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Experts Use Industry Forum to Draw Attention to the Perils of Packing


Freight and logistics professionals at Multimodal 2014 this week will hear specialist insurer TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox and other experts warn of the hazards of incorrect packing of containers and CTUs of all types

29 April 2014

Much industry attention recently has been focussed on the debate surrounding the degree to which inaccurately declared cargo weights cause accidents involving Cargo Transport Units (CTUs), in particular maritime containers.  Poor weight information has been cited as a cause of such incidents as container stack collapse, road and terminal vehicle overturning, crane failure or even contributing to ship loss.

However, while still important to achieve improved regulation of verified gross mass, the reality is that accurate cargo weights contribute in only a small part to safety in the supply chain.  The way in which cargo is packed and secured in CTUs is arguably far more significant, leading – where incorrectly carried out – to loads shifting and cargo spillages.   Accident investigations into cargo claims received by TT Club frequently identify poor load distribution, improperly packed cargo and inadequate blocking, bracing and securing, including inappropriate use of dunnage.

Such a finding is echoed by the ocean carriers’ Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), where a third of incidents investigated were found to have this cause. The loss to the industry is substantial, resulting in direct expense, operational disruption and management distraction, not to mention litigation or insurance costs.

Along with speakers from the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA), the International Transport Worker’s Federation (ITF) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA), Storrs-Fox will underline the crucial importance of promoting the need for ‘best practice’ guidelines for cargo packing procedures.   “For many years SOLAS (International convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) and the IMDG Code (International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code) have referenced the IMO/ILO/UNECE* ‘Guidelines for Packing Cargo Transport Units to assist those involved in packing containers and other

transport units. Recent revisions to these Guidelines have been approved as a Code of Practice by the UNECE, with the other two bodies due to endorse them later this year.  It is vital that, as an industry, we do our utmost to promote this new CTU Code as a minimum operational standard,” he said.

As part of this effort TT Club has commissioned the expert e-learning course designer Exis Technologies to develop the CTUpack e-learningTM course.  This is an online training tool for those involved in the packing and unpacking of cargo transport units (CTU).  The first release of CTUpack is a foundation level course and was launched in January.

Students are assessed continuously through the course and receive a course completion certificate which records their final score. The e-learning course is accessed via the web and is available for individual training or for national, regional or global company training programmes. Multiple courses are managed using Exis Technologies’ e-learning management system, which provides administrator functions for setting up courses and monitoring students’ records.

The CTUpack e-learning™ will evolve to reflect any further changes to the UN documents and other industry best practice guidance.

Storrs-Fox concludes, “CTUpack e-learning™ follows the well-established IMDG Code e-learning training course from Exis, which is also sponsored by TT Club.  Both courses fit closely with the risk management approach that the Club has always fostered among the global freight transport community.  As in other operational sectors of the industry, training is clearly the number one loss prevention measure and, if adopted as a core feature of the operator’s culture, can greatly reduce the number of incidents incurred globally each year throughout the industry.  We have already seen promising interest in the course since its launch in January, but we are now working with Exis to disseminate information about the course on an international level. ”

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* International Labour Organization/International Maritime Organization/United Nations Economic Commission for Europe


About TT Club:

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services.  As a mutual insurer, the TT Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks.  TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators.

About Exis Technologies:

Exis Technologies, headquartered in Darlington, UK, is the leading supplier of compliance systems for the management of dangerous goods in sea transport.  For over 25 years major container shipping lines, ports and shippers have been relying on Hazcheck Systems for regulatory compliance, efficiency and safety in their global operations. They serve 80% of the top container lines.

Exis Technologies also develops e-learning courses.  IMDG Code e-learning is a cost-effective training solution for shore side staff that has been implemented by half of the top 20 container lines as well as shippers and logistics operations worldwide. CTUpack e-learning is the latest addition to their training courses.


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Banz Geodis Wilson W.L.L. Opens in Bahrain – New Joint Venture between Banz Group and Geodis Wilson

Manama, 15th May 2014


The global freight forwarding company Geodis Wilson has formed a Joint Venture partnership with the regional warehousing and distribution specialist Banz Group in Bahrain.  The move forms part of Geodis Wilson’s development strategy to extend and strengthen its global logistics network.

The new joint venture will be based in Juffair, Bahrain, with administrative operations run from an 8,000 square metre warehouse facility. One of the largest facilities of its type in the region, the warehouse operates under state-of-the-art safety and security standards and includes ambient, chilled and frozen storage space.

