Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Purolator USA Facility

Purolator USA Facility Approved for Participation in Preferred Cargo Screening Program

JERICHO, NY – September 29, 2009 – Purolator USA has announced that its Itasca, IL processing facility has been approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to participate in its Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP). As a CCSP participant, Purolator will be able to screen customers’ air shipments at its Itasca facility, so that upon arrival at the airport, shipments can be quickly loaded on to their designated flights.
Earlier this year, a federal mandate took effect requiring that at least 50 percent of all cargo traveling aboard U.S. passenger planes undergo a security screening process. That mandate will increase to 100 percent in August 2010. These requirements were part of the comprehensive recommendations made by the 9-11Commission, and approved by Congress in 2007.
According to the TSA, as much as 12 million pounds of cargo is transported each day on passenger aircraft. The sudden influx of cargo needing to be screened has been a source of concern that bottlenecks and delays at airport screening checkpoints will cause serious disruption to the air cargo supply chain. To address these concerns, the TSA developed the CCSP to allow qualified logistics and transportation providers to pre-screen shipments, thereby moving the screening process up the supply chain.
“We are very pleased to have our CCSP certification in place,” says Purolator USA Regional Manager Randy Stomp. “By screening our customers’ shipments at our Itasca facility, we will be able to ensure that shipments arrive at the airport cleared for takeoff and ready to be loaded onto their scheduled flights.
“As a certified pre-screening facility, we can ensure our customers who ship via air the same high standards and delivery performance that they expect from Purolator,” Stomp added. “Most logistics providers cannot offer this service to their customers, and instead must endure the uncertainty and disruption of airport screening queues.”
Purolator received its CCSP certification following and extensive application and review process administered by the TSA. To date, CCSP approval has been awarded to only 450 locations. Stomp said that Purolator has plans to seek CCSP approval for additional processing facilities.
“The TSA is limiting participation in this program to the ‘best of the best,” Stomp said. “We are proud that the TSA has recognized Purolator as being qualified to meet its high standards, and we look forward to using our CCSP approval to better serve our customers.”
About Purolator USA
Purolator USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Purolator Courier Ltd, Canada’s leading overnight courier company. Purolator USA specializes in the air and surface forwarding of small packages and freight shipments, customs brokerage and delivery to, from and within the North American market.
Purolator USA has doubled the size of its U.S. office network during the past 18 months, with branches or gateways now operating in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia and Raleigh/Durham and New York.

Monday, September 28, 2009

National Gateway Honored as “Competitiveness Project of the Year”

North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum Cites National Gateway Benefits

Washington, DC – September 28, 2009 – The National Gateway coalition today announced that it has been honored as “Competitiveness Project of the Year” by the North American Strategic Infrastructure Leadership Forum, a leading infrastructure identification and development group.

The award recognizes the National Gateway as the “project which contributes most to the [North American] region's capacity for global competitiveness.”

The National Gateway is an $842 million, multi-state public-private infrastructure initiative which will create a more efficient freight rail route between Mid-Atlantic ports and Midwestern markets. This is achieved by raising bridges, increasing tunnel clearances and building terminals along an existing rail corridor to support the movement of double-stacked containers on rail cars.

The project will improve American competitiveness in global markets, create jobs, reduce transportation-related emissions and alleviate congestion on roads and highways. Every dollar invested in the National Gateway returns $6 of public benefits by significantly increasing freight capacity and reducing transit times between East and West Coast ports and major population centers by 24 to 48 hours.

To date, the project has received $395 million in funding commitments from freight transportation company CSX Corporation and its affiliates. States involved in the project are expected to fund $189 million, with an additional $258 million requested from the federal government.

The National Gateway has the support of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and North Carolina Governor Bev Purdue. The National Gateway coalition includes more than three dozen United States Senators and Representatives, as well a large coalition of state officials, business groups and environmental advocates. For a complete list of supporters, visit www.nationalgateway.org.

“Today there is an urgent need for strategic investment in transportation infrastructure,” said Carl Warren, director of strategic infrastructure for CSX Intermodal. “This award is an acknowledgement of the National Gateway’s role in meeting those critical needs.”

Warren thanked the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina for their leadership in this partnership to enhance the region’s competitiveness.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Announcement: Pat Cain Appointed to be President of Hyphen


Toronto - Douglas Harrison, President of the Calyx Transportation Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Pat Cain to the position of President of Hyphen, Calyx’s freight brokerage and transportation management company.

Pat has an extensive background in transportation and logistics. Pat grew up in a family transportation business where he was General Manager. As Pat’s career evolved he joined Ryder Integrated Logistics as a Director of Customer Logistics where he played a key role in growing Ryder’s third party logistics business in Canada and latter served as VP Business Development with Progistix. Most recently Pat was Vice-President of Operational Performance Improvement with a division of Bell Canada.

Pat graduated from Wilfred Laurier with his Bachelors in Business, and is a graduate of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation, Pat also holds his Professional Logistician designation (P. Log.). Pat has written a number of articles on logistics and has served on the Board of the OTA and several logistics and business associations.

