Thursday, March 31, 2011

China's Impact on Supply Chains

China Impacts All Global Supply Chains, Reveals Tompkins Associates’ Latest Report

Rising Consumer Market in China to Present New Opportunities for Global Businesses

RALEIGH, N.C., March 31, 2011 — China benefits in more ways than one from its role in the global supply chain, according to Tompkins Associates’ new report, China is Changing Supply Chains Around the World: Facts and Trends.

Written by Greg Hazlett, Principal, Tompkins Associates, the report explores China’s role in shaping the world economy. It discusses how global business is achieving profitable growth through the usual ways (sourcing and production) as well as through the new approach (selling domestically in China to the new class of consumers). At the same time, Chinese suppliers are also recognizing the value of the new consumer market.

“Companies around the world have come to China to leverage the relatively low labor costs for their manufacturing and production,” says Hazlett. “In turn, the Chinese suppliers have been educated by their customers, honed their manufacturing skills, and have increasingly begun to face the consumer market directly.”

Chinese companies are not only manufacturing branded products in China for sale in North American and European markets, but they are now opening up their own manufacturing facilities in closer proximity to their new customer bases.

“By leveraging China’s low-cost labor to decrease manufacturing costs now, Western companies may see Chinese manufacturing companies competing with them in their own back yards in the future,” Hazlett adds.

The paper also examines advances in China’s distribution and technology capabilities as the country grows into a global supply chain hub. Learn more about how China is Changing Supply Chains Around the World and what growth opportunities are hot in China.

About Tompkins Associates

Tompkins Associates transforms supply chains for profitable growth. For more than 35 years, Tompkins has evolved with the marketplace to become the leading provider of growth and business strategy, global supply chain services, distribution operations consulting, information technology implementation, material handling integration, and benchmarking and best practices. The company is known for innovative, practical solutions that improve supply chain performance and produce value-based results. Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Tompkins has offices throughout North America and in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc. Announcement

Announcing the Launch of Yusen Logistics (Americas) Inc.

As of April 1st, 2011, two NYK Group companies, NYK Logistics (Americas) Inc. (NLA) and Yusen Air & Sea Service (U.S.A.) Inc. (YAS), are coming together to form a new company, YUSEN LOGISTICS (AMERICAS) Inc.

In the Americas, NLA & YAS have worked alongside each other for over 25 years. The combined company will offer full end to end service coverage including origin cargo management, ocean freight forwarding through its Double Wing Express brand, airfreight forwarding, warehousing, reverse logistics, surface transportation and integrated supply chain solutions.

Yusen Logistics is effectively positioned to be a Tier 1 global logistics provider with world-wide scope, resources, experience and service.  The respective strengths of the two organizations in the Americas dovetail to create a company that will offer comprehensive supply chain services.  From production at origin to final destination every link of the supply chain can be delivered under the guidance and control of a Yusen branded and operated service.

Globally, Yusen Logistics will employ over 17,000 staff across 412 offices and facilities and manage over 22 million square feet of warehousing space. In the Americas, Yusen Logistics will have over 60 office locations throughout North and South America.  They will employ some 2,000 staff and operate 4.7 million square feet of warehousing space. The new company will be headed up by Masaki Tanaka, Chairman, Kazuo Ishizuka, President and CEO and Michael Noone as EVP & COO.

“The successful integration of our two strong companies will be accomplished by realizing a singular focus of employee consciousness, corporate governance and values”, stated Kazuo Ishizuka, President and CEO.  “This will allow us to deliver high-quality global supply chain services, creating greater value with each additional Yusen service we incorporate in to our customers’ unique solution”.

DHL CEO Frank Appel: “Sustainability is an Integral Part of our Strategy.”

DHL's Green Fleet

New York, N.Y., March 31, 2011 – DHL, the world’s leading logistics company, is rolling out an all “green” fleet of commercial delivery vehicles in Manhattan to help reduce its impact on the city’s environment. Frank Appel, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Post DHL, announced the company’s initiative in New York City as he presented the inaugural vehicles in the 80-vehicle fleet. By September 2011, DHL Express will operate 30 American-made, battery-powered electric vans and 50 hybrid trucks that will cut down fossil fuel use and in combination reduce CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent each year in comparison to conventional vehicles.  

“Sustainability, especially the reduction of carbon emissions, is a central aspect of our business and an integral part of our corporate strategy. As the global leader in logistics we are ideally positioned to foster climate protection in order to save our environment for future generations,” said Appel. “As customers worldwide are increasingly demanding greener logistics, sustainable business procedures and initiatives like the one we are launching today will – at the same time – also enhance the profitability of our business.”

