Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ryder Charitable Foundation Announcement

Ryder Supports American Red Cross Response to Recent Tornadoes in Midwest and Southern U.S.

Miami, April 28, 2011 — Financial support from Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R) through the Ryder Charitable Foundation is enabling the American Red Cross to help residents impacted by the band of tornadoes that recently made their way through Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia, by offering a safe place to stay, a hot meal, and a shoulder to lean on.

In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help people impacted by the tornadoes get back on their feet. The Red Cross will keep shelters open as long as needed, in addition to providing mobile feeding and mental health support to those affected by the storm.

“Thanks to the generosity of our Annual Disaster Giving Program members like Ryder, the Red Cross is able to mobilize supplies and staff to provide help to people and communities in need,” said Neal Litvack, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. “These contributions, along with the support of the American public, are critical during floods and similar disasters because they enable the Red Cross to rush immediate relief to disaster victims before the first donation has been given.”

Weather forecasters with the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center say that the United States will experience a very active tornado season this year. According to The National Severe Storms Laboratory, about 1,000 tornadoes hit the U.S., yearly. Tornado season generally is in the spring when tornadoes are more prevalent from April through July, with May and June being the peak months.

Since the Annual Disaster Giving Program’s inception in 1997, members have pledged donations to the Red Cross in advance of major disasters to ensure an immediate response will meet the needs of people who are affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income.  

“As a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Ryder helps to ensure the Red Cross can be on the scene of a disaster at a moment’s notice,” said Bob Brunn, Vice President of Investor Relations and Public Affairs, and Ryder Charitable Foundation Executive Director. “We are proud to stand beside the Red Cross as they help those affected by disaster.”

Individuals can join forces with companies who are members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the recent tornadoes, either by going to or calling 1-800- RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.  

Other members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program include major leading companies such as 3M, Altria, Aon, Cisco Foundation, ConAgra Foods, Darden Restaurants, Inc, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, FedEx Corporation, GE Foundation, The Home Depot Foundation, John Deere Foundation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Kraft Foods, Lowe's Companies, Inc., Merck, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide Insurance Foundation, Northrop Grumman, Southwest Airlines, State Farm, State Street Foundation, Target, The TJX Companies, Inc., UnitedHealthcare, UPS  and Walmart.

About Ryder

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company.  Ryder’s stock 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 included Ryder in its 2010  “50 Green Partners” listing.  Ryder also ranked 114 out of the top 500 U.S. companies and sixth in its industry sector in the 2010 Newsweek Green Rankings.  Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector.  Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts.  For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

CON-WAY INC. Announcement


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — April 27, 2011 — Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) announced today that Stephen K. Krull has been named executive vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Mr. Krull, 46, joins Con-way from Toledo, Ohio-based Owens Corning (NYSE: OC), where he most recently served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for this $5 billion global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials.

“We’re pleased to welcome Steve to the Con-way team,” said Douglas W. Stotlar, Con-way president and CEO. “He brings valuable background and business experience to the organization and we look forward to his contributions.”  He will be based at Con-way’s corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich.

As Con-way’s chief attorney, Mr. Krull assumes responsibility for management of the company’s legal staff, external legal resources, securities law compliance, corporate governance, ethics and compliance matters, financial transactions and general corporate legal matters. He also serves as the company’s Chief Privacy Officer and is a member of the executive management team.

Mr. Krull served as a senior vice president and Owens Corning’s chief legal counsel since 2003. Over a 15-year career with Owens Corning he advanced through a series of increasingly responsible positions including division counsel, general counsel, North American Building Materials; vice president and general counsel of operations; and vice president, corporate communications.

Prior to Owens Corning, Mr. Krull was corporate counsel for A. B. Dick Company, Chicago, and an associate attorney with Sidley & Austin, a Chicago law firm where he specialized in commercial transactions.

Mr. Krull received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law where he graduated with high honors and was an editor of the Kent Law Review. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Among his philanthropic activities, Mr. Krull previously served as overall campaign chairman for the United Way of Greater Toledo in 2008, the board of Habitat for Humanity of Ohio and currently serves on the board of St. John’s Jesuit High School and Academy in Toledo, Ohio.

Mr. Krull succeeds Jennifer W. Pileggi as Con-way’s executive vice president and chief legal counsel.  With the recent relocation of corporate functions to Ann Arbor, and the subsequent closing of

Con-way’s former San Mateo, Calif., headquarters, Ms. Pileggi elected to conclude her career with the company and remain on the West Coast. She continues for an interim period in an advisory capacity to ensure effective transition of general counsel duties to Mr. Krull.