Calyx Transportation Group

Calyx Transportation Group is one of Canada’s leading Transportation and Logistics companies providing LTL, TL, time sensitive transportation, warehousing, closed loop transportation, freight brokerage, transportation management and full 3PL services. Calyx has operations throughout Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

DHL Enhances Transatlantic Express Services

DHL enhances transatlantic express services with a fleet of highly-efficient Boeing 767 Extended Range Freighter aircraft

· Six new, fuel-efficient Boeing 767 Extended Range Freighters (ERF) to join DHL fleet through end of 2012

· First two B767ERF take flight on major routes between DHL’s major hub and gateway in the USA and Europe

· Blended winglets improve fuel efficiency and decrease CO2 emissions

Bonn, Germany and Plantation, Fla. – September 23, 2009 – DHL Express, the world’s leading international express delivery company, is introducing the Boeing 767 Extended Range Freighter aircraft into its air fleet, with the first commercial flight that left the Leipzig airport in Germany for DHL’s major international gateway at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport in New York yesterday. Operated by United Kingdom-based DHL Air, a total of six Boeing 767ERF will help DHL further boost the company’s on-time performance and reliability of its transatlantic services. The aircraft will replace the shared capacity of its MD-11F aircraft currently in use through a joint venture with Lufthansa Cargo.

Transatlantic trade has been at a continuously high level in recent years, with Europe-to-USA and USA-to-Europe trade flows reaching a value of US $347 billion and US $288 billion respectively in 2008. The company’s volumes in the transatlantic air express market remained at a high level during the recent economic crisis and are expected to increase when the global economy has fully recovered.

With a payload capacity of 59 tons and a maximum range of 3,700 miles, the 767ERF aircraft is widely recognized as one of the most modern mid-range wide body freighters currently available. The new aircraft will serve daily direct flights between the USA and Europe, which include daily direct flights between DHL Express’ major European hub in Leipzig (LEJ), Germany, and New York (JFK), while another daily direct flight serves routes between DHL Express’ major international Americas regional hub in Cincinnati and gateway in New York (JFK) to-and-from East Midlands, United Kingdom. These flights will further improve the international connectivity of the U.S. network and enable the company to expand its next day Time Definite transatlantic services between the U.S. East Coast and Europe. DHL is the first company to register this aircraft type in Europe, following certification through the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

“By introducing the Boeing 767ERF into our own DHL air fleet we are following our smart technology approach, which aims at achieving high efficiency gains through the use of the most modern technology available, wherever possible,” said Charlie Dobbie, Executive Vice President, Express Network Operations and Aviation. “Furthermore, operating this highly-reliable new aircraft type on our transatlantic routes proves that we are serious about further improving our capabilities for U.S. inbound and outbound international express services. Moreover, the aircraft’s efficiency also enables us to maintain a very competitive offer and implement our group-wide GoGreen strategy.”

Due to its advanced engine technology and the winglets provided by Aviation Partners Boeing, the 767ERF stands out as one of the most-efficient and environmentally-friendly aircraft of its class. In addition, it plays a significant role in Deutsche Post DHL’s global GoGreen strategy, which foresees an improvement of the group’s carbon efficiency by 30 percent by the year 2020, also to be achieved by re-fleeting measures.

The key fuel efficiency and environmental benefits of the new fleet include:

· 53 % less fuel per trip and 53 % less CO2 emissions.

· Savings of approximately 1,000 U.S. gallons of fuel on a typical return trip from Europe to the U.S.

· Fuel savings of approximately 1,585,000 gallons per year, calculated for all six 767ERF aircraft on the transatlantic route, five times a week, 52 weeks a year.


DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and 310,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education. DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL.

The Association for Operations Management's Annual Meeting

APICS Invites Lakeshore Collegiate to International Conference: Education/Sector Council Partnership Results in Exceptional Opportunity for Students

September 23, 2009, Mississauga, Ontario – APICS The Association for Operations Management will hold its annual international conference this year in Toronto. Up to 2,000 delegates from around the world will attend this event on October 4 through 6. Twenty-five to thirty students from Etobicoke’s Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (LCI) will be among those delegates on Monday, October 5.

The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (the CSCSC), of which APICS is a pillar member, is partnered with LCI through the Education/Sector Council Partnership Program of The Alliance of Sector Councils and the Toronto District School Board. Through this relationship, the CSCSC is working with LCI to engage students in learning about supply chains and supply chain careers. Teachers and administrators at LCI have expressed interest in opportunities for activities and events including job-shadowing, mentoring, experiential learning, worksite visits, career fairs and more. This partnership is part of a pilot project that is intended to lead to the development of similar collaborations across Canada.

Like most stakeholders in the supply chain sector, APICS recognizes the importance of reaching youth with information about supply chain career opportunities. The Canadian supply chain sector faces an expected vacancy rate of more than 80,000 jobs a year due to retirements and turnover, in addition to anticipated growth in new jobs. In coming years, the sector’s employers will need to compete for scarce human resources with other, equally motivated employers. Attracting young people to the sector is becoming increasingly necessary.

In providing one-day conference passes to LCI students and teachers, APICS is enabling students to “meet with supply chain and operations-management professionals to discuss the various positions they hold, the educational expectations for these positions, and what a typical work day is like,” says Emanuele Nasello, Curriculum Leader of Cooperative Education & Business Studies at LCI. Mr. Nasello is enthusiastic about the “wonderful career-awareness opportunity for [LCI] students” provided by APICS, saying that the school is “honoured to be invited” to the event.

LCI students attending the conference will participate in workshop sessions during the morning, on topics that include global supply chains, basics of operations management and Lean operations. After lunch, they’ll join the World Café, a forum for discussion on the future of the supply chain profession.

