Thursday, July 28, 2011

LQ's 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards 2011 Winner

Purolator wins Third-Party Logistics Sustainability Award for its work with Echo Global Logistics


Toronto, July 22, 2011 – Purolator, Canada’s leading integrated freight and parcel solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded Logistics Quarterly’s 2011 Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Sustainability Award for demonstrating leadership in sustainable supply chain practices. Purolator received the prestigious award at Logistics Quarterly’s Sustainability Study and Awards Symposium held in Toronto on July 14.


"We live and work in every neighbourhood in Canada,” said Tom Schmitt, President and CEO of Purolator. “So it just makes sense that our dedicated team of 11,500 teammates are committed to our communities and the environment. We are also proud of our collaborative relationship with Echo Global Logistics and remain committed to finding environmentally sustainable solutions to get shipments across Canada and around the world.”


As a non-asset based logistics provider, Echo leverages Purolator's comprehensive distribution network and environmentally friendly solutions to deliver on its commitment to customers. From freight consolidation services to electronic invoicing, Purolator’s efforts in driving sustainable solutions across the supply chain have been instrumental in Echo’s continued focus to reduce its carbon footprint.


“Echo relies on its carrier relationships to achieve the sustainability goals of its clients,” said Doug Waggoner, CEO of Echo Global Logistics. “Purolator’s commitment and capital investment in environmental systems and technologies have enabled us to assist suppliers in achieving their green initiatives.”


In addition to operating the largest green fleet in North America, Purolator has implemented a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, including a strict no-idling rule for its drivers, environmentally responsible packaging and a route optimization program that reduces overall distances travelled by vehicles.


Logistics Quarterly’s Sustainability Study and Awards Program supports innovation in sustainability and celebrates Canadian and American business supply chain excellence. The awards program evaluates 3PLs on their strategic vision regarding corporate sustainability performance, as well as their economic, environmental and societal performance.


About Purolator Inc.
Purolator is Canada’s leading integrated freight and parcel solutions provider. We are celebrating 50 years of delivering Canada and continue to expand our reach to more people, more businesses and more places across our country. We’re proud of our Canadian heritage and of the company we’ve built. But most of all, we’re proud of our people. Their talent and commitment have made us one of this country’s most respected companies and admired corporate cultures. And it is our people who will ensure that we deliver Canada for the next 50 years.


Purolator is well-positioned for future growth and success in business and in the communities we serve. We are delivering Canada to and from more markets in the U.S., and growing globally in a sustainable manner while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we live, work and play.


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About Echo Global Logistics
Chicago-based Echo Global Logistics is a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, delivered on a proprietary technology platform, serving the transportation and logistics needs of its clients. Echo’s web-based technology platform compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 24,000 transportation providers to serve its clients’ shipping and freight management needs.  This year, Echo has procured transportation and provided logistics services for more than 22,700 clients across a wide range of industries, such as manufacturing, construction, consumer products and retail.


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Monday, July 25, 2011

LQ Advisory Board Announcement

LQ is pleased to announce Dave Mabon has accepted LQ’s invitation to join its Advisory Board

Dave Mabon serves on GENCO ATC’s executive leadership team as COO. He is responsible for overseeing GENCO ATC’s corporate-wide growth across North American supply chain divisions, encompassing 37 million sq. ft.  Dave joined GENCO ATC in 2007 as CCO (Chief Customer Officer). Previously Dave directed sales, marketing and business development for Kuehne + Nagel's Contract Logistics unit.  Dave also served on Kuehne + Nagel's International Logistics Steering Committee. Dave has 22 years of logistics experience, having joined Kuehne + Nagel (formerly USCO Logistics) in 1995, after 6 years with APL where he held a number of business development positions.

Dave holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Northwestern University and is an active member of industry professional organizations, including the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and Warehousing Education & Research Council. He a regular presenter at logistics conferences as well as a contributor to logistics publications.

