Thursday, November 29, 2012

Shippers Flood to London UK Gateway

29th November 2012, London - Despite 270 flood warnings in place across the UK on Monday night, 400 shippers, cargo owners and carriers made it to London Gateway’s offices on Tuesday morning to view the latest developments at Britain’s new port and Europe’s largest logistics Park, which opens next year on the Thames.

At the ‘Insight to London Gateway’ event, held this week, shippers, carriers, hauliers, and cargo owners were given a unique tour of DP World’s £1.5 billion investment into UK maritime infrastructure.  Similar events have taken place recently in Birmingham, last week in Manchester, and a final event is taking place in Leeds tonight.

The insight event was held to satisfy overwhelming interest in the new deep-sea port from future port users.  Representatives from across the supply chain attended, including multiple deep-sea carriers, freight forwarders, rail and road operators as well as cargo owners and global retailers.

As part of the event, visitors were shown the sheer scale of the development with a convoy of coaches touring the three square miles of land that is owned and managed by DP World, while presentations were given throughout the day to explain the significant benefits of the new port to cargo owners.

Many guests recognised the advantages immediately, Julie Curran, Pricing Manager, Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics, said: "London Gateway offers an excellent alternative for London, Birmingham and Manchester areas, and we see real opportunity by using the new port. We are looking at options now."

Chris Leeder from Magnus Group, a national distribution and logistics provider, said: “London Gateway represents an opportunity for us. There are definitely going to be savings for shipments into London and South East and these savings are going to benefit our customers. The important thing from our perspective is ensuring that we can integrate ourselves into the supply chain and into the volumes of business that are going to shift to London Gateway.”

Commenting on the turnout at the event, Simon Moore, CEO London Gateway, said: “The fact that nearly 300 flood warnings were in place, roads across the country were blocked, rail lines were suffering and we still welcomed 400 guests means that it was an astonishing turn out.”

During the open forum discussion, Dr. Carsten Hinne, Managing Director for DB Schenker Rail UK, spoke about the rail services on offer to shippers to inland terminals. Marc Wynne, Operations Manager, for Roadways Container Logistics, also explained how they see London Gateway benefiting shippers across the UK.

In addition to the London Gateway based event, over 130 shippers and lines attended a similar insight event in Manchester last week.

Charles Meaby, Commercial Director for London Gateway, said: “London Gateway is closer to Manchester, Birmingham and London than its leading competitor. So we went to Manchester to let them know how much closer and how much cheaper it will be for shippers in the North-West using London Gateway. We are talking about shipping closer, which simply put, will save shippers money.”

Tonight, the London Gateway commercial team will be hosting an event at the Leeds Marriott Hotel.  A further London Gateway insight open day for shippers will be announced soon.
About London Gateway:

Opening in Q4 2013, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway will provide unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The port's location, with its superior operational systems and service, will ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.

About DP World:

DP World operates more than 60 terminals across six continents(1), with container handling generating around 80% of its revenue.  In addition, the company currently has 11 new developments and major expansions underway in 10 countries. 

DP World aims to enhance customers’ supply chain efficiency by effectively managing container, bulk and other terminal cargo.  Its dedicated, experienced and professional team of more than 30,000 people serves customers in some of the most dynamic economies in the world. 

The company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people, working closely with customers and business partners to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.

In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 18 consecutive years.

In 2011, DP World handled nearly 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) across its portfolio from the Americas to Asia. With a pipeline of expansion and development projects in key growth markets, including India, China and the Middle East, capacity is expected to rise to around 103 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.

(1)As of June 2012. Includes non-container terminals.

‘DHL Operation Holiday Cheer’ Launches from New York-area

Plantation, Fla. – November 29, 2012: DHL Express, a leading international express shipping provider, is partnering with the New York community to send hundreds of fresh-cut Christmas trees along with thousands of holiday letters, menorahs, decorations and gifts to U.S. servicemen and women serving their country in Afghanistan and Bahrain.

“We’re honored to join with the local community for this wonderful annual tradition, so our U.S. servicemen and women can receive a dose of holiday spirit,” said Ian Clough, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “Although many New York communities are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, it’s encouraging to see the resiliance of those hardest hit and heartwarming to see their continued support of our troops this season.”

The holiday bounty was generously provided through donations from New York businesses and community organizations, including Dees’ Nursery, Adelis International Security, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and Proctor-Hopson Post 1896 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

All the goods will be packed and shipped courtesy of DHL Express from Long Island-based Dees’ Nursery, with a send off celebration on the nursery grounds at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3rd. Local community and veterans groups, schools and Nassau County dignitaries will help send off the shipment of holiday cheer – along with a special appearance by Santa bearing DHL gifts.

From Dees’, the trees and trimmings will proceed via official police motorcade to the DHL Gateway facility at JFK International Airport for loading onto a DHL 777 aircraft that travels non-stop directly from the U.S. to the Middle East.

DHL Operation Holiday Cheer began in 2004, when the mother of a son stationed in Iraq, asked Dees’ Nursery if she could buy a Christmas tree and send it to him. The nursery wanted to donate the tree, but needed help shipping it overseas. Dees’ owner, Tom Di Dominica Senior, mentioned his dilemma to local businessman, Jim Adelis, whose son was also stationed in Iraq. After Jim reached out to DHL Express and the community, DHL Operation Holiday Cheer was launched. That first year, lights, decorations, menorahs, holiday cards and 135 trees were sent to troops. Since then, DHL Operation Holiday Cheer has shipped more than 6,000 trees provided by Dees’ Christmas tree farm in Maine, along with thousands of ornaments, decorations, gifts and menorahs.


DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 275,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection, disaster management and education. DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of 53 billion Euros in 2011.


MIAMI – November 29, 2012 – Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in supply chain, warehousing, and transportation management solutions, today announced it has received the 2012 Excellence in Service Logistics Award from Cisco.

This prestigious award recognizes Ryder for exceeding Cisco’s customer expectations for on-time service parts delivery, Service Supply Chain innovation, and collaboration within the Cisco Service ecosystem.  The distinction was awarded during Cisco’s 21st Annual Supplier Appreciation Event at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

“Ryder has shown remarkable collaboration and consistently maintained the highest levels in delivery performance.  Their focus on innovation and process improvement resulted in solid cost savings, operational efficiencies and productivity gains,” said Dillard Myers, Vice President, Global Service Supply Chain, Technical Services, Global Supplier Management, Cisco.

“In addition, their Green Challenge Team initiative developed a ‘Footprint Calculator’ that drove a substantial reduction in energy consumption, which supports our vision of a sustainable future.  We are pleased to honor Ryder with the Excellence in Service Logistics Award.”

Cisco presented awards to suppliers in recognition of their contributions to Cisco’s success in fiscal year 2012.  At the event Cisco celebrated the shared successes of its global value chain with strategic suppliers and manufacturing partners and reaffirmed its commitment to a strong, continued partnership that will further accelerate innovation.

“We are honored to receive this recognition for the second consecutive year from Cisco,” said John Williford, President of Global Supply Chain Solutions for Ryder.  “We’ve drawn on years of operating in key industry groups, such as the hi-tech sector, to execute with precision and excellence.  We believe bringing this combination of expertise and best-in-class operational execution, along with product and service innovation, is what truly helps our customers achieve peak supply chain performance.”

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 green supply chain partner.  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.  For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

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.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics Appoints Frederick Birnbaum as Vice President of Sales & Ocean Development, US

November 28, 2012 - Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has appointed Frederick Birnbaum - Vice President of Sales & Ocean Development, US reporting directly to Arnold Goldstein - Chief Operating Officer, US. In his role, Frederick will be working closely with all levels of the organization and will have direct responsibility of the US Corporate Sales Team. He will also engage in developing and expanding existing opportunities throughout the Hellmann Network with a primary focus on the US region. Fred has lived and worked in Asia for the past 13 years and brings a wealth of knowledge on the Asia Market as well as over 25 years of experience in Sales and Management in the Transportation Industry.

