Friday, December 21, 2012

LQ Announcement

LQ is pleased to announce that Loray Mosher, PhD, has accepted LQ’s invitation to join its Advisory Board

Loray D. Mosher, PhD, is Assistant Director at the Supply Chain Management Research Center (SCMRC), in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. Prior to working with the SCMRC, Dr. Mosher spent time as a Counselor, a Vice Principal, a University professor, as well as concurrently running a small business. She is also the founder and Executive Director of the 5013(c) Corporation Global Education Foundation. Her commitment to matters related to diversity and inclusion are such that she went on to obtain a Doctoral Degree in Leadership for Educational Justice in 2010. Though her originating lens is education related, her contributions to the world of business leadership are exemplary.

About The Supply Chain Management Research Center in the Walton College:

The Supply Chain Management Research Center in the Walton College, established in 1996, is a direct link between the private sector and the University of Arkansas supply chain resources. It sponsors activities that promote both the academic and general body of knowledge encompassing supply chain management. The center also supports the college’s Department of Supply Chain Management established in July 2011.

Current members of the Center's business board are: ABF Freight System, Inc., Accenture, BNSF Logistics, Braiform, Campbell Soup Company, Caterpillar Logistics Inc., CHAINalytics, CHEP, Chiquita Brands, Clorox, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, COTY Beauty LLC, Dean Foods, Dillard's, Inc., ES3, FedEx Freight, First Quality, GENCO, General Mills, Hilti, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., JDA Software Group, Johnson & Johnson, The Kellogg Company, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Foods, The Nestlé Group, New Creature, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Procter & Gamble, Sam's Club, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., The Sun Products Corporation, Transplace, Tyson Foods, Inc., Unilever, and Walmart.

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.

Agility Appoints Francesc Casamitjana as Americas CEO

Irvine, Calif. - December 21, 2012 - Agility, a leading global logistics provider, today announced the appointment of Francesc Casamitjana as Regional CEO of its Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business in the Americas. Effective January 1, 2013, Casamitjana replaces Mike Bible who moves to Europe as its Regional CEO.

Casamitjana has been with Agility for more than 25 years. He moves into his new role from Area South Europe, where he has been CEO since 2007. Prior to this, he was CEO, Spain. Casamitjana has had a distinguished career with the company, joining initially in a sales role.

“Francesc has a consistent track record of delivering solid business results, even through challenging economic times,” said Essa Al-Saleh, President & CEO, Agility GIL. “He champions our values and his leadership has helped build strong, collaborative working relationships across the company. We look forward to him taking Agility to new heights in the Americas.”

In his new role, Casamitjana will focus on continuing Agility’s growth in the Americas, which includes strong operations in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Chile, among others.

About Agility:

Agility brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with $4.8 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in 500 offices across 100 countries.

Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support. For more information about Agility, please visit

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Appointment to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada

OTTAWA, Dec. 20, 2012 - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointment of Mr. J. Ed. Macdonald to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada (TATC). He has been appointed as part time member for a four-year term.

"I am pleased that Mr. Macdonald has accepted the position," said Minister Lebel. "His excellent track record and knowledge of the aviation industry will be of great value to the TATC."

Mr. Macdonald is a retired commercial aviation pilot whose 31 years of employment with several major airlines reflects an outstanding record of performance, reliability and commitment. He retired as a captain from Air Canada after flying on domestic and international routes on various passenger aircraft. During his career, Mr. Macdonald amassed 18,000 flight hours, an achievement that required both a high level of technical skill, and strong team-building and leadership abilities.

A graduate of Rothesay Collegiate in New Brunswick, Mr. Macdonald was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and lives in Pictou County, where he is active in the community as a volunteer.


The TATC is a multimodal tribunal that provides a recourse mechanism to the air, rail and marine sectors with respect to certain administrative actions taken by the Minister of Transport under various pieces of federal transportation legislation. The TATC holds review and appeal hearings at the request of persons affected by these administrative decisions.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Deal Reached Between Port of Montreal and Longshoremen

Montreal - December 15, 2012 - A four-year labour agreement has been reached covering longshoremen at the Port of Montreal. The Maritime Employers Association says the deal runs until December 2012 and includes wage increases of 1.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent.

The association says the deal, to be submitted to members of CUPE Longshoremen’s Union Local 375 shortly, also includes increased workforce flexibility and a voluntary retirement option.

