October 12, 2015
Mike Tamana Freight Lines LLC
2016 Scholarship Awards Increase:
$7,500 John J. Murphy Award, followed by individual awards of $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, $3,000 and $1,000.
A total of $22,500 will be distributed in 2016!

Link to access John J. Murphy Scholarship Application: www.foodshippersofamerica.org/scholarship.html.
We are pleased to offer the following sponsorship opportunities for the 61st Annual Food Shippers of America Conference February 28-March 2, at the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, California.
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2016 Food Shippers of America 61st Conference sponsors as of October 7, 2015
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Odyssey Logistics & Technology Corporation (OL&T)
The natural and organic food business is big in the Northwest, and all that food has to be distributed from somewhere. Starting later this year, a big chunk will pass through the new industrial development known as PDX Logistics Center, where KeHE Distributors LLC has signed a lease for an entire 383,040-square-foot building.
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Pallets (modern goods transportation infrastructure), also known as skids, are flat transportation structures that provide support to goods in a stable manner while transported from one place to another. Pallets are designed to access support to the forklift, pallet jack, front loader or other jacking device at the time of transporting. The majority of pallets are made of wood (hardwood or softwood) - approximately 80 percent. Other materials used to manufacture pallets include plastic (high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)), metal (carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum), corrugated paper (corrugated, honeycomb, solid fibreboard and moulded pulp paper) and composite wood ((plywood, OSB, particleboard and LVL)).
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C.R. England
ConAgra Foods Inc delivered a blow to thousands of employees this month when it announced plans to cut as much as 30 percent of its office workforce. The move is part of the new chief executive Sean Connolly's cost-cutting efforts, which he hopes will help turn things around for the struggling packaged foods company. Let's take a closer look at what is hurting ConAgra and how its latest move will affect shareholders going forward.
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Eden Prairie, Minn.-based C.H. Robinson has announced plans for a 207,000-square-foot office building in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood that will be ready for occupancy by late 2018.

The building, located at 1511 West Webster, has been leased by C.H. Robinson for 15 years, according to a news release from the company. The building represents an expansion of nearly 50,000 square feet from C.H. Robinson’s current Chicago offices at 1840 N. Marcy Street, according to the release.
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United States Cold Storage, Inc.
A recent survey found that 69 percent of American businesses use cloud storage to some extent and that 40 percent of all enterprise data is now cloud-based. Motor carriers are no exception. The growing use of GPS, electronic logging devices, onboard cameras and other telematics technology is generating an ever-growing stream of data, much of which ends up in cloud storage. The following article will review some important considerations and potential pitfalls presented by this trend.
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The world’s largest container shipping operator says the industry needs more consolidation. Maersk Line CEO Soren Skou tells the WSJ’s Costas Paris that shipping volume this year is running far behind what Maersk and other carriers anticipated and that capacity growth is likely to outpace demand for some time. Maersk has been a leader in moving toward the Triple-Es—ships that move more than 18,000 containers—and the carrier and other shipping lines have struck alliances to spread the cost of operating the ships around. The tie-ups are helping, but Skou says faltering demand won’t support more industry investment, particularly in information technology. Consolidation, he says, would allow carriers to share the big investment while driving down operating costs, allowing them to spread the savings to customers with lower freight rates.
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The national average price of diesel fuel increased 1.6 cents this week, driven by larger jumps in three regions. The increase is a reversal of a three-week decline, but the average remains under the $2.50 mark. The average diesel price for the week ending Oct. 5, 2015, was $2.492, according to the Energy Information Administration. That’s a $1.241 savings over the same period last year. The weekly increase is not reflective of price changes through most of the country. Three regions, the Midwest, the West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, pushed the average up despite lower prices in other areas. The largest jump was in the Midwest, where drivers are now paying 5.5 cents more than last week. In the Central Atlantic region, however, prices are down 1.6 cents.
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WSI Logistics
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie's transportation commissioner will resign this month as federal investigators continue a wide-ranging probe into Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which he previously lobbied on behalf of United Airlines.

Jamie Fox's departure a little more than a year after his appointment also comes as New Jersey lawmakers struggle to find a clear path forward on funding road work next fiscal year.
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Trucking companies are bracing for a slowdown in their business, with many looking to mergers and acquisitions for growth instead, according to reports this week in The Wall Street Journal.

Private trucking and logistics executives do not expect large contractual rate increases, and demand in the spot market has been soft this month, according a quarterly private trucking conference call hosted by analysts at Cowen and Co. this week, reported WSJ Logistics Report’s Loretta Chao.
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Tribe Express
More than 20 U.S. port authority officials and their key staff, representing seaports from all four U.S. coasts, will meet with Congressional leadership to discuss the upcoming surface transportation bill and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ navigation budget.
Lead by American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Chairwoman of the Board Kristin Decas (who is also the CEO and port director of Southern California’s Port of Hueneme) and AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle, the port delegation will meet with the Office of Management and Budget and Congressional leaders on key port industry infrastructure priorities.
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Nestlé Waters North America Inc. (Stamford, CT) is expanding its use of recycled content in its Arrowhead water brand for many of its most popular sized bottles by the end of 2016. This will increase Arrowhead's use of recycled content by 38 percent and will ensure that most of its bottle sizes contain up to 50 percent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET).

"Arrowhead has been part of California history for more than a century. We are continuously evolving our products to have the smallest environmental footprint possible. Thanks to California’s strong commitment to recycling, there is high quality rPET available enabling us to increase our use of recycled material," said Tim Brown, CEO and president of Nestlé Waters North America, which operates the Arrowhead brand.

The announcement is an extension of the brand’s ongoing commiment to support recycling efforts in California. While most plastic bottles are made out of material called polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Arrowhead has focused on introducing bottles made from rPET and began using it in its ½-liter bottles three years ago.
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Wabash National has recognized Meritor Wabco with its 2015 Platinum Supplier Award for excellence in quality and delivery performance.

Meritor Wabco is one of two companies that have won the award six times. The award was given out at Wabash’s annual supplier conference where the company recognizes key companies that helped it meet customer demand and maximize productivity.

Meritor Wabco supplies Wabash with SmartTrac trailer anti-lock braking, roll stability and InfoLink data gateway systems. InfoLink supports tag and lift axle control as well as tire inflation communication systems.
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