Shippers Turn to 3PLs as Trucking Capacity Tightens

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The transportation industry made national headlines this week with an article in USA Today detailing the escalating shortage of qualified truck drivers. This shortage has lead to tightened capacity for shippers, higher rates and, in many cases, delayed deliveries. But many shippers are finding solutions and relief by outsourcing their transportation to third party logistics (3PL) companies like Conexus.

These are the times when a 3PL can deliver meaningful value to shippers of all sizes.

The transportation industry made national headlines this week with an article in USA Today detailing the escalating shortage of qualified truck drivers. This shortage has lead to tightened capacity for shippers, higher rates and, in many cases, delayed deliveries. But many shippers are finding solutions and relief by outsourcing their transportation to third party logistics (3PL) companies like Conexus.

“These are the times when a 3PL can deliver meaningful value to shippers of all sizes,” said Kyle Gholston, Vice President of Conexus, a premiere third-party supply chain logistics company serving the United States, Canada and Mexico. “By using a 3PL like Conexus, shippers can increase the available capacity to move their goods to market, while avoiding the cost associated with securing that capacity. We have a vast network of pre-qualified carriers across all modes that allows us to cover in minutes to hours what might take a shipper days to find.”

According to USA Today, the driver shortage will continue and worsen into 2013 while freight rates rise higher. Driver shortages already pushed rates up between two and five percent in the first half of 2012, a trend that will likely continue throughout 2013.

For more information or assistance finding trucks to cover your loads, contact Conexus at 918.234.4414.

Conexus, LLC, formerly Melton Logistics, LLC, is a non-asset based third-party logistics company serving the United States, Mexico and Canada with offices in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Laredo, Texas. The company offers truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), temperature controlled, flatbed, over-dimensional, intermodal, expedited ground and air and specialized freight services as well as warehousing, inventory and distribution through its 30,000 square foot warehouse in Laredo, Texas. The company has been in business since 2003.

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