Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Technology aimed at saving shippers time and money

Averitt Adds Online Invoices to Suite of Online Tools

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (August 31, 2010) -- Averitt Express, one of the nation's leading freight transportation and supply chain management providers, announced that it has added online invoices to its robust suite of tools available at www.averittexpress.com.

Specific benefits of the new tool include:
  • 24/7 access to view all open invoices
  • Ability to list all open invoices or search by invoice date, pickup date, delivery date, PRO number, bill of lading number, or PO number
  • Electronic invoice and/or supporting documentation requests, which save shippers time by reducing the need for phone calls
  • Specific invoice and supporting documentation can be delivered as a single PDF file via e-mail
  • Faster invoice availability and reduced billing cycle time
  • Automatic and regular updates ensure the online invoice is always the most current

According to Phil Pierce, Averitt's executive vice president of sales and marketing, it simply made sense to add this feature to the company’s list of online services that includes detailed shipment tracking, LTL and volume/truckload rate quotes, shipment reporting, pickup scheduling and electronic bill of lading creation.

"More and more of our customers prefer electronic methods of doing business, so this is a natural progression for Averitt," said Pierce. "Our online invoices will save shippers time and allow them to bill their customers quicker since they will receive their invoices quicker."

In addition to its new online invoices tool, Averitt says it is currently developing an e-mail invoicing service that will allow its customers to opt out of receiving paper invoices. The company expects to make that service available within the next few months.

For more information about Averitt’s full suite of online tools, visit www.averittexpress.com.

About Averitt Express
Established in 1971, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company specializes in delivering customized solutions with a single source of accountability for service offerings that include cross border/domestic offshore, dedicated, expedited, intermodal, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide™, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, refrigerated, brokerage), warehousing and value-added services, including a centralized call center, strict performance metrics and an ongoing focus on green/sustainability efforts. Averitt’s technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI) and transportation and operations management systems.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Innovation Program

CSCMP Announces 2010 Supply Chain Innovation Award Finalists

Lombard, Illinois USA (August 30, 2010)—The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) announced the six finalist teams in the sixth annual Supply Chain Innovation Award competition. The first- and second-place awards will be presented at the organization’s annual global conference, September 26-29, in San Diego, California, USA.

Finalist teams and their supply chain innovations include:

~ Amway utilized an innovative Kaizen approach that identifies waste and builds cross-functional alignment in its SKU-revision process, leading to reduced costs and changes in the way its supply chain partners manage revisions.

~ Bakers Footwear, Transmodal Corporation, and IES, Ltd. consolidated cargo shipped via small-parcel carrier to the same destination, resulting in 40% lower shipping costs based on volume weight rates.

~ IPC-Subway and C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. redesigned an industry-unique supply chain strategy through the collaboration of suppliers, academics, and leaders, reducing carbon emissions and supply chain costs while creating environmental benefits and delivering fresher products to customers.

~ Intel Corporation used a low-cost supply chain project to break down supply chain silos and drive organizational alignment, setting the stage for future coordinated, high-impact projects.

~ Navistar, Inc. and Menlo Worldwide Logistics transformed an old-line supply chain into a strategic, competitive enabler through the development of a collaborative, innovative model and roadmap after implementation, achieving multimillion dollar benefits.

~ Pepsi Beverages Company implemented automation technology and network optimization strategies to crack the code on labor-intensive direct store delivery (DSD) activities, significantly impacting quality, service, production, and ROI.

Presented by CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain magazine, the Supply Chain Innovation Award recognizes a collaborative supply chain team’s outstanding innovations as demonstrated by quantifiable and sustainable cost-savings, revenue-generating, or customer-satisfaction achievements. This year’s six finalist teams, selected from dozens of entries, will present their case studies in a special supply chain innovation track on Monday and Tuesday at CSCMP’s conference. Each team will discuss the creative and nontraditional approaches, operations, and cost-saving initiatives that resulted in their supply chain achievements.

