Friday, March 30, 2012

Flash Global Logistics Appoints Jae H. Lee New Director for APAC

Mountain Lakes, NJ – March 30, 2012 — Flash Global Logistics (Flash), the leader in single source innovative global supply chain solutions for mission-critical parts and products, has announced that Mr. Jae. H. Lee has been appointed the new Director for APAC, to support their continued growth in that region.

Lee, based in Singapore, will manage the Asia Pacific region excluding Australia, New Zealand and Japan. 

After having spent the early part of his career in the financial sector, Jae worked with Cisco Systems, where he concentrated on logistics processes, inventory management and reverse logistics.

Joining DHL as a Director of Global Customer Solutions, Lee took charge of growing his customers’ business in Transportation, Logistics and After Sales services, working closely with operations, focusing on continuous improvement of customer satisfaction.

In 2010, Lee joined YCH as the General Manager Asia Pacific, where he was recruited to develop existing hi-tech customers, automotive vertical markets and provide his expertise in global account management methodologies and new business penetration. Lee became Project Leader for all strategic customer implementations, with primary focus in China and India, as well as Korea, Oceania, and South East Asia.

"As Flash continues to expand our footprint globally,” says Flash President and CEO Jim van Leenen, "our organization needs talented professional leaders with the proper experience in the right role to support the growth of our clients. Jae brings a unique background that dovetails with the Flash differentiators: A global mindset, plus customer-focused solution engineering.”

Van Leenen continues, “In today’s competitive marketplace, customer demands are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Jae’s leadership role will further ensure that Flash’s operational processes and procedures are enhanced to keep pace with these demands, including timely design and implementation of system and process improvements that are scalable, flexible, yet consistent and reliable.”

“We are honored to have Jae join our team. His experience in developing business solutions will show the value Flash provides to our clients around the world. His expertise further enhances our leadership position in the Asia Pacific region.”

Lee has a Bachelor of Business degree, with a concentration in banking & finance from the University Technology Sydney as well as an Advanced Certificate in Supply Chain Management from the National University of Singapore.

About Flash Global Logistics

For nearly 30 years, Flash Global Logistics (FGL) has provided supply chain solutions, mission critical inventory management and 2 and 4-hour deliveries for clients worldwide. Flash provides total aftermarket single source complex supply chain solutions for service parts and products globally, specializing in emerging markets and flexible distribution and inventory solutions.

Headquartered in the US and also incorporated in Germany and Brazil, Flash has operations in over 80 countries.  ISO 9001:2008 certified, Flash continuously demonstrates their commitment to the quality process, policies and procedures while conducting business internationally.

Flash’s services span over 700 FSL’s, 18 multi-client DC’s in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, five global command centers (New Jersey, Mexico City, São Paulo, Tokyo and Amsterdam), and in-country management and importer of record services.

Flash provides clients with strategic deployment and positioning, rapid delivery, management and tracking of mission critical service parts and components, focusing on servicing emerging markets, with extensive operations in Brazil, customized distribution solutions, reduction of outstanding inventory, reverse logistics management programs, and assisting clients with new market entry, all supported by FLASHTRAC®, their state-of-the-art customizable IT application.  Flash supports clients in computer data storage and networking, security, telecom, high tech communications, healthcare and diagnostic equipment, automation & semiconductor, printing and imaging, as well as many other markets.  

DB Schenker Awarded Contract to Operate Multi-Temp Distribution Center for Maple Leaf Foods

TORONTO, ONTARIO - March 30, 2012 - Schenker of Canada Limited is pleased to announce the company has signed an agreement to operate a new multi-temperature facility in Puslinch, Ontario, on behalf of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is consolidating warehouse operations for the eastern and central Canadian market. A majority of products for the prepared meats division will flow through the single Eastern distribution facility in future.

Schenker of Canada was enlisted to participate in a competitive bid process including real estate consultation, facility design and fulfillment methodology. The successful award includes significant use of DB Schenker's core expertise in layer picking.

"We are delighted to partner with Maple Leaf Foods, one of Canada's leading consumer packaged food companies and play a key role in its operations," said Eric Dewey, CEO, Schenker of Canada Limited. "This significant partnership expands our existing strength in the fast-moving consumer packaged goods market, demonstrating our commitment to providing logistics expertise to market-leading companies world-wide."

