Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


3PL/M&A news: NFI acquires IPD, expands Canadian footprint

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
June 24, 2010

Cherry Hill, New Jersey-based NFI, an asset-based third-party logistics (3PL) services provider, announced this week it has acquired IPD, a global transportation and logistics services provider based in Mississauga, Canada.


Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

In an interview at this week’s eyefortransport 3PL Summit in Atlanta, NFI CEO Sid Brown provided LM with an overview of the various factors that led to this acquisition.

“We have a small footprint in Canada, and we had secured some pretty nice sized contracts that were getting us to a larger footprint [there] from a warehousing standpoint,” said Brown. “We felt we needed to add to our capabilities from a transport standpoint so this was a good entry point for us in terms of being able to have the capabilities to handle shipments in and out of Canada and within Canada in a much broader capacity than we had previously.”

IPD’s core focus is in perishable-based air and ocean transport, intermodal, and truck brokerage services. It has a large presence in the handling of produce in and out of Canada for s few of the largest grocery chains doing business in the country, with shipments moving into and out of Canada by IPD to South America, Europe, the United States, and Mexico.

Brown explained that perishable transport requires a complex way of moving shipments, which requires a lot of detail. And with IPD providing large grocery chains with an end-to-end solution, Brown said NFI hopes to leverage some of IPD’s strengths which may be applicable for NFI’s U.S.-based grocery partners. Roughly 20-to-25 percent of NFI’s customers are in the grocery industry.

“This gives us a larger footprint into Canada and we hope to build upon that,” said Brown. “They are a non-asset provider, and we hope to maybe put some assets up there as well with some dedicated fleet operations that might complement some of the things their customers are doing—so it is a broadening of services in Canada and hopefully taking some of what they do and bring it here to the U.S.”

Another benefit of this deal cited by Brown is that IPD is a wholesaler of Class I railroad CN and has a strong relationship with the carrier, which will be a boon to NFI’s Intermodal group.

“IPD’s non-asset based transport services, specializing in inbound and cross-border routes, offers a perfect complement to NFI, with its strengths in outbound transport and dedicated fleets, and its widespread distribution and warehousing network,” said IPD President Rob Rusnov in a statement. “Our logistics and transportation brokerage services will further enhance NFI’s already wide range of offerings. Now all of our clients and potential clients on both sides of the border will have access to our combined expertise.”

IPD was represented in this deal by Atlanta-based EVE Partners LLC, a transportation and logistics M&A firm. EVE Managing Partner Tom Connolly noted that this deal presents a powerful combination that will enhance the competitive position of NFI and IPD in the marketplace.

About the Author

Jeff Berman headshot
Jeff Berman
Group News Editor

Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Seasonally-adjusted (SA) for-hire truck tonnage in July headed up 1.3 percent on the heels of a 0.8 percent increase in June. The ATA’s not seasonally-adjusted (NSA) index, which represents the change in tonnage actually hauled by fleets before any seasonal adjustment, was 133.3 in July, which outpaced June’s 132.3 by 0.8 percent, and was up 2.8 percent annually.

Volumes for the month of July at the Port of Long Beach (POLB) and the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) were mixed, according to data recently issued by the ports. Unlike May and June, which saw higher than usual seasonal volumes, due to the West Coast port labor situation, July was down as retailers had completed filling inventories for back-to-school shopping.

With a 0.8 cent decrease, this week’s average price per gallon is $3.835 and stands as the lowest price since hitting $3.844 the week of November 25, 2013.

LTL carriers are rapidly investing in expensive, on-dock, three-dimensional size measurement capturing machinery, and they are hoping one day of being able to more accurately charge shippers rates based on the actual dimensions of their shipments, rather than the traditional weight-and-distance-based formula that has been in effect since the 1930s or even earlier.

The Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) recently reported that its Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) dipped 0.9 percent from May to June.

Article Topics

News · 3PL · Logistics · Transportation · All topics

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.


© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA