Food Shippers of America

RWI Transportation LLC
When Kraft Foods announced it was eliminating its private fleet and would be relying on larger motor carriers to move its freight, approximately 285 truck drivers received word that they would be losing their jobs beginning in June. Joyce Hodel of Kraft Corporate Affairs told Land Line the company plans to discontinue its fleet in three phases, beginning in June, and hopes to complete the transition by the end of 2014. She said the decision to eliminate the company’s private fleet is "not a reflection on our fleet employees, who have done outstanding work."

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The third-party logistics provider, Roar Logistics, has purchased Legend Transportation Group. The acquisition folds LTG, including its third-party logistics model and its online, less-than-truckload services for the retail store openings, mining, high-tech plant movement, gas and oil, and the energy industry, into Roar's operations. The purchase by the New York-based Roar includes LTG's headquarters location in Phoenix, giving Roar two western U.S. operations.

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Everyone knew what was coming, but the options that the Congressional Budget Office presented Tuesday to resolve the nation’s transportation funding crisis laid out a grim reality for lawmakers in this election year. "It’s an American characteristic that you can’t do anything to displease the voters," said Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), who felt free to speak candidly because he’s not seeking re-election.

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Penske Truck Rental is introducing compressed natural gas Freightliner Cascadia semi-tractors for rent in Atlanta and a handful of other markets.

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Tranzact Technologies
A federal transportation proposal would remove restrictions on toll booths on federal roads, which could provide states like Iowa a new revenue stream to pay for road and bridge work. However, Iowa officials say even if President Barack Obama’s four-year $302 billion transportation plan is approved, it’s unlikely Iowa would take advantage, at least not right away. "The consensus today is that tolling doesn’t make sense in Iowa, but that it could as technology evolves," said Stuart Anderson, director of the Planning, Programming and Modal Division at the Iowa Department of Transportation.

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Load boards are changing every day. ComFreight wants to change them forever and turn them upside down. With its latest set of updates and releases ComFreight is moving more and more freight into the cloud. The goal of this, says Lead Co-Founder Steve Kochan, was recently stated at a meeting with local carriers in California. "...we're trying to make it less stressful to find freight for carriers, truckers, owner-operators, smaller brokers, freight agents and dispatchers."

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HALIFAX - Clarke Inc. (TSX:CKI) said Monday it earned $73 million in its latest quarter, boosted by the sale of its trucking and freight logistics businesses. The investment firm said the profit amounted to $3.03 per diluted share in the quarter ended March 31, up from $3.1 million, or 19 cents per diluted share a year ago.

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C.R. England
Former Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), a transportation advocate and expert, died in his sleep Friday night, Politico reports. Oberstar, Minnesota’s longest-serving congressman, chaired the House Transportation Committee for four years during his 18 terms in Congress, which spanned from 1975 to 2011, according to a report from The Hill.

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Transportation stocks rose 0.2% on Wall Street Friday. More broadly, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.1%, the Nasdaq climbed 0.4% and the S&P 500 rose 0.1%.

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American Trucking Associations said its Information Technology & Logistics Council is developing "reference architectures" for truckload and less-than-truckload companies to provide a road map for best business processes. The road map is based on concepts proved in practice and are supported by detailed technology models, according to ATA. The business guideline also is designed to make it simpler for vendors to provide software that conforms to established industry best practices.

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United States Cold Storage, Inc.
Long Beach, CA. The first ever Women in ACT Summit took place here in advance of the official opening of the 2014 ACT (Alternative Clean Transportation) Expo. Presented by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates, presenters of ACT Expo, it featured a stellar line-up of panelists drawn from both the public and private sectors who came to share observations and experiences about the alternative fuel and transportation industries and about what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated business.

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Omega Integrated Logistics Group, Mount Holly, N.C., announced what it says is the largest sign-on bonus in the trucking industry – $25,000 per owner-operator truck joining Omega before June 1. Omega founder Edwin G. Johnson II is a second-generation trucking company owner. He sold his first trucking company, Elite Transport Inc., in 2008 for $8.2 million after building the company from two to 89 power units.

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Peco Pallet Inc., is now shipping pallets to Wal-Mart stores in Canada. Peco Pallet, the Irvington, N.Y.-based pallet rental service, has been approved as a pallet participant of Wal-Mart Canada, giving vendors the option to use Peco’s wood block pallets when shipping into Canadian locations of the Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc., according to a news release. One of the country’s largest employers, Wal-Mmart Canada, operates 390 stores serving more than 1.2 million customers every day, according to the release.

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