Friday, October 30, 2009

First Supply Chain Educational Programs Accredited through the CSCSC’s National Accreditation Program

October 30, 2009, Mississauga, Ontario – The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council completed a review on October 29 of the programs put forward by education providers in the inaugural round of submissions in its National Accreditation Program (the NAP). The Council is pleased to announce that seven educational offerings, as shown below, have been accredited through that program.

The NAP was established to recognize those educational offerings in supply chain-related topics that meet the Council’s standards for accreditation, created with the assistance of the Canadian Standards Association and with significant input from supply chain stakeholders.

The standards are based on national and international best practices and principles, and include requirements for course/program needs assessment, design, development, delivery, and student evaluation. They do not include requirements related to the provider itself, such as its administrative-management system, governance structure, or policies and procedures. To be accredited, the course or program must meet all of the standards.

Post-secondary institutions, associations and private training schools are eligible to submit their programs and courses for review.

Five education providers completed the application process in the first round of submissions. The Council’s Accreditation Review Panel met for two days to review and assess the applications, and determined that the following programs met all of the standards for accreditation. Congratulations to these education providers for the excellence of their offerings:

Business Administration – Business Operations Management

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology

Certificate Program in International Freight Forwarding

Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association

Advanced Certificate Program in International Freight Forwarding

Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association

Bachelor of Applied International Business & Supply Chain Management

Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University

Strategic Supply Chain Management Leadership

Purchasing Management Association of Canada

Supply Management Training

Purchasing Management Association of Canada

Graduate Certificate - Business Process Management

Sheridan College

It is important to note that education providers themselves are not accredited; it is specific programs or individual courses that are accredited.

With their newly accredited status, these offerings are recognized as meeting industry needs; they’re differentiated from non-accredited offerings by being proven relevant and valuable. Graduates of accredited programs can expect that employers will increasingly appreciate the merit of their education as awareness of the NAP builds. Educators offering accredited courses and/or programs will benefit, too, as this recognition should boost enrolment in their supply chain-related courses and programs.

The deadline for submission of information about courses or programs for review in the next round is November 1, 2009. Subsequent deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1, 2010. Applications are submitted electronically and are reviewed by the Council’s Accreditation Review Panel.

More information about the NAP standards, fees and review process is available on the Council’s website, at

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.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Announcement: Canadian Society of Customs Brokers President

Carol West Honoured by I.E. Canada CATIE Award

I.E. Canada has awarded its inaugural CATIE award for Trade Leadership to Carol West, President of the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers, in recognition of her leadership and vision promoting compliance and the culture of professionalism in trade.

In presenting the Trade Leadership award, Paul Lalonde, Partner with Heenan Blaikie LLP, recognized Carol’s contributions to trade, “…which have earned her the respect of her colleagues for her integrity, honesty, knowledge and expertise, along with her skill in collaborating and building consensus on some very important issues facing the trade community”. Carol has been an influential voice providing leadership and innovation relating to trade policy and trade facilitation, both in Canada and internationally.

Carol has been instrumental in advancing professionalism and promoting education among customs and compliance professionals, especially with the development of the CCS program in Canada. With its focus on ongoing professional development for customs and border management professionals, the CCS designation is now a highly recognized, desired professional certification in the trade community in both Canada and the United States.

In addition to her responsibilities as President of the CSCB, Carol is the Secretary of the International Federation of Customs Brokers Associations (IFCBA). She is also the Chair of the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group (PSCG), a committee of 17 global companies and 13 international trade associations which advises the WCO Secretary General and Policy Commission on a variety of important strategic issues, including the implementation of the SAFE Framework of Standards. Most recently, Carol has advocated for enhanced benefits for trusted traders both nationally and through the work of the PSCG with its Authorized Economic Operator policy development, all the while ensuring that the voice of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises is heard and understood.

CSCB Chair Candace Sider was delighted that Carol West received the inaugural award for Trade Leadership, and said: “To be selected from a prestigious group of trade professionals is a testament to Carol’s reputation, the respect of her colleagues and peers, and her unwavering commitment to advancing trade. She truly does exemplify the standard and ethic that I.E. Canada was looking for in this most prestigious award.”

I.E. Canada President Mary Anderson said: “Carol is an influential voice in the Canadian trade industry. She has devoted her career to advancing trade and has set a standard for professionalism that exemplifies Canada as a trading nation.”