Middle East Cluster Managing Director for Geodis Wilson, Sascha Geiken, welcomed the new development. “From day one, we are offering a full menu of Freight Services, including air, sea, road, sea-air and project forwarding,” he said. “Geodis Wilson is also well-known for its provision of Contract Logistics and the Bahrain operation will deliver a wide range of services in this category: inbound and outbound logistics, customs clearance, cargo insurance, reverse logistics and other value-added services,” explained Geiken.

“Servicing our customers where they grow is part of our dynamic business strategy”, says Kim Pedersen, Executive Vice President of Geodis Wilson. “This means increasing our footprint not only in the large and emerging economies, as we do in Brazil, India, China and also the US, but also in other dynamic regions, like the Middle East, where we already have a presence in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.”



About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is a leading global freight management company. With around 9,000 employees in 61 countries the company delivers tailor-made, integrated logistics solutions to customers enabling them to operate as ‘best in class.’ Geodis Wilson – with a revenue of 2,67 bn € in 2013 – is the freight forwarding arm of Geodis Group which became part of the French rail and freight group SNCF in 2008. SNCF Geodis ranks among the top 7 companies in its field in the world.

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About Banz Group

The Banz Group started operations in the Kingdom of Bahrain as a privately owned shareholding company. Conceptually envisaged to be a privately operated project, the company has now grown and diversified to cater to the ever growing needs and demands across all sectors.
Banz commenced its operation offering the most technologically advanced temperature controlled storage facilities in the Middle East. In pursuit of its vision to further enhance its position as the leader in cold storage services, the company grew and expanded its operations.
The new era that is unfolding continues to pose many challenges alongside a host of opportunities to better serve the various needs of the economy. Possessing all the ingredients for a more successful future and balancing its growth with the need for greater environmental awareness, Banz Group continues to be committed a mutual and rewarding partnership with its clients.

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Naming Ceremony for EVER LISSOME

May 13, 2014

Evergreen Group today held the naming ceremony for EVER LISSOME, the fifth of its L-type vessels to be built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan. The ceremony took place at CSBC’s Kaohsiung shipyard and was officiated by Mr. Raymond Lin, Evergreen Group’s Vice Group Chairman. The official rope-cutting of the new 8,508 TEU vessel was performed by Mrs. Aphinya Changariyavong, the wife of Evergreen Shipping Agency (Thailand) Chairman Mr. Nivat Changariyavong.

“Global economic outlook is gradually improving. According to IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook, the world output is expected to grow by 3.6% in 2014. In addition, Clarksons expects global box trade to increase by 6% this year.  In view of this growth momentum, Evergreen Line has been conducting a fleet renewal program not only to better serve the expected trade recovery, but also to safeguard the marine environment with eco-friendly ships.” said Mr. Lin in his speech at the ceremony.

Owned by Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd., EVER LISSOME is 334.8 meters in length, 45.8 meters wide, with 948 reefer plugs. The L-class containership is fitted with alternative marine power, ballast water treatment system, electronic-controlled fuel-injection engine that supports slow steaming and many more eco-friendly designs. After her delivery on 15th May, the newbuilding will join Evergreen Line’s Asia – US East Coast (via Suez Canal) route, replacing an older vessel.


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TT Club appoints Claims Director

TT Club appoints Claims Director

The TT Club, the leading international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, has appointed Robert Kempkens as claims director. Based in London, he will be responsible for overseeing global claims handling for the TT Club.

Robert joined the TT Club in 2006, becoming Regional Claims Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa in 2010. He has studied law at the University of Hamburg and holds an LL.M. in European and Public International law from EdinburghUniversity. After his traineeship at the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg he worked as a Rechtsanwalt in the shipping/transport departments of first Wessing Behrenberg-Gossler (now Taylor Wessing) and then Ince & Co in Hamburg. He holds an Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics from CopenhagenBusinessSchool.

Robert replaces Phil Nichols who has retired after having served as claims director at the TT Club for 6 years. In his time at the TT Club Phil was involved in the development and implementation of a new claims and fee payments system and introducing audits for zero and low value claims.

Phil joined the Thomas Miller Group in 1968 and has worked across both the TT Club and the UK P&I Club for a total of 46 years.

