Jacobson Goes Global

Jacobson Goes Global, Establishes Jacobson Global Logistics, Ltd. In Hong Kong

Des Moines, IA – (January 5, 2011) – Jacobson Companies today announced that it has established Jacobson Global Logistics, Ltd. (JGL), in Hong Kong.  JGL will be the foundation from which Jacobson plans to expand its logistics services in Asia.

The establishment of JGL as a regional headquarters for Asia is a significant step for Jacobson in expanding its international 3PL offerings, further positioning the company as a leading global provider of end-to-end supply chain solutions.  JGL will provide a full range of international logistics services to and from the United States, and within Asia, including freight forwarding (Ocean & Air), PO management, procurement & consolidation, origin value-added services, customs brokerage, bonded warehousing, deconsolidation and DC Bypass, Trans-load and bonded hubs, in addition to international multi modal transport services.

“The establishment of JGL as our Asia regional Headquarters is a remarkable milestone for Jacobson Companies,” says Brian Lutt CEO and President. “Asia and Greater China remain a vast opportunity for logistics service providers and is a significant source of trade for Jacobson’s Transpacific business and operations network.”

About Jacobson Companies
Founded in 1968, Jacobson Companies is a leading third-party logistics service provider offering end-to-end supply chain management solutions around the globe.  Our service offerings include freight forwarding (Ocean & Air), customs brokerage, PO management, consolidation/deconsolidation, warehousing & distribution, contract packaging & manufacturing and transportation management.  Jacobson operates more than 35 million square feet of warehouse space worldwide with approximately 7,000 employees. Jacobson maintains a website at http://www.jacobsonco.com.

For more information, contact: Julie Podey at 515-265-6171.

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Jacobson Invests in Global Software Solutions

Last week, Four Soft (4S) , a global leader in offering software solutions for the logistics and transportation industry announced the signing of a significant contract with Jacobson.

Read the press release here.

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Jacobson Companies named one of Transport Topics’ Top 50 Logistics Companies

Transport Topics has named Jacobson Companies a “Top 50 Logistics Company” for 2010.

Transport Topics’ Logistics 50 is an annual survey of the largest logistics companies covering freight management and forwarding, brokerage services and warehousing and distribution.  Transport Topics accurately and objectively documents the size and scope of the largest operators in the United States and Canada and provides timely analysis of trends shaping the industry.

Jacobson Companies has consistently been listed as a “Top 50 Logistics Company” since 2005 when it was ranked 36th.  Jacobson Companies is currently ranked 26th on the 2010 list.

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Jacobson wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving

The Jacobson team wishes you and your family a hearty, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!

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Jacobson Companies Listed as #2 North American 3PL

Latest Armstrong & Associates report lists Jacobson Companies as #2 North American 3PL by square footage.

See the report here.

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Jacobson’s Newton, IA Facility Featured in Des Moines Register

Jacobson’s Newton, Iowa facility was showcased in yesterday’s edition of the Des Moines Register.  Jacobson operates a 252,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Newton, which now has all LED lighting, replacing the T-12 fluorescent lighting previously used in the warehouse.

According to Alliant Energy’s technical services, the annual energy consumption for lighting within the building will reduce from 325,883 Kilowatt-hours to 26,373 KWH, creating an annual energy savings of nearly $32,000.

The new lighting further reduces the environmental impact of the building by reducing waste.  The LED lighting system should last more than seven years without replacements.  If the old system had remained, the owner would have had to replace and properly dispose of nearly 12,000 T-12 fluorescent tubes and 11000 ballasts over the same period of time.

View the Des Moines Register’s article here.

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Jacobson Implements 2010 CSA Initiatives

This month, the Department of Transportation formally initiated their new safety evaluation program – CSA 2010 (Comprehensive Safety Analysis).  The program is intended to reduce commercial motor vehicle accidents.

