Food Shippers of America

RWI Transportation LLC
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. The primary award of $5000 will be awarded to the individual who is determined to be the most qualified, based on review of submitted applications by the current officers, board members and advisors of Food Shippers of America. The top applicant will be invited to attend the Food Shippers of America annual conference for a presentation of the scholarship award Monday morning, February 24.

Additional awards of $3000 will be presented to the second and third most qualified individuals. The fourth most qualified applicant will receive $2000, and the fifth and sixth most qualified applicants will receive $1000.

We encourage all interested students to apply. Additional consideration will be given to those applicants with a major concentration in business, logistics or supply chain management. A total of $15,000 will be awarded. The guidelines for becoming an applicant are as follows:

1. Applicant must be 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.

2. "Supply Chain" scholarship requires enrollment in a college business program with additional merit placed on those majoring in logistics or supply chain management. Additional awards are available to all applicants enrolled in a college program; however, additional consideration will be allocated to those applicants with a major concentration in business, logistics or supply chain management.
3. Applicant must have maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average during their junior and senior years of high school and/or have maintained this average if currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses.

4. Applicant packet must be completed in its entirety.

5. Received applications will be reviewed and selections determined by the current sitting officers, board members and advisors of Food Shippers of America.

6. For additional information and application form, please go to www.foodshippersofamerica.org/scholarship.html

7. Scholarship applications and references must be received by December 31 for the upcoming year. Completed applications can be submitted via email to scholarship@foodshippersofamerica.org or via U.S. mail to:

Food Shippers Scholarship
1546 Shire Circle
Inverness, IL 60067
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Newbourne, treasurer at treasurer@foodshippersofamerica.org

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Registration for the 2014 Food Shippers of America 59th Annual Conference is now open online at www.foodshippersofamerica.org. The theme is "Bridging the Gap," and with all the great speakers and topic sessions, 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!
With Planning Committee Co-Chairs Gregory Bostick, Americold Logistics, 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 include morning and afternoon golf rounds on Sunday the 23rd, Sunday lunch for all, the return of our First Time Attendee Reception, Sunday reception and dinner, Monday conference sessions, Monday reception and banquet dinner, and Tuesday morning's conference sessions on the 25th. These opportunities are essential to making the most of your time at the conference.

The tentative agenda is posted online 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 all other attendee types. Conference attendance will be limited to 900. 

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 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 tax.  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
Werner Enterprises, a premier transportation and logistics company, recently introduced a three-tiered Million Mile Safe Driver Truck Program designed to recognize professional Werner drivers who have achieved safe driving milestones of 1, 2 or 3 million miles with new trucks and accessories.

"It takes a lot of dedication to strike the perfect balance between efficiently moving our country's freight and ensuring the safety of the motoring public," said Derek Leathers, president and COO of Werner Enterprises. "We are fortunate to have quite a few of these exceptional professional drivers on our team. Drivers who accumulate millions of safe miles deserve to be recognized for their hard work, and that's what we plan to do with this industry-leading program."

Visit http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131125-908393.html to view the full article online.

Kottke Trucking, Inc., a Minnesota-based refrigerated and dry van truckload carrier, has been accepted into the prestigious "SmartWay Transport Partner" certification program by the US Environmental Protection Agency as of November 4, 2013. Kottke operates in a closed loop, 28-state region within the central United States, along with dedicated, round-trip runs to the East and West Coasts of the US. Kottke is celebrating their 75th Anniversary in 2013 and is in its "3rd" generation of ownership by the Kottke family. Our refrigerated trailers are capable of handling food products from fresh to deep frozen (-20 degrees). You can learn more about us at: www.kottke-trucking.com

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index.asp?aid=245047&issueID=32196 to view the full article online.

Wells Fargo & Co. upgraded shares of Hub Group (NASDAQ:HUBG) from an underperform rating to a market perform rating in a research note released on Thursday morning, TheFlyOnTheWall.com reports.
Hub Group (NASDAQ:HUBG) traded up 0.03% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $38.17. 21,518 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Hub Group has a 1-year low of $31.25 and a 1-year high of $41.18. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $36.94 and a 200-day moving average of $37.32. The company has a market cap of $1.437 billion and a P/E ratio of 19.77.

Visit http://www.wkrb13.com/markets/237080/hub-group-stock-rating-upgraded-by-wells-fargo-co-hubg/ to view the full article online.

Weber Logistics
The U.S. unemployment rate was 7% in November, the lowest rate in five years, as the trucking industry and the economy as a whole added jobs, the Labor Department reported Dec. 6.

Trucking jobs increased by 8,400, while the transportation and warehousing sector, which includes trucking, added 30,500 jobs, the department said. November’s gain in trucking jobs followed an increase of 800 jobs in October, which was double the level previously reported.

Visit http://www.ttnews.com/articles/basetemplate.aspx?storyid=33644 to view the full article online.

Freight haulers are embracing social media, but still not a much as other business-to-business companies, according to a new study.

Carrier Logistics, a developer of information technology systems for freight carriers, found 68 of the top hundred freight haulers have a social media presence. Of companies using social media, 80% have a Facebook page, 72% use LinkedIn and 64% use Twitter and/or use Google .

Visit http://www.truckinginfo.com/news/story/2013/12/trucking-lags-when-it-comes-to-adopting-social-media.aspx to view the full article online.

United States Cold Storage, Inc.
Cardinal Logistics Management, the second largest dedicated contract carriage provider in the U.S., has announced the addition of three new members to its Business Development Team. Rich Bourque, Mike Killius and Michael Oetjen will round out Cardinal's unparalleled Business Development Team. In their current roles with Cardinal as vice presidents of business development, Bourque, Killius and Oetjen are responsible for establishing new business relationships and increasing new and profitable sales growth.

Visit http://www.einnews.com/pr_news/179738459/cardinal-logistics-management-adds-key-players-to-business-development-team to view the full article online.

KENAI, Alaska — The Sterling Highway, which serves as the southern Kenai Peninsula's road connection to the rest of the state, is inching closer to the edge of the bluff as soil falls away at a rate of about one foot annually.

While Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesperson Jill Reese said the erosion at Milepost 153.3, between Happy Valley and Anchor Point, doesn't pose as an immediate threat, DOT&PF plans to begin construction as early as spring 2014 keep the highway out of jeopardy.

Visit http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/15820c2c529d47718419b51b4deed76f/AK--Sterling-Highway-Erosion to view the full article online.