National Retail Systems, a leading retail logistics provider, announced it will significantly expand its pier fleet in 2009. At the same time, NRS submitted a letter of intent to the Port of Los Angeles, committing to a pier trucking fleet that meets the port’s “Clean Truck” standards.
NRS, according to Raymond Wisniewski, President and COO, is fully prepared to comply with new trucking regulations set to take effect Oct. 1 under the Port of Los Angeles Clean Truck Program. It will use company owned and operated equipment that meets the port’s restrictions. NRS also plans to significantly expand its environmentally sensitive pier fleet in southern California in the coming year.
“Our retail customers rely on us for speed, flexibility and control at the gateway ports on both coasts,” said Wisniewski. “Southern California will continue to be a critical hub for inbound logistics, and we’re prepared to maintain our leading competitive position in this market for the sake of our customers.”
Starting Oct. 1, NRS will deploy a fleet with capacity to handle 70,000 TEU imports per year. The company plans to increase the fleet to handle 300,000 TEU imports per year by the end of 2009.
“Our intention to operate clean trucks in Southern California also aligns with our commitment to provide green logistics solutions to our customers,” Wisniewski said.
As a partner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, NRS recently received the highest possible score of 1.25 during EPA’s SmartWay FLEET performance evaluation. This places NRS among the transportation industry's environmental performance leaders according to the EPA.
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