The Canadian Awards of Trade in Imports and Exports (CATIE) celebrate excellence in Canada’s trade community. The awards have been established to recognize the unsung heroes in trade, those who have implemented outstanding processes, improved trade operations, created efficiencies and increased profitability, and nurtured the culture of trade professionalism.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Announcement: Hwy H2O Conference 2009 Nov. 3 & 4

The Hwy H2O Conference is organized and hosted by the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation under the banner of its Hwy H2O marketing initiative. The conference which will be held on November 3-4 at the Toronto Airport Marriott is a forum during which recent opportunities, developments, and issues relevant to marine transportation on the Great Lakes / Seaway are discussed.

The theme of this year's Hwy H2O Conference is 'Optimizing Today, Positioning for Tomorrow'. The challenging economic climate has caused changes to the business environment of the Great Lakes / Seaway System and the industry must properly position itself for the future. With this in mind, conference panel sessions will focus on the market overview and industry outlook, marine policy issues, short sea shipping development and new cargo opportunities for the System, including biomass. The conference has become a well-recognized annual event and networking experience, attended by over 130 marine mode stakeholders, logistics providers, shippers, and transportation professionals from Canada, the U.S. and abroad.

To register and for further information visit:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

CN's 2009 Investor Fact Book

MONTREAL, Oct. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) said today its 2009 Investor Fact Book is now available in the Investor section of the company's website,

The fact book is an invaluable source of information about CN, how it works and why. It profiles the company's North American freight network and operations, commodity groups, financial performance and strategic outlook in a concise, readable format.

Requests for printed copies of the fact book should be forwarded by email to

CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at

Announcement: Schneider National Receives Award

Schneider National Scoops Up Second Intermodal Service Award from The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – (October 27, 2009) – Last year, Schneider National, Inc., premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, won the 2007 Award for Transportation Excellence from The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Now, Schneider is announcing that it has received the 2008 Award for Transportation Excellence from the retailer, which operates well-known franchises such as Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers and, under the Parisian nameplate, stores in the Detroit, Mich., area.

"With the challenges of the economy and the ongoing uncertainties of fuel, we needed to re-examine our mode mix and develop opportunities to reduce costs by utilizing lower cost transportation modes,” said Robert Hook, divisional vice president, transportation, at The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “This was only a feasible alternative as long as we had consistent service and value. Schneider has repeatedly demonstrated that they have the levels of service and value to meet our business needs."

Schneider’s excellent on-time pick-up and delivery rates, along with its solid customer service, helped in the transportation provider’s selection as the repeat winner of the Award for Transportation Excellence.

“Winning this prestigious honor from Bon-Ton in our first two years out of the gate with them is extremely rewarding for Schneider,” said Bill Matheson, president of Schneider National’s Intermodal division. “We pride ourselves on our ability to continually create the added value customers need to be successful. For example, we recently saved them a day of transport time by switching to another East Coast ramp. They also appreciate the fact that we can self-invoice loads and have company drivers who pick up and deliver the freight. Bon-Ton knows that we are constantly striving to find ways to make our service even more efficient.”

Schneider Intermodal regularly hauls freight to Bon-Ton’s distribution centers in the Midwest and the Northeast. Bon-Ton also uses Schneider’s new Eastern Core Intermodal Service to move merchandise to this area of the country. The Eastern Core Intermodal Service leverages the strength of the CSX Intermodal network to provide shippers in traditionally hard-to-serve markets with an expedient, yet cost-effective, regional transportation solution.

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 Van/Truckload, Dedicated, Regional, Bulk, Intermodal, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Management, Warehousing and International Logistics services.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for nearly 75 years. A $3.7 billion company, Schneider National conducts business in more than 28 countries worldwide and continues to grow its international service offerings. For more information about Schneider National, or call (800) 558-6767.

About Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., operates 280 stores, including 12 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates and, under the Parisian nameplate, stores in the Detroit area. The stores offer a broad assortment of brand-name fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings.

Friday, October 23, 2009

CN and Teamsters Canada

CN and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference Adjourn Negotiations

MONTREAL, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) agreed to adjourn negotiations today and are scheduled to resume talks with the assistance of federal mediators during the week of Nov. 16, 2009.

The company and union remain optimistic that they can negotiate a new collective agreement for 1,700 CN locomotive engineers in Canada without labour disruption. The current agreement between the parties expired on Dec. 31, 2008.

CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at

The TCRC represents 125,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which the TCRC is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.