“I want to thank Jennifer for her professionalism, strong leadership of our legal operations and her notable contributions to Con-way’s growth and development over a well-regarded 15-year career with our organization,” said Stotlar. “On behalf of the Board and her colleagues, we wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

About Con-way

Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW) is a $5.0 billion freight transportation and logistics services company headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. A diversified transportation company, Con-way delivers industry-leading services through three primary operating companies: Con-way Freight, Con-way Truckload and Menlo Worldwide Logistics. These operating units provide high-performance, day-definite less-than-truckload and full truckload freight transportation, as well as logistics, warehousing, multimodal and supply chain management services, and trailer manufacturing. Con-way Inc. and its subsidiaries operate from more than 500 locations across North America and in 20 countries. For more information about Con-way, visit us on the Web at

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

NASSTRAC Announcement

NASSTRAC Announces 2011 Member of the Year Awards

MINNEAPOLIS, MN— NASSTRAC recently announced that Chris Norek, Ph.D., and founding Senior Partner with Chain Connectors, Inc., an Atlanta-based supply chain consulting boutique which focuses on training and education of both large enterprises and SMBs, has been named the 2011 “NASSTRAC Member of the Year.” Each year, this honor is bestowed upon an individual transportation executive who has demonstrated personal leadership, commitment, and dedication to the industry as well as to the association. NASSTRAC provides advocacy, education, provider relations, and networking for professionals involved in all areas of transportation, ranging from full truckload and LTL to containerization and global logistics.

“Chris, with more than 20 years in the industry as well as academia, has earned logistics and transportation degrees from Penn State, Tennessee and Ohio State. With that, he brings an array of knowledge and expertise to the association and has been NASSTRAC’s Education Committee Chairperson for several years. He is also the association’s current 2nd vice president,” says Joe Estrella, president of NASSTRAC and Director of Transportation & Logistics Network CVS/Caremark. “Chris has made significant contributions as a leader of NASSTRAC that include accomplishments in engaging providers into the organization and educational and strategic planning for our annual conference. He’s been a true asset to NASSTRAC.”

In addition, NASSTRAC announced that Martin Mantilla, vice president of business development for Special Dispatch of California, is the recipient of the 2011 “NASSTRAC Associate Member of the Year.” Mantilla made NASSTRAC history by earning the coveted award for the second consecutive year. Each year, the association presents this award to an individual from the service provider community who has shown leadership, continued commitment to the industry, and support of NASSTRAC. A Carrier Advisory Council board member since 2008, Mantilla tirelessly recruits not only his employers, but his customers into the organization. His passion for NASSTRAC is evident as he led the association in bringing new retail shippers into membership this past year.

Both awards were announced April 19 at NASSTRAC's Logistics Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla., where more than 400 transportation decision-makers and providers gathered to network and discuss critical transportation issues in the industry. For additional details, visit or call 952-442-8850 x208.

CEVA Announcement

CEVA launches Saturday Night Expedite service enhancement to Consolidated Border Truck program

Houston, Texas, 26 April 2011 – CEVA Logistics, a leading global supply chain management company, today announced the addition of Saturday Night Expedite to its Consolidated Border Truck (CBT) program. The new offering provides services for Saturday deliveries into the U.S. from Mexico that need to arrive in the Midwest or Ontario, Canada by Monday morning.

Saturday Night Expedite is the latest addition to a variety of services offered through CEVA’s CBT program.  Originally developed for freight from the U.S./Mexican border to support Just in Time plants in the Midwest and in Canada, the program has since evolved into a flexible and customizable solution based on customer feedback.  The Saturday Night Expedite service was designed to answer new delivery demands, as automotive companies, in particular, find that if freight is not delivered on time, the plant could face significant production costs.

“2011 looks to be another outstanding year as our border truck program has started very strongly and we are adding valuable new services like the Saturday Night Expedite,” said Ron Wituski, Manager of Business Development for Domestic Premium and Expedited Services for CEVA. “We are pleased to be able to meet and exceed our customers’ needs by optimizing deliveries and ultimately saving them time and money.”

Saturday Night Expedite is generating strong early customer interest and already accounts for a significant piece of the CBT program. “CEVA continues to break new barriers by offering these types of integrated solutions that illustrate our strong commitment to our customers,” added Wituski.

