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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.

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Monday
Jun092008

Aldi to Open Store in Texas

German owned Aldi Inc., plans to open a 500,000 square foot distribution center in Denton, Texas in order to serve stores in Texas and Oklahoma.  Currently, Aldi has no stores in Texas and 13 stores in Oklahoma. Aldi, eventually plans to open 25 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the next few years.

Monday
Jun092008

USCS to Open New Warehouse

United States Cold Storage (USCS), based out of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, plans to open a 300,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse in Lebanon, Indiana in the summer of 2009.  New hiring will take place in January 2009, with a total number of 100 employees by 2012.

Monday
Jun092008

Jevic Discontinues Operations

Jevic Transportation Inc, based out of Delanco, New Jersey has discontinued operations beginning May 19, 2008. Jevic will not be making pick-ups, but will continue running a delivery operation until all their freight is delivered. Over the last two years, Jevic has been working hard to improve their freight delivery costs. “Sadly, escalating fuel costs, higher insurance costs, a slowing economy, and ultimately a tightening of the credit market were to much for us to overcome,” said Pete Robinson, director of marketing and corporate communications.

Tuesday
Jun032008

Terra Technology One of 25 Hottest

Terra Technology, a leader of demand sensing and inventory optimization solutions, has been recognized by START-IT magazine as one of the 25 Hottest Companies of 2008 and as one of the top IT providers by Inbound Logistics.  “The companies who have been named ‘hot’ this year are among the leading-edge technology providers within manufacturing. These innovative companies are driving manufacturing solutions into the next generation,” said Peggy Smedley, editorial director of START-IT.  “As the manufacturing industry evolves, so must the technology companies that provide solutions to advanced manufacturers. The 25 winning companies this year are having a great impact on the manufacturing space as they strive to provide the most complete, innovative technology possible to their customers.”

Once a year, Inbound Logistics acknowledges the Top 100 Logistics IT Providers in an attempt to give logistics executives a way to connect with other companies that can supply their needs. “We are honored and pleased with the award recognition that Terra continues to receive within the supply chain and manufacturing industries,” said Robert F. Byrne, president and CEO of Terra Technology. “This recognition is a testament to the commitment of our team and highlights the benefits our clients receive from implementing Multi-Enterprise Demand Sensing and Inventory Optimization solutions.”

Friday
May302008

CEVA Receives Award

CEVA Logistics, headquartered in Houston, Texas, was awarded “Transportation Partner of the Year” by Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA) for the second year in a row. CEVA is the fourth largest supply chain management company in the world.

“CEVA has consistently demonstrated the level of performance and personal service necessary to earn this award,” said Glenn Wood, senior director, logistics, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. “Working closely with FCPA, CEVA has developed and executed innovative solutions that provide a higher level of service while removing cost from our model. The fact that CEVA (formerly EGL) maintained service excellence and enhanced our partnership in the midst of their merger with TNT Logistics is particularly impressive.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized as Fujitsu Computer Products of America’s top logistics provider for the second consecutive year,” said Joe Bento, president, global freight management, CEVA. “We have worked hard to differentiate ourselves through flexibility and innovation, but equally important is the reciprocal commitment by FCPA to a partnership that is mutually rewarding. We value the relationship we have with FCPA and look forward to continuing to play a key role in Fujitsu’s goals and strategic objectives for the future.”

Thursday
May292008

Pacer Logistics Acquires Cargo Connection

Pacer Logistics LLC, a subsidiary of Pacer Health Corporation has acquired Cargo Connection Logistics Corporation, a transportation and logistics provider for import and export shipments, based out of Inwood, New York. The acquisition is the beginning of Pacer’s entry into new turnaround market sectors for businesses in financial trouble.

Thursday
May292008

Cheney Joins Ventura Transfer

Jim Cheney has been named safety and compliance manager at Ventura Transfer Company in Los Angeles, California.

Thursday
May222008

Transplace Receives C-TPAT Certification

Transplace, a third party logistics (3PL) provider, received a Custom-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification for supply chain security.  C-TPAT is a program instituted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to develop supportive relationships that reinforce and advance international supply chain and U.S. border security. “Obtaining C-TPAT certification for Transplace International demonstrates that our internal management processes, as well as the facilities that we employ from various partners around the world, are safe, secure and compliant, said Kevin Higgins, vice president of international services for Transplace. As part of our Customer Service Integrity program, it was extremely important for us to achieve certification and have these procedures in place for our customers. 

“Transplace is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality service and security measures available. Completing the stringent processes to achieve C-TPAT certification allowed us to take our security standards up a notch for our customers and their respective supply chain operations, said Tom Sanderson, president and CEO of Transplace. We will continue to support security initiatives that permit Transplace International to provide enhanced services to our customers, both now and in the future.
Wednesday
May212008

Artisanal and Baldor Work Together

Artisanal Premium Cheese, also known as American Home Food Products Inc., signed a distribution contract with Baldor Specialty Foods, a distributor of fresh produce. Baldor will utilize their truck fleet to distribute Artisanal Premium Cheese to its clients, such as restaurants, hotels, and caterers in the northeast. In addition, Artisanal will provide culinary guidance to Baldor’s high-end cheese sector and will teach Baldor’s sales team on plating, cutting, and pairing Artisanal Premium Cheese.

