Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ryder Announcement

RYDER AGREES TO ACQUIRE CALIFORNIA-BASED “THE SCULLY COMPANIES, INC.” - Acquisition Includes Fleet Management and Dedicated Contract Carriage Services -

MIAMI, December 16, 2010 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire the full service lease, contract maintenance, commercial rental and dedicated contract carriage businesses of The Scully Companies, Inc. Scully has been in business for 29 years and is headquartered in Fontana, California. The acquisition is expected to be finalized in late January and is subject to customary closing conditions.

“Scully is a well-run and highly respected organization in California and other western states and we are honored to have them become part of Ryder,” said Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Swienton.

“This acquisition is a key milestone for us as it significantly expands our current presence in Fleet Management Solutions in key Western U.S. states,as well as increases our customer base in the retail vertical for Dedicated Contract Carriage services.”

Per the terms of the agreement, Ryder will acquire Scully’s fleet management business consisting of approximately 1,800 full service lease units and 300 rental vehicles, and approximately 200 contract customers primarily served from its six service facilities. These include California locations in Fontana, Sacramento, City of Industry, Montebello, Hayward, and a location in Phoenix, Ariz. Ryder will also acquire Scully’s dedicated contract carriage business, including customers served from 25 locations throughout the western United States.

“We personally selected Ryder as the only company to whom we would sell. They are a world class organization that is well positioned and committed to providing our customers with the most comprehensive products and services available in the marketplace and our employees with the best employment options,” said Scully President, Stephen Scully. “We are pleased to become part of such a well-respected industry leader like Ryder.”

About The Scully Companies, Inc.

Headquartered in Fontana, California, The Scully Companies conduct business through two operating units – Scully Transportation Services and Scully Distribution Services. Scully Transportation Services is a leading provider of full service truck leasing and short-term rental of commercial vehicles, as well as a provider of maintenance services throughout the western United States. Scully Transportation operates from six service locations in California, as well as in Phoenix, Arizona. It maintains a fleet of 2,100 full service lease and rental units.

Scully Distribution Services provides dedicated contract carriage services to customers from 25 locations throughout the western United States. Scully Transportation Services is ranked in the top 50 logistics firms by Transport Topics magazine.

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as the top third party logistics provider and Security magazine has named Ryder one ofthe top companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

Friday, December 10, 2010

An Invitation to LQ’s January 13th, 2011, Symposium

You’re invited to join LQ's distinguished circle of leading thinkers and practitioners on January 13th from across North America at the Toronto Board of Trade Country Club.

LQ’s Symposium offers a superb context to begin the New Year, and an opportunity to take a fresh look at new ways to make our business practices more effective. One of the greatest hurdles to mitigate in business continues to be the perspective that businesses should continue to conduct themselves based principally on past practices. Today, perspectives on sustainability practices are quickly changing discussions in boardrooms, classrooms and executive mind-sets.

LQ's January 13th Symposium will examine new collaborative practices that have been applied by leading firms to create sustainable supply chains as well as emerging trends in the marketplace.

As seating is limited to 100 executives, I invite you to register today at:

Executives and academics who will guide our discussions on this exciting day include:

• Jim Butts, Senior Vice President, Transportation, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

• David J. Closs, Ph.D., Michigan State University and LQ Executive Editor

• Thomas Goldsby, PhD., University of Kentucky and LQ Executive Editor

• Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist, Export Development Canada (EDC)

• Bill Horrocks, Vice President, Supply Chain/Logistics, Rogers Communications Inc.

• Richard P. Kane, Dick Kane, President and CEO, Kane is Able, Inc.

• John Langley Jr., Ph.D., M.B.A., Penn State University

• Clifford F. Lynch, President, C.F. Lynch & Associates

• Paul Ragan, Senior Vice President, Operations, SCI Group

• Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Kelron Logistics

• Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor

• Brian Smith, Senior Manager, KPMG

• Mike Sprague, Advisory Director, Greenbriar Equity Group LLC

The biographical notes for LQ’s Speakers for LQ’s January 13th Symposium can be viewed at:

The Agenda for this exciting day includes the following three sessions, as well as a keynote presentation by Peter Hall, Vice-President and Chief Economist, EDC:

1. Reshaping the Supply Chain: New Opportunities for Manufacturers, Retailers and 3PLs

2. 3PLs’ and Logisticians’ Innovative and Collaborative Approaches to Developing Sustainable Supply Chain Practices

3. Applying Technology to Create Lean and Sustainable Supply Chain Practices

I would also like to take this opportunity extend my appreciation to LQ's Symposium sponsors, which have made this exciting day possible. LQ’s Gold Sponsors include: BCG Logistics, GENCO ATC, Kelron Logistics, KPMG, Ryder, SCI Group, and Green Sponsor, Lakeside Logistics.

In tandem with LQ’s Best Sustainability Practices Symposium, LQ has also inaugurated a Third Party Sustainability Study and Awards Program for 2011, thanks to the generous support of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., in order ''…to help drive innovations that reduce the freight logistics industry’s impact on the environment. We salute LQ for its commitment to highlighting the significant contributions our industry is making, and we are proud to help underwrite such an important effort.'' For more information, please visit:

LQ’s Sustainability Study and Awards Program is designed to enable 3PLs as well as their clients to enhance their sustainability awareness. LQ’s impartial team of evaluators, David Closs, PhD, Michigan State and Thomas Goldsby, PhD, University of Kentucky, will share their insights in LQ Magazine on the winners and the overall landscape of sustainability based on the information LQ garners in this process. The due date for applications is mid-February 2011.

LQ’s January 13th Symposium will be its third carbon-neutral event. For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Purolator USA Announcement

Purolator’s Logistics Solutions Offer Efficiency and Cost Savings for Shipments to Canada

December 7, 2010 – JERICHO, NY – Canada-bound shipments can now reach their destination faster and with greater efficiency, by taking advantage of logistics solutions offered by Purolator USA. Purolator, which services mid-Atlantic businesses from its Raleigh-Durham processing facility, is a leading provider of supply chain solutions for shipments to, from and within the Canadian market.

“Purolator really broke new ground in terms of developing non-traditional solutions to move shipments into Canada,” said Jackie Avery, manager of Purolator’s Raleigh-Durham branch. “And mid-Atlantic businesses are catching on that Purolator is the source for their logistics needs for shipments to Canada.”

One increasingly popular logistics option is the distribution center bypass (DC bypass), which allows shipments to travel directly to their Canadian destination without having to make an unneeded and costly stop at a distribution center. Traditional transit cycles include a DC stop, regardless of whether or not it is needed. Avoiding a distribution center can shave days off of a delivery schedule. Purolator is able to offer the DC bypass option because it maintains an extensive distribution network throughout Canada that enables shipments to be in continuous movement.

Purolator’s deep distribution network also allows the company to offer logistics options including consolidation and LTL services. Customers are able to achieve time and cost efficiencies by having smaller shipments consolidated at the border, and through Purolator’s broad range of delivery options and pricing flexibility.

