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Greatwide Logistics Services’ Cargo-Master Unit Receives Broker of the Year Award
National Association of Small Trucking Companies award recognizes Greatwide freight management company as leader and top partner to America’s carrier-entrepreneurs
DALLAS (Jan. 9, 2006) – Greatwide Logistics Services – a Dallas-based provider of non-asset-based transportation and third party logistics – announced that Greatwide’s Cargo-Master business unit is the recipient of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies’ 2006 Broker of the Year award.
In its sixth year, the Broker of the Year award annually recognizes a top brokerage firm for implementing best practices in business relationships with carriers. According to NASTC President David Owen, the award exists to accomplish the seemingly impossible task of singling out the best of the best among brokerage operations.
“As the professional organization for small trucking companies and professionals, and those organizations that exist to serve these entrepreneurs, the NASTC attracts a strong and highly capable membership. Among member brokerage firms, we created a Best Brokers list of about 300 operations that are viewed by members as being the strongest in the way they treat drivers and their employers, and how they pay for loads,” said Owen. “Cargo-Master was selected because of the company’s strong commitment to NASTC’s truck and load posting program, the company’s overall business practices and consistently positive feedback from members who work with the company.”
The association, which has a membership that numbers more than 2,200, started a Best Brokers program in 1991, contacting what then numbered 300 to 400 members for their choices of the best brokerage firms in the business. The resulting list was then screened for those operations that were most often named by the carriers and which passed a stringent assessment of business practices and credit worthiness to arrive at a list of the best brokers.
Beyond the honor of being recognized for overall excellence, earning the award is a particularly important reinforcement of the core beliefs of the company and the NASTC, according to Doug Clark, president of Cargo-Master, which was acquired by Greatwide in September, 2005.
“At times, brokers and carriers can seemingly be at opposite ends of the field on a variety of issues,” said Clark. “We’re honored to have been selected by carriers to be NASTC’s Broker of the Year, both because this recognition acknowledges the importance we place on our working relationships with trucking companies all across the U.S. and reflects the leadership of the Association in helping better connect carriers and brokers for mutual benefit.”
About the National Association of Small Trucking Companies
The NASTC is dedicated to helping small trucking companies to control their costs through managed purchasing, analysis, consultation and advocacy. The Association’s ultimate mission is to level the competitive playing field, allowing member companies to grow, prosper and remain a significant force in the transportation industry. For more information about the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, visit www.nastc.com.
Cargo-Master has more than 28 years of expertise and proven performance in servicing critical retail and production time-sensitive schedules, joining the Greatwide family in September 2005. Greatwide’s freight management unit is a non-asset-based, full-service operation with 24 offices in the United States and Canada, serving clients such as Coca-Cola, Kraft, Wal-Mart, Kroger and General Tire. The company invests in facilities and cutting-edge technology to meet and exceed shipper and carrier requirements. The company’s history of stability and prompt payment practices to carriers keep these operators financially viable and operationally ready.
About Greatwide Logistics Services
Founded in Dallas, Texas in 2000, Greatwide Logistics Services is a privately held $1.2 billion third-party logistics services company. Greatwide is ranked No. 11 on the Transport Topics Top 50 and is one of the fastest growing companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The company has four primary lines of business: dedicated transport, truckload management, freight management and distribution logistics. Greatwide Dedicated is No. 4 on the Transport Topics Dedicated Carrier rankings and is the largest refrigerated dedicated carrier in the nation. With clients that include Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, Target, IBM, Sysco, UPS, Dow, Ford Motor, GM and General Tire, Greatwide Logistics Services is one of the nation’s leading non-asset-based providers of transportation, third-party logistics, warehouse/distribution and truckload brokerage solutions. For more information, visit www.greatwide.com.