Participation in the conference is being provided to LCI free of charge.The CSCSC will hold a meeting of its Board of Directors on Monday, October 5 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, where the APICS conference is taking place. APICS has invited CSCSC Board members to join the World Café session that will begin shortly after the Board meeting is expected to end, again at no charge to participants.

“Our partnership with APICS and other professional associations provides opportunities for students to connect to the dynamic world of business,” notes Kevin Maynard, Executive Director of the CSCSC. “This particular initiative will ignite the curiosity of participating students to think beyond the traditional careers that they may have considered, and encourage them to explore the exciting work that can be found within the supply chain.”

About the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council

The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council is an all-stakeholder, not-for-profit organization responsible for the human resources strategy for the supply chain sector in Canada. The CSCSC is funded by the Government of Canada’s Sector Council Program.

About APICS The Association for Operations Management

APICS The Association for Operations Management is a global leader and source of of information in operations management, including production, inventory, supply chain, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its top-quality training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals. For more information about APICS, visit www.apics.org.

Purolator USA Offers Advanced Tracking Capabilities

Purolator USA Offers Advanced Tracking Capabilities, Seamless Delivery Options for Automotive Aftermarket Shipments

September 23, 2009 – Jericho, NY -- Automotive aftermarket manufacturers can have 100 percent visibility and tracking capabilities of their shipments – even in the most remote regions of the U.S. and Canada – by taking advantage of Purolator USA’s extensive distribution networks and technology capabilities. Purolator, a leading provider of cross border logistics is recognized throughout the automotive aftermarket industry as a preferred shipper because of these capabilities.

“Aftermarket manufacturers rely on Purolator to provide hassle-free, uninterrupted delivery of their shipments to Canada,” says Purolator USA Director of Sales John Jensen. “Very often we are delivering parts to service a fleet or delivery vehicle that cannot operate without that part. There is very little margin for a disruption in the supply chain, and we are pleased to meet our aftermarket customers’ expectations.

Purolator recently introduced a new client portal to customers, which offers significant enhancements to its tracking capability. Through the client portal, customers have complete oversight of their shipment’s chain of command as well as to customs documentation and transit updates. The portal also offers customers access to their billing and shipping histories.

Automotive aftermarket manufacturers also recognize Purolator’s seamless delivery capabilities throughout Canada. Unlike most cross border logistics providers, Purolator maintains an extensive distribution network throughout Canada. This means that a shipment is able to travel from the U.S., across the border and to its final destination without ever leaving Purolator’s scope of control. “Our customers never have to wonder where their package is,” says Jensen. “With Purolator, visibility is always just a mouse click or two away.”

Purolator’s presence throughout Canada also means that there is very little interference from “blackout areas” that may affect other carriers that do not have the same level of investment in their Canadian routes. Regardless of where a shipment is headed – even to the most remote regions of Canada – a customer will have 24/7 tracking capability.

Purolator maintains a team of customer service representatives who develop customized logistics plans that take into account each customer’s unique needs. Aftermarket manufacturers, because of their specific logistics needs, are able to take advantage of Purolator’s wide range of delivery options and flexibility.

About Purolator USA

Purolator USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Purolator Courier Ltd, Canada’s leading overnight courier company. Purolator USA specializes in the air and surface forwarding of small packages and freight shipments, customs brokerage and delivery to, from and within the North American market.

In addition to its facilities throughout New York State, Purolator USA has expanded into several key markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia and Raleigh/Durham.

Monday, September 21, 2009

CHICAGO, Illinois —September 21, 2009—CSCMP Annual Conference

Descartes Unveils Federated Platform to Accelerate Productivity and Performance of Logistics-Intensive Industries: State of Things United’ Platform Broadens to Manage Resources in Motion.

Descartes unveiled its federated business value network. This federated platform unites hardware, software, networks and a community of logistics organizations to help to manage resources in motion. The ‘state of things united’ platform enables participants to work together to automate multi-party business processes and share critical information to accelerate productivity improvements and cost savings. Descartes’ federated platform provides its broadest and most comprehensive footprint of capabilities across the broad array of logistics-intensive industries. While Descartes’ solutions have historically focused on the delivery of goods, the new ‘state of things united’ business value network expands the scope of services to comprehensive management of resources in motion such as people, conveyance, assets, inventory and documents - all-in-one.

“Our federated platform accents the foundation of our business strategy. We believe that three existing markets are converging: mobile resource management; supply chain execution; and global trade management,” said Art Mesher, CEO of Descartes. “As these markets intersect, a new Resources in Motion Management Systems category emerges. It’s in this congruence where we are focusing our business strategy.”

“K” Line Standardizes Rate Management Process with Descartes

“K” Line is continuing to use Descartes Rate Builder to centralize and manage its rates and contracts for key trade lanes. With Descartes Rate Builder, “K” Line has centralized visibility to its shipping rates by customer and region. Descartes Rate Builder also enables “K” Line to standardize its rate agreements, improving overall efficiency of its rate-making process. “Managing customer rates and contracts can be a very time-consuming process, but it is a critical component of our customer service. Descartes Rate Builder enables us to streamline, standardize and automate the process, resulting in great efficiency and a quick turn-around for our customers,” said Martin Jarvis, of the Information System Group at “K” Line (Europe) Ltd. “With Descartes’ Rate Builder, we can go to a single source via a Web browser to access and manage our service contract information and rapidly respond to customer information and service requests.”

