Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) -- Bellwether Services, a Green Supply Chain Thought Leader and a leading supplier of supply chain solutions, publishes their new Bellwether Green Supply Chain Maturity Model.

The first version of the Bellwether Transformational Green Supply Chain Maturity Model was developed to guide government agencies, corporations and nonprofits in developing and achieving best in class Supply Chain Performance. The Maturity Model includes sample operational topics such as: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management Methodologies, Supply Chain Energy Drivers, and Logistics Project Methodologies. Sample strategic continuous improvement topics which are included in the model are Carbon Off-Set Strategy and Deployment Timelines.    

"Our team saw a critical void in the industry and took the initiative to develop a structured Green Supply Chain Consulting marketplace," says John Wilkerson, CPSM, SSMBB, Executive Director, Bellwether Services. "Our intent for the first version of our Maturity Model is to provide strategic and tactical direction to our clients and industry."

About Bellwether:
An internationally recognized Lean Six Sigma, Environmental Supply Chain, and Quality Audit solution provider, Bellwether is dedicated to numerous industries such as: Aerospace, Automotive, Beverage, Call Centers, Chemical, Consumer Products, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Food, Importers, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Public Health, Telecommunications, Sales Centers, Transportation and Warehousing Companies

Founded in 2001 as Consult Quality, LLC, Bellwether is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business and Small Business Administration 8(a) consulting firm. Headquartered in Atlanta, Bellwether's affiliates are located throughout Georgia, Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia.

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Facility "Built for Speed and Reliability;" Accelerates Flow of Express Packages, Heavy Freight

SHANGHAI, China - UPS today placed in service a new international hub here, improving access to China and speeding the movement of express packages and heavy freight around the world.

The facility is strategically located at the Pudong International Airport, right in the heart of the Yangtze River Delta area, and now becomes the key gateway linking China to UPS's global network.

It features the largest on-site 24/7 customs inspection area in Shanghai and was built to a unique design that facilitates rapid handling of express packages in addition to heavy freight.

"Everything about this facility was built for speed and reliability," said Dan Brutto, president of UPS International. "Linked now to our vast integrated transportation network, it opens wider the doors of commerce with China. We believe Shanghai will become an even more attractive business location because our customers will recognize the importance of a world-class UPS facility that provides rapid access to the world."

Joining Brutto at a special opening ceremony today were Mr. Wu Nian Zu, Chairman and President of the Shanghai Airport Authority (SAA); Derek Woodward, president of UPS Asia Pacific Region, and Richard Loi, the head of UPS China.

Mr. Wu, Chairman of SAA, said, "As the world's third largest airport by cargo tonnage, and with annual growth of 11.5%, Shanghai Pudong International Airport offers a well-established air network that connects 179 international and domestic cities. The opening of the UPS hub, the first foreign-run hub in the West Cargo Handling Area, further accelerates the implementation of the national Shanghai Aviation Hub Strategy, strengthens the position of the airport and boosts the economic development in Shanghai, the Yangtze River Delta and China."

The hub features 117 conveyor belts and 47 docking bays and has a package sorting capacity of 17,000 pieces per hour. It also is designed, however, for simultaneous rapid processing of heavy freight, recognizing the different types of business done by importers and exporters in China.

To speed the processing of packages and freight, UPS collaborated with Shanghai Customs to deploy an industry-first customs risk management system at the facility. By merging UPS information with Customs to identify high-risk items for inspection, the system minimizes unnecessary checks and expedites shipment clearance for delivery to recipients.

The dedicated customs area is equipped with advanced technology enabling automated import and export inspection, thereby increasing overall package flow efficiency. With a touch of a button, specific packages can be routed off the main conveyor belts for inspection without impacting the flow of the remaining packages.

With its high sorting capacity, the hub improves delivery times for customers in eastern China by a full day. In addition, pick-up times for express and cargo shipments in Shanghai will be pushed back by one hour and four hours, respectively, so customers have greater flexibility in shipment preparations.

