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IARW Global Top 25 List of Refrigerated Warehousing and Logistics Providers

Every year, the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) publishes the IARW Global Top 25 List of the largest refrigerated warehousing and logistics providers in the world.  The list is determined by total capacity of temperature-controlled space operated by IARW Warehouse Members. 2019 IARW Global Top 25 List   Company Name Locations...

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2019 National Safety Stand-Down: May 6-10

After adding more than 50,000 jobs in January alone, the construction industry shows no signs of slowing down. As more people join the workforce, our commitment to worker safety is even more important. Although falls from heights decreased from 2016 to 2017 according to BLS data, falls are still the leading cause of death in the construction industry – they can and should be prevented....

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Surface Transportation Board Announces Hearing on Railroad and Accessorial Charges

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, on railroad demurrage and accessorial charges. Railroads, shippers, third-party logistics providers, and other interested parties will be invited to speak at the hearing and report their experience with demurrage and accessorial charges, including matters such as reciprocity, commercial...

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Education Preview at Global Cold Chain Expo

The Global Cold Chain Expo is the only annual event where businesses gather to find solutions and share best practices for managing the complexities of the perishable supply chain. With educational content focused on Warehouse Operations, Transportation, Engineering, Construction and Global Supply Chains, an Expo hall filled with suppliers to the cold chain, regional meetings, committee meetings...

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Warehouse Employee Turnover Rates Drop

The labor shortage is an on-going challenge throughout the cold chain industry. For the past two years, the Global Cold Chain Alliance has sent out a North American Employee Turnover Survey. The 2018 survey reported an employee turnover rate of 40.2%, but the 2019 survey shows a significant decrease – 32.8%. Three member companies, including Minnesota Freezer Warehouse Company, Newport-St. Paul...

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Ransomware Threats and Cyber Security – A Note from Lockton Insurance

2016 was dubbed the “year of ransomware”, but in reality, you could say the same about 2017, 2018, and so far, 2019.  According to the FBI, ransomware cost US businesses at least $1.4B in 2017, compared with $1B in 2016.  Cost estimates for 2018 have not yet been released, but by all accounts, will be significantly higher.  And the bad guys continue to get more and more...

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Michael Fischer of RLS Logistics Recipient of WFLO Don Schlimme Future Leader Award

Michael Fischer, General Manager at RLS Logistics, was awarded the WFLO Don Schlimme Future Leader Award during the 128th IARW-WFLO Convention. The Don Schlimme Future Leader Award recognizes talented young professionals in North America, who have the potential to become future leaders and make a positive contribution to the development of the temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics...

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USDA, EPA, and FDA Unveil Strategy to Reduce Food Waste

(Washington, D.C., April 9, 2019) — Today, as part of the Trump Administration’s Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the release of a federal interagency strategy to address food waste. The agencies held an event at EPA headquarters to...

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128th IARW-WFLO Convention

Members can access presentations from all past association events. In case you were unable to attend or would like to review a session, we’ve posted presentations from the 128th IARW-WFLO Convention below. You will need Adobe Reader and to be logged in as a member to view these presentations. What: 128th IARW-WFLO Convention Presentations When: 7 April - 10...

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