The longshoremen were locked out this summer during a dispute over payments given to longshoremen when they are on call and waiting for work. - From the Chronicle Herald

LQ Announcement

LQ is pleased to announce that Christopher O'Brien has accepted LQ’s invitation to join its Advisory Board

Christopher O'Brien, senior vice president at C.H. Robinson, has played a key role in driving the company's sales and account management strategies as part of the executive team. O’Brien has global enterprise wide responsibility for all customer related strategy and functions including overseeing sales, account management and marketing.  He also oversees several North American offices and the company’s integrated Outsource Solutions service line. 

An employee at C.H. Robinson since 1993, vice president since 2003, and senior vice president since May 2012, O'Brien has held positions in sales and account management; on-site account manager at a major grocery retailer; manager of the Raleigh, North Carolina office; general manager; and president of the company's European division. 

In addition to his role at C.H. Robinson, O'Brien serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Minnesota's Landscape Arboretum and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College in Michigan.

About C.H. Robinson Worldwide:

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services 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.

LQ’s Advisory Board

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

Thursday, December 13, 2012

C.H. Robinson Senior Vice President Jim Butts to Retire

Eden Prairie, MN (December 13, 2012) — C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., one of the world’s largest logistics companies, announces that after 34 years with the company, Senior Vice President Jim Butts will retire effective December 31, 2012.

An employee at C.H. Robinson since 1978, Butts has been a Senior Vice President since December 2007 and has served as a member of the executive team since April 2002. His previous positions with C. H. Robinson include Manager at both the Chicago South and Detroit offices.

Butts’ experience in the transportation, logistics and supply chain field has provided him with a balanced perspective of the practical and creative, in addition to the tactical and strategic aspects of addressing issues and providing solutions for customers of all sizes.
“The C.H. Robinson network has benefitted from Jim’s leadership and passion to preserving and developing customer relationships, account management practices, and network management skills.  We will miss Jim and we wish him all the best in his retirement years,” said John Wiehoff, CEO and chairman at C.H. Robinson.

In addition to his contributions at C.H. Robinson, Butts serves on the Advisory Board of Logistics Quarterly as well as on the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management's Supply Chain and Operations Board of Advisors.  Butts is also on the Board of Directors for Viking Incorporated, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest , and is the Chairman of the Board for Store to Door, a non-profit agency that delivers groceries to adults who are unable to shop for themselves.

About C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc:

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services 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. For more information about C.H. Robinson, visit

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Canadian Rail Service Legislation Puts at Risk Innovation and Supply Chain Collaboration, says President and CEO Claude Mongeau

MONTREAL, Dec. 11, 2012 - Claude Mongeau, president and chief executive officer of CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI), says that, putting aside normal operational and commercial issues, there is no evidence of systemic rail service performance problems in Canada warranting the federal government's introduction today of legislation to impose level of service obligations on railways through increased regulation.

Mongeau said in a press release: "The objective fact is that Canada has a world-class rail system, one known internationally for efficiency and reliability - a key asset for a trading nation like Canada - and that reflects a well-functioning market for rail services.

"The government's Rail Freight Service Review (RFSR) process launched in 2008 was a key factor in spurring further improvement in rail service. CN addressed every commercial recommendation of the RFSR panel to improve service, entering framework cooperation agreements with a wide array of stakeholders and level of service agreements with many of its customers to increase supply chain collaboration and deepen customer relationships.

"Jim Dinning, while heading the RFSR's railway-shipper facilitation process, recognized this fact, saying in his report that commercial forces were already driving improved rail service and advising the government that shippers should take advantage of the improved customer focus of the rail industry. In recent years, CN has launched a comprehensive series of commercial initiatives that benefit our supply chain partners and the Canadian economy."

In a press release Mongeau added: "CN is committed to helping its customers be more competitive in markets at home and abroad through better service and a relentless focus on continuous improvement.

"This is why I am troubled by the government's decision to introduce service legislation that is inconsistent with the facts underscoring improved rail service, as well as the government's stated agenda of innovation and productivity to foster economic prosperity for Canadians.  I also believe the legislation sends mixed signals to customers and suppliers around the world about the government's approach to commercial markets in Canada. CN invites the government to identify specific, systemic service issues that warrant this legislation. We are ready to address any legitimate problems brought to our attention, in the same way we addressed all the commercial recommendations of the RFSR panel. We will continue to make our case that a commercial framework for the rail industry is what Canada needs to foster prosperity."