About Hellmann Worldwide Logistics:

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics operates from 443 offices, in 157 countries, and has over 19,300 dedicated employees to serve our customers worldwide. As one of the worlds largest privately and family owned logistics providers, in operation since 1871, Hellmann provides a full array of services including Air, Sea, Domestic Transportation, Customs Brokerage, Contract Logistics, and many other Value Added Services.

Following the principle of thinking Ahead ¨Moving Forward’ it is Hellmann's goal to provide tailored solutions to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of the industry and our customers.  For more information about Hellmann, please visit our website at: (

Descartes Recognized as Having One of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2012

WATERLOO, Ontario, November 29, 2012 - Descartes Systems Group (Nasdaq:DSGX) (TSX:DSG), the global leader in uniting logistics-intensive businesses in commerce, announced that it has been recognized by Waterstone Human Capital, one of Canada’s leading retained executive search firms specializing in recruiting for fit and in cultural assessment, as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Mid-Market Corporate Cultures of 2012.

Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures award program recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having a culture that has helped them enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage. In 2012, ten organizations were recognized as national winners in each of the following four categories:

*         Enterprise (revenues above $500 million)
*         Mid-Market (revenues over $100 million to $500 million)
*         Growth & Small Cap (revenues under $100 million), and
*         Broader Public Sector

"Descartes operates with a formalized culture framework called “One Learning Team,” said Art Mesher, Chairman and CEO at Descartes. “This award is a testament to the amazing successes we’ve helped our customers achieve. Being recognized for having one of Canada’s top corporate cultures is a tremendous honour. We thank our customers, employees, shareholders and partners around the world for helping us earn this award."

“We’ve experienced Descartes’ culture first-hand and, like our user group community peers, have seen how Descartes’ culture of service, innovation and customer success as one learning team can enhance the productivity, performance and security of logistics operations,” said Shari Wiseman, Transportation Business Manager at American Hotel Register Company and Descartes’ 2012 Global User Group Steering Committee Chairwoman.

Descartes will receive this award at the 8th Annual Canada’s 10 Awards Gala in Toronto on February 4th, 2013.

About Waterstone Human Capital:

As one of Canada’s leading retained executive search firms specializing in recruiting for fit and in cultural assessment, Waterstone’s search partners are experts at assessing and articulating organizational culture. Helping clients find and keep great people is what Waterstone does best – great people that ‘fit’ the culture, and who ultimately drive organizational performance.

About Descartes:

Descartes (TSX:DSG) (Nasdaq:DSGX) is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Descartes' B2B network, the Global Logistics Network, integrates more than 35,000 trading partners to our cloud-based Logistics Technology Platform to unite their businesses in commerce. Customers use our modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world's largest, collaborative multi-modal logistics community. Our headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and we have offices and partners around the world. Learn more at

This release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements") that relate to Descartes' solution offering and potential benefits derived therefrom; and other matters. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance or achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the factors and assumptions discussed in the section entitled, "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ontario Securities Commission and other securities commissions across Canada. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. We do not undertake or accept any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Maersk Line, Limited Recognized Twice for Environmental Sustainability Efforts

November 28, 2012, Norfolk, VA – Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) was presented with two awards earlier this month for its continued and longstanding efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of its operations. MLL received awards from the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA).

“The awards are inspiring and reflect MLL’s sincere efforts to act with constant care in all that we do, especially as stewards of the maritime environment,” said Ed Hanley, Vice President of Labor Relations and Marine Safety and Standards. “MLL accepts these awards on behalf of those colleagues and crew who everyday are on the watch for potential environmental hazards.” Hanley and Sean Kline, Director of Marine Safety and Standards, were present at the receptions to accept the awards.

Thirty-nine vessels operated by MLL were awarded Certificates of Environmental Achievement from CSA on November 13, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. To be eligible for the award, a vessel must have at least a two-year period with no reportable spills, no U.S. Coast Guard citations for violations of MARPOL, no port state citations for violations of MARPOL, and no violations of state/local pollution regulations. Admiral John P. Currier, USCG, Vice Commandant presented the certificates during the Chamber of Shipping 9th annual dinner award program.

Joseph J. Cox, President of CSA stated, “These awards celebrate the dedication to environmental excellence of our seafarers and the company personnel shore-side who operate our vessels to the highest standards. It should be clear to the American public that we in the maritime industry take our stewardship of the marine environment very seriously.”

On November 15, 2012, NAMEPA awarded MLL the Corporate Agency Marine Environment Protection Award during an event celebrating their fifth year anniversary. The well attended celebration and awards ceremony for corporations, individuals, associations, organizations, schools, and universities was held at Chelsea Piers’ The Lighthouse in New York City. NAMEPA was founded in 2007 and is a nongovernmental organization committed to preserving the marine environment. The organization is considered an industry voice, a catalyst for education and a partner for the industry, governments, maritime academies, and scholars. This award was given to MLL in recognition of its efforts to preserve the marine environment. As an honoree, MLL was recognized for their efforts to “Save the Sea”, a NAMEPA goal that encourages the maritime industry to practice and promote the protection of the marine environment.

MLL practices constant care of employees, resources, and the environment and it is a cornerstone of Maersk’s values. MLL supports initiatives that advance environmental responsibility and protection, and the company encourages transparency in all of its sustainability efforts by publishing its own annual sustainability report.

Maersk Line, Limited:

Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is an American company, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, that provides U.S. flag transportation, ship management and maritime technical services to government and commercial customers. In 1983, MLL won its first government contract to convert and operate five military prepositioning ships. Since then, it has managed and operated nearly 100 vessels of varying types and sizes. With the largest U.S. flag fleet in international commercial service, it employs approximately 1,200 U.S. mariners daily and works with all the major U.S. maritime unions.

CEVA Group plc: Results for the Third Quarter Ended 30 September 2012

Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, 28 November 2012 – CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading non-asset based supply chain management companies, today reports results for the three months ended 30 September 2012.

*         Revenue up 5.1% to €1,844 million in the Third Quarter, led by strong growth in Oceanfreight and the Automotive sector
*         EBITDA1 of €70 million, primarily as a result of weaknesses in our CL segment, particularly in Southern Europe
*         Solid progress in business development with an estimated €532 million new wins secured in the quarter
*         Company announces comprehensive plan to reduce costs and improve contract performance with a net benefit of approximately €100 million.

Marvin O. Schlanger, CEO, said: “Weak economic conditions continued to weigh on customer sentiment in the Third Quarter.  With no real prospect of a significant and sustained market recovery in the short term, we continue to focus our efforts on cost control to maintain our efficiency and on new business development to secure our future revenues and ensure we are ready to take advantage of any improvements in global markets.”

“Our Business Development activity has accelerated, resulting in our best quarter for contract wins since 2009.  This is an important endorsement from the market of our unique operational capabilities and excellent service and value proposition.”

He added: “This was a disappointing quarter in terms of our profit performance. We are addressing the decline in profitability with a comprehensive plan to reduce overhead costs and improve contract performance. We are targeting a net benefit of approximately €100 million from these actions.”

In the first nine months revenue for the Group increased 4.1% to €5,364 million (2011: €5,154 million).  Freight Management (FM) revenues increased 5.0%, while Contract Logistics (CL) grew 3.3%. EBITDA declined 13.4% to €206 million, mostly driven by weak performance in our CL business.

In the Third Quarter, revenue for the Group increased 5.1% to €1,844 million (2011: €1,755 million). FM revenues increased 6.4%, while CL grew 3.3%.  Progress in FM was largely due to strong growth in our Oceanfreight business, particularly out of Asia Pacific and the Americas where we saw customers shifting significant volumes from Air to Ocean.  Despite this structural shift to Oceanfreight, net revenue margins in Airfreight remained strong.

EBITDA in the Third Quarter declined to €70 million, primarily as a result of continuing weakness in our CL performance, particularly in Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa (SEMEA). In the FM business, net revenue increases did not fully compensate for upward cost pressure.

