Kellogg Company Presents “Top Gun” Award to USCS La Vergne
Every year, Kellogg Company presents its “Top Gun” award to the public refrigerated warehouse partner that best executes against a set of very detailed, key performance indicators (KPI) associated with product receiving, inventory control, damage and handling, shipping, and data flow and communications.
In the end, it’s about keeping products—such as Kellogg’s Eggo waffles—in top condition at all times. Pardon the play on words but that means USCS employees don’t waffle when it comes to the finer details of their work.
Last year, it was USCS La Vergne, TN, that set itself apart for superior execution against Kellogg’s Top Gun KPI program. Visiting La Vergne in late February 2018 for an awards luncheon and trophy presentation were Kellogg’s Regina Orban, Logistics Manager; and Matt Rose, Director of Distribution & Transportation.
“The competition was fierce in 2017. All [competing third-party warehouse] buildings made solid progress and built on 2016 successes and learnings,” notes Rose. “Yet La Vergne took big steps forward in communicating and focusing on continuous improvement in ways that showed in their results throughout the year.”
Orban agrees, “La Vergne focused on the root causes that directly impacted metrics in this competition. Their willingness to roll up their sleeves and not just accept—but meeting a metric goal—ensured that they were the Top Gun leader.”
Jason Shepherd is General Manager at USCS La Vergne.
“This achievement was a group effort,” he says. “It shows what we can accomplish with a lot of hard work and dedication. I am very proud of the La Vergne team.”
Shepherd adds, “The last time La Vergne won the Top Gun award was 2014. This was announced during my second week of working at US Cold La Vergne. That was my introduction to our dedicated employees. Three years later, I am honored to share this award with all the employees of La Vergne once again—for the fourth time. And with our previous wins in 2010, 2012 and 2014—the ‘even-year streak’ has been broken!”
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