and a number of flights offered by other partner airlines (i.e. "Star-Alliance"-Partners, Swiss International Air Lines, Air Berlin, Condor): over 1.200 European and 150 intercontinental flights per day, and some 400 destinations in 90 countries. Whenever air charter solutions are needed, time:matters also closely cooperates with Lufthansa Cargo Charter Agency. Sin!
ce August 2007, time:matters operates its own terminal for express and courier shipments as an additional service option at Frankfurt Airport. Furthermore, 140 train stations Germany-wide - through which InterCityExpress, EuroCity and InterCity trains pass - are currently available to the logistics service provider. In 2006, the partnership with Swiss WorldCargo and the founding of the first branch office outside of Germany in Zurich, Switzerland, marked the start of the intensified internationalization of the time:matters business model. Thus further subsidiaries and/or offices were opened in Vienna, Warsaw, Singapore, Shanghai, Manila and time:matters Netherlands BV was established following the take over of a company in Amsterdam. The establishment of additional offices in important business and logistics centers is to follow by 2010, whereby the focus is on Asia for 2008. Following a partial overtake of the company shares in 2006, the logistics service provider is major!

ity-owned by funds managed by the growth investor Buchanan Capital Par
tners as well as the management of time:matters. Lufthansa Cargo AG, which spun off time:matters in 2002, owns 49 percent of the company shares.


OVERLAND PARK, Kan., – YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW), announced today that its subsidiaries New Penn, Roadway, USF Holland and YRC Logistics have earned Quest for Quality Awards for outstanding service in Logistics Management’s 25th annual readership survey.

For the past 25 years, Logistics Management’s Quest for Quality has been regarded in the transportation and logistics industry as one of the most important measures of customer satisfaction and performance excellence and can be an important resource for shippers trying to differentiate among service providers.

“It is a great honor for our companies to receive this recognition again this year,” said Bill Zollars, Chairman, President and CEO of YRC Worldwide. “Once again, our brands are perceived as among the best in the industry by the logistics community. We are proud of our employees at our companies for their commitment to meeting our customers’ needs and expectations with quality services.”

The following summarizes the awards:

• New Penn received two Quest for Quality awards: One in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region- Regional LTL category, and the other in the Expedited Motor Carriers category. This is the 15th consecutive year that New Penn has received recognition. New Penn is a regional LTL carrier providing reliable next-day service for 78 years through a network of service centers located in the Northeastern United States, Quebec, Canada and Puerto Rico.

• Roadway was recognized with its Quest for Quality award for outstanding service in the Multiregional LTL Carriers category. Roadway provides reliable service through a network of service centers located in United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.

• USF Holland was recognized with a Quest for Quality award for outstanding service in the Expedited Motor Carriers category. This is the 23rd consecutive year that USF Holland has received a Quest for Quality award. USF Holland is a regional LTL carrier providing reliable, claim-free regional transportation for 80 years with premier service in the Midwest, Southeast and Canada.

• YRC Logistics was recognized with its Quest for Quality award for outstanding service in the Freight Forwarders category. YRC Logistics is a global logistics company with premier service in North America, Asia, Europe and South America.

To determine the best in the business, Logistics Management asks a representative sample of shippers to complete an online evaluation of the carriers they use. Carriers are measured in the areas of on-time performance, value, information technology, customer service and equipment & operations. Results of the survey appear in the August 2008 issue of Logistics Management.

About YRC Worldwide

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, Kan., YRC Worldwide employs approximately 60,000 people.

Agility, TNT and UPS hold joint training program

Logistics Emergency Teams prepared to support
humanitarian operations under the auspices of the
World Economic Forum

Singapore - Agility, TNT and UPS last week held a joint training program for the Logistics Emergency Teams (LETs) in Singapore, to further strengthen their integrated response to large scale disasters.

Over twenty logistics specialists representing the three logistics companies were trained for field deployment. The training included sessions covering the international relief system, safety and security in the field and preparing for deployment, among others. LETs project leaders, who have experience in the field, also shared stories and lessons learned with the delegates.

“This LETs training program in Singapore is a landmark event as three logistics experts (Agility, TNT and UPS) come together to better understand the complex issues faced by teams on the ground in relief operations. These sessions will help prepare the team to deal with most eventualities that arise in such challenging circumstances. With the increasing number and scale of natural disasters, having such logistics expertise prepared and ready to deploy at the request of the humanitarian community is critical to helping us save lives.” said Matthew Hollingworth, WFP Logistics Officer.

The LETs initiative was launched in January 2008 under the auspices of the World Food Program (WFP) at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. The LET’s partnership was first demonstrated on the ground in August 2007 in Indonesia during an operational exercise organized and hosted by WFP. In May 2008, the LETs supported humanitarian relief efforts on the ground in Myanmar and Bangkok following the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis.

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Logistics Emergency Teams:

The very idea of Logistics Emergency Teams dates back from the World Economic Forum’s 2005 Davos meeting. In the wake of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, three companies, Agility, TNT and UPS, decided to look into a coordinated, industry-wide emergency support to humanitarian organisations. Under auspices of the World Economic Forum and initiated by TNT CEO Peter Bakker they started sharing best practices from their bilateral humanitarian partnerships and they developed a joint operating structure – today’s LETs – to lend a collective hand to humanitarian organisations.

