Sears Names APL as 'Partner in Progress'

Award Recognizes International Container Transportation Excellence



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from APL

    OAKLAND, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- APL, the global container
 operator, has been named a "Sears Partner in Progress for 2000" by Sears,
 Roebuck and Co., in recognition of outstanding international ocean
 transportation services.
     This prestigious award is presented annually to a select group of vendor
 companies that supply Sears with quality products and services, from apparel,
 appliances and tools to marketing, transportation services and technology.
 More than 10,000 providers competed for this award in 2000.
     APL, which is part of the NOL Group, Singapore, was honored on April 10 at
 an event hosted by Sears Chairman and CEO Alan J. Lacy at Sears headquarters
 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
     The carrier, which transports inbound shipments from Asia to various Sears
 distribution points in the United States, provided 98 percent on-time delivery
 reliability to Sears during 2000. "APL was recognized for not only service
 excellence and outstanding sales and customer service, but also for its
 ability to provide user-friendly and accurate information on a timely basis,"
 according to Ed Aldridge, president of the Americas for APL, domiciled in
 Oakland, California.
     Aldridge accepted the award on behalf of APL and was accompanied by
 Phil Reichert, APL's area sales manager, and Deana Dais, one of APL's customer
 service representatives on the Sears team, domiciled in Denver, Colorado.
     "The Partners in Progress Award is very well named since Sears truly
 understands the meaning and value of partnership with their service
 providers," said Aldridge. "All of us at APL around the world look forward to
 taking our partnership to new levels of cooperation, innovation, and
 prosperity."
     Begun almost 20 years ago, the Partners in Progress program recognizes
 sources that make significant contributions to the growth of Sears businesses
 and the creation of new ways to better serve Sears customers.  The winners
 were selected from nominations submitted by the Sears store support
 organization.
     APL has won several other major awards in recent months, including the
 first Global Carrier Award from Philips Electronics, the Best Carrier Award
 from the Journal of Commerce, the Best Intra-Asia Carrier Award from Cargo
 News Asia, in addition to being recognized for one of the best
 business-to-business web sites by BtoB Magazine and named to InformationWeek's
 list of the 500 most innovative users of information technology.
     About Sears -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of
 apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of
 more than US$40 billion.  The company serves families across the country
 through approximately 860 department stores, approximately 2,100 specialized
 retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the
 company's Web site, http://www.sears.com .
     About APL -- APL provides customers around the world with container
 transportation services through a network combining high-quality intermodal
 operations with state-of-the-art information technology (see www.apl.com). APL
 is the container arm of Neptune Orient Lines Limited, a global transportation
 and logistics company engaged in shipping and related businesses.
 
 

SOURCE APL
    OAKLAND, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- APL, the global container
 operator, has been named a "Sears Partner in Progress for 2000" by Sears,
 Roebuck and Co., in recognition of outstanding international ocean
 transportation services.
     This prestigious award is presented annually to a select group of vendor
 companies that supply Sears with quality products and services, from apparel,
 appliances and tools to marketing, transportation services and technology.
 More than 10,000 providers competed for this award in 2000.
     APL, which is part of the NOL Group, Singapore, was honored on April 10 at
 an event hosted by Sears Chairman and CEO Alan J. Lacy at Sears headquarters
 in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
     The carrier, which transports inbound shipments from Asia to various Sears
 distribution points in the United States, provided 98 percent on-time delivery
 reliability to Sears during 2000. "APL was recognized for not only service
 excellence and outstanding sales and customer service, but also for its
 ability to provide user-friendly and accurate information on a timely basis,"
 according to Ed Aldridge, president of the Americas for APL, domiciled in
 Oakland, California.
     Aldridge accepted the award on behalf of APL and was accompanied by
 Phil Reichert, APL's area sales manager, and Deana Dais, one of APL's customer
 service representatives on the Sears team, domiciled in Denver, Colorado.
     "The Partners in Progress Award is very well named since Sears truly
 understands the meaning and value of partnership with their service
 providers," said Aldridge. "All of us at APL around the world look forward to
 taking our partnership to new levels of cooperation, innovation, and
 prosperity."
     Begun almost 20 years ago, the Partners in Progress program recognizes
 sources that make significant contributions to the growth of Sears businesses
 and the creation of new ways to better serve Sears customers.  The winners
 were selected from nominations submitted by the Sears store support
 organization.
     APL has won several other major awards in recent months, including the
 first Global Carrier Award from Philips Electronics, the Best Carrier Award
 from the Journal of Commerce, the Best Intra-Asia Carrier Award from Cargo
 News Asia, in addition to being recognized for one of the best
 business-to-business web sites by BtoB Magazine and named to InformationWeek's
 list of the 500 most innovative users of information technology.
     About Sears -- Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a leading U.S. retailer of
 apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of
 more than US$40 billion.  The company serves families across the country
 through approximately 860 department stores, approximately 2,100 specialized
 retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the
 company's Web site, http://www.sears.com .
     About APL -- APL provides customers around the world with container
 transportation services through a network combining high-quality intermodal
 operations with state-of-the-art information technology (see www.apl.com). APL
 is the container arm of Neptune Orient Lines Limited, a global transportation
 and logistics company engaged in shipping and related businesses.
 
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