While the world's largest 3PLs have seen unprecedented growth thanks to booming global trade, it pales by comparison to the growth shown by many mid-size 3PLs that are finding opportunities in markets and niches that the big guys have overlooked.
Founded in 1971, Averitt Express has built a reputation as a quality, multi-regional motor carrier, serving 13 states in the Southeast and Southwest U.S. While staying focused on this region and on its core less-than-truckload business, Averitt has expanded its services and scope in a continuing drive to meet the total transportation and supply chain needs of its customers. Headquartered in Cookeville, Tenn., the privately-held company now offers truckload, time-critical, import/export and supply chain management services in addition to LTL, with a reach that covers North America and extends to Asia and other global locations. Phil Pierce, executive vice president of sales and marketing, talked with GL&SCS about Averitt's strategic plans and its future outlook.
Hundreds of millions of pounds of paper products move through American Pad & Paper's warehouse each year. Its 3PL implemented a new WMS, and now the manufacturer's picking and distribution is paperless.