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Choice Logistics Hires Global Leaders; Positioned for Growth

Choice Logistics, the leading provider of enterprise-grade supply-chain solutions, today announced the hiring of seven senior leaders from blue-chip corporations. Each strategic hire was for a different position and each resides in a different global market.

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"Rolling Layoffs" at Caterpillar Logistics Services

Caterpillar Logistics Services will hold a series of “rolling layoffs” at 3 Lafayette locations, planned to begin August 24. 158 workers will be affected and the new work schedule may last for more than six months. The rolling layoffs have a defined period, such as one week per month, when employees will be laid off. But, the company said, a clearly defined return to work date is also scheduled. The use of rolling layoffs is intended to reduce the number of employees impacted by indefinite layoffs.


Schneider National Named CaseStack Green Carrier of the Year

Schneider National was recently named the CaseStack Green Carrier of the Year for its outstanding level of service while remaining the most “green” within Casestack’s frequently used carrier base.

“Schneider National has a long-standing commitment to operating the most energy-efficient fleet in the industry,” said Dan Van Alstine, senior vice president/general manager for Schneider National. “By being more fuel efficient, we’re lowering emissions and saving valuable natural resources. We’re also helping our customers meet their own sustainability goals. We’re proud to work with companies who share our commitment to social responsibility and are honored to receive this inaugural award from CaseStack.”

“This award is a direct result of Schneider’s superior reputation for reliability, quality and customer service,” said Dan Sanker, president and CEO of CaseStack. “We look forward to continuing our excellent relationship with them in 2009.”


BNSF Recognized for Service Excellence

Owens Corning recently named BNSF Railway Company as a recipient of their 2008 Global Logistics Carrier of the Year award for an intermodal railroad.


Owens Corning annually recognizes carriers of all types for their service on both inbound and outbound transportation service. In addition to service, award-winning carriers are living Owens Corning’s waste-free sustainability goal by their involvement with the SmartWay™ Transport Partnership and impressive safety record. SmartWay™ is a voluntary partnership between various freight industry sectors and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that establishes incentives for fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas emissions reductions.


SkyBitz Appoints New VP

SkyBitz has appointed Craig Montgomery as its new senior vice-president of marketing and business development. With more than 14 years of marketing and business development experience in high-technology sectors, he most recently was chief operations officer and senior vice-president of marketing for Seneca One Finance.


i2 Technologies:2009 Award Recipient

i2 Technologies has been named a 2009 award recipient of the Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media.


“It’s an honor to receive two Hermes Platinum Awards recognizing the efforts of many i2 professionals, i2 customers, and special contributors who work on Supply Chain Leader,” said Beth Elkin, i2 senior marketing director. “Supply Chain Leader has been a valuable outlet for supply chain thought leaders to share their insight, innovative thinking and best-practice knowledge with business professionals around the world. It is satisfying to have their work recognized for both its quality and creativity.”


Exel Named "2008 Supplier of the Year"

Exel was rewarded the “2008 Supplier of the Year” award in the category of Goods and Services Operations from The Dannon Company. Dannon selected Exel’s Dayton, Ohio, site for the honor based on its improvements in quality, safety, cost, and overall performance in inventory accuracy and on-time shipping.


“We have tremendous respect for our business partners and are grateful for the contributions they make to our success,” said Paul Gardner, vice president of sourcing and supplier development for The Dannon Company. “Suppliers, such as Exel, that perform well help Dannon maintain its competitive advantages, boost innovation and improve our products’ time to market.”


“We’re honored to receive the 2008 Supplier of the Year award from Dannon,” said Scott Sureddin, president of Exel’s Consumer business unit. “The dedication, hard work and attention it took to earn this recognition is a reflection of the exceptional people on our Dayton, Ohio, operations team. With a relentless focus on the customer, these associates consistently demonstrate high performance levels and deliver value to Dannon.”


DSC Partners with Tata Tea

DSC Logistics has been selected as Lead Logistics Partner in the US to Tata Tea group, currently the world’s second largest tea company. DSC will offer them supply chain and logistics support and will also deliver logistics support for Empirical Group. DSC worked collaboratively with Tata Tea group to design a Supply Chain network that will integrate multiple business units.


Littlefuse Honors TTI

TTI, Inc. has been announced first time winner of the Distributor of the Year Award from Littelfuse. The award was presented at the annual Electronics Distribution Show and Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. Recognized as the world leader in circuit protection products, Littelfuse and TTI began its partnership in 2004.


Michael Knight, Vice President Corporate Product Management and Supplier Marketing for TTI, commented on the achievement, “This is a product area that we have been aggressively investing in and it is extremely gratifying to achieve recognition from the leader in this field. With the excellent chemistry between Littelfuse and TTI, I am certain that we will have more Littelfuse Distributor of the Year Awards in the future.”


Executive Change at Alcoa

Tim D. Myers has been named president of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, with responsibility for forged wheels and aluminum structures. He succeeds Kevin B. Kramer, who has been appointed president, growth initiatives. Myers had been vice-president and general manager, commercial vehicle wheels, accountable for Alcoa truck wheel plants worldwide and subassembly and logistics sites in North America.


Drop in Diesel Fuel Price

The average price of diesel fuel nationwide dropped for the first time in eight weeks, decreasing 0.8 cents to $2.608 a gallon, according to US Department of Energy information.


