ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Con-way Freight has launched a major network re-engineering that will cut transit times by one day to 460 U.S. destinations, while decreasing the company’s carbon footprint, the less-than-truckload carrier reports. The initiative is also designed to reduce re-handling and service exceptions and improve on-time delivery. Major lanes affected include those between Southern Texas and the Northeast, Chicago and Southern Florida, and Chicago and Southern Texas.
“At Con-way Freight, we’re always looking for ways to improve service performance for our customers and lessen our impact on the environment. Now, advanced technology has enabled us to continuously evaluate ways to move freight more efficiently and directly from origin to destination, reducing miles, handling and fuel consumption along the way,” said Greg Lehmkuhl, executive vice president of operations, Con-way Freight. “This network re-engineering will reduce transit times for our customers, while helping them control inventory, manage supply chain costs and ultimately get product to market faster.”
Since the launch of an enterprise wide sustainability initiative in early 2008 by parent company Con-way Inc., Con-way Freight has been continually identifying and adopting practices and technologies to improve service and operating efficiency while reducing carbon emissions, the company said.
The latest network re-engineering initiative improves density over the shortest, most direct routes and will allow Con-way Freight to reduce total operating miles per year by 16.6 million. The move will enable the company to conserve a projected 2.6 million gallons of diesel fuel annually, eliminating approximately 58.6 million pounds of carbon emissions from the environment, which is equal to removing more than 5,200 automobiles from America’s highways.
Previously, Con-way Freight implemented several other operating refinements which have led to sustainability benefits. In early 2008, the company turned back the engine speed governors of its trucking fleet from 65 to 62 mph. This action reduced diesel fuel consumption by nearly 3.2 million gallons annually while removing approximately 71 million pounds of carbon emissions from the environment -- the equivalent to taking some 6,400 automobiles off the nation’s roads.
To create the network re-engineering announced Tuesday, a cross-functional team used advanced simulation modeling technologies and business intelligence tools to pinpoint opportunities to maximize service performance, efficiency and asset utilization. In the Northeast to Southern Texas lanes, for example, the team engineered network changes to yield a 20 percent reduction in handling and a decrease in transit times from four to three days, a 25 percent improvement.
“The changes made possible through our predictive modeling technology are part of a long-term approach to continuous improvement and optimized network design that maximizes the use of our existing infrastructure,” said Lehmkuhl. “We’ve been a proven and stable carrier for customers for more than 25 years now, and today’s re-engineering will help us continue that tradition and our mission to provide the best LTL service in the marketplace. Our sustainability efforts are real, too. To be able to say we’ve taken steps to reduce our carbon footprint equivalent to removing more than 21,000 automobiles from the road is an added benefit to the core business advantages.”
Con-way Freight provides guaranteed, day-definite regional and transcontinental service with exception-free delivery, on-time service performance and faster transit times through a single, unified network of more than 300 service centers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Con-way Freight is a subsidiary of Con-way Inc., a $4.3 billion diversified freight transportation and logistics services company.
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