Similarly the additional working capital requirements associated with increased Oceanfreight volumes and normal-course seasonality were significant elements of the €13 million increase in Group working capital from the Second Quarter.  Cash generated from operations during the Third Quarter amounted to €22 million compared to €40 million last year.

The Group is addressing the decline in profitability with a three-pronged cost reduction plan focused on SG&A costs, FM direct costs and fixing underperforming contracts. The reduction in FM direct costs is in part enabled by our successful execution of Program UNO, which helped to standardize processes across FM operations worldwide.  CEVA’s strong commitment to operations excellence and customer focus will remain unchanged.

As previously announced, John Pattullo retired as CEO on 12 October, and has been replaced by Marvin O. Schlanger.  Pattullo continues to serve on CEVA’s Board of Directors.

All commentary based on actual results unless stated otherwise.


CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading, non-asset based supply chain companies, designs and implements industry leading solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies. Approximately 51,000 employees are dedicated to delivering effective and robust supply chain solutions across a variety of sectors and CEVA applies its operational expertise to provide best-in-class services across its integrated network, with a presence in over 170 countries. For the year ended 31 December 2011, the Group reported revenues of €6.9 billion. For more information, please visit

Packaging Wholesalers Participate in NASSTRAC Shippers Panel Discussion

Brenda Marasa, Packaging Wholesalers General Manager, discussed quality processes and partnerships with shippers and logistics experts during the NASSTRAC Shippers Panel Discussion. Over 90 experts attended the event which was held on the McDonald's campus in Chicago. When shipping wholesale boxes, the Packaging Wholesalers has a proven formula for success with both carriers and customers.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) November 28, 2012 - Brenda Marasa, Packaging Wholesalers General Manager, discussed quality processes and partnerships with shippers and logistics experts during the NASSTRAC Shippers Panel Discussion.Over 90 experts attended the event in October which was held on the McDonald's campus in Chicago.

When shipping wholesale boxes, the Packaging Wholesalers has a proven formula for success with both carriers and customers. Quality control improves logistics by reducing damage for customers while increasing efficiency for carriers.

"Wholesale packaging can be tricky when dealing with nationwide logistics. Customers need shipping boxes delivered in a timely, damage-free, but cost-effective manner. Logistic providers must provide these services and still be profitable." says Marasa. The Packaging Wholesalers employs numerous quality control measures to facilitate quality for both customers and carriers.

Wholesale boxes are carefully picked and wrapped tightly to pallets, reducing the potential for damage. Every pallet is weighed and labeled so carriers have accurate information on the pallet and bill of lading. The bill is also broken down by weight into every NMF commodity code and subcode contained in the shipment. "These quality control measures reduce time on the dock and reduce billing questions for carriers. Exceptions cost everyone, so why not eliminate them wherever possible?" asks Marasa.

One Packaging Wholesalers distributor, Cindy K. states, "...I would like to say thank you for 'no headache' shipments coming in. Your warehouse is doing an awesome job of securing the boxes so we do not get damaged product. Thanks so much!".

With pricing that rivals or beats most in the industry, The Packaging Wholesalers has quickly earned a reputation within the packaging industry as the premier partner for corrugated boxes and packaging supplies for distributors.

For more information visit:

Schenker Logistics to Increase Capacity in the Leipzig Logistics Center by Creating 700 New Jobs

(Berlin/Leipzig, November 28, 2012) -  DB Schenker Logistics has been commissioned by BMW to more than double its capacity in the new logistics center in Leipzig. For well over a year now, the logistics center has been supplying components to car assembly plants in China and South Africa. To enable it to cope with the extended order volume from the BMW plants, Schenker Deutschland AG will have additional logistics warehouses erected at its site north of Leipzig and hire an additional 700 employees.

“BMW has once again expressed its confidence in us. We will deliver excellent quality to meet the requirements of this order. To this end, we will create new jobs in the Free State of Saxony and Greater Leipzig. Our specialists at DB Schenker have served as reliable partners for the car industry and its component suppliers for many years," said Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Member of the DB Mobility Logistics AG Management Board responsible for Transportation and Logistics.

The contract to erect the Leipzig logistics center back in December 2010 was one of the largest logistics projects undertaken by DB Schenker Logistics to date. Since summer 2011, around 8,000 different automotive components for BMW models have been received, packed and securely stowed in containers in the 63,000 square meter facility. Protective treatment is also given to sheet metal parts, for example, here in Leipzig for ocean transport through different climate zones.

As many as 50 containers currently leave the logistic center daily. They are shipped by ocean transport to Rosslyn in South Africa and by rail to Shenyang in China. For well over a year now, shipments along the approximately 11,000 kilometer route have been successfully handled by DB Schenker Rail and its partners.

DB Schenker is also involved in supplying the BMW plant in Shenyang, in addition to handling contracts for BMW in other countries, such as the distribution of spare parts in South Africa. More detailed information on DB Schenker is available at:


(TORONTO), 28 November 2012 –To better accommodate its customers in Western Canada, Toys“R”Us, Canada has partnered with SCI Logistics to open a new distribution centre in Delta, British Columbia.  The 180,000 sq. ft. facility is strategically positioned to receive goods from overseas and domestic manufacturers who can now ship directly to British Columbia for distribution to local Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores.

“The new west coast distribution centre provides us with the additional capacity and flexibility to service our customers and distribution needs in Western Canada,” said Krista Collinson, vice-president of logistics, ecommerce & business development, Toys“R”Us, Canada.  “With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are well-positioned to deliver ongoing shipments of the hottest toys to our stores, so shoppers have the best chance of finding that must-have gift in-stock at Toys“R”Us.”

SCI outfitted the new facility to include cross-docking, transload, order fulfillment and store replenishment capabilities, with the use of a fully automated sortation system that scales to support the large seasonal swings of the retail business.  The new centre adapts quickly to changing volume patterns, while achieving very high performance levels.

“We are pleased to add value to the Toys“R”Us supply chain through the development of a scalable, flexible and dynamic solution,” said John Ferguson, president, SCI Logistics. “The Toys“R”Us and SCI Logistics teams came together to deliver a very successful implementation in Delta and we are ready for the busy season ahead.”

This is the third distribution center that services the stores and online businesses for Toys“R”Us, Canada. The new distribution center began ramping up in late summer to ensure it was fully ready to meet the increased demands of the holiday shopping season.  It is staffed by SCI Logistics.

About Toys“R”Us, Canada:

Toys“R”Us (Canada) Ltd., is part of Toys“R”Us, Inc., the world's leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer.  Toys“R”Us, Canada operates 74 stores across the country. For store locations and convenient online shopping visit
About SCI:

SCI is the largest Canadian based third party logistics provider (3PL) offering customer focused supply chain solutions in Canada. The company operates an extensive national distribution infrastructure, coupled with the most comprehensive parcel delivery and transportation network in the country, serviced by over 1200 team members. SCI leads the industry in providing supply chain solutions to customers in the Retail, E-Commerce, Healthcare, Technology, and Financial sectors. For more information, visit

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

New Senior Director Brings U.S. Lines, APL, OOCL Experience

Savannah, Ga. – November 27, 2012 – The Georgia Ports Authority has named George H. Hearn as senior director of Trade Development for carrier and non-container sales.

Hearn comes to the Georgia Ports Authority with 27 years of experience in the maritime industry.

“I know of no one in the industry better suited to lead this facet of our trade development effort,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “Having worked on the carrier side of our industry for nearly three decades, George is a customer-focused leader who brings a wealth of resources that will complement our senior team.”

Most recently Hearn served as the vice president of sales for the Eastern Region and Gulf for US Lines.  Previously, he held senior positions at American President Lines (APL) Ltd. as vice president and managing director of the Eastern, Southern and Western regions where his responsibilities included all liner and logistics activity for both sales and operations.

