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  January 13th, 2024 | Written by

Nexterus Marks 78 Years of Supply Chain Excellence with Four Generations of Innovation

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Nexterus, a leading supply chain management and 3PL services provider, celebrates its 78th anniversary with four generations of the Polakoff family steering the company. Sam Polakoff, CEO and Chairman, acknowledges the company’s success, emphasizing the contributions of dedicated employees, clients, and partners. Nexterus has solidified its position as an industry leader, providing innovative freight management and supply chain services to small and mid-size companies, fostering efficiency, and driving profit growth.

Throughout its history, Nexterus has seen transformative leadership:

1. Abraham Allan Polakoff (1946-1967)

Founded the company to address distribution needs, focusing on U.S motor and rail transportation. The company, initially known as Transportation Bureau of Baltimore (TBB), aimed to support small to mid-sized companies.

2. Jay Polakoff (1967-2000)

Moved the company to northern Baltimore County, introduced a subscriber service, developed an early Transportation Management System (TMS), and specialized in LTL as a niche. TBB became a major 3PL customer for U.S LTL carriers.

3. Sam Polakoff (1999-Present)

Spearheaded exponential growth, rebranded to TBB Global Logistics, expanded services, acquired customs brokerage/international freight forwarding firms, and relocated to South Central Pennsylvania. In 2016, led the rebranding to Nexterus and founded BrillDog in 2022 for supply chain management system development.

4. Ryan Polakoff (2022-Present)

Ascended to leadership after years in sales and operations, collaborated on Nexterus’ rebranding, and expanded services to include supply chain design, contract network warehousing, and parcel contract engineering.

Nexterus, remaining industry agnostic, serves diverse verticals and received accolades in 2023, including Top Software & Tech Award, Great Partner Award, Top 100 Logistics IT Provider, Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers Award, Top Supply Chain Projects Award, and Women in Supply Chain Award for Lisa Flohr, Director of Operations.