"CN is a true backbone of the Canadian economy. We are central to sustained economic growth, helping take the nation's goods and commodities to market efficiently and reliably. Canada should not put the commercial framework of its rail system at risk through unnecessary and overly burdensome rail regulation. Such an approach would stifle innovation, chill the positive service momentum that's taken hold and result in potentially unintended consequences for the rail industry and the customers we serve."

Forward-Looking Statements: Certain information included in this news release constitutes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and under Canadian securities laws. CN cautions that, by their nature, these forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  The Company cautions that its assumptions may not materialize and that current economic conditions render such assumptions, although reasonable at the time they were made, subject to greater uncertainty. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results or performance of the Company or the rail industry to be materially different from the outlook or any future results or performance implied by such statements. Important factors that could affect the above forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the effects of general economic and business conditions, industry competition, inflation, currency and interest rate fluctuations, changes in fuel prices, legislative and/or regulatory developments, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, actions by regulators, various events which could disrupt operations, including natural events such as severe weather, droughts, floods and earthquakes, labor negotiations and disruptions, environmental claims, uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation, risks and liabilities arising from derailments, and other risks and assumptions detailed from time to time in reports filed by CN with securities regulators in Canada and the United States. Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CN's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F filed with Canadian and U.S. securities regulators, available on CN's website, for a summary of major risks. CN assumes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect future events, changes in circumstances, or changes in beliefs, unless required by applicable Canadian securities laws. In the event CN does update any forward-looking statement, no inference should be made that CN will make additional updates with respect to that statement, related matters, or any other forward-looking statement.

Ryder Launches Mobile RydeSmart® 3.0 App

Mobile Application Will Bring Ryder Telematics System to iPhone® and iPad® Devices

December 11, 2012 - MIAMI - Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, today announced it has launched a mobile application of its onboard telematics system RydeSmart 3.0® for the iPhone® and iPad® devices. With this application, existing RydeSmart customers will be able to track their vehicles and access real-time data on their fleets from their mobile devices at any location, any time of the day. In only seconds, customers will be able to access detailed maps and check the movement and status of their fleets. The new RydeSmart application for the iPhone and iPad is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or

“In this business where fleets are constantly on the move, our customers need the tools to make decisions about rerouting vehicles or responding to emergencies at a moment’s notice,” said John Gleason, Senior Vice President of Fleet Management Solutions (FMS) Sales & Marketing for Ryder. “With this new app, dispatchers and fleet managers no longer have to be tied to their office computers in order to view the status of their vehicles. Now, they can conveniently access real-time fleet data even when they are on the go through their iPhones or iPads.”

The RydeSmart 3.0 mobile application allows the user to pinpoint exactly where a vehicle or group of vehicles is located and their direction and speed. The app also provides detailed map views as well as key vehicle data, such as hard breaking events.

RydeSmart 3.0 is a full-featured GPS fleet location, tracking, and vehicle performance management system offered to Ryder’s customers. A compact hardware and software unit that is installed in the vehicle and connects to its existing computer and diagnostics systems, RydeSmart 3.0 communicates wirelessly via a dedicated and secure connection to a Web-based application that can be accessed by fleet, safety, and driver managers.

RydeSmart 3.0 enables customers to improve the performance of their fleets by continuously monitoring vehicles’ location, mileage, speed, and direction, as well as other performance and diagnostic data – such as idle time, fuel consumption, average speed, miles logged, and hard braking events. It offers a robust mapping capability that includes a “bird’s eye view” of vehicles on the road and the ability to obtain a street-level perspective.

Additionally, it provides a history playback that can show a vehicle’s 48-hour history; information on traffic conditions in real-time; and extensive analytics reporting on vehicle and driver performance metrics. With this new mobile application, RydeSmart 3.0 will now be accessible at user’s fingertips without a computer.

Ryder offers one of the largest lease fleets with a telematics offering in the industry, with more than 22,000 units of RydeSmart installed. For more information, please visit

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.

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.

Canadian Pacific responds to rail service review legislation

CALGARY, Dec. 11, 2012 - Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) today commented on the federal government's Rail Freight Service Review (RFSR) amendment to the Canadian Transportation Act.

