Walmart is honoring 10 of its transportation suppliers for their performance in delivering to Walmart distribution centers.
Each year, Walmart recognizes transportation suppliers that have demonstrated excellence or exhibited significant improvement in meeting core business objectives, including small parcel, less-than-truckload and intermodal.
"This year’s winners have shown a commitment to supply chain excellence and to their ability to adapt to protocols," said Jerry Spencer, vice president of replenishment for Walmart." Supply chain reliability is the single most important factor to achieving our in-stock and inventory management goals, which helps us ensure we have what our customers want available on the shelf when they are choosing to shop. Our transportation partners are a critical component of overall customer satisfaction in the stores."
Suppliers recognized for best in class awards consistently maintained a high level of supply chain reliability performance by shipping on-time and in-full with minimal degrees of variability in performance.
The 2011 Walmart Carrier of the Year award winners are:
Small Parcel: FedEx Corp.
Sam’s Club: Swift Transportation Company
Intermodal: J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
Diversity: Western Express, Inc.
National Less-Than-Truckload: YRC, Inc.
Regional Less-Than-Truckload: New England Motor Freight, Inc.
General Merchandise Gold*: Baylor Trucking, Inc.
General Merchandise Platinum*: Heartland Express, Inc.
General Merchandise Diamond*: Swift Transportation Company
Grocery: John Christner Trucking
* Gold, platinum and diamond designations are relative to fleet size, smallest to largest, respectively.
"We appreciate the support and partnership with these suppliers who have been consistently reliable in the past year by focusing on supply chain fundamentals," said Spencer.