Customers also benefit from having their packages arrive at their Canadian destination free of any unexpected border hassles, or shipping costs. Unexpected delays and fees are an increasing source of frustration among Canadian consumers, and a reason often cited for lost business. Unlike many logistics providers, Purolator presents a landed cost at the time of purchase, so a will not be faced with an unexpected bill at time of delivery.

“There is no reason for Canadian consumers to have to experience delays or hidden fees,” Avery said. “Both the U.S. and Canadian governments have programs in place to facilitate the border clearance process.

“With Purolator, businesses understand that they are entrusting their shipments to a provider that has unmatched experience and expertise in the Canadian market,” Avery added.

For more information about Purolator USA’s DC Bypass solution, download the white paper at

About Purolator USA

Purolator USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Purolator Courier Ltd, Canada’s largest 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 numerous facilities throughout New York, Purolator USA has locations in key markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham and Toronto.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

LQ's Freight Index for 50 U.S. States

December 2, 2010 - LQ’s freight index has been updated today at - to document freight shipment trends in terms of the overall number of shipments, freight spend, and cost per shipment, in all modes of transport, across 50 U.S. states, based on 100 U.S. firms representing a cross section of all SIC codes for the month of November, 2010. For more information, visit:

LQ's January 13, 2011 Executive Exchange

LQ Symposium’s Carbon Neutral Audit

December 2, 2010 - LQ is pleased to invite delegates to its January 13th 2011 Symposium, dedicated to Sustainability in the Supply Chain, its third carbon-neutral Symposium to be held at the Toronto Board of Trade Country Club. Delegates can register today at:

LQ’s spring 2010 Symposium achieved carbon-neutral status thanks to the participation and sponsorship of Lakeside Logistics, which facilitated the offsetting of an estimated eight tonnes of carbon, through Zerofootprint, a socially responsible organization focused on carbon reduction. The Zerofootprint audit of LQ’s June 10th, 2010 Symposium was validated and verified in accordance with the world’s leading carbon standards including ISO 14064, UNFCCC Clean Development Mechanism, The Gold Standard, and Voluntary Carbon Registry.

The majority of the carbon footprint at LQ’s Symposium was related to attendee air travel with the remaining 1.5 tones split between local commuters, food, paper, electricity and heat.

For more information about carbon offsetting, we invite you to visit Zerofootprint’s website and its Forest Restoration section, at:

About Lakeside Logistics

Lakeside Logistics is a 3PL providing custom supply chain and transportation management services across North America. Headquartered in Oakville, ON, the company has operations in California, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Alberta and British Columbia. Client services are supported by real time web-based systems such as the Executive Dashboard, track and trace, KPIs, virtual warehousing and e-commerce. Clients include Xerox, Johnson & Johnson, West Fraser Mills, Ocean Spray, CIBA Specialty Chemicals, Oakrun Farm Bakery, Pepsi QTG, Santa Maria Foods and Campbell Soup. Lakeside is committed to reducing the environmental impact of the transportation and logistics sector. In addition to reducing the company’s impact, they support their customers and carriers in their quest to reduce their footprints.

About LQ

LQ's Symposiums, which are held twice each year, are comprised of a distinguished circle of leading thinkers and practitioners from across North America. They are unique, limited in size, and blur the line between presenters and audience to foster peer-to-peer learning and inquiry. To register for LQ’s January 13, 2011, Symposium, we invite you to visit:

LQ Magazine’s mandate is to provide ideas for leadership in logistics and transportation for logisticians, supply chain management practitioners, transportation management and other senior-level executives in the United States and Canada who are engaged in leading and transforming their businesses. Since its founding LQ has upheld a tradition to be logistics and transportation publication written by professionals for professionals in the field - affording authoritative thinking on the complex and fast-changing work of the logistics and transportation business in Canada and the United States.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ryder Announcement


MIAMI, November 19, 2010 – Ryder (NYSE: R), a leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, hosted a North American Border Security Conference on November 18, 2010, to share security and customs compliance best practices among customers, business partners, and government security agencies. The conference, which took place at Ryder’s Operations Management Center in Novi, Michigan, featured presentations by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its component agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Canada Border Services Agency; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police; and state homeland security advisors from Idaho, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

“The North American Free Trade Agreement among Canada, the U.S., and Mexico created the world’s largest free trade area, yet companies that move freight across these borders must remain aware of the significant security and customs compliance issues that continue to exist,” stated John Williford, Ryder’s President of Global Supply Chain Solutions. “This event reinforces Ryder’s commitment to proactively bring higher levels of safety and security to its operations and those of the customers we serve. By strengthening cross-border security processes, we help our customers gain a competitive advantage that allows them to prevent loss and drive efficiencies in their supply chain operations.”

At the event, U.S. Department of Homeland Security representatives discussed emerging threats and security trends impacting businesses that transport goods across North America. Participants also received an update on the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), a joint government-business initiative supported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce led a discussion on how to enhance security and trade facilitation simultaneously, to ensure maximum impact on security and minimal impact on businesses.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) provided an update on Canada Partners in Protection (PIP), a government program that enlists the cooperation of private industry to enhance border and trade chain security, combat organized crime and terrorism, and help detect and prevent contraband smuggling. The Agency also presented an update on eManifest, a major Government of Canada initiative designed to get the right information at the right time to enhance the ability of the CBSA to identify potential threats to Canada, while facilitating the movement of low-risk shipments across the border. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police provided an update on threats to critical infrastructure and organized crime trends in Canada. State homeland security advisors from Idaho, Michigan, and Wisconsin discussed state-related security issues pertaining to logistics and the flow of cross-border freight.

“At Ryder, we believe that one of the best ways to mitigate threats against business, reduce risk, and improve efficiencies is to increase collaboration between government agencies and the private sector,” said Sanford Hodes, Vice President of Safety, Health & Security for Ryder. “We greatly appreciate having the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and state homeland security advisors participate in our event, and thank them for their willingness to share best practices and prevention strategies that improve security throughout our operations and those of our customers.”

Ryder’s Global Security team is charged with identifying and implementing proactive measures to reduce theft and losses; improving supply chain, cargo, and fleet security; and protecting the Company’s and customers’ physical, personal, and intellectual assets. Earlier this year, Ryder hosted a U.S.-Mexico Border Security Conference in Ft. Worth, Texas, to share best practices in cross-border transportation security. In the interest of national security and as a responsible business entity, Ryder has a number of programs in place to improve security around the Company’s rental and lease vehicle fleet. Ryder’s operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Asia are certified in the U.S. C-TPAT and Canada PIP programs. Ryder was ranked number one for security practices in the Transportation, Logistics, Supply Chain, and Warehousing industry sector in The 2009 Security Benchmarking Survey, a comprehensive security ranking for top corporate, institutional, and government organizations published in Security Magazine.