About Schenker of Canada

Schenker of Canada Limited is the 2nd largest Integrated Logistics Service Provider in Canada, operating from over 40 sites across the country. The company spans a coast-to-coast network that extends to all major harbors, airports and border crossings. In just over half a century, the business has grown to include 1,700 employees. Schenker of Canada Limited has a portfolio of supply chain services in Canada that include: Contract Warehousing/SCM, North America Domestic Transportation, Ocean and Air Freight, Courier, Land, Customs Brokerage and Consulting, and services for Sports Events.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Marine Industry Welcomes Federal Budget Investment in Coast Guard, Ports

OTTAWA – March 29 - The Canadian marine shipping industry today welcomed federal budget proposals to renew the Canadian Coast Guard fleet and to provide close to $27.3 million to support the continuing divestiture of regional port facilities.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s Economic Action Plan 2012 proposes allocating $5.3 billion over the next 11 years to buy new Coast Guard vessels and helicopters, as well as repairing and refitting existing vessels.

Ray Johnston, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, said: “The Canadian Coast Guard plays an important role in securing the safe and efficient passage of commercial shipping vessels through ice-breaking activities and emergency response programs.”

The federal budget also proposed providing $27.3 million over two years to support the divestiture of regional port authorities and the continued operation and maintenance of federally owned ports.  There are currently 67 Canadian ports operated by Transport Canada still to be divested to local interests.

Johnston said: “We welcome the government’s commitment to help communities take over the management of their ports, which attract investment from manufacturers and other companies that require robust transportation hubs that include cost-efficient marine, rail and trucking options.  These ports drive job creation in communities throughout Canada.”  

The Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) is an Ottawa-based association that represents more than 160 marine industry stakeholders including major Canadian and American shippers, ports, terminals and marine service providers, as well as domestic and international shipowners.  The CMC represents the interests of its members by addressing government issues affecting marine transportation. Advocacy extends to both the federal and provincial levels of government and, when appropriate, to U.S. federal and state governments and agencies.   The marine industry is vital to our prosperity by enabling efficient trade within North America and around the world. As a safe, efficient and environmentally smart method of carrying freight, the increased use of marine transportation offers opportunities to alleviate highway congestion, improve utilization of waterway capacity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

CTA News Release: Bison’s CEO Don Streuber Takes Over Chair at Canadian Trucking Alliance

March 27, OTTAWA -- Don Streuber, president and CEO of Winnipeg-based Bison Transport Inc., believes that in order to be an effective leader one must have integrity and adhere to a series of core values.

As the new chairman of the 4,500-member strong Canadian Trucking Alliance, Streuber -- who succeeds Paul Easson of Nova Scotia's Eassons Transport -- says he will continue the work with those that preceded him in pursuing programs and policies which demonstrate integrity within the industry and which confirm safety, environmental stewardship and respect for professional truck drivers and other industry employees as core values of the alliance.

In the CTA News Release Streuber noted: "CTA has pursued an aggressive agenda in recent years aimed at improving compliance and reducing the industry’s carbon footprint," he says. "We have adopted these as core values at Bison Transport and I believe they serve the entire industry well.

"As the preeminent voice of the trucking industry in Canada, I strongly believe that CTA should continue on this path. It is our responsibility to the communities we live in. We must lead in this area."

Streuber also believes that the single most important challenge the industry faces going forward is a chronic shortage of qualified driver shortage. As a member of the CTA Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage, Streuber says there is no quick fix to the problem and carriers will have to be innovative. But, "at the core of the issue will be to promote respect and regard for professional drivers within all our companies and within the public domain."

Bison is a member of most of the provincial trucking associations. Since CTA is a federation of the provincial trucking associations, "strong provincial associations make for a strong CTA," he says. "Part of our success has been in finding synergies between the associations; something that will become even more important in the years ahead."

Streuber, a chartered accountant with a B. Comm., in finance from the University of Manitoba, joined Bison in 1999 after being the company's auditor and business advisor for many years. During his time at the helm, Bison has grown into one of the largest dryvan truckload carriers in the country. It is perennially ranked as one of Canada's Best Managed Private Companies and has received numerous awards for safety, fuel efficiency, innovation and customer service.

In addition to his role at Bison, Streuber is the chairman of a Winnipeg manufacturing company; a founding director of a TSX listed financial corporation; chair of CentrePort Canada Inc.; vice chair of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy; a governor of the Providence College and Theological Seminary and Honourary Consul for Austria for Manitoba. He is a past chair of the Business Council of Manitoba and a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Despite Streuber's busy professional life, family comes first. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Winnipeg and have four children. His favourite pastime is spending time with the family at home or at their cottage in Eastern Manitoba.

