CHEP Presents Industry Awards at Second Annual Supply Chain Symposium

CHEP, the global leader in pallet and container pooling services, held its 2010 Supply Chain Symposium recently to recognize the superior achievements of its transportation partners. The highlight of the two-day event was the awards ceremony held October 21, which was attended by Tom O’Riordan, Chief Operating Officer of CHEP USA, Bill Pregliasco, Senior Vice President of Growth Strategy at CHEP Americas, and Dan Dershem, President & CEO of LeanLogistics, a sister company of CHEP.

O’Riordan, who gave the keynote address at the event, said: “Our Annual Supply Chain Symposium is a touch point with our partners where we provide updates on our business and industry. We also use this time to have open dialogue about our current and future needs specifically to continue to take waste out of the value chain and increase our value to our shared customers.”

This year, drawing on the theme “All things begin with the Customer” CHEP is honoring service center operators as well as carriers with awards. The gala banquet featured the naming of The Supply Chain Symposium Award winners in 10 categories —

INTERNATIONAL CARRIER OF THE YEAR Awarded for excellent on-time delivery, cost and customer service globally.
Winner- SIMS Worldwide Inc.
Also nominated – Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and Total Quality Logistics

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Awarded for excellent customer service as voted by the CHEP Logistics Department.
Winner- Swift Transportation
Also nominated – CH Robinson and Schneider National

DEDICATED FLEET OF THE YEAR Awarded for excellent on-time delivery, cost and customer service by a single fleet
Winner- Schneider PacNW (Lakewood, WA & Clackamas, OR)
Also nominated – JB Hunt (Grand Rapids), Cardinal (Norwood, MA) and Swift (Albany, GA)

DEDICATED PROVIDER OF THE YEAR Awarded for excellent on-time delivery, cost and customer service with ALL fleets
Winner- Cardinal Logistics
Also nominated – JB Hunt, Swift and Schneider National

REGIONAL CARRIER OF THE YEAR Awarded for excellent on-time delivery, cost and customer service by a regional carrier
Winner- Frontier Transportation
Also nominated – Gardner Trucking and TRANSAM Trucking

NATIONAL CARRIER OF THE YEAR Awarded for excellent service, cost and customer service by a national carrier
Winner- Heartland Express
Also nominated – Schneider Carrier-Van and Werner Enterprises

QUALITY EXCELLENCE AWARD Awarded for outstanding execution in the area of product quality
Winner – McIntosh Box & Pallet Co. Inc.
Also nominated – Millwood, Inc. and Buckeye Diamond Logistics, Inc.

INNOVATION AWARD
Awarded for demonstrating excellence in service center innovation through enhanced productivity, cost efficiency, quality and safety
Winner – Greatwide Distribution Logistics, LLC
Also nominated – Blue Chip Carter and Millwood, Inc.

SERVICE CENTER OF THE YEAR
Awarded for demonstrating excellence in a service center operation, through consistent execution of productivity, quality and safety
Winner – Amware Pallet Services, LLC, Salem, VA
Also Nominated – Amware Pallet Services, LLC, Benson, NC and Blue Chip, Southaven, MS

SERVICE CENTER OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE Awarded for demonstrating excellence in service center operations, through consistent execution of productivity, quality and safety
Winner – Millwood, Inc.
Also nominated – Amware Pallet Services, LLC, Blue Chip and American Paltech

Kim Rumph, Vice President, Plant Operations at CHEP USA, said: “We are pleased to recognize the top performing organizations and teams for their contributions over the past year. The winners, the nominees and CHEP’s many other partners play a critical role in our effort to lower costs in the supply chain and reduce waste in the environment.”

In addition to the awards program, the 2010 Supply Chain Symposium is designed to build relations with transportation partners and conduct educational seminars that will improve shipper performance.” The presentations, conducted by CHEP and partner subject matter experts, include: C3 Collaboration – Customer…Carrier…CHEP Collaboration, Asset Utilization, Marketplace Trends, Transportation/Operations Interface and Innovation and Growth.

Bill Wade, Vice President, Logistics at CHEP USA, said: “We are well on our way to enhancing our culture to one that is focused on delivering unsurpassed value to our customers. This event allows us to update our partners on the progress of our Better Everyday program, our Customer Insights initiative and the positive organizational changes we have made to support these important focus areas in our business.”

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