Echo Global Logistics Integrates Command Transportation - Global Trade Magazine
  November 3rd, 2016 | Written by

Echo Global Logistics Integrates Command Transportation

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  • Echo acquired Command in June 2015.
  • The completed organization and technology integration of Echo and Command ushers in three changes.
  • Upgraded application enables Echo to utilize capacity from network of over 40,000 truckload carriers.

Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a provider of technology-enabled transportation management services, announced that it has completed its integration of Command Transportation. The combined strength of the integrated organization positions Echo for long-term success by delivering enhanced scale, greater capacity, and a broader suite of services.

In June 2015, Echo acquired Command in a deal that brought together two best-in-class technology systems. The now-completed organization and technology integration ushers in three key changes.

Echo is now operating on one truckload platform that includes functionality from Command’s proprietary system, which has been integrated into Echo’s multimodal platform. The upgraded application standardizes business processes and enables Echo to collect and utilize capacity from its network of over 40,000 truckload carrier partners. The system’s level of automation and market intelligence supports Echo in delivering value to its shippers by providing needed capacity and to its carriers by improving their capacity utilization.

Echo and Command’s respective technologies have been combined into one system under a “best of both” philosophy. Operating under a common system enables Echo to leverage the significant amount of data generated from thousands of transactions each day, enabling intelligent pricing and effective capacity utilization to match the needs of both carriers and shippers.

Leveraging the new technology platform, 450 Command employees have been relocated into Echo’s recently-expanded Chicago corporate headquarters. The two organizations have now been meshed into one, creating an improved network for sourcing capacity and servicing clients.

“Our people were able to effectively merge Echo’s industrial strength and multimodal platform with Command’s best-in-class capacity collection and truckload sourcing tools,” said Tim Kutz, Chief Information Officer at Echo. “We are now well positioned for continued innovation for years to come.”

“The truckload technology integration was a critical final step in unifying Echo and Command into one business,” said Dave Menzel, President and Chief Operating Officer at Echo. “Combined, we have greatly expanded national scale and density in the truckload market. We have one ecosystem, one technology platform, and one solid foundation on which to drive continued growth in the market and solidify our position as the preferred transportation provider for our clients.”