Announcement: Huron Service Group

Huron Service Group Celebrates its 40th Year in Operation

Oakville, Ontario, November 4, 2009: Huron Services Group Ltd., an Ontario based company specializing in logistics personnel and services, is pleased to announce the anniversary of its 40th year in business.

John Thomson, Vice President of Canadian Operations, commented that…"We are proud to have served the Canadian logistics market for 40 years with service that we believe helps to enhance our customer’s transportation and warehouse operations. The acquisition by CPC Logistics last year strengthened our services and support in Canada and we are looking forward to a future that will rival these last 40 years”.

CPC Logistics purchased Huron Service Group Ltd. in 2008, and has been the leading provider of Professional Truck Drivers and Logistics Personnel and Services in North America for 36 years. In addition they provide a full spectrum of fleet and logistics management services to their customers and have more than 4,000 employees in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Jones Lang LaSalle Announces Plans to Develop Panama Canal Colón Port

New private sector project slated for development at Panama Canal Atlantic Entrance

LOS ANGELES, October 22, 2009 — Jones Lang LaSalle’s Port, Airport and Global Infrastructure Services in Los Angeles, California has announced plans to develop the Panama Canal Colón Port at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. To be built on freehold land, the $687 million private sector project will be among the largest new maritime infrastructure developments to commence in Panama. Jones Lang LaSalle is acting as strategic advisor to the project consortium.
The new port has been designed to complement the Panama Canal expansion project currently underway at a reported cost of $5.25 billion and is targeted to open in 2014. The Panama Canal Colón Port is expected to accommodate a through-put capacity of 1 million TEUs (Twenty foot equivalent units) in its initial phase, and a total of 1.6 million TEUs upon full completion in 2015.
"The Panama Canal Colon Port will represent the first terminal project in Panama to be specifically designed and built for the post-Panamax era," said John Carver, Executive Vice President, Port, Airport and Global Infrastructure Services at Jones Lang LaSalle. "The project is bringing together some the world's leading maritime experts to help carry out the vision for creating a modern and cost efficient port complex."
About Jones Lang LaSalle Port, Airport, and Global Infrastructure Services
The Port, Airport, and Global Infrastructure Services team at Jones Lang LaSalle brings together a powerful complement of professionals in the fields of maritime and aviation real estate, public institutions, project development services, capital markets, supply chain logistics, governmental affairs, and others. Together, Jones Lang LaSalle is setting new standards for service delivery and real estate advisory to this important industry sector.
About Jones Lang LaSalle Industrial
Through offices across the globe, the Jones Lang LaSalle Logistics and Industrial Services team assist both real estate occupiers and investors in all the primary and secondary markets across the world. The firm’s industrial professionals offer real estate expertise in the disposition and acquisition of industrial properties and portfolios, including manufacturing, assembly, research and development, high tech, food processing, warehousing, distribution and logistics facilities. In addition, Jones Lang LaSalle's port, airport and global infrastructure experts bring insider knowledge of trends, issues and opportunities surrounding seaport and airport developments around the world. Working alongside Jones Lang LaSalle colleagues in such fields as supply chain & logistics, public institutions, capital markets, international business, project development services and integrated facilities management, the firm is setting new standards for real estate advisory to stakeholders involved in the local, regional and global movement of cargo and passengers.
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2008 global revenue of $2.7 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.4 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $36 billion of assets under management.

Proposed National Gateway Projects Create Thousands of Job Opportunities

Washington, DC – October 22, 2009 – The National Gateway initiative will spur thousands of employment opportunities throughout the Midwest and East Coast, creating growth and building the nation’s economic 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. Planned improvements that will create job opportunities include raising bridges, increasing tunnel clearances and building new terminals along existing rail corridors to support the movement of double-stacked containers on rail cars.

The National Gateway will create more than 50,000 jobs, with almost 10,000 of those jobs created during the initial construction phase. One half of the jobs created will be located in 14 economically distressed areas. Examples of National Gateway projects that will benefit local economies include numerous clearance projects, expansion of the Charlotte intermodal terminal in North Carolina, and the development of a terminal in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“The National Gateway project is important for America’s competitiveness,” said Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. “This initiative helps the environment, it helps our economy, it helps us in so many different ways.”

The project aims to increase port capacity and the nation's ability to distribute goods, making the United States more competitive in the global economy. For every dollar of public money invested in the National Gateway, the project will yield $22 in public benefits by significantly increasing freight capacity and reducing transit times between coastal ports and major population centers by 24 to 48 hours. Overall, the National Gateway will save $3.5 billion in shipping and logistics costs.