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

YRC Worldwide Continues To Be A Leading IT Innovator

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., September 15, 2009 YRC Worldwide Inc. (NASDAQ: YRCW) announced today that the company has ranked 62 on the 2009 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. The 2009 InformationWeek 500 companies were revealed on September 14, 2009 at an awards ceremony held during the InformationWeek 500 Conference at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California.

“This award is an affirmation of our continued steps to develop and advance technology that enables our employees to excel and better service our customers,” said Mike Naatz, Chief Information Officer, YRC Worldwide. “It is a pleasure and honor to be acknowledged by InformationWeek again this year for our continual innovation in providing technology solutions for the transportation and supply chain industries.”

YRC Worldwide Technologies was recognized by InformationWeek for its new application, the Pricing and Activity Management System (PAMS). YRC Worldwide IT, Pricing and Sales teams collaborated to develop this ground-breaking new application. YRC Worldwide was determined to cut the waiting time for customers requesting a pricing bid. YRC Worldwide wanted to retire the legacy systems used by Roadway and Yellow (now YRC). With PAMS, YRC has the ability to respond to bid requests promptly, with customized pricing agreements. In its first four months of full deployment, PAMS drove a reduction of 25% in the closure rate of pricing requests. YRC now completes most simple pricing requests in a day.

“For over 20 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative users of business technology,” saidInformationWeek Editor-in-Chief Rob Preston. “Year after year, InformationWeek 500 companies harness technology to improve efficiency, boost productivity, drive revenue, and establish a competitive advantage. We applaud this year’s winners, and the CIOs and other executives whose ingenuity and risk taking are at the center of business technology innovation.”

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, now in its 21st year, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

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 YRC, YRC Reimer, YRC Glen Moore, YRC Logistics, New Penn, Holland and Reddaway. YRC Worldwide has the largest, most comprehensive network in North America with local, regional, national and international capabilities. Through its team of experienced service professionals, YRC Worldwide offers industry-leading expertise in heavyweight shipments and flexible supply chain solutions, ensuring customers can ship industrial, commercial and retail goods with confidence. The company is headquartered in Overland Park, Kan. 

CEVA Launches New Global Website

London, UK, 14 September 2009 – CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, has launched a new website with a dedicated news section offering up to the minute information for analysts and media on latest company developments.

The revamped website provides an option to subscribe to specific CEVA news. There is also a dedicated webcast section where senior CEVA executives provide a viewpoint on industry issues.

Rather than being directed to a generic email address, individual points of contact are also provided to ensure that specific enquires are handled as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Rebecca Salt, Group Director of Marketing and Communications, CEVA Logistics said: “We are pleased to have launched our new, global website. The updated features mean customers, analysts and media are better informed on latest company developments and can access information about CEVA more efficiently.”


CEVA Logistics is a leading global supply chain management company. We provide end-to-end design, implementation and operational solutions in contract logistics and freight management to large and medium-sized national and multinational companies. CEVA employs circa 50,000 people and runs an extensive global network with facilities in over 100 countries. For the year ending 31 December 2008, the Group reported revenues of €6.3bn. For more information, please visit www.cevalogistics.com.


The statements included in this news release, and other statements that are not historical facts, may contain forward-looking statements. In addition to the assumptions specifically mentioned in the above paragraphs, there are a number of other factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the process of combining EGL and CEVA, the actual effects of recent and future regulatory changes and technological developments, globalization, levels of spending in major economies, the economic downturn in Asia, Europe and the US, including the economic downturn in the automotive sector, levels of marketing and promotional expenditure, actions of competitors and joint venture partners, employee costs, future exchange and interest rates, changes in tax rates, unexpected costs of future business combinations or dispositions and other factors detailed in risk factors and elsewhere in CEVA most recent Annual Reports. Further information concerning the Company and its business, including factors that potentially could materially affect the Company’s financial results, is contained in the Company’s annual and quarterly reports, available on the Company’s website. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or the consequences of such a development worsen, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those forecasted or expected. CEVA disclaims any intention or obligation to update publicly or revise such atstements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

C.H. Robinson Worldwide Acquires Rosemont Farms Corporation, Inc. and Quality Logistics, LLC

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, September 15 - C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., ("C.H. Robinson") one of the largest produce sourcing and non-asset based third party logistics companies in the world, today announced it acquired two jointly-owned, produce industry leaders: Rosemont Farms Corporation, Inc. ("Rosemont"), a prominent produce marketing company, and Quality Logistics, LLC, a non-asset based logistics sister company that focuses on produce transportation.

Rosemont offers produce and logistics solutions to retail and food service customers. Rosemont’s expertise and well established grower relationships will further augment C.H. Robinson’s existing regional grower programs and its focus on providing sustainable solutions that are close to the market, grower based, and supply chain efficient. Quality Logistics primarily focuses on refrigerated and less-than-truckload transportation. Rosemont and Quality Logistics are headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, and combined have approximately 100 employees. Both companies were established in 1999 by Andrew Schwartz, Frank Segui, and Don Brodie. Schwartz and Segui will continue with the company in similar management roles.

"The Rosemont and Quality Logistics acquisition continues C.H. Robinson’s long track record of adapting to the needs of the marketplace by developing new approaches to the produce supply chain," said Jim Lemke, C.H. Robinson senior vice president of sourcing. "We continue to evolve and innovate our grower programs. Both companies’ experienced teams will be a driving force as we cultivate stronger and more active grower marketing programs. Their industry knowledge, commitment to service, and relationships are a great complement to the Robinson team."