The multi-million dollar investment in the modern, environmentally-friendly vehicles is an integral part of the Deutsche Post DHL Group’s global GoGreen strategy, which has the goal of improving the company’s carbon efficiency worldwide by 30 percent by 2020, compared to 2007 base levels. In a large international city like New York, this fleet investment, which dovetails with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s comprehensive plan to lower carbon emissions throughout the city, allows DHL to serve customers with sustainable solutions and improved resource efficiency.

”New Yorkers can have cleaner air and efficient freight delivery, thanks to this effort to reduce the emissions from the delivery trucks our just-in-time economy depends on, “ said David Bragdon, Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for New York City.

The two types of green vehicles to be used in New York City by DHL Express are being manufactured in the U.S. by Azure Dynamics, a world leader in the development and production of hybrid electric and electric commercial vehicles. Ford Motor Co. has produced the chassis for these vehicles. The Balance Hybrid Electric vehicle components combine Azure’s hybrid powertrain with a Ford E450 chassis. By converting DHL’s existing Ford E450s into hybrids, the vehicle’s fuel economy will improve by up to 40 percent while emissions will be reduced by about 30 percent. Azure will also integrate its Force Drive electric powertrain into new Ford Transit Connect vans. Using an advanced lithium-ion battery, the van can achieve a range of up to 80 miles on a single charge and can be recharged overnight. The Transit Connect Electric is virtually silent, thus reducing exterior and interior noise, and has zero tailpipe emissions.

“Our investment in these new green vehicles supports a more energy-efficient, low-emissions economy,” said Ian Clough, CEO for DHL Express U.S. “Having partnered with American companies also represents an investment in the U.S. economy.”

The new DHL vehicles are part of the company’s comprehensive GoGreen program, which aims at adding fuel-efficient, hybrid, electric or aerodynamically modified vehicles to its fleet worldwide. In the past year, DHL has upgraded its delivery vehicles worldwide, including in several European and Asian countries as well as in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay in the Americas. In addition to fleet and network optimization, the key levers of Deutsche Post DHL’s GoGreen program are the improvement of the energy efficiency in buildings, the implementation of innovative technologies, the mobilization of employees and the involvement of subcontractors and customers. DHL was the first logistics company worldwide to offer a carbon neutral shipping service to its customers which calculates CO2 emissions produced by the shipment and then offsets them through the support of several external climate protection projects. GoGreen customers receive a statement for their CO2 neutral shipments, which they can use in their own value-added chain. In 2010, DHL sent over a billion GoGreen shipments worldwide, including letters, parcels and express deliveries. The CO2 emissions from the GoGreen shipments are offset 100 percent with investments in external climate projects around the globe.

In the second quarter of 2011, DHL Express U.S. will also launch GoGreen carbon neutral shipping service, joining over 30 other countries in the DHL network that already offer this service.

DHL rolled out a fleet of “green” commercial vehicles in Manhattan that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 50 percent each year in comparison to conventional vehicles. By September 2011, DHL will have 30 American-made, battery-powered electric vans and 50 hybrid trucks operating in Manhattan. The environmentally-friendly vehicles are part of Deutsche Post DHL’s global “GoGreen” strategy, which aims at improving the company’s carbon efficiency worldwide by 30 percent by 2020.

Penske Logistics Announcement

Penske Logistics Earns Ford Motor Company’s Gold World Excellence Award

READING, Pa., March 31, 2011 – Penske Logistics has been awarded Ford Motor Company’s Gold World Excellence Award.  This is the third World Excellence Award Penske Logistics has earned from Ford and it is the second time the company has earned Gold.

“We’re sincerely honored to receive this award but it would not have been possible without the close collaboration between the Ford and Penske teams,” said Marc Althen, Penske Logistics President. “Thanks to all of our associates supporting the Ford business worldwide.”

Forty-seven suppliers from 16 countries were recently recognized at Ford’s 13th annual awards event.  The Gold Awards are presented to suppliers demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance. The Ford World Excellence Awards honor production and nonproduction suppliers that have aligned themselves with the values and operating practices of Ford while reaching the highest quality, technology, cost and delivery standards.  The winning companies represent thousands of employees, who bring diverse cultures, values and ideas to Ford in the products and services they make.