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.

To learn more about the National Gateway, visit

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Investment will increase potash throughput capacity by 1.5 million tonnes

North Vancouver, BC – Neptune Terminals today announced plans by its shareholder Canpotex to invest $37.5 million dollars to upgrade the existing potash facility at the North Shore terminal. This project will increase terminal throughput speed and provide Canpotex with an additional 1.5 million tonnes of capacity to export potash.

“This investment by Canpotex will allow us to better service the Pacific Gateway,” said Jim Belsheim, President of Neptune Terminals. “We are proud to see such investments which help support shipments of Canpotex’s potash products to international markets.”

This project, which will commence immediately, is expected to take 18 months to complete and will include improvements to terminal conveyor and material handling systems.

The decision to undertake this project is in support of the Saskatchewan potash mine expansions by Canpotex Members, and the fundamentals for long-term growth of potash demand in Canpotex’s markets. Government support of the North Shore Trade Area and the extension of Neptune’s current lease by Port Metro Vancouver were important steps in creating a positive climate at Neptune Terminals for Canpotex to make this substantial infrastructure investment.

True SaaS: LeanLogistics Launches Forum On The Value of Software-as-a-Service

Executive Roundtable Series, New ARC Report Address Advantages of SaaS Platform

Holland, Mich., October 21, 2009 — LeanLogistics, a global leader in innovative on-demand transportation technology and supply chain services, announces the launch of a 7-city, industry wide Executive Roundtable series entitled TRUE SaaS: Understanding the Key Advantages of a True Software-as-a-Service Transportation Management Model.

“Our goal is to present the value of the SaaS platform and how it differs significantly from hosted and installed TMS software,” said Dan Dershem, LeanLogistics President and CEO. “True SaaS is a multi-tenant platform that offers network connectivity — a transportation cloud — with value that extends well-beyond TMS features into benchmarking, collaboration and continuous improvement. Cloud attributes are critical when evaluating transportation management systems. Our Executive Roundtables are designed to clarify the advantages of True SaaS.”

The Executive Roundtable will present the unique value proposition of a True SaaS TMS model: access to carriers’ best rates, leverage the industry's largest transportation cloud data, self-serve tools and services for benchmarking, network modeling, eliminating empty miles, and more. LLamasoft, a LeanLogistics partner and the industry leader in supply chain modeling and network design software, will also present their modeling solution, which will eventually be available on LeanLogistics SaaS platform.

In addition to the Executive Roundtable, LeanLogistics has sponsored an ARC whitepaper entitled The True Value and Meaning of Software-as-a-Service TMS. The 12-page report, written by Adrian Gonzalez, offers an in-depth look at the maturation of TMS systems and the growing emphasis on SaaS as the preferred delivery platform. The report is available for download at the Information Center on

The Executive Roundtable, which includes complimentary lunch, is being held throughout November in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Minneapolis and Toronto. To register for the complimentary event, visit today.


LeanLogistics is a global leader in innovative on-demand transportation technology and supply chain services.

LeanLogistics On-Demand TMS® delivers complete transportation planning, execution, settlement, and procurement functions that improve business processes, increase operating efficiency, and reduce costs. On-Demand TMS® currently processes millions of shipments per year representing over $5 billion in annual freight spend. Across this largest transportation network, more than 32,000 shippers, suppliers and trading partners interact with over 5,000 carriers, processing millions of transactions.

For companies outsourcing their transportation management process, LeanLogistics provides Supply Chain Services, combining the power of the On-Demand TMS® network, software as a service, and best practices to ensure clients receive maximum value.

LeanLogistics is consistently ranked among top logistics solutions providers and has won numerous awards for customer service. Clients include, Barilla America, Meijer, Ace Hardware, Otis Spunkmeyer, Pinnacle Foods, Rich Products, and Unilever.

LQ Magazine features an Executive Interview with Dan Dershem, President an dCEO, LeanLogistics at:

LeanLogistics was founded in 1999 by logistics and transportation executives with a shared vision of leveraging web-based technologies to optimize supply chain processes. Headquartered in Holland, MI, LeanLogistics is a Brambles Company.

CN orders 70 new high-horsepower locomotives from GE and EMD

New diesel-electric locomotives will increase fuel efficiency, improve customer service and cut greenhouse-gas emissions

MONTREAL, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) announced today orders for 70 new high-horsepower locomotives from GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Co. (GE), and Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD).

