2009 Shipper Symposium Goes the Distance for Long-Term Success in Challenging Economy by
Providing Industry Experience, Insights, Implications

Transplace Hosts Seventh Annual Signature Event in Dallas, Continues Mission of Education,
Shared Information from Supply Chain Experts

Dallas, TX -- Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, today announced the speakers and topics for its 2009 Shipper Symposium. The annual signature event will take place in Dallas, May 5–7, at the John Q. Hammons Embassy Suites and Frisco Convention Center.

For the past seven years, the annual Shipper Symposium has addressed and provided direction to the most pertinent supply chain challenges from the perspective of industry experts; practitioners, analysts and academics. Based on positive feedback from hundreds of previous attendees, the 2009 Symposium will continue this important mission, focusing on near-term macroeconomic challenges that have affected every business across the globe.

“Companies are the on the defense right now, trying to navigate through a very tough economic environment,” said George Abernathy, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Transplace. “The Shipper Symposium theme, which focuses on the market and the economy, are what makes this a ‘must attend’ event for 2009 – not only to survive, but also for knowing how to go the distance as successful professionals who develop best practices and apply them to their business.”

Similar to previous Symposiums, the seventh annual event plays host to key partners, industry analysts and well-regarded academics who are experts in transportation, supply chain and logistics. Research Vice President for Gartner, Dwight Klappich, who will be presenting at this year's Symposium said: "I'm pleased to be participating in Transplace's annual event. The variety of topics to be shared by industry experts and practitioners alike on how to survive and succeed in a down economy will prove to be invaluable to attendees."

Key Highlights of the 2009 Shipper Symposium

The audience of logistics professionals will have a front row seat to participate with the masters, and learn best practices and information needed to prosper in today’s market. Leading supply chain and transportation experts representing highly visible companies and organizations will cover an array of topics. Featured speakers include:

  • Governor Bill Graves, president and CEO, American Trucking Associations

    • “Changes with the New Administration – A View from the Top”

  • Rick D. Blasgen, president & CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

    • “Surviving in a Tough Economy – CSCMP’s Outlook on Global Supply Chain Management”

  • C. John Langley, Jr., PhD, director of Supply Chain Executive Programs, Georgia Tech

    • “Global 3PL Study – The Customer’s Perspective”

Other knowledgeable speakers at the Symposium include: Chris Caplice, PhD, executive director, MIT; Jim Glendon, Supply Chain director, Sunny Delight Beverages Company, Inc.; Ben Cubitt, vice president, logistics and transportation, Rock-Tenn Company; Michael A. Reagan, CEO & chairman of the board, TranzAct Technologies, Inc.; Jason Seidl, director, Dahlman, Rose & Co.; and many more.

About Transplace

Transplace is a non-asset based third-party logistics (3PL) provider offering manufacturers and retailers the optimal blend of logistics technology and transportation management services. From complete logistics management outsourcing to intelligent transportation management systems (TMS) to supply chain network planning and design to high-quality brokerage services, Transplace has proven the ability to deliver both rapid return on investment and consistent value to customers. The company is recognized among the elite 3PLs in North America by a customer base that includes many of the largest shippers in the world.

In 2008, Transplace was awarded with the Global Logistics and Supply Chain Strategies “100 Great Supply Chain Partners” distinction for the fifth consecutive year and by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as a “Top 100” provider in supply chain transformation for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, Transplace was recognized by Inbound Logistics as a Top 10 3PL for the sixth consecutive year, and was awarded Logistics Management’s Quest for Quality award for the 3PL category.


  • Ryder, Alaska Air, Geodis, General Cable, Delta, McCain, The Home Depot, APL to Discuss Future of Supply Chain Technology at Leading Forum
  • Industry leading CIOs, IT experts and supply chain executives are meeting to discuss key logistics technology advancements amid reports that IT is one area likely to see investment growth in 2009.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 23, 2009 -- Director of Information Technology at Ryder Andrew Cree will address over 150 of his peers from the supply chain and logistics industry at the 11th eyefortransport Logistics Technology Forum, April 20-21, 2009, Chicago.

The majority of supply chain executives plan to maintain or even increase their investment in technology solutions and services this year, despite the current economic crisis, as revealed in the 2008 eyefortransport Logistics Technology Report. At the forum, over 35 supply chain executives, CIOs and IT experts will address their peers about where to invest through the 30 keynote addresses, case studies, panel sessions, presentations and 1-to-1 meetings.

