Coca-Cola Refreshments recently announced the winners of their Carrier of the Year awards presented to transportation providers in seven categories. The awards were presented on March 10 during the Coca-Cola Refreshments Carrier Conference in Atlanta.

The following transportation carriers were recognized.

Carrier of the Year

Coyote Logistics - Core Carrier of the Year: The Core Carrier program for Coca-Cola Refreshments consists of 11 of the largest transportation providers in the United States. Coyote Logistics, a long-term partner Coca-Cola Refreshments partner and a foundational member of the Core Carrier program, provides urgent and ad-hoc freight services. In 2014, Coyote Logistics earned the highest Value Add Score (VAS), an accumulation of key operational and procurement metrics used to evaluate a carrier’s overall performance. In addition, Coyote Logistics won the 2014 Summer Sizzle program, awarded to the highest-performing carrier during the Memorial Day to Labor Day summer selling season.

Heyl Truck Lines - Challenger Carrier of the Year:
 Challenger carriers represent the second tier of carriers for Coca-Cola Refreshments providing a national service footprint. Heyl Truck Lines has been a longstanding provider for Coca-Cola Refreshments, primarily moving temperature-controlled freight in Coca-Cola’s chilled juice business. In recent years, Heyl has grown its dry freight business and expanded into Canada. Heyl had the highest VAS of all Challenger carriers in 2014 and finished fourth in the Challenger category for the Summer Sizzle.

Sunstate Carriers - Refrigerated Carrier of the Year:  Sunstate Carriers has provided tremendous service with a strong focus on on-time delivery for many years. A large carrier for Coca-Cola’s Florida juice business, Sunstate has been responsive to urgent needs due to volume spikes and new lanes. Sunstate finished fifth in the Challenger category for the Summer Sizzle.

Schneider - Dedicated Carrier of the YearSchneider provides dedicated contract carriage Service for Coca-Cola Refreshments in the Texas region.  Schneider outperformed all other dedicated fleets in utilization metrics and had the highest VAS in 2014. The Schneider regional fleet achieved a nearly 100% on-time delivery rate and has shown flexibility in developing solutions to overcome operational issues. 

C.H. Robinson - Customer Service Team of the Year: The award recognizes the carrier with the best customer service focus. No carrier is expected to be perfect, but this award recognizes the carrier with the most proactive problem resolution. C. H. Robinson earned the most votes from Coca-Cola Refreshments associates and finished thired in the Core category for the Summer Sizzle.

Marten Transport - Most Progressive Carrier: This award recognizes a carrier that shows innovation and the ability to constantly improve. Marten Transport has shown the ability to be creative when faced with challenges in the Coca-Cola network.  A perfect example is how Marten Transport addressed the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday surges through a creative driver program. The result was a significant surge in the VAS during the holidays, signifying their strong partnership with Coca-Cola Refreshments.  

Canada Cartage - Canadian Carrier of the Year: The 2014 award was presented to Canada Cartage, who provides dedicated service in the Alberta market focusing on two major markets in Calgary and Edmonton.  Canada Cartage demonstrated consistent service and innovation throughout 2014.