Lots to like. Big Lots has been named Shipper of the Year by NASSTRAC, an education, advocacy and networking association for transportation and logistics professionals. Big Lots, the nation's largest closeout retailer, was honored for its initiatives to improve process management, relationships with its carrier partners, and performance measurement.
They've got class. The Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) has created a scholarship program to encourage freight transportation-related development. The association also named the University of Denver's Intermodal Transportation Institute and the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business as recipients of the first year's award. The scholarships will benefit students at the schools.
In addition, the IANA has named the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association and Virginia International Terminals as co-recipients of the 2006 Intermodal Achievement Award for their efforts to improve international chassis productivity. The two winners had teamed up to create the Hampton Roads Chassis Pool II at ports in the Norfolk, Va., area, which resulted in a 23-percent reduction in equipment inventory and a 27-percent increase in asset utilization.
Brazilian recognition. Ryder System Inc. was honored in Brazil with the 2006 Performance Award from Livre Mercado, a Brazilian business publication. The transportation company was chosen top third-party service provider.
Eastern influence. Silicon India, a technology magazine in India, has recognized Savi Technology as one of the Top 100 companies in the United States founded and managed by executives originally from India. Savi, a producer of RFID solutions, is now a part of Lockheed Martin.
Team work. The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency has presented the Defense Logistics Award for Contractor- Military Collaboration to the Javelin Joint-Venture Logistics Support Team, a collaboration between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. "The Javelin Joint- Venture Logistics Support Team executed more than 60 repairs in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom with an average turn-around time of just 18 days from the fighting position to the contractor depot and back to the warfighter," says Duane Gooden, president of Javelin Joint Venture.