GREEN BAY, Wis. – (October 27, 2009) – Last year, Schneider National, Inc., premier provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services, won the 2007 Award for Transportation Excellence from The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Now, Schneider is announcing that it has received the 2008 Award for Transportation Excellence from the retailer, which operates well-known franchises such as Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, Younkers and, under the Parisian nameplate, stores in the Detroit, Mich., area.
"With the challenges of the economy and the ongoing uncertainties of fuel, we needed to re-examine our mode mix and develop opportunities to reduce costs by utilizing lower cost transportation modes,” said Robert Hook, divisional vice president, transportation, at The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “This was only a feasible alternative as long as we had consistent service and value. Schneider has repeatedly demonstrated that they have the levels of service and value to meet our business needs."
Schneider’s excellent on-time pick-up and delivery rates, along with its solid customer service, helped in the transportation provider’s selection as the repeat winner of the Award for Transportation Excellence.
“Winning this prestigious honor from Bon-Ton in our first two years out of the gate with them is extremely rewarding for Schneider,” said Bill Matheson, president of Schneider National’s Intermodal division. “We pride ourselves on our ability to continually create the added value customers need to be successful. For example, we recently saved them a day of transport time by switching to another East Coast ramp. They also appreciate the fact that we can self-invoice loads and have company drivers who pick up and deliver the freight. Bon-Ton knows that we are constantly striving to find ways to make our service even more efficient.”
Schneider Intermodal regularly hauls freight to Bon-Ton’s distribution centers in the Midwest and the Northeast. Bon-Ton also uses Schneider’s new Eastern Core Intermodal Service to move merchandise to this area of the country. The Eastern Core Intermodal Service leverages the strength of the CSX Intermodal network to provide shippers in traditionally hard-to-serve markets with an expedient, yet cost-effective, regional transportation solution.
About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services. Serving more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 500 companies, Schneider National offers the broadest portfolio of services in the industry. The company’s transportation and logistics solutions include Van/Truckload, Dedicated, Regional, Bulk, Intermodal, Transportation Management, Supply Chain Management, Warehousing and International Logistics services.
Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for nearly 75 years. A $3.7 billion company, Schneider National conducts business in more than 28 countries worldwide and continues to grow its international service offerings. For more information about Schneider National, visit www.schneider.com or call (800) 558-6767.
About Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., operates 280 stores, including 12 furniture galleries, in 23 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates and, under the Parisian nameplate, stores in the Detroit area. The stores offer a broad assortment of brand-name fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. For further information, please visit the investor relations section of the Company’s Web site at http://investors.bonton.com.