The Logistics Emergency Teams add to the member companies’ respective humanitarian partnerships. Agility's projects in the last two years alone include helping with the transport of enough food to feed 43,000 people in Indonesia for the World Food Program after serious flooding in Jakarta, working with the local government in Bangladesh to procure and transport food and bottled water after a cyclone, delivering critical life support materials to 500 displaced families in Iraq with International Medical Corps, financing a primary health care center to serve 13,000 refugees in Darfur, and conducting nation-wide blood drives for the American Red Cross in Agility offices in the United States.

TNT has worked with the World Food Programme for six years, supporting WFP with knowledge, means and staff, helping over 1 million school children and tackling over 30 emergencies. In 2007, TNT supported WFP with emergency relief activities in Mozambique, Sudan, Bangladesh and Nicaragua. In addition to the LET’s support TNT carried out a 300 MT shipment of relief materials on behalf of the Thai Government using the TNT Asia Road Network from Bangkok to the Myanmar border.

The UPS Foundation has long been a contributor to disaster relief. The Foundation has contributed funds, logistical expertise and in-kind transportation donations for virtually every major disaster in recent years. In addition to LETs, just the last year, UPS has provided loaned executives to CARE and the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to streamline disaster relief supply chains. UPS also is a major sponsor of AidMatrix, an online system that connects donors and aid agencies to ensure greater efficiency in the delivery of goods to emergency relief sites. In addition to supporting the LETs efforts in Myanmar, UPS donated $200,000 to CARE, and flew 71 tons of relief supplies to Bangkok.

About Agility

Agility is a leading emerging market multinational with more than 32,000 employees, and over 550 offices in 100 countries around the world. A publicly traded company, with over $6 billion in annual revenue, we have three key business groups - Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), Defense & Government Services (DGS) and Investments. Agility GIL is our commercial division, providing integrated logistics solutions to customers spanning a range of industries from technology and retail to defense and government and oil and gas. The Agility DGS business group provides comprehensive logistics solutions to various government entities and non governmental organizations on a global basis. With three business divisions - Real Estate, Private Equity and Trade Facilitators, Agility Investments utilizes the local insights from our global network to invest in specialized opportunities in the emerging markets.


TACOMA – The Port of Tacoma has produced a new foldout Trucker’s Guide brochure.

Designed to fit in a truck glove box, the full-color brochure features important information, including contact phone numbers for all Port terminals, as well as regional truck stops, service locations and highway permit locations. The brochure also provides detailed pick-up and delivery information, along with critical information about port security. On the back is an 18-inch x 24-inch detail map of the Port of Tacoma industrial area.

To order free copies, visit to complete an online order form.

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:


Arlington, VA – The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is pleased to announce today that it has joined the SmartWay Transport Partnership, an innovative collaboration between U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the freight industry designed to increase energy efficiency while significantly reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution.

Through this partnership RILA will contribute to reducing 33 to 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide per year by 2012 by improving the environmental performance of freight operations.

“We are excited to join the SmartWay Transport Partnership; we know the advantages of this pioneering program and we want to see it thrive in order to share the benefits with our members and the retail community,” said Senior Vice President for Retail Operations, Casey Chroust.

RILA is also a member of SmartWay’s Shipper Stakeholder Committee, which will provide input to the development of the next generation of the SmartWay program, including future supply chain protocols, greenhouse gas quantification methods, data needs and requirements, Partner performance evaluations and program growth strategies.

Launched in February 2004, the SmartWay Transport Partnership aims to achieve fuel savings of up to 150 million barrels of fuel per year. The Partnership brings together major freight shippers, trucking companies, railroads, logistics companies and trade/professional associations to pursue mutually beneficial efficiencies that result in emissions reductions and other environmental improvements, as well as cost savings to the companies. The Partnership currently has more than 450 Partners.

“We look forward to sharing the insights and perspectives of the retail industry, and we anticipate an industrious collaboration working alongside SmartWay’s dedicated Partners to improve the environment and help companies reduce their costs,” concluded Chroust.

Additionally, RILA will continue working with industry leaders to promote Environmental Sustainability practices as RILA hosts the first ever Environmental Sustainability and Compliance Conference on September 22-24 at the Embassy Suites in Frisco, Texas. The three-day event will feature retailers and industry leaders with firsthand experience integrating green practices into their respective companies and will feature Myron E. (Mike) Ullman III, Chairman and CEO of JCPenney, as the keynote speaker.


Minneapolis, MN, August 19, 2008— SUBWAY® restaurant chain, the world’s
largest submarine sandwich franchise, has named C.H. Robinson Worldwide (“C.H. Robinson”), its “Supply Chain Partner of the Year”.