About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as the top third party logistics provider and Security magazine has named Ryder the number-one company for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements and information included in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Accordingly, these forward-looking statements should be evaluated with consideration given to the many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements including those risks set forth in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such risks on our business. Accordingly, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Con-way Multimodal Opens New Office in Greater Chicago

Central Location in Aurora Establishes Strategic Presence in Key Transportation Market; Brings Nationwide Access to Services

AURORA, Ill. — Nov. 18, 2010 — Con-way Multimodal, a division of Con-way Inc.’s (NYSE: CNW) operating unit Menlo Worldwide Logistics, today announced it has opened a new office in Aurora, Ill., at 2759 North Eola Road. Located within Menlo’s existing facility, the new branch office complements the company’s operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Portland, Ore. Con-way Multimodal arranges third-party carrier services for over-the-road, intermodal, flatbed, heavy haul and specialized transportation for freight shipments.

Currently, Con-way Multimodal’s president and vice president, as well as five brokers, work out of the space, which has the flexibility for expansion. The company plans to hire additional brokers by year’s end.

“Our new location in Aurora brings us closer to our customer base in the central U.S., and positions our business within one of the nation’s largest and most active transportation hubs,” said Tommy Barnes, president, Con-way Multimodal. “Chicago is a location we can leverage from both a talent and brokerage industry perspective. We look forward to bringing our customers the latest industry tools and technology to meet their needs, while taking advantage of synergies with Menlo Worldwide Logistics and its sister companies.”

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About Con-way Multimodal

Con-way Multimodal, a division of Menlo Worldwide Logistics, provides expanded freight brokerage capabilities and services in the third-party logistics and multimodal freight transportation business, focusing on flexible, efficient capacity solutions for the marketplace. Con-way Multimodal complements Menlo’s best in class 3PL and 4PL services for large customers by offering leverage and personal attention to small- and medium-sized buyers of logistics. Through its network of more than 15,000 carriers, Con-way Multimodal arranges resources to meet the capacity needs of its shippers using over-the-road, intermodal, dry van, flatbed, heavy haul and specialized transportation solutions. The Portland, Ore.-based company is an operating unit of Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $4.3 billion freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CITT Announcement

CITT Board of Directors

TORONTO, Nov. 16 / The following active members in good standing were elected to the CITT Board of Directors at the 52nd Annual General Meeting of members held on October 30, 2010 as part of Reposition 2010.

CITT Board of Directors

Chair - Warren R. Sarafinchan, CITT, Supply Chain Director, Mars Canada Inc., Vice Chair Administration

Ginnie Venslovaitis, CITT, Director, Transportation Operations, Hudson’s Bay Company

Vice Chair, Development - Andrew Paxton, CITT, Transportation Analyst, Maple Leaf Foods

Vice Chair, Rules - Robert E. Ramsay, CITT, Associate Vice President, CTR Supply Chain, Distribution Services & Regional Operations, Canadian Tire Corporation

Vice Chair, Finance - Michel Tanguay, CITT, President, SAVTAN Inc.

Directors at Large

Geoffrey Barlow, CITT, Manager, Business Development, ContainerWorld Forwarding Services

Gordon Boleen, CITT, Faculty, Operations Management Department, B.C. Institute of Technology

Donald Connolly, CITT, Inventory/Logistics Analyst, Monsanto Canada Inc.

Ajay Gupta, CITT, Director, International Supply Chain Logistics & Operations, Sterling Agility

Gary Hains, CITT, Account Manager, Great Northern Trans-Port Inc.

Perry Lo, CITT, President, Canaan Transport Group Inc.

Valerie McSween, CITT, Vice President, Eastern Region, Mactrans Logistics Inc.

Internal Auditors

Michael Loughman, CITT, Instructor, Champlain College

Ernie D. Solomon, CITT, Consultant, Transportation Logistics and Supply Chain Management

CITT is Canada’s leading professional development organization in the supply chain and transportation logistics sector. We promote professional excellence and advancement for transportation logisticians by offering professional certification, professional development and professional networking opportunities.

Mach 1 Global Services Announcement

Mach 1 Global Services Honored as ‘Exceptional WBE Supplier of the Year’

Tempe, Arizona -- November 15, 2010 – Mach 1 Global Services, a worldwide air cargo freight forwarder, logistical and supply chain solutions provider, was honored as Exceptional WBE Supplier of the Year by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West (WBEC-West). The company’s CEO Jamie Entzminger accepted the award at the WBEC-West 7th Annual Excellence Awards Gala held Friday, Nov. 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees at the black-tie event were recognized for their outstanding achievement in support of women entrepreneurs.

Mach 1 Global Services received its Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council last year. In her acceptance remarks, Entzminger shared, “It is an honor for Mach 1 to be recognized by this outstanding organization that assists so many women entrepreneurs in gaining economic strength. Becoming certified as a Women Business Enterprise was and continues to be a tremendous asset to our growth. I appreciate the value of certification for woman-owned and minority businesses and value the dedication of all the people who work to move diverse suppliers forward."

About Mach 1 Global Services: headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Mach 1 is a worldwide air cargo freight forwarder, logistical and supply chain solutions provider. The company is ranked among the top 50 largest privately held corporations in Arizona and is the second largest woman-owned business in the state. Established in 1988, Mach 1 Global Services has 36 offices in the United States, Mexico and Asia, with more than 200 employees globally and annual revenues that exceed $70 million.

About WBEC: WBEC-West brings together corporations and government entities with certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) to promote a shared interest in supplier diversity. As a regional partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), we are part of a network of Women's Business Enterprises, corporations, and regionally focused organizations for women in business.
WBENC certification is nationally recognized because of our commitment and expertise. We are dedicated to applying the highest possible certification standards in the industry. WBE certification is the benchmark for all other supplier diversity programs because it is known and accepted throughout corporate America.

Kerry Logistics Opens its New Product Customization and Consolidation Centre (PC³) in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 17 November 2010

Kerry Logistics has opened the first phase of its Product Customization and Consolidation Centre (PC³) in Tai Po Industrial Estate, Hong Kong targeting leading fashion and retail brands. With a total area of 257,000 square feet, the facility boasts a number of energy and environmental features to support greener supply chains.

Aiming to be LEED (Gold) and HK-BEAM (Gold) compliant, the purpose-built facility has incorporated green technology into the design and construction. For example, mitigation measures for air, noise and water pollution were applied during the construction period. Other environmental designs include building materials with high solar reflectance, a roof which is organically ‘greened’ to reduce the heat island effect, and a rainwater irrigation system. In addition, a high-energy performance air-conditioning system able to achieve 14% energy savings and a fresh water plumbing installation that can attain 25% water savings were among other energy features. Moreover, solar and wind energy are widely employed throughout the building.

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Similarly, HK-BEAM (Hong Kong Building Environmental Assessment Method) is an initiative to measure, improve, certify and label the whole-life environmental sustainability of buildings and one of the leading schemes in the world.

As demand grows for green logistics solutions, the Hong Kong-based global logistics company is focused on reducing carbon emissions and ultimately the carbon footprint for products processed through the facility, supporting its customers’ own green product targets.

These services enable Kerry Logistics’ customers to reduce inventory and costs, save time, improve efficiency and allow for products to be delivered direct to stores anywhere in the world.

Following a phased opening during 2010, the PC³ facility will be fully operational in February 2011.

