Monthly Archives: June 2013

Thacker promoted to director of traffic at Averitt

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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (June 27, 2013) – Chris Thacker, a 17-year associate at Averitt Express, was recently named director of traffic for the global logistics and transportation provider.

In that role, Thacker will continue overseeing the auditing and rating processes of Averitt’s less-than-truckload, truckload and supply chain solutions services. He will also work closely with fellow members of The Reliance Network and other partner carriers to provide seamless global transportation coverage.

“Chris is an outstanding leader who provides exceptional service to our customers and support to our sales and operations teams,” said Mark Davis, Averitt’s vice president of pricing and traffic. “He has established a proven track record for excellence throughout his nearly two decades with Averitt, which has helped our team continue to grow. Our future becomes even brighter when associates like Chris step up to lead our team.”

A graduate of White County High School, Thacker earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Tennessee Tech University before starting his career with Averitt in 1996.

About Averitt Express
Now in its 42nd year of service, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company is a founding SmartWaySM partner and a member of The Reliance Network™, a network of carriers that provides seamless LTL services throughout North America. Averitt specializes in delivering customized solutions with a single source of accountability for service offerings that include cross border/domestic offshore, dedicated, expedited, intermodal, international ocean/air, local customization, less-than-truckload, PortSide®, retail distribution services, transportation management, truckload (dry van, flatbed, brokerage), warehousing and value-added services, including a centralized call center, strict performance metrics and an ongoing focus on green/sustainability efforts. Averitt’s technology offerings include a full suite of web-based shipping tools, electronic data interchange (EDI), and transportation and operations management systems.

Note: ExpressTracking now provide Averitt Tracking service.

Saia LTL Freight Announces General Rate Increase

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JOHNS CREEK, GA – June 21, 2013 – Saia Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) announced that Saia LTL Freight has announced that effective July 1, 2013 it will implement an average general rate increase (GRI) of 5.9% on general LTL and truckload shipments. Selected accessorial charges will be impacted as will minimum charges, which will increase by 5.9% (rounded up to the nearest 50 cents), subject to a $2.00 minimum increase. The Saia 5700 7/1/13 rates and the Saia LTL Freight rules tariff will be available on our website at on July 1, 2013.

About Saia Inc.

Saia Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA), with 2012 revenues of $1.1 billion, offers customers a wide range of less-than-truckload, non-asset truckload, and logistic services. The company operates 147 terminals in 34 states and is home to the industry-exclusive Customer Service Indicators and Xtreme Guarantee. With headquarters in Georgia, Saia employs 8,000 people nationwide. Saia LTL Freight has been recognized by the American Trucking Associations Safety Management Council with first place honors for its outstanding safety record. For more information on Saia Inc. or any of the service groups, visit

Daylight Transport, LLC announces 2013 Rate Adjustment Long Beach, CA (June 17th, 2013)

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Daylight Transport LLC, transcontinental LTL carrier with a focus on expedited transit times, announced today a general rate adjustment of 5.9% for non-contractual business, effective June 24th, 2013. This rate adjustment for Daylight Transport applies to shipments covered by the DYLT 507 series rate bases. Our customers will be able to view the new rates at their secured mydaylight web portal on Monday, June 24th, 2013.

Data Solutions: exp.o Analytics

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At Expeditors, attention to detail sets us apart from our competition. We focus on moving each shipment, booking each order, and clearing each customs entry to complete satisfaction because we know that each one matters that much to our customers. But we also recognize the value of examining performance over time on a larger scale. So we created exp.o Analytics, a suite of dashboard-based reports that display different facets of our customers’ supply chains with historical trending. And while exp.o Analytics is a powerful tool for macro analysis, it is still possible to drill down to the details of an individual shipment, order, or entry.