Another industry-first feature is the "Shipper Build Area" at the General Cargo Handling Area, which allows customers to perform on-site packaging before goods are loaded on the aircraft. This eliminates the current industry practice of processing goods at a separate facility, once again saving time. It also improves service to customers who ship items requiring special handling, such as precise instruments.

"China is UPS's top international priority," said Loi, the head of UPS China. "We have continued a steady path of expansion here and this latest facility stands as a strong testament to our long-term commitment. We are grateful for the leadership of Chairman Wu and the strong support of the Chinese government, without which today's event would not have been possible."

About UPS

UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com.

OTTAWA — Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, today announced that Canada has successfully concluded negotiations with the European Union (EU) on a comprehensive air transport agreement. The EU is Canada's second largest bilateral aviation, trade and investment market.

"The successful conclusion of air transport negotiations with the European Union is another step forward in our ongoing efforts to facilitate growth in trade, investment and tourism for Canadian business," said Minister Baird. "In these uncertain times, closer global partnerships will help stimulate our economy and expand commercial links. This is why our government celebrates this historic air transport agreement with the EU, which will open access to all 27 Member States for Canadian carriers and all points in Canada for EU carriers."

A comprehensive Canada-EU air transport agreement will benefit travellers and shippers by providing more choices in terms of destinations, flights and routes, more direct services, and the potential for lower fares.

"Without question, these times call for closer economic cooperation among key players in the global economy," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. "This comprehensive air transport agreement helps to bring Canada and the EU to a new level of cooperation. It will help create new jobs for our economy, a competitive market for our businesses, and connections for our citizens."

This agreement, which is consistent with Canada's Blue Sky policy and current Canadian legislation, allows the development of new markets, new services and greater competition. This includes:

  • unrestricted direct air services between Canada and EU Member States;
  • flexible pricing arrangements; and
  • improved flexibility for cargo

The agreement also covers eight EU Member States (Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia) with which Canada did not previously have air agreements.

This historic agreement is evidence that the Blue Sky policy is producing positive results for the Canadian air industry, travellers and shippers.

For more information, go to http://www.tc.gc.ca/mediaroom/releases/nat/2008/08-h237e.htm

Chris Day
Press Secretary
Office of Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa
613-991-0700

FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) today announced that it expects to report earnings of $1.58 per diluted share for the second quarter ended November 30. Previous earnings guidance for the quarter was $1.40 to $1.60 per diluted share. For fiscal 2009, the company has reduced its earnings guidance to $3.50 to $4.75 per diluted share from the previous guidance of $4.75 to $5.25, as significantly weaker macroeconomic conditions are expected to offset the benefits from lower fuel prices and the announced departure of DHL from the U.S. domestic package market. This outlook assumes stable fuel prices.

"Second quarter results benefited from rapidly declining fuel prices and continued cost management," said Alan B. Graf, Jr., executive vice president and chief financial officer. "However, demand for our services weakened sequentially throughout the quarter and global economic trends continue to worsen, substantially reducing our second half outlook. We are adjusting our expense plans to more closely align with the weaker business conditions, and are now targeting capital spending of $2.5 billion for fiscal 2009, down from $3.0 billion at the start of the year."

Additional information on the company's second quarter results and cost reduction actions will be provided on December 18, 2008, when the company releases a full earnings report at 7:00 a.m. CST and conducts its quarterly earnings conference call at 7:30 a.m. CST.

Corporate Overview

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $39 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 290,000 employees and contractors to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com .

Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements, such as statements relating to management's views with respect to future events and financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or from future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, economic conditions in the global markets in which we operate, legal challenges or changes related to FedEx Ground's owner-operators, new U.S. domestic or international government regulation, the impact from any terrorist activities or international conflicts, our ability to effectively operate, integrate and leverage acquired businesses, the impact of high fuel prices, changes in fuel prices and currency exchange rates, our ability to match capacity to shifting volume levels and other factors which can be found in FedEx Corp.'s and its subsidiaries' press releases and filings with the SEC.

 

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