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Old Dominion Freight Line Selected as No. 1 National LTL Carrier for Quality by MASTIO for Ninth Consecutive Year

Old Dominion Freight Line Selected as No. 1 National LTL Carrier for Quality by MASTIO for Ninth Consecutive Year

Old Dominion Freight Line was announced Sunday as the top national LTL carrier for quality in the 14th annual MASTIO Quality Award survey. This marks the ninth year in a row that Old Dominion has earned the No. 1 spot in the comprehensive industry survey.

The survey, conducted annually by Mastio & Company solicits feedback from industry customers across a variety of key measures. Of the 26 LTL carriers reported, Old Dominion again grabbed the top spot as Overall Winner.

“This is quite an honor to win this award for the ninth year running. I am very proud of our people and the lengths they go to every day to exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Greg Gantt, President and CEO of Old Dominion Freight Line. “We are honored that our customers recognize the hard work, responsiveness and care the OD family puts into servicing their business. This reinforces our focus on delivering premium service at a fair price.”

“In the annual MASTIO survey, we ask LTL industry customers how important a variety of attributes are in their decision to use one company over another,” said Kevin Huntsman, Senior Vice President from Mastio & Company. “We then look at how those attributes impact ‘overall performance’ and ‘likelihood to recommend.’ While there was some shifting of companies on the lower rankings of the list, Old Dominion was rated No. 1 among national LTL
carriers.”

Mastio & Company interviewed 1,726 key decision makers between June and early November to gather the 2018 study findings. After providing approximately 5,300 total observations, 26 LTL carriers had a sufficient number of ratings to be included in this report. The 2018 study also includes approximately 7,000 qualitative responses to six open-ended questions.

For more information about Old Dominion, visit www.odfl.com or call (800) 432-6335. On Twitter: @ODFL_Inc and Facebook: Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

 

About Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.

Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. is a leading, less-than-truckload (“LTL”), union-free motor carrier providing regional, inter-regional and national LTL services through a single integrated
organization. Our service offerings, which include expedited transportation, are provided through a network of 234 service centers located throughout the continental United States. Through
strategic alliances, the Company also provides LTL services throughout North America. In addition to its core LTL services, the Company offers a range of value-added services including container drayage, truckload brokerage and supply chain consulting. To learn more about the company’s industry leadership, click here.

Third Party Logistics To Improve Supply Chain Management

One of the oldest heritage brands and a leader in the lawn and garden category, The Jobe’s Company, has officially partnered with third party logistics provider Transplace to support efforts in logistics optimization and operations. The focus for improvements involves reducing costs, creating greater visibility while creating and supporting efficient operational practices, according to an announcement this week.

Transplace mentioned some of the elements to leverage include the use of the TMS for all incoming and outbound shipments as well as providing digital solutions for all processing, payments and reporting.

“As transportation costs continue to rise, we recognized the need to partner with a logistics provider that would improve our processes and give us greater supply chain visibility,” said Chris Allen, CEO, The Jobe’s Company. 3PL“Transplace brings extensive experience along with robust logistics technology and capabilities that give us greater control over our transportation operations and help us to improve customer service. From the beginning, the Transplace team worked diligently to understand our business and customers, and develop a solution customized to meet our unique needs as well as the business requirements of our retail partners.”

About The Jobe’s Company
Headquartered in Waco, Texas with additional manufacturing facilities in Paris, Kentucky, The Jobe’s Company specializes in home and garden products with a commitment to giving consumers better products that deliver better results. The company is the nation’s #1 organics fertilizer brand and produces over 1 billion square feet of consumer and commercial-grade landscaping fabrics, annually. Additional innovative products include plant spikes, soils & potting mixes, fencing & netting, as well as sun shades and accessories. The Company is represented by a robust portfolio of brands including Jobe’s Organics, Ross, WeedBlock, PowerGrid, Sun Sail, and others. With over 200 products at retail, Jobe’s brands are available online and at leading home improvement, garden, hardware and discount stores across North America and Mexico. For more information and to view the entire line-up of products, please visit http://www.jobescompany.com/.