Exp.o Analytics is an exp.o application, like Visibility and Reporting. It was first deployed in 2011 featuring eight dashboards. Like exp.o Visibility, it is a value-added service for our customers that utilizes data from the Expeditors network. Since the original deployment, we have listened to your feedback and expanded the number of dashboards and information available on Analytics. There are currently twenty dashboards that you receive access to when Analytics is activated for your exp.o account. These dashboards provide information that helps you measure supply chain performance in different areas.
Here are a few examples:

Transit Time Breakdown:

This dashboard allows for easy analysis of air, ocean, and trucking transit times. The Transit Time Breakdown gives a histogram-based summary of transit times for any product and lane over a given time period. It can be used to view the transit as a whole from receipt to delivery or broken down into specific legs. It also provides shipment counts, overall averages and standard deviations, and the ability to drill down to specific shipments. This tool is a great asset for any supply chain planner that wants to factor transit time consistency into their planning.

Compliance Improvement Analysis:

The Compliance Improvement Analysis dashboard features all of your 7501 U.S. Entry Summary information in one place. This includes all HTS numbers, countries of origin and export, and duty and entered value information for the current year as well as the two previous. This dashboard can help to confirm that imports are correctly classified and denoted with the correct country of origin. It can be used to double-check records, and to view trends in duty and entered value based on sourcing over time.

Supplier Scorecard:

For Order Management customers, the Supplier Scorecard measures supplier performance over six key categories. The scorecard shows trending over time and can be adjusted for different time periods. It can be used as an aggregate for all suppliers, or one specific supplier, or all suppliers by a selected origin and/or destination. It is also easily printable to send to a supplier for a performance review or update. This dashboard is an effective way to determine base performance metrics with suppliers that can then be used to benefit the whole supply chain.

All three of the above dashboards are now standard within exp.o Analytics, but started as customized solutions requested by specific customers. We welcome your feedback and the chance to create a customized dashboard that suits your business needs. If exp.o Analytics piques your interest and you do not already have access to the application, please contact your local Expeditors representative today.

Saia LTL Freight Named Partner Carrier of the Year by the American Chemistry Council

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JOHNS CREEK, GA – June 5, 2013 – Saia Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is pleased to announce that Saia LTL Freight was one of three carriers presented with the “Responsible Care® Partner Award” by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) at its 2013 Responsible Care Conference & Expo. The award recognizes “the superb performance and safety record of companies involved in the distribution, transportation, storage, use, treatment-disposal and/or sales and marketing of chemicals.”

“We are extremely proud of this award,” stated Saia President and CEO Rick O’Dell. “We transport thousands of shipments every day for companies in the chemical industry. Because of this, we understand the great responsibility we have – not just to these customers, but to the communities where we work and live.”

ACC Responsible Care winners qualified for the awards based on exemplary performance and were selected by a committee made up of internal and external experts.

Saia LTL Freight was the first non-bulk LTL carrier in the U.S. to earn RC14001 certification through the ACC’s Responsible Care Program. The certification reflects our commitment to product stewardship, distribution, community awareness, emergency response, and pollution prevention.

For 25 years, Responsible Care has helped ACC member companies significantly enhance their performance, discover new business opportunities, and improve employee safety, the health of the communities in which they operate, and the environment as a whole, moving us toward a safer, more sustainable future.

About Saia Inc.

Saia Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA), with 2012 revenues of $1.1 billion, offers customers a wide range of less-than-truckload, non-asset truckload, and logistic services. The company operates 147 terminals in 34 states and is home to the industry-exclusive Customer Service Indicators and Xtreme Guarantee. With headquarters in Georgia, Saia employs 8,000 people nationwide. Saia LTL Freight has been recognized by the American Trucking Associations Safety Management Council with first place honors for its outstanding safety record. For more information on Saia Inc.

C.H. Robinson Named Carrier of the Year by Sharp Electronics Corporation

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Eden Prairie, MN (June 6, 2013) — C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. was awarded the Truckload/IMC Carrier of the Year by Sharp Electronics Corporation, a company known for its unique one-of-a-kind electronic products and solutions, at Sharp’s annual carrier conference.

