ATA Freight, a leading global logistics and freight forwarding services provider, announced today that its Chief Operating Officer Matt Goker has been named by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine as a 2021 Pros to Know award winner.
In its official announcement, Supply & Demand Chain Executive stated that, “This award recognizes outstanding executives whose accomplishments offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage supply chain for competitive advantage. This year’s list includes individuals and teams from software and service providers, consultancies and academia, trucking and transportation firms, professional development agencies, sourcing, and procurement divisions, and more, all who have helped supply chain clients and the supply chain community at large prepare to meet many of today’s – and tomorrow’s – challenges.”
Supply & Demand Chain Executive Editor-in-Chief Marina Mayer was quoted as saying, “These winners collaborated, optimized, developed, educated and played a critical role in the survival and success of their companies amid a global pandemic. I am honored to recognize these individuals and teams and extend my utmost gratitude to everyone in the supply chain industry for their time, efforts, and innovations to keep our nation’s supply chains afloat.”
For his part, Goker has been a catalyst both in driving solutions for ATA Freight’s customers, as well as the industry. Notably, as its CEO, he was instrumental in the launch of a new agile technology spin-off, Quloi, focused on providing quantified logistics solutions that leverage Artificial Intelligence machine learning and deep logistics expertise to transform and optimize the global supply chain. Goker also has been leading a team of experts who create innovative shipping solutions for essential industries and who made sure the world continued to have access to critical necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic. These solutions allowed some of the world’s largest enterprises to continue to feed the world. In addition, he created and launched a special form of alliance across logistics service providers that is based on end-to-end systems and operational integration to provide a seamless experience to its customers on broader geographies. The alliance was designed to provide access for small and mid-size business on the supply chain enabling them to effectively compete with companies of much larger size and resources.
“It is a great honor to be named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Pros to Know list, especially during a period when the resilience of the global supply chain has been a matter of great concern and impact,” said Goker. “Everything we are doing at ATA Freight and through all of our parallel industry initiatives are focused on strengthening the supply chain and helping all businesses operating on the chain to become stronger, more efficient, and more profitable. We are making great strides in that area, but still have a long way to go as the pandemic demonstrated.”
Goker was also recognized for his emphasis on sustainability. ATA Freight has long supported organizations that strive to reduce carbon emissions. Among the nonprofits that ATA Freight supports is Trees for the Future, whose mission is to end hunger and poverty by training farmers to regenerate their land. ATA Freight has been supporting TREES since 2011 and as a result of its support, over 167,000 trees have been planted which will result in the sequestering of 9,662 metric tons of carbon over a 20-year period. The company is also actively involved in EcoVadis the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability performance and innovation, which earned ATA Freight the 2020 EcoVadis Bronze Medal Sustainability Leadership Award.
ATA Freight, a leading global logistics and freight forwarding services provider, announced that it has successfully completed external audits for ISO reverification earning its updated ISO 9001 Certification (ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015). The comprehensive system audits covered every aspect of the company’s operations.
“Achieving our updated ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications was a very demanding process to which each of our staff members was fully committed,” said ATA Freight COO Matt Goker. “Quality control in all areas of our operations is of the utmost importance to us, and we continuously strive for the highest standard of quality. By having evaluated our organization at every level and met the stringent requirements of ISO 9001 and 14001, we are confident that we are providing our valued customers with the highest quality.”
ISO 9001 and 14001 are quality management system standards that were developed by the International Organization for Standardization, which is an association of governmental and nongovernmental organizations from many countries. The ISO 9001 and 14001 standards are utilized to certify quality management systems that focus on continuous improvement, customer satisfaction and the active involvement of both management and employees in a process-based approach.Since its inception in 1996, ATA Freight has grown to become a leading global logistics and freight forwarding service provider specializing in innovative shipping management solutions across all transportation modalities, from sea and air to road and rail. By advancing the supply chain with innovative and digital solutions and high quality customer service, ATA Freight has established itself across the globe with locations in the USA, Turkey, India, China, Mexico and Russia. ATA Freight has over 400 team members worldwide. In addition to the ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications, ATA Freight holds the C-TPAT, FMC/OTI License, IAC Certification, and the Ecovadis Bronze Recognition Medal for Sustainability Rating.
ATA Freight, a leading global logistics and freight forwarding services provider, has a lot to celebrate in what is its 25th year. The milestone anniversary comes in a year marked by several significant achievements and most notably, the company’s ongoing contributions to help keep the global supply chain moving despite the massive pandemic disruptions. Its resilience and relentless focus on customer satisfaction over the past two and half decades, coupled with its innovation, has enabled the company to continue to grow and succeed in a fiercely competitive industry.
ATA Freight Chairman and CEO CJ Oguzhan stated, “I cannot be prouder of our organization and how far we have come. Each of our team members is passionate about our business and assuring the highest standard of service, delivering personalized attention to each customer. Since our inception in 1996, there have been significant changes in commerce and the transport of goods across the globe. ATA Freight has been a steady catalyst in driving many of those changes. Most notably, we have introduced advanced technologies to help automate and streamlines operational processes. These, in turn, helped pave the way for our latest role in the digitization of the supply chain through our establishment of Quloi, an agile technology firm we launched last year, and its groundbreaking platform, MyWay.”
Oguzhan also noted the longstanding relationships the company has built with both customers and industry peers. “Our performance has earned us loyal customers at the highest level. Across our over 30 offices in the USA, Turkey, India, China, Mexico, and Russia, we can cite customers that have remained with ATA year after year. This, to us, is perhaps the most important achievement of all. It is a testament that we are fulfilling our corporate mission to continually pursue excellence and maintain customer confidence, while advancing the optimization of the logistics industry and those companies that depend on us.”
ATA Freight currently has a team of over 300 employees serving in various roles ranging from R&D to customer service. It is one of the few logistics companies that has made technology innovation a top priority. Over the years, its innovations have included: designing and building in-container custom racks to optimize capacity usage, developing the first honeycomb structured box that doubles the static loading capacity of the prior option, and creating proprietary software solutions that facilitate its customers’ intelligent decision-making and agile optimization. Its distinction as a true innovator has been integral to its recognition as one of the world’s fully-integrated, future-driven, global logistics service and solution providers.Continued Oguzhan, “We are fully committed to our leadership role and will continue to drive new ideas and solutions that help all players across the supply chain become more efficient, more resilient and more profitable. It is what drives us.”