“Our 2010 World Excellence Award winners have shown an unwavering commitment to excellence in technology, quality and cost efficiency,” said Tony Brown, Ford’s Group Vice President for Global Purchasing. “Congratulations, and thank you for helping Ford serve customers with the best vehicles in the world.”

Penske Logistics provides a wide range of supply chain services to Ford Motor Company including serving as its North American lead logistics provider for its assembly, power train and stamping operations.  In South America, Penske supports Ford by operating parts distribution centers and through the delivery of parts to Ford dealerships in Brazil. Penske provides sub-assembly and material handling services for Ford product lines in the U.K. and manages expedite transportation services for service parts across Europe. Penske Logistics is a strategic supplier to Ford and is a part of its Aligned Business Framework.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln.  The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit

About Penske Logistics

Penske Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing. With operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Penske Logistics provides supply chain management and logistics services to major industrial and consumer companies throughout the world.  Penske Logistics delivers value through design, planning and execution in transportation, warehousing, and international freight forwarding and carrier management. To learn more visit and our “Move Ahead” blog.

Port of Hamilton Announcement

Port of Hamilton Forecasts more Grain Movements to Boost Overseas Traffic

March 31, 2011 Hamilton, ON – The Canfornav vessel MV Brant will be officially welcomed into the Port of Hamilton today as the first overseas vessel arrival for the 2011 shipping and navigation season, following its docking at Richardson International Limited at Pier 25 where it will load grain for export to Europe. The Hamilton Port Authority will greet Captain Mykhaylo Palchyk aboard the ship at 12:00 pm today.

Higher than average grain movements are forecast for the 2011 navigation season due to carryover from the 2010 crop. Seaway System traffic flows complement the Hamilton grain trade well with both domestic laker and ocean going project fleets carrying export grain from our region. Canfornav is a great partner of the Port of Hamilton and their salty’s (international vessels) are frequent callers in Hamilton linking Southern Ontario to the world.

Hamilton is emerging as a key port for agricultural handling in Ontario and has grown its terminal capacity dramatically in recent years. Hamilton’s strategic location and ability to connect marine, truck and rail is helping drive cost out of supply chains making Ontario products more competitive in international markets. Hamilton is also growing as a centre for food processing with a number of major companies including Canada Bread and Tim Hortons building plants in the city.

Last year, Richardson experienced a 38% spike in tonnage over the Hamilton terminal's previous high in 2006. The exceptional Ontario yield and crop quality last year, combined with drought and flooding conditions in several global regions, created opportunities for Eastern Canada to serve additional export markets not normally open to commodities originating in Ontario. "Richardson's success illustrates its ability to adapt to market conditions and take advantage of opportunities created by market forces," said HPA president and CEO Bruce Wood.

"We are proud to have grown our business in Eastern Canada in partnership with the Port of Hamilton," said Richardson International president Curt Vossen. "We have developed a strong export business that is benefiting the port and producers in Southern Ontario, giving them improved access to world markets." Overseas traffic is critical to supporting growth of both import and export cargo volumes.

About Richardson International

Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Richardson International Limited is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and has held a significant presence in the port for more than a decade. Their Ontario regional headquarters are located in Hamilton adjacent to the port terminal.

About the Port of Hamilton

The Port of Hamilton is the largest Canadian port on the Great Lakes in terms of both size and cargo handled. The Hamilton Port Authority’s strategic vision is to be the Great Lakes port of choice.

Friday, March 25, 2011

STI Announcement

STI Introduces A New Web Site

Specialized Transportation Inc., STI, the leader in high value product logistics, has launched a new website dedicated to customers and suppliers of high value products requiring specialized supply chain solutions,  STI’s services include process consulting, supply chain solutions and specialized transportation.  STI’s Web site demonstrates a fresh and creative approach to branding, but more importantly facilitates ease in navigation, provides industry insight of its solutions, and tools to allow greater education & communication. 

“Our retail, healthcare, high tech, and consumer electronics customers continue to push “ease of use” and management reporting capabilities, as well as 24X7 electronic interface when managing their supply chains. Our new web site, our customer portal, and mobile communications program are a critical part of satisfying our customer’s automation requirements,” stated Jerry Levy, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

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.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. Announcement

Expanded Managed TMS® Offering Goes Global

Eden Prairie, MN, March 24, 2011 — TMC, a division of C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., has expanded the capabilities of its Managed TMS,® making it the first organization to offer TMS software plus managed services globally. C.H. Robinson is one of the largest third party logistics (3PL) companies in the world, providing global multimodal transportation services and logistics solutions.

