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  August 12th, 2015 | Written by

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ABF FREIGHT/LOGISTICS
Founded 2013 | Global | Non-Asset Based
Though an industry stalwart, ABF Freight continues to find ways to grow and improve; for the past 17 years the company, more than 90 years old, has managed to make improvements in its claim ratio. ABF Logistics offers a full menu of services and resources to customers including multimodal, global shipping and comprehensive transportation and warehouse management which have spurred growth of its own as the company recently expanded into a 100-seat Oklahoma City facility. abf.com

 

CJ LOGISTICS U.S.A. CORPORATION                                                Founded 1930 | Global | Asset & Non-Asset Based
Not content with being South Korea’s largest courier delivery company, CJ Logistics U.S.A. has made clear it aspires to become one of the world’s top providers of distribution and warehousing services. Company officials expect profits to increase 10 percent this year as it expands operations in China and Southeast Asia. Currently hauling packages for e-tail giant Alibaba, the company is planning to set up warehouse hubs in China’s Shenyang, Shanghai and Guangzhou regions to attract business from additional Chinese customers. cjkoreaexpress.in Contact: brian.ryu@cj.net

ECHO GLOBAL LOGISTICS
Founded 2005 | North America | Non-Asset Based
Echo was founded barely 10 years ago with a mission to simplify the critical tasks involved in transportation management, doing so by creating a suite of web-based tools and applications for its customers. Has it worked? Well, since 2007, Echo has experienced exceptional, sometimes three-digit growth, recording a whopping 336 percent growth number in 2014. Echo, which has acquired nearly 20 rivals since 2007, is now one of the top five domestic freight planning companies in the U.S. echo.com

FLS TRANSPORTATION
Founded 1987 | North America | Asset & Non-Asset Based
When the company made the decision 10 years ago to shift its focus from cross-border shipping operations with Canada to primarily serving the U.S. market, it set about a challenging few years of transition made all the more difficult by the financial meltdown of 2008. But now, with domestic shipping representing 80 percent of FLS business, the company has experienced consistent growth since 2012 and become one of the fastest growing transportation logistics providers in the marketplace today. flstransport.com

HWC LOGISTICS
Founded 1981 | Regional | Asset Based
Founded 34 years ago as a courier company with a single vehicle, HWC has grown into a single-source provider of distribution, warehousing, transportation and import/export services that allow customers to streamline operations by communicating their needs to providers over several platforms. In just the past two years, the company has expanded with a $1 million build out of its Atlanta headquarters and purchased $2 million worth of Mack trucks and Freightliner Cascadia sleepers. hwclogistics.com
KELLER LOGISTICS
Founded 1978 | Domestic | Asset Based
With an emphasis on transparent operations that recognize customers don’t really care about all the services a transportation company offers, only the one that serves them, Ohio-based Keller has focused on helping clients operate efficiently to streamline costs. The company does offer a full suite of services—everything from trucking to warehousing to packaging services—recently expanding its northwest Ohio warehouse nearly 200,000 square feet. The company now has better than 1-million-square-feet of warehouse space in the region. kellerlogistics.com

• HONG KONG HUSSLE Kerry Logistics, based in Hong Kong, has a far-reaching global network that stretches across six continents. (photo: kerry logistics)
• HONG KONG HUSSLE
Kerry Logistics, based in Hong Kong, has a far-reaching global network that stretches across six continents. (photo: kerry logistics)

KERRY LOGISTICS
Founded 2000
Hong Kong-based Kerry—known for integrated logistics, international freight forwarding and supply chain solutions—provides reliable and highly flexible support for customers by continually re-investing in its own assets. For example, the proprietary KerrierVISION IT platform provides customers with a common space to connect all parties along supply chains. The company’s far-reaching global network, stretching across six continents, includes the largest distribution network and hub operations in Greater China.
kerrylogistics.com

LEGACY
Founded 1975 | North America | Asset & Non-Asset Based
In little more than 30 years, LEGACY Supply Chain Services has grown from a management staffing company to a full-service 3PL providing flexible, customizable supply chain solutions utilizing Tier 1 Technology that gives customers the insight and ability to forecast and plan while reducing inventory. The company’s in-house operational expertise enables it to design customized supply-chain solutions. LEGACY now boasts more than 6 million square feet of warehouse space and 50 locations across North America. legacyscs.com

ROADRUNNER TRANSPORTATION
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One of the country’s leading asset-light transportation and logistics service providers was named to Fortune’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list for the second straight year in 2014. Roadrunner was the only full-service transportation provider to make the list and it apparently intends on making a third consecutive appearance. It recently announced it was expanding its less than truckload service in Phoenix and Salt Lake City, strengthening its ability to service the western regions, especially Southern California, Texas and the Great Lakes. rrts.com

SUNLAND LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS
Founded 1982 | North America | Asset & Non-Asset Based
The South Carolina-based Sunland operates warehouse and distribution facilities utilizing more than 2 million square feet of space and has a list of 85 clients from a wide range of business sectors including chemicals, food and automotive. The company recently had its Simpsonville facility approved as a foreign trade zone site, allowing it to bypass custom duties and excise taxes. The company estimates about 70,000 units of product will flow through the space annually. sunlandlogisticssolutions.com

SYNCREON
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Born in 2007, syncreon never really experienced an infancy given it was formed by two well-established supply chain companies: Walsh Western Intl. and TDS Logistics Inc. A specialized provider of integrated logistics to global industries, with a diverse client list that includes such giants as Toyota, Dell, General Motors and Sharp, syncreon offers a full line of logistics and supply chain solutions including kiting and packing, storage and handling, fulfillment, installation and returns. syncreon.com

TOTAL QUALITY LOGISTICS
Founded 1997 | North America | Non-Asset Based
If happy employees make for happy customers, TQL has a lot to offer its business partners. The company was named one of the 100 best workplaces for millennials—84 percent of the company’s workforce falls between the ages of 16 and 35. Workers describe the environment as demanding yet fun, and that in turn has led the company to become one of the largest freight brokerage firms in North America, recording record revenues of $2.1 billion last year. tql.com

VANTIX LOGISTICS
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Having relationships with thousands of leading carriers gives Vantix an unparalleled network flexibility to make the best decision for both shipper and carrier and determine which carrier is best suited to help a business succeed, not just find the lowest bid. As a division of McLane, a $46 billion supply chain services company, Vantix has access to one of the largest private fleets and distribution networks in the United States. vantixlogistics.com

WEN-PARKER LOGISTICS
Founded 1997 | Global | Non-Asset Based
WPL provides a comprehensive menu of international logistics services including air and ocean freight forwarding and consolidation, customs brokerage, purchase order management and warehousing and distribution.  WPL has a network of 25 owned and operated offices in the US (8), China (4), India (6) and South East Asia (7) supplemented by a global network of agent partners servicing more than 80 countries across 6 continents.  To learn more about WPL, call us at (888) 978-5029 or visit our website at www.wen-parker.com.

XPO
Founded 1989 | Global | Asset & Non-Asset Based
It would be difficult to find a shipper more aggressive in its desire to grow through acquisition. When XPO completed its acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle SA in June, the company, which made $150 million just four years ago, suddenly became an $8.5 billion juggernaut, the second largest freight brokerage house in the world with annual revenue of nearly $9 billion. Company officials who believe ultimate success lies in being able to provide customers a complete scale of services say they are not done buying. xpo.com

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