Throughout the RSR process CP has maintained there is no need for additional regulation between railways and shippers as it is the company's belief that commercial undertakings, coupled with a stable regulatory regime, remains the best approach to promote supply chain coordination and investment.

"The proposed legislation contains key elements of the Dinning Report," said CP President and CEO, E. Hunter Harrison.  "We firmly agree that improvement in Canada's world class rail supply chain will best be achieved through offsetting commercial undertakings, in particular, better traffic forecasting and more certainty on traffic volumes."

"CP has been implementing various commercial agreements that were included in the Dinning Report's recommendations, including a service agreement template and a commercial dispute resolution process," said Harrison. "As such, we are confident strong commercial relationships will continue to emerge with little need for the processes described in the legislation."

"Canada is fortunate to already have the best rail system in the world from which to build upon," said Harrison. "CP continues to make across-the-board service improvements where customers are benefiting from more consistent, safe and efficient service."

About Canadian Pacific:

Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is a low-cost provider that is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.


CHICAGO, IL, December 11, 2012 – Transportation Solutions Enterprises (TSE) has appointed Richard G. Piontek as President of 3PLogic its transportation management and technology services business. Piontek takes over from 3PLogic’s current president and co-founder, Eric Rempel, who will focus on the continued innovation and development of the company’s technology platform as its Chief Information Officer.

“We’re excited to welcome a leader of Rich’s caliber to our team,” said Todd Berger, President and CEO of TSE, the holding company for 3PLogic. “His experience and knowledge of the transportation and third party logistics industry will be invaluable, and we are looking forward to where he can take us.”

With over 25 years of transportation and logistics management experience at such prominent logistics organizations as Livingston International, Schneider National and DHL, Piontek was recruited to develop 3Plogic’s transportation management product offerings and manage its rapidly expanding business operations.

Founded in 2009, 3PLogic was envisioned and launched by Rempel, who has developed a wide range of TMS functionality along with proprietary applications to quickly and cost effectively integrate its TMS with client systems. 3PLogic enables shippers to manage transportation more effectively by providing a flexible combination of consulting, technology and managed services to fit their strategic priorities.

“This is a great opportunity to work closely with Eric and a team of very smart people,” said Piontek. “The 3PLogic approach to transportation management is gaining momentum in the marketplace and I’m excited to help take 3PLogic’s development to the next level.”
Piontek believes that by leveraging the experience and intellect of the current team and the skills and resources of the TSE companies, 3PLogic can be the preeminent transportation management provider to the mid-market.

“We have all of the elements for success,” said Piontek. “A team of highly motivated individuals, the backing of an established company in TSE and a unique offering aimed at a large, and largely, underserved market.“

About 3PLogic:

3PLogic is an emerging leader in contract logistics. By combining a best in class SaaS TMS application with capabilities across transportation network design, multi-modal procurement and proprietary integration tools, 3PLogic is leading the way in the rapid and practical deployment of TMS technology and managed logistics services to mid-market companies throughout North America.

About Transportation Solutions Enterprises:

Founded in 2011 as a full logistics provider, Transportation Solutions Enterprises (TSE), is the holding company for a third party brokerage (Transportation Solutions Group), a full-truckload carrier (Freight Exchange of North America) and a contract logistics management provider (3PLogic).

Thursday, December 6, 2012

U.S. Xpress Affiliate Arnold Transportation Services to Merge with LinkAmerica Corp.

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. – December 6, 2012 – U.S. Xpress Enterprises, a leading provider of transportation services throughout North America, has announced a merger of the company’s Arnold Transportation Services with LinkAmerica Corp., a Ft. Worth-based truckload and logistics carrier serving the Southeast and Southwest. LinkAmerica is owned by Tenex Capital Management, a New York-based investment firm. The merger will be completed in January, 2013.

The combined company will operate under the Arnold name and employ more than 1800 drivers. Tenex Capital and U.S. Xpress will jointly own and operate the new company.

This strategic move extends Arnold's dominance in the regional market with increased capacity, taking Arnold to more than 1,400 trucks and 5,000 trailers. This footprint supplements existing business and allows the expansion of network coverage and further accelerates overall company growth plans, which will afford even more driving opportunities. Arnold expects more than $220 million in annual revenue from the combined organization.

"With this merger, Arnold Transportation Services will be the 32nd largest truckload operation in the United States, offering top-notch service for high-demand regional freight,” said Todd Smith, chief executive officer, Arnold Transportation Services. “The deal compliments our current business model and supports the goals of growing and attracting more drivers.”