Companies around the world continue to build integrated supply chains to support their international growth. Managed TMS® provides a single platform for optimization, shipment visibility, business intelligence, and freight payment. This platform provides consistent technology outcomes and supports shippers in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

“Our clients have global supply chains, but have been frustrated by the lack of options to help them manage their day-to-day requirements and correctly allocate resources in global markets. Managed TMS® meets those needs by executing operations in global geographies with TMS technology and power users.  It gives customers the resources, visibility and information needed to lower costs, raise efficiencies, and elevate the overall management to a more strategic level,” said Jordan Kass, Executive Director of TMC.

Managed TMS® is based on control tower innovation, a multi-regional freight management system for a global supply chain network, designed to overcome transportation challenges at a global, regional and local level. TMC control towers are located in Chicago, Amsterdam, and Mumbai.

These Managed TMS® control towers provide shippers with global transportation management and software tools such as currency conversion, order optimization and carbon footprint reporting. Combining TMC power users with the TMS software allows shippers to realize full software benefits and achieve best practices shared across carriers, factories, and warehouses throughout the world.

“Software as a service was a great leap forward, but shippers, despite significant investment and time implementing, still struggle to realize the full benefits of their purchase. Managed TMS® provides the software and power users to bridge that gap and allow shippers to maximize the software tools to gain immediate and sustained savings with minimal effort and upfront costs,” said Kass.

By providing a visible and neutral approach to transportation management, TMC introduced the concept of Managed TMS® to the marketplace in the late 1990s. TMC does not generate revenue by handling freight. It provides fee-based services for technology deployment, day-to-day TMS operation and ongoing process optimization.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Penske Logistics Announcement

Paulo Sarti Named Managing Director for Penske Logistics South America

READING, Pa., March 23, 2011 – Penske Logistics has named Paulo Sarti as Managing Director for South American operations.  Based in São Paulo, Brazil, he is responsible for the operations and growth of business in South America.

A Penske employee since 2004, Sarti was most recently Senior Director of Operations.  In this capacity, Sarti was responsible for leading a team of over 1,100 associates.  He managed the P&L operations of distribution centers, transportation and in-plant logistics for nearly two dozen operations across Brazil.

He also led contract renegotiations, new customer deployment, cost restructuring and improved productivity efforts.  Sarti has also served Penske in sales, engineering and operations capacities.

Sarti succeeds Bill Scroggie, who has returned to the U.S. to serve as the company’s Senior Vice President of Operations for the Central region.

“I am very pleased to be named Managing Director,” Sarti said. “This is an excellent time to focus on the amazing growth opportunities in Brazil, and build on our momentum to drive Penske towards continuous success. I am looking forward to making significant contributions in the years ahead.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree in science and business administration from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado – FAAP.  Sarti resides in São Paulo, Brazil with his wife and two children.

“Naming Paulo Sarti as our Managing Director in South America will allow Penske to continue building on the good work of Bill Scroggie,” said Marc Althen, Penske Logistics President.  “His extensive knowledge of our operations, and his close working relationship with our customers, will provide a seamless leadership transition.”

About Penske Logistics:

Penske Logistics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Penske Truck Leasing.  With operations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Penske Logistics provides supply chain management and logistics services to major industrial and consumer companies throughout the world.  Penske Logistics delivers value through design, planning and execution in transportation, warehousing, and international freight forwarding and carrier management. To learn more visit and our “Move Ahead” blog.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Armstrong & Associates Announcement

Armstrong & Associates Launches 3PL Advisor

STOUGHTON, WI, March 10, 2011 – As a natural extension of its Third-Party Logistics market research work, Armstrong & Associates, Inc. (A&A) has launched to provide 3PL customers with a platform for sharing customer relationship experiences about their third-party logistics providers (3PLs). In-turn, 3PLs can receive valuable feedback from customers at no cost. Customers can anonymously rate their current 3PLs and send request for information (RFI) forms to 3PLs they may be interested in working with.


According to A&A’s President Evan Armstrong, “We’ve developed a straightforward website where 3PL customers can easily provide feedback on their 3PL relationships and where 3PLs can see how well they are meeting customer needs. This type of no-cost information sharing forum is one of the greatest benefits from internet business social networking and customers’ shared experiences have considerable value as firms evaluate 3PL providers as part of their strategic outsourcing decisions. Unlike customer satisfaction surveys, 3PL Advisor takes an ongoing approach versus a one-time snapshot.” Armstrong added, “To ensure a high level of quality, A&A reviews each 3PL customer review and 3PL profile submission prior to it being displayed on While customers can anonymously post reviews of their 3PLs, we strictly prohibit 3PLs from evaluating other 3PLs and strive to ensure that the site contains the most accurate 3PL profile information possible.”


