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$7,500 John J. Murphy Award, followed by individual awards of $5,000, $4,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000.
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The American Trucking Associations recently presented Allan Hicks, BR Williams Trucking, Oxford, Ala., its 2015 National Safety Director Award.
"Safety is our industry’s biggest priority, and when you read through Allan Hicks’ list of accomplishments as a safety director, it is very apparent that he is fully dedicated to safety," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. "Devoting one’s life to the safety of our highways is a noble cause, and I am proud that we have men and women like Allan working in our industry."
C.H. Robinson's (Nasdaq: CHRW) Robert Biesterfeld has been named President of its North American Surface Transportation (NAST) division, effective January 1, 2016. Biesterfeld is a 16-year veteran of the company, most recently serving as vice president of its truckload service line. Scott Satterlee, the current president of NAST, is retiring to spend more time with his family. Biesterfeld will report to C.H. Robinson CEO John Wiehoff.
The transportation sector lost 2,100 jobs in October as the national unemployment dipped slightly to 5 percent, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday.
The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said there were 4,796,200 jobs in transportation in October, compared to 4,798,300 in September.
The decrease was offset by a stronger than expected 271,000 increase in overall jobs in October that allowed the nation’s unemployment rate to fall to 5 percent in October, the BLS said.
The transportation sector with the highest employment increase was warehousing and storage, which had 786,700 jobs in October, compared to 781,600 in September.
PepsiCo reported strong Q3 2015 results with organic growth in its snacks and non-carbonated beverages segments. We believe that both these segments will be the key value drivers for PepsiCo in the future. With the U.S. consumer focusing on "healthier" beverages, soda sales have been declining the past decade. PepsiCo’s strong presence in the alternative drinks market would be a driving factor for it to leverage this trend and gain market share in this space. Similarly, its snack division’s focus on a healthy menu should positively impact the company’s top line. Emerging markets hold a strong potential for growth for PepsiCo’s carbonated beverages and we believe expansion in this region would be another key driver for PepsiCo.
INDIANAPOLIS - Celadon Trucking has announced the official launch of its WageLock™ program. Through the program, company drivers who meet the requirements can earn up to $1,000 a week, regardless of how many miles they drive.
The qualifications for the pay program are easy to achieve, and the better the driver’s performance with the company, the higher the potential weekly payout.
"The transportation and logistics industry is ever-changing, and we want our hard-working drivers to have peace of mind that they will get paid in times when miles may be hard to come by through no fault of theirs," said Matt Douglass, Vice President of Operations at Celadon. "Our WageLock program exists to support our drivers at those times."
Canada’s Kriska Transportation Group is buying its second motor carrier in two months, TransPro Freight Systems in Milton, Ontario, as it pursues cross-border shipping business.
The deal, expected to be completed this month, follows Kriska’s acquisition of JMF Transport (1992), Valcourt, Quebec, in October. Both TransPro and JMF are truckload carriers.
Acquiring truckload carriers is part of Kriska’s mission. Kriska Transportation Group was founded last year by Canada trucking operators Kriska Holdings and Mullen Group to take advantage of "significant consolidation" in the truckload market of eastern Canada.
The last two years have been a time of large, strategic acquisitions resulting in significant consolidation among the top 50 global third-party logistics (3PL) providers. Combinations from mergers and acquisitions activity are color-coded in the table below.
Table 1. 3PL M&A Consolidations Displayed Among Top 50 Global 3PL Providers
In good news for Chicago but bad news for other parts of the country, Kraft Heinz will close seven manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada, resulting in some 2,600 layoffs, and move the headquarters of its U.S. meats business to Chicago from Madison, Wisconsin.
The company, co-headquartered in Northfield and Pittsburgh, said it will shutter its 300-employee, Madison-based Oscar Mayer unit and move the headquarters and most of the employees in its U.S. meats business to Chicago early next year, bringing 250 jobs to the city.
The moves, described by Kraft Heinz spokesman Michael Mullen as "difficult but necessary," inch the company closer to its goal of slashing $1.5 billion in costs by 2017.
LeanLogistics, a transportation management applications and supply chain services provider, recently launched version 15.3.0 of its flagship product, LeanTMS.
LeanTMS users now can take advantage of simplified capabilities, enhanced carrier scorecards and scheduled routes that are automatically assembled.
It’s hard to believe, but freight truck operators logged a stunning 54 billion miles in the U.S. last year without carrying any inventory, according to industry data. The reason: they were trying to get to their next gig.
That’s alarming news, considering how bad trucking is for the environment. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, trucking is the largest contributor to freight-related air pollution in the U.S., with heavy duty trucks contributing 22 percent to all transportation-sector greenhouse gas emissions. It may seem counterintuitive given advancements in engine efficiency, but the DOT thinks it owes to the growth of just-in-time shipments, which is increasing congestion and idling.
The transportation funding bill enacted by the Georgia Legislature this year has helped the state draw down additional federal funding in the transportation bill now being negotiated in Congress, according to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Georgia is on track to get additional federal funding for road projects, such as the Northwest Corridor along I-75. This photo is from late 2014. File/Credit: GDOT
"It is clear that the passage of the Transportation Funding Act of 2015 is quickly bearing fruit for Georgia’s commuters as GDOT prepares to make much needed improvements to roads and bridges across this state," Michael Sullivan, chairman of the Georgia Transportation Alliance, said in a statement. "We’re fortunate to be able to celebrate this historic achievement for all Georgians."
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has called for greater public scrutiny of food giant Nestle's plans to bottle water in the Columbia River Gorge, as the Pacific Northwest state languishes under historic drought conditions, her office said on Monday.
Nestlé Waters North America has for about six years been pushing for a deal that would see the company build a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks, a small city along the Columbia River in northern Oregon.
The northern Ontario transportation strategy promised by the provincial Liberals four years ago is on its way soon, according to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines.
Michael Gravelle met with northern leaders earlier this week in Thunder Bay, Ont., and said a study looking at transportation needs for "roads, rail, air, even lakes and rivers" will be released soon, after "extensive consultation."
Congress is on the verge of doing something it hasn’t done in a decade—passing a long-term transportation bill that authorizes billions of dollars in funding to build and repair roads and bridges.
At first glance, it’s an impressive achievement for Paul Ryan. In his first full week as speaker, the House approved, on an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, a nearly $340 billion measure supported by business and labor, liberals and (many) conservatives. The proposal is very similar to legislation already passed by the Senate, so President Obama could have a final bill to sign within a few weeks.