About Kerry Logistics

Kerry Logistics is Asia’s premier logistics service provider. Its core business encompasses Integrated Logistics, International Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Solutions. With its head office in Hong Kong, Kerry Logistics is managing a portfolio of logistics facilities with a total area of more than 1.8 million sq.m., served by a truck fleet of about 8,000 vehicles, with a range of operations reaching 24 countries and supported by a staff strength of over 10,000. Kerry Logistics Network Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hong Kong-listed Kerry Properties Limited.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Report: Trends in Global Manufacturing, Goods Movement and Consumption, and Their Effect on the Growth of United States Ports and Distribution

Report Examines Trends in Global Manufacturing, Goods Movement and Consumption,
and Their Effect on the Growth of United States Ports and Distribution

HERNDON, Va., November 12, 2010 – Global shifts in manufacturing, consumption trends and international competition are three leading factors that will shape the future of goods movement and the demand for warehouse and distribution space, according to a report issued by The NAIOP Research Foundation.

The report, Trends in Global Manufacturing, Goods Movement and Consumption, and Their Effect on the Growth of United States Ports and Distribution, provides:

• An overview of manufacturing as an industry and the competitive issues facing domestic and foreign manufacturing.

• The accommodations being made in the logistics industry to support manufacturing.

• An array of drivers that impact site selection for warehouses and distribution centers.

• A perspective on the headwinds facing the United States manufacturing industry and the challenges that they will face from global competition.

• Insights into the inter-relationships and demands that exist between manufacturing, distribution and warehousing and how they may create new leasing, sales, development and construction opportunities.

Sponsored by the Foundation and prepared by Curtis Spencer and Steve Schellenberg with IMS Worldwide Inc. in Webster, Texas, the full report is available for complimentary download at htt://

Manufacturing Trends
Global shifts in manufacturing have occurred as supply chain tracking systems and logistics networks better support remote production sites that offer lower labor costs. However, challenges with the extra distance – including efforts to deliver parts for production and the delivery of the finished product – make it more difficult to retain predictability in the supply chain. Additionally, managing the longer and more complex supply chain adds expense, which must be tracked to make sure it does not erase lower-cost labor benefits.
Traditionally, products with high labor content have historically sought global production centers where they can access the lowest possible labor costs in wages and benefits. Manufacturing in the United States has been subjected to competition from countries with lower wages and viable platforms for business operations with an infrastructure to support production of labor-intensive products. With adequate export systems, many countries have taken lower value-added jobs from the United States and used them to begin their own evolution toward economic stability.

Consumption Trends:
It is estimated that in 2025, India and China will account for nearly 25-40 percent of the total world demand for goods and services (1), as the demand for consumer goods such as clothing, food, automobiles, phones and pharmaceuticals is driven by growing populations and a new and expanding global middle class. These consumers will have a dramatic impact on the site selection process for the manufacturing facilities and distribution centers supporting the flow of goods between global production centers and consumers.

In 2011, China is expected to out-produce the United States for the first time, producing $1.87 billion in goods output while the United States is expected to produce $1.71 billion in goods output. In the United States, this production value has created 12 million jobs within the manufacturing industry, which accounts for approximately 10 percent of the overall United States workforce

Global Competition
International markets are improving their attractiveness to business and competing with the United States for multi-national marketing, investment, research and development and manufacturing. Increasing pressure from new entries into the roster of countries that are attractive to multi-nationals include the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries as the top locations for foreign direct investment in 2009-2011

(3). Additionally, U.S. government policies have a profound impact on manufacturing and manufacturing-related employment in the United States. Decisions that are made by multi-national corporations go well beyond the selection of manufacturing locations, and include decisions about where to locate corporate headquarters, research and development centers, production centers and distribution networks. Four have a varying impact on when, where and why companies select and locate facilities:

Corporate Income Tax Policies

Research and Development Policy

Export Policy

Environmental Policy

A key to retaining competitiveness and attractiveness in the United States is to re-frame business policies with a focus on corporate taxes, research and development taxes and consistent application of policy regulations. This is vital to ensure that companies based in the United States are not hindered and that there is an environment where investment is seen as less risky in the United States than in other countries.

Containerized Trade and the Effect on Real Estate
Containerized trade is the engine that drives warehouse and distribution space. Goods flow from origins to destination buildings in ocean containers are measured in 20 or 40-foot equivalent units (TEUs). These containers are transferred from a ship to the terminal, and then loaded on a train or truck for local, regional or inland delivery.
Growth in containerized traffic is an indicator for creating new industrial demand. Total United States container volumes in 2008 were 42.7 million TEUs and declined to 37.2 million in 2009, which is a total net reduction of 13 percent

(4). Given a total estimated TEU capacity at United States ports of 64 million, there is significant latent capacity without adding new port infrastructure.
Historically, United States trade volumes track at 2.5 times the GDP or economic growth. Thus, findings suggest that containerized trade growth of 6-8 percent in the United States is in line with historic performances and expectations.
An important, but unknown, factor for East and West Coast ports is full comprehension of how much of a transition of all-water services from western ports to eastern ports has already occurred and how much “transfer” cargo still exists that could make the western-to-eastern coastal shift. According to an August 2009 Jones Lang LaSalle report, as much as 25 percent of current goods that flow to inland ports through western gateway ports could shift to eastern or Gulf Coast ports after the completion of the Panama Canal expansion. The authors of this report offer an alternative view and believe that much of the cargo that will shift from western ports to eastern ports has already done so. New ships that carry larger loads of cargo will have a more dramatic impact on the eastern ports, as ships with only regional capacity will be segregated from those with the necessary infrastructure to support the larger ships and will move goods efficiently and competitively both on a regional and national platform.

Numerous citations are credited within the full report, available for download on Citations in this release include:
(1) Anil Gupta, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
(2) National Association of Manufacturing
(3) United Nations Conference on Trade Development, World Investment Survey 2009-2011
(4) American Association of Port Authorities

About the NAIOP Research Foundation: The NAIOP Research Foundation was established in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) organization to support the work of individuals and organizations engaged in real estate development, investment and operations. The Foundation’s core purpose is to provide these individuals and organizations with the highest level of research information on how real properties, especially office, industrial, retail and mixed-use properties, impact and benefit communities throughout North America. For more information on how to contribute or for complimentary research reports, visit

About NAIOP: NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP comprises 15,500 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. For more information, visit

NY/NJ Forwarders and Brokers Association Association

NY/NJ Forwarders and Brokers Association Honors Juergen Pump of Hamburg Süd North America, Inc. As Person of the Year

Award dinner is January 26, 2011 at Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC

NEW YORK (November 12, 2010) - Juergen Pump, Senior Vice President of Hamburg Süd North America, Inc. and a member of its Management Board, has been selected by the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association, Inc. as the 2011 Person of the Year.

The award will be presented during the 94th annual dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on January 26, 2011. This award dinner is one of the largest international transportation functions in the United States, drawing nearly 800 guests.

"We are extremely pleased to award an international industry leader who has spent the vast majority of his career working in the metropolitan NY/NJ area. Mr. Pump has played a significant role to foster the growth on international ocean transportation in this region and is most deserving of the Person of the Year Award," said David Schlenger, President of the Association.

