Food Shippers of America


Food Shippers is looking for suggestions to refresh and update the look of the Food Shippers of America (FSA) logo.

To that end, FSA is sponsoring a competition for our members and past annual conference attendees to help develop ideas for a new logo.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=585917&issueID=60953 to view the full article online.


The registration window for submission of applications to the John J. Murphy Scholarship closes on December 13. Eligible applicants are children or dependents (including spouses) of a Supply Chain Logistics Department employee whose company's membership dues are current.

If you have any questions please contact scholarship@foodshippersofamerica.org.

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We are pleased to announce the creation of email media_advisor@foodshippersofamerica.org for those wishing to submit contributions for review for the monthly E-newsletter or our bi-annual printed magazine. 

Please update your contact management systems accordingly. 

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Food Shippers of America is researching this growing area of supply chain management and is looking for shippers or receivers that are actively using or pursuing blockchain technology. Our 2020 annual conference co-chairs are looking for a company or two that would be willing to share their blockchain story with other Food Shippers member companies as part of a presentation panel on this topic.    

We would like to talk with your company about your blockchain experience and would ask that you reach out to Kyle Kottke at kyle_kottke@kottke-trucking.com if you would be willing to participate as part of the 2020 Conference program.

Hub Group, Inc.
Syfan Logistics, Inc.

Download our complimentary e-book, “Food & Beverage Supply Chain: The Powerful Impact of Government Legislation and Regs.” It reveals how the food and beverage industry has evolved and where it’s headed. These insights will help you prepare to compete in the changing landscape.

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Food Engineering
Though automation has ranked as the top concern of food manufacturers for several years running, the 2019 annual State of Food Manufacturing survey found that 37% of respondents reported efficiency/maintenance and new equipment was their primary concern; automation ran a close second at 30%.

Visit https://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/98519-2019-state-of-food-manufacturing-survey to view the full article online.


Alliance Shippers Inc., a leading provider of global logistics services, has been awarded the SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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The open ledger technology of blockchain (BC) can be found in a multitude of industries including agri-food, where the BC solutions provide the track-and-trace capabilities needed to manage food frauds and food-borne illness outbreaks.

Visit https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/global-blockchain-adoption-in-agri-food-market-growth-analysis-by-size-share-news-demand-and-opportunity-2019-06-25 to view the full article online.


Journal of Commerce
A California appellate court ruled last week that the "ABC test," can now be applied retroactively. Some industry experts believe this decision will not only open the door to class-action lawsuits, but will also cause an unavoidable increase in drayage rates.

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Visit https://www.joc.com/trucking-logistics/drayage/california-court-rules-abc-test-applies-retroactively_20191009.html to view the full article online.


Logistics Management
With the advent of automation and new warehouse design, cold chain operators are looking to automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/AR) and new data networks to oversee inventory, reduce damages, and provide real-time tracking for both food and drug products.

Visit https://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/cold_chain_gets_more_sophisticated/warehouse to view the full article online.

Visible Supply Chain Management

Logistics Management
Increasing demand for faster deliveries has retailers retooling how they source, secure and manage their warehouse and distribution center space. Vacancies are currently at an historic 4% low in the U.S – even lower still at 1.5% in Toronto – with about 280 million square feet of space currently under construction.

Visit https://www.logisticsmgmt.com/article/warehouse_dc_site_selection_demand_for_space_has_never_been_stronger/warehouse to view the full article online.


The Packer
Fresh packing company StePac L.A. Ltd. has introduced a new top-seal container that cuts plastic use by 20-30% over conventional clamshell packaging, extends transport and shelf life, and saves on carbon emissions.

Visit https://www.thepacker.com/article/stepac-releases-sustainability-strategy-produce-packaging to view the full article online.


DC Velocity
National freight carrier Estes Express Lines Inc. has teamed with Virginia-based Warehowz to offer an online platform for on-demand warehousing, specifically targeting the less-than-truckload sector, using technology that matches warehouse operators with new tenants for short term, on-demand leases.

Visit https://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/20191011-estes-express-teams-with-on-demand-warehouse-startup/ to view the full article online.

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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Food Shippers of America is excited by the overwhelming registration response to our 2020 Annual Conference!

Even though the conference is not until February 23-25, 2020 we have nearly sold out our attendee limit as of October 15, and the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton (overflow) have sold out our room blocks!

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Food Shippers of America has arranged for discounted transportation from the Orlando airport to the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton at Grande Lakes hotels for the 2020 Annual FSA Conference. 

MEARS Transportation will provide a $4.00 off discount for a shared ride shuttle round-trip ticket. Attendees can click here to book directly online (the discount code is built in).

Click here for other ride options MEARS offers for the Orlando airport.

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2020 Conference Co-chair's Mike Marquardt, Birchwood Foods and Kyle Kottke, Kottke Trucking along with the Food Shippers of America Officers, Board Members and Advisors are pleased to present the 65th Annual Food Shippers of America's Conference Agenda as of Oct. 11, 2019 (Subject to updates and changes).

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/pdf/VER_4_Food_Shippers_Agenda_2020.pdf to view the full article online.


Thank you to our committed sponsors for their support of our 65th Annual Food Shippers of America Conference, Feb. 23-25, 2020 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL.

Click here for a listing of our 2020 Conference Sponsors. 


Lync Logistics, LLC

Winsight Grocery Business
Citing a new, but as yet unreleased, grocery retail center rollout that some analysts are calling Prime Grocery, and a large number of proposed supermarket sites with unidentified tenants, one retail real estate tracking service believes Amazon will soon be making another foray into the retail grocery sector. 

Visit https://www.winsightgrocerybusiness.com/retailers/mapping-out-amazons-potential-grocery-sites to view the full article online.


Leading the way to creating durable, yet fully recyclable packaging, Carlsberg's new prototype paper bottle could radically change the beverage industry. Though Carlsberg is still years away from full implementation, other big names – think Coca Cola and Pernod-Ricard-owned Absolut – are also looking at creating sustainable packaging for their products.

Visit https://www.fooddive.com/news/carlsberg-debuts-sustainable-paper-bottle-prototype/564928/ to view the full article online.

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