Hearn also served as vice president of Eastern region operations for APL from 2003 through 2004 and has held senior positions with Orient Overseas Container Line in both the U.S. and the Philippines.  He started his shipping career as a management trainee with Sea Land in 1985.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining such a dynamic team,” Hearn said of his move to the GPA. “With a top-tier container terminal, the third busiest autoport, and premier breakbulk, bulk and project cargo handling, Georgia’s ports are on the forefront of business growth and customer service.”

As Senior Director of Trade Development (Carrier Sales & Non-Container Sales), Hearn will guide all client development and sales functions for these business areas, including sales planning, sales administration, tariff structure, and associated service functions to be provided in addition to the sales efforts.

Hearn will report to Chief Commercial Officer Cliff Pyron.

“George’s industry insights will be an important asset in his new duties, which include maintaining high-level contacts with steamship lines, both in the U.S. and abroad, as well as coordinating activities with GPA domestic and foreign agency offices,” Pyron said.

Hearn and his wife Meg come to the Savannah area from New Jersey. His first day on the job will be Monday, Nov. 26.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah was the second busiest U.S. container port for the export of American goods by tonnage in FY2011. It also handled 8.7 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 12.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2011.

Swissport Algeria Wins ground Handling Licence for Oran International Airport

Zurich, 27th November 2012 – Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services, welcomes the announcement by the Etablissement de Gestion des Services Aéroportuaires d’Oran (EGSA Oran) Tender Commission to award Swissport Algeria with a 5-year ground handling licence for Oran International Airport Ahmed Ben Bella.

The award of the licence follows a comprehensive and rigorous open international tender process. Both Swissport and EGSA Oran are confident that the tender result will contribute positively to the general development of Oran International Airport Ahmed Ben Bella and its aviation sector, as well as its employees, airlines and passengers. The 5-year licence includes all ground handling services, including cargo handling, at Oran International Airport Ahmed Ben Bella, which is aiming to achieve a throughput of 2.5 million passengers a year with the new airport terminal that is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

Swissport, which has a reputation worldwide for high quality ground services and respectable business relations and practices, will now engage with the appropriate stakeholders to ensure a smooth and efficient start-up of operations in spring 2013. Swissport Algeria is committed to selecting, training and deploying qualified, motivated handling staff. An experienced management team, with initial support from Swissport Algiers, will be put in place shortly to ensure an efficient start-up preparation.

Juan Jose Andres Alvez, Swissport International’s Executive Vice President of Ground Handling for Europe, Middle East, Asia & Africa, commented: “Being awarded with an additional ground handling licence in Algeria is an important milestone in Swissport’s geographical expansion in Africa. We are all excited about this tender award and Swissport Algeria’s expansion into western Algeria. We will spare no effort to ensure that the right people and resources are in place in time to fully meet the requirements and expectations of EGSA Oran, customer airlines and passengers.”

Mark Skinner, Senior Vice President of Ground Handling for Europe, commented: “As a distinguished provider of ground services, Swissport is committed to add value and support to Algeria’s aviation industry and the wider national economy. Alongside our existing operations in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Nigeria and Cameroon the award of the Oran licence will strengthen Swissport’s position in Africa. We look forward to furthering the development of our operations and expertise in this important and promising region.”

Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for around 116 million passengers and 3.5 million tonnes of cargo a year (the latter using 105 warehouses with a total floor area of over 420,000 square metres) on behalf of some 650 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of around 39,000 personnel, Swissport is active at 195 stations in 38 countries on five continents, and generated consolidated operating revenue of approximately CHF 2.0 billion.

H&M International Transportation Renames Trucking Division

Iselin, N.J., Nov. 27, 2012 – H&M International Transportation Inc. announced today that its trucking division will begin operating as H&M Terminals Transport Corp., effective Jan. 1, 2013. The change is part of the intermodal provider’s on-going efforts to better serve the shipping community.

The company will offer the same broad range of services; however, its local, regional and over-the-road trucking services will now be provided by H&M Terminals Transport Corp. H&M International Transportation Inc. will continue to provide warehousing distribution, container yard services, container freight stations, container and chassis maintenance and repair, and rail terminal operations.

Company ownership remains in place, and day-to-day operations in all current H&M locations will not be affected by this name change.

“We continually seek new ways to streamline operations while providing a comprehensive service package for our customers,” said Al Iannelli, executive vice president, H&M International Transportation, Inc. “Down the road, this name change will help to facilitate planned expansion of over-the-road operations and enable more comprehensive regional coverage.”

About H&M International, Inc. 

H&M International, Inc. provides a broad range of logistics services through a comprehensive network of U.S. intermodal operations to meet the increasingly complex demands of its diverse customer base. Based in Iselin, N.J., H&M International Transportation manages more than 1.5 million containers each year. For more information, visit

Amazon Beats Apple in in Supply Chain Report

 LONDON, 29, November 2012 –Amazon is more widely admired than Apple for supply chain excellence, according to research published today by SCM World, the leading global community of supply chain practitioners.

In a poll of 1,136 executives, 58% said they admired Amazon most overall for the way it operates its supply chain, compared with 37% who picked Apple (5% said neither).
The Seattle-based retailer also came out top on three of the four supply chain attributes that survey participants were asked to rate the two companies on: agility, collaboration and execution.

Amazon is locked in a high-profile battle with Apple in the fast-growing market for tablet devices and the digital content – music, movies, apps and books – consumed on them. The companies’ rival products, the Kindle Fire and iPad, are expected to be among the hottest purchases this Christmas.

The survey results are a reversal of Gartner’s Supply Chain Top 25 for 2012, which placed Apple first and Amazon second. Its ranking was based on the votes of 173 practitioners and with half of the total score determined by companies’ financial performance.

Kevin O’Marah, Head of Faculty at SCM World and co-author of a new report, Apple and Amazon: Lessons for the Rest of Us, said: “The purpose of our research was to establish which of these two leading companies is most admired by the global supply chain community for the way it manages its supply chain, and to understand what lessons they have to teach other companies.

“The results show clearly that the majority of supply chain professionals believe that Amazon – and not Apple – is the master of supply chain excellence,” added O’Marah, a former Group Vice President for Supply Chain at Gartner and co-creator, in 2004, of the (then AMR Research) Supply Chain Top 25 annual ranking.

On agility (defined as the ability to quickly and cost-effectively shift amounts and/or types of production and delivery to improve operational performance in volatile conditions), 62% of practitioners in SCM World’s poll voted for Amazon, compared with 33% who picked Apple.

On collaboration (the ability to work across organisational boundaries to solve systemic operational problems and create new value for both customers and partners), 59% chose Amazon, versus 31% for Apple.

And on execution (the consistent and reliable delivery against commitments and within budgeted expenses), practitioners backed Amazon by 57% to 38%.

However, Apple won hands down on the fourth key characteristic of supply chain excellence – innovation – taking a massive 78% of the vote, compared with just 19% for Amazon.

About the Research:

A total of 1,136 supply chain practitioners completed an SCM World online survey between 26 October and 9 November 2012. They work in a wide variety of sectors – including hi tech, consumer goods, logistics & distribution and retail – and are based across the major regions of the world: 43% in EMEA, 41% in the Americas and 14% in Asia-Pacific.

About SCM World:

SCM World is the leading global community and think-tank for senior-level supply chain executives. More than 150 companies from across multiple industry sectors use SCM World’s programme of end-user-led webinars, live events and research reports to enhance supply chain learning and development. They include Nike, P&G, Unilever, Cisco, HP, Starbucks, Nestlé, GlaxoSmithKline, AT&T, Shell, DuPont, BASF, Philips and Intel.

MIQ Logistics Awarded 3 Year Agreement by Atlas Tubular

OVERLAND PARK, KS, November 27, 2012 -- MIQ Logistics announced a new, multi-year service agreement with Atlas Tubular, a provider of high quality oil country tubular goods to the energy industry across North America.

