SOURCE: Con-way Inc.

December 02, 2008 09:51 ET

Con-way Inc. Named to 2008 'InfoWorld 100' List of Year's Best IT Solutions

Company Wins Top 10 Honors for Technical Innovation; New Dock Planning Tool Projected to Save $3 Million Annually

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2008) - Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) today announced that it has been named among the top 10 companies on the InfoWorld 100, an annual ranking of the most creative and intelligent uses of technology to meet business goals.

The company was honored for its Step Saver Web-based interactive software application. The management tool was designed to minimize the time spent by Con-way Freight's dock coordinators planning daily work flow. The tool improved operational efficiency through more effective dock planning, freeing up the coordinators for higher-value tasks, and shaving costs by reducing the distance traveled by forklifts loading and unloading freight. Con-way was the only company recognized in the Distribution category.

"Breathing new life into outdated operations, advancing business goals with inventive use of technology -- this year's winners demonstrate, once again, that innovative, business-minded IT is the lifeblood of successful organizations," said Jason Snyder, senior editor for InfoWorld.

Companies were nominated last summer by end users, technology partners and InfoWorld readers. Winners were selected based on the most effective use of multiple technologies to help organizations achieve specific business objectives.

"This award recognizes the achievements of the dozens of team members who not only developed Step Saver, but also successfully tested and integrated it into Con-way Freight's business processes," said Jacquelyn Barretta, Con-way's chief information officer. "To create a solution that saves the company 38 percent in planning time and millions of dollars a year is a tremendous accomplishment. It's gratifying to see the team honored by a respected, authoritative technology publication like InfoWorld."

Before Step Saver was introduced, dock coordinators would spend hours manually creating dock workflow plans and determining the most efficient dock door assignments for every arriving trailer. The many efficiencies created by Step Saver's automation of the process are helping Con-way Freight continue to deliver its industry-leading performance for on-time delivery, exception-free service and fast transit times -- key attributes of customer satisfaction in the freight transportation industry.

A full list of the 2008 InfoWorld 100 is available at

About Con-way Inc.

Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW) is a $4.7 billion freight transportation and logistics services company headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. A diversified transportation company, Con-way delivers industry-leading services through three primary operating companies: Con-way Freight, Con-way Truckload and Menlo Worldwide Logistics. These operating units provide high-performance, day-definite less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload and intermodal freight transportation, as well as logistics, warehousing and supply chain management services and trailer manufacturing. Con-way Inc. and its subsidiaries operate from more than 500 locations across North America and in 20 countries. For more information about Con-way, visit

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