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2014 Media Kit


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CN delivers more than 5,000 hopper cars to Western Canadian grain elevators

AJOT | March 31, 2014 | Intermodal

CN said it spotted 5,102 hopper cars for loading at country grain elevators in Western Canada during grain-crop Week 34 that just ended. This marks the fourth week in a row that CN has delivered well in excess of 4,000 grain cars to Prairie elevators, averaging 4,550 cars per week, or 21 per cent greater than CN's average March performance for the last decade. Read More »

Cardinal Logistics recognized by United Natural Foods as Carrier of the Year

AJOT | March 31, 2014 | Intermodal | Transport Intermediaries

Cardinal Logistics Management Corporation has been recognized for excellent service and named "Carrier of the Year" by United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI). Chad Brewer, Vice President of Logistics at UNFI, visited Cardinal's headquarters to present this prestigious award. David Myott, Director of National Accounts and Skip Stritzinger, SVP Business Development accepted the award on Cardinal's behalf. Read More »

International Truck Highlights Technologies That Advance the Industry

PR Newswire | March 27, 2014 | Intermodal

Navistar, Inc. today addressed advancements in technology that help maximize vehicle uptime while offering customers more options and control. Technologies such as OnCommand™ Connection, Diamond Logic® and fully automatic and automated manual transmissions (AMTs) make vehicles more fuel efficient, safer, capable and more productive. "We are thinking harder about the role of new technologies to help customers every day while delivering industry-leading vehicle uptime," said Bill Kozek, president of North America Truck and Parts for Navistar. "We want to provide more value by offering diagnostics, multiplexing and service tools that are unmatched in the industry." Named by Heavy Duty Trucking magazine to its 2014 Top 20 Products list, the OnCommand Connection remote diagnostics system is designed to increase vehicle uptime and provide increased fleet management efficiency for North American truck customers by supporting quicker repairs and controlling maintenance and repair costs. The company is also testing a mobile OnCommand Connection website and app to make diagnostics and service tools accessible to fleet managers anywhere and anytime. OnCommand Connection currently supports more than 30,000 vehicles and offers fleet managers access to real-time fault codes, vehicle locations, nearby dealer locations and fault code actions plans within an online portal. "We believe we are scratching the surface of the capabilities we offer the industry with OnCommand Connection," Kozek said. "By integrating support services into OnCommand Connection that achieve more efficient repairs and maintenance, better lifecycle value and overall lower total cost of ownership, we provide our customers with increased visibility and control over their businesses." Navistar has also been a pioneer in custom programmable chassis electronics and multiplexing since 2001. The company has continued to closely partner with end users and body builders to further increase productivity. Diamond Logic helps vocational customers work smarter, faster and safer, while preventing operators from inadvertently damaging valuable equipment. "Our Diamond Logic operating system is best known for its ability to provide control and communication between work trucks and body equipment," Kozek said. "Diamond Logic addresses convenience and safety on behalf of our customers while automatic and automated manual transmissions work to reduce the variance between expert drivers and first-timers." By electronically monitoring vehicle speed, grade, weight and more to select the best gear for the engine, Navistar's portfolio of automatic and automated manual transmissions improve efficiency and extend the life of the driveline. Navistar currently offers the Cummins Eaton Smart Advantage™ 10-speed automated manual transmission, the Eaton UltraShift® Plus LSE 16-speed direct drive automated mechanical transmission on the ProStar® and the Allison TC10, a 10-speed fully automatic transmission, on the ProStar and the TranStar®. "Ultimately, we want our customers to have choices and also experience the highest level of uptime in the industry," Kozek added. "The future is about converting unplanned downtime into scheduled maintenance and getting trucks back on the road where they are earning revenue." Read More »

Russia’s Brunswick Rail raising $150 mln via EBRD deal

Reuters | March 27, 2014 | Intermodal

Russian railcar leasing company Brunswick Rail is raising up to $150 million by issuing preference shares to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), it said, signalling some appetite for financing despite the Crimea crisis. Read More »

MOL (India) expands and upgrades warehousing services in India

AJOT | March 26, 2014 | Intermodal | Transport Intermediaries

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced that its subsidiary in India, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (India) Pvt. Ltd., expanded a warehouse in Gurgaon in the state of Haryana, the suburbs of New Delhi in February 2014. With this expansion, the total floor area of our three warehouses in India (one in Haryana, two in Uttar Pradesh) is about 3,600m2. Read More »

New rail line extends Felixstowe’s advantage

AJOT | March 25, 2014 | Intermodal | Ports & Terminals

The Port of Felixstowe’s rail advantage is set to grow further with the official opening of the Ipswich Chord on 31 March 2014. The new chord will reduce rail freight journey times to and from the UK’s largest container port by one hour in each direction providing a substantial performance and efficiency improvement for both rail and sea freight operators. Read More »

SHIFT Freight announces 2014 General Rate Increase

AJOT | March 25, 2014 | Intermodal

SHIFT Freight, an asset-light LTL carrier that’s dedicated to changing the way companies think about freight, announced it will be taking a general rate increase on non-contractual business of 4.9 percent effective March 31, 2014. Read More »

TransForce receives Competition Act approval for arrangement with Vitran

AJOT | March 25, 2014 | Intermodal

Vitran Corporation Inc., a premier Canadian less-than-truckload transportation firm, has announced that Competition Act approval of TransForce Inc.'s acquisition of Vitran under the previously announced plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") was obtained. Under the Arrangement, 2400520 Ontario Inc. (the "Purchaser"), an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of TransForce Inc., will acquire all of the issued anoutstanding common shares of the Company, other than common shares of the Company held by the Purchaser and any affiliate of the Purchaser, for consideration of US$6.50 in cash per share. Read More »

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