They will cover key topics including supply chain integration, virtual infrastructures, relationships between shippers and transport providers, developing markets and inventory management.

CIOs, IT directors and major executives from transport logistics companies and top manufacturers and retailers can gain complimentary passes to the event, which include full access to the speaking events, meals and accommodation in the beautiful city of Chicago.

In order to allow all attendees to gain an in-depth analysis of the specific issues facing their industry, the forum will have common sessions and distinct tracks : one for Transport Logistics providers and one for Shippers.

To join potential business partners from Odyssey Logistics and Technology, Pinnacle Food Corporation, Hitachi, Dynamex, Spectrum Logistics, Schreiber Foods and many other, you can register online or contact eyefortransport.

There are just 100 free tickets ( worth $2595 ) available for this Forum.  These will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so make sure you register TODAY!


FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has once again been named to FORTUNE magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in the United States in 2009. The company is ranked 90th overall and was recognized specifically for the way, "CEO Fred Smith announced sweeping cost reductions in December. 401(k) matches were frozen, exec pay was cut 10% and his own pay was docked 20%. But he didn't cut hourly wages or announce layoffs."

Additionally, FORTUNE magazine recognized FedEx for its commitment to diversity and women among the "100 Best Companies to Work For." FedEx is the largest company (by number of employees) and the only transportation company on this year's list.

"In these challenging times, our strong FedEx culture is a strategic advantage. It is based on the Purple Promise, which empowers our team members to make every FedEx experience outstanding," said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corp. "Our people and our culture are the reasons we've received this great honor."

FedEx has been honored as one of the Best Companies to Work For in 11 of the past 12 years and was named to the Best Companies to Work For Hall of Fame in 2005. FedEx also has been consistently ranked in FORTUNE's Global Most Admired Companies and America's Most Admired Companies lists since 2002 and 2001, respectively.

FedEx was one of 1,500 companies invited to participate in this year's selection process. The list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" is compiled for FORTUNE by the Great Place to Work Institute and is based on two criteria: an evaluation of the policies and culture of each company and a survey gauging the opinions of each company's employees.

Most of the company's score (two-thirds) is based on the results of the survey, which is sent to a minimum of 400 randomly-selected team members from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management's credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie.

The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the Institutes Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, methods of internal communications, training, recognition programs and diversity efforts.

About FedEx
FedEx Corp. 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.


TORONTO--Ontario is joining forces with a world-leading company that creates innovative infrastructure for electric cars — a necessary step in getting electric cars running on Ontario’s roads and highways.

California-based Better Place will establish a Canadian head-office in Ontario. They will build an electric car demonstration and education centre in Toronto to lay the groundwork to help get electric vehicles running on Ontario roads. By May 2009, the Ontario government will release a study which will look at ways to speed up the introduction of electric vehicles including:

  • Financial incentives designed to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles
  • Preferred access to transportation grid to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles
  • Forward looking procurement policies to speed government adoption of electric vehicles into fleet services where appropriate
  • Coordinated public education and promotion of electric vehicles as a mode of personal transportation.

At the same time, Better Place will develop an electric car charging network rollout plan and timelines.

"I want to thank Better Place for their vision, and welcome them to Ontario. We have a workforce second to none and matched with this innovative business, we could provide a real opportunity for jobs and economic growth in the future," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"Today’s announcement shows how Ontario is using its portfolio of strategic investment tools to attract global visionaries to our province. It’s about keeping Ontario ahead of the curve in a knowledge and technology-based economy," said Sandra Pupatello, Minister of International Trade and Investment.

"With its forward-looking leadership, Ontario is taking a major step toward sustainable transportation and setting a visible example for the world. As a major auto producer with significant manufacturing expertise and facilities, Ontario stands to benefit from the inevitable and accelerating shift to electric cars. Transition to the Car 2.0 model of electric vehicles powered by renewable energy presents an historic opportunity for Ontario and Canada to help lead the world in economic growth and environmental recovery for the next century," said Shai Agassi, Better Place Founder and CEO.

For every 10,000 electric vehicles on the road, Better Place estimates that Ontario will offset more than 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Under the Better Place model, electric car drivers enroll in a subscription plan to use the company’s open network of battery exchange stations and charge spots in homes, businesses and parking lots.

Canada-based Bullfrog Power will provide the Better Place network with electricity from local renewable sources to avoid shifting emissions from tailpipe to smokestack and support Ontario’s commitment to end the use of coal-fired generation by 2014.


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