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Dannon honors Exel as a 2008 Supplier of the Year

Exel, a provider in supply chain management and a Deutsche Post DHL company, earned the "2008 Supplier of the Year" award in the category of Goods and Services Operations from The Dannon Company, the world's top-selling brand of yogurt, under the names Dannon and Danone.   Dannon selected Exel's Dayton, Ohio, site for the honor based on its improvements in quality, safety, cost, and overall performance in inventory accuracy and on-time shipping.   "We have tremendous respect for our business partners and are grateful for the contributions they make to our success," said Paul Gardner, vice president of sourcing and supplier development for The Dannon Company. "Suppliers, such as Exel, that perform well help Dannon maintain its competitive advantages, boost innovation and improve our products' time to market."   Key accomplishments included:

  • Maintaining a 100 percent order-fill rate for 15 continuous months
  • Exceeding a 99 percent on-time shipping rate for 19 consecutive months
  • Developing an inventory accuracy program to streamline processes and ensure more efficient product picking
  • Optimizing a product distribution structure to reduce transportation costs without interruption to customer service
  • Launching a multi-faceted energy reduction program
  • Implementing aggressive facility and labor capacity expansions to meet Dannon's growth strategy
"We're honored to receive the 2008 Supplier of the Year award from Dannon," said Scott Sureddin, president of Exel's Consumer business unit. "The dedication, hard work and attention it took to earn this recognition is a reflection of the exceptional people on our Dayton, Ohio, operations team. With a relentless focus on the customer, these associates consistently demonstrate high performance levels and deliver value to Dannon." Exel is one of 3,000 suppliers utilized by The Dannon Company. A total of seven excellence awards were bestowed at Dannon's annual awards banquet hosted by its North American Executive management team