EVANSVILLE, Ind. — For eight consecutive months — February through September — Atlas Van Lines has earned Gap Inc.'s Service Excellence Award for transportation providers. In addition, Gap presented three Atlas employees, Chris Koehl, Richard Bland and Darlene Duff, with certificates of appreciation.
Gap introduced the awards program in February 2006 to recognize excellence among transportation providers for on-time delivery. Each month, van lines may qualify to receive a bronze, silver or gold medallion based on performance. The gold medallions Atlas received are the highest level of recognition and are reserved for van lines with on-time delivery ratings of at least 99 percent. Atlas has received a 100 percent rating for four months — February, March, June and September.
"Atlas has been a substantial part of our successes this year. The entire team has been extremely focused on our freight and made every effort to execute our deliveries on time with a minimal amount of issues," said Beth A. Smith, Specialized Transportation — Operations Planner for Gap Inc. "Most importantly, we trust Atlas to handle our freight. It's comforting to know that we can hand off a highly visible project and know that it will be taken care of."
Koehl, a national accounts coordinator for Atlas, and Duff, national accounts supervisor, were awarded certificates of excellence for outstanding customer service, attention to detail and significant contributions to the Old Navy Mainstreet Premier Rollout and Banana Republic Personal Care Rollout, respectively.
A certificate of excellence was presented to Bland, specialized transportation group planner for Atlas, in recognition of his outstanding planning skills, attention to detail and behind-the-scenes work.
"This is an honor for the entire Atlas family. It says a lot when a company that upholds such high standards of quality and service offers this kind of recognition," said Phil Wahl, director of operations for the Commercial Truckload Division and a member of the Atlas national account service team that ensures the retailer receives consistent, quality service. "We're especially proud of the individuals who were recognized for their exemplary service."
Gap Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and Forth & Towne brand names. Fiscal 2005 sales were $16.0 billion. Gap Inc. operates about 3,000 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, France and Japan. For more information, please visit gapinc.com
Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company that posted record revenues of $949 million in 2005. Atlas World Group companies employ more than 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate employee relocation and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art and new fixtures and furniture. Visit www.atlasworldgroup.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.