CN will acquire 35 ES44DC locomotives from GE starting in the fourth quarter of 2010, and 35 SD70M-2s from EMD beginning in January 2011. The GE locomotives produce 4,400 horsepower and the EMDs 4,350 horsepower.

The new units are part of CN's multi-year locomotive-renewal program aimed at continuously increasing fuel efficiency, improving service reliability for its customers, and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

The new locomotives are 15-20 per cent more fuel-efficient than the ones they will replace and will comply fully with the latest regulatory requirements for reduced locomotive exhaust emissions.

In addition, the new GE and EMD locomotives will be equipped with distributed power (DP) capability. DP enables remote control of a locomotive or locomotives throughout a train from the lead control locomotive.

DP provides faster, smoother train starts, improved braking and lower pulling forces at the head-end of a train. This enables CN to run fewer and more efficient trains and to take advantage of the productivity gains from its extended siding program. With more optimum matching of motive power to train weight, DP locomotives also allow CN to reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

CN is the green, energy-efficient choice for shippers. Rail has been shown to be up to six times more energy-efficient than heavy trucks, because rail consumes a fraction of the fuel to transport one tonne of freight one kilometre. In fact, we can move one tonne of freight almost 200 kilometres on just one litre of fuel.

CN has a comprehensive corporate environmental policy and works closely with the rail industry in Canada and the United States and government agencies on ways to reduce its emissions.

The company's innovative Precision Railroading model, and partnership agreements with other railroads to share assets and deliver interchange traffic at the most efficient gateways, have also reduced fuel consumption and emissions.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. CN cautions that, by their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk, uncertainties and assumptions. Implicit in these statements, particularly in respect of long-term growth opportunities, is the Company's assumption that such growth opportunities are less affected by the current situation in the North American and global economies. The Company cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that the current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty. The Company cautions that its results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the effects of adverse general economic and business conditions, including the recession in the North American economy and the global economic contraction in 2009, industry competition, inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations, changes in fuel prices, legislative and/or regulatory developments, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, actions by regulators, various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, floods and earthquakes, labor negotiations and disruptions, environmental claims, uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments, and other risks detailed from time to time in reports filed by CN with securities regulators in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F filed with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators, available on CN's website, for a summary of major risks.

CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any other forward-looking statement.

CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Claude Mongeau appointed a CN director; Board approves fourth-quarter 2009 dividend

MONTREAL, Oct. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX:CNR)(NYSE:CNI) announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Claude Mongeau as a director of the Company, effectively immediately.

Mongeau, executive vice-president of CN, will succeed E. Hunter Harrison as CN president and chief executive officer on Jan. 1, 2010.

Mongeau's appointment increases the size of CN's board to 12, of whom 10 are outside directors. Mongeau is also a director of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Separately, CN announced that its Board has approved a fourth-quarter 2009 dividend on the Company's common shares outstanding. A quarterly dividend of 25.25 cents (C$0.2525) per common share will be paid on Dec. 31, 2009, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 10, 2009.

CN - Canadian National Railway Company and its operating railway subsidiaries - spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key metropolitan areas of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the Company's website at

Sunday, October 18, 2009



Charlotte, VA, US. Guided by a commitment to serve the needs of global shippers, Maersk Line continues to expand on scope of service with a significant investment in new breakbulk and out of gauge (OOG) equipment.

Maersk Line recently purchased over 10,000 new-build flat-rack and open-top containers, dramatically expanding its capacity to serve breakbulk clients and demonstrating its significant commitment to the breakbulk trade. These units, currently being integrated into service with Maersk Line, already represent a sizable improvement in Maersk Line's breakbulk capacity. With the anticipated final delivery of new equipment during the 4th quarter of 2009, Maersk Line will be fully suited to handle the unique demands of the breakbulk and out of gauge marketplace.

Through proper handling and planning, breakbulk cargo is easily integrated into the cargo mix on the wide variety of ships deployed on many of Maersk Line's current routes. Breakbulk cargo, by definition, represents a dynamic array of products. Whether it is green technology infrastructure such as wind turbines, out-of-gauge parts destined for the next step of manufacture, even trucks, tanks, and helicopters or those personal assets such as yachts, Maersk Line can now serve as the shipper of choice.

"By bringing more focus to the breakbulk market, we are able to offer customers our expertise, experience and resources, developing a true and sustainable transport partnership with breakbulk shippers," said Ed Long, Director of Project Sales for North America. "Customers, who previously looked to other lines to service their breakbulk demands, need not look any further than Maersk Line to meet all of their needs."

