Friday, January 28, 2011

Accuristix Announcement

Accuristix Acquires Nova Pack Limited

OAKVILLE, ON, January 28, 2011 - Accuristix is proud to announce the acquisition of Nova Pack Ltd., a contract packaging (co-pack ), re-packaging and assembly provider specializing in over-the-counter (OTC), health and beauty (HABA) , healthcare and pharmaceutical product handling. Combined with the current Accuristix customized healthcare logistics solutions, the acquisition enables enhanced outsourced co-pack capabilities and allows both companies to offer a broader scope of services to the Canadian healthcare marketplace.

Accuristix and Nova Pack are both focused on building solutions exclusively for the healthcare market. Quality conscious manufacturers in the healthcare/HABA fields will benefit from a consistent and effective co-pack service offering anywhere in Canada as a result of integrating the Accuristix footprint of Health Canada/GMP facilities across Canada with Nova Pack’s expertise, technology, web visibility and consistent, audited QA / GMP processes.

“We can now add Point of Purchase display design, manufacture, and “build” to our existing co-packing services, incorporating a high degree of control through Nova’s web-based enterprise performance management system which manages all aspects of a project from quote to invoice,” says Cameron Joyce, President of Accuristix.

Prior to the acquisition, Nova Pack was a member company of the Hughes Group, an association of complementary sister-companies including, Hughes Containers Ltd., Decorr Display & Design and Design Plastics International.

“This is the start of a strong, fully integrated partnership that will offer our healthcare clients enhanced logistics and services to support distribution and marketing efforts to their customers,” says James Houghton, President of Nova Pack Limited. “We also look forward to growing our relationship with the Hughes Group partners and continuing to incorporate their unique capabilities into our solutions.”

About Accuristix

Accuristix is a third party logistics company focused on providing advanced outsourced logistics and management services to manufacturers in the pharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, consumer health products, health and beauty aids, natural health products and nutritional segments of the healthcare industry. Accuristix currently operates four distribution centres in the Toronto Area, others in Vancouver, and Los Angeles, with Calgary and Montreal facilities opening in early 2011.

About Nova Pack Limited

Nova Pack is a third party contract packing ( co-pack), re-packaging and assembly supplier-partner supporting CPG, Healthcare, OTC, Pharma, Medical Device, HABA / Cosmetic and NHP companies. Nova Pack customers are typically quality conscious, world-leading multi-national organizations in their respective industries and demand only the best when it comes to the handling of their products. Nova Pack has a proud tradition of integrity in dealing with its customers, its employees, and its suppliers.

About Hughes Group

The Hughes Group is a “One-stop-shop” POP/POS Solution provider, supporting CPG, OTC, Pharma, and other industries. Member companies include Hughes Containers Ltd., a corrugated-packaging converter (since 1962), Decorr Display & Design, a designer and manufacturer of semi-permanent point-of-purchase (POP) displays (since 1985), Design Plastics International, a designer and manufacturer of semi-permanent & permanent POP displays (since 1997) and (prior to the sale in this announcement), Nova Pack Ltd.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WERC Event

Maximizing Warehouse Space:
The Key to Productivity!

March 2-3, 2011 - InterContinental Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 
(for complete information, click on the event date to view details and to register)

The Layout of your facility drives daily decisions about product location, picking paths and methods, flow-through, put-away, receiving and shipping. You can't move columns or dock doors, so what can you do to get the balance of productivity and throughput that will best serve your customer needs? ATTEND THIS SEMINAR to learn key rules of thumb that will help you to maximize the space in your warehouse and improve productivity.

Registration Details (click here to register)
$799.00 - WERC members
$899.00 - Non-members
Sending two or more? Call WERC for special pricing!

Who should attend?

Warehouse managers and supervisors

Anyone building a new DC or redesigning an existing one

Engineers, realtors

Anyone responsible for warehouse productivity

Those managing or coping with operational change

What you'll learn

Tips for analyzing and quantifying your current operation

The benefits of taking an "inside out" view of your warehouse

How to evaluate types of storage modules, lift trucks, material handling equipment, conveyors, picking methods and work flows

The most common warehouse layout and design mistakes

Calculating payback and ROI of alternative designs and technologies

How to achieve the best layout for your facility - and reduce costs in the process

Key factors to consider when redesigning your facility

Successful implementation tips and techniques

About the Presenter

M. GEOFF SISKO, Senior Consultant with Jack Kuchta, LLC, Supply Chain Advisors, has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, planning, domestic and international distribution, construction management and general management. Geoff brings a unique perspective to this seminar.