The Toronto CSCMP Roundtable Presents its Spring Green Tour

What are WEEE Doing? Thursday May 3, 2012

Last year alone Canada generated more than 500 million lbs. of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment). Do you wonder what happens to your old TV or Computer?
Sims Recycling Solutions is a world leader in recycling e-waste.
Sims ensures that your brand is protected and that 100% of the material is diverted from landfill.

protects your data, your brand, and your reputation in the marketplace.

Our Tour Host
Lorri King
Account Executive
Sims Recycling Solutions Canada, Inc.

Coffee / Muffins Networking begins at 8:00 a.m. 
Tour and Presentation 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 
Wrap up and Networking  9:30 am – 10:00am
Location: 6495 Tomken Road
(one light north of Courtneypark Drive, on the East side of Tomken)
Mississauga, ON, L5T 2X7
Cost is $40  (note: proceeds go to supporting a student to the CSCMP Conference)
To register on line, please visit this link below:

For further information contact:
Email: or call Elizabeth Galli, TSI Group 905-629-3701 x230

Supply Chain Consulting Firm Expanding Headquarters in Hamilton


 CARMEL, Ind. (March 29, 2012) – enVista, LLC, an enterprise and supply chain consulting services firm, announced plans today to expand its headquarters here, creating up to 96 new jobs by 2016.

The company, which serves customers in the retail, automotive and health care industries, will invest $1.2 million to expand and renovate an additional 10,000 square feet of office space at the company’s current 11711 N. Meridian St. facility. As part of the project, enVista will also purchase and equip new information technology hardware and software.

“Two home-grown Hoosier businesses announcing headquarter expansions in Indiana in as many days tells me that businesses continue to take notice of Indiana’s strong business climate,” said Governor Mitch Daniels. “At the heart of the nation, our state’s prime location makes Indiana a leading hub for logistics companies like enVista.”

enVista, which currently employs 62 associates in Carmel, has already begun hiring information technology, engineering, accounting and human resources associates.

“When we started enVista 10 years ago, we had a vision of creating a national based consulting firm,” said Jim Barnes, president and chief executive officer of enVista. “After completing our due diligence on where to locate our U.S. headquarters, Carmel, Ind. was the logical choice in order to provide the best service to our customers. In addition to Indiana’s strategic location, we have found the local labor force to be incredibly skilled in the areas that are important for growing our business which are supply chain and technology consulting.”

Founded in 2002 by Barnes and John Stitz, the company was established to reduce cost and mitigate waste in the supply chain industry. enVista, a 2009 “Company to Watch” recipient, operates additional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York along with international offices in the Netherlands and India.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered enVista, LLC up to $1,000,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $80,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.

“I look forward to enVista expanding its headquarters in the city of Carmel and the additional vitality it will bring the local businesscommunity,” said Carmel Mayor James Brainard. “The city continues to benefit from the investment that enVista makes in its Carmel location and the creation of jobs that follows.”

enVista’s announcement is the latest in a series of headquarters expansions in the Hoosier State. Yesterday, Employment Plus announced plans to expand its Bloomington headquarters, creating up to 307 new jobs across the state by 2015. Also, collection agency DECA Financial Services recently announced it will grow its headquarters in Fishers and add up to 270 new jobs by 2015.

About enVista
enVista is a leading enterprise and supply chain consulting services provider, delivering innovative solutions that improve profitability, enhance customer service and reduce waste from source to consumption. enVista provides exceptional value in its unique ability to consult, implement and operate. These capabilities, in combination with enVista’s deep domain expertise, enable world-leading manufacturers, distributors and retailers to leverage one experienced partner for all matters related to supply chain transportation and ERP.

enVista is named by Inc. Magazine to its 2011 list of Top 5000 Fastest-Growing, Privately Held Companies. For more information about enVista, visit
About IEDC:

Created by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Daniels. Dan Hasler serves as the chief executive officer of the IEDC.

The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment. For more information about IEDC, visit

EU Commission Imposes Fine on Forwarders

(Essen/Berlin, 29 March 2012) - Yesterday, the European Commission imposed fines amounting to altogether 169 million Euros on 14 internationally operating forwarding and logistics companies.

The companies are accused of violating competition law in airfreight fees and surcharges on several routes. The violation refers to the period from 2002 to 2007.

The 14 companies also include BAX Global, Inc. and Schenker AG, which have received fines amounting to altogether 34.935 million Euros. Both companies cooperated closely with the European Commission, so that here the Commission reduced the actual penalties.