MIQ Logistics will provide supply chain solutions services throughout North America for Atlas Tubular products from their Robstown and Houston, TX facilities. The services provided give Atlas Tubular greater control over their transportation spend through network optimization, improved productivity through technology services and increased capacity to specialized equipment needed to move their vast array of products.

“We chose MIQ Logistics to support our business due to the caliber of the staff and their willingness to provide flexible and unique solutions addressing the specific challenges of our industry.  Their dedication to understanding our business and ability to exceed our expectations drove our decision to partner with them for our transportation needs,” said Grant Ritchie, Logistics Manager at Atlas Tubular.  “We are looking forward to a long lasting business partnership.”

"As the leading logistics provider in the mining, energy and project logistics industries, we are honored and eager to apply a broad range of supply chain capabilities to Atlas Tubular," said John Carr, president of MIQ Logistics. "As with any business award, our primary goal is to deliver innovative and reliable supply-chain and logistics solutions, ensuring our customers have the highest level of confidence in our company."

MIQ Logistics will manage the business using experienced and dedicated staff in their Overland Park, KS transportation services center as well as onsite at the Atlas Tubular facilities.

About Atlas Tubular:

Atlas Tubular was established in May of 1977.  For over 35 years, Atlas Tubular has been providing quality Oil Country Tubular Goods to the energy industry across the USA.  Our mission is to deliver value to our customers along with excellent service every time.

About MIQ Logistics:

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

Monday, November 26, 2012


DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Nov. 26, 2012 - Hub Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HUBG) announced today that the Board of Directors has authorized the purchase of up to $25 million of its Class A common stock.  This authorization expires December 31, 2013.  Hub intends to make purchases from time to time as market conditions warrant.  Hub intends to hold the repurchased shares in treasury for future use.


Hub Group, Inc. is a leading asset-light freight transportation management company providing comprehensive intermodal, truck brokerage and logistics services. The Company operates through a network of offices and independent agents throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.


Statements in this press release that are not historical, including statements about Hub Group's or management's intentions, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and subject to risks. Such statements should be viewed with caution. Actual results or experience could differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the factors listed from time to time in Hub Group's SEC reports including, but not limited to, our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and our reports on Form 10-Q for the periods ended March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012 and September 30, 2012.  Hub Group assumes no liability to update any such forward-looking statements.

Supply Chain Council Appoints Pascal Fernandez, Vice President of Avnet Velocity, EMEA, to European Leadership Team

November 26, 2012 - PHOENIX -- Avnet Velocity, the supply chain solutions unit of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), today announced that the Supply Chain Council appointed Pascal Fernandez, vice president of Avnet Velocity, EMEA, to its European leadership team. Based in Paris, Fernandez will support the Supply Chain Council’s high-tech supply chain initiatives in Europe.

“The Supply Chain Council provides global organizations with education and resources to ensure the efficient operation of their supply chains,” said Pascal Fernandez, vice president, Avnet Velocity, EMEA. “I have personally benefited from the Council’s expertise, and appreciate the opportunity to become a part of this talented and experienced leadership team. We will continue to share insights about the supply chain challenges facing the European market with Supply Chain Council members, and work together to develop real-world solutions.”

The European chapter of the Supply Chain Council represents member interests in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The chapter organizes training events throughout Europe, and the annual Supply Chain World Europe conference and exposition. The leadership team provides guidance on regional activities, as well as spearheading research projects and material development.

“Pascal was selected for the Supply Chain Council’s European leadership team because of his unique perspective in the high-tech industry,” said Joseph Francis, Executive Director, Supply Chain Council. “His company, Avnet, Inc., is one of the world’s largest distributors of technology products and services. Pascal’s expertise in supply chain solutions, logistics and global business process management will add considerable value to our leadership team.”

Fernandez is the vice president of Avnet Velocity, EMEA, a global supply chain solutions division of Avnet. He is responsible for business development, as well as implementing and managing supply chain solutions for Avnet Inc.'s partners in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Having started his career in electronics engineering, Fernandez has held multiple positions in sales and marketing management within the electronics industry, and has implemented numerous successful global supply chain and logistics programs. He is also vice president of the SPDEI, the French Electronics Distribution Trade Association.

About Avnet:

Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion. For more information, visit

Nikhil Sathe joins G2 as Transportation & Logistics Senior Advisor

BOSTON: November 19, 2012 - G2 Capital Advisors announced today that Nikhil Sathe joined the firm as a Senior Advisor in the Transportation & Logistics / Supply Chain Practice Group with a focus on 3PL turnarounds, restructuring, high organic growth, special situation investment banking opportunities and mergers and acquisitions.

Nikhil, known for his deep domain 3PL Industry expertise, brings over 25 years of international and C-level experience in the transportation and logistics industry, with proven track record of business turnarounds and strong P & L Management.

Nikhil has been the CFO of a premier non-asset 3PL, Kelron Logistics, for over 11 years and has been at senior positions in the transportation and logistics industry with increasing responsibility and expertise in M & A from deal sourcing to closing, financial stewardship and nurturing and building high performance teams.

Nikhil is known for his knowledge capital in the 3PL industry and is a regular speaker at recognized industry associations such as Eye for Transport (EFT), Transportation Logistics Council (TLC), Logistics Quarterly (LQ) and Supply Chain and Logistics Canada (SCL) on Risk Management, State of the Industry panels and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Nikhil has an excellent track record of transforming unprofitable companies into realizing benchmark EBITDA, has also been an instrumental resource in M & A activity and has fostered very attractive growth trajectory for 3PL as an integral member of the Executive Team.

Nikhil is a member of CSCMP - the Council for Supply Chain and Management Professionals (US), SCL- Supply Chain and Logistics Canada, ACG-Association for Corporate Growth-Toronto Chapter; AICPA- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; ICAI- Indian Institute of Chartered Accountants - New Delhi, India.

Nikhil is educated in American CPA, Indian Chartered Accountant, holds undergraduate degrees in Commerce (B.Com) and Law (LLB) from University of Pune, India and also holds Executive MBA from Queens School of Business in Canada with Supply Chain and Logistics specialization.
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Friday, November 23, 2012

DB Schenker Logistics is expanding Consumer Goods business with Nestrade in Belgium

(Essen/Berlin/Antwerp, November 23, 2012 - DB Schenker is expanding its Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) business in Belgium after winning Nestrade SA as new customer.

This company is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Nestlé, the world’s number one food company. Nestrade is exporting Nestlé products to emerging markets and provides regional business solutions such as supplying food products to travel channels (air, rail, and ocean) and selling ethnic products.

“Nestrade was looking for a storage and transportation solution to support their business within Europe, Eastern Europe, and, to a smaller extent, worldwide,” says Brigitte Lahey, Logistics Project Manager, Schenker NV. “Our logistics center in Willebroek was seen as the best location to handle the Nestrade business, as this site is specialized in food customers and is already managing the warehousing and distribution for Nestlé Belgilux.”

The first inbound container from Sri Lanka has arrived in the port of Antwerp and the actual move of the stock from their previous provider has already taken place. Since the beginning of October, the business is fully operational.

The DB Schenker Logistics center in Willebroek is located on the Brussels–Antwerp axis, close to two major motorways. It is specialized in handling fast moving consumer goods and is ideally located for making swift and daily deliveries.?The FMCG center is a state-of-the-art warehouse covering 85,000 square meters. It allows DB Schenker to offer clients flexible storage options in five different temperature zones ranging from -22°C to +18°C and ambient. The building complies with the most stringent environmental and quality standards and was designed especially to serve several FMCG clients. It offers a storage capacity of more than 100,000 euro pallets carrying products from discerning clients and a reliable and versatile warehouse management system.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Technology Announcement: Damco Unveils Missing Link to Supply Chains

 22 November 2012 – In recognition of the need with supply chain managers for cutting costs and securing a constant high degree of delivery performance, Damco now offers improved capabilities to optimize the entire end-to-end supply chain from a cost, delivery time, capacity and carbon perspective. Damco’s global team of 50 supply chain developers have done more than 200 projects so far during 2012 identifying more than USD 160 mill. in value to our customers. Based on new technology Damco will provide customers with a stronger foundation for making decisions about:

o   How much inventory is needed to meet desired service levels?
o   Where should inventory be kept? (at origin, in transit, at destination)
o   How many warehouses/DCs are needed and where to locate same?
o   When to phase in/phase out warehouse capacity during the next e.g. 5 years?
o   Which transportation mode, container and truck type is optimal from a cost, service and carbon perspective for the in- as well as the outbound supply chain?

