Prestigious InformationWeek 500 ranking recognizes Atlas for second consecutive year


September 28, 2010

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Kerri Hart, Atlas Van Lines, 800.638.9797, ext. 2951 hartk@atlasworldgroup.com
Tricia Parrott, Hetrick


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – For the second year in a row, the technology industry publication InformationWeek ranked Atlas World Group among the country's top 500 most innovative organizations. The recognition was announced in InformationWeek 500, a list published annually for 22 years. Atlas was honored for its continued investment in information technology programs. According to InformationWeek, this year's rankings placed special emphasis on companies that are driving IT growth.

"Atlas is committed to using information technology to help our agents serve customers in the most efficient way," said Glen Dunkerson, Atlas World Group chairman and CEO. "Being recognized for two years running as a top technology innovator is an honor."

The InformationWeek 500 recognition this year focused on Atlas World Group's intranet, AtlasNet, which assists more than 500 independent Atlas agents with the administrative side of running a business. The technology provides nearly everything Atlas agents need to manage local and interstate shipments such as online lead tracking, order entry, shipment planning, dispatch and tracking. Another key feature of AtlasNet is the handheld mobile device that surveyors use to provide customer estimates and record and share those estimates with other agents. The technology not only improves customer service and efficiencies but is available at little or no cost to the agents.

"Our agents are the backbone of this company, and offering them this kind of technology allows them to better serve their customers and grow our business," said Michael Neeley, Atlas World Group vice president and chief information officer. "Investing in this technology now will reap benefits for many years in the future, and is just one more way Atlas sets itself apart from the competition."

The InformationWeek 500 is unique among corporate rankings because it highlights innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders. On September 14, winners were named in the InformationWeek 500 issue, featured on the publication's website and recognized at a conference and awards gala in Dana Point, Calif.

To be ranked in the InformationWeek 500, companies with revenue of $250 million or more must be invited to complete a rigorous application on their technology strategies. The process includes quantitative and qualitative assessments of business technology innovation. Completed applications are reviewed by a panel of InformationWeek editors, who determine the ranking. The complete list can be found at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

Atlas Van Lines is the largest subsidiary of Atlas World Group, an Evansville, Ind.-based company. Atlas World Group companies employ nearly 700 people throughout North America. More than 500 Atlas interstate agents in the United States and Canada specialize in corporate relocation, household moving services and in the transportation of high-value items such as electronics, fine art, new fixtures and furniture. Visit www.atlasworldgroup.com and www.atlasvanlines.com for more information on the company and Atlas agents.

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