CSCMP’s Annual Global Conference is the largest of its kind for the supply chain man-agement profession, hosting more than 3,000 practitioners, educators, and thought leaders from around the world. Over 100 educational sessions are planned. The Supply Chain of the Future will also debut at this year’s event.

Founded in 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the leading worldwide professional association dedicated to education, research, and the advancement of the supply chain management profession. With over 9,000 members globally, representing business, government, and academia from 63 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management.

For more information, please contact: Madeleine Miller-Holodnicki, ABC

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
333 East Butterfield Road, Suite 140
Lombard, Illinois 60148-5617 USA


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Leadership Award

Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Presents Business Community Leadership Award to DHL Executive

Cincinnati, Ohio – August 26, 2010: DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, announced that James Min, Vice President at DHL Express, received the 2009-2010 ‘Rookie of the Year’ volunteer award from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (NKCC). The award is presented annually to a first or second-year member who has demonstrated enthusiastic involvement through active volunteerism and leadership in Chamber business and trade affairs.

James Min’s dynamic and passionate contribution to the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association has helped our members connect with the larger global business community – including Embassies and foreign trade representatives of Russia, South Korea and Panama,” said Daniele Longo, vice-president of business development and international trade, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. “I thank James along with his company DHL Express for all of their support, dedication and help improving the local business environment.”

At DHL Express USA, James Min oversees international trade affairs and import and export regulatory compliance matters for its express operations in the United States.As the industry’s International Specialists, DHL is uniquely positioned to help businesses expand globally through the continued involvement of its executives in community organizations like the NKCC. As the importance and regulatory complexity of the global supply chain increases, DHL’s experience and expertise as a leading facilitator of international trade will continue to help local businesses compete on a global scale.

“I intend to continue serving the greater Northern Kentucky area by leveraging my knowledge and the global network that DHL Express provides,” said Min. “The Tri-State Area of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio is heavily dependent on international trade and foreign investments. As the world’s largest global express carrier and international specialist, it only makes sense that DHL Express is a contributor to this area's economy and community life."

Min received the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award on Wednesday, August 25 at the NKCC Board Meeting and Committee Chair Appreciation Luncheon.

The NKCC strives to develop strong businesses and a vibrant economy in Northern Kentucky and its surrounding region through business advocacy and leadership, resulting in a better quality of life for all. In addition, the Chamber is an advocate for its broad and diverse member businesses, creating a climate of growth and success.

Aspen Logistics, Inc. Will Help to Build a Playground at September 23rd Charity Event

Atlanta, GA. 08.27.2010Aspen Logistics, Inc. will be sending two representatives to this year’s playground build event in Atlanta Georgia. The Home Depot Foundation along with its partners, suppliers and the nonprofit Kaboom organization and YMCA have put together this year’s event. The event will have more than 300 volunteers whose goal will be to build a state-of-the-art 2,500 square foot playground in one day. The play ground will provide a safe, fun environment for the children in the community. This is the third year which Aspen has volunteered for the event. Aspen who found out about the opportunity through its partnership with the Home Depot jumped at the chance to be involved. The event will be held on Thursday September 23rd in Atlanta Georgia.

The Home Depot Foundation will be funding the playground through a grant along with a contribution from Bill Lucas YMCA. The Home Depot Foundation as a founding member of KaBoom provides the organization’s financial support, materials, and volunteers for their projects nationwide.

Aspen, as a supplier to the Home Depot’s logistics network, was invited to partake in this year’s project in Atlanta. Aspen, who is a third party logistics (3PL) company, will be sending two members of its organization to participate in the build – Dan Anderson and Garry Barfuss. The company feels that economic times have not faired well on local communities. Hit hardest of all are programs that support kids. Aspen sees the Home Depot Foundation and KaBoom as fantastic organizations that are needed, especial in today’s environment. “This is an opportunity to give back in a great way - to participate where local communities financially can’t,” says Chris Ticknor, Aspen’s head of Marketing and overseer of their charitable efforts.

