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7/15/2003



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BNSF earns Wal-Mart's annual carrier award for fifth-straight year


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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently named Burlington Northern Santa Fe a recipient of the retailer's annual "Carrier of the Year" award, which recognizes a carrier's revenue and growth, ease-of-doing-business efforts,
communication, flexibility, customer service, and error follow-up and correction.


The only railroad to ever be named a recipient, BNSF now has been honored five consecutive years by Wal-Mart, which bestowed the award to nine carriers.


"It is an honor to be recognized again by Wal-Mart as a vital link in their supply chain," said Steve Branscum, BNSF group vice president, consumer products, in a prepared statement. "We look forward to strengthening
our relationship further … by continuing to provide premium intermodal and carload transportation products."






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