About Arnold Transportation Services:

Arnold Transportation Services, a Jacksonville, FL based primary regional carrier in business for 75+ years, offers the best in dry van services stretching from the Northeast to the Southwest. For more information, visit

About LinkAmerica Corp.:

LinkAmerica Corp. is a leading transportation and logistics services company that provides its customers with personalized, on-time service. LinkAmerica provides transportation services throughout the continental United States specializing in the Southeast, South Central, and Southwest regions, including dedicated and truckload perations, logistics services, and brokerage throughout the United States. For more information, visit

About Tenex Capital Management:

Tenex Capital Management is a private equity fund that invests in middle-market companies. The company utilizes an in-house team of hybrid professionals skilled in operational leadership, investing and capital markets structuring to maximize long-term value creation. With deep operating experience in capitalizing on business and market opportunities, Tenex has established a successful track record investing in diverse industries, including transportation, industrials, manufacturing, and health and business services. More information can be found at

About U.S. Xpress Enterprises:

Founded in 1985, U.S. Xpress Enterprises is the nation’s second largest privately-owned truckload carrier, providing a wide variety of transportation solutions throughout North America. We are committed to being at the forefront of safety compliance, using comprehensive training for our staff and drivers and ensuring our trucks feature the latest safety innovations. With a dedication to minimizing our impact on the environment, U.S. Xpress is a SmartWay Transport Partner and was honored with a 2009 SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award. U.S. Xpress Enterprises’ affiliates include Arnold Transportation Services, Smith Transport, Total Transportation of Mississippi, Xpress Global Systems, and Xpress Internacional. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Baie St. Paul, CSL's New Trillium Class Laker Arrives in Port of Montreal, Completing Maiden Voyage

MONTREAL, Dec. 4, 2012 - Canada Steamship Lines is proud to announce the arrival of the MV Baie St. Paul, the most technologically advanced ship to enter the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. The award-winning vessel docked in the Port of Montreal, Quebec at 20:30 EDT on December 1, 2012, completing her maiden voyage that began in Jiangyin, China.

"We are extremely proud of and grateful to the talented officers and crew of the Baie St. Paul who successfully navigated a vessel built for the Lakes across the Pacific Ocean and through the Panama Canal," said Louis Martel, President of Canada Steamship Lines.

"The Baie St. Paul represents an important milestone for CSL and for the evolution of shipping in the Great Lakes.  Her outstanding environmental and operational performance is a testimony to CSL's ongoing commitment to customers and the communities in which we operate."

The first of four new Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers, the vessel named the "Bulk Ship of the Year 2012" by the International Bulk Journal is currently undergoing alterations to remove the temporary reinforcing structures that made possible her ocean passage. The Baie St. Paul will then be deployed immediately for service.

Employing leading-edge technology, the Baie St. Paul and all Trillium Class vessels will set new standards in operational and environmental performance, energy efficiency and reliability.

Canada Steamship Lines is a division of The CSL Group, the world's largest owner and operator of self-unloading vessels. Headquartered in Montreal, QC, with divisions based in the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Singapore and Australia, The CSL Group delivers more than 80 million tonnes of cargo annually for customers in the construction, steel, energy and agri-food sectors. Trillium Class is a trademark of The CSL Group.

SOURCE: Le Groupe CSL Inc.

Canadian Pacific Outlines New Vision for the Future

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012 - Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) President and CEO E. Hunter Harrison today outlined CP's go-forward plan for change that will greatly improve service, increase the railway's efficiency, lower cost and grow the business.

"Momentum is building at Canadian Pacific and the organization is driving to a culture of intense focus on operations.  Service will be what drives this organization, by providing a premium, reliable product offering through a lower cost operation," Harrison said.  "We have initiated a rapid change agenda and have made tremendous progress in my first 160 days, and we are only getting started."