The Bill Lucas YMCA’s goal for this project is to create an outdoor educational learning environment and a fun, interactive space for children to play. The existing playground is over thirty years old and no longer meets the needs of the children at the site. The new playground will enhance the social, emotional, and physical lives of the children at Bill Lucas YMCA by providing them a perfect location to make friends, develop self-confidence, and build fine and gross motor skills.

Date: Thursday, September 23

Event Address:

Bill Lucas YMCA Early Learning Center
601 Pryor Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30312

For additional information please contact Chris Ticknor Aspen’s Corporate Marketing Manager, or call Aspen (800) 741-7360.

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.

Created in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating and preserving healthy, affordable homes as the cornerstone of sustainable communities. The Foundation’s goal is for all families to have the opportunity to live in healthy, efficient homes they can afford over the long-term; to have access to safe, vibrant parks and greenspaces; and to receive the economic, social and environmental benefits of living in a sustainable community. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $190 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 95,000 homes, planted more than 1.2 million trees, and built or refurbished more than 1875 playgrounds, parks and greenspaces. For more information, visitwww.homedepotfoundation.org and follow us on Twitter homedepotfdn.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Through community building, the company is focused on giving every child in America a great place to play within walking distance. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has used its innovative community-build model to bring together business and community interests to construct more than 1,700 new playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields and ice rinks across North America. KaBOOM! also offers a variety of resources, including an online community, free online trainings, grants, publications and the KaBOOM! National Campaign for Play, which includes Playful City USA and Playmakers – a national network of individual advocates for play. KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

The Bill Lucas Southside YMCA is part of the Butler Street YMCA system, an independent organization associated with the YMCA of Greater Atlanta. A direct result of racial segregation, the Butler Street YMCA was once the only YMCA option for African-American citizens in the area. Today, the Butler Street YMCA operates four local facilities, including the Bill Lucas Southside YMCA. Established in 1977 in the Mechanicsville neighborhood of Atlanta, the Bill Lucas Early Learning Centeris a state licensed child development center serving children aged two to twelve. Activities are structured to accommodate both working and non-working parents, offering children a chance to grow and develop in a positive, structured setting. Staff members from all four Butler Street YMCA facilities are excited to participate, as are the parents whose children attend programs at the Bill Lucas location. With the great work done by the Bill Lucas YMCA, a rich history including Martin Luther King, Jr. attending the Butler Street YMCA, and Atlanta Brave Bill Lucas being the first African American General Manager in Major League Baseball, this will certainly be an extremely rewarding build.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Shipowners’ P&I Club Establishes Vancouver Branch Office

With the establishment of a branch office in Vancouver, the small vessel sector P&I Club fulfils its strategy of a service commitment to the market within three eight-hour time zones

Having acquired the Vancouver-based underwriting agency, Waterborne Underwriting Services Ltd in 2007, Shipowners’ has developed its plan to establish an accredited branch of the Club; authorisation to undertake underwriting in Canada was received in December last year and the Vancouver branch office was officially renamed as Shipowners’ North America Protection Ltd on the 1s July 2010.

In making the announcement Shipowners’ Chief Executive, Charles Hume emphasised the Club’s global service strategy that underpins the new branch opening. “Vancouver is another element, along with our London and Singapore offices, of our declared ‘888’ commitment to the market, which pledges service to Members and their brokers locally within eight-hour time zones,” said Hume. “Commitment to service, whether its claims handling or risk management, is an essential part of the value proposition of a mutual such as the Shipowners’ Club and, with the Vancouver branch , we can extend this offering to our Members in Canada and the US West Coast, ” he continued.

Francis Fyfe, who has been President of Waterborne since its inception in 1995 retired in May this year and is succeeded as General Manager and Head of Underwriting at the Vancouver branch by Rosemary Adams. She has eight years experience of handling the Club’s business. In addition to the underwriting staff currently present in Vancouver, the team will be augmented with a dedicated claims handler in November this year in order to provide a full underwriting and claims service for Members and their brokers.