In 2005, C.H. Robinson acquired FoodSource, Inc., a California based produce sourcing and marketing organization. FoodSource’s regional programs and grower relationships have played an integral role in expanding C.H. Robinson’s organic regional programs. The Rosemont acquisition, combined with FoodSource, will continue to support C.H. Robinson’s supply-based sourcing strategies and ability to provide state of the art solutions to meet consumers’ needs.

Schwartz said, "We are proud and excited to combine our produce and supply chain expertise with C.H. Robinson. We have wo rked with Robinson for many years and look forward to bundling our collective resources and capabilities. Together, we will be able to offer the high quality produce and service that has built both companies to their current levels."

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.:

C.H. Robinson got its start in the produce industry over 100 years ago, providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the settlers of the Dakotas and Minnesota. Today, C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest produce sourcing and non-asset based third party logistics companies in the world with annual gross revenues of approximately $8.6 billion in 2008. C.H. Robinson sources the highest quality products while integrating value-added logistics, distribution, and information reporting services. C.H. Robinson works with many well known North American consumer brands including Mott's®, Welch's®, and Tropicana® and offers a full line of organic produce through a large network of regional and local growers. The company serves over 32,000 customers through a network of more than 233 offices and approximately 7,300 employees in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia and the Middle East.

Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson contributes millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Children&r squo;s Hospital of Minnesota, and the United Way. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the Nasdaq since 1997.

Friday, September 11, 2009

SCI Group and 3SO Announce Outsourcing Partnership to Deliver Regionalized Supply Chain Services

SCI Group Inc. recently announced a new strategic partnership with Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario (3SO) to operate the logistics portion of its regional supply chain initiative that serves six member hospital organizations from Trenton to Brockville, Ontario.

The logistics services solution, operated by SCI Logistics Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of SCI Group Inc., was created to support 3SO’s mission of reducing total supply chain costs while providing superior service levels that enable hospitals to direct savings into patient care. A key feature of the solution is a central distribution centre located in Kingston that will provide fast and flexible service to each member hospital.

“Having a distribution facility centralized in our region provides us with the responsiveness and agility required to allay the concerns of our member hospitals regarding the transition to this new service arrangement” said Lyndon Smith, general manager of 3SO. “Another key factor in our decision to use SCI Logistics Ltd is their experience using technology and advanced supply chain practices to transform processes and provide visibility throughout the supply chain. The fact that both of us are on the same technology platform will enable us to achieve additional efficiencies during implementation.”

SCI’s services to 3SO represent a slight departure from other models in the third party logistics market. 3SO will manage the procurement of the surgical and medical products and SCI will take ownership of the majority of the inventory and manage all fulfillment activities to each of the member hospitals. This gives 3SO flexibility regarding the range of products they wish to order and full visibility on their component costs while, at the same time, leveraging the consolidated demand from the hospitals and obtaining better prices for their products. SCI’s solution will help 3SO decrease overall supply chain operating costs to free up resources to be used for direct patient care.

“3SO’s focus on finding new and innovative ways to manage its supply chain is a direct match to how SCI Logistics Ltd. and other members of SCI Group operate,” states Louise Villeneuve, vp of business development and marketing at SCI Group. “We always look for new ways of integrating technology, people and processes into best-in-class solutions for our clients and I think this approach was recognized and valued by the 3SO team.”

About SCI Group
SCI Group, a member of the Canada Post Group of Companies, is a leading provider of high value-add supply chain solutions to the Canadian marketplace. Through its operating entities SCI Logistics, Progistix, and First Team Transport, the SCI Group offers business-to-consumer, business-to-business and field service logistics solutions to organizations in the health care, retail, utilities, high-tech and manufacturing sectors.

About 3SO
Formally launched on Sept. 25, 2008, 3SO is a not-for-profit, non-share capital corporation formed voluntarily by Brockville General Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Perth Smiths Falls District Hospital, Providence Care and Quinte Health Care.

3SO’s mission is to reduce total supply chain costs, for southeastern Ontario healthcare, through innovative, leading practices and systems that enable customers to direct savings into patient care

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Nulogx Announces the Launch of its Canadian General Freight Index ("CGFI")

Nulogx provides unprecedented value to North American shippers through the combined value of a best-in-class TMS Application, expert Managed Services, and the largest Freight Audit and Payment service in Canada. Our freight planning, management, and execution resources along with business intelligence that is clear and actionable provide our customers with efficient, cost effective alternatives to achieving transportation objectives.

The CGFI will become an important tool for the planning and management of your transportation costs. We expect that this information will be highly useful for carrier negotiations, setting budgets and senior management reviews.

As Canada's largest freight bill audit and payment provider, our advanced technology has visibility into more than 2 million shipment transactions per year and $750MM in annual freight spend. This exceptionally large database of current shipping activity gives us the ability to produce, for the first time in Canada, an accurate index that will represent changes in freight costs for Canadian shippers.

For more information and current results, please visit the CGFI website www.cgfi.ca.

The Index is the culmination of many months of analysis and testing, enabling us to make statistically relevant findings using a sample of current transportation data extracted from our freight bill processing system.

Our process will also involve regular reviews by established experts in the transportation sector who will both validate the analytical process and provide their commentary on the overall findings.

