ABF expands next-day, second-day service network

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ABF Freight System announced Tuesday, Jan. 2, that it has expanded its regional transportation network to include the Central and Southern United States. The move brings increased next-day and second-day service to two-thirds of the company’s North American service centers.

“The enthusiastic feedback we’ve received confirms shippers are searching for a carrier offering reliability and convenience for all of their shipments,” says Bob Davidson, president and chief executive officer of Fort Smith, Ark.-based ABF Freight. “Customers benefit from rapid, reliable regional service in addition to the flexibility, supply chain visibility, careful cargo handling and attentive customer service they’ve come to expect from ABF.”

Called the Regional Performance Model, or RPM, the network features enhanced flexibility and operational efficiency for short-haul freight transportation, according to the company. RPM operational procedures are designed to enable ABF to operate national long-haul and regional short-haul networks in parallel, boosting the reliability of both networks.

“With this expansion, we will continue to simultaneously operate regional and long-haul networks,” Davidson says. “While the separate over-the-road networks will be invisible to customers, ABF customers will benefit from common pickup, delivery, sales and customer service capabilities, along with the convenience of one carrier seamlessly handling regional, inter-regional and long-haul freight.”