Meanwhile, DB Schenker Logistics has introduced a comprehensive Cartel Compliance Program in line with high international standards. Personnel and organizational measures have also been taken at DB Schenker Logistics.

Managers directly involved in the violation have left the company. DB Schenker Logistics is reviewing the verdict reached by the European Commission and will take decisions on further measures when the time comes.


March 29 - Ports de Paris, the public port of Paris authority, has selected Colas Rail, in partnership with Europorte, a Eurotunnel subsidiary, initially to prepare documents necessary to obtain safety certification and subsequently to take over the management, operation and maintenance of the railway infrastructure in its tri-modal ports for a period of 4 years maximum. The two companies will combine their engineering and railway safety expertise in the ports of Gennevilliers, Bonneuil-sur-Marne and Limay.

Ports de Paris, which has almost 60 km of railway track, is France’s top inland port and the second largest in Europe.

Europorte will prepare the ports’ Safety and Operating Regulations Reference Document (RSE). Colas Rail and Europorte will, together, be responsible for implementing the RSE and for the preventive and corrective maintenance of the railway infrastructure on the sites throughout the contract.

A dedicated team will be assigned to Ports de Paris. The partnership will enable it to access real-time information on the use of its tracks and the condition of its infrastructure.

By making this choice, Ports de Paris recognises the expertise Colas Rail and Europorte have in railway maintenance and operation. Rail transport remains a key component in the ports’ commercial competitiveness.

Europorte has previously won similar contracts at the Port of Dunkirk, the Grand Port Maritime at Nantes Saint-Nazaire and the Grands Ports Maritimes at Le Havre and Rouen where Colas Rail is also involved as a partner. Eurotunnel has also prepared the railway safety document for the Grand Port Maritime at Bordeaux.

The increasing importance of environmental issues, particularly within the framework of the “Grenelle” Environment Forum, in France, favours the development of rail as the transport mode for the future.
About Europorte
The first French private operator to obtain a licence, in 2004, allowing it to develop rail services throughout the European Union, Europorte is a 100%-owned subsidiary of the Eurotunnel Group specialising in rail freight and operating on the French and British networks.

Europorte has over 1,000 employees and provides customised solutions to industrial companies, offering a complete package covering all freight sectors: from national and international haulage for logistics operators, to local freight service management on secondary lines and local rail service operations.
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About Colas Rail
Colas Rail specialises in providing total solutions in all aspects of railway infrastructure including tramways, metros, conventional and high-speed lines.

A subsidiary of the Colas group, Colas Rail employs more than 3,500 staff at its 27 subsidiaries and branches in France and at its permanent establishments in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Romania, Morocco, Egypt, Venezuela and Malaysia.
Through its licence as a rail freight operator and its fleet of locomotives and wagons, Colas Rail is able to manage the transportation of aggregates for the Colas group and also to meet the needs of all the existing freight markets in France and the United Kingdom.

Fitch: Ship Industry Downturn Compounded By Banks' Financing Challenges

Fitch Ratings-London-29 March 2012: Fitch Ratings says banks have been pulling back from ship financing due to the downturn within the industry, exacerbated by the increased capital and funding pressures in the banking sector.

Opportunities for banks remain, particularly in stronger-performing shipping segments such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) transportation and offshore. Banks that can maintain market presence in the near term may also benefit from higher margins in the short-term and fewer competitors once the industry recovers.

Fitch expects impaired loans and impairment charges relating to ship finance to continue at heightened levels or increase somewhat in 2012 and 2013. However, bank ratings already factor in this risk, so any ratings impact is unlikely.

The pull-back of ship financing availability is driven partly by banks looking to boost capitalisation. Shipping is a highly cyclical industry meaning that credit ratings for shipping companies tend to be sub- or low-investment grade and so absorb higher amounts of risk-based capital. Further deterioration in the credit quality of shipping exposures would increase the risk weightings of ship finance in banks' balance sheets - and hence their capital charge.

In addition many euro-funded banks are finding US-dollar funding more costly and less accessible, making financing new business less attractive. Asian banks have increased their activity in ship financing in recent years but are mainly active in their home region, with a significant global expansion unlikely in the near term.

The low charter rates, driven by an oversupply of ships, has also caused a steep drop in the value of ship fleets, resulting in rising loan-to-value ratios. The difficulty in financing ships is exacerbated by the reduced availability of other lenders, which limits the scope for syndication and makes shipping loans more difficult to exit.