As customer reviews are submitted, automatically generates over 100 top ranked 3PL lists including:

·         Top Rated Global 3PLs

·         Top Rated North America 3PLs

·         Top Rated China 3PLs

·         Top Rated Europe Ground/Road 3PLs

·         Top Rated Brazil Warehousing/Contract Logistics 3PLs

·         Top Rated India Air/Ocean 3PLs


As of its launch, contains the following profile information on over 280 3PLs:

·         Company Name

·         Basic Services Provided

·         Headquarters Location

·         Company Website

·         Contact Email Address

·         Overall Capability

·         Year Started in Logistics

·         Founding Business / Business Roots

·         Base of Operations

·         Market Area

·         Parent Corporation, Subsidiary / Related Companies

·         CEO

·         Total Logistics Revenue ($US)

·         Total Number of Logistics Employees

·         Total Annual International Ocean Freight Forwarding / NVOCC TEUs

·         Total Annual International Airfreight Forwarding Metric Tons

·         Total Number of Warehouses

·         Total Square Feet of Warehouses


About Armstrong & Associates, Inc.

Armstrong & Associates, Inc. is a supply chain management market research and consulting firm specializing in competitive benchmarking, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, logistics outsourcing, centralized transportation management programs, and supply chain systems evaluation and selection. Armstrong & Associates publishes Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – The Americas and Who’s Who in Logistics and Supply Chain Management – International.  Recent research papers include Restoration: 2009 3PL Market Analysis and 2010 Predictions, Spare Parts Logistics: Quintessential Global Supply Chain Management - Market Size and Major Players, and Trends in 3PL/Customer Relationships.

Kelron Logistics Announcement

March 17, 2011 

Kelron Logistics Launches New Intermodal Service

Toronto - Kelron Logistics, one of North America’s fastest growing full service transportation logistics solutions providers, now offers Intermodal service throughout North America.

“We are introducing this new service in response to our customer’s ongoing need for greater choices in effectively balancing time in transit, cost and environmental stewardship”, said Kelly Winters, Vice President and General Manager for Kelron’s Toronto branch.

Ms. Winters, who has proven expertise and a well-established reputation in the field of intermodal transportation, will be overseeing the rollout and day-to-day management of the new service.

“The direct contracts we’ve established with major Class 1 Railways in both the U.S. and Canada will allow us to operate as a true Intermodal Marketing Company (IMC), and in the process clearly set us apart from others in the market”, Winters went on to say.

About Kelron Logistics

Kelron Logistics is leading provider of intelligent transportation logistics solutions that help companies optimize their supply chain performance and efficiency when moving goods throughout North America.

Kelron offers a full range of services including transportation management, dedicated capacity, on-demand transportation, intermodal, warehousing/distribution and consulting. The company has been acknowledged through a number of distinguished industry rankings, including Inbound Logistics “Top 100 3PL Providers”

For more information about Kelron, visit

Thursday, March 10, 2011

LQ Executive Insight Video Announcement (

March 10, 2011

LQ’s Executive Insight Interview with Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Kelron Logistics ( available at

LQ is pleased to announce the presentation of its newest LQ executive interview video featuring Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Kelron Logistics. This LQ interview is available at: Melissa Gracey, President, DTA Services, and LQ Board Member, conducted this LQ interview in Toronto last month.

In this interview, Nikhil and Melissa look at ways to create lean and sustainable supply chain management practices in today’s global economy.

About Kelron Logistics

Kelron Logistics is a leading transportation logistics solutions provider with demonstrated capability across all industry sectors.
Kelron leverages an innovative and proven 3PL operating model using internet-enabled technology, a dedicated team of highly qualified professionals and a proprietary Supplier Quality & Compliance Program.
Its range from handling infrequent, single shipments to full transportation management solutions, and are specifically designed for the challenges and opportunities unique to each client. For more information please visit:

About DTA Services Ltd.

