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Cerasis Hosted Executives and Staff of AAA Cooper Transportation at the Corporate Headquarters Presenting the Carrier of the Year Awards at an Evening Gala – Pictures from the Gala are at the BOTTOM of this Post

carrier of the year AAA Cooper Transportation(Eagan, MN) – Cerasis, Inc., a North American third party logistics company, announces they have presented  long time carrier partner, AAA Cooper Transportation with the 2013 Cerasis Carrier of the Year Award.

In order to determine a winner for the Carrier of the Year awards, the Cerasis Carrier Relations team developed criteria based on two sets of factors. The first set evaluated on-time delivery percentage claims, invoicing criteria, and partnership. The second set evaluated ease of doing business and technology.

With criteria factors in place, the Carrier Relations team and Cerasis leadership went through our carrier partners’ data, which was made available through our robust transportation management system, the Cerasis Rater. Beyond the data available through Cerasis freight technology, the criteria then was put to a subjective grading by gathering the opinions of the internal departments who work frequently with the Cerasis carrier partners: the Freight Routing personnel from the freight desk responsible for scheduling pickups, the Customer Service Representatives who work with Carriers on invoice variances and freight claims, and the Freight Data Services team who work with carriers on technology to include EDI for functions such as auto-pickups.

carrier of the year awards CerasisThe Carrier Relations team then took the department reviews, the points for each criteria and came to a mutual agreement on the carrier partner to receive the award for the previous year, which in this case was 2013. The carrier partner who stood above the rest for 2013 was AAA Cooper Transportation.

This year Cerasis hosted the Carrier of the Year winner, AAA Cooper Transportation, at the Eagan, MN Corporate Headquarters for a day meeting to discuss even more strategic business conversations and an evening Gala. Representing AAA Cooper were Reid Dove (President/CEO), Chris Durley (VP Sales & Operations), Lee McMillan (VP Strategic Development) & Benny Sims (Customer Service) from the corporate office in Dothan, AL.

The Cerasis team was especially excited to have 40 year plus AAA Cooper Transportation employee and widely praised within Cerasis, carrier partner team member, Benny Sims. Benny has worked in all aspects of the freight business on the carrier side with AAA Cooper Transportation and is well known throughout the Cerasis organization for his dedication to truly practicing the Carrier/Shipper/3PL partnership. It is proven that those shippers, or 3PLs on behalf of shippers as is the case at Cerasis via our Carrier Relations team, when true collaboration and long term partnerships are created, that business value and lower total costs in freight are achieved.

“There is a reason we call all of our carriers we work with as an advocate for our shippers our ‘Carrier Partners’,” said Carrier Relations manager, Amy Cook. “We know that when we have collaborative long term relationships with our carrier partners, as we have had with AAA Cooper Transportation over the last 15 years, we can better advocate for not only our shippers, but also make all parties realize a profitable and enjoyable business environment.”

About Cerasis:

Founded in 1997, Cerasis is a top third party logistics company and truckload freight broker. Cerasis offers to shippers to manage transportation through ad proprietary, web-based transportation management system, the Cerasis Rater, developed from the ground up by our dedicated technology team, to ship LTL Freight, Truckload Freight, and small package freight. The Cerasis mission is to decrease freight logistics inefficiencies and to provide maximum hard and soft cost savings for customers.

About AAA Cooper Transportation:

Privately-held AAA Cooper Transportation ranked 38th in the JOC’s Top 50 Trucking Carriers list for 2012, with revenue for the year of $553 million, up 6.2% year-over-year. The Alabama-based company was created in 1973 through a merger of AAA Motor Lines and Cooper Transfer Company, Inc.

AAA Cooper Transportation operates in the less-than-truckload and dedicated carriage segments, and it offers cross-border and fleet maintenance services as well.

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