Seminars with Solutions...Guaranteed!
Our success depends on your satisfaction. If you are not satisfied with any WERC seminar you attend, we will gladly refund your money or provide a credit certificate toward future WERC educational programs. Contact WERC directly at: 1100 Jorie Blvd., Suite 170, Oak Brook, IL 60523, or call 630.990.0001. Please provide your comments within two weeks of the program.

Purolator USA Announcement

Purolator Names Anthony Catapano as Manager, Corporate Sales Operations

January 27, 2011 – JERICHO, NY – Purolator USA has announced the appointment of Anthony Catapano to the newly created position of Manager, Corporate Sales Operations. In his position, Catapano will report to Vice President of Field Sales & Service Quality John Sweeney, and will be located in the company’s Jericho, NY headquarters.

Purolator, a leading provider of U.S.-Canada cross border logistics, has undergone extensive growth in recent years, with the opening of processing facilities and branch offices in key locations across the U.S. Additional expansion is scheduled for 2011 and 2012, as Purolator responds to the growing need for carriers with experience and expertise in providing logistics to the Canadian market.

“Anthony will fill an important roll by ensuring that as we expand, our sales team offers consistent service and follows same ‘best practices’ to ensure positive customer experiences,” Sweeney said. “A Purolator customer will receive the same high standards for guaranteed on-time delivery and customer service regardless of which Purolator office services his account.”

Ensuring consistency across the board is of particular importance, as U.S. businesses increasingly look to Canada as a source of economic growth. The U.S. Department of Commerce reported that trade between the two countries surged by more than 25 percent during 2010, and has largely recovered from the economic recession. In addition, a strong Canadian dollar is expected to fuel a spike in demand among Canadian consumers for U.S. goods.

Catapano brings to his position more than 20 years of experience in sales and global logistics, with previous positions including the Director, International Business Development at DHL Worldwide Express. “Anthony’s experience will be a great asset both to Purolator and to our customers,” Sweeney said. “As businesses continue to look to Purolator as the ‘go to’ provider for service to Canada, our sales organization will offer consistent service options and superior customer service.”

To learn more about Purolator USA, please visit

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.

FedEx Technology Announcement

FedEx Introduces Worldwide Technology Enhancements for

Critical Inventory Logistics Service

FedEx Solution Now Features Global Real-Time Inventory, Order and Shipment Status Visibility

MEMPHIS, Tenn., January 25, 2011—FedEx SupplyChain, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), today announced significant enhancements to its FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics® service.

FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics customers worldwide can now track the status of orders, shipments and inventory levels by simply logging into a web application on For added flexibility, order placement and status messaging are also available through electronic data interchange (EDI) and delivered in a common global message format.

These enhanced capabilities were developed by FedEx using a flexible IT framework designed to enable ongoing global enhancements that will meet changing customer needs. FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics customers around the globe can now track their inventory levels, order and shipment status in real time—no matter where the order was placed or where it will be delivered. FedEx SupplyChain has also deployed a common warehouse management system, enabling more consistency in capabilities and experience around the world.

“Our proven FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics technology has been delivering significant value to customers for the past five years,” said Craig Simon, president and CEO of FedEx SupplyChain. “These latest global enhancements will provide our customers with even more efficient, simplified controls over their mission-critical inventory. Our solution does not require customers to navigate multiple systems or applications like many other global supply chain management options available today. It is truly a single, global access point that can take the complexity and worry out of the process of managing global logistics. This enhanced IT platform, coupled with our reliable execution, is an unbeatable combination.”

Leveraging the Power of the FedEx Portfolio of Companies

Offered by FedEx SupplyChain since 2006, FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics allows customers to centrally locate their most important inventory at stocking facilities throughout the world, including 24-hour locations. Many of these stocking facilities are located near hospitals, business centers and other strategic locations—enabling customers’ field representatives to pick up critical parts or devices on a moment’s notice or ship them using one of the many FedEx transportation options available. The use of regional and forward stocking locations for this service also allows customers to keep supplies accessible to support an increasingly mobile workforce.

FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics utilizes the services of FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company; FedEx Office, which provides forward stocking locations in select cities across the U.S.; FedEx Trade Networks, which simplifies international shipping by providing flexible end-to-end customs brokerage, global cargo distribution and trade facilitation solutions; FedEx Ground, which offers 100 percent coverage of every business addresses in the U.S.; FedEx Freight, the leading U.S. provider of next-day and second-day regional, LTL (less-than-truckload) freight services; and FedEx Custom Critical, which provides the fastest door-to-door service available, with same-day delivery and next-day delivery of urgent freight, valuable items and hazardous goods, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Just-in-Time Critical & Just-in-Case Inventory Management

FedEx SupplyChain personnel work with customers to first determine how to best position their critical inventories throughout the FedEx distribution network and then develop plans to optimize their overall supply chain. Once the inventory is in place, orders are fulfilled by identifying the best sourcing locations and transportation option that meets the required delivery time, cost or service level desired by the customer.

