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United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has recognized Cardinal Logistics Management Corp. for excellent service by naming it the wholesaler’s “Carrier of the Year.” Chad Brewer, VP of logistics at Providence, R.I.-based UNFI, visited Cardinal’s headquarters in Concord, N.C., to present the award, which was accepted by David Myott, director of national accounts, and Skip Stritzinger, SVP business development, on behalf of the third-party logistics provider.
Cardinal operates a dedicated refrigerated shuttle program for UNFI that provides timely deliveries of consolidated products from the wholesaler’s network of distribution centers across the country. Covering more than 6 million annual miles, the program moves temperature-sensitive products to and from 15 locations. UNFI bestowed the award based on such metrics as on-time performance, product temperature integrity and fuel-saving initiatives.
“This is an amazing accomplishment that outlines the hard work and outstanding customer service our employees provide to this valued account, and their customers,” said Cardinal Chairman Vin McLoughlin.
UNFI carries and distributes more than 65,000 products to more than 31,000 customer locations throughout the United States and Canada. The company serves a wide variety of retail formats, among them conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores, independent retail operators and the foodservice channel.
Cardinal provides dedicated contract carriage, final mile delivery and transportation management services to multiple industries across the United States. It works directly with clients to optimize their supply chains by developing and implementing customized transportation solutions including specialized equipment and handling, and integrated technology.