Tuesday
May132008

Bumble Bee Foods Looks to DSC for Logistics Services

Bumble Bee Foods has hired DSC Logistics to provide them with Logistics Management Services out of their Mira, Loma, California, Logistics Center location. DSC will be providing services such as inventory management and transportation services from Bumble Bee Foods’ plants in California, Georgia, Washington, and China. “DSC was awarded the business based on our experience and in-depth understanding of the food industry, the knowledge and leadership abilities of our Mira Loma Logistics Center team,” said Ann Drake, DSC’s CEO. “When we took over their business, we ‘hit the ground running’ by providing our services during their busiest season, as well as executing a seamless start-up. We continue to work hard with Bumble Bee to help them achieve their business goals by managing change and information in their supply chain.”

Monday
May122008

Madigan Joins The Guild

The Guild, Inc., an online retailer of art and craft items, has recently hired Mary Madigan as vice president of merchandising. She formerly served as senior vice president of merchandising and product development at Chefs. In her new position, she will be in charge of the development of the artwork assortment for the The Guild’s online website and their printed catalog. “We are so lucky to have a merchant of Mary’s caliber join the company,” The Guild’s CEO, Lisa Bayne, said. “She is a premium product person with a passion for artwork and a great track record for building brands. This will be a tremendous asset to us as we work to build the offerings and reach of The Artful Home brand through our Web site, catalog, and eventually, retail venues.”

Friday
May092008

United Natural Foods Relocates

United Natural Foods is relocating it’s New Oxford, PA center to a much larger warehouse in York, PA. The new facility is a 675,000 square foot distribution center located in the Greenspring Industrial Park. Operations should begin before the end of 2008. The warehouse will provide a centralized distribution location for customers in the northeast United States.

Thursday
May082008

Merix Hires Lach

Merix Corporation hired Steven N. Lach as its vice president of North American Operations. Lach, formerly held the position of Sr VP of North American PCB Operations for Sanmina-SCI Corporation. Michael D. Burger, CEO of Merix, commented, “Steve has a phenomenal reputation in our industry with our vendors and with our customer base. He brings over 25 years experience in PCBs to Merix, and his considerable talent will provide great strength to our operations team.” “The PCB industry is always challenging,” said Steve Lach. “Helping Merix meet challenges and achieve its potential is a great opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

Thursday
May082008

DGAC Celebrates Three Decades of Service

Started in 1973, The Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary for it’s continuous service for promoting safe transportation of hazardous materials and dangerous goods globally. DGAC will be honored at the 30th Annual Conference and Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition.  This year the conference will be held in Savannah, GA from November 5th through the 7th. For further information please visit the DGAC website at www.dgac.org.

Wednesday
May072008

Schneider Completes Integration

Schneider Logistics has completed the integration of the four companies it purchased since 2005. The four logistic companies include: American Port Services, Powers Transportation, American Overseas Logistics and Bao Yun Logistics. “Schneider has been providing logistics services to customers in North America and abroad for more than 10 years,” said Tom Escott, president of Schneider Logistics. “Our strategic acquisitions within the last three years have significantly built out our international service offerings. Now, as one company, we present a single-source solution for our customers’ international supply chains – from a shipment’s critical first mile to its final destination.”

Monday
May052008

Women in Trucking Reveals New President

Women in Trucking announced that Ellen Voie will serve as the organization’s new president. Women in Trucking is an non-profit organization started to promote the employment of women and lend a hand in providing a more female-friendly atmosphere for those already in the trucking business. “The ability to now hire a President is such a testament to our growth,” said Leigh Foxall. “In a year we have grown to 1,000 members, but equally important, we are getting the support from many corporations that believe in our mission.”   To learn more about Women in Trucking please visit their website at: www.womenintrucking.org.

Friday
May022008

Transplace Announces Award Winners

Transplace, named Southern Freight, Inc. the winner of the “Carrier of the Year” award at it’s 2008 Carrier Symposium in Rogers, Arkansas. Southern Freight was also presented with the “Best On-Time Service” award.  Other award winners were USA Truck and Heartland Express.  “Transplace identified its top carriers based on statistical data, qualitative survey feedback and overall performance metrics,” said Kyle Alexander, gm of strategic development for Transplace. “We wanted the awards to be truly reflective of the actual carrier’s performance this year.”

Friday
May022008

Kraft Foods Announces Winners

Kraft Foods Global Inc. announced three winners for their annual Kraft Transportation Service Provider Recognition Program. Prime Inc., based in Springfield, MO won in the National Carrier category, Stevens, based in Dallas, TX and Tri Hi Transportation based in Merrill, WI both won awards in the Regional Carrier category. Kraft’s criterion for the awards combined partnership, responsiveness, innovation, and flexibility.

Wednesday
Apr302008

Greatwide Logistics Unites with Camrett

Greatwide Logistics Services, headquartered in Dallas, TX, a transportation and third-party logistics company, has attained Camrett Inc. based in Wytheville, VA. Camrett will become part of Greatwide’s Dedicated Transport business entity, the second-largest contract carriage providers in the United States.

 

Wednesday
Apr302008

Hebe Rejoins Navistar

James L. Hebe has rejoined the truck group of Navistar International Corporation as senior vice president, North American sales operations.