Food Shippers of America


Planning has started for the 2022 Annual Conference! Mark your calendars to join us from February 20 – 22, 2022 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando Florida. Our Conference Co-Chairs, Rob Lyall, Tyson and Steve Wutke, Prime, Inc. are hard at work developing an exciting agenda and conference program. Registration will start late Summer/early Fall. More details on registration opportunities will be coming soon!

Please continue to take advantage of the industry information available on our website, in our eNewsletter, our bi-annual Food Shippers of America magazine, and on our LinkedIn page.

If you have any questions please contact Paul Newbourne, Executive Director, pnewbourne@foodshippersofamerica.org  or 847-302-1496 cell.


The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is looking for warehouse space to facilitate the distribution of needed food items and/or relief supplies. Their current needs are:

  • LA / San Fernando Valley region: 10,000-100,000 SF, dry storage needed. No labor required but would appreciate access to forklift, pallet jack and scale; 18-24 month use expectation. Need is immediate.  Product is relief supplies.
  • Houston (northern Houston preferred): 2,000 SF, dry storage needed with access between 0900-1700 hours. No labor required; 6  month use expectation. Need is immediate. Product is water.
  • Bay County, FL - Panama City (33401, 32402, 32405) or Lynn Haven (32444) preferred: 5,000-8,000 SF dry storage needed. No labor needed but would appreciate access to forklift or pallet jack.; 9 month use need expectation. Product is construction/home repair materials. Need starting April 15, 2021.
  • Aberdeen (or nearby), WA: 25,000 SF dry storage needed. No labor required. Use expectation is undetermined at this time. Product will be donated goods for local community distribution. Need is immediate.

If you have or know of space available for these needs please contact Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, ALAN, Kathy@ALANaid.org, 863-668-4238.


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.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=666026&issueID=78465 to view the full article online.


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 may be found in our association website archives, or by clicking here

Look for our Summer issue of Food Shippers of America magazine in mailboxes the first week of May!

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=666046&issueID=78465 to view the full article online.


Food Shippers would like to congratulate the 2021 John J. Murphy Scholarship winners.

Garrett Greenfield, son of Jason Greenfield of Batory Foods, took top honors placing first. The five runner-up winners include Timothy Venable, son of Brett Venable of Burris Logistics; Madison Pixler, daughter of Holly Pixler of Ardent Mills; Jack Heitbrink, son of Sheila Heitbrink of Danone North America; Aidan Domencic, son of David Domencic of ARMADA and Olivia Wilch, daughter of Leasa Wilch of Cargill, Inc.  

Awards for the 2021 John J. Murphy Scholarship total $23,000. Congratulations to all the winners and their parents!

Syfan Logistics, Inc.

The Shippers Group, a leading national provider of 3PL warehousing, contract packaging, e-commerce, and transportation services, announced today that Graham Swank has been named Chief Executive Officer by The Shippers Group’s Board of Directors. The CEO position has been vacant since the untimely death of Ken Johnson last October.

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=666025&issueID=78465 to view the full article online.


Food Manufacturing
Cargill announced this week it expects to spend an estimated $475 million to improve operational efficiencies and increase capacity in its U.S. soy processign operations with the largest projects scheduled for Sidney, Ohio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Wichita, Kansas, among others.

Visit https://www.foodmanufacturing.com/capital-investment/news/21307749/cargill-investing-475-in-soy-processing-operations to view the full article online.


Supply Chain Management Review
The economic outlook for 2021-2022 looks brighter indeed, according to the latest forecast from financial information provider IHS Markit, with GDP growth for 2021 pegged at 5.7% and 4.1% for 2022. In addition, employment is expected to peak to pre-COVID-19 levels by 2022.

Visit https://www.scmr.com/article/global_supply_chain_managers_should_brace_for_gdp_surge_says_ihs_markit/news to view the full article online.


Grocery Dive
Indoor farming company Infarm joins the growing ranks of companies answering the demand for "locally grown" produce year-round with urban distribution centers housing mini farms of leafy greens delivering direct to metropolitan markets such as Seattle, Vancouver and London. Infarm has 15 such centers already in operation supplying Kroger, Amazon Fresh, and Whole Foods Markets stores among others.

Visit https://www.grocerydive.com/news/kroger-partner-infarm-develops-new-modular-growing-facilities/595795/ to view the full article online.