DTA has saved hundreds of Canadian and US manufacturers and distributors millions of dollars over its 90 years in business. Its custom-built computerized programs ensure that DTA's clients never over-pay or duplicate payment of their freight bills. Through its vast exposure to transportation tariffs and negotiated rates, DTA provides value in performing comparative reviews to ensure its clientele ship at competitive rates and as effectively as possible. DTA's state-of-the-art website displays snapshot pictures outlining freight costs by carrier, lane, customer, vendor and financial allocation code, to name a few areas. DTA also handles all aspects of freight payables. For more information on DTA Services Ltd., please visit:

About LQ’s Symposiums

LQ's Executive Exchange is an international forum designed to exchange ideas between leaders from Canada and the United States. In today's global economy, Canada and the United States maintain a trading partnership that is, in many ways, unique. Trade last year between the United States and Canada almost matched that of the United States and the combined 25 member states of the European Union. LQ's Executive Exchange builds on a tradition of introducing and demonstrating new leading ideas by senior-level practitioners in North America for supply chain management executives.
LQ's Executive Exchange breaks new ground in supply chain knowledge sharing – with nearly half of the session time dedicated to a workshop format in order to discuss practical applications and implications with the world class speakers and other logistics leaders that attend. More information is available at:

LQ’s 2011 Sustainability Study

LQ has also inaugurated a 3PL Sustainability Study on January 13, 2011. Applications are due March 11, 2011 and can be downloaded at:

LQ's Freight Index Announcement:

March 10, 2011

DTA Services, Ltd. and LQ to Publish Cross-border and Canadian Data on Shipping Trends

Toronto – LQ is pleased to announce its Freight Index will soon feature Canada-U.S. cross-border information and Canadian data on shipping trends, thanks to information provided by DTA Services Ltd., a leading Toronto-based distribution and transportation analysis firm. Logisticians can look forward deriving this additional information and value at, which will enhance the monthly LQ updates that currently cover all modes of transportation across 52 U.S. States. Today, LQ’s monthly updates are comprised of information from 100 shippers that cover all SIC sectors, based on information provided by CTSI, a leading supply chain management company, based in Memphis, Tennessee.

DTA Services, Ltd., a firm founded in 1920, is exposed to more than 2,000 Canadian and US freight companies representing thousands of shipments for hundreds of shippers, giving it a unique position to provide logisticians with an informed perspective of trends in today’s cross-border and Canadian marketplace.

LQ plans to begin publishing trends in transportation that encompass Canada as well as cross-border shipments, on a monthly basis, starting in April at its online Freight Index:

The aggregate data provided each month by DTA will enhance the quality of LQ’s Freight Index, enabling LQ to provide an excellent overview of freight costs and trends for Canadian and U.S. shippers alike.

About DTA Services Ltd.

DTA has saved hundreds of Canadian and US manufacturers and distributors millions of dollars over its 90 years in business. Its custom-built computerized programs ensure that DTA's clients never over-pay or duplicate payment of their freight bills. Through its vast exposure to transportation tariffs and negotiated rates, DTA provides value in performing comparative reviews to ensure its clientele ship at competitive rates and as effectively as possible. DTA's state-of-the-art website displays snapshot pictures outlining freight costs by carrier, lane, customer, vendor and financial allocation code, to name a few areas. DTA also handles all aspects of freight payables.

For more information on DTA Services Ltd., please visit:

About CTSI

CTSI’s core services include Freight Audit and Payment, TMS, Information Management and Consulting, with more than 7,000 carriers supported, more than 250 million annual transactions and $5 billion in annual freight dollars processed. For more information, please visit:

About LQ’s Freight Index

In addition to DTA Services providing information on Canadian and transborder shipment trends, LQ’s Freight Index also features data from a leading U.S. firm, CTSI, which publishes monthly information at LQ’s Freight Index on trends in the transportation sector covering all modes of transportation across 52 U.S. States. For more information on LQ’s Freight Index, please visit:

Friday, March 4, 2011

Final Call to LQ's Study: Visit (Application Due Date March 11th)

LQ’s Final Reminder: Visit - Applications Due Date March 11th

It’s been said that in twenty years from today you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.

This is LQ’s final invitation to logisticians and 3PLs to share the innovative ideas they took a chance on, and explored together, in LQ’s annual Sustainability Study. All submissions must be completed by next Friday, March 11th.

Briefly, LQ's Study is designed for shippers and 3PLs that have worked together on sustainability practices to create ROI, Customer relations and supply chain efficiencies. The final three pages of LQ's application, entitled ''LQ Sustainability Collaboration and Partnership Appraisal'' are dedicated to shippers and 3PLs - and should require an estimated 15-30 minutes on the part of shippers to complete.

LQ’s impartial team of evaluators, David Closs, PhD, Michigan State and Thomas Goldsby, PhD, University of Kentucky, will evaluate submissions for this study.

