Sprint Receives 2013 Chrysler Group Supplier of the Year Award for Innovation
Award Presented to Sprint at 4th Annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Event in Auburn Hills, Mich.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Oct. 20, 2014 –Today Sprint (NYSE:S) announced that it has been awarded the 2013 Chrysler Group Supplier of the Year Award for extraordinary performance in innovation. The recognition comes less than two years after Chrysler launched the Sprint VelocitySM Connected Vehicle Platform to enable its next generation Uconnect infotainment system. The award was presented during the 4th Annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards Event in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Patricia Watkins, director of Global Client Management & Business Development for Sprint Velocity, was on hand at Chrysler Group’s annual supplier awards event to receive the award, which highlights best-in-class capabilities in the areas of quality, delivery, cost, warranty and partnership.
“Since launching Sprint Velocity, our main priority has been focused on creating cutting-edge connected vehicle technology and integrating it with Sprint’s premier wireless services,” said Peter Campbell, chief information officer for Sprint and lead executive for Sprint Velocity. “We are proud that the Chrysler Group has recognized our innovative work in telematics.”
“Sprint’s collaborative approach to innovation and expertise in subscription-based services has helped improve the overall experience of our customers and we are pleased to have the Sprint Velocity team among our award-winning list of suppliers,” said Al Amici, head of Global Uconnect System and Services, Chrysler Group LLC. “With Sprint’s best-in-class, end-to-end telematics platform, and its secure, reliable network, we can continue our goal to enhance the ease-of-use of technology inside our vehicles and to help create an exceptional experience for our Chrysler Group customers.”
In 2009, the Chrysler Group placed a renewed emphasis on strengthening its supplier relationships. The company now interacts with its suppliers during several events throughout the year like supplier town hall forums, focused supplier advisory councils and surveys of the supplier base to build relationships between the Chrysler Group and its suppliers. There has also been an increased focus on collaboration to help drive innovation and the inclusion of supplier-created ideas and technology. This process is designed to increase the value of the components and improve the overall working relationship between the Chrysler Group and its suppliers.
About Sprint VelocitySM
Sprint Velocity provides a global end-to-end telematics solution for auto manufacturers. A unit of Sprint, Sprint Velocity enables automakers to more easily integrate the complex components and relationships needed to deliver customized connected services in cars and passenger trucks. Auto companies can offer true in-vehicle integration for infotainment, navigation, mobile device connections, security, and emergency services. Automakers can choose all-in-one or a la carte services, including telematics integration, consumer marketing, Customer Relationship Management, data analytics and support for customer care and billing. According to Informa Telecoms & Media, Sprint Velocity is ranked 2nd among the top 10 telecom operators in the worldwide automotive market. Sprint Velocity has won multiple awards for its innovation, including accolades from Compass Intelligence, M2M Evolution Magazine, Pipeline Magazine and Telematics Update. To learn more visit http://velocity.sprint.com/.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 54 million customers as of June 30, 2014, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved U.S. company in customer satisfaction, across all 43 industries, over the last six years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
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