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Averitt Express introduces improved transit times through the The Reliance Network

By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor
October 11, 2012

Freight transportation and logistics services provider Averitt Express recently rolled out faster less-than-truckload (LTL) transit times from Atlanta to the Midwest and West Coast through two new lanes from The Reliance Network (TRN), a consortium of regional less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers.

TRN members include: Averitt, Pitt Ohio, Mountain Valley Express, Peninsula Truck Lines, Canadian Freightways/Kingsway Transport, Lakeville Motor Express, and Land Air Express of New England.

Averitt officials said that LTL shipments originating from Atlanta are now able to receive two-day service to Ohio, Indiana, and most of Michigan, adding that Midwestern-based cities that are privy to the new TRN lanes include Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Detroit. And they noted that the augmented transit times out of Atlanta are due to operational adjustments within Averitt’s network along with fellow TRN member Lakeville Motor Express.

As with many of our services, the Express Lanes are a result of listening to our customers and providing them with a solution that makes sense for them,” an Averitt spokesman told LM. “Using our team’s creativity and ingenuity, we discovered ways we
could improve transit times in these lanes.”

The spokesman also said that for late-week shipments, its customers can realize two-day delivery without the premium cost, which in turn can lead to many supply chain benefits for its customers.

Along with the new transit times for shipments out of Atlanta, Averitt said that West Coast cities that are part of the new TRN Express lane program include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, Reno, Los Vegas, Phoenix, and Tucson.

When asked if Averitt will introduce improved transit times on different TRN lanes in the future, the spokesman said it was a possibility.

“We’re always open to opening up more Express Lanes in conjunction with our
TRN members,” he said. “One likely possibility that we’re currently investigating is
running out of Dallas to Portland in the Northwest. We try to select lanes in certain markets where the data—and our customers—tell us opportunities lie. It’s a regional concept with a national reach.”

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Jeff Berman
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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).

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