Vanguard Logistics Services has lived up to its name from its very inception, helping to create the non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) industry as it exists today nearly 40 years ago. And Vanguard has continued to lead the way for the industry through expanding its reach even further throughout the world and continuing to invest in new technology to help its customers get their freight where it needs to be with the greatest efficiency and ease possible. 

As one of the premier freight consolidators in the world, Vanguard’s presence is certainly impressive, with the largest network of offices and thousands of touch points all over the world. Regional Managing Director, North America Mike Meierkort says the slate of services Vanguard brings to its customers for their freight needs is comprehensive, and includes trucking, inter-point intermodal, warehousing, information technology and customs management. 

Span Alaska Transportation LLC’s customers have come to rely on the Auburn, Wash.-based company to provide “a high level of service again and again,” President and CEO Tom Souply says. “It takes a committed team to be able to do that.”

Span Alaska specializes in freight shipping within, into and out of the state of Alaska. Ray Landry started the company in 1978 after working for a competitor. “He decided to go out on his own,” Souply says.

Landry brought his family into the business, including son Mike Landry, who became its president and CEO in 2000. He stayed in that role until 2014, when Evergreen Pacific Partners purchased Span Alaska.

Outsourcing of shipping services is a growing trend, and it is one in which Quickway Carriers specializes. The company delivers refrigerated produce and foods such as dairy and bakery products along with dry goods from manufacturers to distribution centers and retailers in the Midwest, Southeast, Southwest and Mid-Atlantic states.

Quickway says it completes more than 12,000 direct store deliveries each week with an on-time performance record in 2015 of 99.2 percent. “We record service on every shipment and every delivery every day,” President and CEO Bill Prevost maintains.

This past December, Beijing announced its first red alert for air pollution. The Chinese city closed schools and construction sites and restricted the number of vehicles being driven in the city. Helping to keep air pollution levels lower in New York City and its residents happier is Manhattan Beer Distributors. The company, which was founded in 1978, delivers beer, wine, spirits, ciders, water and non-alcoholic drinks with a truck fleet that is one-third powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

Of the distributor’s 300 vehicles, 110 are powered by CNG. Another 120 vehicles have been added to the company’s fleet by the acquisition of another beverage distributor, Phoenix/Beehive, in 2015. Although price has been an advantage of CNG over diesel fuel in the recent past, the congested New York City area benefits from the use of lower-emission vehicles, and their purchase is being encouraged through government incentives. 

Keller Canada is renowned across its home country for its ability to take on any project that requires piling or extensive ground engineering solutions. The company is often called upon to design and self-perform jobs ranging in size and complexity from single-pile projects that take less than a day to multi-year projects involving thousands of piles with multiple pile types and technologies. 

“Where possible we like to engage in a partnership with our customers from the earliest stage of a project where we can apply our value added engineering excellence and innovation to find new and better ways to get the job done,” Senior Vice President Jeff Grieder says. 

As the ongoing driver shortage continues to be a roadblock for the transportation industry, savvy companies such as K&B Transportation are seeking innovative ways to recruit and retain employees. 

When K&B President and owner Kory Ackerman joined the company in 1991, the only way to reach potential drivers was through magazine and newspaper advertising. But today, virtually every prospective worker has a cell phone in their hand or a laptop on the couch. “We’re basically using any avenue there is to get in front of a driver today,” Ackerman says. “With social media, there are more opportunities than ever.”

The merger of two companies often is an arduous process. That was not the case when International Telematics and Imarda recently joined forces. “It’s been incredibly seamless,” says Dean Marris, president, North America. The reason for the smooth transition was simple. “We have like-minded, entrepreneurial people coming together,” he explains.

International Telematics and Imarda are both leading fleet management companies that offer two of the top solution in the industry. The merger was announced in May and completed in October, and the new company will be called Coretex. “The merger has been about one year in the making,” Marris says. “It’s been well thought through.”

When Heavy Transport provides transportation services, it does it with a state-of-the-art fleet.  This enables the Long Beach, Calif.-based company to meet its customers’ needs. “We do what we say we’ll do,” General Manager Bob Weyers says.

One of three divisions of the Bragg Companies, Heavy Transport specializes in transporting over-sized, multidimensional and large-capacity cargo throughout North America.  The company’s history dates back to 1946 when Jim Bragg founded Bragg Crane Service.

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