While only high level information is available to the general public on our website www.cgfi.ca, our customers will regularly receive detailed information on changing market rates, regional trends and fluctuating fuel surcharge levels, at no extra charge.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Canadian Pacific to address 2009 Credit Suisse Automotive and Transportation Conference

CALGARY, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Jane O'Hagan, Senior Vice President Strategy & Yield, Canadian Pacific (TSX/NYSE: CP) will address the 2009 Credit Suisse Automotive and Transportation Conference on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 09:05 am Eastern Time.

Ms. O'Hagan's presentation will provide highlights of CP's current business performance and initiatives. The conference will be held at the Credit Suisse Conference Center, Eleven Madison Avenue, Level 2B in New York.

There will be a live audio webcast of Ms. O'Hagan's presentation. A replay of the webcast, as well as the presentation materials, will be available in the Investor section of CP's website, http://www.cpr.ca, after the presentation.

Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across Canada and in the United States, remains committed to being the safest, most fluid railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering innovative transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe operation of our trains through the more than 1100 communities where we operate. Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Schneider National CIO Named to 2009 List of Top 10 Leaders and Change Agents

Judith Lemke Becomes First Transportation/Logistics CIO Recognized by Peers in CIO Leadership Network

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Sept. 3, 2009 — Judith Lemke, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Schneider National, Inc., was recently named to CIO Leadership Network’s list of Top 10 Leaders and Change Agents. Lemke was recognized by the private, invitation-only network – designed by CIOs for CIOs – for the visionary strength and pragmatic execution she consistently demonstrates in her role. Schneider is a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, as well as the nation’s largest truckload carrier.

This is the second consecutive year that the Top 10 Leaders and Change Agents distinction has been awarded. It honors CIOs and senior IT executives whose innovative responses to changing business needs have provided outstanding leadership in global IT management and have brought demonstrable business benefit to their organizations.

“As part of our executive team, Judy brings a wealth of business knowledge, refreshing optimism and a steadfast commitment to employing technology to drive productivity and enhance the customer’s experience,” said Chris Lofgren, President and CEO of Schneider National. “As the leader of our technology organization, she continually demonstrates the highest level of professionalism, cost discipline and business acumen while encouraging innovation and developing the talents of all associates under her stewardship.”

According to Thornton May, one of the judges who selected this year’s honorees, “Being selected as a Top 10 Leader and Change Agent is one of the world's most prestigious IT leadership awards and highlights how deeply respected Judy is among her CIO peers and the IT community. To our Top 10 judging committee, it was crystal clear that she is a CIO who defines the opportunity seat for CIOs to lead business transformation.”

The awards program was open to CIOs from global organizations with greater than $1B in annualized revenue. CIOs and senior IT executives were nominated for participation by their CIO peers, IT partners and other business colleagues.

Winners answered essay questions with thought-provoking commentary on their leadership and management accomplishments. Application details included descriptions on the ability to lead effective IT programs and teams in complex and dynamic environments. Finalists were judged by an independent panel of top academics, business thought leaders and former and/or current CIOs.

Lemke is the first CIO representing a transportation and logistics company to be named to the prestigious list. She is also a governing officer for the CIO Leadership Network’s regional executive summit in Minnesota.

All honorees were lauded at an April 15, 2009, awards gala held during the Network’s Global CIO Executive Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. The other Top 10 Leaders and Change Agents include Kevin Summers, Corporate VP and Global CIO, Whirlpool Corporation; Virginia Guthrie, CIO, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc.; LaVerne Council, Corporate VP and CIO, Johnson and Johnson; Barry Carter, CIO and SVP Shared Services, Alliance Data; Louie Ehrlich, Chevron CIO and President, ITC; John Hinshaw, VP and CIO, The Boeing Company; George Davis, SVP and CIO, The Hershey Company; Al Tarasiuk, CIO, Central Intelligence Agency; Mike Clifford, VP and CIO, Whole Foods Market, Inc.

For more information on the CIO Leadership Network, visit www.bycios.com.

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

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for more than 70 years. A $3.7 billion company, Schneider National conducts business in more than 28 countries in North America, Europe and Asia and continues to grow its international service offerings.

America’s Freight Stakeholders Announce Key Reauthorization Concerns

America’s Freight Stakeholders Stress Need for Congress to Forge Ahead

A host of diverse transportation luminaries from the Freight Stakeholders Coalition will highlight their concerns with the pending surface transportation bill reauthorization and stress the importance for Congress to move ahead without delay when the Coalition holds a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference on Monday, Sept. 14.

The Freight Stakeholders Coalition represents America’s diverse freight community and supports policies that promote freight mobility in the U.S. Its 17 member organizations represent the country’s largest shippers and public/private transportation providers.

The Coalition strongly advocates that substantial investment America’s freight transportation system must be given a high priority in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization bill, and that without such investment, the performance of all modes of goods movement will continue to deteriorate and the U.S. will pay a high price in terms of domestic prosperity and international competitiveness. The Coalition supports strong federal leadership that will help develop projects of regional and national significance which reduce congestion, enhance goods movement, improve the environment, and create and maintain jobs.

