An Invitation to Participate in a Supply Chain Sustainability Study and Awards Program

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It's that time of year again - when LQ Magazine invites third-party providers (3PLs) and the innovative supply chain professionals that they work with - to join the winners' circle and participate in LQ’s 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards Program (2013) – by completing an online application to document their case study, at

LQ’s third annual 3PL Sustainability and Study Program builds upon LQ Magazine’s 19-year tradition of rendering compelling case studies to inspire the peers, stakeholders and clients of leading 3PLs from across the United States and Canada.

This annual awards program is specifically designed to recognize third-party logistics providers that work closely with their customers to demonstrate leadership and innovation in sustainable supply chain practices.

Last year Ryder System, Inc., a leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, and its customer, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a leading grocery retailer, received the prestigious LQ 2012 Third Party Logistics (3PL) Sustainability Award.

The value of LQ’s 3PL Program was clearly evidenced in 2012 by the leadership of the Best LQ 3PL Performers in Sustainability presentations at the Toronto Board of Trade’s Country Club and articles, as well as the 2012 winner’s story, featured in LQ Magazine, Marketwatch (the Wall Street Journal), the Globe and Mail newspaper, Reuters, and other media organizations. (See for yourself at:

eyefortransport has consistently contributed to the success this industry-wide sustainability study and awards program through its invitations to logisticians and 3PLs that are involved in innovation and sustainability in their businesses.

eyefortransports’ participation, and that of other leaders in this field, ensures that this supply chain study and awards program continues to:

• Encourage and recognize sustainability excellence;

• Contribute to innovation in sustainability;

• Generate exemplary case studies highlighting sustainability effectiveness;

• Enhance industry research regarding 3PL sustainability practices; and

• Celebrate American and Canadian business supply chain excellence.

This year, LQ’s team has also reduced the required case study documentation and provided an online entries as well as downloadable applications in order to streamline the application process for those companies registering at: by. (Applications are due on April 26, 2013.)

LQ’s impartial team of evaluators, David Closs, Ph.D., Michigan State University and Thomas Goldsby, Ph.D., The Ohio State University, will review the entries in order to select this year’s finalists. These finalists – the “Top Performers in Sustainability” – will be invited to present at LQ’s Summer Symposium, which will be held on June 14, 2013, at the Toronto Board of Trade’s Country Club.

Thought leaders from leading Canadian and American retailers have participated in LQ’s one-day Symposiums, representing organizations such as Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Target, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, RILA, as well as other leading organizations.

LQ’s 3PL Sustainability awards were established in 2011 to recognize practical and groundbreaking sustainability practices and thinking, with applications judged by an independent panel of business and academic leaders.  

C.H. Robinson, one of the largest 3PL firms worldwide, has underwritten LQ’s 3PL Sustainability Study and Awards Program in 2013.



LQ Magazine has a distinctive place in the market given its unique mix of Canadian and American readers - and an editorial environment reflects the fact that the United States and Canada are each other’s greatest trading partners – and the largest trading partners in the world, with an estimated $680 billion in goods and services changing hands each year between our nations. Some $1.6 billion worth of goods and services cross the Canada-U.S. border daily.

The high level of integration between the U.S. and Canadian economies is also reflected by the fact we are each other’s largest export markets. In fact, Canada is the number one foreign market for goods exports for 34 of the 50 states. And Canadians and Americans continue to share the closest energy relationship in the world.

LQ’s Symposiums reflect this U.S.-Canadian dynamic – and represent an extension of LQ’s 19-year tradition of offering “ideas for leadership in logistics and transportation”.

For the past two years LQ’s Sustainability Symposiums, which provide a forum for peer-to-peer learning and inquiry, have celebrated innovation in the supply chain field – with LQ’s Best 3PL Performer in Sustainability Winner, chosen from four finalists at LQ’s Summer Symposiums.

Last year Ryder System, Inc., a leader in supply chain, warehousing and transportation management solutions, and its customer, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, a leading grocery retailer, received the prestigious LQ 2012 Third Party Logistics (3PL) Sustainability Award.

Ryder and Fresh & Easy were recognized for implementing innovative, sustainable practices that have resulted in improved service, environmental performance, and cost effectiveness in Fresh & Easy’s supply chain operations.

Fresh & Easy currently operates 199 grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada and relies on a total fleet of 74 vehicles managed by Ryder to support grocery and perishable store deliveries from its Riverside, California distribution center. Services provided by Ryder include Temperature Controlled Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC), Inbound Freight Management, and Reverse Logistics.

The LQ 3PL Sustainability Award Evaluation Committee, comprised of leading executives and academics from the U.S. and Canada, recognized Ryder System, Inc., and Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, as the Best 2012 3PL Performer in Sustainability Winner, representing the finest of the four “Best 3PL Performers in Sustainability” finalists following the 3PL Finalist Firm Presentations on July 17th 2012 at LQ’s Symposium in Toronto, Canada. In addition to collaboration, LQ’s Evaluation Committee considered each 3PL finalist’s strategic vision in this area, as well as their performance in economic, environmental and societal areas of sustainability.

The following four 2012 finalists, LQ’s Top 3PL Performers in Sustainability, were selected by Dr. Closs and Dr. Goldsby: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., GENCO ATC, Ryder Integrated Logistics, UPS.


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