Charles Fenton, CEO of the TT Club, said: “The role of Claims Director is at the heart of the Club, since it is the claims function that ensures Members’ claims are paid and that assists in helping resolve Members’ trading problems. Robert’s deep expertise in the management of claims and understanding of their implications for transport operators’ will ensure that he leads this key area for the Club extremely well, and I am confident that Robert will be a driving force for the Club,”


Notes to editors

The TT Club

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services.  As a mutual insurer, the TT Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators.

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TT Club announces strong financial results and maintains AM Best A- (Excellent) rating

The TT Club, the leading international transport and logistics insurance provider, today announces its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2014, maintaining its A- (Excellent) rating by agency AM Best for the 8th consecutive year.


  • $186.3 million gross written premiums
  • $12.0 million surplus
  • Total assets of $641.4 million
  • Total surplus and reserves $161.6 million
  • AM Best Financial strength rating maintained as  A- (Excellent)
  • Number of claims continuing to decline
  • 2013 financial year combined ratio of 87.4%

Knud Pontoppidan, Chairman of the TT Club, said: “The TT Club’s strong financial performance in the past 12 months, which has been recognised in our maintained A- (Excellent) rating by AM Best, has been echoed in our claim levels which have declined compared to figures recorded in recent years. A pivotal contributing factor to this positive picture is the work that we have carried out to restructure our business in order to better match the overall premium income to the TT Club. Cost management has been a focus area for the TT Club and this approach will continue in the current year to maintain Member premiums at the lowest sustainable levels.”

Charles Fenton, Chief Executive of the TT Club, said:”Our positive financial results are a reflection of the healthy position of the TT Club in the industry and this was endorsed by our AM Best rating. Despite the tough premium rating environment, the TT Club’s premium levels have remained as expected at the beginning of the year and we remain committed to working with members and brokers to maintain our position as the world’s leading provider of international transport and logistics insurance. ”


Notes to editors

TT Club

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

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Dachser Wins Award for Outstanding Corporate Film

Kempten, May 20, 2014. Cut!, a corporate film by the Kempten-based logistics provider, wins the intermedia-globe Gold award at the WorldMediaFestival in Hamburg. The film is one of the 14 best international submissions from a field of over 700.

As an international competition for communications media, the WorldMediaFestival is one of the most important industry events. The festival’s independent jury, made up of members from around the world, viewed over 700 submissions from 34 countries before awarding the prize. From the large number of films, the jury members selected 14 Gold winners, among them Dachser’s entry in the category of ‘Public Relations: Recruiting.’ The relevant criteria were artistic creativity, technical quality, video and soundtrack design, comprehensibility, credibility, and overall impression. “This prize is a real team effort,” says Birgit Kastner-Simon, Corporate Director of Corporate Marketing at Dachser. “Our film makes logistics into something tangible, something experienced. I’m very pleased that the festival jury has recognized this approach with a Gold award.“

The five-and-a-half minute long corporate film illustrates Dachser’s global services portfolio in the blink of an eye: A movie shoot in China comes to a halt because the set – an alpine hut – is missing. The prop is flown in from Tyrol, and the director returns the favor with some typical Chinese cuisine, which goes by sea and land to reach its recipient. “We deliberately gave the script an unusual and unconventional concept,” explains Birgit Kastner-Simon, who received the prize on May 14 at a gala event in Hamburg. “By alluding to well-known film genres, we were able to take perfect advantage of the possibilities of film as a medium. Also, elements like the alpine hut refer to our company’s origins.” The film was created in cooperation with PI_spirit Filmproduktionsgesellschaft based in Cologne. The premiere took place at transport logistic 2013, the leading international trade show of the transport and logistics industry.

The film online:

You can watch the film Cut! on Dachser’s YouTube channel:

About Dachser:

Dachser, a family-owned internationally operating company headquartered in Kempten, Germany, is one of the leading logistics providers in Europe.

Dachser provides comprehensive transport logistics, warehousing, and customer-specific services in three business fields: Dachser European Logistics, Dachser Food Logistics, and Dachser Air & Sea Logistics. Comprehensive and multi-disciplinary services, such as contract logistics, consulting and advisory services, and industry-specific solutions round out the company’s offerings. A seamless transport network—both in Europe and overseas—and information technology that is fully integrated into all its systems provide intelligent logistics solutions worldwide.

With a staff of 25,000 employees in 42 countries at 471 locations all over the globe, in 2013, Dachser generated revenue of nearly EUR 5 billion and handled 70 million shipments.

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The WorldMediaFestival:

The WorldMediaFestival honors outstanding achievements in corporate film, television, web, web TV, and print on the international stage. The prize winners are some of the best in the fields of industry and services. Founded in 2000 as a forum for leading communications professionals around the world, it is the only one of its kind in Europe.