Many breakbulk carriers offer services intermittently based on specific demands. As a result, breakbulk shippers have often been subject to irregular and inefficient carrier schedules. Utilizing Maersk Line's established and consistent schedule of service to plan their shipments, breakbulk shippers can more readily reap the rewards of an efficient, sustainable supply chain, while also enjoying the benefits of shipping with the world's largest, most reliable maritime shipping company.

For more information about this or any Maersk Line product, network schedules and further details pleaser visit

The Center for Value Chain Research at Lehigh University

Lehigh University 
invites you to attend our Fall Symposium November 3-4, 2009.

We're not sold out yet but we're getting close. 
Make your reservations now to ensure you're not left out.

If you can't attend the entire event, you can register for just the 
Networking and Student Recruiting Dinner on 11/3.

Featured Speakers include supply chain experts from Kraft Foods, Dresser-Rand, Lockheed Martin, C&S Wholesale Grocers, The Hershey Company, Supply Chain Visions, and Lehigh University. Breakout Sessions on various topics will be led by Lehigh faculty.

For Agenda, click here

To Register, click here

A special thanks to our corporate sponsors:

Corporate Sponsorships are Still Available for the Networking and Student Recruiting Dinner and Luncheon. For more information contact Joel Sutherland at

Recent Symposiums have prompted these comments from attendees:

“The symposium was excellent – I learned a lot.” William Fowler, The Hershey Company

“I have to complement you on a well-run and very successful symposium. I prefer such an experience to the much larger conferences by a factor of three.” Michael Zimmerman, Atlas Supply Chain

“I enjoyed the conference and was impressed with the overall industry participation and quality of the speakers.” Curtis Underwood, PRTM

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Announcement: United Supermarkets

United Supermarkets to Build

Second Distribution Center in Dallas-Fort Worth Area

LUBBOCK, TX – Officials at United Supermarkets announced today the purchase of 15 acres in Dallas-Fort Worth for the construction of the company’s second distribution center.

The facility will be located on Freedom Drive in the Roanoke section of the Alliance Global Logistics Hub according to Robert Taylor, vice president of logistics for United Supermarkets, LLC. The city of Roanoke is located north of Fort Worth.

Site preparation work is expected to begin by mid-November, with anticipated completion by Sept. 1, 2010, Taylor said.

The 200,000 square-foot facility will be developed and operated by Exel, the logistics company which operates United’s distribution center at Llano Logistics in Lubbock. It will employ approximately 75 workers , all of whom will be Exel employees.

“We have provisions in place for future expansion of the new facility if necessitated by company growth,” Taylor said.

“Having a second facility in the Metroplex also will provide additional room for us at our Lubbock D.C., which has been operating at maximum capacity for awhile now,” Taylor explained.

United currently operates six stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, four of which opened within a 14-month span last April.

Taylor said that 100 percent of United’s frozen food, 90 percent of its produce, and 75 percent of its dry grocery will originate from the DFW distribution center.

“It’s a testament to the infrastructure and the advantages of Alliance, that United chose the development for its second distribution center, the first outside its home base of Lubbock and the first in North Texas,” said Tony Crème, vice president of Hillwood Properties, the developer of the Alliance. “We appreciate the cooperation of the city of Roanoke and Denton County on this deal and in their efforts to maintain a competitive tax structure that is attractive for companies like United.”

United was represented by Dan Cook of Cushman & Wakefield. Crème represented Hillwood.

Located 15 miles northwest of DFW Airport, the Alliance Global Logistics Hub is part of the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas development developed by Hillwood. Of the 220 companies located in the development more than 60 are major industry leaders, including General Motors, Bridgestone/Firestone, General Mills, Ryder, LEGO, Kraft, Nestle, and Daimler.

About United Supermarkets

Now in its 93rd year of operation, United Supermarkets, LLC, is a Texas-based, family-owned grocery chain with stores in 30 markets across north and west Texas. A self-distributing company with its headquarters and distribution center in Lubbock, United currently operates 50 stores under three distinct formats: United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United.

About Hillwood

Hillwood, a Perot company, is ranked as one of the top commercial real estate developers in the U.S. and the top residential developer in Dallas-Forth Worth.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Kodak Partners with Global Supply Chain Company OHL

Direct to Consumer Fulfillment is Picture Perfect

Brentwood, Tenn. (October 14, 2009) –Kodak recently chose logistics company, OHL as its direct to consumer fulfillment partner. Kodak Store customers can purchase digital cameras, accessories, inkjet printers and other items on line.