MIQ Logistics Announcement


LONDON, April 26, 2011 – MIQ Logistics is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Bongaerts to Vice President and Managing Director EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).  Bongaerts is charged with expansion of the MIQ Logistics presence through a mixture of acquisitions as well as new office openings, initially focusing on eastern and western Europe.  This action reinforces the company’s growth plans and commitment to be the recognised leader in global, transportation and distribution logistics services in the region.

“We are very pleased to have someone of Rob’s calibre join our organization.  He is a great addition to our current presence in the region,” says Michael Collins senior vice president – global operations.

Bongaerts has a distinguished 24-year career with leading multinational companies in the logistics and transportation industry. In his previous roles, he was instrumental in growing organisations in the EMEA region, most notability opening facilities in over 26 locations.

“I’m glad to be part of an organization that shares my core values and is focused on future growth.  MIQ Logistics is poised to take advantage of today’s economy and further our ability to service customers in the EMEA region.  I am excited to lend my efforts to further that objective,” says Bongaerts.

About MIQ Logistics

MIQ Logistics is a global logistics company 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 latest Web-native technology and global logistics management capabilities.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

LQ Shipping Trends Announcement at

LQ’s Freight Index: U.S. Transportation Rate Information Monthly Update

LQ has updated its Freight Index with information up to March 1, 2011, with aggregate data published on Freight Spend, Number of Shipments, and Cost per Shipment, across all modes of transportation encompassing 52 U.S. States.

LQ’s Freight Index is comprised of information from 100 shippers that covers all SIC sectors. LQ is pleased to publish this information each month, which has been prepared by CTSI, a leading supply chain management company, based in Memphis, Tennessee USA.

LQ believes this index is one of the most comprehensive and accurate assessments of freight trends in the U.S. today, and an important economic indicator.

LQ is also 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 to soon deriving this additional information and value later this month at:

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.

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 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:

CN Sustainability Announcement

CN, Earth Day Canada Sign Five-year Partnership Focusing on the Environment and Community

MONTREAL, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Earth Day Canada (EDC) announced today a five-year partnership agreement under which EDC will support a CN program to encourage environmental values and initiatives among CN employees across North America.

Working at key North American CN offices and yard facilities, the program will:

- Motivate, encourage and enable employees to embrace environmental

- Stewardship and support a cleaner environment;

- Leverage CN and EDC environmental resources, best-practices and

- Programs to increase employee action in yards and office efficiency,

 - Reduce natural resource consumption and waste, and

 - Recognize and celebrate sustainability gains in the workplace.

For 20 years, EDC, a national environmental charity, has provided Canadians and Americans with practical knowledge and tools to help them lessen their impact on the environment.

"At CN, we are fully committed to reducing our impact on the environment," said Paul Miller, CN's chief safety and sustainability officer. "Energy efficiency has been a key element of our business model for years, positioning us to increase productivity and reduce energy consumption. We will harness EDC's support and expertise to enable CN employees to expand their environmental understanding and initiatives to help reduce the impact of local workplaces on the environment."

Jed Goldberg, president of Earth Day Canada, said: "We are thrilled to support CN in their conservation efforts. Efforts on the part of a large sector-leader like CN have the potential to substantially reduce the environmental impact of the transportation service industry and to act as a model that other corporations and communities can emulate."

To learn more about CN's environmental initiatives, please visit the Company's website at

To learn more about Earth Day Canada's environmental initiatives, please visit

About CN

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

About Earth Day Canada

Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians and Americans with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world's largest association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada's "Outstanding Non-profit Organization" by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada.

LeSaint Logistics Announcement

LeSaint Announces Major Enhancements to Their Transportation Management System

ROMEOVILLE, Ill., April 5, 2011 - LeSaint Logistics, a top 3PL provider based outside of Chicago, announces major enhancements to TransTech™, their transportation management system.  The new features and benefits include transportation network design for optimizing transportation routes, shipping execution and compliance, carrier relationship management including event management providing comprehensive track and trace. With these additions, LeSaint stays true to providing best in breed technology solutions for their customers.

"It's always been our goal to provide our customers with the best technology solutions available.  TransTech™ has always been part of our suite of technology solutions, but its capabilities have now reached a new level," comments Jeff Pennington, LeSaint's President, "We reached out to customers, worked with them and we took a strong look at how their needs were changing. The result is the TransTech™ enhancements that we're proud to bring out today.  It's just another example of how LeSaint continues to deliver for our customers."

