Last year, Schneider National Inc. introduced its Regional service offering to Western and South-Central portions of the United States. The Green Bay, Wis.-based company says that due to the success of those Regional operations, the company recently expanded its Regional option to 14 additional states in the Southeast and Midwest – bringing the grand total of states shippers can find Schneider Regional to 29.
“Initially, we planned to roll out service to these parts of the country in late 2009 or early 2010, but frankly, customer response to the Regional option exceeded our expectations,” says Marc Rogers, vice president and general manager of Schneider Regional. “When they told us they needed our Regional offering to be available in other parts of the country much faster than we originally planned, we made it happen.”
According to Rogers, small- and medium-sized shippers are enjoying the ease of service that the Regional operation affords them, since Schneider’s facilities now are much closer to their own; meanwhile, larger shippers are pleased that they now can get quality service and a cost-competitive solution – no matter what speed or length of haul they require.
Shippers in the following states now are able to take advantage of Schneider’s Midwest Regional service: Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and Nebraska. The service will operate from the company’s facilities in Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Des Moines, Iowa, and Columbus, Ohio. North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Alabama comprise the Southeast Regional marketplace, which has facilities in Atlanta, Memphis, Tenn., and Charlotte, N.C.
Other states that have been able to take advantage of Schneider’s Regional service since 2008 include Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington (Western Regional market), as well as Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama (South-Central Regional market). Schneider expects to complete the final phase of its Regional service introduction – an expansion to the Northeast states – by early 2010.