FedEx touts improved LTL services

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FedEx Freight says it has improved its service in key U.S. markets, and that FedEx National LTL now provides long-haul shippers with improved on-time service reliability after re-engineering its network, FedEx Corp. announced Wednesday, Jan. 16.

FedEx Freight provides regional next-day, second-day and extended less-than-truckload freight services, and says it has cut transit times in half – from two days to next day – from the Las Vegas area to Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento, Bakersfield and other large cities in Central California, and from Vancouver, British Columbia, into the U.S. Pacific Northwest. FedEx Freight has accelerated delivery from three days to two days in many other cities, the company says, and it has improved service standards in more than 1,000 U.S. lanes in the past year.

FedEx National LTL, a provider of long-haul LTL services, has adopted a strictly scheduled line-haul operation intended to enhance reliability. Like FedEx Freight, FedEx National LTL employs advanced information systems that support internal planning and provide shipment visibility to customers, which benefits customers with planned inventory replenishment, the company says.

FedEx National LTL was created in September 2006 when FedEx acquired the business assets of the former Watkins Motor Lines. “A little over a year ago, we announced our strategy of providing a reliable and cost-effective service for long-haul shippers, complementing our regional LTL service,” says Douglas G. Duncan, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Freight. “Today, through FedEx National LTL, we are delivering on that promise. Further, we are able to leverage both networks to offer all-points coverage in the regional and long-haul sectors.”