"The enhancements to TransTech™ have truly been a great support tool for our broad base of transportation management solutions, specifically with LTL and small package solutions," states Dino Moler, Executive Vice President Client Services for LeSaint Logistics. LeSaint continues to invest in the technologies that help our customers manage their business. For example, this latest technology continues to be web-enabled and allows for controlled transportation spending with timely, accurate and complete visibility to shipping activities.  With the enhanced reporting capabilities, our customers are supported with the comprehensive information they need for making definitive decisions regarding their business."

LeSaint also offers additional technologies to their customers with the WareTech™ Inventory Management system that provides 24/7, real time reporting via the web, keeping the customer engaged with their inventory status and levels at all times and supported by customized reporting and email alerts.

As a Top 100 3PL provider, LeSaint delivers intelligent warehousing, fulfillment and transportation solutions that provide continuous process improvements to boost the customer's bottom line.  With 14 facilities nationwide, LeSaint puts a major focus on retail end-to-end solutions.  Additionally, they offer turnkey solutions throughout the specialty chemical sector.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

NBS Announcement

Managing Sustainable Global Supply Chains Report

(LONDON, ON) – With increasing supply disruptions following Japan’s earthquake, a new research study reveals many companies are taking the wrong approach to managing their international suppliers.

Conducted by the Network for Business Sustainability, an independent research group based at the Richard Ivey School of Business, the study reviewed 25 years’ worth of academic and industry research. The study revealed that ensuring safe, supportive working conditions is the top issue for companies that buy from suppliers in other countries.

However, the report found many of the companies trying to improve working conditions and environmental impacts in their supply chains are going about it the wrong way.

“Many companies today talk about developing ‘sustainable’ supply chains, but they’re actually talking about managing risk and preventing public relations crises,” said Stephen Brammer, PhD, a professor at the Warwick Business School in the U.K. and the report’s lead author.

“Those companies end up implementing costly and ineffective punitive actions against suppliers after labour issues or supply disruptions have already occurred. In the end, nobody wins.”

In his research, Brammer found that leading companies think about their supply chains as opportunities for competitive advantage. Those companies work proactively and collaboratively with suppliers to monitor their progress and help them improve.

“If supplier employees are experiencing high levels of injury, your company should send staff to do on-site training. If some suppliers are less productive than others, don’t just drop them. Hold supplier conferences where the laggards can learn from the leaders and everyone can share best practices.”

Brammer conducted the study with co-authors Andrew Millington, PhD and Stefan Hoejmose of the University of Bath’s School of Management. He hopes their research helps executives and procurement professionals rethink their current supply chain strategy and see the potential benefits rather than just the prospective risks.

The report is titled “Managing Sustainable Global Supply Chains” and is available at: . The research was funded in part by the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, Industry Canada, Suncor Energy and the Network for Business Sustainability.

About the Network for Business Sustainability

The Network for Business Sustainability ( is a not-for-profit organization that connects business leaders and academic experts worldwide to devise new business models for the 21st century. The Network is located at the Richard Ivey School of Business (at The University of Western Ontario) in London, Canada and at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The Network is funded primarily by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, with additional support from industry partners.

Monday, April 4, 2011

WERC and LQ Announcement

The Inauguration of LQ’s Warehousing Education and Research Council Column

LQ is honored to announce the inauguration of a new column in LQ dedicated to the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). This column will feature articles prepared by Michael J. Mikitka, Chief Executive Officer of WERC.

Given WERC’s role as an organization that is at the forefront of industry research and trends, and dedicated to delivering high quality education and practical tools to warehousing and distribution professionals, Michael’s new column in LQ will examine new trends and innovation in the field.

The Warehousing Education Research Council’s membership can also look forward to receiving complimentary editions of LQ throughout 2011 and enjoying the insights documented in WERC’s new column, which will complement LQ’s traditional editorial environment, comprised of leading American and Canadian practitioners in supply chain management and trade, as well as articles prepared by leading associations and academics from the United States and Canada.

About the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC):

WERC offers resources that help logistics professionals stay at the leading edge including educational events, performance metrics for benchmarking, practical research, expert insights, facility certification and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange. WERC provides leadership in the distribution/logistics field in its evolving role in the supply chain, advances the art and science of distribution management, and to enhances its membership’s development. WERC’s members are from companies across the gamut whose focus is on logistics and distribution. For more information, please visit:

About LQ:

LQ Magazine’s mandate is to provide ideas for leadership in logistics, transportation and trade for logisticians, supply chain management practitioners, transportation management and other senior-level executives in the United States and Canada who are engaged in leading and transforming their businesses. Since its founding in 1995, LQ has upheld a tradition to be logistics and transportation publication written by professionals for professionals in the field - affording authoritative thinking on the complex and fast-changing world of logistics and transportation business in Canada and the United States.