“A more quick, thorough and holistic approach to supply chain design and optimization is key to operate in a world of constant change”, commented Erling Johns Nielsen, Global Head of Supply Chain Development at Damco.

“You can have the best supply chain concept in the world. However, without being able to adapt to change while having access to experienced supply chain professionals located close to your supplier and customer base, who can implement and execute the change on a daily basis, you will not reap the full benefits,” Erling Johns Nielsen says.

Earlier in the year, Damco launched the revolutionary Damco Dynamic Flow ControlTM, which tackles the hassle of dealing with constant changes on the demand and supply side without adding cost, time, and complexity. The new optimisation tool is the strategy part of Damco Dynamic Flow ControlTM.

A prerequisite for supply chain excellence is that you can evaluate supply chain performance, simulate your different options very quickly while understanding implications to cost, service levels, lead time and capacity and translate your findings into specific actions on a day to day level.

“These change projects used to take several months”, says Erling Johns Nielsen. New tools combined with Damco Dynamic Flow ControlTM ensures that it takes much less time to simulate the impact of the change, design new business rules and subsequently roll out the solution across all stakeholders involved in the supply chain. This is really a missing link in many supply chains”, he concludes.

As part of the solution, Damco has signed a contract with Llamasoft, a world class provider of Network Design and Optimization software, which adds “Supply Chain Guru” to Damco’s array of tools.

About Damco:

Damco is one of the world’s leading third party logistics providers specializing in customized freight forwarding and supply chain solutions. The company has 10,800 employees in over 300 offices across 90 countries and representation in a further 30 countries. In 2011, the company had a net turnover of USD 2.8 billion, managed more than 2.5 million TEU of ocean freight and supply chain management volumes and air freighted more than 110,000 tons. Damco is part of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group.

Geodis Wilson wins Innovation Process Award 2012

November 22, 2012, London - Geodis Wilson, one of the world’s leading freight management companies, has been presented with the Innovation Process Award at the Global Freight Awards 2012 in London.

“We are delighted that Geodis Wilson has been recognized by the industry and are pleased that we have been awarded this prestigious accolade” said Hakan Nilsson, Chief Information Office, Geodis Wilson. “This is an honour for Geodis Wilson and it supports our ambition to become the innovation leader in logistics.”

Geodis Wilson received the award for the development of an application that ties-together processes of sales, operations and IT.  The ILS Configurator is an i-Pad based solution which is currently rolled out globally to Geodis Wilson’s sales force.

The Global Freight Awards (formerly known as the IFW Awards) reward best practice in freight and logistics and seek to help improve standards in the global freight forwarding industry. The awards acknowledge the successes of top class performance across 16 categories.

Geodis Wilson received the Award during the award ceremony at the Planit Embankment Gardens, London. This recognition has been independently judged and designed to acknowledge excellence in the freight and shipping industry. This is an important night in the freight and logistics market attended by more than 700 participants from many countries across the industry.

About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group:

Geodis Wilson is the freight forwarding division of Geodis. With its 7,300 employees in more than 50 countries and a revenue of 2,4 billion € in 2011, the company delivers integrated logistics solutions with a dedicated industry focus. Geodis Wilson runs also a dedicated specialist network for industrial projects, managing all kinds of oversized cargo operations worldwide.

Roadways Container Logistics Announces Services To London Gateway

November 22nd 2012, London - Roadways Container Logistics, a leading transportation, container storage and handling company, has confirmed that London Gateway will reduce road miles for thousands of shippers when Britain’s new port opens in Q4 2013, saving fuel and emissions for importers and exporters throughout the UK.

Announcing services to Britain’s new port, which is located on the north bank of the Thames in Thurrock, Essex, Nick Matthews, Managing Director, Roadways Container Logistics, said: “Roadways will be running services from day one of operations for shippers choosing London Gateway and we want to show the industry that we are ahead of the game and acting now to capture that market. We’ve been leading the way in innovation and we see the future of logistics and shipping in the UK is at London Gateway.

“The supply chain only needs to look at a map on the internet to see the location benefits that London Gateway offers shippers who are moving boxes to and from deep-sea ports. Britain’s new gateway port is closer to Birmingham, Daventry and Manchester than other ports in the UK that can handle the world’s largest ships, so this can only be a good thing for supply chain managers who are looking to reduce road miles and improve their carbon impact.”

Roadways Container Logistics will also provide rail terminals to train operators serving London Gateway Port and the Logistics Park, which offers over nine million square feet of distribution and warehousing space.

Roadways Container Logistics is one of the UK's leading multimodal transport and container handling specialists. The company currently operates a range of port operation, storage, and road and rail haulage services across the UK. Key to the partnership with London Gateway are Roadway Container Logistics’ two rail terminals; the Birmingham Intermodal Freight terminal (BIFT) and the Manchester Container Terminal.

Charles Meaby, Commercial Director for DP World London Gateway, said: “We are delighted that Roadways Container Logistics, a major transportation company, is committed to serving the UK’s new port and logistics park. This is another great piece of news for the industry.  We are now talking to more and more companies who will be shipping to London Gateway and to those providing world class services to the port.

Commenting on the new port’s location, Charles Meaby, said: “The location advantage of London Gateway is now well understood in the transport industry. Being able to ship closer to Birmingham, Manchester and London means less cost for supply chains, less truck miles and fewer emissions.

He continued: “Drewry, a respected independent maritime consultancy, indicates shippers will be able to reduce round-trip transport costs by £59 pounds per container to the Midlands and the North-West by choosing London Gateway, which is where some 30% of UK deep-sea volumes are destined. Drewry also indicates that for the London and the South-East, which is also over 30% of the UK deep-sea market, savings of up to £189 per container can be made from choosing to ship to London Gateway. This is exactly what we mean by ship closer, save money”.

About DP World:

DP World operates more than 60 terminals across six continents (1) with container handling generating around 80% of its revenue.  In addition, the company currently has 11 new developments and major expansions underway in 10 countries.  DP World aims to enhance customers’ supply chain efficiency by effectively managing container, bulk and other terminal cargo.  Its dedicated, experienced and professional team of more than 30,000 people serves customers in some of the most dynamic economies in the world.

The company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people, working closely with customers and business partners to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them. In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 18 consecutive years.   (1) As of June 201?2?, includes non-container terminals.

About London Gateway:

Opening in Q4 2013, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway will provide unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK. The new port, with its superior operational systems and service, will ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.

About Roadways Container Logistics:

Roadways Container Logistics is one of the UK's leading multimodal transport and container handling specialists. We are an independent business and work with shipping lines, freight forwarders and end customers directly.

A unique network comprises both port and inland operations from which we deploy efficient hub and spoke principles. Inland terminals are connected to the rail network providing a cost effective, reliable mode of transport to move cargo efficiently through the major distribution corridors, delivering a reliable and on-time service to all major industrial and commercial areas.

Monday, November 19, 2012

C.H. Robinson Introduces Navisphere® Technology Platform

Eden Prairie, MN (November 19, 2012) — C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., one of the world’s largest transportation and logistics companies, introduces Navisphere®, the next version of the company’s single global technology platform, which provides end-to-end visibility, consistent business processes, and strategy-driven business intelligence around the world.

The Navisphere platform is C.H. Robinson’s response to increasingly sophisticated supply chain requirements across shippers of all sizes.  The platform is used by C.H. Robinson employees, customers, and service providers to manage transportation and sourcing activities on a global scale.