A particular focus of pull-back by the banks is pre-delivery financing, which carries a higher level of credit risk due to the potential effects of the borrower's customer defaulting or facing difficulties during the period when the ship is being built.

However, demand for this kind of financing is currently limited by the reduced level of new-build projects, triggered by the current fleet oversupply in many segments.
Significant new ship orders in 2008 mean that a large amount of new ships are expected to enter world fleets in 2012-2013. Combined with subdued growth in global demand, there is now significant overcapacity in the industry. Fitch expects industry overcapacity to continue until 2014, when increased scrapping rates, reduced ship order books and an improvement in global demand should bring the market closer to equilibrium.

The overcapacity problem is specific to particular segments, including the dry bulk, container and crude tanker sectors, for which the 2008 order book was exceptionally large. The oversupply of ships, coupled with lacklustre growth in world trade, has caused a significant drop in shipping charter rates.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pershing Warns That Ignoring Women's Market Poses Significant Business Risk For Advisors

March 27, 2012 JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Pershing LLC, a BNY Mellon company, released a new guidebook today entitled, "Women Are Not a 'Niche' Market. They Are a Significant Business Opportunity," which highlights the increasingly complex and relevant role women play in the consumer investment market. The guidebook, based on the findings from the Sullivan Trust Study, examines women as a key market for advisors to grow and maintain their business.

Once viewed as a niche market in the investment industry, significant social and economic trends are gradually putting more women investors in the driver's seat.

As women now comprise nearly 60% of the U.S. workforce and more than half of married women with business-related degrees out-earn their husbands, advisors without successful approaches for serving this market are at a clear disadvantage.

"Women represent a crucial client opportunity, both because of their expanding economic power and their frequent dissatisfaction with the service they currently receive," said Kim Dellarocca, director at Pershing, "As women’s financial situations have changed, so have their ability to entrust significant assets to investment professionals who are able to serve their needs."

Women Are Less Satisfied Than Men
According to the Sullivan Study, women as a group are less satisfied than men with the performance of their investment professionals. 49% of women said their advisors focused on "making me a smarter investor," compared with 60% of men.

And only 57% of women said their advisors "clearly articulate downside risks of investments," compared to 66% of men.

Women want equal treatment from their investment professional. The findings show an opportunity for advisors to build trust with women investors by opening the channels of communication and providing holistic advice on their investments.

Increasing Spending Power
Additionally, the study finds that women control roughly two-thirds of annual spending in the U.S., which adds up to about $12 trillion.

About 80% of women will be solely responsible for household financial decisions at some point in their lives. Considering that financial professionals today are concerned with ways to stay competitive, stay profitable and grow their business, this is an area that should not be overlooked.

The guidebook, which is the first of a three part series by Pershing providing insight and advice on specialty markets, offers several ideas to develop strategies that can help advisors secure and service women clients at every stage of their lives.

Pershing also provides insight from women investors that can help advisors change their approach to their clients and prospective client base and break down the barriers that keep women unsatisfied with the performance of their investment professionals.

Pershing LLC (member FINRA/NYSE/SIPC) is a leading global provider of financial business solutions to more than 1,500 institutional and retail financial organizations and independent registered investment advisors who collectively represent more than five million active investors. Located in 21 offices worldwide, Pershing and its affiliates are committed to delivering dependable operational support, robust trading services, flexible technology, an expansive array of investment solutions, practice management support and service excellence. Pershing is a member of every major U.S. securities exchange and its international affiliates are members of the Deutsche Börse, the Irish Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Pershing LLC is a BNY Mellon company. Additional information is available at

BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets. BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services through a worldwide client-focused team. It has $25.9 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.2 trillion in assets under management, services $11.9 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.6 trillion per day. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.

Dynamic supply chain solution presented by Damco

Copenhagen, March 27, 2012 – Today Damco launches a simple and innovative solution to meet the typical supply chain challenges of today: How to deal with constant changes on the demand and supply side without adding cost, time, and complexity? 

Damco Dynamic Flow Control™ is the result of a long development effort done at Damco – together with a number of key customers. The solution allows supply chain professionals the flexibility to constantly re-plan shipments according to what is important - whether it is delivery date, cost, or carbon footprint - without the complexity and manual workload changing purchase orders normally entails.

“As market conditions become more volatile and more difficult to predict, the answer is not to improve your ability to plan, but rather your ability to adapt quickly to demand and supply fluctuations. Damco Dynamic Flow Control™ automatically adjusts planning to changing requirements while still ensuring true end-to-end optimization of supply chain performance – from Purchase Order to Final Delivery,” Damco CEO Rolf Habben-Jansen commented in a press release.