Other customer benefits of FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics include:

· A dedicated web application on, allowing customers to place orders, manage inventory and obtain order and shipment status in real time around the clock.

· Full customer support and single point of contact through dedicated FedEx Critical Inventory Logistics customer centers.

· Same-day fulfillment and extended order times from central stocking locations.

About FedEx SupplyChain

As an integrated logistics provider, FedEx SupplyChain executes solutions that leverage the FedEx transportation and information networks in commercial markets around the world. The company provides integrated FedEx services for customers with high-value products or complex supply chain requirements. FedEx Supply Chain offers specialty logistics services that include critical inventory logistics, transportation management and temperature-controlled transportation through a network of owned and managed resources—all tightly integrated via advanced IT systems. For more information, visit

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $37 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 285,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Port of Vancouver Announcement

Port Metro Vancouver Board Elects Craig Neeser as Chair

VANCOUVER, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - Today, Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) Board of Directors elected Mr. Craig Neeser as its incoming Chair effective March 1, 2011. Mr. Neeser joined the Port Metro Vancouver Board in August 2009, and is serving his first term of three years, ending August 30, 2012. He served most recently in the positions of Chair of the Major Capital Projects Committee and Member of the Governance/Conduct Committee.

Mr. Neeser replaces outgoing Chair Sarah Morgan-Silvester, the Province of British Columbia's appointee, whose term of office expires on February 28, 2011.

"On behalf of Port Metro Vancouver's Board of Directors, I want to thank Ms. Morgan-Silvester for her leadership in overseeing the integration of the three Lower Mainland port authorities, and her wise counsel throughout her time as a board member and Chair of one of Port Metro Vancouver's predecessor organizations and as Port Metro Vancouver's first Chair," said Mr. Neeser.

Mr. Neeser is past president of Weyerhaeuser and senior vice-president, International Group. He began his career with MacMillan Bloedel as a management trainee in 1977. Over the years he advanced to more senior positions in sales and marketing, building materials and solid wood. Following the company's merger with Weyerhaeuser Company, Mr. Neeser served as vice-president, British Columbia, and later as president, Canada.

Mr. Neeser has served on the board of directors of the Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Global Forest Partners, Maynards Advisory Board, and the Vancouver Aquarium, and is past chair of the Coast Forest Lumber Association.

Mr. Neeser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry management from the University of Alberta and has completed the advanced management program at Harvard.

Port Metro Vancouver's Board of Directors is composed of 11 members: one federal appointee; one BC provincial appointee; one appointee for the Prairie Provinces Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba; one municipal appointee; and, seven port user appointees.

Port Metro Vancouver trades $75 billion in goods annually with more than 160 trading economies, generating across Canada an estimated 129,500 jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $10.5 billion in GDP.

Monday, January 24, 2011

TST Announcement

TST Overland Express Named Carrier of The Year by Schneider Logistics

Mississauga, On, September, 2010 – For 7 of the last 8 years, TST Overland Express has been named a “Carrier of the Year” by Schneider Logistics, Inc., a leading international logistics provider.

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

“Like TST Overland Express, these providers exemplify the high standards needed to bring exceptional value to our customers’ supply chains,” said Jack Gross, senior vice president of Schneider Logistics.

“We work hard to maintain our industry leadership position in the ways that matter most to our customers,” said Rob O’Reilly, President, TST Overland Express. “By leveraging new technologies and processes that enhance customer experience, TST is committed to continuous improvement. To receive this recognition from another leader in our industry is very gratifying. I congratulate our employees for their commitment to excellence and thank them for their continued outstanding efforts.”

Schneider Logistics Inc. made the announcement at its eighth annual Carrier Recognition Conference that took place in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

About TST Overland Express

TST Overland Express ( 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.

About Schneider Logistics, Inc.

Schneider Logistics, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Schneider National, Inc., is a leading supply chain management provider for domestic and international shippers. The company provides end-to-end supply chain management, transportation management and international logistics solutions through its trans-loading, warehousing, distribution, port dray, inland logistics management, supply chain management, brokerage and domestic China transportation services.