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Management Update: Most admired.

By Staff
April 01, 2010

Several logistics providers and freight transportation companies were recently recognized as some of America's most admired companies by Fortune magazine. Selections for the annual list were based on a company's innovation, employee talent, and quality of products and services. FedEx ranked 13th and UPS ranked 33rd in the top 50 companies for brand recognition, with C.H. Robinson Worldwide leading the trucking, transportation, and logistics category, followed by Expeditors International of Washington, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Ryder System, Landstar, Con-way, and Werner Enterprises.

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Carload volumes saw a 5 percent jump compared to the same week a year ago at 302,178, and intermodal volumes hit a new weekly U.S. record at 279,777 trailers and containers.

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