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Today’s Pickup: J.B. Hunt, Schneider lead SmartWay Excellence Award winners

The EPA named its annual SmartWay Excellence Award winners on Oct. 7, 2019. J.B. Hunt is one of 72 companies to be honored this year, but is one of just five companies that have been honored 10 times. Schneider National, Swift Transportation, Lowe’s Companies, and Kimberly-Clark Corporation are the others. (Photo: Jim Allen/FreightWaves)

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J.B. Hunt (NASDAQ: JBHT) and Schneider National (NYSE: SNDR) were among five companies that were named U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SmartWay Excellence Award winners on Monday at the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in San Diego.

The two carriers were joined by Swift Transportation, Lowe’s Companies and Kimberly-Clark Corporation as 10-time honorees. HP, Knight Transportation and Roehl Transport are eight-time honorees and Doug Andrus Distributing, Hub Group and Mesilla Valley Transportation have each been honored seven times apiece.

The EPA SmartWay Excellence Awards honor “exceptional achievement in freight performance among EPA SmartWay Partners.” EPA said awardees “lead their industries in improving freight efficiency and contributing to cleaner air within their supply chains.”

More than 3,700 companies and organizations participate in SmartWay. The Excellence Awards have been handled out each year since 2006. Over the years, 118 companies have been recognized with multiple Excellence Awards, EPA said.

SmartWay is a voluntary, market-driven partnership that aims to reduce emissions and foster the development of a cleaner and more efficient freight supply chain. The SmartWay Excellence Award program recognizes leading shippers, logistics companies and freight carriers that are optimizing the environmental performance and efficiency of their freight operations, while serving as role models for other businesses to follow.

This year, 72 companies, including 13 shippers, were honored with a SmartWay Excellence Award, representing less than 2% of all SmartWay Partners.

The entire SmartWay Excellence Awards list can be viewed here:

Did you know?

According to Drewry Shipping Consultants, the switch to low-sulfur fuel to meet IMO 2020 requirements will add $11 billion to the fuel bill for container shipping lines.


“Everybody deserves a safe place to sleep, access to hygiene facilities and access to food. As long as I have a voice, I’m going to seek to impact change in this industry in a positive way for women and for men – for every driver.” 

– Kellylynn McLaughlin, driver and trainer for Schneider National, a finalist the 2019 Influential Woman in Trucking award, and the Women in Trucking Association’s first Ambassador

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Ontario pilot increases cargo efficiency

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Final Thoughts

The global automotive sector is undergoing a revolution as it begins to transition itself from fossil-fuel powered vehicles to a future where traditional fuels are just part of the equation. Bosch has invested in Nikola Motor, the hydrogen-electric truck maker, and now in a Chinese startup called Trunk, which is developing an autonomous truck for handling container movements. Continental, a global powerhouse best known for its tires but with a large automotive and technology focus, is shifting resources over the next 10 years as it attempts to realign itself for a mobility-based future. Of course, the major automakers are doing the same, with some investing heavily in electric vehicles today. The global shift is underway.

Hammer down everyone!

Brian Straight

Brian Straight leads FreightWaves' Modern Shipper brand as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler. You can reach him at [email protected]