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Geodis Wilson’s Industrial Projects Team to Exhibit at Break Bulk Europe 2014

Antwerp, 7 May 2014


The global multimodal service provider Geodis Wilson will be exhibiting at this year’s Break Bulk Transportation Conference and Exhibition, to be held at Antwerp Expo, Belgium from 12 – 14 May 2014.  The Industrial Projects Division’s senior executives will be attending and the exhibition stand located at 423H1.

The Geodis Wilson Industrial Projects Division is one of the fastest growing divisions within the organisation with own representation in 42 countries.

Operating in the segments of oil and gas, wind energy, power, petrochemicals, nuclear, rail and mining, Geodis Wilson has a proven track record to providing tailored made industry solutions strengthened by a wide array of value added and information services.  Working with a dedicated team, it specializes in creating transparent, tailored solutions with clear communications channels.

The Industrial Projects division will be represented by Stephane Chabeau, IP-Rail segment leader and Cluster Director Europe, and Chris Moyaert, IP – Oil & Gas segment Belgium, together with other senior colleagues.

Break Bulk Europe is one of a series of international exhibitions and education forums and the foremost in the world addressing the needs of traditional break bulk and project cargo logistics professionals.  With over 200 exhibitors and sponsors providing specialist services this event is a key networking opportunity for specialized ocean carriers, freight forwarders, ports/ terminals, logistics providers, ground transportation, heavy air, export packers, equipment companies and more.


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About Geodis Wilson and the Geodis Group

Geodis Wilson is a leading global freight management company. With 9.000 employees in more than 60 countries the company delivers tailor-made, integrated logistics solutions to customers enabling them to operate as ‘best in class.’ Geodis Wilson is the freight-forwarding arm of Geodis Group which became part of the French rail and freight group SNCF in 2008. With 47.600 employees globally, ‘SNCF GEODIS’ ranks among the top 7 companies in its field in the world.

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MOL, Evergreen Line and COSCON to Launch Direct Asia-West Africa ‘WA1’ Service

May 7, 2014 – Taipei – MOL Liner Ltd. (MOL), Evergreen Line and COSCO Container Lines Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of a weekly direct service from Asia to West Africa, branded the ‘WA1’. The new express link will further enhance each company’s service network to cover strategic markets in Africa to meet increasingly diverse commercial requirements. 

The jointly operated twelve vessel service will commence from Shanghai on June 2nd, 2014, with six of the ships being operated by MOL, four by Evergreen Line and two by COSCON.

Additional ’WA1’ service details are as follows:


Shanghai (MON/MON) – Ningbo (TUE/WED) – Hong Kong (FRI/FRI) – Nansha (SAT/SAT) – Singapore (THU/THU) – Lagos Apapa (MON/THU) – Tema (FRI/MON) – Lome (MON/FRI) – Abidjan (SUN/WED) – Singapore (MON/MON) – Shanghai (MON/TUE)


Westbound – MV TBC, ETA Shanghai 2nd June 2014

Eastbound – MV TBC, ETA Lagos Apapa 7th July 2014

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Menlo Logistics Marks Second Singapore Expansion in Two Years; Opens New 50,000 m2 Warehousing and Distribution Centre at Mapletree Benoi Logistics Hub

S$127 Million Logistics Hub Represents Latest Collaboration Between Menlo and Leading Singapore Logistics Real Estate Provider Mapletree Logistics Trust


SAN FRANCISO and SINGAPORE — May 6, 2014 — Menlo Logistics (Menlo), the US$1.5 billion global logistics and supply chain management subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), today will formerly dedicate its new state-of-the-art warehousing and distribution management centre at 21 Benoi Sector Singapore, 629853.

The new 50,000-square-meter Benoi centre brings the company’s footprint in Singapore to eight facilities totaling 219,700 square meters. The expansion spotlights Menlo’s commitment to investing in the growing market for distribution services in Singapore, and the country’s rising prominence as a strategic logistics hub for Asia.

“Singapore and the regional Asia markets are some of our fastest growing sectors, due in large part to our strong market share and industry-specific expertise in wine and spirits distribution,” said Robert L. Bianco Jr., president of San Francisco, California-based Menlo Logistics, who will headline Menlo’s dedication ceremony here today. “Our long-term lease for this facility with our real estate partner, Mapletree Logistics Trust, is another demonstration of Menlo’s commitment to the Singapore market, not only in wine and spirits, but also in distribution capacity for automotive, consumer electronics and apparel, aerospace and industrial. We are investing to grow with our customers.”

