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Nike Canada awards J.D. Smith and Sons National Distribution Business

VAUGHAN, June 28, 2002 -- Nike Canada, part of the world's leading sports and fitness company, has awarded J.D. Smith and Sons Limited its national retail distribution business. Beginning July 8th, J.D. Smith will handle all outbound deliveries from Nike's Scarborough, Ontario customer service center to retail stores across Canada.

"J.D. Smith's leading-edge technology and vast experience with deliveries to retail customers put them ahead of the pack," says Rick Cleveland, National Customer Service Manager for Nike. "Our decision to partner with J.D. Smith was based on many factors: their exceptional focus on customer service, web-based tracking and tracing as well as on-line images of POD signatures, current EDI capabilities and competitive pricing," adds Cleveland. "We're looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership."

Scott Smith, President of J.D. Smith and Sons Limited echoes Cleveland's sentiment.
"We're excited to have Nike on board and look forward to adding value to their business. Achieving supply chain efficiencies is a big part of remaining competitive in today's marketplace. Nike recognizes this."

"At J.D. Smith, each customer is unique. Our core competency is delivering customized logistics solutions to meet their precise needs," Smith says. Nike's requirements for cross-Canada shipping will be met by J.D. Smith's growing National Freight Management Service. "By partnering with key interline carriers on a just-in-time basis, we provide our customers with a seamless, one-stop transportation solution for deliveries right across Canada," adds Smith.

Founded in 1919, J.D. Smith and Sons is a family-owned, Canadian business providing customized logistics management solutions to more than 300 North American customers. The company is ISO 9002 Certified and backed by state-of-the-art logistic management technologies.

JDSmith is an asset based provider of custom warehouse, logistics and transportation solutions located in Vaughan (Toronto), Ontario Canada. Please visit www.jdsmith.com for more information  

Toronto Truck Driving Championship results

JD Smith drivers returned the Team Trophy to it's rightful place - the JDS Trophy Case.
5 drivers competed in the 2002 Toronto Regional Truck Driving Championship on Saturday June 15. Collectively they won the Team Trophy, beating 5 other teams for bragging rights. Brian Taylor (straight truck), Stephen James, Jose Vergara (single single), Peter Walton (single tandem), and Doug Polhamus (tandem tandem) (picture) achieved an average score of 302 points, beating Epic Express by 5 points, and besting the other teams from Advantage Personnel, Alex Henry & Son, Reimer Express, and Travelers Transportation.

Individually, there are 2 JDS drivers who will be moving on to the Provincial competition in London. Peter Walton placed second, and Stephen James was third in their respective classes. The other three each placed in the top ten as well.

The Team win this year is the fifth time JDS drivers have won. 1997, '98, '99, and '00 were the other years, with a strong Con-Way Canada Express team breaking the string in 2001.

Congratulations to the drivers!

JDSmith is an asset based provider of custom warehouse, logistics and transportation solutions located in Vaughan (Toronto), Ontario Canada. Please visit www.jdsmith.com for more information  

From an article in The Toronto Sun - Driving Force section

"Truck driver John Goodings is a hero, and now he has an award to prove it."

Goodings, who works for J.D. Smith & Sons Ltd. of Vaughan, Ont., was recently presented with an Award of Recognition at the 33rd annual National Transportation Week Ontario Awards Breakfast for saving the life of a car crash victim.

The award is presented each year to member (s) of the transportation community in recognition of outstanding actions.

Goodings heroics took place on August 30, 2001, when he was driving his truck westbound on Hwy. 7 in Vaughan. He witnessed a collision occur between two cars just ahead of his vehicle.

Goodings managed to stop his truck in time to avoid the collision. He grabbed his fire extinguisher and rushed to the wreckage, where he discovered a woman and her daughter lying on the road after they were thrown from their vehicle.

Suspecting that one of the collision victims might have severe spinal injuries, Goodings stabilized her and performed first aid until emergency services and the police arrived.

JDSmith is an asset based provider of custom warehouse, logistics and transportation solutions located in Vaughan (Toronto), Ontario Canada. Please visit www.jdsmith.com for more information  

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