(Framingham) January 18, 2016 – The Georgia Ports Authority, Estes Express Lines, and Hub Group are among the list of 2015 Alliance Award winners. The Alliance Awards, sponsored by Logistics Management and SMC³ were presented during the first day of SMC³’s Jump Start 2016 conference.The Alliance Awards is an annual celebration of supply chain collaboration and innovation at the highest level. This year’s winners are:-Schneider, Dow, Estes Express Lines, XPO Logistics, and Day & Ross

-Unyson Logistics, Hub Group, and Ascena Retail Group, Inc.

-Birdsong Peanuts, Cordele Intermodal Services, and Georgia Ports Authority

The Alliance Awards recognize how shippers and their service providers work together to overcome challenges to critical components of their unique supply chains. Winners are singled out for their ability to effectively solve challenges through innovative, measurable means. Qualified entries comprised a collaborative effort of three or more partners, with at least one of those members being a shipper.

A panel of supply chain experts judged the entrants on how their collaboration has worked to produce meaningful outcomes, achieve results and enhance the supply chain, among other metrics. The winning cases studies will be featured in Logistics Management over the course of 2016. Past award winners include DHL Global Mail, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s and Comtrak.

“The level of collaboration and innovation showcased among the 2015 Alliance award winners is truly impressive,” said Jack E. Middleton, SMC³ president and CEO. “The diversity of partners that aligned create a unity among the supply chain could not have been anymore well crafted; we are excited to share their case studies and inspire others to collaborate.”

Brian Ceraolo, president and group publisher of Logistics Management’s parent company, Peerless Media, said the Alliance Award aligns with the magazine’s history of highlighting supply chain success. “For any company, working with supply chain partners is integral to success, and these awards are an important way to recognize companies committed to collaboration.”

Case study criteria, as well as submission guidelines, are available at http://www.logisticsmgmt.com/allianceaward.html.

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About SMC³

SMC³ is the leading provider of data, technology and education as an integrated solution to the freight transportation community. SMC³ delivers its core competency – LTL pricing expertise – through collaborative pricing technology that supports end-to-end, ongoing predictability in shipper/3PL-carrier relationships. Best known for its CzarLite®, Bid$ense® and RateWare® solutions, the company serves more than 5,000 customers throughout North America, including shippers, carriers, logistics service providers and freight-payment companies. The company also partners with leading transportation software developers for complete interoperability.  For more information about SMC³, visit www.smc3.com.

About Logistics Management 

Logistics Management, established in 1962, is the leading print and online business information and resource provider serving the transportation, logistics and distribution markets. Through Logistics Management magazine and LogisticsMgmt.com, we are unparalleled in our reach of logistics professionals and audited buying influencers of logistics services, technology and equipment. The magazine’s premium content includes special annual reports such as Logistics Outlook, Salary Survey, State of Warehouse/DC Equipment, Logistics and Transportation Trends, and our popular Buyer’s Guide. Visit www.logisticsmgmt.com more information.

Media Contacts 

Beth Malik/ Director of Marketing SMC³
Office: 770-486-5823
bmalik@smc3.com

Karen Bligh/Marketing Director
508-663-1500 ext. 309
kbligh@peerlessmedia.com