“We have developed this innovative solution together with our customers and we now have a robust and scalable solution that we would like to present to the market”, Rolf Habben-Jansen said.

Dynamic planning and re-planning provides more flexibility to adjust to last minute demand and supply changes which enables lower inventories, higher customer service, and timely response to market trends. 

In addition, increased delivery performance and reduced manual intervention can decrease lead times by up to 10% while lowering administration costs by up to 30%. Improved container utilization and mix, less administration, and reduced air-to-ocean ratio can help decrease cost (and carbon emissions) by up to 20%. The solution has already helped the development partner, a high-profile Damco global customer, to improve delivery performance significantly while achieving a simpler, agile, and cost effective supply chain.

“This solution truly integrates all existing supply chain partners, enabling automated interaction with vendors, carriers, 3PL’s and authorities to reduce errors, save time and money, and ultimately increase delivery performance – on time when needed. The feedback we are getting on this is very positive and promising for the future of supply chain management”, said Erling Johns Nielsen, Damco Global Head of Supply Chain.

 The shipment planning optimization engine generates plans based on predefined business rules and criteria such as delivery time, cost, carbon, transport mode, and carrier mix - all at purchase order and SKU levels. When changes occur, shipments are dynamically re-planned and automatically executed using the Damco proprietary decision tree methodology.

“This enables supply chain managers to continuously change delivery dates or switch between transport modes in order to optimize their supply chains – something many people have been looking for since a long time”, Erling Johns Nielsen stated in a press release.

Southeastern Exceeds Lowe’s Quality Standards Five Years in a Row

LEXINGTON, S.C. (March 28, 2012) Southeastern Freight Lines, the leading provider of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services, has been named Lowe's Platinum Carrier of the Year, the highest award designation possible for the home improvement retailer.

Southeastern is the only LTL carrier to receive the Platinum-level award.  This is the fifth-year in a row that Southeastern has earned the prestigious Platinum distinction by achieving all four goals set by Lowe's.

Lowe's measures carriers each week on meeting four primary objectives including on-time and claim-free deliveries - two of Southeastern's primary operational objectives. Consistently exceeding all four standards earns the Platinum level recognition.

A continuous quality improvement process is the bedrock of Southeastern's leadership in the industry. Through this framework, Southeastern measures every aspect of its business and strives to satisfy every customer completely, becoming more efficient in the process. Southeastern monitors data through the process every day to recognize any trends that fall outside of the goals, working with customers and the entire supply chain to address issues before they become problems.

"We appreciate this honor from Lowe's and value the outstanding relationship we have developed over the years," said Braxton Vick, senior vice president of corporate planning and development at Southeastern Freight Lines. "We absolutely welcome and thrive on being measured by our customers. Meeting Lowe's standards for five straight years is a testament to the commitment our employees have in the quality improvement process."

All customers benefit from Southeastern's industry-leading performance, including 99.1 percent of next-day shipments delivered on time, 99.9 percent of shipments handled free of shortage or damage and a 99.4 percent invoice accuracy measure.

About Southeastern Freight Lines:

Southeastern Freight Lines, a privately-owned regional less-than-truckload transportation services provider founded in 1950, specializes in next-day service in the Southeast and Southwest and operates 76 service centers in 12 states and Puerto Rico. Southeastern has a network of service partners to ensure transportation services in the remaining 38 states, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico. Southeastern Freight Lines provides more than 99.35% on-time service in next day lanes. 

A dedication to service quality and a continuous quality improvement process that began in 1985 has been recognized by more than 300 quality awards received from customers and associations. Southeastern Freight Lines subsidiary, Southeastern Logistics Solutions, provides expedited service and multi-modal transportation services across the nation through strategic capacity partnerships.

Ryder Receives Supplier Diversity Award from Toyota

March 28, 2012 MIAMI--Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R), a leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced that it has earned special recognition from Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. (TEMA) at its annual supplier business meetings (ABM) on March 13. Held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, ABM brings together approximately 900 attendees from across North America.

“We pride ourselves on our high level of operational execution and supply chain expertise built by Ryder over the past eight decades,” said Richard (Dick) J. Jennings, Vice President and General Manager of Automotive, Aerospace and Industrials for Ryder Supply Chain Solutions, in a press release.

“Our success would not be possible without the valuable contributions of our diverse suppliers who help us maximize innovation, growth, competitiveness and excellence in customer satisfaction. We are grateful to Toyota for this recognition of our progress with our Supplier Diversity Program and for a relationship that continues to flourish after 23 years.”