“At Kodak, we help people capture and share images with a broad portfolio of digital imaging products available through our Kodak Store,” stated Linda Valimahomed, Director of Americas Logistics. In order to sustain our focus on our customers, we needed a logistics partner that had deep experience in the direct-to-consumer market. OHL has proven they are an industry leader in e-commerce fulfillment, and I am pleased that we selected them as our partner for the Kodak Store.”

Kodak reports that OHL’s performance on key metrics is at world class levels with near perfect on-time delivery. OHL currently fulfills thousands of orders per week on Kodak’s behalf.

“The Kodak implementation was flawless due in large part to Kodak’s commitment to exceptional and ongoing communication,” commented Bob Spieth, President, Contract Logistics for OHL. “Seamless integration between Kodak and OHL ensures that Kodak’s customers have terrific experiences with Kodak from time of order to delivery.”

About OHL

Based in Tennessee, OHL is one of the largest 3PLs in the world, providing integrated global supply chain management solutions including transportation, warehousing, customs brokerage, freight forwarding and import and export consulting services. With three business units—Global Freight Management and Logistics, Contract Logistics and North America Transportation—OHL operates more than 120 value-added distribution centers, offers comprehensive transportation management services, employs nearly 6,000, and has offices worldwide. OHL has expertise in direct to consumer fulfillment, serves a wide range of business sectors from specialty retail to manufacturing, and specializes in the apparel, electronics, printing, food and beverage, and consumer packaged goods industries.

About Kodak

Eastman Kodak Company is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing imaging technology products and services to the photographic and graphic communications markets. Kodak was founded by George Eastman in 1880 and incorporated in 1901 in the State of New Jersey.

Schneider Logistics Honors 19 Carriers at Annual Conference

Those selected comprise the top 1 percent of carriers serving Schneider customers with service excellence

GREEN BAY, Wis.—Oct. 14, 2009—Schneider Logistics, Inc., a leading global logistics provider and part of the Schneider National enterprise, hosted its seventh annual Carrier Recognition Conference in Green Bay, Wis., on Sept. 16, 2009. Representatives from over 140 carriers attended this year’s event. The conference’s highlight came on Wednesday, Sept. 16, when 19 transportation companies were honored with Schneider Logistics’ Carrier of the Year award.

The Carrier of the Year distinction is presented to Schneider third-party logistics carriers that serve a variety of transportation modes and excel in operational performance, exceptional service and ease of conducting business. Carriers recognized at this year’s conference represent the top 1 percent of service providers moving freight on behalf of Schneider Logistics’ customers.

“Each year Schneider Logistics holds its Carrier Recognition Conference to thank and recognize those core providers who deliver the capacity and high-level service for which Schneider is known,” said Bill Miller, vice president of Supply Chain Management at Schneider Logistics. “Because these carriers are an extension of Schneider, we count on them to deliver each and every load safely, on-time and with great professionalism.”

2009 Schneider Logistics Carrier of the Year winners include: Standard Forwarding Company, Inc. (East Moline, Ill.); AAA Cooper Transportation (Dothan, Ala.); T C & Sons Trucking, LLC (Wolcott, Conn.): Ryan Transportation, Inc. (Livonia, Mich.); JB Hunt Transport, Inc. (Lowell, Ark.); Ottaway Motor Express, LTD (Woodstock, Ontario); Go To Transport, Inc. (Bay City, Mich.); Triple Crown Services Company (Fort Wayne, Ind.); TST Overland Express (Mississauga, Ontario); Pitt Ohio Express (Pittsburgh, Penn.); Vitran (Indianapolis, Ind.); Con-Way Freight Inc. (Ann Arbor, Mich.); Thompson Transportation Services Inc. (Sharpsburg, Ky.); A D Transport Express (Canton, Mich.); Venture Express Inc. (LaVergne, Tenn.); Merchants Forwarding Co. (Melvindale, Mich.); Black Horse Carriers Inc. (Carol Stream, Ill.); Heartland Express (North Liberty, Iowa) and Tom Hassel Transport Inc. (Point Pleasant, N.J.).

Schneider Logistics’ Carrier Recognition Conference, which was held at historic Lambeau Field, also featured speakers from The Energy Tribune, SmartWay, American Chemistry Council and Transport Fundamentals, LLC. They shared insights around the conference’s theme: “ECOnomics: going green in an ever changing economy.”

