Food Shippers of America

RWI Transportation LLC
Registration for the 2014 Food Shippers of America 59th Annual Conference is now open on-line at www.foodshippersofamerica.org. The theme is "Bridging the Gap," and with all the great speakers and topic session, you don't want to miss this event. Reservations at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL. can be made using the link provided on the FSA website. See you all there !!!! 
The planning committee just met, and with Conference Co-Chairs Gregory Bostick, SUPERVALU, and Andrew Moreau, Strive Logistics leading the way, our 2014 Committee looks to provide yet again another great event.  

The conference theme,"Bridging the Gap," will have sessions you won't want to miss. 

Extensive networking opportunities starting with morning and afternoon golf rounds on Sunday the 23rd, Sunday Lunch for all, return of First Time Attendee Reception, Sunday reception and dinner, Monday conference sessions, Monday reception and banquet dinner, ending with Tuesday morning’s conference sessions on the 25th, are essential to making the most of your time at the conference.

Final agenda will be posted on line by September 30, 2014, at www.foodshippersofamerica.org
We are pleased to maintain our conference rates at our previous level of $750 per attendee for shippers and receivers and $975 for per attendee for all other attendee types. Conference attendance will be limited to 900 in total. 

The Food Shippers of America 2014 Annual conference will be held at the JW Marriott Grand Lakes in Orlando FL, February 23-25, 2014.

NOTE: All sponsorship opportunities available can be selected when you are completing your registration. If you have any specific questions, please contact  Royce Fisk, Executive Director, rfisk@foodshippersofamerica.org or Nancy Newbourne, Treasurer treasurer@foodshippersofamerica.org 

Food Shippers of America has secured a discounted room rate for registered conference attendees of $229 per night plus taxes.  While we have increased our room block from last year, rooms are available on a first come/first served basis, and the discounted room rate can only be applied through use of the link provided.

Securing room reservations is the responsibility of the attendee and is not included in the conference registration fee. 
2014 Food Shippers of America JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando Reservations   Use this link to secure your hotel room reservations. 

Look forward to seeing you there!!! 
Tranzact Technologies
The 2014 John J. Murphy Scholarship program will again be available for a child or dependent of a Supply Chain Logistics department employee of a Food Shippers of America member company whose membership has been paid for in full.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=229725&issueID=32192 to view the full article online.

J.C. Penney Co. says it has tapped a Kraft Foods executive as its new marketing chief to help revitalize the struggling brand and reconnect with its shoppers.

Visit http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/aug/09/us-jc-penney-personnel/ to view the full article online.

JTS (Johanson Transportation Service), a leading third-party supply chain solutions provider, has received recognition as a Top 100 3PL by industry publication Inbound Logistics Magazine for the fourth consecutive year.

Visit http://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/pdf/Top_100_3PL_IL_2013_80613.pdf to view the full article online.

The American trucking and logistics specialists have revealed the addition of two new clients seeking counsel from the industry authorities.

Visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb10980920.htm to view the full article online.

Weber Logistics
A Pennsylvania distribution center management company is looking to hire 100 additional employees for Kroger Co.’s refrigerated food distribution facility in Shelbyville.

Visit http://www.shelbynews.com/articles/2013/08/09/news/doc520457166028e751388639.txt to view the full article online.

Food and beverage distributors have been the leading adopters of automated material handling technologies going back more than 50 years to the early days of AS/RS (Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems). Today, many of these distributors depend on automated systems to process 10,000 cases per hour through a single facility. At that level, material handling automation technologies, along with the sophisticated sorting, controls and software systems to manage and operate them, become a justifiable necessity.

Visit http://www.scdigest.com/experts/Holste_13-08-07.php?cid=7289&ctype=content to view the full article online.

Swift Transportation Co. said it has acquired privately held carrier Central Refrigerated for $225 million.

The purchase of the West Valley City, Utah-based carrier was for approximately $189 million in cash and $36 million of assumed capital lease obligations and other financial debt, Swift said in a statement.

Visit http://www.ttnews.com/articles/showtemplatemats2013.aspx?storyid=32658 to view the full article online.

Federal Appeals Court upholds all but one small provision relative to short haul drivers; impact of new rules still unclear.

Visit http://www.scdigest.com/ontarget/13-08-05-1.php?cid=7282 to view the full article online.

United States Cold Storage, Inc.
Navistar Inc. announced Thursday it has launched production of its International TranStar regional-haul Class 8 tractor, the fifth heavy-duty International model to transition to selective catalytic reduction technology since December.

Visit http://www.ttnews.com/articles/showtemplatemats2013.aspx?storyid=32664 to view the full article online.

Lynden Transport once again was voted a top Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carrier in the Western Region in Logistics Management magazine's 30th annual Quest for Quality Awards. Lynden earned the No. 1 ranking for on-time performance and was ranked second overall among the top four competitors. The award asks shippers to evaluate providers on the following criteria: on-time performance, equipment and operations, value, information technology and customer service. With this year's award, Lynden Transport has received 17 Quest for Quality Awards.

Visit http://www.heraldonline.com/2013/08/08/5097730/lynden-transport-voted-no-1-for.html to view the full article online.

It’s the kind of transaction that can raise an eyebrow or two: a large company buying a business owned by its chief executive. Swift Transportation (SWFT), one of the largest U.S. trucking companies, made just such a move by acquiring a refrigerated-trucking business owned by Swift Chief Executive Jerry C. Moyes for $189 million in cash and $36 million in assumed debt.

Visit http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-07/swift-ceo-makes-a-cozy-deal-for-cold-trucks to view the full article online.

PepsiCo (PEP) has reported better than anticipated results for the second quarter and emphasized that its mixed portfolio played an important role in the performance, thereby underlining its determination not to separate its snacks and beverages businesses. The Americas food division, which is the largest division by sales, experienced higher price realizations in addition to a 2% increase in volume. Revenues also grew in other parts of the world,such as in Europe, Asia and Africa, because of higher volumes. The beverages unit in the Americas continued to underperform as price increases could not offset the impact of a 3.5% decline in volumes.

Visit http://seekingalpha.com/article/1610412-will-pepsico-acquire-mondelez?source=google_news to view the full article online.