 

About Transplace
Transplace is the leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, helping manufacturers, retailers and distributors optimize supply chain operations and increase financial performance. Offering a complete suite of transportation management, strategic capacity, and cross-border & global trade services, Transplace’s customizable logistics solutions and best-in-class technology gives businesses greater control of their transportation operations and enhanced visibility of shipments and overall supply chain performance.

With deep expertise in key vertical markets, including consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, retail and chemicals, Transplace works to strategically design and manage customer networks in the most efficient, cost-effective manner. As North America’s largest transportation management provider, Transplace leverages its entire network to solve large-scale, complex supply chain problems for its customers. From small-to-medium businesses to global brands, Transplace delivers the optimal blend of actionable business intelligence and operational excellence you need to manage your supply chain with certainty. Learn more at www.transplace.com.

Source: Outlook Marketing Services

Topics of discussion included: terminal overload and new technologies to increase throughput; tightened trucking capacity; needs of shippers and adaptive change in the supply chain

IANA Intermodal Expo 2018: Key takeaways and discussion topics

Beautiful Long Beach, California was the setting for IANA’s (Intermodal Association of North America) annual expo, the IANA Intermodal Expo 2018. Over 2,000 representatives from the intermodal and transportation communities touched down to present, converse, debate and exchange ideas surrounding trends and issues shaping the future of the larger intermodal supply chain community.

We had the pleasure of exhibiting and attending with those 2,000 plus attendees, and this year’s expo was chalk full of over 60 industry experts and a staggering 125 plus exhibitors showcasing some of the most technologically advanced products and services the intermodal industry has seen.

Day 1:

The morning of Day 1 kicked off with Bill Strauss, senior economist and adviser with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mr. Strauss managed to bring an initial, collective smile to the room, noting that the 2018 expo is meeting at a time of strong economic growth. Consumer spending and GDP are up, the economy has been growing at an average annual rate of 2.3 percent (since 2009), and if this continues through July of next year new records will likely be reached.

The intermodal industry numbers support Mr. Strauss, as intermodal volumes were up 7 percent (as of August 2018) compared to last year with the third-party logistics sector also expanding – global estimates peg the market to reach $968 billion this year, compared to $869 billion last year.

IANA is a “connecting force” for the intermodal freight sector, bringing together the most relevant (and up and coming) players via the creation of spaces, such as the Intermodal Expo, to stay informed, drive industry success and strengthen the broader community. IANA members count on a wealth of resources, but most important, access to relevant trends that are shaping the sector at breakneck speeds.

Day 2:

A handful of truly remarkable innovations were on-hand at this year’s expo. A recurring issue year in and year out is terminal overload. Moderated by Taso Zografos, Principal at ZDEVCO, the panel, “Intermodal Terminal Overload: How Can Technology Help?” brought together a handful of expert panelists on the issue where autonomous vehicles, automated stacking cranes and similar “smart equipment” was presented. Warehouses, marine terminals and rail ramps are fantastic for “smart equipment” due to little vehicle traffic and confined areas. The next challenge however will be rolling this out to harbor drayage and the open road. As Wade Long, regional vice president of Volvo Trucks astutely noted, heavy-duty diesel trucks, many operated by living, breathing drivers, will still be around for at least the next 50 years.

Another recurring theme throughout the two-day event was productivity, especially in a time of truck driver shortages. This has been a troubling point for some time, where a shortage of drivers produces bottlenecks throughout the supply chain thus hampering productivity at a macro level. Larry Gross, president of Gross Transportation Consulting, moderated an engaging panel surrounding this very issue. Driver productivity has been on the decline, and Phil Shook, director of intermodal for C.H. Robinson, communicated it best noting that the industry standard used to be 500 miles per driver, and that has now dipped into the 400s. The room agreed that getting an extra half-a-load per driver per day is the proverbial Holy Grail.

Next year’s expo will be held September 15-17, 2019 in that same jewel beside the bay – Long Beach, California. Pack your swim-trunks, this is an expo you don’t want to miss! Register to exhibit before space fills up or if you are just looking to attend, registration opens up in March of 2019.