Jacobson has always maintained a superior safety record, and we will continue to initiate and implement programs to maintain this competitive advantage in the transportation segment of our business. In the anticipation of CSA 2010, we have taken several measures to assure we are in full compliance. All drivers have received live safety meeting training on the program and on-line updates and training. All Fleet Managers have also been trained, so they can deal with their drivers on a daily basis regarding the impact of the program. We continue to be aggressive in our preventative maintenance program for all equipment operating under the Jacobson authority. CSA 2010 scores for drivers are now included in driver recruiting and reviews. Management reports are disseminated monthly with current Jacobson and driver scores in order to identify issues and improve performance.

Safety and customer service are the number one priorities at Jacobson. The CSA 2010 program has many components that we believe will make our nation’s highways safer. We will use the data obtained in the program as a tool to improve our safety record. We take pride in our accomplishments and the responsibility we accept in keeping our employees and the public safe.

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Jacobson Implements New LCL Express Program

The  ILS team at Jacobson Companies is now offering a new less than container load (LCL) express program that will offer quicker transits, competitive pricing and other advantages when shipping from Shanghai; Hong Kong; Busan, Korea; and Keelung, Taiwan into the Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul areas.

The LCL program has existed through Global Container Line for more than 20 years; however, due to port congestions and higher costs associated with freight moving through Los Angeles, the ILS Team is actively promoting its premier service via Seattle.

Not only does freight move quicker to final destination, but fewer hands will be touching the freight as it moves via Seattle to its final destination versus multiple hands in Los Angeles (drayage companies, CFS locations, third party trucking companies, etc.). Subsequently, the end customers’ freight is more secure and less likely to become lost in the supply-chain.

LCL Program brochures are available online for Minneapolis-St. Paul and the Rocky Mountains.

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Jacobson Companies Retools its Operations for Strategic Growth

In a case study conducted by Armstrong & Associates, they state that Jacobson Companies has grown to be a leading domestic 3PL with considerable integrated supply chain management capabilities. By expanding our international presence and developing new markets, they anticipate that we will continue to achieve.

*With 35 million square feet of warehouse space, Jacobson Companies is the third largest warehousing company in North America according to Armstrong & Associates, Inc. market research.

For the full case study, read more here.

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Jacobson Companies Expands Business with PepsiCo in the Pacific Northwest!

Des Moines, Iowa – August 31, 2010 – Jacobson Companies is pleased to announce that PepsiCo has awarded Jacobson the operating contract to run a brand new 450,000 square foot distribution center in Tacoma, WA. As part of PepsiCo’s efforts to consolidate their supply chain, they recognized the need to expand their network by opening a distribution center in the Pacific Northwest. Jacobson is proud that this additional DC will expand its partnership with PepsiCo to now operate five distribution centers and 2.5 million sq. ft. nationwide. With over three decades of partnership, PepsiCo’s recognition of Jacobson as being a high quality, service oriented provider was well recognized by the award of this additional DC.

The Tacoma operations will ramp up September 1, with first customer shipments on October 31, 2010. The addition of the Tacoma location adds a fourth distribution center into the Pacific Northwest for Jacobson.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo, Incorporated is a Fortune 500, American multinational corporation headquartered in Purchase, New York, with interests in manufacturing and marketing a wide variety of carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, as well as salty, sweet and cereal-based snacks, and other foods. Besides the Pepsi brands, the company owns the brands Quaker Oats, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, SoBe, Naked, Tropicana, Copella, Mountain Dew, Mirinda and 7 Up (outside the USA). http://www.pepsico.com

About Jacobson Companies
Founded in 1968, Jacobson Companies is a leading third-party logistics (“3PL”) company, providing value-added warehousing, contract packaging & manufacturing, staffing, freight management, and international air & ocean freight forwarding services. As of today, Jacobson has more than 35 million square feet of warehouse space in 35 major markets across the United States with approximately 7,000 employees. Jacobson maintains a website at http://www.jacobsonco.com.
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