The award is data-centric and based upon quantitative data of four key performance factors:  on-time pickup and delivery, EDI transactions, load acceptance and invoice accuracy. To be eligible for the Carrier of the Year award, an organization must achieve an overall top score in their performance metrics as well as be recognized for exemplifying true partnership through project initiations and results achieved.

“These qualities exemplify the collaboration Sharp Electronics is looking for when engaging transportation providers and seeking opportunities to become more efficient,” said Mark Stephens, senior manager of transportation and logistics analysis at Sharp Electronics Corporation.

C.H. Robinson, one of the world’s largest logistics companies,  distinguished themselves by exhausting all options and coming up with solutions when needed, even going so far as to work closely with Sharp Electronics asset-based carriers and helping them find loads to get back to Sharp locations.

“This award acknowledges the collaboration and growth between Sharp and C.H. Robinson,” said Jeremy Schlachet, senior sales representative at C.H. Robinson. “This achievement couldn’t have been realized without the tremendous support of the entire team at Sharp.”


About Sharp Electronics Corporation:

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of one-of-a-kind home entertainment products, appliances, networked multifunctional office solutions, solar energy solutions, LED lighting and mobile communication and information tools. Leading products include AQUOS® LED TVs, Insight® Microwave Drawer® ovens, Notevision® multimedia projectors and Plasmacluster® air purifiers.

About C.H. Robinson

Founded in 1905, C.H. Robinson is a global provider of multimodal logistics services, fresh produce sourcing, and information services to 42,000 customers through a network of more than 275 offices and over 11,000 employees around the world. The company works with 56,000 transportation providers worldwide. C.H. Robinson is a Fortune 500 company and has annual revenues of over $11 billion.

Through the company and its Foundation, C.H. Robinson and its employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Health Charities, American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, and Global Impact. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997.

Note: Express Tracking now provide C.H. Robinson Tracking service.


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The UK’s largest independent parcel network, APC Overnight, has been nominated for two prestigious industry awards.

A panel of industry experts has shortlisted the overnight delivery specialist in both the Innovation and Network of the Year categories as part of this year’s Motor Transport Awards, the UK’s biggest awards ceremony for the road transport industry.

The Network of the Year nomination will look at how the company’s unique structure saw its 115 independent member depots make excellent use of local knowledge to provide an outstanding on time delivery service last year.

The Innovation nomination meanwhile is a collaboration between APC Overnight and Cartwrights, and looks at the two companies’ development and trial of bespoke extended trailers across APC Overnight’s delivery network in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency.

“We have a firm commitment to offering fast and efficient on-time delivery, with a friendly, local service,” said APC Overnight chief executive, Syed Ziaullah. “All of our depots are independently run businesses and I believe customers can see the benefit of working with a local company and the commitment to customer service when they use APC Overnight.”

Syed continued: “Being recognised by industry insiders is a fantastic endorsement and it’s great that these two awards represent two very different sides of our business. We constantly look to be ahead of the competition by investing in our business and the introduction of these four extended length double deck trailers is a key part of this.”


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The UK’s largest independent parcel network, APC Overnight, is celebrating after being crowned ‘Business of the Year 2013’ at the Express and Star’s Business Awards for the second successive year – the first time any organisation has won the award two years in a row.

APC Overnight, which comprises 115 independently-owned depots across the UK, was singled out for its performance during the 2012 Olympics and its outstanding profit growth, which has enabled the firm to invest £16.5 million in a new 138,000 sq. ft. national sortation centre in Cannock, Staffordshire.

Having won the award for the first time in 2012, APC Overnight’s successful defence of its title underlines the achievements and continued growth of the business over the last two years. This progress has been thanks to the firm’s increased levels of customer service, which is founded upon a rising number of referrals and repeat business.

The award has raised the profile of the logistics industry in the West Midlands, not least thanks to the Express and Star’s status as the biggest-selling regional evening newspaper in Britain.

