Friday, October 24, 2014

Ryder Signs Its Largest Natural Gas Lease Deal in North America with C.A.T.

Truckload Carrier will Replace 100 Heavy Duty Vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas

October 24, 2014, Miami - Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions, announced today that C.A.T. Inc. (formally Canadian American Transportation, Inc.) has signed a full-service lease agreement for 100 compressed natural gas (CNG) sleeper tractors.

This is Ryder’s first natural gas lease customer in Canada and its largest single natural gas vehicle customer to date. C.A.T., a truckload carrier based in Coteau-du-Lac, Quebec, Canada, will use the trucks in its delivery fleet that travels from Montreal, Canada to Laredo, Texas.

C.A.T. has served the shipping public between Canada and the United States since 1978 and provides transportation services to major corporations within the automotive, food, beverage, consumer packaged goods (CPG), and electronic industries. Ryder will also provide maintenance for the 100 CNG vehicles from Ryder’s Montreal, Canada service facility, which is being upgraded for compliance with natural gas standards.

“Ryder’s investment in natural gas vehicles and maintenance infrastructure began with a pilot project in Southern California, and has grown to be one of the largest commercial natural gas vehicle programs in North America,” said Ryder President of Global Fleet Management Solutions, Dennis Cooke. “As we continue to expand our natural gas vehicle footprint, we are able to help more businesses convert their fleets to this cost-effective and environmentally-friendly advanced fuel solution.”

C.A.T. has been leasing trucks from Ryder for the past eight years. Ryder will replace almost one-third of C.A.T.’s fleet of 325 vehicles with 100 CNG sleeper tractors. The natural gas fleet is expected to have a carbon emissions reduction of 2,564 metric tons.

“C.A.T.’s natural gas fleet program will enable us to be extremely successful in supporting our customers’ sustainability efforts. We are excited to work with Ryder to transfer our diesel fleet to a CNG fleet in Canada,” said C.A.T. President, Daniel Goyette. “With Ryder’s natural gas vehicle and maintenance expertise, we have the confidence that we can get the service and performance we need from our fleet today, while operating more cost-efficiently and environmentally-friendly.”

Ryder is an industry leader in natural gas vehicle solutions for the commercial transportation market with more than 27 million miles of natural gas operating experience. Businesses can tap into Ryder's extensive knowledge of natural gas vehicle operations, expanding maintenance network, and its highly trained and experienced technicians, to ensure the safe operation, maintenance, and fueling of natural gas vehicles. Ryder’s leasing and rental business model enables businesses to “test” the new technology with less risk of downtime, as well as insulate themselves from the unknown residual risk. The Company has deployed Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets for Ryder customers in California, New York, Michigan, Texas, Arizona, Utah, Georgia and Louisiana. The Company operates two Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fuel stations at its maintenance facilities in Orange and Fontana, Calif. Ryder also operates an LNG fuel station at its Fulton, Ga. maintenance facility.

About Ryder:

Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management and supply chain 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 included Ryder in its “Green Partners” listing for five years in a row. Ryder is a charter member of the NGV Fleet Forum and a member of the Department of Energy’s National Clean Fleets partnership. Ryder is also a recipient of the 2011 NGV Achievement Award. A member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, Ryder is proud to support national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

About C.A.T:

Founded in 1978, C.A.T. INC. aimed to provide quality transport services between Canada and the USA. Thanks to the dedication and competence of its staff, the company expanded its network by increasing its activities beyond the US-Mexico border. Over the years, numerous large companies have helped C.A.T. INC. maintain a constant evolution. Today C.A.T. INC. has several terminals in Canada and the United States to accommodate its customers: Coteau-du-Lac, QC; Vaudreuil, QC; Napanee, ON; Mississauga, ON; Toronto, ON; Kitchener, ON; Memphis, TN; Laredo, TX; Charlotte, NC. For over 15 years C.A.T. INC. has been diligently involved in research and development to improve its performance in terms of energy and level of road safety (changing to automatic transmission, installation of skirts to their trailers, etc.). Proudly certified 'Smartway' since 2007, one and the same with excellence in energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, C.A.T. continues to pose actions to ensure its place as a leader in terms of improving the quality of the environment with its equipments, as well as with its infrastructures. To learn more about C.A.T. INC., visit us on and follow us on Facebook.

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.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

UPS Gives Online Shoppers Around the World Delivery Confidence, Control and Convenience

Atlanta, October 08, 2014 - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced it will expand  UPS My Choice and the UPS Access Point network, two of the company's powerful services that work seamlessly together to provide busy online shoppers and global retailers new personalized solutions to manage residential package deliveries.

