Hauling Hope to the People of Port Arthur

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ToolBank USA, American Logistics Aid Network, Transportation Intermediaries Association, HaulFox and LINKEX Collaborated to Haul Hope to the People of Port Arthur.

Innovative ideas being applied in our approach to complex issues, including social issues, is what will ultimately facilitate significant progress and change.

A year ago, Hurricane Harvey pounded southeast Texas causing almost $130 billion in damage in Port Arthur, Texas. Today, the area continues the painstaking rebuilding process. The people of Port Arthur have spent the last 12 months living in FEMA trailers, staying with relatives or making due by living in severely damaged, moldy or flood-rotted homes in desperate need of critical repairs.    

In response to the devastating hurricane events in Texas and the surrounding area, the ToolBank Network has responded by working around-the-clock to provide support to the people of Texas. The Houston ToolBank chapter has loaned hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of tools to volunteers in the Houston area. Their ToolBank Disaster Services mobile unit is on the ground providing tools to help their partner organizations with the clean-up and recovery efforts. Last week, ToolBank USA needed to deploy one of their trailers with the tools desperately needed to help with rebuilding efforts in Port Arthur.

ToolBank USA reached out to the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN), an industry-wide organization that exists to provide supply chain assistance to disaster relief organizations. ALAN, equipped with their logistics knowledge and connections, got to work right away to quickly find a transportation solution to help ToolBank USA and the survivors of Hurricane Harvey.

Trey Bearden, CPO, ToolBank USA, said, “Through the great work of ALAN, we were connected with Carissa Frederick of Haulfox, who generously coordinated moving one of our trailers to Port Arthur. It was the epitome of various groups leveraging their strengths to make a profound impact on a community in need. We thank you for what you did and continue to do in helping our neighbors in time of need.”

ALAN sent out an “SOS” to their partner, the Alexandria, VA based Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), who, in turn, issued a call for help to their more than 1,700 transportation industry members detailing ToolBank USA’s urgent and specialized logistical need.

“We are proud to support ToolBank in their work enabling rebuilding and recovery along the Gulf Coast. The logistics industry has always been generous in supporting these types of needs when called upon, and we are grateful to HaulFox for providing a solution so quickly,” said Kathy Fulton, Executive Director, American Logistics Aid Network

“TIA members, like HaulFox, are amazingly generous within their communities and beyond. In fact, TIA recognizes a single company each year with the TIA Samaritan Award. We know that single company is a representative of the thousands and thousands acts of kindness that are performed by TIA members,” said Robert Voltmann, President and CEO, TIA.

Within minutes of the TIA’s urgent call for help, HaulFox, a cloud based digital freight matching and logistics analytics software company located in Dallas, Texas, answered. HaulFox pledged their commitment to support the people that tragically lost their homes in Port Arthur by assisting ToolBank USA in their efforts. HaulFox reached out to their trusted clients, integration partners and other transportation contacts to facilitate the unique logistic solution needed to get the ToolBank Disaster Services mobile unit moved, safely and without delay.

“The HaulFox team is honored to help catalyze the solutions that were within our collaborative grasp,” said Carissa Frederick, CEO, HaulFox “Innovative ideas being applied in our approach to complex issues, including social issues, is what will ultimately facilitate significant progress and change.”

LINKEX, INC, a Dallas based logistics and transportation management company, joined in on the Port Arthur efforts by immediately locating the best Carrier with the right type of equipment within their Carrier network to transport the ToolBank Disaster Services mobile unit quickly and smoothly.        

“We were very pleased to assist in facilitating this move for HaulFox and ToolBank USA,” said LinkEx Vice President and General Manager David Miller. “Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Texas was devastating, so much so, that many communities today continue to be affected by the storm’s destruction. We were more than happy to offer any help we could to support those still working to rebuild.”

Daily, HaulFox coordinates multi-source data feeds to identify strategic freight matching solutions to their clients. When presented with the challenge of coordinating a solution for a community continuing to live in devastation, the answer was routine. Third-party logistics companies (3PLs) powered by innovative logistics centric technologies have a vast resource network that allows them to execute logistics in an uber-efficient and cost-effective way. It is the continued collaborative efforts from socially aware organizations such as these that provides hope and the means to the resilient people of Port Arthur to finally rebuild their homes and restore their lives. Imagine the incredible impact the transportation industry has the potential to make, when selfless collaborations such as these take place.

About HaulFox, LLC

HaulFox is a business intelligent analytics solutions provider for the Transportation & Logistics Industry. The proprietary HaulFox software includes predictive digital freight matching, AI powered backhaul optimization, and synergistic pricing aggregation. All external and internal data is unified and amplified within the cloud-based HaulFox platform for a refreshingly fluid user experience. The HaulFox team is comprised of experienced 3PL practitioners, Senior Software Developers, BI Analysts, and Data Scientists who are passionate about enabling the industry to strategically leverage data intelligence using today’s technology solutions.

About ToolBank USA

A ToolBank® is a local nonprofit organization affiliated with ToolBank USA that stewards a vast inventory of actual tools for use by charities to advance their missions, increase impact, and reduce costs. Available tool inventory includes cordless drills, ladders, rakes and shovels, circular saws and paint trays, and MUCH more. Through quick and reliable access to large quantities of high-quality tools, each ToolBank transforms volunteerism in its area! ToolBank tools are not available for use by individuals; the ToolBank is a resource for the charitable sector.

About American Logistics Aid Network

Founded in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, ALAN is a philanthropic, industry-wide organization that provides free logistics assistance to disaster relief organizations before, during and after catastrophic events. It does this by bringing the expertise and resources of the logistics industry together with compassionate organizations so that help can arrive sooner, and each relief dollar can be maximized. Over the years it has coordinated compassionate supply chain services for natural disasters including hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and floods. To learn more visit http://www.alanaid.org.

About LinkEx, Inc.

LinkEx, Inc., a Saia, Inc. company, is an asset-light, third party logistics company based in Dallas, Texas. Founded in 2002, the company offers a wide range of services including supply chain design, domestic and international transportation, warehousing and final mile services. LinkEx seeks to work closely with its customers to develop a thorough understanding of their logistics challenges and then utilizes technology and design capabilities to create unique supply chain solutions. For more information, visit http://www.linkex.us or call 972.481.9900.

About Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA)

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $185.7 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines, doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of the 3PL industry to shippers, carriers, government officials and international organizations. TIA is the United States member of the International Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations, FIATA.

Media Contacts:

ToolBank USA
Trey Bearden
Trey.Bearden(at)toolbank.org
http://www.toolbank.org

American Logistics Aid Network
Lori Lockman
llockman(at)bellsouth
http://www.alanaid.org

The Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA)
Stephanie Mansfield
mansfield(at)tianet.org
http://www.tianet.org

HaulFox, LLC
Carissa Frederick
cfrederick(at)haulfox.com
http://www.haulfox.com

LinkEx, Inc.
Jeannie S. Jump
jjump(at)saia.com
http://www.linkex.us

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