BENTONVILLE, Ark., Jan 10, 2012 – Walmart is honoring 11 of its transportation suppliers for exemplary performance in delivering to Walmart distribution centers. Each year, Walmart recognizes transportation suppliers that have demonstrated excellence or exhibited significant improvement in meeting core business objectives, including small parcel, less-than-truckload and intermodal.

“Walmart Transportation appreciates these carrier partners who have gone above and beyond to provide outstanding service over the past year,” said Rob Kusiciel, vice president of inbound transportation and global logistics. “By ensuring our products arrive intact and on time, Walmart is able to continue to fulfill our commitment to providing the products our customers want and need at prices they can afford.”

Carriers recognized with each award consistently maintained a high level of service by providing on-time pick-up and delivery with minimal degrees of variability in performance.

- The 2011 Walmart Carrier of the Year Award Winners are:
- General Merchandise Diamond*: Schneider National Carriers
- General Merchandise Platinum*: Celadon
- General Merchandise Gold*: Epes Transport
- Grocery: C.R. England
- Grocery Dedicated: Swift Transportation
- Regional LTL: Averitt Express
- National LTL: Con-way Freight
- Diversity: Trio Trucking
- Intermodal: JB Hunt Transport
- Sam’s: Heartland Express
- Small Parcel: FedEx

* Gold, platinum and diamond designations are relative to fleet size, smallest to largest, respectively.

“We are proud to recognize these service partners that demonstrate excellence in operations and customer service,” said Ken Braunbach, senior director of carrier relations for Walmart. “We are grateful for everything they do to support our ability to meet the needs of our customers.”

About Walmart Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at over 9,700 retail units under 69 different banners in 28 countries. With fiscal year 2011 sales of $419 billion, Walmart employs 2.1 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting, on Facebook at and on Twitter at Online merchandise sales are available at and

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