UPS My Choice, the customizable online and mobile service where consumers choose delivery preferences and more, will now be available to consumers in 15 additional countries throughout North America and Europe, In summary, the UPS My Choice expansion will include:

* UPS My Choice Expands to 15 Additional Countries
* UPS Access Point Locations now in Chicago and New York City
* UPS Access Point Locations worldwide to nearly double in 2015
* UPS Access Point Lockers Installed in ChicagoUPS My Choice is an industry-first innovation introduced in the U.S. in 2011.

The UPS Access Point network, with the broadest integrated cross-border footprint in Europe, is now available in New York City and Chicago and will expand rapidly to cover all major U.S. metropolitan markets during 2015. The UPS My Choice and UPS Access Point combined service will also be available in Poland, Italy, Canada and Mexico later this month.

UPS My Choice:

More than 10 million U.S. consumers already use UPS My Choice to plan for their deliveries when and where it is convenient for them. Consumers in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will be able to sign up for the free service at

"UPS My Choice has received outstanding customer response and continues to experience rapid growth with one new consumer enrollment every six seconds," said Alan Gershenhorn, UPS executive vice president and chief commercial officer. "Our mobile apps allow users to access UPS My Choice with their smart phone in a streamlined manner and offers several delivery and shipping solutions that fit their needs."

UPS My Choice members receive advance delivery notifications informing them of the delivery timing of each UPS package. Consumers also have the ability to reroute eligible packages to another address or reschedule deliveries for a future date before a UPS driver makes a delivery. Consumers can also activate a vacation setting to have packages held and delivered when they return home.

Unique to the UPS My Choice service, consumers only enroll one time and never need to provide additional information to retailers or UPS to begin taking control of their UPS deliveries.

"UPS My Choice and the UPS Access Point network are a powerful duo that give e-tailers new solutions for personalizing their customer's package delivery experience," Gershenhorn said. "UPS My Choice status alerts have industry-leading e-mail open rates and are extremely valuable for retailers that want to extend special customer offers or communications in addition to the shipment delivery notification and confirmation. We have more than 375 shippers in the U.S. utilizing this feature, including some of the most widely recognized names in retail."

UPS Access Point Locations:

The only thing consumers dislike more than missing a package is having to rearrange their lives to retrieve it. Earlier this year, 37% of U.S. online shoppers participating in the 2014 UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper study, said they want alternate delivery locations when they are not at home.

Now there is a convenient alternative: UPS Access Point locations. These local businesses, primarily neighborhood convenience and grocery stores with evening and weekend hours, fit a consumer's busy lifestyle. The locations are designed to be approximately 10 minutes or less from the consumer's delivery address.

UPS drivers, when unable to deliver a package at the consumer's residence, will leave a note informing them when they can expect to collect their package at a nearby UPS Access Point location. Consumers will go to and use the tracking number on the note to get the address. Consumers will need photo identification to receive their package. In addition, UPS My Choice members will have the ability to send qualifying shipments directly to a UPS Access Point location as their preferred delivery address.

Consumers can also drop off pre-labeled and prepaid packages at a UPS Access Point location during the store's hours. There are nearly 300 UPS Access Point locations in New York City and Chicago with more locations being added each week. As part of the UPS Access Point network, UPS is installing self-service smart lockers in metropolitan Chicago.
With government issued identification, or a mobile device, consumers can retrieve their package from a locker in less time than it takes to withdraw cash from an ATM. UPS My Choice members can route their packages directly to these lockers when they will not be home to receive deliveries.

In January 2015, the company plans to add all 4,400 The UPS Store locations throughout the U.S. to the UPS Access Point network.

Currently, there are more than 12,000 UPS Access Point locations in seven European countries. UPS expects to have 20,000 locations in key markets throughout Europe and the Americas by the end of 2015.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CSCMP Toronto Roundtable Event Invitation

Toronto, October 9th - The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Toronto Roundtable is pleased to present the ‘State of the Nation’ Transportation Night  on Thursday October 9, 2014.

Come out and and share in a rewarding evening of Transportation insight and networking and hear about what our foremost industry leaders have to say about capacity, trends  and changing customer demands.  

Date: Thursday October 9th, 2014 | Networking begins at 5:00 p.m. | Dinner and Program  6:45 – 8:15 p.m.

Venue: The Marriott Hotel – Toronto Airport, 901 Dixon Road, Etobicoke, Ontario
Registration for CSCMP Members $75, Non-members $90, Tables of Eight $600

Speaker Panel Includes:

David Bradley, CEO, Canadian Trucking Alliance / President, Ontario Trucking Association
Mark Seymour, CEO, Kriska Transportation
John Ferguson, President and CEO, SCI Group
Michael Gullo, Director Policy, Economic and Environmental Affairs, Rail Association of Canada

Lou Smyrlis, Canadian Transportation Pubisher & Editorial Director

To register online, please visit the link below