International Data Group's CIO magazine announced that Con-way is a recipient of the 2008 CIO 100 award.

The 21st annual award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. The 2008 CIO 100 awards will be held at the conclusion of the CIO 100 Symposium and Awards Ceremony.

"The CIO 100 honors organizations that have used technology in innovative ways to generate value to the business," said Abbie Lundberg, editor in chief of CIO magazine.

Con-way's Web-based, interactive Step Saver tool was developed to increase the efficiency of its dock operations by reducing planning time and forklift traffic, and increasing pounds of freight handled per man-hour. The tool automates most of the planning process for dock coordinators based on a mathematical model that creates the optimal loading plan. Step Saver has been rolled out to 26 facilities and has improved pounds handled per man-hour by 5.2 percent, reduced planning time by 35 percent and decreased forklift travel by more than 21 percent.

"To be named among the prestigious CIO 100 is an incredible honor for our organization and we are thankful for the recognition," said Jacquelyn Barretta, chief information officer, Con-way.

Complete coverage of the 2008 CIO 100 awards will be in the Aug. 15 issue of CIO magazine.