Adams is enthusiastic about her new role and the potential for extending the influence of the Club in the region. “Shipowners’ is renowned globally for its protection and indemnity cover of small vessels, including tugs and offshore supply vessels, passenger ferries, harbour craft, fishing boats and professionally crewed yachts. The establishment of the Vancouver branch makes these specialist services offered by the Club more accessible to the Canadian and US West Coast market. We look forward to developing our reach to the membership,” she said.

About Shipowners' Club:

The Shipowners' Club is a mutual marine liability insurer, providing Protection & Indemnity insurance to small vessels since 1855. The Club currently covers over 28,000 vessels from 6,322 Members worldwide and is a member of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

The Club has regional offices located in Luxembourg, London, Singapore and Vancouver.

At the official opening of the Shipowners’ Branch Office in Vancouver in the above photograph (
left to right):

Charles Hume – Chief Executive – The Shipowners’ Club

Francis Fyfe – President (retired) – Waterborne Underwriting Agency Ltd

Rosemary Adams – General Manager / Head of Underwriting – Vancouver Branch – The Shipowners’ Club

Donald MacLeod – Chairman – The Shipowners’ Club

Thomas Schmitt Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Purolator

Stewart Bacon, Chairman of the Board of Purolator Holdings Ltd., is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Schmitt as Purolator’s President and CEO. Mr. Schmitt’s appointment is effective September 9, 2010.

Mr. Schmitt’s appointment as Purolator’s President and CEO comes at the conclusion of an extensive search conducted by the Board with the assistance of a leading international executive search firm. The search included consideration of CEOs and other senior executives from leading companies around the world. Through this search, the Board considered a number of exceptionally talented candidates.

“The Board is delighted to have selected Tom as Purolator’s next President and CEO,” says Mr. Bacon. “Tom is an exceptional leader, experienced in our industry, whose customer focus and passion for performance excellence make him the ideal candidate to lead Purolator.”

“I have the utmost respect for Purolator as a Canadian industry leader and am excited about the opportunity to lead this great company,” says Mr. Schmitt. “I am looking forward to meeting and working with the team at Purolator.”

Mr. Schmitt joins Purolator from FedEx Corporation, where he held several executive roles of increasing responsibility over the last 12 years. As Senior Vice-President of FedEx Solutions, he led an integrated FedEx division providing turnkey customized solutions for strategic customers.

Previously, as President and CEO of FedEx’s Global Supply Chain Services, he was responsible for FedEx’s global logistics and supply chain services. Under his leadership, FedEx launched FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics in 2006. Prior to joining FedEx, Mr. Schmitt spent eight years with McKinsey & Company, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies, providing strategic development and operations expertise for the transportation, logistics, retail, utilities and telecom industries.

Mr. Schmitt graduated with first class honours from Middlesex University in the United Kingdom, and he later earned an MBA at the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar at the top of his class.

On behalf of the Board, Mr. Bacon also takes this opportunity to thank Bill Henderson for his significant contribution to Purolator during his interim term as President and CEO. Over the last several months, Purolator has made significant progress in the areas of strategy development, internal controls and cost management. “The Board is very grateful for Bill’s exceptional work and looks forward to his continued contribution to Purolator as a key member of the senior management team,” says Mr. Bacon.

As Purolator’s President and CEO, Mr. Schmitt will also serve as a member of the Board.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Trailer Tracking Technology Announcement

Shaw Tracking Announces Next-Generation Trailer Tracking

Trailer Tracks 210 Offers More Memory and Processing Power, Embedded Solar Power,

More Compact Design, Bluetooth® and More

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO August 24, 2010 – Shaw Tracking, a Shaw Communications Company (TSX: SJR.B and NYSE:SJR), the leader in mobile communications for the Canadian Transportation industry, today announced its new Trailer Tracks 210 (TT210) solution. The next-generation Trailer Tracks solution delivers timely information about the load status and location of trailers with enhanced features that improve the return on investment for fleets that incorporate trailer tracking into their operations. TT210 is slated for commercial availability in the first quarter of 2011.

