Thursday, August 29, 2013

Freight and Logistics Group's Road Haulage Subsidiary Sees First Female Trucking Champion

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US – GERMANY – EUROPE – CHINA – News from trucking and logistics giant Con-way is plentiful this week as a female driver sales representative from the group’s road haulage subsidiary Con-way Freight, was named as the Tank Truck Champion at the 2013 Bendix National Truck Driving Championships (NTDC), hosted by the American Trucking Associations (ATA), and Menlo, Con-way’s global logistics and supply chain management arm announcing that it has been appointed to oversee the transportation management for finished products of medical systems provider Maquet, across all global markets.

Ina Daly from the company’s Phoenix, Arizona service centre stands alone as the first and only female professional driver to capture first place in a division, at the trucking industry’s premier safety and skills competition, often referred to as the ‘Super Bowl of Safety’. She deftly manoeuvred her truck to victory, outscoring nearly 50 other drivers from around the country that competed in her class at the event in Salt Lake City as well as being only one of five competitors, across all divisions, who earned a perfect score on the written exam portion of the championship competition. As 2013 Tank Truck Class Champion, Daly will be awarded a new Ford vehicle (or the cash equivalent) from Con-way Freight.

Daly has been a professional truck driver for 32 years, during which she has driven over 2.5 million accident-free miles and competed in the Arizona Truck Driving Championships 18 times. She has represented Arizona at the National Truck Driving Championships 10 times. Daly also has served as an America’s Road Team captain since 2001, participating in the premier public outreach programme led by a small group of professional truck drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway and sharing the road with trucks. Greg Lehmkuhl, President of Con-way Freight, said:

“Ina accomplished what no woman has in three-quarters of a century. Not only that, but she also joins an elite group of Con-way drivers who also took home awards from the national competition. Her commitment to safety and professional excellence serves as the gold standard for which every driver across the country can aspire to.”

The competition course challenged their knowledge of safety, equipment and the industry. The skills course tested drivers’ ability to judge distances, manoeuvre in tight spaces, reverse, park and position their vehicle exactly over scales, before barriers or around curves. To qualify for US state and national competitions, drivers must have maintained an accident-free driving record for the previous year. In this year’s competition, Con-way Freight fielded a total of 66 US state champions from 29 states.

Meanwhile, Menlo Worldwide Logistics, a Con-way subsidiary, has been appointed as the global forwarding manager (GFM) by Maquet in order to create an economic and simplified global supply chain. Menlo will also be tasked with reducing the Rastatt, Germany based company’s current roster of carriers. Tony Gunn, Menlo’s Managing Director, Europe, commented:

“Our skills in transportation management are well tested. Their application to the challenge presented by our long-term business partner Maquet is a task that I heartily welcome. In extending the services we offer to this customer, including freight audit and pay and supply chain optimisation programmes emanating from our application of Lean management principles, we can grow together in efficiency and effectiveness.”

The logistics operator will act as the body responsible for controlling and managing carriers and all shipments from three ‘control towers’, one in each of Maquet’s primary trading regions. These will be sited at Menlo facilities in Eersel (Netherlands) for Europe; Auburn Hills (Michigan) for North America and Shanghai (China) for the Asia-Pacific region. Frank Kozar, Vice President Global Supply Chain at Maquet, added:

“Having worked with Menlo in various geographies and on a number of different elements of our supply chain, we feel very comfortable with extending our partnership to global forwarder management. Menlo’s values are in step with our own and their commitment to continuous improvement in managing supply chains is crucial in maintaining our products as market leaders in an increasingly competitive environment.”

In other Con-way related news, the American Red Cross received a total gift of nearly $64,000, of which $50,000 was donated from the Con-way Charitable Foundation, and $14,000 from personal donations from Con-way employees, who rallied around the nation to spearhead local outreach and fund-raising drives to help the tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.

Photo: Ina Daly with her trophy.