Dannon, Sysco recognize Exel

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Exel announced that it has earned the 2008 Supplier of the Year award in the category of Goods and Services Operations from The Dannon Co., the world’s top-selling brand of yogurt, under the names Dannon and Danone. The company also announced that it has earned the 2008 Sysco Supply Chain Intermodal Carrier of the Year honor for outstanding on-time performance, capacity commitment and responsive customer service.

Dannon selected Exel’s site in Dayton, Ohio, for the honor based on its improvements in quality, safety, cost and overall performance in inventory accuracy and on-time shipping. “We have tremendous respect for our business partners and are grateful for the contributions they make to our success,” says Paul Gardner, vice president of sourcing and supplier development for The Dannon Co. “Suppliers such as Exel that perform well help Dannon maintain its competitive advantages, boost innovation and improve our products’ time to market.”

Key accomplishments included:

  • Maintaining a 100 percent order-fill rate for 15 continuous months;
  • Exceeding a 99 percent on-time shipping rate for 19 consecutive months;
  • Developing an inventory accuracy program to streamline processes and ensure more efficient product picking;
  • Optimizing a product distribution structure to reduce transportation costs without interruption to customer service;
  • Launching a multifaceted energy reduction program; and
  • Implementing aggressive facility and labor capacity expansions to meet Dannon’s growth strategy.
  • “We’re honored to receive the 2008 Supplier of the Year award from Dannon,” says Scott Sureddin, president of the consumer business unit for Exel, based in Westerville, Ohio. “The dedication, hard work and attention it took to earn this recognition is a reflection of the exceptional people on our Dayton, Ohio, operations team. With a relentless focus on the customer, these associates consistently demonstrate high performance levels and deliver value to Dannon.”

    Exel is one of 3,000 suppliers utilized by The Dannon Co. A total of seven excellence awards were bestowed at Dannon’s annual awards banquet hosted by its North American executive management team.

    The Sysco award comes just one year after Exel Transportation won the contract to service Sysco Corp., North America’s leading foodservice distributor. During 2008, Exel Transportation managed more than 300 loads per month from about 50 Sysco vendors to company-owned distribution centers throughout the United States. Exel Transportation says that with its help — as well as its enhanced shipment visibility, route optimization and carrier performance — Sysco reduced its overall transportation costs while still improving relationships with vendors.

    “We’re grateful to Sysco for this honor recognizing our ability to add value to their business,” says Philip Johnson, vice president of national accounts for Exel Transportation. “It’s certainly rewarding to see our team acknowledged for exceeding customer expectations related to increased carrier reliability and performance, reduced errors and improved visibility for greater supply chain management.”

    Exel Transportation used its Tritan transportation management system to guide the movement of goods to Sysco distribution centers. Tritan is an Internet-based real-time application designed to enable full shipment execution such as creating shipments and loads, determining carriers, tendering and tracking loads, and settling invoices.

    Exel Transportation, which started working with Sysco in September 2007, provides third-party transportation brokerage and intermodal services via its network of more than 80 offices throughout North America.