Progress Already Underway:

Harrison provided various examples of steps taken over the past five months highlighting CP's evolution to a more competitive railway, including the following:

• New executive leadership team now in place including a new Senior Operations lead team with a mandate for centralized planning and decentralized execution, to eliminate bureaucracy and have service decisions made faster and closer to the customer;

• Revamped intermodal and merchandise train service resulting in faster transit times for customers -  example of new intermodal services connecting Vancouver to Chicago or Toronto;

• Closure of hump-switching yards in Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Chicago - producing significant cost savings and more efficient operating practices;

• Closure of intermodal terminals in Milwaukee, Obico (Toronto), and Schiller Park (Chicago) - reducing footprint and operating expenses while also facilitating efficient operating practices and reduced end-to-end transit times;

• Improved train service and network velocity resulting in the need for 195 fewer locomotives and 3,200 fewer leased rail cars - current stored, year-to-date lease returned and declared surplus locomotive units total 460.

Harrison added, in the press release: "We are hearing feedback from customers that they are seeing and liking the results.  The reduced number of assets and the decentralized decision making within the organization will allow us to appropriately size to any changes in market conditions. I have always maintained that by focusing on the best possible service, along with appropriate cost containment, the operating ratio will take care of itself. CP is no different; we already see the service and related bottom line benefits of our early actions. It's an exciting time to be a part of this great franchise."

The Plan for Change Going Forward:

"We now have a leadership team that understands the urgency of making change and improving the culture of this organization" Harrison said.  "CP has many talented railroaders who want to win.  Together we are squarely focused on improved service and becoming the low cost carrier.  This will allow us to continue to grow with our customers."

Moving forward, Harrison outlined various plans CP will execute to continue to improve service reliability, increase the railway's efficiency, and grow the business.

Key highlights include:

• Reduce roughly 4,500 employee and/or contractor positions by 2016 - through job reductions, natural attrition and fewer contractors.  We have already made progress on this front and expect 1,700 positions to be eliminated by year end;

• New longer sidings program will improve asset utilization and increase train length and velocity - The plan will allow CP to move the same or increased volumes with fewer trains, and is expected to save over 14,500, or 4%, crew starts;

• Explore options to maximize full value of existing and anticipated surplus real estate holdings;

• Relocate CP's current corporate headquarters in downtown Calgary to new office space at CP-owned Ogden Yard by 2014;

• Review options for the Delaware & Hudson (D&H) in the U.S. Northeast, while maintaining options for continued growth in the energy business;

Announced earlier, CP is seeking expressions of interest on the 660-mile portion of the former Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (DM&E), west of Tracy, Minnesota.

"I am excited about what we've achieved to date, but we have only just started this journey to being a more competitive railway. We will continue to drive our service offering while focusing on taking unproductive costs out of the business.  We see a strong earnings profile and solid free cash flow picture emerging," Harrison stated.

"Canadian Pacific is a great franchise with strong growth upside and we are more confident than ever that we will drive shareholder value long into the future."

Financial expectations on CP's journey to 2016 include:

• Compound annual revenue growth of 4% - 7% off the 2012 base
• A full-year operating ratio in the mid-sixties for 2016
• Cash flow before dividends (*see Non-GAAP Measures below) of $900 million - $1,400 million in 2016
• Annual capital spending in the range of $1.0 - $1.1 billion over the period

Key Assumptions:

• Average fuel cost per gallon of $3.45 U.S. per U.S. gallon
• Defined benefit pension expense of $140 -  $150 million through 2016
• Defined benefit pension contributions between $100 - $125 million through 2015 increasing to $200 - $300 million in 2016
• A tax rate of 25 - 27%
• CP becomes fully cash taxable during the four-year period
• Canadian to U.S. exchange rate at par
• Fourth Quarter 2012?As previously noted on December 3, 2012, CP anticipates taking a fourth quarter estimated pre-tax non-cash charge of approximately $180 million ($107 million after tax) on its option to build into the Powder River Basin.
• CP also anticipates taking a charge related to labour and other restructuring activities, the amount of which is under review.

Note on Forward-Looking Information:

This news release contains certain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws relating, but not limited, to our operations, priorities and plans, anticipated financial performance, business prospects, planned capital expenditures, programs and strategies.  This forward-looking information also includes, but is not limited to, statements concerning expectations, beliefs, plans, goals, objectives, assumptions and statements about possible future events, conditions, and results of operations or performance.  Forward-looking information may contain statements with words or headings such as "financial expectations", "key assumptions", "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "plan", "will", "outlook", "should" or similar words suggesting future outcomes. To the extent that CP has provided guidance that is a non-GAAP financial measure, the Company may not be able to provide a reconciliation to a GAAP measure, due to unknown variables and uncertainty related to future results.

