Company a First-Time Honoree for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Conserving Fuel

ANN ARBOR, MI and DENVER, CO-- Con-way Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) freight carrier today announced that it has received the 2008 Environmental Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay(SM) Transport Partnership for its leadership in conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. The company, a SmartWay Transport partner since 2006, was one of 27 organizations from among the Partnership's more than 1,000 partners to receive this distinction. The awards were announced today at the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in Denver.

The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based freight carrier achieved its fuel conservation and environmental improvements through initiatives including utilization of special aerodynamic fairings to reduce wind resistance and improve fuel efficiency, specification of engine and drive-train combinations that maximize fuel mileage, and the use of engine and transmission lubricants that improve operating efficiency. These efforts and others resulted in 2007 diesel fuel savings of 3,594,377 gallons, as well as reductions in carbon dioxide emissions of 601,928 tons, particulate matter emissions of 32.09 tons and nitrogen oxide emissions of 1,185 tons. Con-way Freight's 8,400-tractor fleet traveled nearly 600 million miles during 2007. The company anticipates an increase in fuel savings for 2008, after lowering the speed governors on its fleet's engines from 65 to 62 mph in March.

EPA is pleased to recognize this SmartWay partner with a 2008 Excellence Award. I commend Con-way Freight for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices through the SmartWay Transport Partnership, said Margo T. Oge, director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, EPA. Their commitment is helping lead us toward a cleaner environment and more secure energy supply.

SmartWay was introduced by EPA in 2004 as an innovative, market-based partnership to reduce fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants from the freight sector. Today, more than 1,000 organizations have joined the Partnership, including companies of all sizes -- from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses -- each working to improve its environmental performance.

Our participation in the SmartWay Transport Partnership is a key element of our enterprise-wide sustainability mission, said John G. Labrie, president of Con-way Freight. This important program has helped us identify and adopt practices and technologies that support our strong commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of our business. Through SmartWay, we have also been able to achieve significant fuel savings, which benefits both the environment and our bottom-line results.

Through the SmartWay Partnership, Con-way Freight and other companies are conserving almost 600 million gallons of diesel fuel per year, saving the trucking industry at least $2.5 billion in annual fuel and maintenance costs and eliminating an estimated 6.8 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming. By 2012, the SmartWay program, with full industry participation, estimates that it will achieve nationwide annual fuel savings of 3.3 to 6.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel, eliminating 33-66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions.

For more information about SmartWay, visit: www.epa.gov/smartway or call (734) 214-4767.

Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., a $4.7 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company. For more information, visit www.con-way.com/freight.

GREEN BAY, Wis.--Schneider National, Inc., a premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, announced today the receipt of its third consecutive Environmental Excellence Award. The award, earned by Schneider for demonstrating leadership in conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions from its transportation and freight activities, is given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay™ Transport Partnership. Of SmartWay’s 1,000-plus partners, Schneider is one of 27 companies to receive this distinction in 2008, and one of two transportation companies to achieve the award for the third consecutive year.

The 2008 awards were announced Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the annual conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in Denver, Colo. SmartWay Excellence Award recipients set and met their annual goals, achieving superior environmental performance and actively promoting the goals and benefits of the SmartWay Transport Partnership.

As an award recipient and carrier partner with SmartWay, Schneider National has pledged to integrate fuel-saving and pollution-control technologies and strategies into its fleet and intermodal operations. To that end, Schneider continues to search for operating enhancements and new technologies to further improve its carbon footprint and environmental performance.

“Today Schneider has the most energy-efficient fleet on the road and works with the most energy-efficient rail providers,” said Steve Matheys, executive vice president of global commercial services for Schneider National. “Our long and progressive environmental performance record is due in large part to our enterprise-wide commitment to innovation, testing and building equipment for the greatest energy efficiency. Our emission reduction results lead the industry, and our efforts not only reduce our carbon footprint but also help us remain competitive in the marketplace.”

In 2008, Schneider once again led the industry’s sustainability efforts by voluntarily slowing its fleet to 60 mph. This effort is the equivalent of taking 7,259 cars off our nation’s highways, saving an additional 3.75 million gallons of diesel fuel and eliminating 83.25 million pounds of carbon dioxide annually. The company also utilizes intermodal transport whenever feasible to further reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions.

Based on three-year commitments, SmartWay’s carriers, shippers, logistic companies, rail carriers and affiliate members are conserving over 540 million gallons of diesel fuel per year, saving the trucking industry at least $2.3 billion in annual fuel and maintenance costs and eliminating over 6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.

“The EPA is pleased to recognize Schneider National with a 2008 Excellence Award for the third consecutive year,” said Margo T. Oge, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. I commend the company for its leadership in promoting sustainable transportation practices. Their commitment is helping lead us toward a cleaner environment and a more secure energy supply.”

