Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation, and in consideration of the health and wellbeing of all conference attendees, Food Shippers of America made the decision in January to cancel the 2021 event. We spent many hours evaluating alternatives, including postponing the conference to a later date, conducting a virtual event, finding other potential locations, as well as a combination of these options. Unfortunately, venue availability and timing made postponing the event not practical, and we felt a virtual event would not offer the robust networking opportunity we all look forward to at the annual conference. We are certainly disappointed but have already started planning what we expect to be an outstanding program for the 2022 conference, which will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando on February 20-22, 2022.


On March 2, 2021 at 11:00 ET, Bob Costello of the American Trucking Associations will present on the current economic environment along with the corresponding effects on the supply chain during a Food Shippers of America sponsored webinar. Many of you may recall Bob’s excellent presentations at past Food Shippers Annual Conferences, and he has been gracious to offer his time to present virtually in light of the 2021 conference cancellation.

Bob Costello is the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of International Policy & Cross-Border Operations for the American Trucking Associations (ATA). Bob manages all of ATA’s collection, analysis and dissemination of trucking economic information.  

To register for the event please click here.


Our Winter 2020 issue of Food Shippers of America magazine is also available in digital format. This issue features articles from industry leaders on topics ranging from the impacts the ongoing global pandemic is having on the F&B supply chain, including warehouse capacity, e-commerce and order fulfillment, and how driver capacity and employment continues to be a concern. In addition, FreightWaves analyst Kevin Hill will give us insight into the Spot Rate Market. Please click here for immediate access. 

Previous issues of Food Shippers of America may be found in our association website archives, or by clicking here.


Food Shippers of America is looking for FSA Members to feaure in our upcoming issues of the bi-annual Food Shippers of America magazine.

Tell us how you've weathered the pandemic and what your New Normal looks like. Perhaps how your company jump-started its own recovery or how your team developed new best practices to ensure continued resilience and adaptability moving forward. We offer a unique opportunity for FSA Members to share with our readers their company's goals and successes, visions and innovations. 

If you would like your FSA Member profile to appear in our print and digital publications, please contact Food Shippers at media_advisor@foodshippersofamerica.org.


Thank you to all our members for your continued support!

Syfan Logistics, Inc.

Food Manufacturing
Global consumer goods conglomerate Unilever followed up on its commitment to fostering social justice by setting out a sweeping set of social equity initiatives designed to ensure that all those connected to the company, especially the most vulnerable workers in manufacturing and agriculture, earn at least a living wage by 2030.


Supply Chain Management Review
Industrial leasing activity surged in 2020 more than 26.9% over 2019 and is on track to set new records in 2021 for small-bay (20,000- to 100,000-square foot) multi-tenant buildings in primary and secondary locations, according to the a recent report by JLL, a global commercial real estate services company.


Food Dive
Citing huge potential for its plant-based, probiotic and protein offerings, Danone North America CEO Shane Grant sees a "big runway ahead" as customers continue to turn toward healthier alternatives.


Supply Chain 247
While terminals, tablets, and devices have been integral for warehouse and distribution center mobility, a new generation of connectivity and system platforms is making data management easier and faster to use.


Flowers, chocolate…fuel savings?! This month give your organization the gift of freight efficiency with intermodal options. Using different modes can reduce emissions while also lowering transportation costs. Learn more at epa.gov/smartway #EPASmartWay #fuelsavings


As shipping rates from China to the U.S. surge to almost 10 times the price of the return trip, and with China now offering huge premiums for empty containers, liners are opting to send more containers back empty rather than refilled. At Port of Los Angeles, three of every four boxes going to Asia are empty, said Executive Director Gene Seroka.

Pro Star Logistics

Food Dive
Consumers will throttle back on CPG trends created during the pandemic with more than 65% of categories expected to see sales declines in 2021, according to a new report by analytics research firm IRI, especially with regard to price sensitivity, "right-sizing" in packaging, and a drive toward value and private label brands.


DC Velocity
Pulling back from his Senate confirmation hearing suggestion of a possible gas tax hike, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is working to find funding to shore up the federal Highway Trust Fund and his new infrastructure plan. Possibilities include funds derived from a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) plan and private sector investments.

Aljex Joins Global Leader in Logistics Technology
Aljex Software, Inc.
Descartes has worked with Aljex for years to provide end-to-end solutions for the freight broker community in North America. The acquisition integrates the market leading Aljex TMS into the Descartes Global Logistics Network, providing customers with improved shipment tracking and carrier capacity.
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Food Logistics
The tumultuous disruptions encountered during 2020 served as a clarion call for organizations to prioritize several issues, including broader environmental efforts, deeper levels of visibility amid collaborative partners, and diversity initiatives in response to societal uproars nationwide.

Red Classic Transportation Services, LLC
Forager Logistics

Food Business News
While ingredient libraries and supplier databases have been around for decades, a new platform allows companies of all sizes to compare options, engage directly with suppliers, and request samples. Suppliers are also able to target their digital media and track analytics for their products.


DC Velocity
After nose diving in the early days of COVID-19, business spend rose for a third straight quarter with Q4 rising 2.9%; spend still remains beneath trend. Still, industry analysts from Coupa Software estimate a gradual improvement with businesses spending more on shipping, technology and contingent workforce needs.

Food for Thought
Alliance Shippers Inc.
By utilizing Alliance Shippers Inc.’s refrigerated fleet for dry commodities, shippers receive the same premium services as those who ship temperature-sensitive goods. This includes expedited rail service, complete satellite visibility, GPS tracking, cargo capacity greater than most 53-foot domestic containers, and a dedicated team committed to extraordinary customer service.
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