Undue reliance should not be placed on forward-looking information as actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking information.  Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance.  By its nature, CP's forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, inherent risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information, including but not limited to the following factors: changes in business strategies; general North American and global economic, credit and business conditions; risks in agricultural production such as weather conditions and insect populations; the availability and price of energy commodities; the effects of competition and pricing pressures; industry capacity; shifts in market demand; changes in commodity prices; uncertainty surrounding timing and volumes of commodities being shipped via CP; inflation; changes in laws and regulations, including regulation of rates; changes in taxes and tax rates; potential increases in maintenance and operating costs; uncertainties of investigations, proceedings or other types of claims and litigation; labour disputes; risks and liabilities arising from derailments; transportation of dangerous goods; timing of completion of capital and maintenance projects; currency and interest rate fluctuations; effects of changes in market conditions and discount rates on the financial position of pension plans and investments; and various events that could disrupt operations, including severe weather, droughts, floods, avalanches and earthquakes as well as security threats and governmental response to them, and technological changes.  The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

These and other factors are detailed from time to time in reports filed by CP with securities regulators in Canada and the United States.  Reference should be made to "Management's Discussion and Analysis" in CP's annual and interim reports, Annual Information Form and Form 40-F.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information.  Forward-looking information is based on current expectations, estimates and projections and it is possible that predictions, forecasts, projections, and other forms of forward-looking information will not be achieved by CP.  Except as required by law, CP undertakes no obligation to update publicly or otherwise revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Measures:

We present non-GAAP measures and cash flow information to provide a basis for evaluating underlying earnings and liquidity trends in our business that can be compared with the results of our operations in prior periods.  These non-GAAP measures have no standardized meaning and are not defined by GAAP and, therefore, are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

Free cash and cash flow before dividends are non-GAAP measures that management considers to be indicators of liquidity.

These measures are used by management to provide information with respect to the relationship between cash provided by operating activities and investment decisions and provides a comparable measure for period to period changes.  Free cash is calculated as cash provided by operating activities, less cash used in investing activities and dividends paid, adjusted for changes in cash and cash equivalent balances resulting from FX fluctuations.  For the purposes of this press release cash flow before dividends has been calculated as cash provided by operating activities less cash used in investing activities.  Dividends have been excluded as, at this time, the board of directors of the Company has not approved dividends for 2016 and therefore it is not appropriate to provide forward looking estimates of what amount such dividends could be.  In addition, it is assumed that the Canadian dollar will be at parity with the US dollar, thereby eliminating any foreign exchange FX fluctuations on cash balances.   For further information regarding non-GAAP measures see our Management's Discussion and Analysis for the third quarter of 2012 or the document Non-GAAP Measures on our web site at

About Canadian Pacific:

Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP)(NYSE:CP) is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to eight major ports, including Vancouver and Montreal, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is a low-cost provider that is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit to see the rail advantages of Canadian Pacific.

Monday, December 3, 2012

NRF Renews Call for President Obama to Intervene in Port Strike

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2012 – The National Retail Federation (NRF) today issued the following statement from President and CEO Matthew Shay regarding the strike that has shut down most terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. NRF last week sent President Obama a letter asking that he intervene in the strike.

“As we enter Day 6 of the strike, NRF is renewing its call for President Obama to intervene and end this work stoppage. The shutdown is already having a significant negative economic impact on retailers trying to bring in merchandise for their final push for holiday sales and will soon have an impact on consumers. The work stoppage not only impacts retailers, but is also affecting their product vendors – many of which are small businesses – and other industries like manufacturers and agricultural exporters that rely on the ports.

As the debate in Washington continues to focus on the state of the American economy and relief for middle-class consumers, a protracted strike will ultimately result in higher prices at the very time we can least afford it. This strike is now at the national emergency stage impacting industries far and wide.

‘Urging’ both sides toward a solution is not the answer. The Obama Administration needs to show leadership and resolve to get the ports operational again and prevent any further economic damage.”

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation. 

Supply Chain Council Publishes SCOR® 11

Houston, Texas, USA, December 1, 2012 - Supply Chain Council volunteer teams have completed the work of several years to officially publish SCOR® (Supply Chain Operations Reference-model) version 11, now available online to all member organizations of SCC via online member access at

The Supply-Chain Council (SCC), the global not-for-profit organization supporting supply chain professionals and educators, announced the release of version 11 for access, as well as the incorporation of the new material into all SCOR training and certification programs beginning in 2013.

