Choptank Transport is leading the way by leveraging technology and embracing  millennial ideas to set the standards for the future of third-party logistics.
By Tim O’Connor

The concepts that shape third-party logistics provider Choptank Transport were seeded when the Department of Defense reviewed its shipping contracts a decade ago. At the time, IBM was rumored to be one of the bidders for the DOD agreement. The thought that a technology company, not a logistics firm, could secure one of the world’s largest shipping deals shocked the industry.

“As a 3PL, we took note and realized we had to grow our information technology.  Specifically our BI (business intelligence) needed to evolve,” Choptank Executive Vice President Steve Covey says. “Many 3PLs evolved from finding a truck to harvesting information and being accountable for using that information to strengthen customer supply chains and mode utilization.”


Clinton's Ditch Cooperative transports beverages reliably in the Northeast in all types of weather while reducing its costs.

By Russ Gager

The U.S. Postal Service has a reputation for delivering mail in any kind of weather, and Clinton's Ditch Cooperative Co. Inc. does the same for beverages. Named after the slang term for the Erie Barge Canal, which was completed in 1817, the cooperative bottles and cans PepsiCo Inc. beverages and transports them on shrink-wrapped pallets to wholesalers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and western Massachusetts.

“We’re about 10 miles south of the famous New York snow belt – where they measure snow in feet – and we go through there six or seven times a day with trucks all the time,” Transportation Manager Steve Erwin notes. The cooperative’s 39 tractors run 24 hours, six days a week, delivering most of the 25-million-plus cases produced at the Cicero, N.Y., plant annually, and the backhauls are full.

Strick Trailers

Strick Trailers is proud to specialize in sheet-and-post dry van trailers.

By Jim Harris

In the 1930s, Frank Strick had the idea to apply his knowledge of aircraft engineering to another transportation industry: trucking. He developed and later introduced a “frameless” monocoque trailer body that consisted of aluminum rather than steel. Doing this meant trailers could be bigger and lighter than those available at the time, meaning they could haul more freight per truck.

Strick would go on to develop a container dubbed “the Stricktainer” for use on steamship lines in the 1950s, preceding the rise of intermodal shipping and becoming the world’s largest manufacturers of marine container in the 1960’s. After Frank Strick’s death and under the leadership of his son-in-law, Sol Katz, the company also designed and built the Flexi-Van container system for the New York Central Railroad.

Alan Ritchey

Alan Ritchey Inc.’s on-time performance has made it a strong partner for the U.S. Postal Service and others.

By Chris Petersen

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) prides itself on delivering the mail in spite of snow, rain, heat, etc. That’s an enormous commitment, and Alan Ritchey Inc. has been there for more the 50 years to help the Postal Service in the swift completion of its appointed rounds. The Texas-based transportation services company has been helping deliver the mail since 1964, and President and CEO Robby Ritchey says the company has been a strong partner of the USPS for more than five decades thanks to its on-time performance and service.

The company was founded in 1964 by Alan Ritchey and his brother, Harvey, who started with a single mail transportation route. In time, the company acquired more postal contracts and started hauling mail from Dallas to Los Angeles and San Francisco in 1972. Until that time, mail delivered over distances that far was transported typically by train. By 1986, Alan Ritchey Inc. (ARI) had expanded its transportation services to include general commodities, and in the late 1990s the company was awarded contracts to service six USPS Mail Transport Equipment Service Centers.


Strong values and ultimate professionalism drive Contract Transport Services.

Great business often begins with change, and that’s exactly what has been happening at one Wisconsin transportation services company. The “employee-first” business model of Contract Transport Services (CTS) is one that company president Curt Reitz has worked hard to put in place and implement since joining CTS in late 2012. For Reitz, there is no other way to run a company.

“As the proud son of a truck driver, I know how vital it is for a driver to feel important and like their contributions matter,” Reitz says. “That’s why I make it known that I – and others in management – treat our drivers with the same respect I extend to our customers.”

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