In addition to deploying deeper multi-service integration to users, the release of Navisphere brings significant improvements to online tools for C.H. Robinson customers. The updates to Navisphere online access include a modernized user interface, streamlined access to business-critical data, and customization to support customer requirements across global workflows.

“Navisphere allows companies of all sizes to take advantage of the latest technology architecture C.H. Robinson has to offer,” said Tom Mahlke, chief information officer at C.H. Robinson. “Navisphere provides tools that are easy to use and intelligence that gives businesses the opportunity to follow through on their supply chain strategies.”

Navisphere allows customers to leverage C.H. Robinson’s technology investments and gain access to a centralized network of more than 100,000 supply chain partners, without the need to integrate with each provider individually. By having access to all their supply chain information in one centralized location, users can better manage their logistics spend, foster optimization, and improve supply chain productivity.

“Navisphere’s customized business processes enable all participants in a customer’s supply chain to comply with their specific business requirements. Simplifying complex scenarios creates real value for carriers, shippers and others in the supply chain,” said Mahlke.

By integrating with a shipper’s ERP system, Navisphere automates workflows between transportation and business operations and provides visibility to global transportation across all modes.  This gives customers greater control over their supply chain activities and accelerates proactive problem resolution.

About C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is a global provider of multimodal logistics services and fresh produce sourcing to 37,000 customers through a network of more than 230 offices and over 8,800 employees around the world. The company works with 53,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and had annual revenues of $10.3 billion in 2011.

Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, American Red Cross, Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, and Global Impact. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997.

Eighth CN Hockey Greatest Stars Challenge Raises $350,000 for Charity

MONTREAL, Nov. 19, 2012 - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today that the eighth edition of the CN Hockey Greatest Stars Challenge raised $350,000. The proceeds will benefit charitable organizations supported by the CN Employees' and Pensioners' Community Fund.

The Marie-Vincent Foundation, the Ted Nolan Foundation, and Big Brothers Big Sisters (Canada and U.S.) will each receive $75,000. The remaining sum will be divided between beneficiaries located in Canada and the United States.

Since its first edition, in 2003, the CN Hockey Greatest Stars Challenge has raised $1.7 million for charity.

Vee Kachroo, CN vice-president of supply chain solutions and co-president of the fundraising campaign of the CN Employees' and Pensioners' Community Fund, said: "At CN, we are committed to giving back to the communities in which we operate.

"We are very proud to make a significant contribution that will help promote the causes of the organizations selected for support this year by the CN Hockey Greatest Stars Challenge. The money raised through the Challenge is a testament to the dedication of our employees and retirees, who have raised funds benefiting charitable organizations for many years through the CN Employees' and Pensioners' Community Fund."

Last Saturday at Montreal's St-Michel Arena, CN's hockey team battled a team of former Montreal Canadiens, including Donald Audette, Patrice Brisebois, Guy Carbonneau, Stéphane Richer, and Guy Lafleur as head coach.

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, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

Deal Calls for $50 Million in New Funds for Deepening Port

Savannah, GA, November 19, 2012 - Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that as part of his FY2014 budget proposal, he will seek an additional $50 million in funding for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project at the Georgia Ports Authority Board meeting.
“I am committed to allocating funds and time to this pivotal link in our logistics network,”said Deal. “Expanding the Savannah Harbor is vital to our renewed economic growth and plays an integral role in helping make our state the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business.”
If approved, the proposal will increase state funding for the deepening project to $231.1 million.
“Studies indicate that the port deepening will reduce shipping costs by at least $213 million a year,” said Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman Robert Jepson. “The 5.5-to-1 benefit-to-cost ratio demonstrates that the expenditure would be a wise investment of federal dollars.”
Overall, the cost of the project is anticipated to be $652 million. The Record of Decision, signifying final federal approval for the project, was issued in October, allowing for construction to begin in 2013.
“The milestone decision made thus far by our federal agencies along with strong support from the state signifies great confidence in the surety and soundness of our deepening plan,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “We are and will continue to work diligently with our leaders in Washington to cultivate further funding for a successful port deepening.”
About the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project:

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah was the second busiest U.S. container port for the export of American goods by tonnage in FY2011. The port also handled 8.7 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 12.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2011.
For more information about the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project please visit

Seaway Cargo Shipments Up 10% in October due to Canadian Grain Rush

Ottawa, Ontario (November 19, 2012) — Total cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway reached 4.4 million tonnes in October, a 9.8 per cent increase compared to the same month last year.

Year-to-date total cargo shipments from March 22 to October 31 rose to 29.5 million tonnes, up 1.4 per cent over the same period last year.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation reported that an influx of Canadian grain shipments from both Prairie and Ontario farmers for domestic use and export to Europe and the Middle East drove October traffic.

Canadian grain shipments reached 1.2 million tonnes in October, an increase of 39 per cent over the same month last year. Year-to-date Canadian grain shipments are now at 5 million tonnes, up 1 per cent from the same period last season.

Bruce Hodgson, director of market development for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, said: “After a slow start earlier this year, grain shipments have accelerated as Canadian farmers are selling grain overseas.  The Seaway is the most cost-efficient transportation route for reaching European and Middle Eastern markets.  We are optimistic that Canadian grain shipments will be strong until the end of the season and they will finish ahead of last year.”

According to Statistics Canada, wheat, barley and corn production is expected to be up this year following favourable growing conditions in the Prairies. Shipments through the Seaway from Ontario farmers had been slower this year but also picked up considerably in October.  Despite summer drought conditions in parts of the province, corn and soybean crops in southern Ontario have yielded better than expected results.

More than 380,254 tonnes of grain passed through the Port of Hamilton in October.  That was more than half of the 786,495 tonnes of grain (soybeans, wheat, corn and barley) shipped through the port so far this season.

Ian Hamilton, vice president, business development, said: “The Hamilton Port Authority is delighted to see that the multimillion dollar investments made at the Parrish and Heimbecker and Richardson grain terminals in recent years have resulted in excellent growth opportunities."

The Thunder Bay Port Authority — where the majority of Canadian grain enters the Great Lakes-Seaway system — has also seen a surge in outbound grain shipments in the past two months.  Grain tonnage for the two-month period ending October 31, 2012 was the most for that period in 15 years.

More than 660,000 tonnes of grain moved through the port during October alone. Year-to-date grain shipments through Thunder Bay were nearly 4.7 million.

Tim Heney, CEO of the Thunder Bay Port Authority, said that the port has not been negatively impacted by the end of the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly in August. “It’s only been two months, but we are seeing optimistic signs that the Canadian Wheat Board and other grain handling companies are still seeing the Port of Thunder Bay as an advantageous transportation route to their key markets. The last two months have been extremely busy and we have seen a surge of international ships loading grain. October’s tally of 12 ocean-going vessels is the most the port has seen in a single month since 2007.”

Other highlights in St. Lawrence Seaway cargo trade included strong shipments of iron ore with continued growth in exports. Year-to-date iron ore shipments totalled 8.5 million tonnes, up 20 per cent. Year-to-date general cargo, which includes oversized cargo like wind turbines and heavy machinery as well as steel slabs and coils, totalled 1.56 million tonnes — up 9 per cent from the same period last year.

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway maritime industry supports 227,000 jobs in the U.S. and Canada, and annually generates $14 billion in salary and wages, $34.6 billion in business revenue, and $4.6 billion in federal, state/provincial and local taxes. North American farmers, steel producers, construction firms, food manufacturers, and power generators depend on the 164 million metric tons of essential raw materials and finished products that are moved annually on the system. This vital trade corridor saves companies $3.6 billion per year in transportation costs compared to the next least-costly land-based alternative.