This major update includes Enable Process, Best Practices, and Cost Metrics redesign.  These updates bring the model current with how these processes, practices, and metrics are needed by supply chain practitioners implementing the model today.

SCOR describes the business activities associated with all phases of satisfying a customer's demand. The model itself is organized around primary management processes, and now with SCOR 11, ENABLE is advanced to one of these processes, so there are six PLAN, MAKE, SOURCE, DELIVER, RETURN, and ENABLE.

Using these process building blocks, SCOR can be used to describe supply chains that are very simple or very complex using a common set of definitions across disparate industries. Today public and private organizations and companies around the world use the model as a foundation for global and site-specific supply chain improvement projects.

Version 11 marks a significant evolution in the SCOR model, said Caspar Hunsche, Research Director, Supply-Chain Council. The major additions enable implementers stronger guidance for gauging, measuring, and improving the effectiveness of their supply chains.  As a result, SCOR continues to be the standard upon which leading organizations base their critical initiatives for substantially improving supply chain performance.

Supply Chain Council ( is a global management organization that helps its member organizations make dramatic and rapid improvements in supply chain processes. SCC maintains the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR®) model, the supply chain management community's most widely accepted framework for evaluating and comparing supply chain activities and improving performance.

Purchasing Association in Canada Announces its Supply Chain Management Professional Designation Receives Recognition from an International Purchasing Management Association

December 3, 2012 - (Toronto, ON) – The Purchasing Management Association of Canada’s (PMAC) professional accreditation program, which leads to its Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation, has received global recognition from the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) as meeting the highest standards in supply chain education. PMAC’s program is the first in North America to receive this honour, and only the second in the world.

The new Global Standard for Professional Competence in Purchasing and Supply, created by the Global Standards Board of the IFPSM, evaluates degree-equivalent programs against clear and transparent criteria for content, delivery and assessment. It allows associations and organizations to certify the relevance and integrity of their educational programs in purchasing and supply management against internationally recognized benchmarks for degrees, credentials and certifications.

“This endorsement from the IFPSM’s Global Standards Board is welcome news for PMAC and further differentiates our strategic SCMP accreditation program from other designations in the marketplace,” said Cheryl Paradowski, president and CEO, PMAC.
“As the importance of strategic supply chain management increases, the options for supply chain education and training will continue to grow in the marketplace. Global Standard recognition will help the SCMP program stand out from the pack and assure companies that SCMP-accredited professionals are world-class.”

This certification also coincides with the renewal of accreditation for the SCMP designation program from the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC), through its National Accreditation Program (NAP). Originally granted in 2009, the accreditation is reviewed every three years to ensure that accredited programs still meet the Council’s standards. The CSCSC also renewed its accreditation of PMAC’s Supply Management Training (SMT) program, which develops tactical skills in supply management, at the same time.

Similar to the NAP, the SCMP designation program’s Global Standard accreditation will be subject to regular reassessment to verify that it continues to meet the rigorous criteria set out by the Global Standards Board.

“This external recognition certifies that the SCMP designation program is amongst the best in the world,” said Mike Whelan, SCMP, chair, PMAC National Board. “Just as designation programs act as quality control for supply chain professionals, Global Standard accreditation validates that PMAC’s program develops the essential skills and knowledge required of strategic supply chain practitioners.”
About PMAC

The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) is the leading, and the largest, association in Canada for supply chain management professionals. The national voice for advancing and promoting the profession of supply chain management, PMAC sets the standard of excellence for professional skills, knowledge and integrity. With 6,500 members working across private and public sectors, PMAC is the principal source of supply chain training, education and professional development in the country, requiring all members to adhere to a Code of Ethics. Through its 10 Provincial and Territorial Institutes, PMAC grants the SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional) designation, the highest achievement in the field and the mark of strategic leadership.


The International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM) is the union of national and regional purchasing associations worldwide. Within this circle about 250,000 purchasing professionals can be reached. IFPSM facilitates the development and distribution of knowledge to elevate and advance the procurement profession, thus favourably impacting the standard of living of citizens worldwide through improved business practices. The term ‘procurement’ is taken to embrace purchasing, materials management, logistics, supply chain management and strategic sourcing. IFPSM is a non-political, independent and non-profit oriented international organization.