Selected out of 115 supply chain providers in North America, C.H. Robinson was recognized for their outstanding support in supply chain management. Jan Risi, the president of SUBWAY®’s Independent Purchasing Cooperative, said, “In 2004, SUBWAY® franchise and C.H. Robinson formed a strategic alliance that has produced benefits far greater than initially anticipated. C.H. Robinson assisted us with the development and implementation of our two-phase managed freight solution, our transportation center, and our portfolio freight bidding. This has resulted in the identification and realization of millions of dollars in documented savings and cost avoidance for SUBWAY® franchisees.”

C.H. Robinson’s Transportation Management Center (“TMC”™), a division of C.H. Robinson that provides a transparent and neutral approach to transportation management, helps SUBWAY® franchise to better manage their freight costs through greater visibility into SUBWAY®’s franchise supply chain. TMC™’s systems gives SUBWAY® franchises visibility by identifying the origin, size of order, and rates, which helps them to identify supply chain inefficiencies.

Sean Nelsen, C.H. Robinson’s SUBWAY® franchise Account Manager, said, “We are honored to receive this award. Our technology helped SUBWAY® restaurant chain capture the order level information they needed to plan, optimize, and control their shipments. The close cooperation between our two organizations, our expert people, our technology and commitment to providing industry best practices has proved extremely beneficial. The relationship is a great example of how working together strategically reduces costs, creates efficiencies, and increase savings in the supply chain.”

Risi continued, “C.H. Robinson continues to demonstrate their commitment to service, flexibility and strategic solutions that benefit SUBWAY® restaurants. We look forward to our continued collaboration.”

About SUBWAY® restaurants:

With more than 29,500 locations in 87 countries, the SUBWAY® restaurant chain is the
world’s largest submarine sandwich franchise. Headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, USA, the SUBWAY® restaurant chain was co-founded by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Buck in 1965. That partnership, which continues today, marked the beginning of a remarkable journey — one that made it possible for thousands of individuals to build and succeed in their own business. The SUBWAY® brand has been honored as the number one franchise opportunity in Entrepreneur magazine's “Annual Franchise 500” listing for 15 of the past 21 years, and was ranked as “America’s Top Global Franchise” for 2008. For more information about the SUBWAY® chain, visit and www.subway.freshbuzzcom.

About the Independent Purchasing Cooperative, Inc.:

IPC is an independent SUBWAY® franchisee-owned and -operated purchasing cooperative. IPC's goal is to implement purchasing and distribution programs that help build a competitive environment for SUBWAY® franchisees. Working under the direction of the franchisee Board of Directors, IPC's management team carefully selects strong trading partners and manages the risks inherent to the costing and distribution of products in the food service industry. IPC's mission is to negotiate the lowest cost for purchased goods and services, improve quality, enhance competitiveness and ensure the best value to SUBWAY® franchisee members and their customers. For more information, visit

About C.H. Robinson Worldwide:
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 221 offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. For more information about our company, visit our Web site at
About TMC™:
Transportation Management Center (TMC™), a division of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, provides an integrated, transparent, and neutral approach to transportation management. Shippers benefit from customized programs designed to deliver consistent savings and performance improvement, enabled through a flexible and comprehensive menu of transportation business processes, technologies, and consulting services. For more information, please visit

Friday, August 15, 2008

CPC Logistics forms a new Canadian Corporation that acquires Huron Services Group Limited

Chesterfield, MO, August 4, 2008: CPC Logistics, a national U.S.-based company specializing in contract truck driver and related logistics services, recently formed a new Canadian Corporation, Logistics Professionals Limited, that on August 1, 2008 finalized the acquisition of Huron Services Group Limited, a long-standing leading Canadian logistics firm and member of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. CPC’s existing Canadian company, CPC Logistics Canada Limited, will now also be a subsidiary of Logistics Professionals Ltd. and together with the acquisition of Huron will enhance the resources of CPC Canada’s existing operations and will assist in expanding Huron’s current service offerings in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, Canada.

John T. Bickel, Sr., President of CPC Logistics said “We had been aware of Huron’s outstanding reputation for providing high quality logistics services in Canada. They have been in business for forty years and their philosophy for customer service and cooperation mirrors ours. When this opportunity was presented to CPC we immediately took steps to close the transaction as soon as possible.”

John Thomson, President of Huron Service Group added, ”we are proud to join the CPC Canada family. CPC's excellent service and dedication to finding, together with their customers, mutually beneficial solutions to a variety of logistics and transportation issues are values which we have always held as priorities with our customers. We are pleased to be able to call upon the vast and value added services and resources that CPC, as a North American logistics leader, can offer in support of the services we can bring to our customers."

CPC is celebrating its 35th year in providing professional transportation and logistics services to many Fortune 500 firms that operate private fleets. Due to internal growth and external acquisitions, CPC has grown to over 4,000 employees providing the services of truck operators, warehouse workers, dispatchers, fleet management and administrative support personnel from its 25 field offices. Additionally, the firm provides other logistical services to assist private carriers in effective fleet management. The combined entities of CPC Canada Limited and Huron Services Group Limited will draw on Huron’s 40 year service record and CPC Canada’s existing resources, to bring its services to many leading Canadian Corporations.