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Sleek Technologies Partners With project44 to Increase Customer Value

Sleek Technologies | August 03, 2021

Sleek Technologies today announced a strategic partnership with project44 to provide mutual customers with enhanced agility and data during the critical freight procurement process to reduce truckload costs, and improve both OTD and OTIF. While Sleek Technologies’ software optimizes the static way to procure freight, project44’s real-time data provides carrier visibility resulting in the most advanced freight procurement protocol today.

“project44 is always on the hunt to provide more value to our customers. By partnering with Sleek Technologies, our customers have the ability to source asset-based, compliant capacity and save on truckload cost by updating their freight procurement process,” Josh Main, Sr. Director of Global Alliances/Channels, project44.

“project44 is a perfect complement to our freight procurement technology. It empowers our software users with advanced visibility and more real-time data to make agile decisions,” said Mike Nervick, Sleek Technologies CEO. “By partnering with another growing tech company, we’re both offering our customer communities more value.”

With unprecedented challenges, agility and data intelligence are key to survival. Shippers need to leverage technology to automate outdated, static processes within the supply chain, and harness real-time data wherever possible to make quick, educated decisions.

About Sleek Technologies
Sleek Technologies has optimized the critical freight procurement process for manufacturers, retailers, and distributors resulting in reduced cost, stronger performance, and more data. With Sleek Technologies, machine learning dynamically sources compliant, asset-based capacity to improve key customer metrics such as tender acceptance, OTD, and OTIF to lower cost of goods sold. Configuration tools adjust pricing and automate the bidding process. The real-time dashboard provides 100% data transparency so customers can make stronger, informed freight procurement decisions.

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

Schneider | June 30, 2022

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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TRANSPORTATION

Echo Global Logistics Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Roadtex Transportation Corporation

Echo Global Logistics, Inc | May 06, 2022

Echo Global Logistics, Inc. ("Echo"), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, and Roadtex Transportation Management, Roadtex Transportation, and Roadtex Corp ("Roadtex"), a leading provider of integrated temperature-controlled supply chain solutions, today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Echo to acquire Roadtex. "We've been following Roadtex and are very impressed with their capabilities, With this transaction, Echo not only adds a national warehouse footprint but also broadens its temperature-controlled service offerings and customer base." -Doug Waggoner, Chief Executive Officer of Echo Roadtex brings an expertise with temperature-controlled deliveries into big box retail that few can match," said Dave Menzel, President and Chief Operating Officer at Echo. Not only will this help Echo expand in this area, but we are also bringing on an experienced, well-regarded management team led by co-founders Bruno Ciacciarelli and Bob Kelly, and we are excited about the opportunity to partner with them. Through an integrated, national, value-added warehousing and distribution ("VAWD") network including 32 strategically located food grade cross dock facilities, 5 of which are VAWD facilities that provide a suite of contract logistics solutions, Roadtex's network covers 85% of the U.S. population within a 24-hour shipping period. "We are excited to have our dedicated team of professionals join the Echo family, As we have gotten to know the Echo team it was clear our cultures are very similar, and the benefits to joining the Echo team would be substantial for our team members and clients." -Bruno Ciacciarelli, Co-Founder, Head of Transportation & Administration at Roadtex Roadtex delivers customized, end-to-end solutions that exceed the stringent pickup, handling, delivery and chain of custody requirements of customers serving attractive, recession-resistant end markets with favorable, long-term growth prospects. Because Roadtex interacts with 100% of the top 10 big box retailers on a daily basis, we have long-standing relationships and expertise that we look forward to bringing to Echo," said Bob Kelly, Co-Founder, Head of Sales & VAWD at Roadtex. "The opportunity to offer these services and our national warehouse footprint to Echo's clients, while Bruno and I continue to lead Roadtex, will unlock significant synergies. Stifel served as the financial advisor to Roadtex. Kirkland & Ellis, LLP served as legal advisor to Echo. Zukerman Gore Brandeis & Crossman, LLP served as legal advisor to Roadtex. About Echo Global Logistics Echo Global Logistics, Inc. is a leading Fortune 1000 provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services. Headquartered in Chicago with more than 30 offices around the country, Echo offers freight brokerage and Managed Transportation solutions for all major modes, including truckload, partial truckload, LTL, intermodal, and expedited. Echo maintains a proprietary, web-based technology platform that compiles and analyzes data from its network of over 50,000 transportation providers to serve 35,000 clients across a wide range of industries and simplify the critical tasks involved in transportation management. For more information on Echo Global Logistics, visit: www.echo.com. About Roadtex Transportation Corporation Roadtex Transportation Corporation is a leading nationwide provider of integrated temperature-controlled supply chain solutions to the confectionery, food, nutrition, and pharmaceutical mass retailer end-markets. Founded in 1992 and based in Somerset, New Jersey, Roadtex maintains a base of 32 strategically located food grade cross dock facilities, 5 of which are VAWD facilities that provide a suite of contract logistics solutions. Roadtex supports a diverse group of blue-chip clients, managing their time and temperature sensitive product shipments. For more information on Roadtex visit: www.roadtex.com.

