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ABF Service Centers Recognized as "Best of the Best" with President's Quality Awards

Thursday, May 02, 2013

ABF Service Centers Recognized as "Best of the Best" with President's Quality Awards

16:00 EDT Thursday, May 02, 2013

FORT SMITH, Ark., May  2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ABF® service centers in Macon, Ga., Tulsa, Okla., Charlotte, N.C., and Salt Lake City, are being recognized with the prestigious President's Quality Award from ABF President and CEO Roy Slagle. The award recognizes service centers most exemplifying the ABF Quality Process, which are considered the "Best of the Best."

"The use of the five-step problem elimination process and the use of focus groups to tackle problems are deeply ingrained in our culture and have served us well for over 25 years," said Mr. Slagle. "This approach to quality enhances the value of the services we offer the marketplace and heightens customers' perception of ABF and our people. The conscientious dockworkers, truck drivers, shop staffs, account managers, and office staffs at these four service centers are setting the pace by their relentless pursuit of quality. I'm looking forward to my visit with each one in celebration of their achievement."

Each facility is presented with a prestigious President's Quality Award trophy and earns a listing at the ABF General Office. The award ceremonies are attended by the ABF Quality Implementation Committee, local employees and special guests.

All ABF service centers annually undergo extensive evaluations, including a nomination process, a quality awareness survey, an on-site validation audit, and scrutiny by the ABF Quality Implementation Committee. The comprehensive process gauges resource management, damage/loss prevention, customer satisfaction and other key performance indicators for the previous year. The ABF Quality Process uses a five-step problem elimination process: 1) define the problem; 2) fix the problem; 3) identify the root cause; 4) take corrective action; 5) evaluate and follow up. Education through quality seminars, job-skills training, focus groups and designated quality teams have ensured that quality at ABF is a process, not merely a program. Based on principles articulated by the late Philip Crosby, the process emphasizes ongoing prevention rather than end-of-line inspection. Identifying and eliminating the causes of problems improves service and requires no additional expenditure.

As the principal subsidiary of Arkansas Best Corporation (Nasdaq: ABFS), ABF operates as a global provider of customizable supply chain solutions. ABF enhances supply chain efficiencies and achieves optimum performance by focusing on specific logistics needs and customizing innovative solutions. The company's resource-rich infrastructure includes an innovative Dual-System® Network for regional and national transportation. Its portfolio of logistics services extends from the manufacturer's floor to time-definite and/or white-glove final delivery. In between, customers benefit from a single point of contact and total end-to-end supply chain visibility.

Contact: Russ Aikman, director of marketing & public relations

Website: abf.com                                                           

Telephone: (479) 785-8913

Facebook: facebook.com/ABFtoday                    

Twitter: twitter.com/ABFtoday

SOURCE ABF Freight System, Inc.

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