Port clearage on the West Coast, increased Asia-Pacific manufacturing, and growing e-commerce use, plus rising diesel fuel and trucking costs have raised the needle on the cost-savings spread between intermodal and trucking. Additionally, precision scheduled railroading initiatives and inland and near-dock facilities will be key drivers positively impacting intermodal revenues, according to analysts with the National Retail Federation and Wells Fargo.

Visit https://www.freightwaves.com/news/intermodal-poised-for-run-according-to-wells-fargo to view the full article online.


Supply Chain Management Review
A recent study, including feedback from more than 1,300 executive from trucking and trucking-related companies, by technology giant IBM found that more than $645 billion in annual revenues will shift from sales to services by 2030, and 64% of truck executives believe that digital transformation and a re-invention of their business model is key to their continued success.

Visit https://www.scmr.com/article/new_ibm_study_addresses_truckings_future_through_a_digital_transformation to view the full article online.

United States Cold Storage, Inc.

Supply Chain Brain
Retail giant Walmart recently unveiled several new e-commerce strategies, including in-store, back-of-store, and greenfield models tailor-made for an automation approach to same-day deliveries.

Visit https://www.supplychainbrain.com/articles/32709-walmart-embraces-a-local-fulfillment-model-for-grocery to view the full article online.


Food Logistics
Online grocery shopping is expected to account for about 21% of retail shopping by 2025, according to a new benchmark report by Incisiv. With 40% of current online shoppers expected to continue shopping online, dark stores and a hub-spoke model of distribution and fulfillment is expected to address an increasingly digital shopping environment.

Visit https://www.foodlogistics.com/warehousing/micro-fulfillment/article/21295099/envista-dark-stores-and-delighting-the-grocery-customer to view the full article online.


Supply Chain 247
Skyrocketing e-commerce demands have caused companies to rethink their packaging as a necessary element in streamlining fulfillment. DHL Supply Chain Vice President of Packaging Solutions Alicemarie Georffrio discusses the evolution and innovations taking place on the packaging front in a 247 Podcast. Click below to view or stream the discussion online. 

Visit https://www.supplychain247.com/article/tracking_the_evolution_of_packaging/news to view the full article online.

ALJEX TMS - The most efficient TMS tool for food shippers.
Aljex Software
Aljex is the #1 cloud based TMS with dispatch and rate confirmation tools to ensure FMSA compliance. For over 20 years, Aljex has developed a scalable system that works for every size of carrier or brokerage. Join a network that does billions of dollars in transactional revenue annually. Software plans are risk free with no long-term commitments, offering low startup costs and fast deployment - in as little as a week. Contact Sales@Aljex.com for a free demo

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is making its monthly magazine, 3PL Perspectives, available to all FSA members and suppliers. Please click here for a view of TIA's January issue. 

For more information about any articles appearing in 3PL Perspectives, contact Chris Burroughs at burroughs@tianet.org

Visit https://www.naylornetwork.com/fud-nwl/articles/index-v2.asp?aid=666850&issueID=78465 to view the full article online.

Red Classic Transportation Services, LLC
Forager Logistics

Food Engineering
The food supply chain may not seem as vulnerable to cyberattacks as power grids or transportation systems, but the food and beverage industry's critical control systems may have too many gaps to avoid a "zero day" threat to food safety.

Visit https://www.foodengineeringmag.com/articles/99362-control-system-vulnerabilities-put-food-beverage-at-serious-risk? to view the full article online.


Transport Topics
Ongoing port congestion in Southern California is causing major retailers like Peloton, Foot Locker and Overstock.com to ship some cargo by air and reroute other shipments to more northern ports including Oakland and Seattle. Industry analysts say the backlog will take at least six months to ease amid a flood of in-coming products from Southeast Asia, warehouse capacity shortages, and dearth of longshoremen due to COVID-19.

Visit https://www.ttnews.com/articles/port-officials-retailers-see-congestion-lasting-months#:~:text=But%20long%20delays%20at%20the,how%20products%20get%20to%20customers. to view the full article online.


Progressive Grocer
COVID-19 influenced the U.S. food supply chain as never before, and Consumer Packaged Goods continue to be influenced by shoppers’ expectations and demands. Trends to emerge from 2020 include supply chain innovations, transparency in the age of virtual living, and companies evolving to become agents for societal change.

Visit https://progressivegrocer.com/changed-shopper-habits-will-spur-cpg-demand-after-covid-19 to view the full article online.

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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