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McLane Foodservice Teams With Panda Restaurant

The Panda Restaurant Group Inc. (PRG) has selected McLane Foodservice to provide food distribution services through its Phoenix and Arlington, TX facilities to more than 200 Panda stores in those regions.

McLane Foodservice, a Carrollton, TX-based division of McLane Co. Inc., is providing Panda comprehensive supply chain services, including logistics, procurement, and inventory management solutions.

Distribution for these regions launched on August 10, 2009, reaching 202 Panda Express restaurants and five Hibachi-San restaurants. PRG has close to 1300 restaurants in 38 States and Puerto Rico.

“By focusing on food quality and customer service, the Panda team is taking convenient gourmet Chinese food to a new level,” says Tom Zatina, president of McLane Foodservice. “Given our shared vision, we feel this partnership is a perfect fit and we’re proud to be working with such a successful and innovative restaurant chain.”

Meijer Orders EPA 2010 Trucks From Daimler

Meijer has placed the nation’ first fleet order for U.S. EPA 2010 trucks with Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA).

The Grand Rapids, MI-based retailer has purchased 40 EPA 2010 Freightliner Cascadia trucks equipped with Detroit Diesel DD13 engines with BlueTec emissions technology.

The vehicles deliver near-zero tailpipe emissions and are a continuation of Meijer’s green initiatives, which include the installation of rooftop wind turbines on a number of its stores.

According to Tom McCall, Meijer’s vice president of logistics, the pairing of the aerodynamic Freightliner with the DD13 engine matched Meijer’s criteria for reliability, fuel economy, durability and serviceability.

The first delivery of the trucks is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of this year, well ahead of the emissions regulations that are scheduled to take effect January 1, 2010.


In the July/August 2009 issue of Food Logistics, the listing for RLS Logistics (page 33) was incorrect. Food Logistics regrets the errors. The listing should have appeared as follows:

8RLS Logistics, Malaga, NJ
Area served: National (U.S. only)
Both asset- and non-asset based Transportation services: LTL,TL, temperature-controlled

Warehousing services: Cross docking, fulfillment, import/export/USDA, pick/pack assembly, frozen and refrigerated storage, warehousing/distribution management, tempering, container loading and unloading, drayage, case pick, re-packing, AccelefrateSM Consolidation Program, RF Scanning, online inventory, EDI and more.

Corporate overview: RLS offers some of the most comprehensive facilities in the region with frozen, cooler and dry warehousing storage space. Its multi-temperature capabilities meet the most stringent requirements for handling a broad range of temperature-controlled foods. Modern, safe and secure, its computerized facilities are highly energy efficient and cost-effective for material handling. RLS is routinely audited by the AIB International. Warehouse management systems provide real-time inventory control, just-in-time order management, productivity tracking and customized reporting. Dedicated warehousing services are available to customers looking for a customized facility tailored to their specific needs.

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