LEXINGTON, S.C. (Feb. 8, 2010) – Southeastern Freight Lines, a regional less-than-truckload (LTL) transportation services provider, has been named Lowe’s 2009 Platinum Carrier of the Year and was the only LTL carrier to receive the Platinum-level award, the highest award designation possible from the home improvement retailer.
This is the third year in a row that Southeastern has earned the prestigious Platinum distinction by achieving all four goals set by Lowe’s.
“Southeastern’s reliability and their willingness to customize their system based on Lowe’s needs have earned them this top award,” said Steve Palmer, Lowe’s vice president of transportation. “Southeastern remains a cornerstone of our transportation program."
Lowe’s measures carriers each week on meeting four objectives including on-time and claim-free deliveries – two of Southeastern’s primary operational objectives. Southeastern has consistently exceeded all four standards, earning Platinum-level recognition.
“We are honored to once again be named a Platinum carrier by Lowe’s,” said Braxton Vick, senior vice president of corporate planning and development at Southeastern Freight Lines. “We value the outstanding relationship we have with Lowe’s, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a trusted transportation partner.”
With fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 14 million customers a week at more than 1,700 home improvement stores in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world. For more information, visit Lowes.com.
About Southeastern Freight Lines
Southeastern Freight Lines, a privately-owned regional less-than-truckload transportation services provider founded in 1950, specializes in next-day service in the Southeast and Southwest and operates 76 service centers in 12 states and Puerto Rico. Southeastern has a network of service partners to ensure transportation services in the remaining 38 states, Canada, the Virgin Islands and Mexico. Southeastern Freight Lines provides more than 99.35% on-time service in next day lanes. A dedication to service quality and a continuous quality improvement process that began in 1985 has been recognized by more than 300 quality awards received from customers and associations. For more information, please visit www.sefl.com.