Lakeland, FL: In recognition of the effort required for success, PepsiCo has announced a new award honoring its leading third-party provider. Saddle Creek Corp. has been named PepsiCo’s first “Third Party of the Year” for playing an integral role in PepsiCo’s warehouse delivered system.
Saddle Creek’s Lakeland campus finished first overall among PepsiCo’s third-party providers in the award review process. The award was based on a variety of criteria, including cost per case, inventory accuracy, warehouse damage, customization expense, product freshness, customer returns, product availability, and on-time delivery.
“Saddle Creek Corp. has been a long-standing strategic partner of PepsiCo in multiple locations,” says Chuck Ewing, PepsiCo's director of warehousing. “The Lakeland team has a great deal of pride, and has consistently demonstrated a willingness to go above and beyond whatever is needed in servicing our customers. I cannot think of a more deserving partner to win the inaugural ‘Third Party of the Year’ award than the team at Saddle Creek Lakeland.”
Saddle Creek provides a wide variety of integrated logistics services for PepsiCo in Atlanta, Dallas and Lakeland, Fla. for the company’s Quaker, Tropicana and Gatorade brands. In addition to traditional warehousing services, Saddle Creek handles case picking, customization services, display building, international services, QA inspections, yard management, local delivery and line-haul.
“At Saddle Creek, we have a company-wide commitment to do Whatever it Takes! to serve our customers, so we’re especially honored to be recognized in this way,” says Butch Riggleman, Saddle Creek vice president and general manager. “We’ve worked with divisions of PepsiCo for nearly 20 years, and we look forward to delivering service excellence for them – and all of our customers – for many more years to come.”