Daily Archives: February 26, 2014

Strong winds affecting travel, business for truck drivers

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Strong winds are making travel treacherous for drivers, especially those handling big rigs. The movement a typical motorist feels while driving in windy conditions is only amplified in a semi.

“If you think about a sailboat on Lake Michigan, the truck is about the same mass. So we have a lot of different issues we have to deal with,” said trucker Alan Cardella with Con-Way Freight.

Cardella has been in the trucking business for almost 20 years and says he’s dealt with all kinds of weather conditions.

“I’ve been in blizzards, ice storms, I’ve been in wind storms,” Cardella said. “With high winds like this, we really need to know what’s going on beside us.”

The blowing conditions are affecting operations with drivers being rerouted and loads being distributed differently.

“This weather, it has a lasting impact,” said Matt Little, Con-Way Service Center Manager. “It delays us so much. We feel that for several days afterwards.”

Con-Way has staff working through the night to make sure drivers get from point A to point B safely.

From: Fox6now.com

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Averitt earns third-straight Carrier of the Year award from Walmart

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn (February 25, 2014) — Make it a threepeat for Averitt Express. The transportation provider was named Walmart’s LTL Regional Carrier of the Year for the third-straight year.

This is also the fourth time in six years that Averitt has been recognized by the retailer. In addition to the three regional carrier awards, Averitt also earned the 2008 Rising Star Award from Walmart.

“When Walmart chooses a carrier partnership, we look for companies who provide outstanding service, effective communication, and for a company that will exemplify Walmart’s mission to ‘Save people money so they can live better,’” Kevin Jones, Walmart vice president of inbound transportation, said in a letter of commendation. “Averitt Express has continued to provide Walmart with exceptional service while maintaining excellent safety standards.”

Jones also cited Averitt’s ability to exceed Walmart’s expectations for prompt and professional service.

“Our team’s most valuable asset is our people. Averitt associates make every effort to satisfy our customers and deliver outstanding service,” said Gary Sasser, Averitt’s president and CEO. “We’re honored when customers like Walmart feel that our efforts are worthy of recognition. This is truly a team effort, and we’re proud of how our associates continue to rise to challenges and follow through on our commitments to our customers.”

Averitt is one of several regional LTL carriers that provide transportation from thousands of vendors to Walmart’s distribution centers. Often, these shipments are held to strict must-arrive-by-date (MABD) standards, and Averitt has proven to be successful at meeting those requirements.

ABOUT AVERITT EXPRESS

Established in 1971, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. Averitt specializes in delivering customized solutions for service offerings that include climate controlled, cross border/domestic offshore, dedicated, expedited, intermodal, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide®, retail distribution services, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, brokerage) and warehousing services. Averitt’s technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI), and transportation and operations management systems. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT (283-7488) or visit AverittExpress.com.

From: https://www.averittexpress.com/public/aboutUs/newsRoom/newsReleases/2014/averitt-named-walmart-carrier-of-the-year.jsp

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