Mr. Pump oversees all marine and terminal operations, logistics, finance, accounting, EDP, and human resources responsibilities, in addition to his commercial management duties for the Pacific, Transatlantic, and South American services. Since joining Hamburg Süd, Mr. Pump has also been involved in several North American acquisitions.

Mr. Pump joined Hamburg Süd in 1995 and became responsible for the Australian/New Zealand services in 1997. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Pump held several executive positions for Hapag-Lloyd AG in Hamburg, Germany; New York, Atlanta, and San Francisco.

He earned a Shipping Merchant and Broker degree from Staatliche Handelsschule in Hamburg, Germany.

For reservations and inquiries about the award dinner, tickets, journal advertising and sponsorship opportunities visit or call (732) 741-1936.

About New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association, Inc.

The New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Association, Inc. is one of the oldest transportation related organizations in the United States today. Founded in 1917, the association provides information on issues and developments important to its members; serves as a voice for the freight forwarding, customs brokerage and OTI communities in policy and regulation decision-making; and protects and advocates the best interests of the group as a whole. For more information, visit .

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


NASSTRAC Calls for Release of Proposed Hours of Service Rules

MINNEAPOLIS, MN— A recurring theme in recent weeks has been the importance of reducing uncertainty to promote economic growth. Congress recessed for the November 2 elections without producing a new federal budget, or addressing the future of the Bush tax cuts or the estate tax, or making progress toward a new Highway Bill.

A key area of uncertainty for carriers and shippers is the next proposal for truck driver Hours of Service rules. According to Mike Regan, chairman of NASSTRAC’s advocacy committee, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration should publish its proposal now, to allow public comment and debate. NASSTRAC is an industry association providing advocacy, education, and provider relations to transportation executives.

The proposed rules went to the Office of Management and Budget for its review on July 26, 2010. This process normally takes 90 days but was extended, raising questions of whether the rules were delayed to avoid added controversy before the elections. “The elections are now over,” said Regan, “and we are still waiting for FMCSA’s proposal.”

Since 2003, carriers and shippers have been operating under rules that allow no more than 11 hours driving time per shift, and no less than 34 hours time off between workweeks. Under those rules, highway fatalities have dropped, and the reduction from 2008 to 2009 was particularly dramatic. Despite these facts, certain groups want to see a reduction in the hours a driver can work. This will have a significant impact on trucking companies and what a truck driver can earn.

Under a court settlement, FMCSA must issue its final rules by July 2011, with implementation by December 2011. NASSTRAC intends to oppose any reduction in driver Hours of Service, but is concerned that continued delay in releasing the latest proposal will give the public limited time to develop arguments against the proposed reductions FMCSA is reportedly planning. “How can motor carriers create business plans, make capital investments or hire drivers when they have no idea what rules will apply in 2012 and beyond?” asked Regan. “It is imperative for the Obama Administration and FMCSA to stop sitting on the HOS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Let the HOS debate begin.”

NASSTRAC provides education, advocacy, provider relations, and networking for professionals involved in all modes of transportation, ranging from full truckload and LTL to containerization and global logistics. For more information, visit

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SEKO Worldwide Announcement

SEKO Worldwide Hires Logistics Industry Veteran, Jim Wallace, to Lead Global Sales and Marketing

ITASCA, Ill. (Nov. 4, 2010) – SEKO Worldwide – a global provider of supply-chain solutions, including comprehensive transportation, logistics and IT solutions – announced it has hired 28-year transportation industry veteran, Jim Wallace, as vice president of global sales.

Wallace will work from SEKO’s Itasca, Ill. global headquarters and report directly to SEKO’s president and CEO, William Wascher. His primary responsibilities will be to: develop, execute and manage SEKO’s sales and marketing strategies and functions; pursue marketing initiatives to further SEKO’ brand awareness and image; and monitor and align these efforts to support corporate goals.

Wallace will directly supervise SEKO’s: strategic client directors, director of sales training and development, and marketing manager and related support staff. He will indirectly supervise and support all field sales personnel.“Jim brings to SEKO a tremendous track record of building and managing sales departments with other transportation-related companies,” stated Wascher.

“We look forward to Jim successfully forging strong relationships with significant national organizations, and servicing the growing needs of our current client base and sales professionals.”

Wallace’s most important previous experience includes working for (beginning with most current): On Time Express for two and a half years, most recently as executive vice president; Mach 1 Global Services for four and a half years, most recently as executive vice president of sales – national accounts; and Roadway Express for 20 years, most recently serving as regional sales manager. In addition to building and managing successful sales teams and strategies, he has established national accounts with organizations such as: MTD Products, Delta Airlines, Philips Industries, Alcoa, Quaker Oats, Valeo, Ford Motor Company, National Logistics Management, Inc., TPS Logistics, Fisher Hamilton, TRW and Worldwide Digital.

Wallace earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from East Central Oklahoma State University. He received a double major in Marketing and Management and played varsity basketball. “This is a terrific opportunity for me to leverage SEKO’s well-developed, worldwide operational network and world-class technology platform to support its existing and new clients’ needs,” commented Wallace.

“There is tremendous potential to further grow SEKO’s client base and bring new opportunities to our strategic partners throughout the world.”

About SEKO Worldwide: Founded in 1976, SEKO Worldwide is a global, third-party logistics provider with 50 offices in the United States and more than 50 offices in 40+ countries worldwide. It offers a full range of supply-chain solutions – including transportation services such as domestic and global air and ocean freight forwarding; customs brokerage; ground transportation; trans-border distribution; U.S. home delivery; and DC bypass shipping. SEKO does so 24/7 on an expedited and time-definite basis. International logistics solutions include: warehouse management services (WMS), asset management and distribution, contract logistics and reverse logistics services. Its IT solutions offer a broad range of real-time, Web-based shipment management and data exchange tools for a high degree of supply-chain visibly. For more information, please visit:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Purolator USA Announcement

With Unparalleled Cross-Border Expertise, Purolator USA Launches New Premium Express Delivery Service to Canada

Jericho, NY – Recognized for the most extensive distribution network in Canada and expertise in cross border delivery, Purolator USA announces the official New York metropolitan-area launch of Purolator USA Express™ Service, an economical, premium-level delivery solution for timely, guaranteed shipments to Canada. Purolator USA is the US subsidiary of Canada’s largest delivery network, Purolator Courier Ltd.

The unrivaled benefits Purolator USA offers with the introduction of Purolator USA Express include guaranteed on-time delivery without the additional cost normally applied for international delivery service, a web-based paperless customs clearance process that prepares customs paperwork electronically, and premium air service at ground service rates.

“Purolator USA Express was created in response to the many businesses which complained about the lack of options for overnight and 2nd day delivery to the Canadian market. When it comes to delivering packages from the US to Canada, there is no smarter option for businesses,” explained Conal Finnegan, Vice President for Strategy and Business Development, Purolator USA. “We are the only delivery network that has the Canadian resources to offer premium service to Canada at a competitive price point and New York area businesses are taking note.”