Menlo is a leading global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations on five continents. Established in Singapore over a decade ago, the company’s services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehousing, distribution and transportation management; supply chain engineering and other value-added services across multiple industries.

Representing a capital investment of S$127 million by Mapletree Logistics Trust (MLT), the new distribution centre with a gross floor area of 92,500 square meters features specialized warehousing capabilities for servicing the global wine and spirits industry. It also supports the warehousing and logistics requirements of various clients engaged in a variety of other industries for which Singapore is a growing market. The facility has been awarded the prestigious Building and Construction Authority’s Green Mark Platinum Award, the highest certification for sustainable buildings in Singapore.

The Benoi facility elevates Menlo to be the largest tenant of MLT, with leased warehouse space across seven properties in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China, noted Ms. Ng Kiat, Chief Executive Officer of Mapletree Logistics Trust Management Ltd, the manager of MLT.

“We have been working with Menlo, our valued customer, over the last nine years to support its continued growth across Asia. Menlo’s commitment to this project and our growing relationship underscore MLT’s position as a preferred partner of choice for customers seeking quality logistics real estate solutions in the region. We look forward to strengthening this partnership further as Menlo continues on its growth path,” said Ms. Ng. “This redevelopment project has transformed Benoi Logistics Hub from an old, single-story warehouse into a modern, five-story ramp-up facility with significantly improved efficiency and capabilities. We will continue to look out for asset enhancement or redevelopment opportunities that are aligned with the expansion needs of our customers like Menlo, while concurrently unlocking additional value from our portfolio,” she added.

“Our customers expect consistent, efficient, high-quality service, and this new facility, coupled with our commitment to sustainable business practices and Lean continuous improvement, delivers on that promise,” noted Menlo’s Bianco.

“When Pernod Ricard, Asia Pacific Breweries, Bacardi and Tradall, all global leading wine and spirits distributors, require either secured, temperature-controlled or ambient warehousing, we can provide that service along with time-sensitive fulfillment and delivery to Singapore and throughout the region,” Bianco added. “And with the resources and capabilities we now have at Benoi, we can service our clients faster and more efficiently than before.”

Mr. Bianco also cited the support of Singapore Customs and its promotion of prudent regulatory policies that protect the country while encouraging free and open trade. “Initiatives like Singapore Customs’ Secure Trade Partnership program, which provide sensible regulation and a secure environment for trade, are a major incentive for expansion. It’s a key reason why we have continued to invest and build capacity here,” he commented.

“We are delighted to have fostered a close Customs-Business partnership with Menlo Logistics since 2002,” said Mr. Lim Teck Leong, Deputy Director-General, Compliance and Facilitation, Singapore Customs. “Over the years, Menlo has participated actively in the various schemes and licences offered by Singapore Customs to safeguard the integrity and security of the supply chain in Singapore.”

The opening of the new Benoi facility come on the heels of Menlo’s new Sunview Way distribution centre, which opened in November 2012. Menlo’s existing network of seven facilities is located throughout Singapore with 400 employees and provides dedicated and multi-client inventory and distribution management. The company services over 200 Singapore businesses and multi-national companies in sectors such as automotive, high-tech, consumer goods, industrial, aerospace and wine and spirits distribution. The Benoi facility will serve as one of Menlo’s most advanced warehouses for storage and distribution, high-value-added services like picking and packing operations, customized labeling and return management services. More than 100 employees will support its multi-disciplined operations

Menlo also operates additional multi-client logistics facilities in Southeast Asia, as well as China, India, Australia, North America and Europe.

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About Menlo Logistics

Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a US$1.5 billion global provider of logistics, transportation management and supply chain services with operations in five continents, including North America. As a third-party logistics provider, San Francisco, California-based Menlo Logistics’ services range from dedicated contract logistics to warehouse and distribution management, transportation management, supply chain reengineering and other value-added services including packaging, kitting, order fulfillment and light assembly through a strategic network of multi-client and dedicated facilities. With nearly 20 million square feet of dedicated warehouse space in North America, the Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America, and industry-leading technologies, Menlo Logistics creates effective, integrated solutions for the transportation and distribution needs of leading businesses around the world.

Menlo Logistics, LLC, is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), a $5.5 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics company. For more information, please visit us on the Web at

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