LQ also conducts industry studies, such as its recently inaugurated annual Third-Party Sustainability Study and Awards Program 2011, developed with David Closs, Ph.D., Michigan State University, and LQ Executive Editor, and Thomas Goldsby, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, LQ Executive Editor.

LQ also holds two annual symposiums that afford an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and inquiry for thought leadership from across North America. For more information please visit:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Maersk Line Announcement

Maersk Line Offers New Port call Opens Direct Connection to China’s West Pearl River Delta Region

Charlotte, North Carolina (April 1, 2011)  - Maersk Line is pleased to announce a direct port call to the Port of Nansha on the Trans-Pacific 6 (TP6) service to start May 2 with the Mette Maersk westbound call. The Port of Nansha is located southeast of Guangzhou, the third largest city in China.

The West Pearl River Delta region in the Guangdong Province is a major manufacturing area and emerging export area. Direct highway connections from key manufacturing centers such as Foshan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai and Guangzhou and export oriented factories can be made to the port ensuring ease of business and cost savings for customers. The deep water port also has the advantage of minor local weather impacts, less peak season port congestion in comparison to other south china ports and excellent equipment availability for increased service reliability.

The design of the new TP6 service is geared to deliver comprehensive coverage of key markets in Asia and the U.S. west coast and continue to improve upon Maersk Line’s industry leading reliability in the Trans-Pacific trade.

“Maersk Line is very optimistic about adding this new South China gateway to our service portfolio,” said Bill Woodhour, Senior Vice President, Maersk Line North America. “Customers from this western area of the Pearl River Delta will be able to take advantage of the many positive attributes that this port offers.  Customers will experience world-class service reliability, reduced supply chain costs and a reduction in their carbon footprint impact - that is the Nansha advantage.” 

The new rotation east bound will be Tanjung Pelepas, Ho Chi Minh City (Vung Tau), Nansha, Yantian, Hong Kong, Los Angeles with a 15 day transit time from Nansha to the U. S. West Coast.  The new West bound rotation will be Los Angeles, Ningbo, Shanghai, Nansha, Yantian, Tanjung Pelepas.

Further details including pro forma schedules and service maps are available at:

President Barack Obama Visits UPS to Highlight Private Sector Sustainability Practices

President Highlights Private Sector Sustainability Practices

Landover, April 01, 2011 - UPS Becomes Charter Member of National Clean Fleets Partnership

Speaking to a crowd of more than 300 employees and representatives of major American companies at the UPS (NYSE: UPS) facility here, President Barack Obama praised efforts to reduce the environmental impact of corporate trucking fleets, noting the potential of alternative fuel vehicles to lower the nation's dependence on oil and drive savings both from an environmental and business standpoint.

"If you're a business that needs to transport goods, I'm challenging you to replace your old fleet with a clean energy fleet that's not only good for your bottom line, but good for our economy, good for our country and good for our planet," said Obama.

Chairman and CEO Scott Davis welcomed President Obama to UPS, which with its "rolling laboratory" of nearly 2,000 alternative fuel vehicles was chosen to host the event. Pepsi-Frito Lay, Verizon and AT&T also showcased their alternative fuel fleets for the President. Those companies joined UPS and FedEx today in becoming charter members of the National Clean Fleets Partnership.

As members of the partnership, the companies - operators of more than 275,000 vehicles combined- pledged to support the Administration's energy security efforts and to develop new alternative fuel technologies in tandem with the government. The combination of private sector innovation with public sector support is seen as a way to drive efforts to lower America's dependence on foreign oil while growing the domestic economy and contributing a significant cost-savings to companies.

"Making the transition to a clean energy economy will help us... in two very important ways," Obama added. "First, it reduces the chance that our families, our businesses and our economy will be held hostage to the whims of the oil market. Second, investments in clean energy have the potential to create an untold number of new jobs and new industries right here in the United States."

During today's event, UPS Chief Sustainability Officer Scott Wicker guided President Obama, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on a tour of UPS vehicles, including plug-in all-electric and compressed natural gas trucks. Those technologies make up only a fraction of an alternative fuel fleet that includes hydraulic hybrid, electric hybrid, propane and liquefied natural gas for heavy trucks.