Public Refrigerated Warehousing & Distribution Directory 

Updated for 2009, the annual directory is a compilation of public refrigerated warehouses (PRWs) throughout North America that offer or arrange some type of transportation service. This list is arranged geographically by state and includes Canada. Listings include address, phone, and a comprehensive list of services offered. Access


2009 Material Handling and Logistics Conference

The 2009 Material Handling and Logistics Conference will be held September 13-16 at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Park City, Utah. This conference is a three-day educational event offering more than 60 classes, interactive workshops, roundtables and panel discussions addressing supply chain strategy, best practices, emerging technologies, innovative thinking and focus groups. It will focus on supply chain practices to immediately impact and improve performance.


TTI Awarded "Distributor of the Year"

TTI, Inc. has been awarded the distinguished Distributor of the Year Award from passives component manufacturer KEMET Corporation for the fifth consecutive year.


Michael Knight, TTI Vice President Corporate Product Management and Supplier Marketing, said, “Though TTI has long been KEMET’s largest distributor, the criteria for the Distributor of the Year award is extremely comprehensive, and is based on much more than total sales. The length of our relationship combined with the effort required to achieve this recognition makes this award extremely meaningful to all of the employees of TTI North America.”


YRC Asking For $1 Billion in Bailout Funds

YRC, the nation’s largest publicly traded trucking company will ask for $1 billion in aid from the federal bailout fund. If approved, YRC would become the first trucking company to get help from the bailout fund, but analysts say the chance of YRC getting any bailout money is slim.


YRC has laid off thousands of workers, asked remaining workers to take sizable pay cuts and made other tough decisions to remain competitive as the trucking industry suffers from the worst demand in decades.


The company has reached an agreement with its banking group that will allow it to keep it within the terms of its debt. Creditors have once before given a lifeline to YRC, allowing it to pay back debt slowly through asset sales and other means.



Winners of 2009 Supply Chain Excellence Awards

The Supply Chain Excellence Awards are bestowed annually by the Supply-Chain Council (SCC), a global not-for-profit organization and owner of the Supply-Chain Operations Reference (SCOR(R)) Model. 2009 winners include: United States Transportation Command awarded for Supply Chain Excellence, SRA International Inc. and United States Army CECOM LCMC awarded for Supply Chain Operational Excellence, and Intelligroup Inc. awarded for Supply Chain Management Technology Excellence.


“On behalf of everyone at the Supply-Chain Council, I congratulate the winners of this year’s Supply Chain Excellence Awards,” said Joseph Francis, Executive Director, Supply-Chain Council. “We greatly appreciate their efforts, and the efforts of all past award winners, in contributing to the advancement of supply chain practices and the application of those practices in the pursuit of improved operational performance.”


CR England Receives Double Awards

CR England has been recognized as the 2008 Dedicated Grocery Carrier of the Year and 2008 Grocery Carrier of the Year by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. This is the first time Wal-Mart has honored a transportation provider with two awards in one year.


“These awards are a significant honor for our company and our people,” said Dan England, chairman of the board of CR England.


CEVA Awarded Contract Renewal

CEVA Logistics has been awarded a contract renewal for the operations of an inbound manufacturing support facility for Ford Motor Company’s truck plant based in Claycomo, Missouri. CEVA will take responsibility for the sequencing, bulk replenishment, kitting and container management for both the truck and SUV assembly lines.

“We’re pleased to have been awarded this important strategic business by Ford Motor Company to support this multi-platform manufacturing plant,” said Kerry Zielinski, Vice President Automotive Business Development, CEVA Logistics. “Our efforts to save Ford Motor Company significant cost involved a six month timeline of analysis. We feel proud of the work done by our logistics team enabling us to offer Ford an optimal solution.”



Carlson named "Pro to Know"

Bill Carlson, vice president, marketing for GHX, has been named one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine’s 2009 Pros to Know for his commitment to helping build a demand-driven supply chain in healthcare. Carlson has dedicated more than 20 years to helping healthcare providers and suppliers achieve both clinical and operational excellence.


“Bill’s unique vision to improve the value chain earns him a spot on this year’s list of Provider Pros to Know,” said Andrew Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “His dedication to helping healthcare providers and their partners through a tough economic downturn makes him an outstanding role model.”


U Connect Supply Chain Conference

More than a thousand supply-chain professionals will converge at U Connect for a user-driven program focused on business-oriented tracks: Efficient Distribution of Goods; Efficient Order to Cash; Supply Chain Visibility and Traceability; Sustainability; and Item Identification and Setup. Another track will address GS1 Standards. This conference will be keynoted by Bruce Richardson, chief research officer of AMR Research. Conferees can take advantage of hands-on workshops, ask-the-expert sessions and other offerings, in addition to three plenary sessions and 60 breakout sessions.


Blue Sky Named to Inbound Logistics Top 100

Blue Sky Technologies was recently added to the list of Top 100 Logistics IT Companies for 2009 by the editors and publishers of Inbound Logistics. This is the third consecutive year that Blue Sky Technologies has been included on this list.


“Solutions providers such as Blue Sky Technologies empower logistics and supply chain management, continuing to offer innovative and practical solutions in the face of demand volatility. 2009 continues to be a year where every opportunity and efficiency must be seized and Blue Sky consistently provides the kinds of technology solutions business logistics managers need to successfully manage their global enterprises. As shippers, carriers, and 3PLs increase their use of logistics IT, Blue Sky is flexible and responsive, anticipating customers’ evolving needs. That’s why Inbound Logistics editors have recognized Blue Sky as one of 2009’s Top 100 Logistics IT Providers.”


“We are honored to have been selected for the fourth time by the editors of Inbound Logistics,” said Steve Hensley, president of Blue Sky Technologies. “This puts us within a select group of technology peers who no doubt share our objective of providing value to the supply chain by way of superior service and innovative technology.”