Estes announced the launch of three-day service to Toronto from eight terminals in Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas as a direct result of an initiative to increase network efficiency. Estes says it accelerated processing time, reduced freight handling and utilized direct lanes to create the three-day service from terminals in Memphis, Tenn.; Alexandria and Hammond, La.; Jackson, Miss.; Fort Smith, Texarkana and Little Rock, Ark.; and Houston.
The company recently reduced delivery times to Vancouver from the Pacific Northwest from two days to one and initiated a two-day service to Calgary and Edmonton, Canada, from six terminals in Texas and Oklahoma.
Estes says one of the ways it has achieved higher efficiency to Canada is by consolidating freight at inland regional gateways, which avoids congested border terminals and initiates document processing before a customer’s shipment arrives at the U.S.-Canada border. Estes also provides access to bilingual PARS and PAPS specialists to help prevent delays at the border.
“With reduced transit times and our border expertise, we are able to provide customers with the peace of mind that their deliveries will arrive on time,” says Billy Hupp, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Richmond, Va.-based company.