Purolator USA is uniquely qualified to meet the needs of New York companies doing business in Canada because of Purolator’s expertise with cross border logistics. Purolator USA is able to offer guaranteed on-time delivery without the additional cost usually charged by other courier companies for international delivery service because Purolator’s network is more extensive than most logistics providers, allowing packages shipped via Purolator USA Express easy access to some of the most remote regions of that country. Purolator maintains facilities on both sides of the US and Canadian border, and as a subsidiary of Canada’s largest delivery network, provides customers access to an extensive Canadian distribution network.

Another key benefit for businesses using Purolator USA Express is its online shipment application, OLS, the industry’s first web-based paperless customs clearance process that prepares Canadian customs paperwork electronically and ensures that shipments arrive at the Canadian border pre-cleared for entry.

Bilateral trade agreements between New York State and Canada also impact the need for a reliable and cost effective cross-border delivery service, with more and more area companies realizing the potential for doing business in Canada. “Purolator USA is uniquely qualified to meet the expanding needs of businesses, especially during the economic downturn, when many are looking to Canada for business opportunities,” continued Finnegan. “Purolator USA is rapidly becoming the logistics provider of choice.”

Purolator USA Express offers businesses four delivery options for delivering time-sensitive, small packages to Canada:

- Purolator Express 9:00 AM – Money Back Guaranteed next-day delivery to Canada by 9:00 AM, for urgent shipments

- Purolator Express 10:30 AM – Money Back Guaranteed next-day delivery to Canada by 10:30 AM, for urgent shipments that need to arrive by mid-morning

- Purolator Express – Ideal for next day shipments that are still urgent, but can be delivered to their Canadian destination by end-of-day

- Purolator Expedited – The most flexible service option, for shipments that need to arrive in Canada within two days

With US headquarters in New York and facilities across New York State, Purolator entered the US market in 1998 and recently expanded into nine cities across the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Cleveland, and Raleigh/Durham.

Purolator USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Purolator Courier Ltd., Canada’s largest 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.

CITT Announcement

New Chair of CITT Board for 2010-11 Announced

TORONTO, Nov. 3 / CITT is proud to announce that Warren Sarafinchan, CITT, has been elected as the new Chair of the Board for 2010-11.

Mr. Sarafinchan was elected at CITT's 52nd Annual General Meeting held on October 30 following Reposition 2010 in Vancouver. He replaces outgoing Chair Andrew Dixon, CITT.

“It is an honour to have the opportunity to become CITT Chair," said Mr. Sarafinchan. "We will continue to drive the innovative and bold initiatives our dedicated Board have been working on over the past 12 months under the leadership of Andrew Dixon. CITT is a respected leader in accreditation for supply chain professionals and we plan to build on that reputation."

With his progressive business sense and strong leadership abilities, Mr. Sarafinchan was selected to take over the role of Chair and propel the CITT and it's new business plan forward. Mr. Sarafinchan has served on the CITT Board since 2003 in several capacities that included Vice Chair of Finance and Vice Chair of Administration.

Mr. Sarafinchan is currently the Supply Chain Director for Mars Canada. His primary areas of responsibility are logistics, customer service and purchasing. His role encompasses three business segments within Mars Canada; Chocolate, PetCare and Foods. Prior to working at Mars Canada, Mr. Sarafinchan was the Senior Director of Logistics Solutions for Maple Leaf Foods. He got his start in the logistics industry at Weldwood of Canada in Hinton, Alberta. With almost 20 years of experience, Mr. Sarafinchan is well-known in supply chain and logistics in Canada.

Since earning his CITT designation in 1995, Mr. Sarafinchan has found CITT to be a valuable career and industry resource.

"The CITT and its designation have always been a career differentiator for me," said Mr. Sarafinchan. "It represents an outstanding learning and networking avenue for supply chain and logistics professionals."

Mr. Sarafinchan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1992.

About CITT:

The CITT is a non-profit organization with a membership of over 2,000 supply chain and transportation logistics professionals across Canada. Its members include leaders, managers and directors in industry; operations and company executives in transportation companies, freight forwarders, customs brokers, government representatives, and consultants.

UPS Announcement

UPS to Sponsor Louis Oosthuizen, 2010 Open Championship Winner

Atlanta, November 03, 2010

UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that professional golfer Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the 2010 Open Championship at St. Andrews, will represent the company as its newest brand ambassador on The European Tour.

Oosthuizen will begin wearing the UPS shield on his shirt when he tees off at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai on Thursday. Other golfers representing UPS on the Tour include Jeev Milkha Singh, the first Indian golfer to become a member of The European Tour, and Lee Westwood, who earlier this week became the No. 1 rated golfer in the world.

"It's a great honor to have the global leader in shipping and logistics backing me on The European Tour," said Oosthuizen. "UPS sets the standard for its industry and I truly appreciate the opportunity to be associated with one of the most highly regarded brands in the world."

In addition to representing UPS on the world's fairways, Oosthuizen also will participate in various UPS-sponsored marketing and promotional activities, including customer and employee hospitality events at several European Tour tournaments across the globe.

"With a membership that represents 47 nationalities and a tournament schedule that spans the world, The European Tour provides a unique platform to demonstrate UPS's logistics capabilities to a truly global audience," said Ron Rogowski, UPS vice president, sponsorships & events. "And we're delighted to have Louis Oosthuizen join the UPS team of brand ambassadors, who undoubtedly will add a lot of excitement to our golf program."

As the Official Logistics and Express Sponsor of The European Tour, UPS handles the transportation and delivery of nearly everything required for the production of the Tour's 48 tournaments, which take place in 27 countries on five continents.

"Transporting The European Tour requires flawless logistics and UPS delivers." said George O'Grady, Chief Executive of The European Tour. "UPS has to coordinate the movement of massive amounts of equipment over a very large geography, and usually in a very short window of time. From one tournament to another, from one continent to another, UPS works diligently behind the scenes to ensure that every European Tour event is a success."

"What UPS does for The European Tour is reflective of what UPS can do for any business, large or small," added Rogowski. "Our extensive array of logistics solutions can help companies discover new ways to drive growth, save money and enhance customer relationships."

For more information about the many ways UPS is helping companies all over the world leverage the power of logistics, visit

About UPS

UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at

Agility Announcement

Agility and Linfox form alliance to target resources projects in Australia

Australia, November 3 2010 – Agility and Linfox Logistics have formed an alliance to focus on providing logistics solutions to major oil, gas and mining projects, primarily in remote areas of Australia.

The two companies already provide logistics services to the massive Gorgon gas field development in Western Australia, with Agility as the lead logistics provider and Linfox providing specialised transport and warehouse services. A joint office in Gladstone in Queensland has been established to seek logistics opportunities as the region’s resources industry continues to develop.

Agility’s CEO Australasia and North Asia, Mick Turnbull said, “The two companies will leverage their combined expertise to provide supply chain solutions to major projects in the oil, gas and mining sectors. We look forward to supporting major resources projects in remote regions.”

Agility is a leading global logistics company that delivers a comprehensive range of supply chain solutions. The company offers air, sea and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution and specialised services for project logistics, fairs and events, fuels and chemicals.