Syed Ziaullah, chief executive of APC Overnight, said: “To claim the award for a second successive year is an unbelievable achievement and underlines the high levels of expertise and commitment consistently demonstrated by our staff.”

“Our continued achievement is largely thanks to the co-operative structure of our business, which allows everyone employed by the organisation to play their part in maintaining outstanding service levels for our customers.”

Blue Dart strengthens presence in Phagwara

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Ludhiana, May 31, 2013:

Blue Dart, South Asia’s number one express air and integrated transportation, distribution and logistics Company and part of the DHL Group today launched a Counter cum Service Center near Phagwara, Punjab. The Counter cum Service Center, located in the commercial mall within the campus of MLovely Professional University (LPU), was inaugurated by Sukhwinder Singh – Regional Head (North), Blue Dart Express Ltd. and Mrs. Rashmi Mittal, Pro-Chancellor, Lovely Professional University.

The new Counter cum Service Center marks another milestone in Blue Dart’s journey of strengthening its presence in Tier II & III towns that are emerging as key growth hubs. The center will offer customers the entire bouquet of Blue Dart’s services and more specifically will be a trusted partner to LPU’s approximately 25,000 students for all their courier needs including applying for placements / further studies and general communication.

Speaking on the launch of the Counter cum Service Center, Sukhwinder Singh, Regional Head – North, Blue Dart Express Ltd., said, “Phagwara has been witnessing significant growth due to its emergence as a manufacturing hub. World-class institutes such as LPU and other developing institutes setting up base here have only given an additional fillip to the growth curve of the city. The launch of this service center marks our commitment towards partnering this city in its growth and more specifically offering a better service experience to the students of LPU.”

“The university does not only provide quality education to its young students but also believes in making them technology savvy to prepare them for global challenges. Buying behavior of the youth today is undergoing significant changes and lots of purchases are being made online. The Blue Dart retail counter cum service centre will be of great convenience to our students who will now have access to send and get shipments globally and at attractive rates through ‘Student Express’ and other innovative solutions.” said Mrs. Rashmi Mittal, Pro-Chancellor, Lovely Professional University.

Located strategically between Ludhiana and Jalandhar on NH1, Phagwara is the main industrial center in the Kapurthala District. Served by the rail link between Delhi and Amritsar, the city has been seeing tremendous growth with the emergence of various industries including textiles, auto components, machine tools and agricultural implements. Blue Dart’s new service center, while catering to the specific needs of students of LPU, will also cater to the needs of the industries in and around the region.

About Blue Dart:

Blue Dart Express Ltd., South Asia’s premier express air and integrated transportation & distribution company, offers secure and reliable delivery of consignments to over 33,742 locations in India. As part of the DP DHL Group (DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding & DHL Supply Chain), Blue Dart accesses the largest and most comprehensive express and logistics network worldwide, covering over 220 countries and territories and offers an entire spectrum of distribution services including air express, freight forwarding supply chain solutions and customs clearance.

The Blue Dart team drives market leadership through its motivated people force, dedicated air and ground capacity, cutting-edge technology, wide range of innovative, vertical specific products and value-added services to deliver unmatched standards of service quality to its customers. Blue Dart’s market leadership is further validated by numerous awards and recognitions from customers for exhibiting reliability, superior brand experience and sustainability. Some of these include SUPERBRAND and ‘Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brand Gold Award’ 7 years in a row, one of ‘India’s Best Companies to Work For’ by The Great Place to Work� Institute thrice successively, ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Education’ – Global HR Excellence Awards 2011-2012, BSE Best CSR Practice Award and 22nd CFBP Jamnalal Bajaj Fair Business Practices Award – 2010 in the category of Service Enterprises (Medium) to name a few.

Blue Dart accepts its social responsibility by supporting climate protection (GoGreen), disaster management (GoHelp) and education (GoTeach).