Wal-Mart Corp., Bentonville, AR, will open the doors of a new grocery distribution center in Cheyenne, WY, this month. The company spent more than $70 million on the 850,000-square-foot automated facility, which will employ about 600 workers once it's fully staffed.

In other Wal-Mart news, the retailing giant has partnered with Peterbilt Motors and Eaton Corp. to develop an aerodynamic, heavy-duty truck with hybrid capabilities. Wal-Mart expects the hybrid version of the Peterbilt 386, which its fleet already operates, to increase fuel efficiency by 25 percent over the next few years.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, NY, as a 2007 Energy Star Partner of the Year for outstanding energy management and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In 2006, PepsiCo's energy conservation efforts corresponded to the removal of 195 million pounds of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere.

Houston-based Sysco Corp. will build a 700,000-square-foot warehouse in Hamlet, IN, for its Midwest Cooperative Redistribution Center. The facility will feature freezer, refrigerated and dry storage, office space and a truck maintenance building. On-site construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

Morningstar Foods, Dallas, has selected Freightmaster TMS from Next Generation Logistics Inc., Inverness, IL, as its exclusive on-demand transportation management system. The hosted solution selects the lowest cost carrier so that loads can be tendered to carriers automatically and handles consolidated loads and pool trucks.

The Port of Oakland is implementing a truck tagging system at its Oakland International Container Terminal. Drayage trucks will be equipped with active RFID tags from WhereNet Corp., a Zebra Technologies company based in Santa Clara, CA.

Kellogg Co., Battlecreek, MI, presented its Top Gun Award to Exel, a contract logistics services provider based in Westerville, OH. The award is presented to the operation that accumulates the most points on a scorecard of Kellogg's critical customer service and performance measures. Exel received the award in the full-service warehouse category for the second straight year.

In other Exel news, Kraft Foods, Northfield, IL, has tapped Exel to provide warehousing services at two of its distribution centers in Brazil. Yard management, inventory control, invoicing, shipping and lot control are among the services Exel will provide at Kraft DCs in São Paulo and Parana.

Earlier this month, Kraft celebrated its first day as a fully independent company in almost 20 years. New York-based Altria Group Inc., which also owns Philip Morris USA, says it spun off the world's second largest food and beverage company to enable Kraft to make acquisitions, while allowing managers to focus their respective businesses and giving both companies greater debt capacity.

Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, NY, plans to acquire GLP Free Manufacturing, a glue-free baked goods manufacturer in Grand Island, NY. Rich says the acquisition will further its investment and growth in Western New York and build its healthy products portfolio.

Chicago-based Tootsie Roll Industries has signed a two-year contract with DSC Logistics for its first regional distribution center (RDC) in DSC's Allentown, PA, logistics center. DSC will provide refrigerated storage for seasonal products in a high case pick environment and export product to Canada and Mexico.