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Mail-Well Selects Consolidated Freightways For Nationwide Freight Service

Press release from the issuing company

Consolidated Freightways To Service 67 Plants Coast-to-Coast VANCOUVER, Wash.---March 6, 2002--Consolidated Freightways announced that Mail-Well, Inc., the world's largest envelope maker and one of North America's leading diversified printers, has selected the trucking giant as its primary carrier to service Mail-Well's long-haul freight delivery. Mail-Well, based in Englewood, Colo., awarded the multi-million dollar contract to Consolidated Freightways (CF) following a nationwide review of more than 40 different regional and national carriers. Mail-Well also selected a limited number of LTL carriers to service regional freight. Under the direction of Keith Pratt, Mail-Well's Vice President of Procurement & Supply Chain, significant strides have been made in consolidating the Mail-Well vendor base and transportation was a next logical step. According to Tom Harshman, Director of Transportation, CF was selected because of its consistent on-time performance record and integrated technological know-how. Harshman indicated that Mail-Well is streamlining its supply chain business processes, especially among its network of plants located across North America. CF's contract calls for servicing 67 Mail-Well freight centers in 24 states. Mail-Well Reduces Number of Carriers "We wanted to reduce the number of carriers, and CF has a solid reputation for long haul performance,'' Harshman said. "What ultimately tipped the scales was CF's integrated technological capabilities that can push lots of detailed shipping information to the plant level.'' As an example, Harshman pointed to CF's interactive electronic data exchange processes that will provide Mail-Well accurate and reliable bill of lading, delivery and shipment cost information in a timely and efficient manner. "These data speed up decision-making within the supply chain itself,'' he explained. "Our ability to react becomes increasingly valuable as we move ahead with efforts to streamline operations.'' CF to Integrate Technology According to Marty Larson, CF senior vice president of marketing and sales, CF will transport more than 100 million pounds of freight for Mail-Well this year, including envelopes and other printed materials. Larson said that CF will integrate a suite of practical business tools with Mail-Well's in-house technology. "With Mail-Well in a restructure period, the timing is ideal to integrate our leading technology with Mail-Well's current platforms,'' he said. "The CF-Mail-Well partnership is a perfect fit.'' Harshman said that the integration of CF and Mail-Well business processes should be complete within a few weeks. "Implementation (of businesses processes) is moving along nicely, and feedback is positive,'' Harshman reported. "We expect CF to streamline shipping processes, improve service consistency, and increase invoice accuracy -- capabilities that will make the relationship highly successful.'' Mail-Well will ship well over one-half billion pounds via truck annually to support its envelope and commercial printing divisions. The envelope group produces approximately 135 million envelopes a day at 47 North American plants. The commercial print group operates 30 North American plants producing a variety of printed materials.