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Purolator president named "Pro to Know"

Purolator International, the leading provider of cross-border logistics between the U.S. and Canada, is pleased to announce that its president, John Costanzo has been named a 2015 Pro to Know by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine.  The award recognizes supply chain executives that are leading initiatives to help prepare supply chains for the significant challenges of today’s business climate.

Costanzo has been instrumental in helping retailers, manufacturers and distributors respond to the rise in omni channel shipping. Purolator has set up multi-user logistics operations in Vancouver and Calgary and other parts of central Canada, allowing companies to avoid putting up another distribution center.  Purolator is also helping its customers gain better supply chain visibility with new technology and logistical capabilities that offer unprecedented insight into their component parts.

“I’m honored to receive this prestigious trade industry award,” said Costanzo.  “Shipping and logistics can be a challenge for any organization operating in today’s demanding business environment.  I’m proud of the accomplishments we’ve made to help Purolator’s U.S. customers respond to demands for quick delivery, cost effective options, and better insight into component parts.”  Under Costanzo’s direction, Purolator International works to form partnership with their customers to make their supply chain a competitive advantage leading to improved efficiency, reduced costs and a higher level of customer satisfaction and growth.

Since becoming President in 2001, Costanzo has taken Purolator International from a small U.S. freight forwarder to a leading provider of cross border services that offers expedited and economy Parcel and Freight Services, Transportation Management, Customs Brokerage, Warehouse and Returns Management, and more.  He has also successfully built Purolator’s U.S. growth and brand outside of Canada – opening 20 new, regional branches in the U.S. since 2001, giving Purolator International a presence in 30 U.S. markets.  While investing in this market expansion, Purolator International has maintained profitability and increased revenue by 40 percent.

Costanzo has built his career in the transportation and logistics industry, starting with the Emery Air Freight Corp. and moving on to TNT Post Group before taking on his leadership role at Purolator International.  Professionally active, Costanzo served as president of the logistics industry trade organization, Express Delivery & Logistics Association, from 2008 to 2011.   He currently serves on the board of the Long Island Association, and recently chaired the LIA’s Global NY Work Group, which focused on growth of Long Island’s economy and promotes development of manufacturing and exports.

Costanzo has also been instrumental in building Purolator International’s corporate responsibility program.  As a member of the board of United Way, Long Island, Costanzo and his employees collect goods and donations each year, and dedicate many hours to nonprofit organizations such as Long Island Cares.

The full list of the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 2015 Pros to Know Award winners will be published in the March issue.  This year’s list also includes the 2015 Provider Pros to Know - individuals offering products or services to help their supply chain clients or the supply chain community, and Practitioner Pros to Know, who do the same within their own companies.  More than 300 individual nominations were submitted for the 2015 Pros to Know Awards.   For more information on this listing, or to see the list of winners, visit: