ABF launches RPM regional transportation network

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ABF Freight System has implemented a regional transportation network to facilitate next-day and second-day delivery in the Eastern United States. Called the Regional Performance Model, or RPM, the network features enhanced flexibility and operational efficiency for short-haul freight transportation, the company says.

The RPM network is designed to create additional next-day and second-day service that reduces ABF’s transit for nearly half of the available tonnage moving within its boundaries. ABF says the RPM network also adds increased reliability to its current next-day and second-day service offerings. Operational procedures introduced with the RPM network also include free resources, creating increased reliability within ABF’s national line-haul network, even though the networks operate in parallel.

“Tight capacity and evolving logistical standards mean customers are looking for reliable solutions for all of their shipments, including regional freight,” says Bob Davidson, president and chief executive officer of Fort Smith, Ark.-based ABF. “Customers from Maine to South Carolina will automatically get consistent next-day and second-day service for regional freight simply by choosing ABF as their carrier — no special designations, no gimmicks. They get the rapid response and dependable delivery they need from a regional carrier, plus the flexibility, supply chain visibility, careful cargo care, attentive customer service and reliability they’ve come to expect from ABF.

“Our Regional Performance Model runs side-by-side with our best-in-class long-haul network, allowing our customers the convenience of one carrier that handles their regional, inter-regional and long-haul freight,” Davidson says. “We’re simply walking and chewing gum — simultaneously running regional and long-haul networks. The separate over-the-road networks are invisible to customers, who will benefit from common pickup, delivery, sales and customer service capabilities.”