ABM allows TEMA to discuss business objectives with direct and indirect suppliers in preparation for its upcoming fiscal year. Every year, TEMA recognizes suppliers who exceeded the company’s expectations in several categories.

"Toyota works closely with each supplier partner in order to build our top quality vehicles," stated Robert Young, TEMA’s purchasing vice president. “This event emphasizes our suppliers’ commitment to flexibility and continuous improvement. This allows Toyota to focus on building safe and reliable products.”

In the U.S. alone, there are about 50,000 supplier jobs dedicated to Toyota across more than 30 states. In addition, Toyota collectively spent nearly $25 billion on parts, goods and services last year in North America.

Ryder provides Toyota with logistics support that includes pick-up and delivery of service parts to Toyota’s service parts logistics network throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

About Ryder:

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as a top third party logistics provider and included Ryder in its 2011 and 2010 “Green Partners” listing. Ryder has also been ranked two years in a row as one of the top 250 U.S. companies in the Newsweek Green Rankings. In addition, 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. 

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements and information included in this news release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Accordingly, these forward-looking statements should be evaluated with consideration given to the many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements including those risks set forth in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such risks on our business. Accordingly, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority Earns Seaway Pacesetter Award for Increase in International Tonnage

March 28 - The Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority posted a 10 percent increase in international cargo during the 2011 navigation season, earning it the prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation.  SLSDC Administrator Terry Johnson presented the award today to Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority President and CEO Will Friedman at an event hosted by the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP).

“The sustained strong economic performance by the port serves to highlight marine transportation’s importance for the city, the region, and the country,” said Administrator Johnson.  “Through its ongoing infrastructure improvements and forward looking strategic plan, the port is well positioned for further growth in 2012 and beyond.”

During the 2011 navigation season, the Port of Cleveland shipped 302,047 metric tons (mt) of cargo through the Seaway, a 10 percent increase over the 2010 season, earning the port its 10th Pacesetter award.  In 2011, the Port of Cleveland achieved an 81 percent growth in project cargo mostly attributed to its handling of windmill components, machinery and generators, and automotive presses.  This was the first year the port has handled windmill component cargo.  This cargo originated in Germany and was destined for Euclid, Ohio.

“We are honored to be recognized for the second year in a row by the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation for increasing our international tonnage.  This is a team effort with our operator, Federal Marine Terminals, and our International Longshoremen’s Association workforce.  Together, we strive to offer the best possible service and value to the shippers and carriers who choose our port,” said Will Friedman.

Joe Roman, President & CEO of the GCP said, “The Port of Cleveland is clearly one of Ohio’s economic engines and we are fortunate that Will Friedman is leading the organization.  We’re proud to be a partner and supporter; our congratulations to Will, his Board of Directors and staff.”

The Port of Cleveland is constructing more than one mile of new railroad track on the port, which will be operated by the Cleveland Commercial Railroad under an innovative public-private partnership arrangement.  This is the port’s largest infrastructure project in more than 10 years, which will enable important intermodal connections for customers’ supply chains.  The port is also pursuing new services including a cross-lake ferry and a container feeder service.

The Pacesetter Award is presented annually to U.S. Great Lakes Seaway ports that register year-on-year increases in international overseas cargo tonnage shipped through the Seaway.  The other three ports winning the award this year are the Port of Green Bay, the Port of Chicago and the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor.

Kerry Logistics Shows Strong Growth in Turnover

Hong Kong - 28 March 2012 - Kerry Logistics increased its turnover by 47% year on year to HK$16,034 mn (US$2,061 mn) and boosted net profit attributable to its parent company Kerry Properties’ shareholders by 11% to HK$740 mn (US$95 mn) in 2011, excluding the HK$130 mn (US$17 mn) fair value adjustment on investment properties.

During the year, Kerry Logistics’ Integrated Logistics (IL) services growth in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia drove segment turnover up 43% to HK$6,890 mn (US$886 mn). Net profit generated from operations amounted to HK$510 mn (US$66 mn).

The IL segment has increasingly focused on the potential to serve new demand emerging from China’s shift from an export-led economy to a domestic-consumption-led growth model, as well as from the flow of manufacturing activities into ASEAN countries. The segment’s performance was also helped by the further expansion of Taiwan operations.

