LOGISTICS,TRANSPORTATION

Schneider awarded Dedicated Traditional Operation Carrier of the Year Award from Dollar General

Schneider | June 30, 2022

Schneider awarded Dedicated
Schneider (NYSE: SNDR), a premier multimodal provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services is honored to have been named 2021 Dedicated Traditional Operation Carrier of the Year by budget retailer Dollar General. We are thrilled to be recognized by Dollar General for our continued dedication to superior service, said Schneider Senior Vice President of Van Truckload John Bozec. By working together, our relations continue to strengthen and create the best business outcomes.

The award recognizes the operation with the highest combined service level, driver utilization and capacity goal across the Dry Goods Dollar General Network, which includes over 40 individual operations.

“Outside of the metrics, we also see a relentless dedication to our business from Schneider associates and drivers – from executive leadership at headquarters, to the field, to the distribution center,”

-Director of Outbound Transportation for Dollar General, Blake Reasons.

Schneider offers a range of services to meet unique supply chain needs. To learn more about Schneider’s broad portfolio of transportation and logistics services, visit: https://schneider.com/our-services.

About Schneider
Schneider is a premier multimodal provider of transportation, intermodal and logistics services. Offering one of the broadest portfolios in the industry, Schneider’s solutions include Regional and Long-Haul Truckload, Expedited, Dedicated, Bulk, Intermodal, Brokerage, Warehousing, Supply Chain Management, Port Logistics and Logistics Consulting.With $5.6 billion in annual revenue, Schneider has been safely delivering superior customer experiences and investing in innovation for over 85 years. The company’s digital marketplace, Schneider FreightPower®, is revolutionizing the industry giving shippers access to an expanded, highly flexible capacity network and provides carriers with unmatched access to quality drop-and-hook freight – Always Delivering, Always Ahead.

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Quick Response, the US’s answer to the “Just in Time” challenge, began in 1987 when domestic manufacturers realized that the accelerating rate of production moving overseas would require dramatic measures to stop the hemorrhaging. Since US manufacturers were physically closer to retailers and consumers, they believed this gave them an advantage in identifying demand and getting product to the consumers in shorter cycle time. Shorter cycle time would in turn reduce idle inventory and forced markdowns. Conceptually similar to “Just in Time,” Quick Response focused on consumer goods (apparel at first) and attempted to communicate better consumer demand information through the supply chain.


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Rockwell Automation | August 16, 2022

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Quick Response, the US’s answer to the “Just in Time” challenge, began in 1987 when domestic manufacturers realized that the accelerating rate of production moving overseas would require dramatic measures to stop the hemorrhaging. Since US manufacturers were physically closer to retailers and consumers, they believed this gave them an advantage in identifying demand and getting product to the consumers in shorter cycle time. Shorter cycle time would in turn reduce idle inventory and forced markdowns. Conceptually similar to “Just in Time,” Quick Response focused on consumer goods (apparel at first) and attempted to communicate better consumer demand information through the supply chain.

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