Thomas Goldsby, PhD, kindly noted the value of LQ’s annual Study in his opening remarks at LQ's recent Symposium: “I guarantee if you participate you will learn something and you will benefit from it. You may not be the award winner, but you will learn from it; you will learn about your organization and other companies, and so I would encourage you to participate in this program.”

LQ will honor leading 3PLs and shippers alike — who have enhanced their sustainability — by celebrating their achievements in LQ Magazine and through LQ’s Sustainability Symposiums. LQ’s Awards Committee will identify LQ’s 3PL Sustainability Award winners for 2011 as well as honorable mentions.

LQ’s Sustainability in the Supply Chain Executive Video Presentations

In addition to this final reminder to participate in LQ’s Study, LQ is pleased to announce the presentation of its newest LQ executive interview video, which features Paul Ragan, Senior Vice President and COO, SCI Group, interviewed by Nicholas Seiersen, LQ Executive Editor, now available to view at:

This week LQ has also published two other online Executive Videos for supply chain leaders:

Bill Horrocks, Vice President, Enterprise Supply Chain & Logistics, Rogers Communications, Inc., interviewed by David Closs, Ph.D., Michigan State, and LQ Executive Editor: . David Closs, Ph.D., Michigan State, and LQ Executive Editor, conducted this LQ interview in Toronto last month.

John Langley Jr., PhD., Penn State, interviewed by Thomas Goldsby PhD, University of Kentucky and LQ Executive Editor:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Fred Moody | Editor & Publisher | LQ Magazine | LQ Inc. | Email: | Tel: 800-843-1687

Canada Cartage Announcement


Mississauga, Ontario March 4, 2011 — Canada Cartage System, one of Canada’s largest and prominent providers of dedicated transportation fleet solutions and distribution services under its Direct Distribution brand, has announced the recent hiring of Lori McCreight as SVP of Solutions. The recruitment of Lori continues Canada Cartages’ development of its corporate structure following a year of unprecedented growth and paves the way to future business expansion.

As Senior Vice President of Solutions, Lori’s role encompasses Canada Cartage’s solutions engineering and national account management functions. 

According to Jeff Lindsay, President and CEO of Canada Cartage: “As one of Canada’s highly recognized and foremost experts in transportation, Lori brings executive level experience in sales, solutions, operations and customer support to CCS.  Her well rounded talent will make an immediate impact on our business and ensuring we are well positioned for the future”.

Lori's most recent position was President, National Fast Freight. Lori is a Chartered Accountant by trade and has an Honours BA from Brock University.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Maersk Announcement

Maersk Line Introduces new Trans-Pacific Coverage

Charlotte, North Carolina (March 01, 2011)  -

is pleased to announce deployment of an enhanced Trans-Pacific service network at the end of May 2011. The design of the network is geared to deliver comprehensive coverage of key markets in Asia and North America and continue to improve upon Maersk’s industry leading reliability in the Trans-Pacific trade. In particular, the expanded coverage of the Yangtze River region and outlying cities is a direct result of listening to customer preferences, Maersk has responded to their need for more reliable coverage due to increased demand from that region. At the same time, the new network will enable Maersk Line to continue deliver cost effective transportation and reduce the carbon footprints of Maersk Line and customers.  The service changes include:

- A Maersk Line operated TP1 service utilizing larger vessels and midweek delivery to Los Angeles for reliable connections to weekend trains (operating as a VSA with CMA CGM and MSC)

- TP2 coverage from South and Central China to and from the US West Coast with a new call in Ningbo (operated by MSC as VSA with Maersk Line and CMA CGM)

- A new Qingdao, China call added to the TP8 service using ‘S’ class vessels (operated by CMA & MSC jointly as a VSA with Maersk Line)

- Larger vessels to be deployed on the TP3 and the TP9 services providing expanded capabilities meeting increased demand to and from US East Coast markets

- A TP5 service consisting of  five Panamax class US flag vessels with expanded coverage of Japan

- A comprehensive Maersk Line operated TP6 service focused on delivering the highest reliability from Southeast Asia and China to and from  the U.S. West Coast

- A dedicated TP7 U.S. East Coast service string utilizing Panamax vessels focusing on direct calls at U.S. South Atlantic ports.    