TT210 is the successor to Shaw Tracking’s Untethered Trailer Tracks (T2) trailer management solution. It delivers additional features to transportation and logistics companies seeking maximum return on investment, enhanced asset and cargo security, and improved asset utilization. The features include:

  • An embedded solar panel and antenna
  • Improved memory and processing power
  • A more compact design that enables simpler, less time-consuming installation
  • Bluetooth capability - configuration and servicing of the unit

Both TT210 and T2 leverage the same Trailer Tracks host environment, so customers using either or both platforms will benefit from future host development and will manage their trailer assets from a single Web portal. Additionally, because both TT210 and T2 can operate within a single fleet, customers will continue to derive value from their investment in both platforms.

“We are pleased to introduce Trailer Tracks 210, our next-generation solution for carriers to improve their bottom line through asset management and visibility,” said Mike Ham, Vice President, Shaw Tracking. “With simplified installation, embedded solar power, improved memory and processing power, and Bluetooth technology, TT210 delivers enhanced capabilities to the transportation and logistics industry.”

About Shaw Communications Inc.

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications company whose core business is providing broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Digital Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business Solutions) and satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct). The Company serves 3.4 million customers, including over 1.7 million Internet and 900,000 Digital Phone customers, through a reliable and extensive network, which comprises 625,000 kilometres of fibre. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR).

About Shaw Tracking

Shaw Tracking, a Shaw Communications company (TSX - SJR.B, NYSE – SJR), offers integrated on-board computing technology and value-add wireless data solutions for the Canadian transportation, mobile workforce and logistics industries. For over 20 years Shaw Tracking has been focused on providing scalable over-the road fleet management business solutions for organizations of all sizes. With over 700 customers and 40,000 vehicles Shaw Tracking has established economic payback and proven results.

Purchasing Management Association of Canada

Paradowski new president of PMAC

Toronto - Cheryl Paradowski has joined the Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC), as its new president and chief executive officer. In her role, Paradowski will provide leadership to the PMAC board of directors, work with provincial and territorial Institute partners and foster relationships with stakeholders both within Canada and internationally.

“I am excited to become part of such a dynamic association as PMAC and to contribute to the mission of building leadership in supply chain management,” said Paradowski. “The opportunities for PMAC and its members have never been greater.”

Paradowski comes to PMAC after five years as executive director of the Canadian Grocery HR Council, formerly the Canadian Food Industry Council. She has an extensive background in not-for-profit management and vast knowledge of labour market initiatives.

“My focus on skills development and professionalism will translate well to PMAC," said Paradowski. “I also know, particularly from my experience in the grocery industry, how critical supply chain management professionals are to the success of any business.”

For Paradowski, the opportunity to form new partnerships and to enhance existing ones was key in attracting her to PMAC. “Just as supply chains are about building networks, so too do associations need to collaborate in order to offer more value today,” she said.

Active in sector council management since 1996, Paradowski has held various positions including president of the Ontario Tourism Education Corporation and chair of the Alliance of Sector Councils. She has an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and a bilingual Honours BA from York University, Glendon College.

“Cheryl is the right person to guide our association to the next level,” said Keith Carruthers, chair of the PMAC board of directors. “Her priority is to put PMAC’s new strategic plan into action. That means continuing to develop leading-edge education, increasing market awareness of the supply chain profession and strengthening how we support our members in their careers.”

Paradowski takes over at PMAC following the retirement of Bob Dye, who helmed the association for six years and oversaw the expansion of the field of practice from purchasing to strategic supply chain management, the renewal of training and accreditation programs, and the launch of the new Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation.

