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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.

Kane Launches Collaborative Distribution Program

Kane is Able Inc. has launched its Code Green Collaborative Distribution program as an invitation to small and mid-sized CPG manufacturers and retailers to collaborate in revolutionizing their distribution models, making them more efficient and environmentally responsible.

The program rewards both manufacturers and their retail customers for collaborating to ship and receive products from multiple vendors as part of a single shipment and will start with a regional collaborative distribution center in the Northeast and expand nationally as the newer, more efficient model takes hold.

According to Chris Kane, the company’s vice president of marketing and sales, the program was developed to reduce logistics costs in the CPG sector and to respond to the global drive toward energy-efficient supply chains.

“Today, 10 smaller manufacturers likely have 10 separate supply chains within a region, with 10 or more warehouses shipping to the exact same customers using costly, less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments,” says Kane. “Under this arrangement, each supplier is interested only in its own line of supply.”

According to Kane, the program offers small and mid-sized CPG companies the volume-based efficiencies enjoyed by their larger competitors. “These companies will co-locate their inventory in our Northeast collaborative distribution center and we will consolidate outbound freight moving to common retailer delivery destinations,” he says. “Savings will be shared with both manufactures and their retail customers.”

Kane will establish a set freight rate of $55 per pallet for deliveries anywhere within a 500 mile radius of the company’s Northeast distribution hub in Scranton, PA, saving participating CPG manufacturers 30 percent to 40 percent on their current outbound freight costs. For retailers, Kane will offer a rebate of $5 for every pallet they receive under the program.

The company has dedicated 1 million square feet of space at its Scranton campus to collaborative distribution.

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