“Maersk Line is making exciting changes to our trans-Pacific services to provide our customers with cost effective products that deliver the most competitive transit times in the market, enabling us to deliver on our goal of 95% on time reliability to the last container yard for our customers. Reliability is a key driver for our customers,” said Bill Woodhour, Senior Vice President, Maersk Line North America. “With the addition of larger vessels, Maersk will be able to meet increasing demand in key markets while delivering a more environmentally responsible product.”

The new rotation integrates double coverage in some key ports such as Ningbo and Shanghai to the Pacific Southwest ports so cargo can be switched to other strings for seamless delivery during peak shipping periods. With the intra-Asia feeder options, Maersk Line can penetrate over 100 local market locations and integrate these areas with our vast service network.

“Maersk Line is focusing our efforts on becoming the easiest ocean shipping line to do business with in the industry.  Maersk are the #1 carrier in on-time reliability and our aim is to increase that to an even higher percentage,” said Lars Mikael Jensen, Vice President, Network and Product, Pacific Services. “Marrying reliability with ease of business and environmental performance allows us to deliver the best value proposition for our customers.” 

Further details including pro forma schedules and service maps are available at Maersk’s website,


MIQ Announcement


Company relocates its Global Service Center closer to Dulles

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 1, 2011 – MIQ Logistics, formerly YRC Logistics, has relocated its Washington, D.C. Global Service Center to 44600 Guilford Drive in Ashburn, Va.  The move places the company closer to the transportation activities which take place at Washington Dulles International Airport.  The new location also provides easy access to Highway 267 for improved transit times for shipments.

“It’s our experience that clients are looking more closely than ever at their supply chains for opportunities to improve their business advantage,” says Mike Collins, senior vice president - global operations.  “By diligently selecting locations for our facilities we offer one more way we can add value to their operations.”

The MIQ Logistics Global Service Center in Ashburn specializes in import and export services, including customs brokerage and global trade management.  The center also supports bonded warehousing and transportation services, consolidation and distribution activities, air cargo screening and purchase order management.

For more information on the services and capabilities of the MIQ Logistics Washington, D.C. Global Service Center, visit or call 1-571-223-2406.

About MIQ Logistics

MIQ Logistics is a global logistics company headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas with offices in North America, Asia, Europe and South America.  MIQ Logistics enables companies to improve their transportation network and overall supply chain efficiency by offering flexible logistics solutions supported by Web-native technology and global logistics management capabilities.

Purolator Announcement

Purolator Inc. – New Name, New Reach

Jericho, NY, Mar. 1, 2011– Delivering to more people, more places, and more postal codes in Canada; from 10 to 20 markets in the United States and growing globally. Purolator Courier Ltd is now Purolator Inc. and Purolator USA is now Purolator International.

This new name marks the evolution of Purolator from a courier company to a comprehensive logistics service provider focused on delivering Canada fully and sustainably, leveraging the full range of its multi-modal capabilities, while satisfying a broader range of customer needs in a sustainable manner that contributes to the well-being of the communities in which we live, work and operate.

“We’re proud of our Canadian heritage and of the company we’ve built”, said Mr. Tom Schmitt, President and CEO of Purolator. “Purolator is Canada’s largest logistics company and our current selection of services covers more than our previous legal name embodied. In addition to offering the best-in-class courier services in Canada, our team of more than 11,300 dedicated teammates offers a broad range of logistical services tailored to our customers’ business and personal needs. Purolator Inc. and its subsidiary Purolator International are a reflection of this reality.”

From automated solutions to 24 hour pick up and delivery, Purolator provides customers with the services and customized solutions required to get their parcel and freight shipments across town or around the world. Purolator uses Canada's largest dedicated air express fleet and has an extensive service network, with over 120 operations locations, more than 140 Shipping Centers, more than 550 authorized Shipping Agents and more than 350 drop boxes, handling close to 1.1 million pieces daily.

Purolator International specializes in forwarding and delivering the products of companies based outside Canada to, from, and within the Canadian market.

“This change allows us to combine the strengths of the two divisions so we can offer enhanced air and surface forwarding services to customers, said John Costanzo, president of Purolator International. “At the same time, we will solidify our role as the market leader for services to, from and within Canada.”  Purolator International will maintain a headquarters facility in Jericho, NY, with branches located throughout the U.S. and Canada.

About Purolator International

Purolator International is a subsidiary of Purolator, Inc., Canada’s leading logistics company. Purolator International specializes in the air and surface forwarding of Express, Freight and Parcel shipments, customs brokerage, and fulfillment with delivery services to, from and within Canada.

In addition to facilities throughout New York, Purolator International has locations in key markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.