About PMAC

The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is the leading association in Canada for supply chain management professionals, and the largest, according to the PMAC press release. 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. www.pmac.ca

Executive Announcements From Ryder


· President of Global Fleet Management Solutions Tony Tegnelia to Retire

· Current EVP and CFO Robert Sanchez to Succeed Tegnelia as President of Global Fleet Management Solutions

· Current SVP and Controller Art Garcia to Succeed Sanchez as EVP and CFO

MIAMI, August 23, 2010 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), today announced Anthony G. (Tony) Tegnelia (65), President, Global Fleet Management Solutions, will retire from Ryder after a career of more than 33 years with the Company.

“Tony has been an outstanding leader of our company for more than three decades,” said Ryder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Swienton. “He has served with a level of loyalty and integrity that has contributed greatly to our financial performance and success. We wish Tony the very best in the next stage of his life and thank him for his many years of distinguished service to Ryder.”

Succeeding Mr. Tegnelia in his role as President of Ryder’s largest business segment, Global Fleet Management Solutions, effective September 1, 2010, will be Robert E. Sanchez (45), who has served as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since October of 2007. Mr. Sanchez brings to his new role 17 years of experience with the Company in numerous assignments, including an earlier senior leadership role within the Fleet Management Solutions business segment as Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations.

Succeeding Mr. Sanchez as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective September 1, 2010, will be Art A. Garcia (49), a 13-year veteran of Ryder’s Corporate Accounting team who has served as Senior Vice President and Controller since October 2005. Mr. Garcia will also continue to serve as the Company's principal accounting officer.

Commenting on these appointments, Mr. Swienton said, “We are pleased that the depth of talent within our company, and our efforts around organizational development and succession planning have enabled us to fill these important roles with proven internal candidates. Robert and Art are not only highly qualified, but they also fully understand our business processes and strategic direction, and are very well prepared to continue our progress in their new assignments.”

Beginning September 1, 2010, for a period of approximately six months, Mr. Tegnelia will assume responsibility for the evaluation and execution of acquisition and other strategic expansion opportunities in the Global Fleet Management Solutions business segment, will represent the Company within various associations in evaluating industry-related developments, and will lead various other projects, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Greg Swienton, until the date of Mr. Tegnelia’s retirement which is expected to be on or before March 1, 2011.

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 www.ryder.com.

Monday, August 23, 2010

TST Announcement

Mississauga, ON – August 2010 For the 3rd time in the last 6 months, TST Overland Express is expanding its transportation network improvements with the addition of a new Winnipeg, MB – Minneapolis, MN gateway. This new gateway will deliver improved transit times on many lanes in the Midwest by up to 2 days.

Minneapolis was selected to provide a regional distribution hub in the upper Midwest of the US as it is key to the continuing development of services between
Western Canada and the US, particularly the Midwest.

“This current move is just one more step in strengthening our LTL network across North American,” states Rob O’Reilly, President, TST Overland Express. “We made a commitment to making service improvements for our customers – and we are delivering.”

There are two key factors at the core of the transportation network improvements – direct line-haul and proprietary technology.

Direct line-haul reduces freight handling and transit times from origin to destination, which in turn enables TST to continue to provide industry-leading service.

Proprietary TST technology applications have been designed specifically for expedited, efficient management of route and cross border activity. Based on input from customers, brokers and both US and Canada Customs, the systems ensure that the required documentation is in the right place at the right time, thus reducing delays at the loading point and at the border.

About TST Overland Express
TST Overland Express (tstoverland.com) is a less-than-truckload provider with service across North America including Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean. Based in Mississauga, Ontario the company has grown since its inception in 1928 to an industry leader with over 1000 employees and over 1500 power and trailer units. The company has ISO 9001:2008 certification. TST Overland Express is a division of TransForce Inc., (TSX –TFI) Canada’s leading transportation and logistics organization.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

CEVA's New Energy Service

CEVA launches new Alberta Express Service for energy customers

Leading logistics provider taps into international transportation lane between the Gulf Coast and Alberta, Canada.