Event participants will include (in order of remarks):

Joni Casey, President and CEO, Intermodal Association of North America

Jean Godwin, Executive Vice President, American Association of Port Authorities

The Honorable Allen D. Biehler, P.E., Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, President, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO, Association of American Railroads

Clayton W. Boyce, Vice President of Public Affairs and Press Secretary, American Trucking Associations

Janet Kavinoky, Director of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Mortimer L. Downey, Senior Advisor, PB Consult, Inc., Chairman, Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors

WHAT: Moving the Goods: America's Freight Stakeholders Speak Out on Reauthorization

WHEN: Monday, September 14 (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

WHERE: National Press Club (First Amendment Lounge), 529 14th Street, N.W. (13th Floor),
Washington, DC

Darren E. Christle, Named This Year’s Recipient of the CITT Award of Excellence

September 3, 2009 - Patrick Bohan, Chair of the CITT National Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that Darren E. Christle, CITT, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Award of Excellence.

The CITT Award of Excellence is presented annually to the member who best exemplifies a strong commitment to the logistics profession and to CITT. Nominees are selected by their peers.

Mr. Christle is currently the Executive Director of the Motor Carrier Division of the Manitoba Department of Infrastructure and Transportation. He joined the department in 1992. He is responsible for commercial safety, regulation and enforcement programs for both highway and railway modes.

Although Mr. Christle has been involved in transportation for over 20 years in various capacities for both the private and public sectors, he considers the Award of Excellence to be a significant achievement.

“I’m thrilled at being selected to receive the 2009 CITT Award of Excellence,” said Mr. Christle. “I am sincerely honoured that my peers consider me deserving to join with esteemed individuals such as Patrick Cullen, CITT, Doug Harrison, CITT and Paul Kurrat, CITT, as a recipient.”

Mr. Christle is a former five term chair of the Manitoba Executive Council and a seven term member of the National Board of Directors. He served as chairman of the board in 2005. He is also a past chairman of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, (CCMTA), Standing Committee on Compliance and Regulatory Affairs. He has been a committee member for 13 years.

In addition to his position with the government of Manitoba, Mr. Christle is also the International President of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance based in Washington, D.C. He is only the third Canadian to ever hold that position. He is also the vice chair of finance for the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. Mr. Christle has appeared before both the Canadian Parliamentary and the Senate Standing Committee on Transportation, and is a former member of the NAFTA Land Transportation Safety Committee. In 2006, he had the distinction of being the keynote speaker at the World Transportation Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Mr. Christle has diplomas in Criminology and Business Administration from Red River College in Winnipeg. He graduated from the Queen’s University Leadership Development Program and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration through the University of Victoria. He earned his CITT designation in 1996.

With a proven ability to rise to every challenge at all levels, Mr. Christle attributes much of his success to ongoing education, and to CITT.

“My CITT designation has been and remains the key foundation on the path of lifelong learning. I believe there are no boundaries or limitations for anyone who is prepared to work hard towards a goal and are able to view every obstacle as an opportunity.”

Mr. Christle shares this award with his wife Kim and daughter Ashley.

The CITT Award of Excellence will be presented during Reposition 2009 at the Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, November 6th, 2009.

Port Metro Vancouver Announces Smaller and Sttreamlined Executive

Message to Customers and Stakeholders

Re: New PMV executive organisation structure

Since joining Port Metro Vancouver earlier this year, a priority of mine has been to meet with many of you to get a better understanding of your activities, and how we at Port Metro Vancouver most appropriately support the continued development of the Port and the Gateway, and meet the needs you have of the Gateway now and into the future.

I am very pleased to announce a new Executive Team for Port Metro Vancouver, as below, who will be taking on the challenge of leading Port Metro Vancouver forward to deliver our strategic priorities and to continue to develop Port Metro Vancouver as a key component of one of North America’ leading gateways. This team will be very focused on working closely with all of our stakeholders to ensure Port Metro Vancouver fully understands and works to deliver your needs of the Gateway.

Chris Badger – Chief Operations Officer
Allan Baydala – Chief Financial Officer
Tom Corsie – Vice President Real Estate
Christine Dioszeghy – Vice President Human Resources
Peter Xotta – Vice President Planning and Development

All of the Executive will report directly to me.

Graham Kee will be retiring at the end of March but until then will be taking on the role of Vice President Olympic Operations.

I am confident that this smaller and more streamlined Executive positions Port Metro Vancouver very well for the future. I, and the new Executive, look forward to continuing to work closely with you to seize the full potential of Asia Pacific trade for Canada.

Robin Silvester
President & CEO
Port Metro Vancouver

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

DHL Launches New Direct LCL Services From Vietnam to Germany, Italy and USA

Direct services enhance speed and benefits Vietnam businesses trading with key European and US markets

Plantation, Fla. – 1 September 2009 – DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, announced the launch of its guaranteed weekly direct Less than Container Load[1] (LCL) services connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Hamburg, Germany; Genoa, Italy and Los Angeles, USA. Through Danmar Lines, DHL’s in-house carrier, the new weekly direct LCL services enables shipments to arrive up to a week earlier.

The launch of the new services taps into the key trade lanes for businesses in Vietnam. The two European destinations facilitate trade with Vietnam's largest export region, with the continent receiving US$12.2 billion in Vietnamese products in 2008. Following closely is USA, Vietnam's second-largest trading partner, which received US$11.86 billion worth of goods from the fast-growing Southeast Asian nation last year[2].

In the face of the global economic slowdown, Vietnam remains a resilient export economy and key sectors including agricultural goods, apparel, crude oil, furniture, technology and textiles will benefit from DHL's flexible new service. In the first six months of this year, garment and apparel-related industries accounted for US$10 billion worth of exports from Vietnam, contributing well over a third of the nation’s export trade which totaled US$27.6 billion in that period[3].

