Con-way Recognized by CIO Magazine as
One of the CIO 100 Award Honorees
SAN MATEO, Calif. - June 2, 2008 - IDG's CIO magazine today announced that Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) is a recipient of the 2008 CIO 100 award. The 21st annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). The 2008 CIO 100 awards will be presented at The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Aug. 26, at the conclusion of the tenth annual CIO 100 SymposiumR and Awards Ceremony.
"The CIO 100 honors organizations that have used technology in innovative ways to generate value to the business," said Abbie Lundberg, editor in chief of CIO magazine. "Unlike other top lists, it's not just about who's biggest - it's about who's doing the most interesting and relevant things."
Con-way's less-than-truckload operating unit, Con-way Freight, needed to increase the efficiency of its dock operations by reducing planning time and forklift traffic, and increasing pounds of freight handled per man-hour. The company's Web-based, interactive Step Saver tool, developed in 2006, automates most of the planning process for dock coordinators based on a mathematical model that creates the optimal loading plan. To date, Step Saver has been rolled out to 26 facilities and has improved pounds handled per man-hour by 5.2 percent, reduced planning time by 35 percent and decreased forklift travel by more than 21 percent.
"To be named among the prestigious CIO 100 is an incredible honor for our organization and we are thankful for the recognition," said Jacquelyn Barretta, chief information officer, Con-way. "The award not only acknowledges our IT team for their innovative approach, but for taking those ideas and applying them in a way that both addresses our business problems and also drives real cost savings and operational efficiencies. We congratulate them for this tremendous accomplishment."
The recipients of this year's CIO 100 award were selected through a three-step process. First, companies filled out an online application form detailing their innovative practices in both business and IT. Next, a team of judges reviewed the applications in depth, looking for unique practices and substantial results. Finally, CIO editors reviewed the judges'
recommendations and voted on the final 100. Once the top 100 honorees were selected, several honorees were chosen to receive an additional special award.
Complete coverage of the 2008 CIO 100 awards will be in the Aug. 15 issue of CIO magazine and available online at www.cio.com on June 1.
About Con-way Inc.
Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) is a $4.7 billion freight transportation and logistics services company headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. Named FORTUNE magazine's "Most Admired Company" in transportation and logistics for 2007, Con-way delivers industry-leading services through three primary operating
companies: Con-way Freight, Con-way Truckload and Menlo Worldwide Logistics.
These operating units provide high-performance, day-definite less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload and intermodal freight transportation, as well as logistics, warehousing and supply chain management services and trailer manufacturing. Con-way Inc. and its subsidiaries operate from more than 500 locations across North America and in 20 countries. For more information about Con-way, visit www.con-way.com.
About CIO Magazine
CIO produces award-winning content and community resources for information technology executives thriving and prospering in this fast-paced era of business, as well as create opportunities for information technology and consumer marketers to reach them. The CIO portfolio includes CIO.com, CIO magazine (launched in 1987), CIO Executive Programs and the CIO Executive Council. CIO properties provide business technology leaders with analysis and insight on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals. The U.S. edition of the magazine and website are recipients of more than 200 awards to date, including three Grand Neals from the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards and two Magazine of the Year awards from the National Society of Business Publication Editors. CIO websites and magazines appear in more than 25 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, France and Germany. CIO, and sister brand CSO, are produced by CXO Media a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading technology media, research and event company.
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