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GXO Partners with Sente Foundry to Accelerate Logistics Innovation

GXO Logistics | May 17, 2022

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MASTERY LOGISTICS SYSTEMS PARTNERS WITH AVERITT EXPRESS

Mastery Logistics Systems | March 08, 2022

Mastery Logistics Systems is excited to announce that Averitt Express has joined its growing group of customers. Averitt is partnering with Mastery to implement MasterMind® TMS, a cloud-based transportation and logistics management system as a core building block of its systems strategy.MasterMind®TMS has been built from inception to embrace and handle the complexity of larger organizations such as Averitt. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, Averitt has grown from a small local dry goods hauler into an international supply chain solutions provider that operates across multiple modes of transportation with a mixture of asset and non-asset solutions. MasterMind®TMS brings new levels of automation and optimization to asset and non-asset truckload, dedicated, intermodal, and LTL along with managed transportation with an all-in-one cloud-delivered modern platform that connects easily to systems both outside the enterprise and inside of it, supporting the "secret sauce" technologies that make these organizations what they are. "We are ecstatic to welcome Averitt, Not only are they a great company in how they operate, but in the type of people and organization as well." -CEO Jeff Silver The two companies share a commitment to supporting The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In addition to financial support, Marianne Silver, Mastery's Chief People Officer, serves on the Board of ALSAC, the fundraising arms of the Hospital. Averitt and its associates have been long time supporters of St. Jude. In 2021, Averitt drivers and associates raised $1,050,001 for St. Jude. This donation marked the third consecutive year that Averitt has donated more than $1 million to St. Jude. We are incredibly fortunate to be building a system unlike anything commercially available in the industry, and at the same time partner with the best organizations – makes it easy to attract and hire the best people who come in and help the 400 of us at Mastery get even better, Silver added. "We are excited to partner with Mastery as we take the next steps to enhance our foundational technologies that will enable us to continue to deliver a world-class experience to our customers, At the same time, we are humbled to work with an organization that's values also align with our own corporate culture." -Tim Saylor, Averitt's vice president of information systems About Mastery Mastery Logistics Systems was established in 2019 with the mission to help large carriers, logistics service providers, and shippers manage complex transportation needs in an efficient, cohesive, and intelligent way. Mastery is led by founder Jeff Silver, whose previous systems and teams have powered some of the largest logistics companies in North America for over four decades. Mastery is building logistics solutions and systems from the ground up with a growing team of engineering, programming, and implementation experts. Mastery's MasterMind® TMS is a comprehensive cloud-based SaaS transportation management system, designed to be the World's First Lovable TMS™. MasterMind® TMS is built for size, stability, speed, and automation, providing unprecedented visibility and control by embracing the complexity that is the reality of the supply chain world. To learn more about Mastery Logistics Systems, visit Mastery.net About Averitt Express Serving shippers for over 50 years, Averitt is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management solutions with an international reach to 100+ countries. Averitt's LTL, Truckload, Dedicated, Distribution & Fulfillment, and Integrated services provide shippers access to a wide array of services and customized solutions that cover every link in the supply chain. Together, these services and technology offerings provide "The Power of One" to shippers, allowing them access to multiple transportation solutions from a single provider. Averitt's 9,000+ associates are dedicated to delivering the most reliable services within the industry, and to promoting a company culture that is centered around people, communities and giving back. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT (283-7488) or visit AverittExpress.com.

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