The EPA and a select group of 15 shipping and business leaders, including Schneider National, introduced SmartWay in 2004 as an innovative, market-based partnership to reduce fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. Today, more than 1,000 businesses and organizations, including Schneider Logistics, have joined the Partnership, each working to improve their environmental performance. Together through the SmartWay Partnership, by 2012, with full industry participation, the program will achieve annual fuel savings of 3.3 to 6.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel, thus eliminating between 33 and 66 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and up to 200,000 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions.

For more information about SmartWay, visit www.epa.gov/smartway or call 734-214-4767.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, announced today the start of operations for FedEx Express Nacional, a domestic overnight service in Mexico, and the opening of the Toluca Hub Multiplex, its new center of operations for domestic shipments.

The service covers all 32 Mexican states with the support of two new centers of operations in Toluca (Multiplex) and San Luis Potosi, the latter to open in early 2009.

The express shipping market in Mexico is valued at $822 million and is projected to grow to $1.5 billion in the next 10 years, according to the Mexican Civil Parcel and Shipping Association.

“Mexico continues to be one of the fastest-growing markets in the express industry and a key part of FedEx international growth and profitability,” said Michael L. Ducker, president International, FedEx Express. “Our established presence in Mexico throughout the past 17 years has provided Mexican businesses with unmatched access to the global economy. Now, with FedEx Express Nacional, customers also have world-class domestic express solutions to reliably ship within the country’s 32 states.”

FedEx begins domestic express operations today from the Toluca Hub Multiplex. The new facility has the capacity to process 6,000 shipments per hour with 48 new employees. FedEx expects the sorting capacity and the number of employees to increase during the next few years.

Toluca Hub Multiplex is the FedEx Express domestic service distribution center in Mexico’s Federal District metropolitan area and measures 3,780 square meters. It is located close to the two largest industrial parks in Toluca. Toluca Hub Multiplex is modern, 100 percent automated and leverages leading-edge technology that allows for faster operations and accuracy.

FedEx Express Nacional is backed by the renowned FedEx Money-Back Guarantee* on domestic shipments to any address in Mexico and offers online tracking. It includes:

  • FedEx Express Nacional 10:30 AM (FedEx Priority Overnight®): Next-business-day delivery in Mexico for documents and parcels weighing up to 68 kg, by 10:30 a.m.
  • FedEx Express Nacional Día Siguiente (FedEx Standard Overnight®): Next-business-day delivery by the end of the business day. Also for packages weighing up to 68 kg.

To support the FedEx Express Nacional service, the Company will also leverage existing infrastructure throughout Mexico, including operational facilities in Toluca, Guadalajara and Monterrey. Toluca has the capacity to process up to 6,000 packages per hour; Guadalajara, 2,500 packages per hour; and Monterrey, 1,100 packages and 1,450 documents per hour.

FedEx Express Nacional will initially create more than 180 jobs in operations, planning, engineering, sales and customer service, adding to the 1,100 currently employed at FedEx Express Mexico.

For more information about FedEx Express Nacional, contact FedEx Customer Service at 5228-9904 (from within Mexico) or visit fedex.com/mx.
 
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FedEx Express is the world's largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories.  FedEx Express uses a global air-and-ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee.

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Research Organization’s Findings Will be Used to Develop Strategies

New Orleans, LA –The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research institute, today unveiled its list of the top ten critical issues facing U.S. truckers.

The cost of fuel and the nation’s economy top the list in ATRI’s survey of more than 5,000 trucking industry executives.  The complete results were released in New Orleans, LA at the 2008 Management Conference and Exhibition of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the nation’s largest gathering of motor carrier executives.  ATRI also solicited and tabulated strategies for addressing each issue.

Aside from fuel costs and the economy, other “Top Ten” issues include driver shortage and retention, government regulation, commercial driver hours-of-service, congestion and tolls and highway funding, among others.

The ATA-commissioned survey results and proposed strategies will be utilized by the ATA to better focus its advocacy role on behalf of the U.S. trucking industry and ATA Federation stakeholders.

“The annual ATRI survey proves invaluable in helping us chart a course of action for the future,” said incoming ATA Chairman Charles “Shorty” Whittington “and as ATA Chairman I will work to see that the industry-identified strategies are implemented.”  

“On every legislative and regulatory topic, issues come and go so quickly today,” said Bill Graves, ATA President and CEO.  “If we’re not at the table with sound, science-based information and a common sense plan of action, then we’re going to get left behind, and saddled with solutions that have no bearing on moving America’s freight safely and efficiently.”

ATRI is the trucking industry’s not-for-profit research organization.  It is engaged in critical research relating to freight transportation’s essential role in maintaining a safe, secure and efficient transportation system.  A copy of the survey results is available from ATRI at www.atri-online.org.

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