Logbook: Convoy launches Supplier Diversity Month initiatives

The logbook is a weekly recap of human interest stories related to the transportation industry. This week: Convoy is offering a $ 50 / load incentive in October to partner carriers who represent diversity in the workplace, Operation Lifesaver announces this year’s Champion award, and ATA is honored for its disaster relief efforts.

Convoy celebrates the diversity of suppliers

Digital freight market Convoy announced on Thursday that it will pay certified carriers an additional incentive on every load they carry in October, in a gesture to celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month.

“Our hope is that by providing this incentive, we can show the various carriers how much we and our customers appreciate them and the great job they do,” Convoy said in a company statement.

The company has partnered with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and the Women’s Business Enterprises National Council (WBENC) to identify certified minority and women-owned carriers and add more to Convoy’s existing network.

Convoy is offering an additional $ 50 on each load, payable in bulk at the end of the month, in recognition of the lack of fairness within these historically under-represented communities.

This award will be offered to those who participate in NMSDC, WBENC, the National Veteran-Owned Business Association, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce or Disability: IN.

“We are building systems to help our customers meet their supplier diversity goals and help different carriers make more money. By ensuring that various carriers move freight for customers with Supplier Diversity programs, we can contribute to our customers’ Level 2 programs and measure and increase the impact and effectiveness of their program, ”said Convoy in a declaration.

Operation Lifesaver rewards the 2021 champion

Rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI) announced on Wednesday that it has nominated Jennie Glasgow to receive the 2021 Champion Award, which honors those who have made significant contributions to the goals of the organization.

Glasgow, the state coordinator of Georgia Operation Lifesaver, has been involved in road and rail safety initiatives for over 40 years. In 1988, she was appointed the first full-time paid state coordinator for the OLI.

She is also a historian for the National Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders, a nonprofit road safety organization of which she previously served as president.

“On behalf of OLI, I am proud to recognize Jennie for her decades of service saving lives and making communities safer in Georgia and across the United States,” said Rachel Maleh, Executive Director of OLI, who presented the award in Glasgow at the organization’s State Coordinators Summit. in Omaha, Nebraska.

“During her 14 years as a volunteer and 33 years as the first and only Georgia Operation Lifesaver State Coordinator, Jennie Glasgow has raised the profile of the organization through her relationships with government leaders. state and national, sports teams, businesses and other nonprofit organizations, while expanding the reach and partnerships of the organization, ”Maleh said.

ATA awarded for disaster relief

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) announced its 2021 humanitarian logistics awards last week. The American Trucking Associations was honored for its outstanding contribution to disaster relief efforts.

“This year’s recipients have really inspired us because when the chips fell they repeatedly stepped up their help – all without asking what there was for them to gain. Each of these recipients is living proof that humanitarianism is not just a one-time event – and that true service extends far beyond mere disaster, ”said Kathy Fulton, Executive Director of ALAN.

ALAN was founded shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to provide free logistical assistance for natural disaster relief and to maximize every dollar donated to relief. The group has raised more than $ 100 million in aid for its efforts.

“Trucks pouring in with food, water and relief supplies are one of the first signs of hope after a storm, flood or fire,” said Chris Spear, president and chief executive officer. direction of ATA.

“Our companies and our drivers take great pride in being the first on the scene to help fellow Americans rebuild and recover and while they do it because that’s what good neighbors and citizens do. for those in need, not for credit or recognition, we are happy to be honored by ALAN for our efforts.

CEVA Logistics, Palmer Logistics, Core-Mark International and JB Hunt Transport Services were also recognized for their disaster relief efforts, while Truckstop.com and Tucker Company Worldwide received the Director’s Partnership Award for their marketing activity during crises in 2021.

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