About Schneider Logistics, Inc.
Schneider Logistics, Inc. is an international logistics provider to Global 2000 companies. Schneider Logistics helps customers capture strategic business value from their supply chains in the form of lower distribution costs, reduced inventory, improved customer service and increased availability to working capital. The company provides end-to-end supply chain management, warehousing, transloading, transportation management and international logistics services.

Schneider Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Schneider National, a premier provider of truckload, intermodal and logistics services. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert logistics and transportation solutions for nearly 75 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.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Prepare for Economy's 'New Normal' with New Supply Chain Strategies, Processes, and Technologies

Gene Tyndall, Tompkins International EVP, to address challenges at Oracle OpenWorld 2009

Gene Tyndall

Gene Tyndall

RALEIGH, NC, and SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 8, 2009 -- The term "new normal" is being used in boardrooms and business meetings to apply to the new economy, which is expected to evolve as the economic recovery and upturn gather strength around the world. It is also being applied to global supply chains as companies work to formulate Comeback Plans around how their new supply chain should change to adapt to the "new normal."

"Only by understanding key supply chain challenges and using best practices of leading companies will businesses be able to survive and grow as the economy recovers," says Gene Tyndall, Executive Vice President, Global Supply Chain Services, Tompkins International. "New ways of thinking, new strategies, new processes, and new technologies will all come into play now."

Tyndall will address how companies should prepare for the recovery from the economic downturn, as well as reveal key strategies to deal with the new norms of the supply chain, at Oracle OpenWorld 2009, Monday, October 12 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. He will present the opening keynote for the supply chain management track, which includes 72 sessions, and participate in the panel discussion, Supply Chain Overview Session I: Vision, Strategy, and Future Directions, with C-level executives from Plantronics, Oracle , Pella, and Bajaj Electricals.

Oracle Open World 2009 runs from October 11-15 and offers more than 1,800 sessions presented by Oracle experts, partners and customers.


October 8, 2009 – Boca Raton, Fla. – Sunteck Transport Group, a non-asset based provider of transportation services, has announced a quality recognition program for its motor carrier service providers.

Q-Star was developed as Sunteck’s newest initiative to promote motor carrier quality performance and adherence to safety standards. For a carrier to be considered for the program, it must meet several criteria, namely that they have moved freight for Sunteck on a regular basis, they have maintained a satisfactory DOT safety record, have active operating authority and insurance permits in place, have no unresolved or delinquent cargo claims with Sunteck, have current broker agreements on file with Sunteck, and have received no negative performance reports.

50 carriers have been selected to be the first participants in the program. Carriers will remain as Q-Star preferred service providers as long as they maintain the standards set by the program. Additional carriers will be added each quarter.

A key benefit to the carrier for being in Q-Star is that they will be the only transportation providers granted access to Sunteck’s new live carrier load board. These carriers will be given an ID and password to gain visibility to all loads that Sunteck is moving, not just those loads that may be posted on the commercial load boards. This access will allow Q-Star carriers to bid on loads before they become more widely available to other carriers for transport.

About Sunteck Transport Group

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

YRC Worldwide Receives Award

YRC Worldwide Receives Award for Distinguished Service by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA)

Award reflects company’s overall commitment to provide flexible solutions, industry-leading support to government entities

Oct. 7, 2009 – YRC Worldwide (Nasdaq: YRCW), today announced the company has received a 2009 NDTA Distinguished Service Award for its achievements in the field of transportation and logistics in support of the NDTA and its mission. The company was recently honored with the award at the 63rd Annual NDTA Forum & Exposition in Nashville.

“We are honored to receive an NDTA service award and consider this a direct reflection on our overall commitment to provide government entities with flexible, scalable solutions that are easy to engage,” said Dave Johnson, vice president – Enterprise Solutions, and leader of YRCW Government Services. “Whether a natural disaster or everyday shipping needs, our government customers have one-call access to all of our operating company services through a single point of contact.”

All YRC Worldwide operating companies are government-approved shipping and transportation providers, and YRC Worldwide is the exclusive transportation and shipping provider to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA).

About NDTA

The National Defense Transportation Association is a non-profit, non-political educational association committed to fostering partnerships between government, military and industry, and maintaining a strong and efficient global transportation, travel and distribution system in support of national security. There are over 9,000 members in the association, composed of both individual and corporate members. There are 60 plus chapters in the United States and overseas in Europe and the Pacific. The national headquarters office is located in Alexandria, Va.

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.