Linfox is a leading Asian Pacific logistics company operating in 10 countries in the region and has expertise in in-country road and rail transport services, warehousing and off site receipting. The business provides sophisticated supply chain solutions design and implementation to leading businesses in the Industrial, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Retail and Linehaul sectors.

Linfox President Resources, Peter Stokes said, “This strategic alliance is an important extension of our expertise in supporting major resource projects, often in remote regions. Linfox supports key extractive industries across Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland.”

“We have a strong working relationship with Agility and I believe our strategic alliance will help support Australian resource development as well as opportunities overseas in the future.”

About Agility

From its roots in emerging markets, Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed countries and emerging economies alike. A publicly traded company, Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics with close to $6 billion in annual revenue and 32,000 employees in over 550 offices across 120 countries.

Agility's commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), is headquartered in Switzerland. Agility GIL provides supply chain solutions to meet complex and traditional customer needs. GIL offers air, sea and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, fuels and chemicals.

Agility's unique collection of portfolio businesses includes Agility Defense & Government Services, a logistics provider to governments, ministries of defense and international organizations. Agility's Infrastructure group of companies manages commercial and industrial real estate and offers solutions in customs optimization and clearance, waste management and recycling, aviation services, remote infrastructure and life support.

For more information about Agility, visit

About Linfox

Lindsay Fox started the business with one truck in 1956. The Linfox Group of companies has grown and today includes Linfox Logistics, Linfox Property Group, Armaguard and Linfox Airports with operations in 10 countries across the Asia Pacific region.

The Logistics business has more than 15,000 employees and operates a fleet of over 5,000 vehicles and 2.0 million square metres of warehousing.

Linfox Logistics has four Business Units; Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Retail, Industrial and Linehaul, which deliver specialised supply chain expertise to our customers. A Supply Chain Solutions team provides expert consulting focused on innovation and continuous improvement.

For more information about Linfox, visit

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ATC Logistics and Electronics Announcement

Art Smuck Promoted to President of ATC Logistics and Electronics

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – November 2, 2010 – GENCO ATC, the leader in product life cycle logistics and North America’s 2nd largest third-party logistics provider, today announced that it has promoted Art Smuck to president of ATC Logistics and Electronics, a wholly owned subsidiary. In his new capacity, Mr. Smuck will be responsible for the full range of third-party logistics operations spanning four facilities in the Fort Worth area with over 2,900 teammates.

Mr. Smuck originally joined ATCLE in March 2001 as general manager of Logistics Services. Since that time, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president of Operations and most recently as vice president/general manager of Operations responsible for sales, engineering and operations support. Prior to joining ATCLE, Mr. Smuck was employed at Nestle Waters of North America from 1983-2001where he assumed increasingly responsible roles, including North Texas market manager, senior organizational development consultant and North Texas sales manager.

Todd Peters, CEO of ATC said, “Art has played an instrumental role in ATCLE’s overall direction, cultural development, customer focus initiatives and strategic planning activities over the years. I look forward to working with Art as we continue to grow the ATCLE business on behalf of our parent, GENCO ATC.”

About GENCO ATC: ATC is North America's 2nd largest and a Global Top 50 third-party logistics provider and the recognized leader in reverse logistics. The company manages 120 operations and 37 million square feet of warehouse space throughout North America for a diverse range of retail, manufacturing and government customers, including many Fortune 500 companies. As the industry’s most innovative product life cycle logistics provider, GENCO ATC provides initial and ongoing value through a complete range of solutions, including contract logistics, transportation logistics, parcel negotiation and audits, reverse logistics, product remarketing, damage research, pharmaceutical services, aftermarket vehicle service parts, government logistics and operations management and supply chain technology. 
For more information, visit

About ATC Logistics & Electronics

ATC Logistics & Electronics (ATCLE), a subsidiary of GENCO ATC, is a premier provider of third-party logistics services. The company also operates a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) at its facility in Fort Worth, Texas. ATCLE specializes in forward logistics, reverse logistics, asset recovery, test & repair, kitting & packaging, transportation management and value-added services for high velocity, high-tech devices, in addition to other equipment and components. Industry focus includes wireless, broadband, electronics, medical, industrial and automotive.

ATCLE’s knowledge, expertise, IT capabilities and excellent service and quality levels enable its customers to streamline supply chain efficiency and enhance growth and profit. With a customer roster including AT&T, GM, Pantech and TomTom, ATCLE raises the standard for quality, service and performance. For more information, 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Aspen Logistics Announcement

Aspen Logistics, Inc. Introduces a New Recall Tracking Tool

Salt Lake City, Utah, 10.27.10 – Aspen Logistics tackles the potential threat to customers of a slow or non-compliant product recall response by adding a real-time recall report on Aspen, who is a third-party logistics (3PL) service supplier, operates the supply chains for many large manufacturers in the food, pharmaceutical and pet industries. These industries are susceptible to product recalls and have been placed under scrutiny after a recent rash of tainted products raised calls for an increase in regulations. Aspen created the solution with this issue in mind. It will serve as an instrument to retrieve an accurate, fast, and easily accessible snap-shot essential to a resolution on any materializing recall situation.

The Recall Report is available on the 3PL’s web portal (, which allows it to be run in real-time on any quantity of product. The report, as Aspen puts it, takes a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach at consolidating time-sensitive investigating into a single search. The report filters products according to the company code, SKU, and (optionally) the lot. This offers a customer the ability to view where the questionable product is within their supply chains. If the situation calls for it, the data will be used to quickly pull the inventory before it makes its way to the public.

The solution went live through a beta application a few months ago. After some success with the beta version the solution has been made available to all of those who utilize the customer portal. Aspen expects to see the tool become essential and grow as stiffer regulations are released. Aspen states that with this function there is no longer a need to search through Inbounds, Outbounds, Adjustments, and Inventory separately for recall data.

Aspen Logistics Inc. is a top 100 third party logistics firm who has been in business for over 30 years and operates approximately 3 million square feet of modern refrigerated and ambient warehouse facilities along with their own fleet of trucks. Aspen specializes in a variety of value-added services, including co-packing, pick pack, just-in-time inventory management and time sensitive custom deliveries. Aspen is a specialist in the retail and healthcare supply chain and understanding the details involved with shipping to major retailers and grocery chains has been a key to its successes.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

STI Announcement

STI Chooses I.D. Systems for Onboard Trailer Technology

Specialized Transportation Inc., STI, has recently selected I.D. Systems’ VeriWise technology for its onboard asset telematics. STI receives enhanced remote monitoring and diagnostics on trailer assets such as GPS positioning and utilization status allowing for real-time visibility to all of its trailers equipped with the VeriWise system.

VeriWise technology provides STI critical operations data such as when a trailer is moving, idle, tethered or untethered, its real-time location, location history and telematic system diagnostics. This information provides the basis for reporting, monitoring and optimizing trailer utilization. This enhanced visibility to its trailer fleet allows STI to reduce the need for short-term trailer rentals by identifying under-utilized or idle equipment. The utilization of the VeriWise technology has enabled STI to better utilize its assets hence serve their customer’s at a much greater level.