“Our ability to continually expand our service portfolio underlines our commitment to offer best-in-class solutions for customers,” said Amadou Diallo, Chief Executive Officer, DHL

Global Forwarding, South Asia Pacific. “In the highly competitive business landscape, companies are faced with the challenge of responding more quickly to customer demands. Our direct LCL services offer cost-efficient solutions that meet customers’ needs, and support the healthy trade between Vietnam and Germany, Italy and USA.”

DHL Global Forwarding recently strengthened its commitment in the fast-growing fashion logistics industry in Vietnam with the launch of its textainers and garments-on-hangers products designed to support Vietnamese garment exporters. This is a system of transporting hanging garments which are among the most effective ways of transporting apparel over great distances as it protects garments, especially high-end, valuable clothing. It has also announced plans to establish the “DHL Fashion and Apparel Center for Excellence” in Vietnam.

“Adding the LCL service to our offering provides another option for businesses in the fashion industry to deliver their products around the world. By enhancing our service to Germany, Italy and USA, which are traditionally busy trade lanes for Vietnam, our customers will greatly benefit from the shorter transit times and reliable and seamless door-to-door service complete with full track and trace capabilities,” said Michel Khaou, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Vietnam.

With this new service offering, DHL now serves 54 destinations in the USA with its inland network via Los Angeles and 26 European destinations through Genoa and Hamburg, offering direct services with fast and reliable transit times.

Clas Thorell, Head of LCL Management Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding, said, “The introduction of this weekly service is part of DHL’s continuing plans to expand our own operated, weekly guaranteed, LCL services globally. DHL currently operates the world’s largest LCL network with more than 2,000,000 cubic meters of LCL freight handled annually via 45,000 point-pairs. With our strong in-house LCL network, expertise and capabilities, we have consistently maintained our leading position in the region and globally.”

As a global leader in LCL, DHL carries more than 97% of its total volumes in house. The in-house systems and strong global network enables the control of cargo flow, information flow, speed, accuracy, cost efficiency and reliability.

DHL’s launch of new direct services in Vietnam is part of its on-going enhancements of LCL service capabilities. Since the start of this year, DHL has launched 22 direct LCL services to meet increasing demand for the services. DHL’s newly launched routes this year include:
· Chennai, India to Felixstowe, UK
· Shenzhen, China to Hamburg, Germany; Genoa, Italy; Southampton, United Kingdom; Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Antwerp, Belgium; Le Havre, France and Vancouver, Canada
· Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan to Chicago, USA
· Bangkok, Thailand to Los Angeles, USA; Hamburg, Germany and Tokyo, Japan
· Shenzhen, China to New York, USA
· Port Kelang, Malaysia, to Los Angeles, USA; Shanghai, China and Hamburg, Germany
· Jakarta, Indonesia, to Los Angeles, USA and Hamburg, Germany
· Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Hamburg, Germany; Genoa, Italy and Los Angeles, USA.

[1] LCL services refer to smaller amounts of ocean freight cargo that are insufficient to fill a Full Container Load (FCL). The service is widely used by customers across many industries as it offers the flexibility of shipping smaller quantities in a timely manner.
2 EC Statistical Office, 2009
3 Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Garment and apparel-related industries here refer to garments and shoes.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Osprey Capital Orchestrates the Sale of iWheels Dedicated Logistics to DART Supply Chain Solutions

Toronto, Ontario, Canada. - August 14th 2009 - DART Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. today completed the acquisition of iWheels Dedicated Logistics. Financials terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

"Here was a quality asset that was effectively broadsided by the collapse of the auto industry. Can you take the best-in-class, people, processes and underlying infrastructure and apply it to a different industry vertical"? asked Robert Kheir, lead advisor on this transaction. "if you could, you can sell it because everyone was throwing out the baby with the bath water when it came to automotive".

"You have to be opportunistic in today's environment - that's what separates the leaders from the laggards. The economy will turn, it always does and when it does we want to be positioned so that we are taking market share." said Adrian Donnelly, CEO of DART Supply Chain Solutions Inc. "This acquisition gives us a platform to be number one in automotive supply chain virtually overnight and grow other avenues of our business at a faster clip"

"We will always have some form of automotive manufacturing In North America - we are all shareholders now, so it's in our best interest." said, Jim Davidson, President of iWheels Dedicated. "Adrian and I have a shared vision that logistics will play an integral part of building back the auto sector both in Canada and USA and we want to ensure that we are at the forefront."

Dart Supply Chain Solutions
DART is a leading third party logistics (3PL) and fulfillment provider with over 2,000,000 sq. ft. of capacity, delivering flexible and scalable outsourcing solutions. Through innovative technology solutions as their core competency, they optimize the information technology needed to keep shippers on top of their supply chain needs.

iWheels Dedicated Logistics
As one of Canada's 50 best managed companies iWheels Dedicated Logistics Is a leading dedicated carrier to GM and Ford in Canada and the northern US states. The company is a critical component of the just-in-time delivery system of GM and Ford utilizing owner operators and satellite tracking.

Osprey Capital Partners
Osprey is one of Canada's leading independent, mid-market investment banks with 16 partners and 3 offices across the country. With over a billion dollars worth of successful transactions since inception, it has built extensive industry specialization in areas related to Transportation and Logistics and Manufacturing as well as many other industries.