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.

The final agenda will be posted online 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, at treasurer@foodshippersofamerica.org 
Food Shippers of America has secured a discounted room rate for registered conference attendees of $229 per night plus taxe.  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 in full.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=232860&issueID=32193 to view the full article online.

Federal prosecutors say three company officers of a cross-border trucking operation cooked the books to ensure the flow of loan money. The scheme eventually racked up $26 million in losses for GE Capital Corp. – a subsidiary of General Electric – one of the world’s largest companies.

According to a news release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Texas’ Southern District, Sergio Lagos, 44, Aurelio "Jim" Aleman, 59, and Oscar Barbosa, 50, were arrested after being indicted on six counts of federal wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Visit http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=25675 to view the full article online.

State-of-the-art technology and logistics expertise have driven U.S. Freightways to be among the top freight transportation providers in the industry. But most essential are the truck drivers driving their business every single day, and with increasing competition for new quality hires requiring more technological innovation as well, U.S Freightways has joined forces with prominent industry job site.

Visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/trucking/companies/prweb11087688.htm to view the full article online.

Weber Logistics
The Obama administration on Thursday announced $474 million in federal grants for 52 transportation projects in 37 states across the U.S., including $10 million for the Duluth port and $1.5 million for rural Minnesota highways.

Visit http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/277053/ to view the full article online.

McKay TransCold, a 3PL providing multi-modal logistics solutions, announces its flagship service – "TransCold Express" – will launch as a dedicated, refrigerated train offering a bi-directional service between the California Central Valley and the Midwest.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=233079&issueID=32193 to view the full article online.

Wish-Bone sold for $580 million – Pinnacle Foods is buying Wish-Bone salad dressing from Unilever for $580 million. Combined annual sales, which includes the liquid and dry-mix salad dressing under the Wish-Bone and Western brands, totals about $190 million.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=233081&issueID=32193 to view the full article online.

When it comes to logistics sourcing strategies, "job one" is almost always centered on bidding strategies. We see significant savings from a sourcing strategy and approach that enables carriers to bid flexibly on preferred lots (i.e., grouped lots comprising several complementary lanes as one bundle) and to offer discounts or adders based on a variety of criteria. This approach allows the procurement team to weigh these offers (with potential additional negotiations) against a variety of constraints, such as supplier rationalization goals, customer service level requirements and cost objectives.

Visit http://spendmatters.com/2013/09/03/logistics-sourcing-first-and-second-wave-strategies/ to view the full article online.

United States Cold Storage, Inc.
Sales have been down for more than a year as slower industrial output, higher fuel prices, hardening interest rates and a mining ban have hurt growth.

Truck sales across all segments in August crashed almost 42% on-year, according to a report released by Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training (IFTRT). Industry observers said this is the sharpest fall since the last downturn in 2008, when sales of commercial vehicles (CVs) dropped almost 50%.

Visit http://www.dnaindia.com/money/1885097/report-commercial-vehicle-sales-drop-in-aug-sharpest-since-2008 to view the full article online.

National average rates held steady for the week of August 25-31 as rates rose in a handful of key markets due to increased demand for all trailer types, reports DAT Trendlines.

Visit http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2013/9/5/Nationalaveragefreightratesholdsteadyforpastweek.aspx to view the full article online.

The latest State of Logistics Report states that the trucking industry is currently short by about 30,000 drivers. And logistics professionals are frequently warned by trucking trade associations and big carriers about how CSA regulations have reduced the driver pool and that Hours of Service will reduce driver productivity by perhaps 8 percent on average. We are also told that we have an aging driver workforce and that there will be a large turnover due to retirement in the next 10 years (The article cited below says that 14 percent of drivers are between the ages of 55 and 65.) In short, we are told, things are bad and getting worse. One key cause is that the government has become too intrusive and needs to roll back these regulations.

Visit http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevebanker/2013/09/03/what-driver-shortage/ to view the full article online.