"Though many hurdles still remain and the path to success will not be easy, the sustainable business benefits of alternative fuels cannot be under-emphasized," said Davis. "We must deal with the short-term problems of cost differentials and infrastructure to prepare for our long-term future."

UPS's alternative fuel fleet recently hit a milestone of 200 million miles traveled since 2000 and for the first time, there now are alternative fuel and technology choices for virtually all forms of trucks on the ground. As Wicker noted to President Obama during their tour, there is no one-size-fits-all solution currently available for every situation. Investment in a broad spectrum of choices is vital to ensuring long-term program viability and to making real reductions in foreign petroleum consumption.

Obama's focus on private-public interaction may bode well for companies that approach energy security and sustainability campaigns as a natural part of business planning. Though technologies like liquefied natural gas can help to conquer even the most demanding conditions at a significant cost-savings, government incentives are still important to offset the initial high cost of vehicle and infrastructure investment. Economies of scale will develop over time as demand increases, making it a win-win situation for all parties involved.

On Wednesday, Obama urged Congress and members of the American business community to embrace a series of long-term energy security goals. Obama's strategy is closely aligned with many initiatives already underway at UPS and if achieved, would result in more alternative fuel vehicles on the road as well as additional fuel-efficiency standards.

From the introduction of its first electric vehicles in 1935 to the establishment of the industry's first sustainability report in 2003, UPS has consistently paved a path of innovation and growth potential in the environmental arena. The company pursues a balance of economic prosperity, social responsibility and environmental stewardship. This integrated approach guides the company as it develops strategy,

About UPS

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

LQ and CCBC Announcement

LQ Introduces a New Canada China Business Council Column
LQ is honored to announce the inauguration of a new column in LQ Magazine dedicated to Canada China Business Council. This column will feature articles prepared by Sarah Kutulakos, Executive Director of the Canada China Business Council. Sarah will be sharing insights and perspectives on new trends in Canada-China bilateral trade and investment.

The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) membership can also look forward to receiving complimentary editions of LQ throughout 2011 and the insights documented in CCBC’s new column, which will complement LQ’s traditional editorial environment, comprised of leading American and Canadian practitioners in supply chain management and trade, as well as articles prepared by leading associations and academics from the United States and Canada.

About Canada China Business Council
The Canada China Business Council (CCBC) is the country’s Canada-China bilateral trade and investment facilitator, catalyst and advocate. Founded in 1978 as a private, not-for-profit business association, CCBC provides unparalleled insight into Sino-Canadian trade and investment issues and develops connections that ensure its members’ business success. In addition to its focused and practical services, the Council is also the voice of the Canadian business community on issues affecting Sino-Canadian trade and investment.

CCBC members include some of the largest and best-known Canadian and Chinese firms, as well as small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), entrepreneurs, and not-for-profit organizations. CCBC also offers a ‘China Watcher’ program for individuals interested in staying up-to-date about Canada-China business relations.

CCBC members represent a wide range of sectors, including financial services, legal services, manufacturing, construction, transportation, mining and energy, information and communications technology, and education.

In addition to its head office in Toronto, CCBC also has offices and staff in Vancouver, Montreal, Beijing and Shanghai. CCBC’s network of staff offers programs and services in both Canada and China, and introduces members to opportunities in China's emerging markets. CCBC also operates a chapter in Beijing, offering a range of events and broad networking opportunities at the local level.

Through its member services and events, CCBC provides its member companies with business insight, intelligence, connections and networks that help resolve the inevitable challenges of doing business in another country. For more information about CCBC, visit them online at

About LQ
LQ Magazine’s mandate is to provide ideas for leadership in logistics, transportation and trade for logisticians, supply chain management practitioners, transportation management and other senior-level executives in the United States and Canada who are engaged in leading and transforming their businesses. Since its founding in 1995, LQ has upheld a tradition to be logistics and transportation publication written by professionals for professionals in the field - affording authoritative thinking on the complex and fast-changing world of logistics and transportation business in Canada and the United States.

LQ also conducts industry studies, such as its recently inaugurated annual Third-Party Sustainability Study and Awards Program 2011, developed with David Closs, Ph.D., Michigan State University, and LQ Executive Editor, and Thomas Goldsby, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, LQ Executive Editor.
LQ also conducts two annual symposiums that afford an opportunity for peer-to-peer learning and inquiry for thought leadership from across North America.