LQ Advisory Board Announcement

LQ is pleased to announce that Brett Levine has accepted LQ’s invitation to join its Advisory Board

Brett Levine joined Jurlique as Director of Operations in August 2004 and in May 2012 became Director of Global Supply Chain Projects. He has held responsibility for Customer Service, Purchasing, Distribution, and Inventory Planning. Brett has also lead reviews of and RFP’s for 3PL services in the US, UK, and Australia.  In addition to his duties with Jurlique, Brett is currently serving as the President of the Atlanta Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). 

Brett has an MBA, with a focus in Logistics Management, from Michigan State University. With over 15 years experience, Brett has worked in the food, retail fixture, and skin care industries. His previous roles include Warehouse Manager, Regional Distribution Manager, and Project Manager.

About Jurlique

Jurlique, based in Mt. Barker, South Australia, is the largest skin care brand in Australia and strives to grow market share around the world. Jurlique is dedicated to providing the most effective skincare available through nature and science. Founded in Australia in 1985, Jurlique develops each product using potent natural ingredients, many of which are harvested on its own organic and certified biodynamic** farm in South Australia. Jurlique is sold at Jurlique flagship stores,, and other select retailers and spas around the world.

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.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Georgia Ports Authority Holds Grand Opening for Expanded Rail Yard Improved Infrastructure

Two Norfolk Southern 4,400 horsepower locomotives break a ribbon during a ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the Georgia Ports Authority James D. Mason intermodal container transfer facility, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in Savannah, Ga. The newly expanded rail yard expands capacity, improves efficiencies and reduces costs for customers.  

Savannah, Ga. – November 16, 2012 – Georgia Ports Authority’s expanded Mason Intermodal Container Transfer Facility is open for business, with improvements cutting round-trip Norfolk Southern train movements to Atlanta by six hours.

“These improvements allow Norfolk Southern to offer an efficient, competitive route to the large inland port just up the road – Atlanta,” said Jeffrey Heller, NS group vice president of international intermodal services.

At a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Friday, GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz said the $6.5 million, 6,000-foot rail yard extension will expand capacity, improve efficiencies and reduce costs for customers.

“The rail yard’s increased efficiency will save time on each container transfer handled at Mason ICTF, saving port customers money,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz.

With this expansion, the Garden City Terminal’s two rail yards, serving Class I rail providers Norfolk Southern and CSX, now feature a total of 46,921 linear feet of track.
“Our two on-terminal facilities mean shippers don’t have to haul their goods to remote rail yards, and can get cargo moving to distribution centers or other destinations more quickly,” Foltz said. “This expansion is part of our ongoing effort to hone the world-class service at the Port of Savannah."

Previously, trains entered the Mason ICTF from the east and exited toward the west. This required the trains to make a wide loop through Garden City. The expanded lines, working in conjunction with a wye installed by Norfolk Southern, will allow arriving trains to enter from the west. The cars will be switched on terminal, with trains later exiting toward the west. The new operation will avoid the use of 21 at-grade rail crossings and shave six hours from the round-trip turn times to Atlanta.

“The upgrades made to this site will enhance Norfolk Southern’s ability to serve GPA customers safely and expeditiously, while providing for growth in coming years,” said Heller. “In addition to reduced transit times, the wye and the on-site improvements will benefit local residents through improved commuter safety.”

The state Department of Transportation and the Georgia Ports Authority worked in tandem on a Highway 307 overpass and the rail expansion projects in order to boost efficiency for both truck and rail transport. The DOT-funded overpass routes trucks above the one previous rail line and the six expanded tracks at Mason ICTF.

“This infrastructure investment helps prepare the Port of Savannah for projected increases in the share of container volumes moved via rail,” said GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson. “Currently, 18 percent of Savannah’s container volume is moved by train.”

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah was the second busiest U.S. container port for the export of American goods by tonnage in FY2011. It also handled 8.7 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 12.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2011.

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation's premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.

Nova Scotia’s Export Growth to Lead Canada in 2013: EDC forecast

(HALIFAX) – November 8, 2012 - Export Development Canada’s (EDC) forecast for Nova Scotia’s export growth calls for a rebound of 17 per cent in 2013 after a 14 per cent decline this year.

“Nova Scotia’s export growth will lead the country in 2013 with a jump of 17 per cent, driven by a more positive outlook for the natural gas sector, paper mills coming back on line and improved U.S. demand,” said Peter Hall, Chief Economist, EDC. “Next year’s growth is a relief, a welcome sharp rebound from the 14 per cent decline in 2012.”

“Global recession has battered Nova Scotia’s export sector, with a sharp saw-off in the number of exporters from 819 in 1999 to just 670 in 2010,” said Hall. “The good news is that the dominant U.S. market is poised for recovery, and second-place China is still growing at a good clip.”

Nova Scotia exports depend on the fish and fish products, motor vehicle parts and forestry sectors, which together account for two thirds of total international sales.

The agri-food sector, largely comprised of fish and fish products, generates over a quarter of the province’s total exports. EDC expects agri-food exports to grow by 5 per cent next year after a 9 per cent gain this year. Exports of fish and fish products are expected to rise this year and next, driven by higher shipments of lobster, crab and shrimp.

“The aquaculture sector will continue to boost agri-food exports, with more investments driving up capacity,” said Hall. “Nova Scotia’s focus on sustainable seafood products is creating lucrative global opportunities and has the potential to command premium prices.”
Nova Scotia’s auto parts sector accounts for more 24 per cent of the province’s total exports, and is forecast to grow by 10 per cent next year, following a 4 per cent gain in 2012."

“The auto parts sector, led by Michelin, saw production growth soften this year mostly due to weaker demand from European markets,” said Hall. “But as the imminent U.S. recovery kicks in next year, an increase in vehicle production in the U.S., a positive pricing environment and favorable raw material costs will see exports accelerate next year, with upside potential.”

The forestry sector is also important to Nova Scotia’s export picture, responsible for 16 per cent of the province’s total exports, and will see growth of 103 per cent growth next year after a 50 per cent decline this year.

“The reopening of the NewPage Port Hawkesbury paper mill will be the base of the forestry export story next year,” said Hall. “The shutdown of the Bowater Mersey Mill in Brooklyn, while impactful to the province, is not expected to weigh down export growth as most of its production supplies the domestic market.”

EDC’s semi-annual Global Export Forecast addresses the latest global export conditions including perspectives on interest rates, exchange rates as well as export strategies to help Canadian companies minimize risk. It also analyzes a range of risks for which exporters should be prepared. Read EDC's Global Export Forecast.

EDC is Canada’s export credit agency, offering innovative commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC’s knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 7,700 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.

FedEx Trade Networks Announcement

November 16 2012 — MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FedEx Trade Networks, the freight forwarding arm of global shipping giant FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), was named 2012 Global Logistics Supplier of the Year by HP for its innovative freight forwarding solutions and collaborative approach to customer service. The prestigious award was presented to FedEx Trade Networks at the HP Supply Chain Supplier Summit in San Francisco last week.

“It is an honor to be recognized by HP for our solutions and the service we provide,” said Fred Schardt, president and CEO, FedEx Trade Networks, Inc. “Our company works closely with customers to understand their supply chain and develop integrated solutions to meet their needs. This award is a reflection of the success of that approach, the strength of our capabilities and our team’s commitment across the globe.”

In this case, FedEx Trade Networks provided an end-to-end solution from Asia-Pacific to the United States that allows HP’s supply chain to speed up, slow down and mode shift as needed. The flexible solution involves dedicated customer service and relies on close coordination with HP’s manufacturers, customers and other service providers, including seamless collaboration within the FedEx operating companies.

 “As part of FedEx, we have access to an unparalleled network of capabilities, which benefits organizations with multiple shipping needs like HP,” continued Schardt. “We are proud of the relationship and solutions we’ve built with HP and will continue to provide innovative logistics strategies that help keep their supply chain running smoothly.”

To determine the Global Logistics Supplier of the Year Award winner, HP evaluated an elite group of suppliers with outstanding performance, exemplifying principles of delivering greater value, including enhanced revenue, cost savings and process efficiencies.