“The sophistication of the onboard technology is a great improvement for us,” stated Dave Malinowski, STI’s Asset Manager, adding: “we have improved the visibility of our assets which will enable us to make better business decisions. We can also provide up to the minute status by utilizing a virtual web based interface. This visibility is valuable and will provide many benefits to our customers and our organization.”

The VeriWise user interface is very flexible and allows STI to assign an unlimited number of unit-specific identifiers to each individual trailer. This capability enables STI to create detailed reporting and evaluate trailer utilization by region, fleet group, trailer specification, make, model or any other key indicator.

About STI

STI has been an asset-based industry leader of specialized supply chain solutions since 1965, formerly as the High Value Products/Logistics Division of North American Van Lines, before becoming an independent company in 2004. STI provides customized supply chain solutions for products that require high touch support, special handling and equipment, and value added on site services. Supporting the business-to-business and business to consumer markets, the company provides multi-modal logistics supported by an extensive network of distribution centers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The suite of services includes specialized padded van transportation, trade show support, first and final mile logistics, white glove services, transportation management, warehousing, home delivery, and technology tools. STI supports customers in the Technology, Healthcare, Industrial, Furniture, Store Fixtures, Retail, and Financial Services markets. Please visit for more information.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

GENCO Supply Chain Solutions and ATC Technology Corporation Announcement

GENCO Supply Chain Solutions Officially Merges with ATC Technology Corporation

On October 22, 2010 the merger between GENCO Supply Chain Solutions and ATC Technology Corporation became official and we will begin operating under our new name–GENCO ATC.

The merger immediately positions GENCO ATC as the clear product life cycle logistics leader in the wireless, consumer electronics/information technology and vehicle service parts markets and as the largest independent drivetrain remanufacturer in the world.

Logistics solution enhancements will be realized in transportation management; test and repair; remanufacturing; high velocity serialized fulfillment, co-packing, kitting; warehouse management systems; and product remarketing.

GENCO ATC’s professional workforce and geographical presence expands to 10,000 teammates and 120 operations throughout North America., including an added presence in the Southeast U.S and Mexico.

To view a Video on this announcement, please visit:

PMAC and ISM Announcement

PMAC and ISM announce reciprocity for professional designations

Toronto – The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) have entered into an agreement with the goal of providing reciprocity between each organization’s globally recognized designation. PMAC offers the Supply Chain Management Professional™ (SCMP™) designation and ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®). The reciprocity agreement allows purchasing and supply management professionals holding one designation to apply for and receive the reciprocal designation, provided they meet specific criteria.

Cheryl Paradowski, PMAC’s president and CEO, said, “In a global marketplace, designation reciprocity is extremely valuable. This will open up opportunities for designation-holders who now gain greater mobility and recognition. Not only will this increase their international marketability, but it helps to expand the profile of the entire supply chain management profession.”

According to ISM CEO Paul Novak, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., MCIPS, both designations represent mastery of complex skills, an extensive knowledge base and professional maturity. “There is a high degree of congruence between all aspects of the SCMP™ and CPSM®,” Novak said. “Allowing SCMP™- and CPSM®-holders to leverage their designations to secure even greater professional credibility also benefits the wider business community.”

Professionals holding the CPSM® designation may apply for and receive the SCMP™ credential provided they meet several conditions including payment of PMAC membership fees and fulfilling requirements set by PMAC to retain the SCMP™. Complete details are available on the PMAC web site under SCMP™ Designation and selecting the link for Designation Reciprocity.

Alternately, PMAC members holding the SCMP™ credential may apply for and receive the CPSM® designation from ISM provided they meet certain conditions. SCMP™-holders can review requirements and obtain the one-page application online by visiting the ISM web site, selecting Professional Credentials and Certified Professional in Supply Management® Program and then selecting the link for CPSM® and SCMP™ Reciprocity.

About PMAC

The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is the leading association in Canada for supply chain management professionals, and the largest. The national voice for advancing and promoting the profession of supply chain management, PMAC sets the standard of excellence for professional skills, knowledge and integrity. With 7,000 members working across private and public sectors, PMAC is the principal source of supply chain training, education and professional development in the country, requiring all members to adhere to a Code of Ethics. Through its 10 Provincial and Territorial Institutes, PMAC grants the SCMP™ (Supply Chain Management Professional™) designation, the highest achievement in the field and the mark of strategic leadership. PMAC is an original member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

About ISM™

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 75 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

OHL Announcement

OHL Announces New VP Latin America and Caribbean Region

Brentwood, Tenn. (October 27, 2010) — OHL recently hired Rolando Ayala as VP Latin America and the Caribbean Region for the OHL Global Freight Management and Logistics business unit. Ayala will manage operations and business development for OHL in this region which also includes the US-Mexico border.

Ayala has over twenty years of industry experience, most recently serving as Managing Director of Latin America for FedEx Trade Network. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President for Kintetsu World Express Latin America and served in leadership positions with Air Express International and UPS.

“Rolando has a wealth of experience to offer our customers in the planning, development, and implementation of logistics solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean Region,” commented Patrick Moebel, President of OHL’s Global Freight Management business unit. “OHL is committed to continually expanding our network and our service offerings to meet our customers’ current and future requirements and Rolando will help us tremendously in Latin America, the Caribbean and the US-Mexico border region.”

Ayala has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Administration and holds an MSC in Logistics and Supply Chain.

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 130 value-added distribution centers, offers comprehensive transportation management services, employs nearly 6,000, and has offices worldwide. OHL 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.

For more information about OHL, please visit:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kenco Announcement

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Signs Lease With Kenco’s JDK Real Estate, LLC in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—October 26, 2010 (James Street Media Services)—Kenco’s JDK Real Estate, LLC unit has signed a lease with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for 120,000 square feet of expanded and improved warehouse space in Chattanooga.

According to Wilson McGinness, leasing director, JDK Real Estate, “We are delighted that Valeant decided to expand its space with JDK.” Valeant will occupy the entire facility, which provides sufficient capacity for their pharmaceutical distribution requirements.

The benefits for Valeant include fully air conditioned space with fire suppression technology and improved electrical systems. Kenco Logistic Services will continue to manage all Valeant’s North American warehousing and distribution activities, and Kenco Transportation Services will continue to provide all transportation management services for domestic transport.

“I’m confident that a deciding factor of this arrangement was our experience in managing and our ability to perform the necessary tenant improvements. It’s a credit to our facilities management team,” McGinness says.

About Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE/TSX: VRX) is a multinational specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of pharmaceutical products primarily in the areas of neurology, dermatology and branded generics. More information about Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. can be found at

About JDK Real Estate, LLC (

JDK Real Estate, LLC specializes in leasing, site selection analysis and tenant improvement consulting. The company owns approximately five million square feet of warehouse space in the United States. JDK services include contract negotiations, site optimization and selection, facility management, warehouse design, retrofitting for specialty needs, construction management, lease administration and aggressive space management.

About The Kenco Family of Companies (

Kenco's core competencies include not only logistics services but also transportation, real estate management and material handling equipment. The Kenco Family of Companies includes Kenco Logistic Services, Kenco Transportation, Kenco Toyota-Lift, Kenco Management Services, and JDK Real Estate.