Estes Express Lines has launched E-Street Direct, a nationwide origin-to-final-mile logistics solution. The Richmond, Va.-based less-than-truckload company says the delivery program maintains consistent control throughout the shipment lifecycle, allows customers to have complete visibility of the shipment process via integrated technology and provides flexible options for the final-mile delivery.
“E-Street Direct helps shippers create a cohesive well-thought-out logistics plan that has the flexibility, control and visibility needed to grow their business and create a best-in-class customer experience,” says Ken Niemaseck, vice president of Estes Integrated Solutions.
E-Street Direct’s turnkey solution tailors a logistics program to fit a vendor’s specific shipping requirements while providing the flexible delivery schedule consumers demand. Final-mile delivery options include 4-hour delivery windows (a.m. and p.m.) with advance calling, as well as upgrades such as expedited service, room of choice, debris removal, recycling and disposal. Estes says shippers benefit from its streamlined asset-based model that shortens the lifecycle of a shipment through less handling and improved on-time delivery.
Six dedicated E-Street Direct logistics centers serve as anchors for the nationwide delivery system. By utilizing the capacity of these logistics centers to cross-dock, warehouse, consolidate and deconsolidate, E-Street Direct can get shipments virtually anywhere in the mainland United States, Estes says. Using E-Street Direct-managed drivers and assets, this “inner” network keeps E-Street Direct shipments separate from Estes’ general freight; the net result, according to the company, is fewer stop-offs, reduced handling and increased capacity for one- and two-day service. The general Estes network serves as a backup to ensure that E-Street shipments are delivered on time.