Houston, Texas, 19 August 2010 – CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain companies, today announced that it has launched a new, expedited surface freight service between the Gulf Coast and Alberta, Canada for its energy customers. This new international service, named Alberta Express, will offer CEVA’s world-class freight forwarding processes and systems to deliver a faster, more reliable and more efficient transit time option for their energy customers operating across borders.

CEVA currently offers an international freight service from Mexico to Ontario transporting more than half a million kilos per month. CEVA’s customers recognized the success of the service as well as the importance of the Gulf coast to Alberta lane and reacted quickly to roll out this new cross-border solution.

Based on feedback from major energy corporations, CEVA developed the specifications around the Alberta Express service to address new transportation demands. CEVA’s Alberta Express service gives customers the ability to grow their business, consolidate vendors and maintain efficiencies all from a single provider.

“We pride ourselves in being able to offer flexible, fully integrated solutions to our customers,” explained Bruce Hulings, CEVA’s Vice President, Energy Services. “The market has changed drastically over the past two years and by offering this international service for our energy customers that’s supported by CEVA’s own facilities in the Gulf Coast and Alberta, we can truly become a one-stop solution.”

500 Carrier Survey Results

TransCore 2010 Carrier Survey Finds Frequent Load Board Users Have Higher Revenue and Profit Per Truck

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Based on a recent survey of more than 500 carriers, TransCore’s 2010 Carrier Benchmark Survey found that carriers using load boards for more than 40 percent of their loads earned $800 more per truck every month than carriers who used load boards less frequently. The TransCore Carrier Benchmark Survey also showed that all carriers’ revenues had trended up by almost $1,500 per truck per month over 2009 as the economy improved, freight increased, and rates trended up. Full survey results are available at www.transcorefreightsolutions.com.

“There is a myth that carriers don’t need to use load boards when freight is abundant,” said David Schrader, senior vice president, TransCore Freight Business Services, “But this survey calls that into question. Thousands of small carriers use our services as a kind of 24/7 sales department that helps them compete with larger carriers who have in-house sales staff.”

Of the companies surveyed, 60 percent reported they had ten or fewer trucks, and 87 percent reported having 50 or fewer.

TransCore’s 2010 Carrier Benchmark survey also revealed the following information about frequent load board users (those companies with 40 percent or more of their loads coming from load boards):

They averaged 3 cents more in revenue per mile in 2010 than less frequent users

Frequent load board users averaged 309 more load miles per truck every month than less frequent users.

As a group, they averaged 4.2 percent fewer empty miles every month than carriers who used load boards less often.

Brokers, 3PLs, carriers, and owner-operators in North America are expected to list more than 60 million loads and trucks this year across a variety of services feeding TransCore’s DAT® Network. As a result of this high volume, TransCore’s North American Freight Index is representative of the ups and downs in spot market freight availability throughout the United States and Canada.

The DAT Network sets the standard for load board services in the North America by providing:

The most loads and trucks found on any load board on the internet or in truck stops,

The highest number of exclusive loads found on a single load board,

The best quality brokers in the industry with the highest credit scores and lowest-days-to-pay.

About TransCore Commercial Technology Group:

TransCore’s Commercial Technology Group is a leading provider of transportation solutions in the United States and Canada serving brokers, carriers, owner-operators and shippers with best-in-class products. Load boards include Loadlink in Canada and TransCore 3sixty powered by the DAT Network in the United States, which has set the industry standard for the spot freight marketplace since 1978. TransCore’s asset tracking and in-cab communications solutions feature the industry’s fastest response times and state-of-the-art satellite networking. TransCore provides fleet compliance, distribution and intermodal services, automated carrier safety and insurance monitoring, truckload rate indices for contract markets, and the most popular broker logistics software.