GENCO ATC is North America’s 2nd largest and a Global Top 50 third-party logistics provider and the recognized leader in Reverse Logistics. The company manages over 120 operations and 37 million square feet of warehouse space throughout North America for a diverse range of retail, manufacturing and government customers, including many Fortune 500 companies. As the industry’s most innovative product lifecycle logistics provider, GENCO ATC provides a complete range of solutions, including forward logistics, transportation logistics, parcel negotiation and audits, reverse logistics, consumer electronics test & repair, product remarketing, damage research, pharmaceutical services, government logistics and operations management, supply chain technology and automotive remanufacturing. For more information, visit

LQ's Advisory Board
As a resource for logisticians, academics and executives in other disciplines in the United States and Canada, LQ offers ideas for leadership in logistics, supply chain management and transportation, and provides a unique bridge between business, academia and practitioners. LQ’s Advisory Board and contributors afford authoritative thinking on the complex and fast-changing work of the logistics and supply chain management business - with a unique focus on best practices in the United States and Canada. LQ's Board plays a pivotal role in providing direction for LQ Magazine and LQ’s bi-annual Symposiums.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

LQ's Three New Symposium Speakers: To register visit

New Speakers for LQ's Summer Symposium, July 14th

I am pleased to announce delegates attending LQ's Summer Symposium can look forward to three new speakers joining its impressive roster of presenters:

• James H. Bookbinder, Ph.D.,
University of Waterloo
• Chris Kane, VP, Kane is Able
• Douglas R. Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer, Echo Global Logistics, Inc.

Four Finalists for LQ's 2011 Sustainability Awards will be presenting at LQ's July 14th Summer Symposium at the Toronto Board of Trade's Country Club:

• C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
• IMPERIAL Logistics
• Purolator Inc.

Colin Yankee, Director of Target Canada, will be the moderator of this exciting session. Following these firms' presentations LQ's Panel of Judges will recognize one winner and three finalist firms, based on the score of each firm’s Symposium presentation, as well as on their written submissions.

You are invited to share your insights at LQ's Summer Symposium on July 14th, to join LQ's distinguished circle of leading thinkers and practitioners at the Toronto Board of Trade Country Club, and participate in this exciting day of peer-to-peer learning and inquiry.

In addition to Breakfast, a Cocktail and Networking Reception as well as lunch, LQ will be holding a Draw on July 14th, for Two Foursomes to play and network over 9 holes of golf at one of Toronto Region’s most scenic courses. This includes two complimentary carts for each foursome, valued at $1,200 at this members-only private course.

As seating is limited to 100 executives, I invite you to register today at:
Some of the executives and academics who will guide our discussions on this exciting day include:

• James H. Bookbinder, Ph.D.,
University of Waterloo
• David J. Closs, Ph.D., Michigan State University and LQ Executive Editor
• Lt. Col John Conrad (DND)
• Abrie de Swardt, Marketing Director at IMPERIAL Logistics
• John Ferguson, President & CEO, SCI Group
• Virginia Garbutt, Director Strategic Network Planning and Improvement, Walmart Canada.
• Thomas Goldsby, PhD., University of Kentucky and LQ Executive Editor
• Chris Kane, VP, Kane is Able
• Greg Nault, Logistics Manager, Nature's Path Foods, Inc.
• Steve Phillips, Sr. Vice President of Operations, Werner Enterprises
• Steve Raetz, Director of Logistics Solutions, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
• Nikhil Sathe, CFO, Kelron Logistics
• Thomas Schmitt, President and CEO, Purolator Inc.
• Nicholas Seiersen, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.B.A., P. Log., LQ Executive Editor
• Bob Simon, Director of Process Solutions, GENCO ATC
• Douglas R. Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer, Echo Global Logistics, Inc.
• Colin Yankee, Director of Distribution, Target Canada

I would also like to express my gratitude to LQ's Gold Sponsors for making this exciting day possible: BCG Logistics, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, GENCO ATC, Kelron Logistics, Purolator Inc., Ryder, Werner Global Logistics and Werner Enterprises. – Fred Moody, LQ