The International Freight Forwarding (IFF) segment continued to deliver strong gains in performance. The segment’s turnover was up 51% to HK$9,144 mn (US$1,175 mn) with net profit from operations soared 200% to HK$90 mn (US$12 mn). During the year, the segment leveraged increasing economies of scale and a growing capability in intra Asia and Asia-Europe trade lanes while it gained solid ground in serving the growing import requirements in the markets where it operates.

About Kerry Logistics

Kerry Logistics is Asia’s premier logistics service provider with a strong focus on China. Based in Hong Kong, Kerry Logistics has offices in 23 countries with over 16,000 employees and a transportation fleet of 8,000 vehicles. Its core business encompasses integrated logistics, international freight forwarding and supply chain solutions. By owning and managing 3m sq.m. of logistics facilities, it provides customers with reliability and flexibility to support their future expansion and long-term growth. Kerry Logistics Network Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Hong Kong-listed Kerry Properties Limited.

Irving Oil Offers First DEF Pump in Northern New England

March 28 - Portsmouth, NH – Irving Oil has announced that its travel plaza in Kittery, ME is now equipped to conveniently dispense DEF in the diesel fueling lane, making it the most northern DEF pump dispenser in New England. Currently, this Irving location offers the only DEF pump in Northern New England, which is made up of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

DEF, short for Diesel Exhaust Fluid, is an ammonia-based solution used to clean exhaust and reduce emissions from diesel vehicles. Since January 1, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency’s tailpipe emissions standards have required heavy-duty highway trucks and buses manufactured after 2009 to meet more stringent emissions limits for NOx and particulate matter. Most heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers have added Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to their exhaust system design to meet these tougher standards.

The SCR technology uses DEF to chemically reduce NOx, or smog creating emissions, to near zero. Cleaner emissions mean trucks and buses run cleaner, which also improves their fuel economy. 

The Irving location, by the US Route 1 bypass, is equipped with a combination pump specifically designed to dispense DEF and diesel fuel. The combo-pump allows for an easy and convenient way for drivers to fill up on DEF and diesel in one spot and in one transaction.

“We are proud to offer Northern New England’s very first DEF pump dispenser to our diesel customers,” said Harry Hadiaris, General Manager of Irving Oil Marketing. “Installing a combo-pump in the diesel fueling lane saves drivers time and eliminates the hassle of having to reposition the truck or fill up the DEF tank using portable jugs. In just one transaction our customers can fill up on both DEF and diesel.”

Irving is planning to expand its DEF offer to other parts of its network in the future.

About Irving:

Irving Oil was founded in 1924 and is a privately owned regional refining and marketing company. Irving Oil operates Canada's largest refinery, just over the border in Saint John, N.B., and has nearly 900 service stations and travel plazas in New England and Eastern Canada. In 2003, Irving Oil became the first oil company to receive a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Excellence Award, for its clean gasoline. For more information about Irving Oil, visit

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Menlo Worldwide Logistics Appoints Two New Directors in South Asia

SAN MATEO, Calif., and SINGAPORE — March 27, 2012 — Menlo Worldwide Logistics, the global logistics subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today announced the appointments of two new directors within its South Asia organization. Victor Loo was named director of Operations, while Kelza Phang has been appointed director of Human Resources (HR).

In his new position as director of Operations, Victor Loo is responsible for leading the development of Menlo’s capabilities in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, implementing strategies to improve the efficiency of warehouse operations and ensuring overall customer satisfaction. Mr. Loo joined the company in December 2011 with extensive experience in supply chain re-engineering, warehousing operations management, and distribution and logistics planning, with companies such as Dow Chemical Pacific, Rohm and Haas and Compaq Asia. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Fulfilling her role as director of Human Resources, Kelza Phang leads the full spectrum of HR responsibilities in South Asia. Prior to joining the company in October 2011, Ms. Phang accumulated more than 12 years of HR experience in various industries. She has developed and deployed human capital strategies in several Asia-Pacific countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, New Zealand and Singapore. She holds an MBA, a master’s degree in management research, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a graduate diploma in personnel management, and diplomas in HR development and management studies.

“We are thrilled to welcome Victor and Kelza to Menlo’s South Asia organization,” says Desmond Chan, managing director, South Asia, Menlo Worldwide Logistics. “They complement a highly qualified team and extend Menlo’s capabilities with experience and expertise in key functions. I’m confident their collective talents will continue to benefit our customers and support our aggressive growth goals.”

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About Menlo Worldwide Logistics:

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.6 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Mateo, Calif.-based Menlo Worldwide Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With more than 17 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Worldwide Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at